"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Western Mini Book

While checking out Tim Holtz's site, I came across the little video he has for a one page album.  And seeing as I already had one cut out and sitting for a couple of years in my 'started projects' drawer......I decided to finish it.

One thing I will say about the construction---on the pages that hold the tags, I had to add some tissue tape to the binder end otherwise, the tags tended to push on the binder tape---if one pushed the tag in too far and, where Tim put the binder tape, I added a second piece.

**Note added since this post** After embellishing the  pages, I found that the tissue tape binding didn't hold--so I stamped and sponged a piece of sticky-back canvas and put that on for the binding and I gued it with liquid glass as well.








The little things added to the pages can have photos or journaling papers tucked underneth.  As you can see in the last picture, the little square on the front can have a photo slipped inside and there is tape on the bottom inside to stick it together.

There you have it   :)   


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tea on Tuesday

Happy T Day  :)
 I'm enjoying a lovely bowl of mixed berries with my tea!

If you would like to join us or just see what others are doing for T day, hop on over to Kim's blog,

 I'm not really starting Christmas things already but.....  
.....these are two tags I started in December when Tim Holtz did the Twelve Days of Christmas 
(I had visions of making all twelve--yikes!).
I don't have the right size tags and I don't own all the goodies Tim puts on his stuff, 
but thanks to Diane at http://camelcaravans.blogspot.com/ 
I have some tags   :)

Second week of Project Jar and I've added 7 papers---a paper craft, crochet item, sewing item, hang a rod for punches, my album (again), tidying of wires behind the computer, and
sorting of papers and binders on a shelf unit in my craft room.
Some things require more space and time, but the whole idea IS to get them out and finished.
Long-term projects will keep going back into the jar until done.
I'm going to try to have 7 projects in the jar each Monday.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Progress :)

The little bag is done  :)  
It has some padding between the brocade outside and satin inner lining,
a little handle and drawstring cord.
Inside the bag is a little rectangle, removable, piece of coroplast--covered with the fabric--that holds the bottom nice and flat. 

I'm really pleased about getting this one done.  It's a gift for my good friend who brought me the lovely daffodils!  Her son is terminal with a brain tumour and she brings ME flowers!  We had tea, ate a huge piece of cake each and chatted the day away. 

Some more cards made this week--I love doing the faux silk technique with tissue, but this time I used a little napkin.  I separated the napkin to get the top layer off, scrunched it up, then carefully opened it and put it on some cardstock to which I had applied glue.  Each piece has a different coloured cardstock under the napkin and I used 2/3 colours of Glimmer Mist on each one. 

I'm still working on my Project Jar, getting the photos picked out and printed.
Another big green garbage bag goes to re-use with unwanted clothes.
There is one more piece of paper in the jar--that comes out tomorrow and then I can put a whole new batch in!
So the list goes on!

I'm so impressed with myself  :)   toot, toot.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tea on Tuesday and Getting Results from Project Jar

Well, I have some results to show for the Jar thing  :) 

But, I'm taking a break with my Cranberry tea while visiting others for tea on Tuesday.   

This came from the two ends of my closet---and is going to the re-use center.  
I am down to one of these three-drawer containers at either end of my closet--
1 with yarn and 1 with fabric, plus.....1 tub of yarn and 1 tub of fabric. 

I am finished with the tissue box cards and currently NOT saving any more boxes.
  The two bigger ones on the right are birthday cards and the other are sympathy and thank you cards.

The Picture Wall. 
I have drawn out pieces of paper the size of my frames and stuck them on the wall. 
I did pick out some photos, but I need to get a few more of the older ones and then
get them all printed and into the frames.   

I had to go to town and get thread to do the make-up bag, but now I can get busy and sew it up.

There are three more slips of paper in the jar and
I have already printed up a list of things to do for the next set. 
It's a fun way to get jobs done---so far, so good  :)    

If you would like to see who's having Tea on Tuesday and join us, check out Kimmies site, http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Jar Thing...

Well, I didn't get fancy. 

 Here's my jar and a list of 10 projects that needed to be worked on. 
It was easier to dump them out and close my eyes to choose.

Some can be completed in less than one day and I could choose another that same day--if I was so inclined  :)

1. Prepare fabric and complete this project---this is fabric and pattern that I have had for 2 years.  I wanted sew a make-up bag for my good friend. Can be done in a day.

2. Make a, diet concious, menu plan and grocery list for the next week.  I belong to a tiny group of ladies who meet once a week to keep tabs on our weight and we bring along any craft we happen to be working on. Can be done whilst having my afternoon tea  :)

3. Do the tissue box cards.  That's those little cut-outs in my previous post. I'd say, looking at the pile, that it may take a couple of days to complete this one.

4. Determine projects for my three drawers and one Rubbermaid tub of fabric.  If I can't come up with a plan, then it has to be donated.  Determine projects for three drawers of yarn or donate it.  These two are together because I'm pretty darn sure I can complete this task in one day.  Some of the fabric has been around for 10 years!  I have some Buffalo yarn that my Mom had---she's been gone for 29 years!

5. Finish the tags I started before Christmas--thanks Tim Holtz!  This will take 2 days, for sure!

6. Spend one day to make cards (4?) for upcoming celebrations, etc.

7. Pick photos for the new frames I bought, decide on size and get printed.  I bought 4, different sized frames that will hold 1 to 6 photos. I'm going to trace the frames on paper, then plan a design for them all, on the diningroom wall.  This is going to take a couple of days, I think.

8. Get out my childhood album (which I started a couple of years ago) and get the pictures together with the paper.  I should be able to do 4, 2-page spreads each day--8 pages? I'm aiming to do this once a week until complete.......I want this done in a month, so number 8 won't go back into the jar.

9. Go through drawers and closet to determine what to keep and what to toss!  I know for a fact there are things that haven't been worn for a long time. That includes the laundry basket that has a few things that keep hiding under the newly added ones.  This is a 1 day job, easily.

10. Ok, there's only nine  :)   I doubled up on the fabric and yarn one.

Now, should I add jobs as I take one out.....
or stick with the original plan and empty the jar totally before adding?
Numbers 2 and 6 will be put back into the jar.

I am not permitted to take out a paper and exchange for another!
 If I don't like the job--tough tamales!
 I MUST choose ONE every day.  I love to multi-task and I know some of them take no time. 
I can even take a project ot a friends.  

This post is all about procrastination  :)  on which I'm an expert.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tea on Tuesday

At a friends house for coffee today--no tea  :)

I took some things to work on.....the beginnings of small, 4 x4 cards.  I made some quite a while back and put pics of them in my gallery on Splitcoast Stampers, if you care to take a peak.  These rose ones are more intricate.  

According to a quiz in a magazine about what 'type' of organizational person I am, it would be good for me to write little tasks on pieces of paper and put them in a jar.   Then, I could just reach into the jar and pick a project.  Of course I've heard of this, but never tried it.  
I'm seriously thinking of giving it a whirl   :)

Kick back, have some tea and join me in seeing who is doing what on this T day  :)   check Kimmies site, http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/  for a list of tea bloggers.