I went to the Crarft Rave this year exited to craft since past years I participated and never had time to play. I brought my kit with all the things to persoanlize my crafts. It was so nice to be on the other side of the table! The best craft of all was CC’s, of course. Her Message in a Bottle craft was quick, easy and fun. I made a half dozen gifts to give for Christmas in under an hour. These Jars contain all the love and goodness for the people I will give them to.
Coming up is Crafteria, December 7th. Be sure to come and walk about in the chilly air, sip hot tea and peruse the best handmade crafts Phoenix has to offer. The event really ramps up the Christmas spirit. I can’t wait!
Four years in the making, our Italy trip is on the horizon. I am most excited about visiting Vernazza (pictured above) in Cinque Terre, since our plans looked dashed last October after rains and mudslides devastated this and other towns in the region. Most restaurants and shops are open according to the website Save Vernazza. The finishing touches to my packing list are building pages to journal on (see below).
CC and I scoured thrift shops for coffee table books with beautiful images of Italy and the countryside/seaside. I found a 50 year old book on Rome with gorgeous black and white images of Roman life, and another book about sea-side living that offered colorful plates of delicate flora and fauna living in the harsh environment. A third book gave me sweeping views of the country. These pages will follow us and be filled with our experiences in Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Florence.
My kit includes:
• prepared pages
• blunt scissors that I can put in my carry on
• watercolor pencils and small paintbrush
• white pencils to write on uncoated paper
• paint pens to write on glossy paper, and offer contrast in the darker areas on the pages
• glue stick
• poloroid pogo for adding of-the-moment pics to the layouts
Of course, I will be blogging along the way so tune back in September.
The ladies and I are treating ourselves to a weekend away in Sedona, Arizona. We are renting a cabin and using this beautiful time of year to be inspired for the upcoming season. My inspiration catcher of choice is loose watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, crayons, pen & ink, and washi tape. I plan to add to this scraps of fabric, paper and plants that I find along the way. I will bind it all together in a YourStory book, but not before I cover that black cover with some pretty handmade paper I bought form Paper Crazy in Phoenix.
The start of the holidays always inspires me. I can’t wait to get started!
I am psyched to post this journal/book I made with the Yudu screen printer and the YourStory book binding machine. The cover has a pocket for me to collect things to journal about, or pictures to include. I plan to fill the pages with all the photos of the fun we had this summer on our trip to Colorado.
I added a pocket to the front by simply folding over some fabric and gluing it to the front (and wrapping it to the inside made it a breeze). The clouds and bike are Yudu screen printed. The grass is a paint pen—easy! This makes me so happy, I want to make more!
Creativity is my elixir of life. So is gardening. Put the two together and I am a happy camper. Recently I was presented with a pile of Bazzil Basics paper (in Navajo blue and white, and the cuttlebug with quilling dies. I used the Daisy and Chrysanthemum dies to make an assortment of flowers. This 6″x6″ square took me approximately three hours to complete. It’s so beautiful it now hangs on the wall!