Thursday, May 19, 2011

Charm







As I post this morning it is once again raining and very hazy but warmer and Tom said it appears another storm will arrive about noon... My plants that I did accomplish and get in the ground are now turning yellow ... a sign of too much water of course.... I have plans of doing house chores at my own pace and trying to forget about the weather although a peep from the sun would be a real energizer.... I must not fret about what I cannot control and enjoy the day....

You all knew I wasn't going to let the very old book I purchased at the antique shop in Waterville alone didn't you ? Yes, it went to the rec room with me ... while creating cards it got in on the action.... There are just so many creative ideas and fun ways of embellishment... Old books... book pages, and making journals and cards are oh so rewarding for me... You can learn to use things that are of no cost... Items such as cereal boxes may be cut for covers for glue pages and covered with book pages and fancy or old documents for a cover... Be creative and re-purpose at no cost... Ask for paper at the grocery store and use the lovely brown paper in your work and for gift gifting wrapping... If you use thrift and imagination to make your projects it can be very rewarding... I save every little scrap of paper I may cut from another project and many time just use the little pieces of card stock left over for notes at the computer when I am working... I leave nothing go unused... Re- purpose is a creative and wonderful way of life... A tiny little piece of paper or even hand written note can become just the right embellishment for a piece of altered art... You will notice that I use many of these little scraps in the cards that I will show you in the next couple days I have been creating.. I am about completed with them... All these little ways can show you skills of a artist.... I especially love working with old photos.. As I always like touches and small changes up in my surroundings I will continue to use the term ... shop my house.... Many times when I change up I box a few things up and pack them away and forget I have them ... when I go searching I find I have some different treasures to change off with... I do give my objects a rest from time to time and I think that is a good thing and also good for the wallet as you just shop you own home.... It is truly amazing how desirable just a tassel or a bit of trim can enhance... All you have to do is turn to your creative side.... Buttons, buttons, buttons, some of my favorite embellishing is done with them... from the very simple to the glam... Most of the time I place my glam buttons in a pretty dish or jar as a collection on display however... It is so charming when you can turn drab to fab...

The sweet very old book in the pic above was glamorized with a piece of scrap dictionary page that I used for the cards I am creating and a old photo copied and cut out... a touch of lace... a piece of vintage brooch and a little rose bit that broke from another piece of junk jewelry... The embellishment took about 15 minutes... I also took a old silver knife and placed a junk jewelry brooch on it to display and use when cutting a piece of cake or serving cheese ball to guest... I loved the initial even though it isn't one of ours I love the extra character.... It is fun to see the extra beauty in a object .... Remember to take a extra moment to see the lovely objects and beauty of your surroundings... It is the embellishment of life.... Enjoy.....





3 comments:

Marilyn said...

I knew you would do this old book justice. It is lovely!!
As for the rain... I was out this morning getting some vegetable plants for the garden & I got home just in time as the heavens opened up into a gully-washer!! It is pouring right now!! No lawn mowing today....
Have a Great Weekend!!
Marilyn

Ira said...

How lovely your book turned out Marietta! And that knife is really a huge eye catcher! You just dressed it up beautifully. Wish I could send you some sun, it's no fun having rain all the time... But: always look on the bright side, this leaves you more time to spend indoors to do your lovely creating!

Olivia said...

Hello sweet friend~ Your book is just darling, I save everything too! Lol! We are getting the rain starting today. Ick. Could be worse I'm sure! Have a lovely weekend regardless.
hugs,
Olivia