Monday, March 28, 2016

If it zips IT FITS!

Need I say more? I mean, really. lol Love this image from Art Impressions - Bonnie's art captures daily life perfectly! My two favorite lines from Art Impressions is the Girlfriends line and the Ai People line.  The pairing of the sentiments rounds it out - they're just so funny!


One of my favorite things to do with clothing or fabrics with my Copics is to create a pattern. I had a very good time designing this card with a patterned shirt and my Copics and chose something easy - a monochromatic pattern on the top, with jeans (tertiary to the secondary orange) to pop the color, with a soft pink in the background. Pink and orange go well together because they are analogous on the color wheel and its a nice soft blend.


I added a half doily for interest and layering



and stamped the sentiment, die cut it, distressed the edges and popped it up to create dimension.




The mint green behind the doily in a lattice pattern ties everything together nicely.  I added some candy dots in cream to continue with circle theme from the sentiment.


I hope you enjoyed reading about and seeing this card.  I hope that you will leave a comment and let me know how you like it!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Punch Art Pink Flamingo

Who loves flamingos?! That would be me! And this guy was just too cute to pass up. I found the tutorial at Brandy Cox's youtube channel  Brandy always does such a great job with her designs. Although I am not affiliated in any way with Stampin' Up! (like, at all) I still like to pop in on Brandy and see what she's got going on.
Although I have not ever created punch art before, I was able to duplicate Brandy's design with what I had in stock and on hand, and I think this little guy turned out just peachy! This design makes me smile every time I look at it. All I can say is that the world needs more googly eyes!!




Are you a fan of the googly eyes?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Miss Your Slippa at My Door

I love this card. To create this card I used an image from Rubber Stamp Plantation that I picked up last year during my visit. I chose the Large Ukulele Girl and masked her off, then stamped once again over her with an image from Impression Obsession. I then created another matting of the same and had a bit of fun with coloring, resulting in two separate color schemes of the same design.


I kept the green one because I think its nice to look at and I enjoy the design so much.


Which one is your favorite? The purple matting with the pink flower or the green matting with the orange flower?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Red Briefcase Handbag for Hawaii

Hello all and thanks for stopping by to check out the blog! I'm so happy to be back and be sharing some new posts with you. Its been a while, so lets get started.
Like most women, I love handbags! Here is a neo vintage piece that I acquired last March for my April/May trip to Hawaii.

I packed this handbag all over two separate islands! It was a good thing, too because it has plenty of room and after my major shopping hauls I needed all the room I could get!

The bag incudes red leather with matching extending strap, and black and white gingham sides and matching bow. The gold tone hardware round out this great piece - love the details!! It's manufactured by Madison for and I found this beauty at my local GoodWill. I paid $15 for this brand new handbag (still had the wrapping and everything!) that really was a life-saver during the two-week trip. The bag is rather large so it can double as a small briefcase or computer bag as well. In my case, I didn't bother with the laptop because I needed the room for magazines and books and coloring projects for the plane on the way over and back. The more delicate items I was able to pack back in another item I picked up while over there.
Love the color, love the size, love the bag. This is a great item so keep your eyes peeled for Madison products useful for travel and business. I love mine and use it frequently.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sewing a 1950's Dress

I've never sewn a proper dress before. In my Junior year of high school in my Shakespeare class I made a shitty reproduction period gown on a half broken sewing machine, which surprisingly didn't turn out that poorly, minus the bright teal color and some minor gaposis, but overall, not a proper dress. So this Cheetah print 50's dress was really one of my first sewing projects of clothing that I intend to wear.

I decided to use Butterick's B6055 Retro 50's pattern for starters. Its a pretty straightforward pattern and I washed and pressed the fabric before I began cutting out my items.

Cutting out the various pieces

The top cut out. The right hand side has been left open for the zipper.

Working on the collar.




The collar should not have been as much of a challenge as it was, but I got through it. :P Not sure how professional it is, but hey, works for me!

Moving onto the skirt.
Separate panels cut and sewn together. Flipped right side out.
Now all that's left is to: sew half the bodice, attach the bodice to the skirt, insert a zipper (YIKES!!!) and hem the skirt. Also, fittings.  So, if you have any suggestions in working with zippers for a COMPLETE zipper noob, please leave a comment for tips and suggestions!! With zippers I can use all the help I can get - they are notoriously difficult to work with. Much appreciated!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vintage Faberware Coffee Maker

It's amazing to me what people throw out! I found this complete vintage coffee maker on the side on the road in a "free" pile. I'm actually quite thankful for this piece. Its complete - wire/cord, coffee basket and pump, and although I do have a Keurig machine, I do not always use because its hard on the environment. (All those pods!) That, and I've got a bunch of yummy coffee I brought back from Hawaii that I've been enjoying with this little guy. After and since I brought it home, cleaned it up and sanitized the pump and coffee basket and plugged 'er in, I've been able to enjoy my ground coffee in vintage and practical style. :-) I've also found that, unlike the Keurig machines, you can control exactly how strong you want your coffee. Its cheaper to own a regular coffee maker as well because you just buy the ground coffee in bulk and you're set.



If you're interested in owning your own Faberware percolator, you can find them at most major online stores such as Sears, Macy's, and JC Penney. Or, if you have a knack for searching for and finding things that may not always come complete, you can find replacement parts at various places online. Just make sure to give the correct model number!

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