IPad Stand using a Book Cover Repurposed #2

May 23, 2012 /
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PART 2 – A Rewarding project.  IPad Stand:2 –   1937 / New Standard Encyclopedia Volumes IV and V (I bought 6 volumes at a yard sale years ago)        The covers are a very nice, embossed, burgundy cloth.Scraps of Chipboard 3 –     Silver Grommets15″ – 1/2″ black elasticPVA Glue TIP: The stand could also be made using…

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IPad Stand using Book Covers – Repurposed #1

May 23, 2012 /
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Having a hard time separating myself from the books that don’t have a “near future” purpose and don’t have much of a redeeming value that anyone else would want them. To reduce the length of the post I’m sending this in two posts. #1 shows the finished project. #2 shows the process. Stand as assembled. The elastic serves…

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When The Student Is Ready…The Teacher Will Come

May 13, 2012 /
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In my case this Buddhist Proverb couldn’t be more timely… 1.  I came across a book binder on YouTube that put together awesome instructional videos of various book binding and case making techniques  http://www.youtube.com/user/Ceropegia?feature=watch. Sage Reynolds, the book binder, has an impressive list of videos, take a look.  While I knew (or have seen in the…

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Book Repurposed – Fast and Way Too Much Fun

May 12, 2012 /
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Having finished the portfolio I was feeling pretty good about getting back into cutting and gluing stuff together again and wanted to get right back into another project. I save scraps – can’t help it.  Some time ago in an effort to clean out my side of my husband’s garage I started to throw out…

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Portfolio

May 11, 2012 /
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Ya Hoo!  I received my confirmation from Arrowmont of my upcoming class “Books-Leather Binding Thru The Ages” taught by Jana Pullman http://www.westernslopebindery.com/index.html   I figured I should put aside my jewelry and sculpting supplies and bone up on book board and book making. I chose to start off with a handmade portfolio that would house a lined…

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Glue This To That

April 28, 2012 /
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Look what I found!  No not tulips.  I just threw in this picture of my birthday flowers because they were pretty and I didn’t have a picture of anything glued together.  HA! I found (it wasn’t really lost) a web site that let’s you input the type of material you want to glue to another type…

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The Past IS My Present

April 24, 2012 /
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Another one of my gifts (to myself 😉 was a weekend art class… A serendipitous search of the Internet led me to a weekend class being taught by Sandy Webster only 1 1/2 hrs away from my home at The Creative Arts Center in Dalton, GA. “Building Boxes:  Creative Spaces for Small Collections”    Two important items…

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Metals – I’m just playin

February 17, 2012 /
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These are projects I made for the Bonnie Art Tools http://www.bonniesbest.com/booth at the recent Stamp Festival (the black display cards are made from pre-cut chip board (same boards used for the Flower Press).  Black paper was glued to one side and then edged with various paper tape, holes were drilled, grommets set and ribbon inserted to use as a hanger): Frame…

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1 GOOD Excuse, 5+ Reasons and a Flower Press

February 13, 2012 /
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It’s been over a month since my last post!  First and foremost…Is this the cutest picture you’ve ever seen? Gabi opened her dress-up trunk Christmas morning (when this picture was taken).  Stripped down to only the tutu, fairy necklace, magic wand and crown, and holding her new Dora Doll – she twirled on one foot…

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The 3 T’s are Finished

December 20, 2011 /
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That’s TRUNK, TIARA BOX AND TU TU’S… The descriptions, techniques and supplies are lengthy so I put them at the end of this post with more pictures… Aluminum Trunk Tiara Box Magic Princess Tu Tu TRUNK (as pictured on it’s side) 26″ wide  x 16 1/2″ high x 10″ deep: This is an aluminum salesperson’s trunk we…

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Vintage Ballerina Music Box – Renovated

December 18, 2011 /
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Renovating this Music Box was a lot of fun.  In the next few days I’ll post the Tu Tu, Dress-Up Trunk and Tiara Box that were made to go with the music box (some days it a very thin thread for me 😉 Spark (more like an explosion) of an idea: My granddaughter loves to…

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Vintage Floppy Disks = Jewelry

December 15, 2011 /
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We had dozens of floppy disks (they weren’t really floppy – they were 4 x 4 hard disks). I hesitated to throw them away because although we couldn’t get information from them anymore some clever thief might find them in the trash, have a relic of a computer laying around the den and get all…

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13 More Sleeps Til Christmas

December 12, 2011 /
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A lot has happened this month… My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc).  She passed away December 3rd, 2010.  I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards.  First she would tell me how pretty…

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Christmas Cards – – WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

December 9, 2011 /
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Note to Self on making this year’s Christmas Cards:  WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU THINKING?!! My muse really got me good this year.  Usually I get the urge to do what my friends do so beautifully –  make Christmas cards.  I’ll make a card or two, they don’t look near as impressive as theirs do and I…

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Pantry Storage

December 7, 2011 /
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When we bought our house 8 years ago the kitchen pantry shelves were sagging in the middle. Always the crafter…we put chair legs in the center to support them until we updated the kitchen and decided if we were going to move the pantry. Well, one year turned into eight and we still have a three…

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What if?

December 6, 2011 /
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11-20-2009 – Laura’s 40th BD Cruise – Rainbow seen off balcony A sign seen yesterday… What if we woke up today with only the things we thanked God for yesterday?

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BE NICE! plus a few more rants…

November 29, 2011 /
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BE NICE… I’ve done a little impulse shopping around town in the last week and I have to tell ya – folks are PRE-occupied. I wish folks would (this goes for me too):–  be “in the moment”.  Be aware of where you are.   Be aware, unless you’re on uninhabited planet, that everything you do involves at least one other person. …

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IT’S OFFICIAL (I’ve seen it with my own eyes)!

November 22, 2011 /
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My book is featured on page 57 of the Premier Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors “PAGES” magazine.  Woo Hoo!! The book featured is my SmARTaleck Studio book made from a vinyl store banner.  I use it to sketch sculpting ideas and take notes in class.  It’s a little worse for wear – schlepping it back and…

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Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages

November 17, 2011 /
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Stars made from pages of books, magazines, cloth, ribbon – just use your imagination for an easy, fun, rewarding, project.  Technique for “making stars come out at night” is towards the bottom of this post. This is the first star I made using 1″ x 8″ strips cut from an old dictionary. After that I reduced the…

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Last Year’s Ornament

November 15, 2011 /
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I’ve been sooooo busy (Ha). Thought I’d share a past project with you while I get pictures together to post about my work with leather and my jewelry made with repurposed floppy disk parts. I make my grandchildren a christmas ornament every year. This was last year’s ornament for my grandson Martin who LOVES sharks.…

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