Saturday, October 30, 2010

BOO! And a Clue for DW's

The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Now you've collected your very last clue
and if you're still not sure what to do,
finish your layout and jump to your  host
 Digital Whisper to add  to the blog post!

Happy Halloween Creating!!!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


It's a simple formula really....

Take an old paper mache box you've had sitting around forever
Print the Paris Crown image on Iron On Transfer paper
then  iron it to burlap you dyed this summer
Ink the edges of the lid and add lace
glue aged ticking fabric to the bottom of the box
add a transparency, the word Paris printed on muslin, some bling and call it done.

I did.  :-)  ♥♥♥

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some New, Some Not So New

I just stocked the shelves at the Shabby Cottage Studio store with some new items and restocking of sold out items from Prima and the Tim Holt Idea-ology line.  Gotta love 'em both!  Just in time for gift making.  I know, I know, who wants to think about it (Christmas) but reality is nipping at our heels.

Happy Tuesday lovely lovlies!  Hope your weather is as balmy beautiful as mine at the moment.  I'm enjoying it while I can because I know it won't stay this way much longer.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Freebie For You

  Just for you! 
8 1/2 x 11 300 dpi image.
 Use it as you will except to resell in a collage sheet or in a cd/dvd collection.
Don't forget to click on the image, then right click and save.

Happy Weekend my lovely friends!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picture Woes

Standing at my own mailbox looking down the street.

Yesterday Blogger let me upload two photos.  Then I could upload but I just kept getting the infamous red x when I tried to put the images in to my post.  Then last night my camera card went kaflooey.  BEFORE I was able to get my photos saved to my hard drive!!!  All my photos I took on our outing Tuesday...gone.  Except the one above which I managed to have saved before the card just went totally bad.  All recovery operations were futile.  Here I was so proud of myself for remembering to bring my camera on our little day trip and actually taking photos.  Now lost to oblivion.  I'm sad. 
Sometimes technology can take a flying leap. ;-)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Torsos Torsos Everywhere

I added some new images over at the Inspiration Gallery last night.  Cindy over at Whimsical Musings has been creating some fun new torso tags that she gives as special gifts to her neighbors.  Such lucky neighbors!
  I wanted to post a picture here of some of Cindy's tags, but after numerous repeated tries in different configurations, I have decided Blogger has other plans for me today.  I know they have maintenance scheduled for later today and after sitting here struggling with the picture loader I believe they must need it.  But you can hop on over to Cindy's blog and check out her tags and you can also catch them at the Inspiration Gallery.  What?  You haven't been there yet?  Well my lovelies you simply must go and check out the artwork and be inspired! :-)

Cindy's tags inspired me to create a couple more Torso Tag sheets.

A Floral and Birds sheet

And a French sheet

Mr Shabby and I played some much needed hooky yesterday and went car hiking through the mountains of North Carolina.  AND believe it or not, I remembered to take my camera AND actually use it.  So today I'm playing catch up...which one must do when one plays hooky...but when I get a moment I'll get the pictures out of my camera and share some with you.

Happy Wednesday all you lovely Bloggers!
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Monday, October 18, 2010

New Workshop Starts Today

Fabric and Lace Composition Journal Workshop
 Working with fabric is a blast!  And I make it easy for you.
I think I counted 180 minutes of video and lots and lots of close ups.  It will be like you are sitting right at my worktable with me!  So come on, join me in the workroom for some good creative fun!

Remember at Creative Workshops our classes are all video, all 24/7 so you can fit a class into your schedule and even work in your jammies after the kids or lovely spouse are in bed if you prefer.

Happy Happy Monday my Lovelies!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Grunge It Up

A cool breezy fall day calls for time in the kitchen

with a fire in the fireplace
a big pot of vegetable soup on the stove
and a fudge marble cake in the oven.

Add some time design time and you have three new large image formats over at the store.

That's what I've been doing with my Friday.  What have you been doing with yours?

Love to you all.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vintage Linens and Lace Now Available

Finally.  I have the packets of vintage linens and laces ready for sale.  For now I am listing them here on the blog and I'll see how that goes.  If you look over to the sidebar and scroll down you will see a badge that says Vintage Lace.  Simply click on it and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase the packets.  I had to slap my hands to keep me from keeping so much of it for myself.  So, so tempting. :-)

I know we've all been glued to the television watching the Chilean miners emerge from their underground prison.  What a miracle.  How thrilled I am for the miners, their loved ones and the coutnry of Chile. 
God Bless.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  I know my week has certainly been much better than last week. :-)

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Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm an Idiot!!

Oh. My. Gosh.  You guys!  I totally forgot to draw a winner for the free class!  Sheesh!  The past two weeks have just been crazy and stressful.  Crazy with sale stuff and then we almost had a HUGE...I mean GINORMOUS server catastrophe for Creative Workshops and that has had us scrambling for higher ground.  We even had to cancel our mini vacation until we could get things figured out.  To make a long story short... our server who shall not remain anonymous, they are called Apollo Hosting and STAY AWAY from them, they lie....told us we had unlimited space when we signed up with them. 

Right before we were to leave on vacay they emailed us to say we were in violation of their space terms (wth?!) and our site would be taken down in 3 days if we did not get in compliance.  Peeps that is over 2 dozen classes getting ready to fall down around my ears.  I can't tell you how sick I was.  BUT!  We have found a new server, and have been scrambling for two weeks to keep everything safe on the old server while trying to get everything safe in the new home and finally, finally we are there.  This was one of those situations that while it was awful and terribly stress inducing, still could have been worse...they could have sent the email while we were out of town and we could have come back to no classes! 

And while this is is no excuse for forgetting to draw a winner for the Free Class it is my story and I'm sticking to it. :-)  Soooo, while I am late I am here and the random number generator chose Sharon Chapman as the lucky winner of my new class!  Congratulations Sharon!!!  I'll be emailing you!

I'm taking the day tomorrow to spend with my mom and doing some shopping over in Kingsport, about  an hour and a half away from here. Now that the situation has been resolved I need a day away from computers! :-)

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Creative Fun

I love old windows.  They are so versatile.  I've painted on them, I've made them into blackboards.  I've created doors and tables with them, added shelves to them  and as you see in the picture I've even hung two as art on my bedroom wall....ok, ok, they are old cabinet doors but you get the idea. ;-)

This is a window I finished this week and took to Shabby Cottage at the Corner Nest.
It got painted, distressed and glazed.

Adding a piece of vintage crochet lace on the back, a couple shabby coat hooks and two old table legs, not only added cottage charm, but functionality as well. 

Yesterday was a quiet day and I was able to get to my worktable and create some fun with a revamp of a tired, worn out paper mache box that had seen better days.  Sorry I didn't think to take a before picture, but trust me, it was sad.

I covered the sides with  decorative paper I digitally designed. (I will be adding this one to the store.)
I painted the lid rim.

Months ago I created some fabric paper and thought it worked wonderfully for the lid.
I added some vintage lace...

burlap, a vintage image, some bling and some rust...

and called it done.
I think I will take it to the Corner Nest space.

Our Dalmation, Cleo, is a Daddy's girl.  If she can't find her dad when one of them has been outside and comes back in, she will run to every room of the house until she finds him. 
I'm so glad we bought a chair and a half so many years ago because that is "their" chair.
Awake or asleep.

  I hope everyone has been having as beautiful fall weather this weekend as we have!
Toodleloo from the mountains!
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Meanderings & New Tutorial

 I adore movies.  As a child I grew up on movies and I have many happy memories of my mother driving my little sister and I to a nearby theatre and dropping us off, only to pickup us up after the movie.  I also remember summers spent at my Aunt's home and walking with my cousin a few blocks downtown to one of the two movie houses in the town I was born in, but didn't grow up in, and spending a wonderful couple hours wrapped in the magic of the big screen.

Living as rural as we do now I can only say thank goodness for satellite and movies on demand.  Even now, a long way down the road past childhood, the idea of watching a movie is a huge warm, comforting feeling  of escape for me.  I think I sometimes bodily leave my chair and step into the screen.   I even watch the credits!  And I admit, I immerse myself, so I am of the type of movie watcher who will gently and politely shush you if you try to carry on any conversation other than what we may be watching on the screen.  Time enough for other discussions later.  After the movie. ;-)

Living on a budget doesn't always allow me the access to as many movies as I would like...but this week I got to watch TWO because one was on television and didn't cost me a thing.

Mr. Dreamy himself, Russell Crow, was looking pretty darn hot good in tight leather nicely fitted trousers.  Russell was one of the producers of this flick and he and director Ridley Scott put chase to your typical overdone Robin Hood story.  For one thing, King Richard is killed off in the beginning of the story.  And Cate Blanchett as Marian is certainly not your typical Marian.  Without giving anything away I guess the best I can do to describe this verison is to liken it to a kind of backstory as to how Robin became Robin Hood. 

I remember when this movie came out in 2004 and thinking I would like to see it.  But it never happened until it was on t.v. the other night and I decided to stay up late to watch it.  All I can say is it was okay.  The most interesting thing I found about the movie was that, like the Robin Hood story above, this version was not your typical King Arthur story.  It actually took place about 1000 years before the other stories of Arthur and Arthur is a Roman cavalry officer during the end of the Roman occupation in 467 A.D.  And yes, there is a round table, loyal knights, a Guinevere (who is of the people known as Woads and led by Merlin),  and Lancelot...who does not have an affair with Guinevere.  I did enjoy it not being your typical Arthur story.

Some of you have asked about Minny and I wanted to let you know that Miss Minny became part of our family about a month ago and is still adapting to becoming an indoor kitty.  I am happy to report that she has filled out and while still lean, she is no longer a starving kitty and she finished all her shots yesterday.  We discovered she is older than we thought.  The vet said maybe a year and a half.
She and Gracie both love the window behind the printer so now they have their own towel and take turns sleeping there and watching birdies in the tree.  Speaking of Gracie they have made great strides and have even shared some nose touching.  But Gracie still likes to hiss at Minny to put her in her place.  Funny thing is, Minny refuses to be put in that place. LOL 
I'm working very hard at getting Minny more socialized.  She knows her new name but absolutely refuses yet to come to it or even look to see who might be calling her name.
But you couldn't ask for a more sweet natured cat.
Sorry for the little blur but I thought this face was so funny I wanted to share.
And this one cracks me up.  Like a little kid you have annoyingly coerced into smiling and they give you a dorky fake smile just to get rid of you.

Cindy Adkins hosts a challenge each month called Creative Spirit Challenge today.  She provides an item she created and then the challenge is to see your creations.  This month she created this adorable Halloween spool and wrote a tutorial for our Inspiration Gallery.  This is a quick and easy project and would be wonderful as door prizes for your Halloween party, or scatter them about the party buffet!

So hop on over to the the Inspiration Gallery and check it out!

I hope everyone has a marvelous Fall weekend planned.
Toodleloo my wonderful bloggy friends!
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Creating Vintage Charm & Vintage Snowmen

Have you seen this new magazine yet? 
brings you "Arts and Designs for Pretty Living"

I received my copy in the mail yesterday and I was so pleased with the articles, inspiring ideas and gorgeous eye candy.  And if you visit their blog I see they are sponsoring a Challenge Contest with prizes!
I'm also proud to have contributed a tutorial to their first issue

and to discover I am in such fine company too.
If you get chance, order a copy and then sit back and enjoy!

And while we are on the subject of vintage charm....

Have you seen our new class by Sue Pelletier? 
It's called Vintage Snowmen

Learn how to use modeling materials to create snowmen with a vintage flair. Sue will use bottles, found objects, garland and glitz to create whimsical snowy treasures! You  will also explore Celluclay and create paper mache snowmen nestled in vintage silver cups, creamers or bowls. These bottle snowmen were featured on the winter 2008 cover of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, causing a "flurry" of activity! Just in time for the holidays!

I'm already thinking, hmmm, wouldn't these be cute additions to my antique space at the Corner Nest, and then my brain went into overdrive thinking how I could present these when snowman time is over. 

 I would say run, don't walk, because I've seen the videos for the class and this is going to be one of those workshops you walk away from saying, wow was that a BLAST!!  And it a great price too!  Remember our videos are available 24/7 so you can refer to them over and over when you need to.

So let's get our creative hats on and have some fun!
Happy Wednesday my wonderful Blogging Friends!

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