Posts Tagged ‘simple pleasures’

off on their way.
I managed to finish my “simple pleasures” tags and get them in the mail – and as usual paid a small fortune in shipping to ensure their timely arrival. I didn’t get the other project done, although I am still going to do it and send it to Somerset Life – I think it would fit in well there.

Anyway, here are the tags. I feel like they need a little more oomph, although I’m not sure exactly what. And I think the words should be bigger. Other than that I think they turned out well.

her treasures

(Sorry this one is the wrong way – if I turned it then I’d have to make the picture much smaller in order to fit on my blog!)
she and her sewing machine

she knew every petal

and onto the next project
I recently bought the newest issue of Somerset Studio and was thrilled to find that one of the upcoming themes is literary classics! Now that’s a theme that was made for me. I immediately knew what I wanted to make – a collage based on my favorite book, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton. I adore the main character, Lily Bart (and yes, she is one of the reasons I wanted the name Lily for my daughter, although I certainly don’t wish for the same fate!). I’ve had this idea for a necklace based on Miss Bart for several years now, but I can apply the idea to a collage just as well.

Edith Wharton is one of my favorite authors – I’ve read several of her books. Her writing is subtle yet precise, and she has a marvelous way of revealing human nature and the demands of the New York high society of the early 1900s. Good stuff!



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a holiday for all occasions
Look what I got…the new issue of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations. Looking through this magazine makes me want to decorate for holidays more often.

holidays & celebrations

And here is my Mom’s crown. Looks great, doesn’t it? The photograph is beautiful.

birthday crown

And lucky for me they didn’t mention it was for her 60th birthday!

glamour girl
I finished reading Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed, by Michelle Morgan. I thought it was a bit lacking in detail and too speculative at times. However the personal remembrances of Marilyn were great, particularly those of Bill Pursel, who knew Marilyn when she was still Norma Jean. There are a lot of great pictures too.

When it comes to Marilyn, it seems impossible to get the whole story. One books says this, another says that, this person says one thing, another says something different.

I’d like to read another Marilyn biography. I’m still deciding which book though. There are so many! (I wonder what she would think of all this obsession and fascination with her?) In the meantime I’m reading The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes. I don’t like her early poems so much; they are rather formulaic and stilted and archaic-sounding (I can’t imagine where she got some of her words!). But starting in the late 1950s I like them much better – they sound more natural, and you can hear her voice coming through. And of course the Ariel poems are totally amazing.

simple pleasures
So I’m still working on my tags to submit to Somerset Studio. I wanted to have them finished last weekend. So much for that. I really really need to finish them this weekend, since they need to be in California by next Friday. I’m not sure if I will have time to make the other project. I’ve felt rather unmotivated lately to work on the tags. I want to, but I have this fear that I’m going to mess them up. Plus I feel tired, and frustrated at my lack of time. And the fact that I have to work this weekend does not help. Complain, complain, complain. Anyway, here is one tag. I like how it’s coming along. There are freshwater pearls sewn along one edge, and emboidery floss wrapped around the other edges.

she loved her sewing maching


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the teacups were not my cup of tea
We went to Knoebel’s a couple weeks ago (I’m a bit behind here – meant to publish this post last week but didn’t have time to before leaving for Ocean City!) – Julian had to work, so it was just me, Marc, and Lily. It only took Lily about an hour this time to warm up and start going on rides. She loves the rides – and she certainly doesn’t get that from me! I tried to be more adventurous this time – we all went on the Whip, which was fun. We all went on the torture cups – I mean Teacups. That was not fun. Not even close. Let’s just say that I prayed a lot on that ride, and I didn’t feel well for a while after disembarking.

But Lily and Marc love it all. Lily’s favorites were the Flying Tigers (which I went on with her and had no problem!) and the kiddie roller coaster. Next year Marc wants to take her on the big coaster. I’m a bit nervous about that, but I think she might be ok. She wanted to go on the Italian Trapeze, but I said no, because I was afraid she would fall out of the seat! I don’t like the idea of her being alone on a ride. At least if Marc is next to her he can hold onto her. Maybe next year.

I forgot the camera, so I have no pictures to share. bummer.

I have been continuing my exploration with Polyshrink. I tried embossing, both on an already-baked piece and an unbaked piece. Neither worked out. I tried Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. I found that I couldn’t get the colors as vibrant as I wanted, although it did look nice anyway. In the end though it wasn’t really the look I was going for. I’ve never used the Alcohol Inks before – they’re fun!

I also tried Ranger’s Pigment Pearls – again, I couldn’t get the look I wanted, but I would love to try them on other surfaces.

After these experiments, I’ve come to realize that for my Polyshrink fragments, I prefer the simplicity of the rubber-stamped designs, with no additional colors (except of course glitter chalk!).

So now I’m trying out some different sealers, and then I’m done. For now. Then I need to make some actual jewelry pieces!

and in other creative news
I’ve also been working on a couple projects to submit to Somerset Studio for their “simple pleasures” theme. One project consists of three tags, each featuring an antique photo of a lovely woman engaging in some sort of pleasant activity. Originally I wanted to make a book depicting leisurely pasttimes of yore, but reality was kind enough to smack me on the head and say, “um, do you seriously think you have time to make a book, in a month?” So the book turned into tags. Here are the photos I’m using – these are from digitalimageryplus.com

in my garden



The other project is a set of three cards (I love the number three – it’s a very good number for sets of things!). Each card has an encourgaging, hope-giving sentiment (“you are beautiful”, for example). Each card will also have a handmade paper flower embellishment – I want the cards to be very simple, and elegant. The idea is that creating a card for someone, giving someone a card, and receiving a card are seemingly simple things, yet contain much potential for pleasantness!

So that’s what’s been cooking in the kitchen here. The creative juices have been bubbling away!


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