Hi, My name is Button. I am almost a year old. I was born in Lawrence Kansas. My Dad says that makes me a Jayhawk.
My Grandma Karkie and my litter mate sister Agnes Rose still live in Lawrence. Sometimes I take a drive and visit them.
I try to play with my sister Agnes Rose, but sometimes we like different things.
Agnes Rose likes to play dress up.
And sleep next to her- she makes a good pillow.
Love, Your Granddog, Button
I started making these little "bee-hearts" and as I finished each one, I put it in this white wooden bowl. Whenever I make more than one thing, I like to line up all my "creations" so I can look at them and get a... a... a sense of accomplishment- yes, that's what it is.
Dear Hubby saw them and asked what they were. I said "Are you asking me why I'm sewing hearts out of a dirty coffee stained towel?" He said "No, I think they look nice".
I'm not quite done with them, but I thought maybe you'd like a quick tutorial on making them- they are pretty simple, you can probably just LOOK at them and figure it out- but I think there are so many possible variations that maybe they'd inspire you to make one...or a bowlful.
I used a wooden craft heart and a pencil to trace a heart on my fabric. I know they make special pencil for drawing on fabric, but I didn't have one, and I've got kind of a dirty look going on anyway so, I wasn't too worried about it.
The fabric I used is a heavy dish towel. Remember when I was coffee dying all those lace bags? This is the towel that I used to blot the bags and clean up any spills. Even after repeated washings, it still had an uneven coffee stain look to it- I thought it was perfect for this project.
Layer the fabric with the traced heart on top of another piece of fabric and start stitching. I suggest starting your stitching in the lower right hand corner because it will make stuffing the heart easier later on. I used three strands of embroidery floss. and my stitches are about 1/4" long.
You don't have to cut or tie off your thread- just leave it on the needle.
Note: If you decide to make more than one heart, assembly line style- don't do all your pinking in one step. Maybe I just have bad pinkers, but I thought it was HARD- and I have blisters to prove it. Definitely take a break in between pinking your hearts.
I swear, a bag of this can last me forever- I take a few handfuls out, put the bag back in the closet, and the bag is full the next time I go to use it. It must grow while it's in the closet.
Stuff your heart and pick up your already threaded needle and finish your stitching.
Other ideas- sew on a ribbon for hanging, embroider a name, use to tie on a package, pastel hearts in an Easter basket... any other ideas?
It's held together with two ring binders- and meant to be interactive- the ephemera can be pulled out and used in another project, and the tags can be used for journaling or pulled out and used as a gift tag, book mark or tied onto...anything.
A lot of the images for this book came from Mary at Green Paper Packages.
I added some vintage wallpaper and a couple of collage sheets from The Joseph Cornell Box.
Are you familiar with Joseph Cornell? He was one of the first well known and collected assemblage artists. Actually, the base of most of his work was the box.
Joseph Cornell was born in the New York City area in the early 1900's and quietly spent most of his life working as a fabric salesman and a door to door saleman of appliances.
In his spare time, he hunted for bits and pieces for his collections in thrift and junk stores in New York City in the 1920's & 30's. Wouldn't you love to take a short trip back in time to shop with him?
Several years ago I read a biography of Joseph Cornell, named for where he lived- Utopia Parkway. Can you imagine living on Utopia Parkway?
Sometimes sitting on the couch with scissors, glue & paper is as close to Utopia as I can get.
Both books are for sale in my Etsy Shop Gathering Dust.
Karla is hosting a challenge blog party today and tomorrow. The challenge- get out your best craft supplies, the stuff you've been saving for a "special project"- and make a special project today.
When I think about my craft stashes, the prettiest things that I have that I'm least likely to use are flocked wallpaper and millenary flowers, so that's what I decided to use.
It's kind of a funny coincidence that I got most of my flocked wallpaper and flowers from Karla.
The journals are in my Etsy Shop- SugarPinkMoon, along with some estate sale goodies I found yesterday.
And I've added new items to my other Etsy shop Gathering Dust.
Some great old German school books with beautiful typography- and my favorite find- the Birds of America book. It has over 100 color plates- including two "egg" plates. I scanned one so you can print it or use it in your art. Double click on it to enlarge in a new window.
A few more pictures from our trip to River Market Antique Mall.
Looking at these pictures makes me want to get out shopping again- I think I'll check out Bottoms Up tomorrow. See you there?
On Tues, Karla, the other Karla and I made a visit to River Market Antique Mall in the old River Market area of Kansas City. It's located in a turn of the last century warehouse, the holes in the floor are patched with license plates, the stairs are a little uneven, and it is so FULL of cool stuff and great displays.
Here's some of what caught my eye.
Gail Tritten's booth- she also has a booth at the antique mall I have a booth at- I've shown pictures of it here.
As an aside, one of the questions I get asked a lot as an antique dealer is "where do you find this stuff?". I don't have any secret sources, but I think a lot of the buying part of selling antiques is being able to see something ordinary- like empty frames, or old office supplies- and imagining them in a different context. A wall full of empty frames or a display full of old boxes of staples, pencils and Dennison labels is cool.
A few weeks ago, I went to an estate sale that I thought was...kind of depressing. The basement was full of fish stuff- aquariums and fish bowls- stuff I normally think is cool- but seeing a whole room of them just seemed weird.
(I think the room also kind of reminded me of the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond where Robert dates the girls that eats flies and is obessed with reptiles.)
BUT- it looks like Gail went to the same sale, and got past the "fishy-ness", because she had this great display in her booth.
I fully intend to participate in Karla's Using the Good Stuff challenge.
Like these images I bought from Tina at Tiny Bear. I always thought that postage made it too expensive to buy from European artists, but it's not.
Both Tina and Dorthe at Den Lille Lade have great supplies and beautiful pieces at very reasonable prices.
So...there you have a start to my supplies for "Using the good Stuff"- but I get distracted so easily.
...like when I saw this beautiful piece of embroidery. I bought it last summer, it has some tears and missing stitches, but it looks so much like the redwork that I like so much. I knew I had to rescue and recycle it- but before I could make that first cut with a scissors, I had to make sure I had a project "worthy" of it. Yesterday I knew how. I started cutting bits of the runner and adding them to a tote bag, patchwork style, along with lace, crochet and scraps of barkcloth. It's not done yet- but I was happy to find a way to use some "good stuff".
And here's another distraction.