Archive for May, 2010

Weekend Wanderings

It’s been a wonderful three day weekend!  We’ve enjoyed some great weather, had some good meals and met some new neighbors.  They even have a son the same age as my son!  Two more days and school will be out and I can say summer has officially begun.

Of course Saturday morning found hubby and me hitting the garage sale circuit.  Initially crafty items weren’t terribly in abundance but we did score two very nice winter jackets and a wind breaker for my son for a total of $8.00. 

One of the last sales to which we went was closing up and we were told, “Help yourself to anything you think you could use.  Everything is free.”  Well even garage sale bargains take on new meanings at those prices!

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We ended up with some hanging file folders, printer labels, small notepads, ornaments to be used on wreaths, Easter buckets for gift items, cookie cutters, puzzle pieces, towels and books all to be used for various crafting purposes.  When all was said and done, the haul in the photo ended up costing me only $1.50!

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For the Bride

Here are invitations I created for my daughter.  No, she’s not the bride, but she is giving a shower for one of her friends who is getting married next month.  It hardly seems possible — wasn’t it just last week they were giggling over first boyfriends?

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The bride’s colors are yellow and pink and she loves daisies.   I started out with the light pink gingham ribbon but didn’t have enough to finish all the invitations so I did the rest with the polka dotted ribbon.  I can’t decide which version I like best!  The daisy is from a CTMH set called “Happiness”.

Create with the Designers Series

I stumbled across this series during one of my excursions to Tuesday Morning.  At 75% off the original price, I couldn’t pass them up.  “Create with the Designers” is a series of six Interactive DVD Books.  Each comes with a DVD of information, instructions and demonstrations as well as a CD with printable material and a small color illustrated guide book.

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Sandi Genovese was by far my favorite.  I came away with projects I couldn’t wait to do and am actually featuring some of them in upcoming classes at the store.  She had some really fabulous ideas.

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Anna Griffin’s scrapbook pages are beyond elegant.  I can’t wait to recreate some of her masterpieces for my daughter’s scrapbooks.  I also plan to use her ideas in the vintage family album scrapbook I am creating.  I’m definately on the look out for her scrapbook papers now!

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Susan Ure is a great place to start with altered arts.  I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn’t more in depth information but she still had some great ideas and recommendations.  I just recently started doing altered art so I will be returning to her DVD as I learn.

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April Cornell’s DVD is really more about altered arts than scrapbooking.  Her projects are three dimensional and most would need to be mounted on chipboard rather than cardstock.  They are the kinds of things you would expect to see displayed on a wall or in an easel stand.

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I have not yet obtained copies of these other DVD books although they, along with the others, can be found on Amazon. 

So many projects and ideas, so little time!

To You From ME Designs

I have to say I love these earrings!  They were handcrafted by a local artist.  They are blingy, fun, light weight and hypo-allergenic.

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Did I happen to mention that the local artist is my 10 year old son?  And yes, he IS taking orders! 

Free! (And Reasonable)

Once again, Saturday morning found me scouting the Garage Sales for goodies.  My daughter went with me and we enjoyed breakfast and conversation along the way until she had to be home to get ready for her own Saturday plans.  Then my hubby surprised me by forgoing his karate classes so we could spend some time together.  I actually would have missed a few treasures if it hadn’t been for him.  Can you imagine? 

Much to my excitement, several of the sales had boxes of items free for the taking.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Here’s a glimpse into my free acquisitions:

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My goodies include Christmas gift bags and tags, a snowflake, a Christmas tree basket, vinyl gift bags, wall paper rolls, CD cases, buttons, mirrors, dried moss, Easter trees (to be disassembled for a spring wreath I’ve been wanting to make, a vinyl Easter table cloth, stencil, plastic cups, and various kitchen utensils to be devoted to craft purposes. 

Now on to my actual purchases:

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I scored more ribbon, ric rack, fiber and buttons for cards, lace, hot pink alphabet stickers, flowers, paper lace heart doilies, beads, bows, a ceramic mold and ceramic presses, a storage container, another small pot pouri crock pot and a ruler.  My most fabulous find was the GBC binding system and supplies for only 1 dollar!  It normally retails for $49.99.  My hubby is credited for finding the 3 brand new Stampin’ Up sets. 

My total expenditures for the day?  $10.75.  Not a bad haul!

More Trifold Shutter Cards

Once you learn how to make these fabulous cards, they really come together quickly and easily!  I made some more of these to sell at Ramona’s shop.

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More Treasures

There were more treasures to be had this past Saturday!  Have I mentioned I love garage sales?

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I found some organizers for embellishments, plastic baskets, more embroidery hoops for making frames for paper making, paper molds, fibers, brushes, and Christmas light embellishments.  I found a wooden puzzle and some wonderful book titles for altered book projects.  It didn’t make the photo, but there was a miniature pot pouri crock pot for a dollar that I can use for melting beeswax.  Probably the best buy of the day was the candy molds I got for my son for 10 cents each.  Oh, and the mug?  It’s not so much a crafty item, but something I need for my Ren Fest costume!

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