Sunday, March 31, 2013

Birds Of Paris Tags

 I went back to my Birds of Paris image I created for my   Wonderful To Worn Wire Baskets (read here).

I wanted to use the image for some large journal tags.

First they were printed out two to a page (landscape) on antique ivory 110 lb. paper.

 Next I used an antique gold glitter glue to outline the inset and added a few dots around the border.

In hindsight I should have left this step for last.  The glitter glue made working with the tags difficult because of the lumpiness.

To make the tags even more substantial, I Mod Podged them onto poster board.

Remember the trick with waxed paper?  Lay it over your surface and rub gently with a paper towel to ease out wrinkles and bubbles.

Obviously the next step, just in case you did not guess, is to cut off the excess poster board.

I cannot have anything not distressed, can I?

I took a Celtic design stamp with antique brown ink and printed the backs of the tags.


Using pleated taupe tulle and high-tack double-sided paper adhesive, I created a fancy trim around the edges.

 I brought out the Crop-A-Dile and a bag of eyelets.

This appears to be an intimidating tool, but it is a sweetheart when it comes to setting eyelets into paper, cloth, metal, or leather.

No, this is not a new toy.  I have had it for a couple of years.  I am obsessive about putting things back into the original package to store.

 I tried to get a clear photo of the eyelets, but the stamped design threw my camera into some kind of focus limbo.

So I labeled the front of an eyelet, the back of an eyelet, and an eyelet all by itself.

How interesting!

The Crop-A-Dile actually smashes the shank of the eyelet flat against the surface.

 Half of the tags I left in the black on gray.

Notice I added taupe French seam binding ribbons for ties.

The other half I lightly colored with pencils.

Here is the final product!  Yay!

I have been working on them for over a month.  

In between getting rid of some of my craft stash and organizing the rest.

I needed brief recesses to create something -

instead of destroying everything.

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For The Beauty Of The Earth

 Happy Easter to all of you!

This is one of my favorite  hymns.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love from our birth
Over and around us lies;



Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


For the wonder of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light;


Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


 For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild;


Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


For Thy church that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love;


Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


Folliot S. Pierpont, 1835-1917

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Around & About With Olive Out

Azalee is giving me a bunch of gold stars. I was able to meet a fellow blogger in person for the first time this week.  

I became interested in Olive at Olive Out when I realized she had to live near me because we frequented the same thrift shops.

We met for lunch at a local cafe and shared experiences and thrifting adventures.

I found Olive to be proud of her family and her faith with many interesting stories to tell.

Of course, we piled into her car after a delicious lunch for a quick trip to a favorite thrift shop to find some treasures.

Olive collects and sells vintage linens.  

This shop has an great assortment of them.

 I found a set of twelve multicolored napkins which probably will not remain napkins and a black toile tote which probably will not remain a tote.

 Another burgundy train case which matches one I bought earlier this month.  This one came with two sets of keys.  I am hoping the keys will fit the other case, too.

A concrete angel with a chipped wing.  This makes the third angel with a chipped wing I have bought the last few months.

There might be an unexpected collection brewing here.

 Olive and I share a love of vintage hankies and scarves.

I found this green checked homespun one and the coral embroidered "L" handkerchief.

 I needed some small dresses in greens, whites, and blues to go with the Charlotte and Her Dresses shelf to display in the booth.  READ HERE.

Olive helped pick out some vintage Bonwit Teller dresses in soft batiste with smocking and lace.

There were these two green and yellow baby wraps and a small mannequin perfect for the dresses.

How lucky was that?

We were able to find four dresses and one blue romper to fit my color story.  Now I need to make some cute hangers to display them.

What did I learn from this experience?  First, bloggers are just as nice in person as they are in  Blogland.  Second, bloggers are always ready to give helpful information.  Olive gave me several pointers she has used in her blog.  Third, always check Aldi's for your fruit.  Olive took a bunch of lemons purchased inexpensively and did not make lemonade, but a beautiful centerpiece.  Read about Olive's lemons and keep reading her other interesting posts.

I am looking forward to another around-about with Olive Out.

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