Sunday, April 25, 2010

Memory Keeper Pocket Books

Today I sold another special altered book that I call  Pockets Full of Memories because they are perfect for storing all sorts of tags and cards and pictures.

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The cover is a collage of toile tissue and a few scraps of vintage sheet music. Every imaginable sort of tissue came into use to decorate the pockets.

2010 blue memory keeper book 006   Here are bits of Blue Delft tissue from a birthday gift… and some wonderful butterfly and dragonfly paper.

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The tags are quotes and affirmations that have been collected over the years.

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Who would have thought an old discarded book still had so much to offer. I’m already working on another…also with shades of blue…

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But this one will use vintage sheet music…probably from someone’s piano lesson days…

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It will have the folded pockets that are decorated with sheets of music that have been stamped with my favorite Anna Griffin stamps. I’ll be teaching the “how-to’s” for this book at Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat in June  so I’m making several different versions as instruction samples…I’ll post them as they are completed…I think my next one should be shades of green since it’s such a “green” project. If you like paper arts, you should check it out. http://www.papercowgirl.blogspot.com/

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Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.