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A few weeks ago we drove 3 hours north to hang out with my family for a few days in beautiful Dushore PA. Then we drove 3 hours south to Ocean City MD to hang out with my husband’s family.

Here are some photos from Ocean City:

My husband’s family surrounds all of their traditions with food, and Ocean City is no exception. Thrashers fries and Fractured Prune doughnuts (both pictured above), crabs, Fishers popcorn, Wockenfuss, and Dumsers are all necessary accompaniments to the experience. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure there would be any experience if not for the food!

Dushore was lovely and peaceful. We checked out the Sullivan County fair (demolition derby!) and took a ride on the Hiawatha riverboat, which takes a little tour on the Susquehanna River. We also went to a wonderful antiques place called the Red Barn (I’m not sure if that is the exact name, but it’s a red barn).

Of course I had to buy something. There was no way I was going to leave without treasures. There was so much to choose from – dishes, kitchen utensils, linens, knick knacks, jewelry, clothes….I finally settled on some fantastic women’s magazines from the 1930s, a couple ladies’ club books (so cool!), and (bestill my heart!) vintage sewing accessories. Take a peek….

Aren’t they fabulous? I have an idea to make some tags with the ladies’ club books. I just adore old stuff!

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hello again!
Once again I feel like it’s been forever since I last posted. ok, maybe more like three weeks. whatever. That’s a long time for me. I haven’t been working on much, which is probably the main reason for my lack of posting. Plus I’ve been super busy at work. Those are my excuses.

vintage delightfulness
I found this great website – Vintage Design Resource – chock full of vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry components. yummy! I ordered the Immaculate Ring Vintage Jewelry Kit and a length of chain. For starters!

bookmarks – why not?
For Somerset Studio’s literary theme I decided to make two collaged bookmarks, representing two of my favorite books – The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country, both by Edith Wharton (one of my favorite authors). I’m not making much progress however because of printer issues. Almost all of the elements I’m using need to be printed out. Right now they’re trapped in my computer! Time is running out; I really wanted to get them done this weekend.

I’m afraid with the themes I tend to be very literal in my interpretation – is there a lack of creativity on my part? I wish I could be more abstract in my thinking.

time – why can’t we be friends?
oh time! I start off the year full of enthusiasm and eager to start on my goals for the year. Unfortunately the first two weeks of January are very busy for me at work, and I quickly start to feel as if I am accomplishing nothing. But the busy time has passed, so now I can focus on the other parts of my life! I have a variety of goals for the year, many of which involve re-organizing certain things around the house. I have some personal goals as well, and of couse my artistic goals. So I’ve got plenty to do!

I feel as though I did not accomplish much last year, in artistic endeavors (well, in pretty much all endeavors), and looking back at my posts from last year, I see that that feeling is correct. I did more than I remember, but not as much as I would have liked.

But that’s cool. Another year, another 365 days of opportunity! (minus 25.)


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finally, spring
I noticed the trees outside the window at work are blooming pretty white flowers. I’m so thankful my desk faces the windows. Otherwise I’d be looking at a wall all day. yuck.

shipping woes
My Vintage Halloween projects are safely across the country now, in the hands of Somerset Studio. I won’t even say how much I paid for shipping. It was ridiculous and I’m not letting that happen again!

I utterly dislike packing up my work to mail. Tagging everything, finding appropriate shipping containers, packing, labeling – I hate it! A whole night spent on mailing. yuck again.

scary scary ladies
But anyway, here are my Scary Ladies Vintage Halloween gift tags.

Scary Ladies - Mary

Scary Ladies - Helen

Scary Ladies - Viola

And here are the backs:

Scary Ladies Vintage Halloween Gift Tag - back

Scary Ladies Vintage Halloween Gift Tag - back

Scary Ladies Vintage Halloween Gift Tag - back

I think they turned out well, although I do think I went a little overboard and maybe there’s too much stuff on each tag.

We’ll see if Somerset likes them!


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boo to you
So here are my Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sacks. I was kind of in a hurry when I took these pictures – and it shows. They’re not very good, and they really don’t do the sacks justice. But I won’t have another chance to photograph them before I pack them up, so these will have to do. The handles, which you can partially see in the pictures, have ribbon wrapped around them.

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - Boo

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - happy halloween

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - trick or treat

I love how they turned out – way cuter than I ever imagined! I’m very pleased with them.

One of my goals with these sacks was to not use any liquid glue. So I used my sewing machine to sew together the image, the orange cardstock, and the text, and then adhered that to the sack with double-sided adhesive. I used brads to attach the hats and sewed the beads onto the flowers. The only liquid glue I used was Diamond Glaze, to attach the flowers and for securing the ends of the ribbons.

It was fun using non-glue methods, and faster too, since I didn’t have to wait for glue to dry.

I’m still working on the tags. I have all the components completed; it’s just a matter now of sewing everything together.

artful blogging
I finished reading the latest Artful Blogging. These were my favorite articles:

Michelle Ward’s Raising the Bar: Photo Presentation for your Blog. Michelle shares tips on turning the photos on your blog into something special, memorable, and interesting. I’ve already started to use her ideas.
Angela Harris. Pure, delicious eye candy.
Teresa Sheeley. Love her delightful, whimsical art.
Jenny Doh. Great article on what it means to be an authentic artful blogger.
Lisa Parks. On living a beautiful life.
Gillian Hamilton. Love her gorgeous art.
Project Blogway. I totally would wear that blouse on page 95.

~off to play with my scary ladies~

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happy song
I heard this song for the first time today – what a fun song! It was stuck in my head for a while.

to no avail
Anyway, I worked on some more Polyshrink stuff last Saturday and ended up wasting three sheets. Well, not exactly wasted. I managed to make half a sheet to my liking, and one & half sheets are now designated for practice. One sheet I did end up trashing out of frustration, which in hindsight was stupid because I could have used it for something.

Oh well. I forget where I left off with the clasp saga, so I’ll just say that I still need to switch my Polyshrink bracelet to a lobster claw. It’s fallen off a few more times. Toggles are just too expensive.

And I think I will need to use a sealer of some sort – upon closer inspection of my bracelet I noticed that all the pretty pearliness from the pearlescent chalk has rubbed off, and the components are looking a bit dull.

But I did make another pair of earrings for my vintage-inspired jewelry line and I even made a pair for myself.

wrap up
And that’s pretty much what I’ve been working on. I marked February 28th on my calendar as the day I will officially open my Etsy shop. So whatever jewelry I’ve got ready will just have to do. Come March 1st I’ve got my vintage halloween projects and another project lined up.

~being fruitful, not busy (I hope!)~

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Vintage Paper Crafts by Anna Corba

vintage paper lovelies
My mom bought me Anna Corba’s Vintage Paper Crafts for Christmas. I wrote up a little review – check it out in the Library (scroll all the way down).

I bought some more clear rubber stamps from AC Moore. I forget the official name for these but I think it was something like Birds & Butterflies. They are by Inkadinkado (they make such cute stamps!).

Birds & Butterflies by Inkadinkado

I’m off to work on some more Polyshrink. I made a list of the components I’d like to make for my first pieces, and I hope to have them completed by the end of the week.

~creatively yours~

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polyshrink paradise
I have continued my Polyshrink playtime. And I’ve even learned an important lesson. Tsukineko VersaMagic Multi-surface Chalk Ink – no smears. Tsukineko VersaColor Ultimate Pigment Ink – smears like crazy. Good thing the pieces I’m working on are just practice. I used the VersaColor in black to stamp a bunch of pendant pieces. When I punched the holes or inadvertently touched the surface, the ink smeared. That’s ok though – these are the things I need to learn.

bathroom inspiration
I don’t know what it is about the bathroom that triggers inspiration, but while in the bathroom at work yesterday an idea came to me for my vintage Halloween project – party-favor trick-or-treat bags. I’ve been trying to come up with something a little different, and I think this is a neat idea.

smell my feet
I’m going to decorate/embellish the small size kraft-paper bags to serve as party-favors for a vintage Halloween party. I’ll use vintage photos, pages from a book, other papers, ribbon, paper flowers, crystals, and of course glitter glue.

Because nothing is done until there’s glitter glue on it.

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