Friday, December 8, 2017

Looking Back

Clothes always fascinated me. Not in the normal teenage girly sort of way. I remember at a very young age dissecting clothes in the movies and TV shows. My all time favorite movie dress was the suit the Baroness wore in The Sound of Music when she met the children for the first time at their home. I loved it so much I designed a stamp (Natalie) around it a couple of years ago. The clothes in Sabrina come in a close second. I caught the Barbra Streisand movie Hello Dolly on TV a couple of Sundays back and was so excited to see the clothes. My husband thought I was nuts when I said here comes THE dress. Now, I had only seen this movie once at age 10 but I remembered the 14 kt gold dress on the stairway and it took my breath away, then and now! I loved just as much, the funky fun fashions of Laugh In and That Girl. Oh, That Girl could dress and every young girl wanted to be just like her when we grew up!

I started drawing fashion at about 8 or 9 years. I would use my paper dolls and awkwardly  trace around them. There were fashion pages in the Archie comic books and I would trace over Betty and Veronica also. This is how I learned to draw. I spent hours doing this every day. Sometimes I would find the most wonderful illustrations in magazines and copy them. The covers of patterns were other great sources of inspiration for fashion. How I wished I could take one of those great big catalogs home from the fabric store with me!

Looking back at the process is so much fun. NEVER in a million years would I have believed those hours so many years ago would bring me to this place right now! I still love drawing and even more sharing!


My first drawings, obviously from the 60's!
From my portfolio in the late 70's




Jennifer Lopez from the 2015 (I think) Oscars. I still love drawing those dresses!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Favorite Christmas Goodies

I am pretty sure most would think I decorate like crazy for the holidays because I am the creative type. Well truth be known, I have a most difficult time going all out at Christmas since becoming an empty nester. I'm in that difficult period between kids and grandkids. Honestly it's just not that fun right now. So for the last few years I grumbally, no I don't think that's a real word since a red line just appeared, pull out just 2 out of 7 boxes of the sparkly stuff and put it out. Don't get me wrong now, I love Christmas. I love the season and the reason. I love the lights, the music, the scents and sometimes even the hustle and bustle.

This year we pulled everything out and I went through it all and tossed much of it. You know the stuff I'm talking about; the plastic picks that are chipped, the many, many garlands that are never used, that thing I just had to have at Target but never really used. Yep, it got trashed or donated. Someone will love that thing from Target, I'm sure. And they will no doubt pay next to nothing for it.

You know exactly what to keep when going through years of collecting holiday decorations. You keep the things that make your heart swell with mushy feelings. The vintage ornaments from your childhood, the beautiful handmade gifts from crafty friends, the first Christmas gifts as a newly wed couple that just make you smile. And of course the things that made your child's eyes light up every time they looked at it.

I have always had a difficult time decorating because I love all styles, I love sparkly as much as I love rustic. I've never understood how someone could only like one style. My home is a haphazard mix up in many styles that just seems to work. I am not vintage, industrial or modern. I am everything mentioned and then some. I decorate with what I love and that goes the same with Christmas. I think that's the only way to make a home yours.

Come let me show you some of my favorite Christmas things old and new.

A favorite spot to decorate...a crystal bowl filled with childhood ornaments from the 60's, bottle brush trees from my childhood that have seen better days but make me smile just the same. The felted snow girl is a little something I whipped up. The milk glass vases were my mothers and the white opalescence plate and creamer are depression glass from asset that was my grandmothers.

Love this Hallmark book from 1971. My mother gave these to us often and I am so glad I saved them!

A handful pf more Vintage...Avon Christmas trees that were long ago filled with bubble bath. I made ornaments like crazy as a young teen. We bought kits that were styrofoam, sequins and beads.

She's new, a collection from Target about 10 years ago. I bought a slew of these because they are adorable!

My sister gave me this years ago, back when these whirlybirds were actually from Germany and not China. My son has always loved this and still does!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Max, the Dog Stamp

My friend Kelly said I need to start blogging again. I'm not sure people read blogs but she's pretty smart so I will get on board with this again! In trying to decide what to write about I thought I'd address one of my most often asked questions. What is the dog stamp's name?

Well, lets start at the beginning. Meet Jack. Jack is not the dog stamp but he is our dog who was once very content at being the "only child." He is a cock-a-poo, a very large cock-a-poo. He is always mistaken for a doodle but no, he is not a doodle, he was supposed to be my sweet little lap dog. And that's exactly how he was raised....as a lap dog. And then he grew, and grew and grew. Someone probably neglected to tell us that one of the parents was most likely a standard poodle.

As I said, he was very content and then one day, Father's Day to be exact, Max came to us. Yes, my son brought Max over that day and said he was a stray and needed a home. And oh yeah, he eats phones. Max is some sort of terrier, high strung and high energy. He isn't that cute but he's sweet, to me that is. My husband calls him a mosquito because he's well, annoying and doesn't leave you alone. I think I'm the only person who likes Max. He is very sweet, always minds and is always happy. Jack doesn't much like Max and pretty much ignores him. When Max is getting attention, Jack will come push him out of the way and hog all the attention for himself. And Max tries to get back in on the pets and hugs, his tail wagging the whole time. He can be pushed, have his treats stolen and his tail still wags!

Max loves going to dog beach in Huntington Beach and then going to breakfast at The Park Bench because he gets scrambled eggs and bacon off the dog menu. He loves getting the mail, growls at most people, hates the wiener dog next door and loves freshly cooked bacon. And that my friends is who the dog stamp is named after.

Dog Treats Stamp from Prima Marketing

Max, he's not all that cute and it's hard to get a good picture because he moves too much!



Jack in all his cuteness



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Goodbye Summer!



As Labor Day approaches I suppose it's time to say goodbye to summer. Although in real life, our sandals and shorts will stay for awhile, in the craft world, most of us are pulling out our fall and Halloween goodies. I thought I'd sign off summer with one of Jennifer Snyder's wonderful cards. She is the queen of layered dresses, yep, she was the first to bring this beautiful effect into my little paper doll world. This background is kept simple with a modeling paste stencil to make the dress the star of the show. She dressed the Camille doll in the Paper Doll collection from Photo Play Paper. The 6x6 pads create the perfect scaled clothes, don't they? The crisp white and blue gingham is the perfect Labor Day outfit before putting back in the closet until spring. Bring on the leaves and pumpkins!

Goodbye Summer!



As Labor Day approaches I suppose it's time to say goodbye to summer. Although in real life, our sandals and shorts will stay for awhile, in the craft world, most of us are pulling out our fall and Halloween goodies. I thought I'd sign off summer with one of Jennifer Snyder's wonderful cards. She is the queen of layered dresses, yep, she was the first to bring this beautiful effect into my little paper doll world. This background is kept simple with a modeling paste stencil to make the dress the star of the show. She dressed the Camille doll in the Paper Doll collection from Photo Play Paper. The 6x6 pads create the perfect scaled clothes, don't they? The crisp white and blue gingham is the perfect Labor Day outfit before putting back in the closet until spring. Bring on the leaves and pumpkins!

Friday, August 19, 2016

More Foil Fun!


 
I just loved working with the beautiful foils and rub-on adhesives from Prima Marketing. Pam Bray used the various patterns in her background of her gorgeous project. You can read about it here on her blog. Instead of using an entire pattern on my girls' dresses, I used just a hint of foil on patterned paper. I wanted it to look like it was worn off. The mesh patterns worked beautiful with the sea themed paper, French Riviera by Frank Garcia. Of course I had to try a bit of glass glitter on a sea star adhesive. It worked beautifully. Such easy products to use to enhance the paper dolls in your life!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Foil Fun!



Jennifer's fabulously layered dress using several paper patterns and the gold tone Prima foils. Works wonderful with those gold doilies!
Just a little peek under that skirt!

Doreen used a gold foil mesh that looks oh so nautical with Frank Garcia's French Riviera paper collection. This tray is just stunning!

An aquamarine foil starfish is the prettiest touch on this tag.



Awww, the end of summer is approaching. As I put away all my beachy, sandy, summery, craft products, I can't help but be sad. But it's time to make room for all the fall and holiday goodies arriving at my door daily, isn't it?
The  design team did a fun little project to say goodbye to summer. We used the Prima ocean hued foils and Christine Adolph rub-on adhesives to create some fun paper doll projects. I thought they'd be a wonderful accent for the dolls' clothes and of course to use in the backgrounds goes without saying!
From background patterns to words, to seashells, the rub-ons add a magical touch to any creation and are so easy to use, And should I say affordable? Yes, totally affordable!
First up is Jennifer's beautiful tag. She's the master at layering the dresses and did a fabulous job using my papers from the 6x6 Baby pad from last summer.
Doreen chose Frank Garcia's French Riviera paper for her gorgeous projects. Love the neutral hues with just a pop of color!
Stay tuned for Pam's project and oh, yeah, mine!