Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
i love these handmade treat bags crafted from old dictionary pages, and this idea couldn't be hotter right now. it seemed that everywhere i turned at this year's Country Living Fair, there were these beautiful handmade items reusing old book pages. for this bibliophile, i couldn't be more smitten with the look...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
and now, one year later, The Crepe Confectionary has become a major part of my life, with many successes and some failures, but still going strong. i won't lie: i struggled in the beginning, mostly with reconciling the very scientific half of my brain, that had been in the driver's seat all of my life, with the more creative half of my brain, which had always hung around, but was happy to be chilling in the backseat. it was odd, and still is at times, when people ask me what i do for a living...people generally laugh or don't know how to respond when i tell them that i run a creative design business and i'm a folk artist, especially when they know that just a few years ago, i was a practicing doctor.
(thanks, scott. you really made me believe it all, because you believed in me.)
Friday, August 6, 2010
the image on this hat is taken from the old Dennison Bogie Books
- i will provide the party hat template for download through the blog
- you drop me a line saying 'COUNT ME IN!'
- i will assign swap partners, and hand out addresses
- you dream up something extra spooky and fun for your partner
- once we have swapped, we'll post pictures for all to see!
who's in? leave a comment on this post if you're interested.
and, i just want to take a moment to thank all of my readers. its always so encouraging to hear from each of you, and i love finding inspiration in how you see the world. now, i would love for you to join me in some of the fun!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
last year, i came across these fantastic labels for a 'witch's cupboard' at the Love Manor blog...they are meticulously designed and look incredibly authentic when adhered to old antique glass bottles and jars. i was so thrilled when i came across them, i just had to pick up a bunch of antique glass bottles the next time i was out junking and thrifting. this project could not be easier, and the results are so authentic, it will surely fool any spooky guests that should come calling on this hallow's eve.
here is what you need:
- old glass bottles, jars (or newer ones, with their labels and glue removed)
- mod podge
- sponge brush
- walnut ink, or walnut stain (pad, spray, or crystals work just fine)
- labels, which you can find HERE
- make sure all of your glass jars and bottles are clean and dry
- decide which label will go on which jar, and use a photoshop program (picnik.com) to edit the image so it will fit on your jar. print out, and cut along edges
- apply mod podge to area where you wish to adhere your label, place label onto bottle and smooth out bubbles and edges.
- wipe away any excess mod podge from the glass surrounding the label.
- once dry, use some walnut ink on a cotton pad or paper towel and gently buff the label around its edges to give it an aged, worn appearance.
- embellish your bottle with moss, just twine, spiders, etc. i like to keep my witchy bottles and jars looking as authentic as possible for a more convincing effect.
- display on a shelf, an old silver tray, or table top along with an iron cauldron and lots of candles.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
its true. if the sun is out, i am out in my little patch of green happiness. planting...pruning...seeding...rearranging. i quite literally look for reasons to keep myself busy out there poking in the dirt.
a nearby neighborhood home, part of the buffalo ny garden walk.
but if you really want to know, my ultimate goal is to have my home garden be included in our city's annual Garden Walk event. occurring each year at the end of july, just when all the area gardens are at their vegetative peak, hundreds and hundreds of homes around the city and surrounding areas open their gardens for people to wander through and admire. i try to catch a new neighborhood or area each year, taking photos and gathering ideas for my own greenspace. its astounding what some people can do with a small space, a few plants, and some sweat! believe me, buffalo is not 10 straight months of snow and cold. though the winds may blow and the snow may fall (really only a few inches each season), i assure you that our harsh and oft publicized wicked winters melt away into some of the most beautiful spring and summer weather in the country.a charming entry to another secret garden on the Garden Walk.
so if you've been stopping by only to find the 'be back in 10 min' sign still hanging on the door, i kindly apologize, but i've been enjoying the lure of my garden and the beauty of our unusually early summer weather. and i certainly hope you all have been cultivating your own bit of green in your own neck of the woods. oh, i still have work to do in the shop...gobs of custom birthday orders and a new halloween line in the works. it just has to wait for a rainy day...
Saturday, May 8, 2010
glass glitter whales for hanging...
(its going to be one 'whale of a time', don't you know...)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
and these sweet aqua doves...sigh...