As an art teacher for almost 30 years and nearing retirement from that career I decided to embark on a new adventure that combines many of my interests. I am blessed to be able to carry over my people and organizational skills as an educator along with my love of design and architecture. Finding my clients their home sweet home is a very gratifying feeling.
Is seems unbelievable how much stuff can pile up during a school year! I am always thinking that I'll do this or that when it's summer and I have more time. Well, this week the time came due! It feels good, though, to be able to check stuff off the list. Closet - check, sort books - check, organize teacher stuff - check, and on and on it goes. I did take a moment out yesterday to smell the roses - literally. I have this lilac colored rose that has a lemony floral scent that is wonderful. Here is a photo of it. I wish I could capture the fragrance to share with you!
Here is my latest collage sheet. It's called Latin Love. I have collected a whole group of wonderful Latin ephemera items. So more goodies to come. I have always loved different cultures and now I have an actual connection to Hispanic culture through my sweet husband. Now I just need to keep practicing my Spanish!
Everyone loves I Spy books. It's like a treasure hunt in a book. It could possibly be the kid equivelent to my favorite - the flea market! My second grade students are making their own I Spy Book with their favorite things and then creating rhymes to go with them. They are having a ball learning. Here is my I Spy photo for the book. I love old junk!
Yeah! I love it when I get goodies in the mail! Here is today's treasure - fabric from one of my favorite online stores-Fat Quarter Quilt Shop. Most of it is by designer Anna Marie Horner for Free Spirit.
Needed newspaper, edging scissors, glue, paint, copies of a favorite vintage photo, prepared canvas, vintage buttons & letters cut from a magazine to spell what you want to say. (For my vintage images, I used one from my fairies collage sheet and one from a Halloween collage sheet. I also used a old postcard image for the house.)
First Paint the canvas, mixing colors to get the shade you want. Cut out your shapes from newspaper & apply, add the vintage images and words, glue buttons on sides and you have a personalized valentine for someone special!
There are so many places where I get inspiration from, but here are some of my favorite books!
Check them out at Amazon on the link below.
Denim and Diamonds tells the story of Emma Lee Turney's Round Top Antiques Fair. Century Girl tells the story of the last living star of the Ziegfeld Folies. Kaleidoscope is a wonderful combination of eye candy and inspiration. Artist Trading Card Workshop and Artist Trading Cards are two favorites I turn to for inspiration.