Thursday, June 28, 2007

Arizona Vacation: Went With One Suitcase....Left With Three

I had the BEST time in Arizona visiting my good Flickr friend Lilia! She took me everywhere. I am still so impressed with the ultimate capital of the art world! I can't say enough about Lilia. She is sweet, fun and one of the most talented people I know! Her home is beautiful and she and her family were so hospitable!! I will never forget my trip! Thank you LILIA!
We went to Melrose Vintage in Phoenix and I met the most wonderful ladies there!

Me and Lilia at Melrose...
Diane (on right) and her daughter (not shown) own this shabby, vintage store that has home decor, fabrics, paper, and LOTS more! I have never seen so many lovely things. I bought a large glittery star and lots of tinsel and crepe paper trim...ooh la la!
At Mystic Paper we had a BLAST!!! Kim showed us all around the store and I went crazy buying goodies! I got papers, embellishments, and lots more.I then went next door to a wonderful antique shop that her husband owns. One of my finds there was a vintage dress that I bought for my niece Caroline. At Mystic Paper, I met the fabulous Michelle, and Helle, two artsy girls! Michelle, Helle, Lilia and I had a wild afternoon playing, shopping and of course eating!! It was so great to be able to put faces with art! Those girls are soooooo talented and sweet! Next, Lilia took me to meet Debbie of Frenzy Stamper! That store was loaded with fabulous stamps and everything you need for your stamp studio! Needless to say, I did more purchasing.
Off to another hot spot... SAS!! I fell in love with the trims and laces of this amazing shop. This stuff is like candy! Lilia had to physically drag me out.
After good food, good shopping, and GREAT company, it was time to go back to Texas...sigh!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Too Many Totes!

I just made these fun bags last week using all vintage inspired material from Jo Ann's. Most are by Christopher Lowell. I wonder what he would think of his designer fabric made into bags??? I made tiny little evening style bags and every size in between.
I am taking the huge gold tote with the brown flower to Arizona when I visit my Flickr art buddy Lilia this weekend (WHOOHOO!!) I lined it with brown heavy taffeta, so it's pretty strong! I can put lots of purchases in it!! The light blue bag was the only one made with a real "pattern." It was the most difficult to me, since I really don't sew. All of the others were made by folding over fabric, like making a pillow. I made the straps really thick so they'd be sturdy.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Welcome To My Art World!

Welcome to my new art blog! I have started this blog by myself, learning about it as I go! I really have no idea what I am doing...but this is fun! I belong to a wonderful artsy group called "Flickr" and I have "met" so many talented and artsy ladies there. Many of them have fun blogs that I read regularly. I love the photos, artwork, and stories behind their entries. I thought it would be fun to share my artwork and vintage finds with friends and family, so here I am!

First off...I am southern girl who LOVES glitter...

I love everything from school glitter to the top of the line glass glitter! Here are three ATC cards I traded in my FLICKR group. I used lots of glitter!!

Thanks for dropping by!