Monday, June 28, 2010

As a young child I would watch the old musicals on TV almost everyday. My favorites were the movies that had Carmen Miranda singing and dancing in her bright dresses and wild hats. The past few days I have been searching for her movies and came across this cute video. It's about 6 minutes long, but so much fun.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free Digital Image

Just a little something for my friends. I would like to pass on this digital image to be used in crafts, scrapbooking, collages, altered art, or whatever your heart desires. Just click on the image to get the enlarged version, right click over the image and choose copy. Paste the image in your favorite graphics program and save it. Print it as many times as you would like - it is yours. A gift from me to you. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stars, Stripes and Polka Dots

This week I'm taking the patriotic plunge on Etsy to find anything and everything for the fourth of July holiday.  Well, not all my finds are patriotic, but they scream red white or blue.  Today, let's focus on something to wear for the picnic during the day and fireworks at night. From cool summer dresses to all out Uncle Sam stars and stripes and maybe a polka dot or two.
Triumph Swimsuit 
1960s Mod Sunglasses 

Red White and Blue Ring Earrings 

Vintage Tote and Tumbler Set 

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots

Two Round Beaded Necklaces 

60's Shortie Romper Set

Patchwork Calico Tote 

Rhinestone Flag Set 

Lovely White Ladies Wrist Gloves 

Anchors Aweigh Enamel Brooch

70s Star Spangled Hotpants 

70s On the Farm Maxi Dress 

Vintage Nautical Necklace

Nautical Plaid Silky Scarf 

Juicy Girls Ooze Hollywood Glam Dress 
by Liveoncejuicy

Monday, June 7, 2010

Play and Pretend

Though I am years away from my childhood, I sometimes have the inkling to play with dolls and stuffed animals. These cute critters that I found on Etsy, have sparked my imagination and brought me one step closer to my youth.

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Elephant Bob by pavlucha,
Ginger the Weiner Dog by blackbirdfashion,
The Ballerina Owl by fongstudio,
Nice Beast Hand Puppet by Sackofdevils,
Scandinavian Matryoshka Doll by Ravenhill,
Wool Mama and Baby by Merrimonster,
Girlie Bear by lassothemoon,
Luna Lambkins by freedomrainbow,
Arthur Avocado by sleepyking,
Two Faced Friend Doll by beeperbebe,
International Wooly Egg Girls by asherjasper

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Repurposed Project #2 Thermal Fax Wrapping Paper

While looking for items to bring home and list in my store, I frequently come across rolls of thermal fax paper. Just like this past weekend, when I was searching thrift store shelves, five rolls of thermal fax paper were screaming out at me, so I put them in the basket and brought them home. I sometimes wrap gifts in the paper or crumble it up and use it as packing material. But this last weekend I stumbled upon something unique, something I didn't even realize it had, its thermal property. I guess I kind of knew that thermal fax paper used heat to create the imprints, but didn't know that I could create a pattern on it at home without the use of a fax machine. This is something I stumbled upon while using it in an ironing project, the heat from my iron caused the paper to turn black. This started an hour long experiment with the iron and eventually lead to these designs.

To begin this project you will need:

1. A piece of thermal fax paper
2. Scissors
3. An iron
4. An ironing board or sturdy and safe ironing surface
Working with the full roll can get tricky and you might get tangled up in paper, so I suggest using a piece that is a few inches smaller than the length of your ironing board. It will be much easier to work with.

1. Set up your ironing board and turn on the iron to wool or a synthetic setting. Make sure to turn off the steam, or this will ruin the design on the paper.

2. Cut a piece of fax paper that is approximately 5" smaller than the length of your ironing board and place the paper (glossy side up) on the board so that all the edges are not hanging off. You can lightly tape each end to keep it in place, but make sure to never run over the tape with your iron.

3. Start at one end of the paper and work your way to the other. Remember to leave the iron on the paper only about 1 second , or you will get a big black blob and not the iron design. Place your first iron mark on the paper by placing your iron flat on the paper surface (point facing away from you) and lifting quickly. Don't move the iron around or the image will get blurred. You can use the whole iron if you wish, like the picture shows.

4. Then next to the first iron mark, make another, that is about 1/2" apart. Now work your way down the paper to the other end making iron marks that are about 1/2" apart. Remember not to leave the iron on the paper too long or you loose the iron design.

5. When you have reached the end of the paper, go to the other side of the board and use the pointed tip of your iron to make marks in between the tips of the other marks. Get as close as you can, but leave some white space for a great relief design. Repeat this to the end of the paper.

You are Finished!!

Now you can experiment as much as you want with the thermal paper and create your own designs.

Reminders: The design will not last forever and will become lighter and eventually fade over a period of time. If you are using the paper for gift wrap, it is best to use it within a few weeks and keep it stored in a cool area. Heat from the sun or warm rooms might turn the paper completely black or gray. Also, tape and glue remove the design.

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- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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