Friday, July 2, 2010

2010 Paper Cowgirl withdrawal... I Can't Believe It's Over

Paper Cowgirl Altered Art Retreat 2010 was an amazing three day event! It was so good seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I took three super classes that ranged from book making with Deb Taylor to learning new tag embellishing techniques from Chantal Johnson and even painting with hot wax in Sandra Feazel's class. We had such fun. Of course, I think I had the most fun in my Pocketful of Memories Altered Book class. When we alter a book in Waxahachie, we go all the way...we cut out pages, folded, pasted, taped, stamped, decopagued, and layered like you wouldn't believe.

Here we are...the Pocketful of Memories Altered Book class. You would not believe how great their books turned out...well, yes, you would believe it when you look at the talents they brought to class with them...and each book was totally different from the others!
After all the preparation and excitement, it's hard to believe that we won't see each other until next year...thank goodness for our blogs.

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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.