Sunday, July 13, 2014

About the Mary Engelbreit, Trash To Treasure Chair.

I have been looking through photos stored on my computer, making sure that I have pictures of all of the rooms of our home before it all gets dismantled in preparation of the MOVE.
I came across pictures of a project I have never shared here before and I thought you might like to see it.  The Trash to Treasure Chair. A number of years ago I took a furniture painting class. We were to take a chair found in someone's trash and transform it with paint. As hard as I tried, I could not find a chair curbside, so I resorted to buying a chair, a pair actually, for $10 at a yard sale. I was going to paint one for myself and the other for my sister. It was a super fun class...remember, this was well before the repurposing trend started. I decided to paint my chair in the style of my idol, Mary Engelbreit! Bright colors and a cute theme were my guidelines.I used acrylic paint and stencils to create my chair.


Each rung of the ladderback chair is painted in a different way and you can see that Bugs! were my theme.
Ladybugs winding their way across fried egg flowers...

a jaunty checkerboard pattern...

I cannot explain my attraction to the bug motif but I have one!

A finial on just one side of the chair..

Polka dots, stripes and some bees...

The seat of this chair is an antique white, distressed...hard to see that in this shot. I must confess, while I hate to see real ones in the house, I love stenciled ants. I used to have them stenciled along the baseboard in the kitchen. It gave people quite a start when they saw them!

So, I painted this chair for me and then didn't get around to painting the other one for my sister in time for her birthday so I gave her this one, intending to paint the second one for me. It never got done and in May, I sold the partially painted chair at our moving sale. Maybe I'll find one in the trash somewhere in Delaware to finally paint for me!

xoxo
Joyce

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Swap For All Seasons...July...Share a Smile!

We continue through the year with our monthly swaps at A Swap For All Seasons.
July's theme was Share a Smile and the color for the destash was purple. Even though our card and tag do not have to be the color of the month, I find that I tend to use that monthly color in my creating. These swaps have enabled me to expand my color palette.....some of the colors we use are not ones I would naturally choose but I'm liking the challenge of it.
I am a great believer in the practice of laughing every day....it is good for my mental and emotional health. I have to say that being married to David provides me with a lot of comic relief. He is one of the funniest people I know and he can always say or do something that keeps me chuckling!
Over the years, I have enjoyed creating cards for women to send to their friends for no reason other than to share some mirth. I chose one of these cards to send to my new friend, Pam, of Virginia Retro. Pam loves vintage things and has an amazing collection of tablecloths from the 50's and 60's as well as other vintage goodies she finds at estate and yard sales. I swoon over some of the treasures she finds! Anyway, I thought Pam might enjoy a funny card featuring a pair of the cutest "mature" ladies whose image I found on-line years ago. I saw a funny quote once that said, "Old age is always 20 years older than the age you are." Don't we all remember when we were younger and thought that 65 was about the end of the line? Well, when you turn 65, it's suddenly not so old after all!
(I apologize for the quality of these photos. I continue to have computer issues ((insert REALLY sad face here!)) and the photos are not transferring properly)

Inside of card...


The tag was made using an image from Paper Whimsy. When I first saw this little girl I was struck with the thought that she resembled photos I have of my mother at a young age. She has the start of a sweet smile, don't you think?
Along with the card and tag, I pulled out some purple treats from my stash. Doilies, ribbon, rick-rack, letter stickers, embellishments and a funny magnet. It was a fun month!



My "donor" this month was Wendy of The Frog Palace. I had the opportunity to create for Wendy several months ago and now it was her turn to make a card and tag for me. I am glad that Wendy is not afraid to use color in her crafting. Her card and tag made me smile as soon as I saw them. The card, especially has a very funny sentiment inside. Great job Wendi...you certainly made me smile!


Inside of Wendy's card...

 She also sent me a huge number of stash items...WOOHOO! Lots to craft with!


For August, we are to create in our own style and we can use any color we'd like. This is going to be fun!!!!!!
On the HOME front, we traveled to Delaware last week and bought a new home in 36 hours. We have been wasting no time here! We have a date of August 25th to close here in Pittsburgh and August 27th to close in Millsboro, Delaware. Next up are home inspections here and there and find a mover.
I hope to be able to post some pictures of the new place, soon.
xoxo
Joyce

Monday, June 30, 2014

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Dear Friends,
If you have been following my blog for any length of time, (and at this point I'm sure a lot of people have given up on me because of lack of any posts here) you know that my word for 2014 has been
DECIDE
I mentioned in January that this would be a year of decisions.
We (David and I) decided, at the beginning of the year, to sell our house in Pittsburgh and relocate to Delaware...somewhere near the ocean. We know no one in Delaware but it is a place we have vacationed for years (Rehoboth Beach) and it is actually closer to our kids who are in Maryland, New Jersey and Long Island, NY. 
In order to make this move possible, we had to go through and clean out the accumulation of 24 years of "stuff", give away or sell a ton of it and then, when that was done, put the house on the market. It was a bigger job than we ever realized and we did 6 months of work in about 8 weeks. We had a huge Moving Sale on Memorial Day weekend, which has always been a good weekend for me to have a garage/yard/moving sale. We were crazy busy for 6 hours and did very well, selling about 80% of what we offered. The remaining things were either donated or given away. Every closet and drawer, the basement, garage...every corner was gone through to weed out and pare down. We worked hard for long hours at a time to get it done. A word of advice for you though...if you are contemplating a move, allow yourself a year to do what we did in 8 weeks. It will be easier on your nerves and your aching muscles.

Here are some before the Moving Sale photos.
Every room, every closet, every drawer, every cupboard...
 Don't be afraid...you will see that it  looks worlds different now!

The basement....







Ready for the sale...

An original acrylic painting of Amish quilters by my sister and a lap quilt that looks similar. 
Neither of these sold.


All of the small, quilted pieces sold but not the wall hang/lap quilts.

Handmade Amish rocker



Some, but not all of the bears found new homes.


All of the Bennington Pottery went to one person. I am so
 happy that it will be used and loved by a newly married couple.

Very extensive Santa collection..many were handmade.

This was the first chance I got to take a picture from the deck...this was about an hour before the sale ended. We moved a lot of things. (The garage was filled, too, I just didn't get a picture after the sale.

Today, this morning in fact, our house was officially listed for sale. We have loved our house and our neighborhood, but it's time for a new family to live here. We hope, whoever they might be, they'll be as happy as we are.

NOTE: I started this post on Tuesday, June 24. The house was, indeed, listed that afternoon and the first couple who came through the house bought it that very night. We are still in shock!
David had to travel to Chicago this weekend and our youngest son and his wife are here to pick up some things. We will leave as soon as we can to go to Delaware and buy a house. The closing on this house is August 25! Yikes!
OK-enough for one post! Now you know why I haven't been visiting or blogging. Please keep us in your prayers...we need all the strength we can muster for this adventure.

XOXO
Joyce



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Swap For All Seasons-June-A Guy Thing

We're rolling along in our year long swap with A Swap For All Seasons. This month the theme was A Guy Thing. Each month our swap package consists of a card, a tag and some specific color destash. The month's colors were black and gray.
My "send to" partner was Elizabeth of Tales From The Pond. Elizabeth's blog makes you feel like you're sitting at her kitchen table having a chat. She and her husband have recently moved into a newly built house and she's having lots of fun decorating. She and Dave have lots of adventures together and he is often included in her blog posts. Thinking about the fact that Elizabeth's Dave wears glasses, I made the following card using some cute, new dies...

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loving the spectacles!
For the tag, I used some Tim Holtz and Graphic 45 supplies.



It was fun to work with a "guy" theme this month. It's often hard to find supplies for masculine cards but if you look at the others swapper's blogs in our group, you'll find many fine examples.
The destash trinkets I sent to Elizabeth...



When I saw that May, of May's Happy Daze, would be sending a card and tag to me I was very excited! She is a talented artist and a sweet woman. Here is her card and tag...


Very masculine and wonderfully detailed!


May really spoiled me with the stash she sent. I will have lots of fun creating with all she gifted me with.



Thank you all of the wonderful treats, May!
Another fun swap....now on to July!

In case you've been wondering where I have been....I have lots of news to share as soon as I can find some time to organize my thoughts. Remember my Word of the Year was
DECIDE,
well, I've been deciding like mad!

xoxo
Joyce

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Swap For All Seasons...my treats for sweet Marie

My treats for Marie, of Spun By Me, in the May swap for A Swap For All Seasons.. Marie is a dear, dear friend, and we have been partners in many swaps over the years. I was so happy that I was going to be able to create for her this month!

The card created with an image from my file (I think originally from Flickr)...


Using various border punches, I made layers of borders on the front, then added an over-sized flower, some rhinestone bling and a small tag.

The tag was made using a Julie Nutting Paper Doll stamp, embellished with some bling and a small rose.


The stash consisted of paper lace, ribbon, seam binding, and buttons and a big white silk flower.


The ribbon cards were printed and cut out from a free file found on Pinterest.


Another fun swap has ended but now there is another fun theme for the month of June...It's a Guy Thing! 

xoxo
Joyce

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Swap For All Season-May. My gifts from Marti

The theme for the month of May, in A Swap For All Seasons monthly swap, was Weddings! It was a delightful theme! Each month, Linda, our fearless leader, reminds us that we need to make and send a card, a tag and some small bit of stash from our personal hoards collections. 
This month, my "donor" was Marti of Artful Curiosities. (click her blog name to visit her blog) I sent a swap package to her back in February so were already  acquainted. She is a stellar artist and paper crafting genius as you will soon see!
The color for the destash this month was white or cream. Swoon! 
This is the tag that Marti made. Please enlarge the photo and take note of the detail here..layering and stitching are Marti's calling cards. Beautiful work! The image, softly colored, is sweet and the doily and lace certainly enhance it.


I really wasn't prepared for the beauty of the card and I apologize for the fact that no mere photograph could show the exquisite details, but I'll try with several pictures. Again, please click on the photo to enlarge to see Marti's touches. Amazing!!
The dress is made entirely of paper. The bodice is sheet music pleated and folded and the body of the dress is tissue paper!! The trims of pearls and lace are the perfect embellishments, along with the tiny Paris tag! The hanger is stamped...clever!








Even the destash is fun...lots of baubles and ephemera to play with.


Thank you, Marti, for being a wonderful sender this month. I am awed by your talent and have learned a lot from reading your blog and seeing your creations!
Next is the May swap package I sent my dear friend Marie!

xoxo
Joyce

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carrots!


As many of you know....I collect carrots.
Why?
Around Easter time, you can see myriad bunnies and chicks and decorated eggs. Some years ago, while I was shopping for some new Spring/Easter decorating items, I saw a bunch of carrots. That was different....not the run of the mill. And thus, a collection was started. They're easier to find nowadays but I'm picky about the ones I choose to bring home. Don't ask me what the requirements are...I just know when I see them if they're for me. (Should I be worried at this point, about my state of mind?)
I first saw one of these big mesh carrots on Pinterest.
That led me to Etsy, where I could have ordered one for $40-$75.
I discovered that my local craft store, Pat Catans, would make one for me for $19.99. Sold!!
I don't know why I'm so attracted to carrots..I just think they're cute!


Some were handmade by a dear friend...

many have been gifts...


I have quite an extensive collection.

Even the bunnies have carrots!


Do you collect anything unusual?

xoxo
Joyce

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