Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hobo Bag

This is like what I'm currently carrying right now. Mine is shades of orange and yellow tie dye fabric, I'll have to photograph it soon to post here.

The overall shape of this bag is a half circle. It has a large interior pocket and a zipper top. The handles are made of roping and are inserted through large silver eyelets. It's lined with a pretty blue print. There's also a matching checkbook cover.

Only 2 More to go - Bracelet Purse

This bag is a bit smaller than I personally like to carry but it was just so fun I had to make one. It will hold the essentials. The handles are coordinating bracelets that I bought at WM. There's a pocket on the inside as well as the outside. That's a matching checkbook cover tucked into the outside pocket.

Flower Power Handbag

This bag was made from the leftover fabric from making Hannah a sundress. The bag was a much more successful project. It has wooden handles. Coordinating ribbon scraps are tied below to make it even more fun. There's a small pocket on the inside.

My Elvis Bag

I made a bag just like this one for my friend Peggy at school. She's a fellow teacher and she's in love with the King. When I ran across this fabric she was who I thought about first so I just had to make something out of it for her.

This bag is a great tote to carry to school or to go to a crop. It's big enough for a couple of textbooks and a grade book or 12 x 12 scrapbook supplies. There's even a cool little pocket inside with separate areas for a couple of pens. The material is 100% cotton. The bag's handle is accented with a cool twill that's embellished so that it looks like a zipper.

My Seersucker Purse

This post is all about the purses I've been making lately. I love making them! Most are quick projects so I get almost instant gratification. Now that school is out for the summer, I've given thought to trying to sell them on ebay or etsy. Or course if anyone sees them here and wants to purchase something similar I'd be glad to work something out.

This first bag is made from 2 different seersucker prints. These are combined with a lavendar gingham check binding and strap. It's a really fun bag and I got lots of compliments on it.

2Peas Wednesday Blogger (a day late)

My Summer Plans

School got out on Tuesday and I'm so glad. I needed a break so bad. I've been trying to decide on a summer project but I can't seem to limit myself to just one or two so here's my list of things I'd like to do:

*Whittle down my fabric collection by making purses, maybe even to sell if
anyone is interested.
*Scrap and/or alter a bit each day
*Do a better job keeping up with this blog by sharing all I make, not just my
scrap stuff.
*Make a new quilt for my bed. The one I have on there now I made 4 or 5 years
ago and I'm tired of looking at it.
*Be more active on sb message boards that I like because there's tons of
inspiration there.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

2 Peas Tuesday Blog Post

Random YOU:
Fave hair style you ever had: The one I have now when I fix it right. It's a short bob, longer in front than the back.
Fave song on the radio you just love right now: Ever the Same by Rob Thomas
Fave tv show: not into TV much
Fave musical artist: Sheryl Crow
Fave thing to eat for supper: anything Mexican
Fave movie: ?
Best date you ever went on: a moonlit picnic at a gazebo over the lake
Your most fave friend: Melanie
The best Christmas present you ever recvd to date: My nephew David surprised me with a beautiful amethyst ring that he had made specially for me 2 years ago. It was very special!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Try it Tuesday

This is my painted paper along with what I used it to make. It was a great challenge.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Playing Tag

5 things:

in my fridge
1. Cherry Garcia
2. Carnation French Vanilla Creamer
3. Delmonte Tropical Fruit
4. Strawberries
5. Fat Free Cool Whip

in my closet
1. a portfolio of old artwork
2. the dress I wore to prom this year
3. my new girly halter tops I haven't had the nerve to wear
4. jeans in every size but the one I need right now
5. tons of shoes

in my purse
1. the paperback book I'm reading
2. my cell phone
3. 2 check books
4. approximately $40 in cash
5. a Clinique compact

in my car
1. diapers for Hannah
2. Alec's backpack
3. my sunglasses and reading glasses
4. the new Disturbed CD that Travis gave me
5. a pair of flip flops

on my TiVo (assuming i had TiVo)
I don't watch TV much so I have no need for this.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Edward Gorey Art Lesson

I ran across this quiz while looking for Gorey images to go along with a lesson plan I'm going to do with my hs art kids. It was so fun that I wanted to share it here. The bit about getting my own way is perfect for me.

What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?

You will perish of fits. Repeat this to yourself: "Things can work out even if I don't get my way. Things can work out even....">

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

2Peas Sunday Blogger 02.09.06

The one scrapbook related item that I've been dying to have in my hands is the Freestyle book by Autumn Leaves. I didn't preorder it because I was "sure" that the sb store nearby would have it. I was wrong :( None of the bookstores at Jonesboro had it either so I did a Buy it Now last Saturday on ebay. A week later and I still don't have it. Maybe tomorrow will be my lucky day.

I really hope that I'm not disappointed with it once it gets here. Sometimes I build things up so much that reality doesn't quite measure up.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Create Drawing

I made this as a teaching example but I'd really like to use a part of it to make a custom header for my blog. Only problem is I really don't have a clue how. Is there anyone who can enlighten me?

I have a few new challenge pages ready to post. I'll get them scanned and up tomorrow for sure. I'm needing an early night tonight. Getting used to daylight savings time kicks my butt.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Going Topless

This is my last thing for the 3 Bug DT submission. The scan washed the colors out. I'm wondering if that's a sign it will be dying soon or if it just doesn't like shades of orange. I had already done a layout about my car but this floral paper was so happy and fun that I had to do another one.

The title is written with a Liquid Paper pen. I couldn't find a white pen of any kind at Newport today and my old one was dead. It worked pretty well once I go the squeeze thing down. The stuff at the bottom about autos came from WM. It's by Wrights and I found it in the fabric dept. with all the trim.

An Altered Photo Frame

I bought the frame that I used for this several years ago at Big Lots. I got a few of them because I liked the shape and that there was so much flat surface to work with. It originally had cat stuff painted on it. I like it much better now.

Almost all the stuff is 3 bugs. The only exceptions are the narrow light blue ribbon tape (Heidi Swapp) thats on the mitered corners of the pattern paper and the letters that are Making Memories. The photo of Alec is from the end of last summer. He was up fairly high in one of Mom's trees. I'll have to take this to school and put it on my desk.

I think I might have to make another, but girly this time for Hannah.

My Distraction

My sister Sue bought me a new sewing machine a couple of weeks ago and I've been trying it out this week. First I made a purse for myself. I saw the pattern in a quilt magazine and i just had to have one. The scraps of fabric left over from that project made the little set of clothes that Hannah is wearing here in this layout. The only thing I bought specifically for this is the lime green trim.So far I've made her 2 different capri outfits and I have a sundress
picked out to be the next

Also I had ordered lots of 3 Bugs stuff thinking I'd have plenty of time to get an entry ready for their DT call. Today's the last day and I have 2/3 of my things ready. This layout, and an altered picture frame that's drying (I'll share later). My last layout is planned out in my head but nothing is done on paper. I'll get to work on it as soon as I've run some errands. If I get done, I'll send them off, if I don't, that's OK too. I like what I've done so far and that's what really matters the most.

I really love this layout. Hannah looks so cute. She loves pretty, girly things so she's a joy to sew for. Getting her to slow down long enough to take a photo is another story. I took 40 something shots with my digital, several were out of focus, more were of the side of her head because she took off so I'd chase her down again. I love the photo of her chasing after Mom's chickies.

Day 2 of the 21 Day Challenge

I've let myself get behind on something I've committed myself to yet again. It seems like the story of my life. I really want to do this though so I'm going to try to get myself caught up. It may take a couple of days though.

Here's my Day 2 post. Again, I used Rhonna's image in my entry. It's in the top left corner. The rest is just my doodling. Pattern papers are from DCWV's retro collection. All inkwork is with a brown Pitt fine tip and I tried out some new pencils that I bought a couple years back. Yeah, I know that sounds stupid. I'm an art supply hoarder. I bought these because of the cool leather zipper case they come in. It's so nice! It's a pack of 48 and they are from a company in Holland called Bruynzeal. I really like them but maybe not as much as my Prismacolors. The lead is a bit drier and sounds scratchier on the paper than P's does. They seem to keep a sharp tip a bit longer so that's one definite advantage. I didn't have to resharpen a single time while working on this.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My Matchbook Quote Album

I made this matchbook album recently to be a place to collect all the feminine words of wisdom that I've been collecting for years. The papers and most of the embellishments are from the Rob & Bob series. I just love the mini file folders that they make. Inside the one on the cover I write about this being the place that I'm gathering the quotes that inspire me. Some of the quotes will be art related like the first one that's shown here. Some will just be for fun - I love some of the things that Mae West said so I know she'll turn up inside my book.

My plan is to keep the pages inside fairly flat and simple like the first page here.
I had fun practicing my calligraphy (I can really tell I haven't done any for a while) and my doodling. The lettering was done with a Zig Calligraphy pen and all the rest was done with a mixture of Pitt brush pens and fine tip markers. The paper is more Rob & Bob.

This quote just had to be the first one. I love practically everything Maya Angelou has ever written but this quote seemed perfect because of it's creative nature.

My pattern for this book along with the complete directions will soon appear at

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Day 1 of the 21 Day Challenge

I decided to use one a spiral bound book for my challenge journal. It measures around 5.5 x 8.5 and I'm working with it in the landscape position. I haven't decided how to decorate my cover and title page yet but I didn't let that stop me from getting started on the Day 1 topic. The quote box comes straight from Rhonna Farrer's site but the rest is my doing. After scanning it I think I may go back and add something to the center of the black/white polka dot flower. I'm going to use this project as an opportunity to work on my hand lettering/calligraphy skills along with drawing. Sometimes I tend to be too much into the product and leave the "ME" part out of my layouts.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The {21} Challenge

I ran across this challenge today while I was browsing at 2Peas. I have given some thought to starting a blog and this seemed the perfect time. I'm out of school for Spring Break so I have time to learn how to do this right and to get myself started on Rhonna's challenge. Information about it can be found here

I'm getting a late in the day start to this so I'll post Day 1's assignment tomorrow.