Sunday, January 31, 2016

Waiting on the storm

It seems like all weekend I've been just waiting on the huge storm that is forecast to hit us here in Colorado.
It did start to snow overnight last night; here's what my patio looked like early this morning.  I love how the snow bunched up on all the crevasses in the stones!
 Snoopy was playing in the snow this morning; look at his snowy nose!
I hope that, if it does snow, it snows A LOT as is predicted.  Because if it snows a bunch but not enough to keep me home from work -- my commute will be pretty awful tomorrow!
The photo above is me in my Happy Bunny pajama pants, with a heating pad wrapped around my right foot.  Because apparently, I have no shame I spent all weekend inside and off my feet -- not due to the snow, but the fall I took in the parking lot of the gym Thursday night.  That's what I get for exercising, huh?   I sprained my ankle pretty good and couldn't drive, or hardly walk.  Dennis drove me to work Friday and I limped around, so that by the time I came home my foot was a swollen mess. After this weekend of rest, it is beginning to feel better.
So, I spent a lot of time making Valentine art over the last couple of days -- as evidenced by this chaotic mess!
I wish I could show you what I made -- but most of it was for a swap and/or will be going out in the mail soon so I don't want to spoil the surprises.  Here are a couple of pieces that are staying home with me:
I love the photo of this woman, an actress from the early 1900's.  I put her in a little compilation of pretty things; not sure what I'll do with this but it will be a part of my Valentine's Day decor, and it makes me very happy.
In this piece, I used another favorite photo that I purchased from a thrift or antique store a while back; the women look so cute in their warm winter coats and I just love that special purse the gal in the middle is holding!  I framed it in a cardboard photo holder and added a phrase the photo always brings to mind: All dressed up and no place to go.  It's not finished yet; I'm not sure about the washi tape along the edges...
All in all, a restful weekend.  I love Sundays; now I'm looking forward to watching Downton Abbey, and hoping for that big snowfall.  I hope your weekend was lovely, too!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mid-January and dreaming of Valentines!

How is it possible that it is mid-January already?!
Things are so busy I don't seem to have time for creating, but I am dreaming of getting out the fluffy pinks and flowers and laces, and planning for Valentine crafting.  Above -- some of the lovely printables I'm assembling.
And, while I typically only use vintage items in most of my projects, I've been drawn to the current crop of new embellishments, fabrics and other goodies out in the craft stores right now.
This is a gal I printed out on fabric, and I am completely smitten with, and inspired by, her!
She will become part of a special creation as soon as I can get to it.
I haven't been doing much thrift shopping lately -- lots of looking, but not a lot of bringing-things-home.  Still, these linens called out to me -- a lovely, masculine linen guest towel with our initial monogram, and the little drawn work napkin on the left, which I think will make a lovely focal point on a future fabric journal page.  Both were just 25 cents.
This McCoy tea pot that I found just before Christmas is my favorite find.  I love this era of his work!  I cleaned it up but haven't been able to put it away yet...
I just admire it on my kitchen counter, where it fits in so nicely, and where I never get tired of looking at it!

As far as the non-creative parts of my life, this is how I've been feeling:

And so, a bit of advice:
I hope that made you laugh as much as it does me!

Stay strong!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If you follow this blog via Google Friend Connect...

It annoys me to have to do this, but, I'm posting this as information so that, if you don't have a gmail account and have been following Indulge Your Shelf on Google Friend connect, you won't wonder where my blog disappeared to tomorrow; I've already lost several "followers" which makes me sad AND annoyed.

For what it's worth, even though I obviously do have a gmail account, I still use Bloglovin' to follow all my favorite blogs and I really like it.  You just type in Indulge Your Shelf in the search bar and click Follow This Blog.

You can also follow this blog via Facebook by liking this page.  Then, blog posts will show up in your regular Facebook feed, or, you can visit the page whenever you want to.

And, for 99 cents per month, you can subscribe to this blog and have it delivered to your Kindle account just like your books.  I set that up as a convenience for readers when eReaders came into fashion a few years ago.

I hope no one goes away as a result of this really dumb change that Blogger is making.  Anyway, here's that information:

(From Blogger:) In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Frosted days, surprise gifts -- and it's all over too soon, isn't it?

 It's never easy to capture the beauty of our white winters here in Colorado, but I gave it a try the other morning.
 We haven't had a lot of snow piling up, but I'm sure that will come soon enough.
I like the way it looks when everything is covered with ice crystals.
I was surprised this holiday season with gifts from far-away friends.  This beautiful box covered with vintage wrapping paper came from Terri.
Among the delights inside:
 fabulous lace, 
 vintage trims, 
and mother-of-pearl beads.  Terri always packages things so beautifully!
Tammy sent me this delightful package of holiday cheer!
 She's recently begun to make pocket letters, and, seeing my fascination with them, too, she made one for me!
 Here is Tammy's, row by row...
 Tammy has an artistic style and eye for color.
 I can assure you that I ate that candy bar as soon as I finished photographing this!
And here is what the pocket letter looks like from the back.
It is so much fun!
 The real surprise was the needlebook Tammy made just for me; she said she'd started it when she heard I was turning 50!
 Isn't it beautiful?  It is so "me", with the white palette, the vintage laces, and the buttons!
 Here's the felted wool interior.
One thing that I love is that the vintage fabric front forms "pockets" on both the front and the back!  I have slipped her card in the pocket above, just to show you what I mean.
I will so enjoy using it when sewing projects!
I'm feeling really loved right now.
I painted a wooden frame and put the Downton Abbey creation I'd made a few months ago into it, finishing the project just in time to celebrate the season premiere!  I'm happy to have that show to look forward to on Sunday evenings; it's a great end to the weekend!
Today my son makes his return to college after a lovely, long Christmas break at home with us.
We're so sad it's over; happy for him, though.
You know how it is.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Peace on earth

I got so much enjoyment out of creating this altered globe; it was a project I'd been planning to do for years, and the globe I'd bought at a thrift store for it almost didn't survive my great craft room clean-out this summer!  At the last minute I grabbed it back from the discard pile, and now I'm happy I did.
As I told you in my last post, I started by covering the entire globe with vintage dictionary pages.  Over those, I glued strips of sheet music here and there; then I added pieces of vintage French ledger pages and some of my favorite wallpapers.
I worked on this over several evenings, after dinner.  In between, I searched my craft room for ephemera to add; I didn't want to use clip art or pictures that would become a focal point on the globe, but instead bits and pieces to create one collaged background -- neutral, but with pops of color.
I made a point to put on some inspiring words.

And I used some of my favorite scraps -- some of which I've held on to for years!  Like this bird motif...
Blue Chip stamps that my mother used to save...
canceled German stamps...
part of a bookplate...
pages from several editions one of my favorite books...

and motifs I love, like feathers and keys.
I also added fancy cigar and cologne labels -- all vintage -- and anything else made of paper that struck my fancy.
As I added layers, the paper crinkled and wrinkled, which didn't bother me at all.  I didn't even try to get it completely smooth.
Over all of the paper I did some stamping in black and brown inks, and dabbed on shiny gold paint.
Just before covering it all with gel medium, I added the word PEACE twice.
I looked high and low for these letters, literally spending at least 20 minutes combing the aisles at Hobby Lobby to find just what I'd envisioned.  They were hiding, but I finally found them:
Here's what the package looks like in case you're interested; I bought a load of fun craft supplies that day, and, I used a gift card that was a Christmas surprise from a dear creative soul, which made it all the more special!
Globes are hard to photograph well -- but I did my best, and, you get the idea!