Friday, September 15, 2017

Sewn Bookmaking Part 2....
The Leftover Bits.....

Well then, this is all that is left....

If you've read my previous post, I've been
busy making a Sewn Book Project 
for what seems like months....grin....

So please do, if you haven't seen, go have a boo
at the previous post!
I've taken one of those lovely carrying bags from
Michaels Craft Supply and tried to use it in as
many things I can think of to make....
Being the previous project was my first try at this,
I was pretty stinking pleased with myself....grin...
and I have received a few questions about the strap,
as I cheated not using the straps from the bag, 
( they'll get incorporated in some other project I am sure),
but what I used, was a 7Gypsies 'Book Bra'.
Seems they are no longer making these fabulous things
and luckily I had bought a dozen of them when they were
being closed out....wish they'd make them again.
Being one not wanting to waste any of the other side
of the bag used for the previous project, I decided to 
attempt to make one of those Midori type books that 
you see everywhere....

I gave it a shot....

Being that I have multitudes of art and craft supplies
I found I had everything I needed to attempt it...

I was thrilled that it worked....
but being that I've been working with this 
same pattern through both projects, I decided to
throw in some other colour.....

That worked.....grin...

It's fairly large, as inserts can be up to
a 5 x 7 I've begun now cutting
and sewing signatures to tuck in for future
creative journaling....(used an old cover from
a used up Moleskin journal, waste not, want not)

there was just one more piece left, a bottom
section of the bag.....what the heck...
a zippered pouch for my rulers....grin...

So as you can see from this post and the
previous post....I've had some fun creative time!
Now to go in search of some more bags.....grin...

Hope you can find some creative time for yourself!!
Make it so! And Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Already September!
How did that happen?

Hey All, Me here, and it's been so busy!
Spent much of  the Summer Season with 
household projects rather put my mojo
on hold. We did manage to get some major
projects competed, both back porch and front
deck rebuilt, plumbing issues taken care of,
and the usual touch up painting and re-staining
of cedar shakes and we're still up to our necks
in window washing and gutter cleaning the 
next month preparing for the change of the Seasons.

So once I found some mojo and me time,
it seemed I couldn't figure out what to do first...
So grabbed this lovely little cup and saucer a dear
friend sent me years ago, and made a quick pincushion.
Well one thing leads to another, dragging out an old sewing
machine ( nicknamed 'the clunker'), as my other machines
are strictly for fabric I had a plan....

I came across a wonderful older workshop on the internet at
Well that just sent me off on a whole new adventure....

First I had to make 
Signatures for my 
Sewn Book Project
and even though the workshop was for 'found' ephemera,
I switched it up to use tons of my scrapbooking supplies
and papers, and incorporating by sewing in some of 
my printed digital graphics, handmade tags, and other
assorted goodies I've made and collected over the years.

It's taken weeks of pulling together all the bits and bobs
of inspiration, and figuring out how to sew it all together.

But it's been one of the most fun projects I've taken
on for years. 

I certainly don't profess to be a seamstress,
as I tend to not do things as perfectly as many
in the sewing field do, but this was right up
my alley, as I could just sew away on the old
clunker without worrying about perfection.

Making the signatures has been so much fun!

Then came the cover....

Veering off from the Workshop....
I've had this really colourful and pretty tote bag
from Michaels hanging around my art room for
the past few years, so I thought I'd try cutting it up
and using it to make the cover.

I still have to hand sew the signatures into it,
but had to put it all together to see if it was going to work.

Please to say, the experiment was a success!

Even the inside worked to boot!

So as I said, still have to hand sew in the signatures,
and may even make another set to tuck in as it seems
another set of pages just might fit...
Being it was a large tote bag, it seems I have the other
side of it for another project....hmm......wheels turning already for the next project.
Isn't that how it always happens!

So that's what I've been up too during this long quiet
spell on Birdnuts Mixed Media this Summer...
and just a quick mention....

It was our Oliver Howard's 16th Birthday
last Sunday!
( Where the heck did the years go!)
We were overjoyed at the pouring of love and affection
and sloppy kisses from all of his 
Internet Aunties on Facebook 
this past weekend! 
Huge Thank You's to Everyone!

In our home....Dogs Rule....
and Birds too!

So that's what has been going on....
Already getting going on my second sewing book project
so another blog post in the works soon!

Until then...
Get Inspired and Creative!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday
Quickie Post...

I think may of you can relate to a night 
of insomnia unfortunately, but in my little world,
that means uninterrupted  art time....

And now that it's nearly dawn, I'm finding I'm in
a rush as the day is about to begin....
So you'll have to forgive me for not putting
my usual commentary with each photo,
as I'm just trying to post any sort of inspiration
since it's Friday and hoping You All get some
art time this weekend....without a night of insomnia! 

Had a experimental play with one of my Altered Book Journals
and using a myriad of my favourite graphics from
Tumble Fish Studio and Crowabout StudioB and
others from Mischief Circus and
my sewing machine....grin....
Bits and Bobs, some of my pre-made Post Card Arts

I made a 
Trifold Insert Page 
for my Altered Book...
Front page
Sewn in Post Card Collage

Second page....

And Inside the Trifold...

Hand Painted Watercolour and doodads attached....

Little Miss Smart Ass.....GRIN....

Had great fun, especially incorporating my
sewing machine in the project.

And that was just one page in the Altered Book Journal 

And here's a few other projects the past couple
of weeks I've been working on. Some Post Card Collage Arts
and some Digital Arts, all of which I hope will
give you a 'push' to be creative this weekend.

Again with lots of help from my Friends
Marsha and Nancy 
at Tumble Fish Studio and Crowabout StudioB

And a bit of digital work
using Itkupilli's Graphics 

And some Crowabout StudioB

And of course, some Post Card Art too...

So there you go!
Now the sun is peeking I'm off!
Have a Brilliant Weekend
and Make some art!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dipping my Toe back in.....

Well there you go....
2 Blogposts in one month....grin....

I'm on a creative binge ....
been craving to do some assemble pieces
and I guess today was the day to start again.

'The Wisdom Garden'

Had a blast this morning for a few early A.M. hours
as you never know when the creative bug is going to bite!

Luckily I have a couple of these fun 

And a pack of old school scrapbook papers

And with bits and bob goodies from 
and some pins and bobbles ...

I love that Retro Cafe Art allows choices
of a hanging hole in the back of the kit
or not, giving a choice of sitting on a shelf,
or hanging on a wall.
( I have so little shelf space any more and can always
find a spot to hang things, so I really appreciated
the ability to choose).

Great fun :)

I've also had a bit of a creative weekend of
experimenting with old papers hanging around 
the art room, and dug out one of my old clunker
sewing machines....

With some graphic help from 

Had some creative fun sewing bits and bobs to 
background papers and making some 
different kinds of collages.

Had too much fun.......grin.....

Anyway, I'm feeling really good about 
getting some fun, creative, 'me' time,
and you never know, it's only Monday.....
might get some more time in!

Hope you get some creative time too!!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day Holiday Weekend!
And a Happy July 4th Holiday Weekend to the U.S. too!

Thought with the extra time off this Holiday Weekend,
I'd not only get a bit of much needed art time in, but
would also touch base with you all as it's been a couple
of months since my last post! 
Wow! Sorry about that!
But I am sure as busy as everyone is these days,
all will be forgiven, as it's been a busy couple of 
months around here too!

I'll start with todays project 
I just completed.
A bit of a tribute to one of our
dearly departed a while back birds,
Ms. Connie Conure

Connie was with us a very short life,
born with a weak heart, and came to us
just after my Mum's passing. Connie was
just 12 weeks old when she arrived and 
was a total delight.

And was totally spoiled by us too.....grin.....

During the few years that Connie was with us,
she inspired so much of my creative arts and crafts...
and seemingly became part of many projects.
(Graphics used in this Digital Page were from the Fabulous
Tumble Fish Studio)

Anyway, long story short.....
It's been a few years since Connie left us and this world,
but I had one last project in mind as I had kept one
last shoulder feather of hers, for years now, 
one of the most beautiful
as she only had two red feathers, one on each shoulder, and rarely ever dropped either.

Now, I don't proclaim to be a jewelry maker.
Occasionally I make something, 
( other than the wood bracelets I love to make and share), 
that is strictly personal, for me to occasionally wear, 
but rarely to share, as I said, 
I don't think I'm all that clever with jewelry making.
But I was pleased with this today.
'Flying Broken'

I'm sorry to say, that I don't remember the company 
that I purchased the case from, but today I was finally
inspired to make something with it.
I found a butterfly wing today, and it triggered the 
big search through the art room to find the casing
I just knew I had somewhere....
Once found, using Dylusions Inks and card stock,
made the background piece.
Double sided as the case is.
Using Lazier Cut-Outs of a myriad of words

and a Vintage rosary also from Retro Cafe Art Gallery
I finally made something of tribute to our 
Dear Connie's last feather. 
She made so much of her very short life,
even though she was flying broken 
and she's with us forever for it.

Even though it's been a few year now,
I still miss my lunchtime routine of doing dishes
while she sat in my garden window in front of
me having her lunch...

It was a nice way to spend Day 1 of the Holiday Weekend,
quietly being creative....have missed my art time.

But I still have been having a wee bit most days
of my Early A.M. Coffee and Art Time I tend
to celebrate on Facebook most mornings....

Lots of quickie inchie arts....
(makes it so easy with wonderful graphics from

And lots of 4x6 Post Card Arts too....

And tons of Digital Page Play too!
With the help from 

And Tumble Fish Graphics....

Love Ms. Marsha's Graphics from Tumble Fish...
they always speak to me....

And when you use them all together.....

You can truly have some 
creative Me time....

So again, sorry for the long time since
I've posted, but as you can see....there is still
art play happening....and I'll alway 
be back again to share and hopefully inspire!

Have a Great Holiday Weekend!