Friday, March 27, 2009
I had been looking for a new way to store my wood mounted rubber stamps. I've shown you how I store my clear mounted stamps, here. But, I was never really happy with my wood mounted stamp storage. If you look at the first photo of the clear stamp storage post, shown here:
You can partially see my old wood stamp storage method, about halfway up the left hand bookshelf. I had simply stored them in plastic tubs. Which worked, but there were two problems. (1) I cannibalized those plastic storage tubs for another storage need and (2) look at how much wasted space there was between the tubs, they were simply the wrong size.
So, I've been looking for another method for a while now. Hopefully, a method that would fit that same space. I tried some of the ITSO containers from Target, wrong size. I look at baskets, just not my style. I've looked at other plastic tubs, same wasted space issue. I've looked at other repurposed containers, most were too tall. I've been browsing around for months.
Then, last Sunday, I was in Micheal's trying to buy the only Tim Holtz stamp set I was still missing. I wasn't looking for anything else. But I just happened by a center aisle product setup for clearanced paper board alphabet letters that were about 8 inches tall. Each individual letter was displayed in one of these: Picture a light bulb over my head.
I measured them and I would be able to fit 6 across on my shelf with little wasted space. They were not too tall. They tapered from front to back so my stamps would be visible from the front. They were just about a perfect length. They were also made of very sturdy paper board, which would be sturdy enough for long term storage, but also could be easily painted, stamped, or paper covered to make them look nice.
But they weren't for sale.
They were a display method for the paper board letters, they weren't product themselves. So my husband talked to the manager. Since they were just going to throw them away, she said we could have any of them that were empty for free. Well, we found six empty ones and took them home.
Here's what they look like. I'm still planning to paint them, and then probably stamp on them with the stamps that they are holding, as a kind of combination labeling-decorating technique: They're actaully long enough to hold my 12-inch stamps with room to spare: What a deal!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I decided I wanted to make my own art journal, but instead of an art journal made of paper, I decided to bind one out of canvas. It's really easy to do and I love the results. Especially the rough edges. Remember, you can click on the photos below to view larger, more detailed versions.
Step 1 - Cut your canvas pages. I wanted 9x9 pages so I cut mine to 10x10.5 (this will give you 1/2 inch margins on three sides and a 1 inch margin on the side you will be binding). You will need two pieces for each page. I cut 14 pieces for 7 pages.
Note: Canvas is also known as Duck cloth when you go looking for it at the fabric store. I just used natural color canvas, but it's available in a range of colors, including white.
Step 2 (optional) - Iron your canvas pieces. Iron your canvas pieces if you want to remove the fold lines from the fabric. If you like the fold lines, leave 'em. Use the highest setting on your iron.
Step 3 - Sew your pages. Ok, don't freak out on me, we're talking very simple sewing here. Just make sure you are using a high gauge needle (one meant for denim, for example). I used a 100/16.
We'll be sewing two pieces of canvas together to make each page. Doubling up the canvas provides stability to the pages. Before you start sewing, you'll need to temporarily join each pair of pieces together. The "normal" way to do this is with pins, but stick pins and I have never gotten along, so I just used a bit of adhesive runner in all four corners. Worked perfectly.
As I mentioned above, I sewed a 1/2 inch margin an three sides (upper, right, and lower, as shown below) and both a 1/2 inch and a 1 inch margin on the remaining side (left, as shown below). I sewed two lines on the binding side of the page just to provide a little more stability to the binding.
I've mentioned before that I'm allergic to wheat. Well, the best wheat-free bread I've found is actually one that needs to be made at home, instead of purchased pre-made. So it's become a once-a-week ritual to make two loaves of gluten-free bread. Unfortunately, gluten-free bread doesn't keep very well. We've discovered that toasting it right away, to drive off the moisture, and then freezing it works pretty well. So between the mixing, rising, baking, cooling, toasting, cooling, and freezing, it almost takes all day.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I drive a 12 year-old car, a 1997 Honda Civic. Today, it saw its last service. A $500 oxygen sensor replacement. We've decided it's not worth fixing after this, so we went car shopping. I think I'll be getting a brand new 2009 Toyota RAV4 in the next 6 months....
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sorry for the combined post, you know how it goes...life gets in the way.
3/13/09 - Just finished reading these books. If you are a science fiction fan like me, they are both good reads. But like any series, the early Pern novels are the best ones. Stardust is aimed at teens, so it's a nice light read.
3/12/09 - I've been having problems sleeping at night, so mid-afternoon naps have become a mainstay.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
...I'm not dead, I've not been kidnapped, I've have not lost my internet connection....
...I've just had a horrendous week at work, many deadlines on many projects, late nights every night...
...I hope to get back to regular posting this weekend.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Veronica has been around the blog for a while, but has just started "following" so I wanted to give her a shout out.
Thanks for all the wonderful comments you leave!
Monday, March 9, 2009
So, how is your focus on "one little word" for 2009 going now that we're a few months in?
If you haven't heard of the "one little word" initiative, see Ali Edwards post here. Basically, the idea is to choose one word to focus on for the year. Sort of like a resolution, but more fluid, more general, more forgiving.
My one little word for 2009 is "explore". For me it has two meanings: (1) explore the area in which I live and (2) explore the depths of my creativity.
I am planning to document my journey this year via my one little word, probably with a layout or a minibook. My hope is that I will have one event per month that addresses each aspect of my word. I know that I am likely to forget details over time, so I am keeping track of each "one little word" related event as I go.
So far, for 2009:
I explored Alafia State Park.I took a mixed media painting class at the local Arts Center.February:
I took the Animal Adventure tour at Busch Gardens. I dabbled in making Home Decor items for other people.March (in progress):
I took Art Journaling 102, an online course.I know in the months to come I'm planning to attend The Scrapbook Expo in Orlando and take a few classes, attend a couple of classes Tim Holtz is giving locally, and maybe take another class at the local Arts Center. I am also planning to explore Devil's Millhopper in Gainesville, see a shuttle launch at the Cape, and see at least one Rays baseball game.
How's "One Little Word" going for you? If you haven't picked a word, it's not too late.