I started this book in Seth Apter's For Your Eyes Only class (hence the name) in July 2014. It took me about a month to finish it completely. Of course I had to put my own spin on it with lots of vintage images, antique trims and German Dresden. Thanks so much Seth for such an awesome class! I like how it came out - hope you do too!
I am being very brave posting pics of the old studio and sharing my remodel/move to the larger space as it continues (right now, very slowly). Believe it or not the old studio was pretty organized. I liked to call it an organized mess - LOL! It just became so cramped with so much CRAP it wasn't conducive to creating anymore. Please be kind if you comment! :0)
Update: The studio is finished! Woohoo!
Located at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme CT this is a yearly event. 38 structures are hidden throughout the FloGris property. The level of detail in each and every structure is just extraordinary! So much fun whether you have kids or not. A magical day!
For my birthday this year we traveled to Madison CT's Barberry Hill Farm to attend 'Dinners At The Farm' an annual summer event started by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in Chester CT. For two weekends in July and two weekends in August he picks two host farms to host this fabulous charity event to benefit City Seed plus two other land/farm related charities. All the food we ate was locally sourced and absolutely spectacular!
I don't know what it is about Christmas that makes my crafty self go into overdrive. Maybe because as a kid I remember crafting ornaments and other treasures at the kitchen table with my mom and brother. All those sequins! All that paint and felt! Oh my!
Those of you who have been following me know that I am selling my house so I haven't been able to really craft and create as I would like. But now that the holidays are here and no more open houses planned for the foreseeable future and I doubt anyone will be house shopping over the next few weeks at least, I feel like I have my home 'back' and have gotten busy with lots of Christmas arts & crafts! This is the upside of not selling my house yet! Fun in the Lightfoot house!
The following are a few of the projects I have completed - so far! More to come!
Christmas Card #1
Christmas Card #2
My Christmas cards this year are almost entirely made up of Tim Holtz and Ranger Inc products. All the stamps, dies, inks and surfaces except the silver paint on the snowflake (Viva Decor) and the metallic vinyl snowflake sticker (Stampendous) is made by them. This card really shimmers in real life which unfortunately doesn't show in the pic.
Next up is a Christmas Cottage I made using a base kit that I had bought years ago and didn't pack away for some reason when I was decluttering my studio for showings. I used very nontraditional colors. I found the buck in my stash (from Red Lead Paperworks) and glittered up his antlers for a little Christmas bling - cause that's how I roll - LOL! The fence that came with the kit was pretty cheesy so I used a Memory Box die to create a newer, prettier fence. I added the icicles and snowy effects. I used a stencil on plain cardstock with Archival Ink to create the 'Tiled' roof. I also replaced the red plastic film that the kit had for the windows (yuck!) with a pretty gold vellum. Little battery operated tea lights flicker away creating a lovely, warm glow to finish the look.
Lastly, I saw a wonderful project from Paula Cheney and knew I had to create my own! You can see her blog post here. She has a kit for sale with complete instructions but I had most everything she used so I just winged it. NOTE: I used my paint dauber (Festive Berries) to color the burlap background and it destroyed my sponge top before I even got half way through. Luckily I had some replacement daubers handy so I could finish the job, so you might want to have these replacement tops handy!
I ended up using an 11"x14" frame so I had to make a couple adjustments; adding the Santa strip, Gold German Dresden at the bottom and some glittery, dimensional stars that are actually table confetti that I found at a local home/lifestyle shop years ago. I knew I'd find the perfect project for them eventually! I chose the word JOY as the base for my tree, sponging gold and silver paint on the letters for a distressed, vintage look. I also incorporated a couple antique buttons from my collection.
Can I tell you how much I love Distress Glitter Dust!
Mother Nature has given CT, MA & RI the smack down in the form of a blizzard for the ages. It is being called this younger generation's Blizzard Of '78. This storm was eerily similar to the 1978 storm in many ways. Never thought I'd live through another one like that! We ended up getting almost three feet of snow overnight on Friday into early Saturday morning.
What else would I do (besides digging out) than to get into the studio for some serious playtime?!
I started on my Winter ATCs for an upcoming swap but I really needed a dose of Spring! So I made my altered frames for a Red Lead Paperworks Spring Frame Swap instead. They are a combination of RedLead, Tim Holtz and Lost Art Creations goodies. The frames are painted with acrylic paint, stained with ink and stamped in the same color ink. Framed images (Red Lead Paperworks stamps) are stamped on either scrapbook paper or real vintage ledger pages using Archival Ink. The images are then painted with a waterbrush and Distress Markers. The clip art ladies are from my collection of La Mode Illustree originals (there is an image set of these available in my Etsy Shop). For the Spirit frame I colored the pearl bauble and the pearl & rhinstone trim with alcohol ink to match the piece.
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