I wish I could be a fly on the wall when the product for the Jenni Bowlin kits are chosen. The colors in October's kit are just beautiful. I wish I knew how the whole process of putting a kit together like this worked. I don't think I could do it. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.
Sunday was my 'special' day and I honestly don't like a fuss to be made over my own birthday.
But I did tell dh that there was one thing I'd LOVE to do on my birthday: to go to the Elephant's Trunk, the big flea market about 40 minutes away in New Milford.
But a big part of the deal was to go WITH dh. This is one thing that dh and I love to do together. You see, dh is quite the handy man. He can make something out of anything. It is his therapy. And I tend to have an eye for pretty things. I think in our next life, we are going to be this talented lady and handy guy. And we'll spend all our days traveling from flea market to flea market loading our truck and turning old pieces pretty again.
We didn't spend a lot - at all. I'm talking less than $30 all together. But we did look at things and came up with "plans" for cool pieces of furniture we didn't buy this time around. And just dreaming and planning can be fun.
Here are the few things I got Sunday:
An old book, parts of a door pull, a coin with a hole, a skeleton key, a gorgeous metal flower thingy, a wire flower frog, and what is that kitchen tool . . . a whisk? . . . an egg separator . . . ?
The book is for an altered book class I'm taking at The Great American Stamp Store. I'm so excited - haven't taken a 'live' class in a long time! Wonder if any other CT bloggers will be there?
Also very excited to be asked to be a part of the Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit club DT. I first heard of Jenni's kits a couple years back at Amy's old store - everyone was RAVING about her kits - gorgeous stuff - and unique stuff mixed in. My first kit ever was a Jenni Bowlin kit - and then I was hooked! So pinch me please . . . !!!!! There are already some layouts posted on the JBS Inspiration blog using the October kit that will go on sale soon.
I love checking out other blogs - so leave a comment - even just one of these -----> :)
and I'll come check out yours - I get so inspired by everyone I meet - irl and online!
have a great day - thanks for stopping by! - betsy
My genius, very creative, she-really-needs-a-blog-friend Audrey stopped by the other day to show me a paper folding technique she learned a local library. It's called Iris Folding - perhaps you've heard of it? I never had!
Here's a link to an Iris Folding site: Circle of Crafters Iris Folding . There are a ton of patterns on that site and lots of others on the web. You can even make your own patterns!
I tried this out with a little door hanger project for dear niece who just turned 7:
supplies: All Jenni Bowlin: Town Square Mini Papers, Vintage Sew On Buttons, Pearl Button, Core'dinations cardstock, Border Stickers, Crepe Paper Ribbon, Label Sticker, Alpha Stickers, misc eyelets, wire, and flea market chandelier crystal.
And here's a closeup so you can see the result of the paper folding:
I found that squares of pattern paper with small patterns work well because the design isn't lost when you fold the paper.
Hmmmmm - squares of pattern pattern with small beautiful prints . . . hmmmm . . .
When I was in Rhode Island this summer I saw a plastic baggie tacked to a telephone pole with a bunch of little 3x4 inch books inside. Each book was a little book of poems. A sign encouraged us to take one, so I did!
When I got back to the cottage, I opened the little book up and saw that the book was made from one sheet of 8-1/2x11 paper, folded and cut a certain way, and refolded to make the book.
This poetry project is from a group called Origami Poems Project and they have a website here: