Saturday, August 21, 2010

July & August... what August??

August twenty-first... one o'clock in the afternoon... in the year of our Lord two-thousand-ten... It's been almost two months exactly since my last post. A lot of summerness has been going on in our lives. Hence the reason for the lack of posts - sorry about that by the way.

Hopefully these will cheer you up - along with the teaser of me telling you that I've got some really really cool things planned for these next couple of months.

Pin cushions - one of the many explainations of how awesome things really do come in small packages. The top photo is one that I made from a bottle cap. If you are thinking of making one I used a cap from a large bottle, not a 20 oz. bottle or a metal cap. The below photo is a treasure. My mother-in-law and I were out Antique shopping one afternoon and for the grand total of $1.50 I purchased this lovely porcelain shoe. At the time I didn't quite now what I was going to do with it... I just knew that it was one of those "had to haves."

After I made the first two I started rummaging around the house looking for things to convert into pin cushions. I thought about a couple of antique tea cups, but the mouth of them were too large, not to mention the shoe pin cushion filled my need to have a vintage looking one. I needed something more whimsical...

Looking around my living room I spotted my daughter's toys. My wheels started turning and after some sorting I decided on one of her playschool stackable cups. Ok, before you start thinking, "this goofy lady is taking her kid's toys from her..." L'bug has like five different sets of stackable cups and she's totally not going to notice the missing blue one. (I also felt better knowing that the set did have two blue ones.... so I look at it more like she's sharing with me. *wink)


Paper has always been first love. I remember my mom telling me that as a kid she tried to get me dolls and Barbies, but I would cut their hair with my scissors... so she bought me paper - a much more acceptable object to cut with scissors.

There are just so many things you can do with a crisp new pad of paper and a brand new pen or pencil... make lists, write a story, draw, or journal for example ;)

I got the order for this journal about a month ago and the inspirations were:

Swedish Flag and Crowns, Circus, & Masculine

I chose the book because it was cream with red writting - which reminded me of the the red and white striped big top tent. Inside the book I found various sentences and pasted them onto the front of the book to read more like the story from a circus.

"A gasp, almost of horror when up from everyone / at the end a cheer greeted him / another pause of astonishment. / The spectators rocked with laughter. / Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!"

The client requested the name "Linden" to be on the back. I also wrote, 'For Sverige i Tiden' which is Sweden's Motto. The Swedish crowns are on the front along with the colors of the flag in the sword.


To give you a look into our past month here are some pictures from our summerness that I spoke of earlier.

We went to visit my cousins in Georgia and went to the Atlanta Aquarium. One word = Awesome. We all loved it. Here is L'bug on her daddy's shoulders standing next to her cousin EmG on her daddy's shoulders. Do you see the massive freaking whale!?!

Here Me and L'bug are walking in a tunnel that runs through the large water tank with all kinds of animals swimming over our heads. (Hello Uncle J and Aunt A!)

Lastly, here's L'bug at the City Garden. If you haven't gone I highly recommend it. L ran around all of the fountains and played in the water. It's downtown St. Louis, very clean and best of all free! I love how curious she is :)

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