Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Home made deodorant

Jess at her fantastic blog How About Orange posted this recipe for home made deodorant back in April. I forwarded it to my sister who promptly made it and this past week she gave me a sample of what she made. It’s wonderful! So wonderful in fact that I made my own today. I did change the recipe a bit. I put the coconut oil in the garage (95 degrees) until it liquefied which made it easier to mix. Jess used grapefruit essential oil. My sister used lavender, and I used bergamot.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

And the winners are…

I have 12 purse books left, so I have decided to give them all away

Respond to defling1948 at yahoo dot com with your mailing address and I’ll get one out to you. Or you can make a comment to this post and give me your email. Make sure you disguise it to foil spammers with the words at and dot like I did with my email above. If there is no "mailed" next to your name that means I have not heard from you.

Callisueart (yes, I’ll send to SA)




Anonymous Jan--mailed

Elizabeth Milton --mailed

Cindy B


Eliz in NM--mailed


Anonymous Barb in EV --mailed

Paul and Sue --mailed

As soon as I have your address, I’ll send them out, then you can watch for “art in the mail”.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Crushin’ on my new shoes

At my age, and with a birthday just around the corner, it’s a constant battle between fashions that are too youthful or too dowdy. I found these sandals on a clearance rack in Atlanta, and I am in love. I want to wear them with everything.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Paper Crafts

Inspired by Debbi Crane’s article in issue 9 of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, I made some purse shaped books as party favors for a bridal shower. I’m not a paper crafter, so I don’t have a supply of printed cardstock, so I used a coupon and bought a coordinated card stock pack. Loosely following Debbi’s instructions, I cut the covers, pages, spines and ribbon handles. Then I had to learn the pamphlet stitch. It took several prototypes to arrive at a design that pleased me. Positively addicting! Debbi made a purse shaped book every day for a year. I felt at times I was working on making 365 purse books in a weekend. Check back later, I’m going to be giving some of them away to celebrate my first anniversary as a blogger.


The books have 6 pages of drawing paper. Not exactly a useful book, but a fun party favor.

purse books insides

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The start of a new project

I’m keeping it a secret for now, but here are some of the tools and materials needed for my new project. That’s all I’m saying for now. Next week photos, later a chance to win one them.

purse raw materials

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mail Art

As part of the Mixed Media Art Friends Yahoo group, I participated in a swap of 1.5 inch squares. I sent in 25 squares similar to these and these

scrumptious squares1

and I received these beauties in the mail. So many wonderful techniques and ideas to inspire me.

scrumptious squares

I bought some plastic coin holder protective sheets yesterday so I can certainly keep them in a notebook, but I might do something fun with them.