Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tarrant Area Food Bank Empty Bowls 2013


Celebrating 11 Years

The bowl I am currently working on as a donation for Empty Bowls.


Empty Bowls—An Artful Taste to End Hunger, attracts 2,000 guests and volunteers who select keepsakes from among 2,500 handcrafted bowls by North Texas artisans, bid in a silent auction for original art, and sample soups and desserts by some of Fort Worth’s finest chefs.
Date, Time and Place:
Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West and Central Rooms, Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall
Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 West Lancaster, Fort Worth 76107
Tickets are sold in advance ONLY and are $45 for a general admission ticket and $125 for a VIP ticket allowing you to enter the event a half hour early along with the Corporate Sponsors.
All ticket purchases—online, by mail, by phone or in person—must be RECEIVED at Tarrant Area Food Bank by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25.
Tickets may be purchased online,  by phone at 817-332-9177 ext 137, or by check mailed to:
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Attn: Empty Bowls 2013
2600 Cullen St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

See an Empty Bowls event

To see what Empty Bowls is like, view photos of the 2012 event on the Tarrant Area Food Bank Facebook page.
For the latest information on the upcoming 2013 event follow us on the Empty Bowls Fort Worth Facebook page.


Tom Thumbis the Presenting Sponsor for 2013.
Sponsorship Opportunities 2013 and Payment ONLINE
PRINT version (PDF) of Sponsorship Opportunities 2013
PRINT version of Sponsorship PAYMENT FORM (PDF) (Payment by check or credit card)
Questions? Please email Francie Cooper, Community Events Director.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Removing Paper from the back of Vintage Greeting Cards

Those cute greeting cards that are found in vintage scrapbooks can be removed and cleaned up a bit. It's not real difficult to remove them from the book and get the paper off the back. Most vintage scrapbooks have very brittle paper that turns brown and cracks very easily. This is the best type of book to salvage from, and here is how I do it.
First, gently remove the cards from the book being very careful not to tear the cards. The more page paper that remains on the back of the card, the better. You will need:
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Small square of fabric (a bit bigger than your iron)
  • Clean sponge
  • Clean water in small container
  • Large, heavy book
1. Let the iron warm up. I use the cotton setting and no steam.
2. Place the greeting card on the table with the back of the card facing up. Get your sponge fairly wet and start dabbing the glued paper with the sponge, until you see the paper starting to turn darker from the water. Then put the card aside for about 5 minutes. If you have several cards to work on, then start dampening another card.

3. After the card has set for about 5 minutes, lightly dampen it again.
4. Put the card on your ironing surface with the damp paper side facing up. Place your square of fabric over the card and iron it for about 5-10 seconds.
5. Remove the cloth quickly and start pulling the paper off the back. If it does not come off real easily then repeat the dampening process. Do not pull on stubborn paper because it might tear the back of the card. 
6. Once the paper is removed the card might still be wet, so place your cloth over the card and iron it for about 20 seconds or until the card seems dry.
7. Immediately place the card in the book to cool and be flattened.
Sometimes a signature and message is revealed, which is always an added bonus.

Friday, February 1, 2013

One of my Favorite Antiquing Spots

If you live in or around Allen, Michigan, then it is time to visit Hog Creek Antique Mall located at 10750 W. Chicago Road (US 12). I would frequent this store when I lived in Michigan, but now I only shop there once a year when I take my vacation to see family.

The mall has a wide variety of items from vintage clothing, to advertising items, jewelry, glassware, furniture, and paper collectibles. There are 23,000 square feet of quality antiques and collectibles to look at. Even a separate craft section for those of you looking to purchase handmade goodies.
The store is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. They accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

If you need to contact the store, there phone number is 517-869-2250. Or visit the website at
The owners Loren and Michelle Barrows would love for you to visit!

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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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