Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pretty Paperweights

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Hello, dear friends!

Just a short little post for you today…I’m still having a hard time revving up my creative juices after being away so much this summer…so these little projects were just perfect for me this weekend…

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I found a a couple of simple dollar store paperweights while cleaning my craft room (another of my summer projects!)…and I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with them…..

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…two beautiful images taken from Crafty Secrets’ new “Mini-Vintage” Creative Scraps would fill them up quite nicely!

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A bit of glitter added to eggs and flowers on the bird image, and a framing of Platinum Stickles for both images…

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Now for some simple finishing touches…here, just a wrapping of lovely aqua seam binding, topped off with a few perfect, vintage millinery flowers…easy peasy!

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It’s hard to get a good image with the globy glass on top, but I’m quite pleased with the way they turned out…

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For the second paperweight—with the beautiful lady gardener—I decided to surround the paperweight with vintage mother-of-pearl  buttons…one of my great loves…

…I kept it very quick and easy…no threading the buttons this time…

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…and the finished product under glass.  I love the slightly magnified effect it has…very fun!

I really love this vintage gardener image…it reminds me of one of my very favorite paintings of all…

… “My Sweet Rose”, by John William Waterhouse…one of my favorite of the pre-Raphaelite artists…

One of the reasons I love this painting so much is that it has always reminded me of my beautifully elegant great-grandmother, Estella…

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…a young woman during the later years that Waterhouse painted, she has that same look to me that he portrayed in his work…

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Now…I must warn you….I’ve been inspired by so many things during this short—but very busy summer—that I’ll be trying many new and wonderful projects out on you very soon…

…art journaling

…altered vintage photo albums

…vintage tiara making (going to have fun with these!)

…family history-filled shadowboxes

…crazy quilting (using my great-great-great grandmother’s crazy quilt for inspiration)

…and…craziest of all…homeschooling my two teenage daughters.  Call me crazy.  But definitely call me happy & excited!

Life is busy.  Life is unexpected.  Life is messy.  Life is very, very, very GOOD.

See you soon with something new!

Julie