Gifts For the Girls
The girls I used to work with still include me in a lot of their gatherings, and I was invited to their Christmas party and gift exchange. This is what I made for them:
They are wooden "cigar box" purses with bamboo handles that I found at Michael's and put some goodies in, and some candle tins I also found at Michael's. I used papers from K & Company's "Hannah" Scrap Pad to Go, and inks from CTMH, as well as some gold paint and Royal Coat Decoupage Medium.
This is Della's:
This is Jacquelyn's (my personal favorite):
This is Judy's:
And this is Kim's:
I wasn't all that thrilled with all the black on the pens, so next go 'round I'll have to try a different type (maybe the stick pens wrapped with adhesive sheets and beaded or something), but other than that I was kind of pleased with how they turned out. The other two items are a Post-It note holder and an altered mini composition book. The girls all loved them, so I was happy about that, too!
Originally posted December 31, 2007
My friend Della had a birthday on the 1st, but her party was this afternoon (I just got back), so I had a few extra days to make her gift. She's HUGE into gardening, so I made her a garden journal:
This is the front cover and first page (above), and the "wish/to-do" list booklet (in the left-hand pocket), and a pocket for receipts/seed packets, etc. on the right, and some pages to record information on gardening resources (nurseries, online sources, etc.) below:
Next up is the end of the "resource" pages and a quote on a pocket page (the gingham edge is a booklet that pulls out to record purchase information), and the birthday wishes on a page before the actual journaling pages:
And that's the whole book! All papers were from the K & Company "Hannah" collection (it matches her Christmas gift - see above). The base of the journal is a notebook (6" x 6") from the dollar store. The pocket pages are a CD folder that I cut apart and covered with paper, and I invented the envelope (it expands). I printed all the address book/purchase record/journaling pages on my printer (made the tables in Excel) and cut them to size. They are stitched down the center to hold them together, and to the cover (on the purchase record and the list booklet).
Originally posted April 5, 2008
Yee-freakin'-haw! Wonderfulness abounds! A card I made - me...I made it...me - actually got published! How cool is THAT?! I knew about it before now (like, since April), but never said anything before, because I was afraid it wasn't true - I had to wait until I saw it in print to believe it for reals. At long last my "complimentary issues" came TODAY! This is the magazine:
This is what page it's on:
Here's the pic of my card:
And here's the card for real:
This is the first - and only - thing I've submitted to a magazine. Kinda cool that it made it in there! I'd pretty much forgotten about it when I got the email from PaperCrafts asking if they could use it! You just never know, eh?
Originally posted September 9, 2008
A Sweet Memory
I was hoping to catch up with some of the Splitcoast challenges today. As usually happens, though, the one card I made went through such an evolutionary process that I only did the one. What a sweet experience, though!
The challenge was to make a card inspired by one of our memories, or an item that brought back a memory. I present this:
That humble, worn shaker on the right is the beginning of my love affair with the color red. It represents everything "virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy" - most notably HOME in the truest and best sense of that word!
Alice Jean Shumway raised womanhood in general - and motherhood in particular - to a high art. She could have been anything, and done anything, as she was an incredibly intelligent, creative, accomplished woman. However, she always considered "Mother" to be her truest and highest calling, and executed it with the excellence and love that she always put into everything she did. She taught us a love of reading and learning, encouraged us to be creative and resourceful, fostered self-esteem and respect for others, sang us lullabies and played the piano and allowed us to blast our chosen music at full volume and a million, billion other amazing, wonderful things!
That little shaker was one of the most often-used items in her kitchen. It always had cinnamon and sugar in it - for toast and for the little leftover bits of pastry when she baked pies. Just looking at or holding this shaker gets me all misty-eyed and lumpy-throated and nostalgic - it represents comfort for the body and the soul, and makes me realize all over again how truly blessed I was to have been born to the amazing parents I was fortunate enough to call "Mom" and "Dad".
If any of my children or friends or anyone I've ever encountered feels even a bizillionth the affection for me that I feel towards my parents, I will have lived a life worth living, after all...
Originally posted December 28, 2008
Back In The Day...
This project is the result of playing along in an Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast. Sarah Collier is a fabulous artist that mixes vintage pics, text, and other images into very unique creations. I was inspired by her entire Flickr gallery, as opposed to one particular work, to make this:
It's a collage of various images that hold meaning for me personally. Here's the scoop:
- Led Zeppelin was the first concert I went to, and the old man on the cliff and the runes are from the cover of my favorite Led Zep album.
- The Beach Boys and the entire beach culture were highly influential in my childhood and youth, and I went with my sister and friend to their "Endless Summer" tour with the band Chicago at Anaheim Stadium.
- The snippet of map in the upper lefthand corner shows Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach - two of the places I frequented regularly.
- The girl's face is a charcoal rendering I did in high school, and it had a quote that went with it that I still find meaningful: "Within you there is a solitude and peace to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself."
- The other two girls are the cover of a pattern I made several articles of clothing with back then - I also wore my hair like that, only longer....
- The peace frog is just representative of the era.
I plan to mat and frame this some time in the near future - or possibly use it as a starting point for a "Book of Me" type of scrapbook. It was fun and nostalgic and introspective and all of that while I was putting it together...
Originally posted June 28, 2009