Thursday, March 17, 2011

#93 WOYWW Better late than never - Mieux vaut tard que jamais!

I'm late for WOYWWednesday, but I'm still here. Let's kick it off with a picture that is not my work desk, but my dining room wall. You might have seen this one on a very early blog post
All this is part of the home stash. You caught a glimpse of it last week during the paint-o-mania when the kitchen was temporarily ripped apart. Dave the Painter, another saint, finished his work on Friday at 4 pm and Saint Husband had bridge in there 3 hours later. Is Dave an awesome painter? oh yeah.

At the top is an old heater register (see the diagonal keyhole that opened and closed the damper?) At left is a post office box door, a bunch of face plates for door knobs, assorted keys, etc. Bottom right is a sterling silver curvy pendant I made during my silver smithing days in college. Above it and to the right are face plates and keys from French châteaux, early 1800s. 

I did very little in the studio, but that's ok. Am getting in touch with my French side. My tags are in a coffee can I got in Paris, the photos make me want to be in Paris and my project is dreaming of being in Paris. I'm "homesick" for April in Paris and it's only March. 

 So I found an old skinny cigar box and am doing the outside in distress stain (dusty concord/peeled painted) and perfect pearls. It is a WIP work in progress.
The inside has a Paris theme in alcohol inks an' some other stuff I haven't figured out yet, so that's why you aren't seeing it here yet.
 I'd forgotten how beautiful simple could be. The husband needed a sympathy card, so I used a Wendy Vecchi stamp from Botanical Art with some cobalt (I think. I'm not going down to the studio to check 'cuz I'm too lzay,lozy, lazy to get up) perfect pearl powder. VoilĂ . C'est tout for today. Hugs.

PS tomorrow I'll show you the cool tags my friend Lori sent me that made me *smile*. 

PPS Go see other desks at Julia's Stamping Ground

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WOYWW #92 (Dis)Organized

Well, I knew this day was coming - Dave the Painter is here to work on the kitchen and the husband's (St. Donald) half-bath. In order for me to have a mess in one part of the house, another location has to be *well* organized.
Here's the mess of all things kitchen in the dining room. I won't even dare to show you what's in the living room ;-)
 So this means that the room of stash got a good straightening over the weekend, something that had been piling up since the holidays. Because I have some many different interests, organization is key to playing. Please don't think I'm sick, sick, sick because of my manic desire to label everything. I think it's just a carry-over of 30 years of filing habits as a teacher!

Mr. Tim's alcohol inks divided into lights, brights and earthtones, plus some stickles.
 More Mr. Tim toys: blending tools, distress embossing powders and lots of glitter.
More Tim Holtz goodies: Distress stains (DS). Most stash items are out in the open so I can remember to play with them. I'm one of those out of sight, out of mind people, so I *love* to see stash. There is no doubt that I am addicted to color. If you don't have the DS yet, splurge and get them all at once. That way you won't have to keep going back for one or two. Play will start immediately when they are on your desk. (I punched 1 inch circles, glued them to the to of the bottles and then dabbed them with the DS color, nifty, n'est-ce pas?

I plan to spend time in the studio today making backgrounds for cards that I'll create tomorrow and mail on Friday. Organization and planning make me comfortable, whereas chaos gives me a case of the crazies.

Speaking of organized, pop on over to Miss Julia's Stamping Ground to see what's going on around the world. Her blog friends always brings a smile to my face. Make something good this week - and make a good hearty laugh to go along with it.  Hugs,

 PS, If you are a fan of Stampotique, go visit  Gini at "A little bit of shiny." She is their guest artist this month and does tons of fab things with their stamps. Would that I could have a Stampotique collection like hers and the talent to use it. This is something to which I can aspire. (don't ya love the grammar!) Thanks for visiting this week.

  PSS Did I remember to show you the basket in which I keep my TH Sizzix dies? I'm running out of space and must stop buying stash. *Someone* needs an intervention. rofl

 Th-th-th-that's all folks!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#91 WOYWW Back in the swing of things

Yippee it's time for a trip around the world over at Julia's Stamping Ground. I can't tell you how much this has changed my life, I mean where else can you go to visit, greet and meet so many great artists. Yes, artists. I am of the opinion that anyone who is creative is an artiste because they share their work in a public forum, i.e., chez Julia.

Since the husband's return from golfing in South Carolina, I'm more inclined to head down to the studio, room of stash, furnace room, etc.  Last weekend I made a reallllly long banner for my niece's birthday. Well I had to, there was a lot to say: Angela*16*Mar.19* It is probably 4 ft long. Here it is

 I think she'll like it, and especially the little bit of cash I tucked inside, too.

Also played with some alcohol inks. They sure are easy to use and make some uber cool backgrounds for stamping.

 Here's a card I made. Love those colors for spring. You may be wondering why there is a dental tool in front of the card. Well, it makes it easier for me to take the plastic redline tape off the adhesive than if I used my fingernails! 

I've had the tool for eons and can only suggest that you ask your dentist for old or broken ones. I wonder if a local medical supply store might have one? Another tool I love to use is a hemostat for gripping tiny eye screws when using Tim Holtz's Configurations. My fingers don't fit in those small spaces. I simply (haha) make a hole with the dental tool, grasp the eye screw with the hemostat and turn. Maybe this little tip will be of help to some of you who are equally as challenged as I am! Now I'm off to the post office to mail the banner.
Hope you have time to make something creative and fun that will make you smile and laugh. Hugs.