Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1st means Circle Journals in the mail!

Ten of Beverly’s Pink Saturday fans are working on a set of collaborative circle journals. Today we are mailing out the current month’s pages. I went to the post office this afternoon with a very special package… Grace’s Circle of Friends journal. You probably know Grace from her blog Pink in the City.  Grace picked Marie Antoinette in Paris for her theme. the first three journal artists have done amazing jobs. Nancy, My Crafty Little Page, did the pages just before mine and she had created a wonderful glittery carriage for Marie. Using that carriage as my inspiration, I took Marie on a shopping trip through the streets of Paris.
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The vintage map of Paris was the first layer on the background. Then a second layer was a pocket collaged with fabric samples and ribbon roses satin trim and a dress form and a couple of images of shoes and gowns Marie had her eye on. The fabric and trim actually came from my big first-time-ever trip to Grace’s city…New Your City!  The layers of fabric and pictures were stitched down beneath ivory tulle.
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The right side page has a picture of Marie as a young girl and no tribute to Mare would be complete without CAKE! There’s a gold fleur de lis, a velvet flower, and a leaf from Tinsel Trading Company in NYC. I made tags for the pockets… Each one has vintage sheet music and
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of course, the map of journal marie paris 015
But my favorite addition is the Bag of Cats! That’s right, a bag of six cats…
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They’re dressed and glittered for a royal ball…
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There is a legend about a breed of cats in Maine, here in America that are said to be the offspring of her cats. Look up Marie’s cats to read the whole improbable tale. I doubt that Marie planned an escape to America,(especially a plan that included six of her favorite cats being sent on ahead of her.) but it makes for a fun feline addition to Grace’s journal…I don’t know if Marie dressed her cats in party attire, but it sounds like something she might have done.
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I’ll be spending part of my Pink Saturday watching our favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs in the National  Championship play offs…Wish us luck! We love our Spurs! Now back to Beverly and How Sweet the Sound to see this week’s happy Pink.


Ms. Burrito said...

Such pretty things.

Come and join me with my Color Connection meme through my PINK entry. Hope you join the fun!

pinkkandy said...

Very Nice....
Stopping by to say...Happy Pink Saturday!
Stop by My Sweet Prairie Home...I love to have company! God Bless You !

Lorraine said...

I love your circle journal!! I'm a big Marie fan, and I love the pages you created and the layering! Fun little legend about her cats. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Grace said...

Oh My goodness how stinking cute! I love these pages you are so sweet. I thought I wuld see you in the streets of NYC while you were here!! lol WOuld have been so nice. I can not wait to see my book in person. Thank you so much for putting so much love into it. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday sweetie. Enjoy your weekend. Grace xoox

Shelia said...

LaVerne, this is so amazing! You are so talented and your pages are so inspiring and beautiful. I love the cats and didn't know that story. The tags are gorgeous. Now, you know I'll stay awake for 2 weeks trying to think of what to do to my pages.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Fairy Godmother said...

What a lovely blog. I have posted a link on my own blogg

dana said...

LaVerne, I LOVE what you did with Grace's Marie theme. . .and that map you found in NYC was such a wonderful background!

What fun Marie must've had shopping. . .and you depicted that beautifully. Love the tags and the "bag of cats" that are party animals, too. Such a great Marie story about those kitties. . .wonder if they liked cake, too? Bet they did!

Hope your weekend is going well. Jeanne is in town visiting family and I was so lucky to get to spend yesterday with her! She's a doll and so much fun.

L, Dana

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.


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.