Monday, July 19, 2010

Pretty Hat Box

Isn't this a pretty hat box? I picked it up at my friend Julies shop.
She had a collection of hat boxes lined on a shabby shelf. This one stood out from the crowd!
I'm going to use it for photo opts.
That's a picture of Julie and I taken a couple of weeks ago.

Then another shot of my best friend with Lennis.

Isn't summer grand?

Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.


Jill 00

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pretty Paper continued...

Along with pretty paper comes all sorts of charming tags.
These tags were made with some of my favorite fabric remnants.
Purchase ready made manila tags
Cut fabric in small enough to piece over tag
Spray fabric with adhesive
gently place onto tag and smooth with fingers
Cut around tag
Using a hole punch, follow hole on tag and punch through fabric to match
Insert vintage ribbon, rope or string

Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.
Jill 00

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pretty Paper...

Most of you are like me and love pretty papers. While out and about I'm always on the look out for vintage wallpaper and bits & pieces of unusual paper items. 
The fascination with pulp traces back to when I was a young girl. I remember my collection of paper stationary to this day. One of my favorites was scented paper.
The paper doesn't necessarily have to be old for me to love. Nowadays, there are so many to choose from.
When I finish client design work I always fold their work into a pretty file folder like the ones above.
If you've never made hand-made paper before, I encourage you to. It's a fun summer craft.
Just tear up small pieces of newspaper or whatever paper you have on hand and place the pieces in blender. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Pour your pasty mixture onto large cookie sheets and place outdoors in a shady spot to dry for a day or two.
You can add flower blossoms or rose petals from your summer garden if you like.
Once your paper tray is completely dry. Peel and enjoy!

Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.
Jill 00

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Basket full of love...

This wire basket is filled with lovely hand-made items, some of which I've made. The beginnings of a quilt that I began way back when, lavender sachets, cherry picked hangers, and one of my favorite hand-made flea market find, the embroidery booties.
As I gaze at its contents I think to myself someday I will finish that quilt! I also ponder warm thoughts of love as my eyes wander over the pretty hues.

You probably have a basket very similar to mine. One that contains freshly hatched creations. 
One day when we're old and gray we will think back on this basket full of love, and realize its significance.

Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.

Jill 00

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lavender Days...

While the studio re-do continues I'm slowly working my way out of the working part to the merchandising area's.
Lavender has always been a main staple to create Bittersweet and Calico creations.
Sachets, Soaps and Laundry Essentials are all flavored with  tincture's of Lavender.
This is one of my favorite pinnies! It reminds me of summer and lavender.

Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.
Jill 00


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