Sep 24, 2014

WOYWW 277 | A New Kit

It's Wednesday and I have stuff on my desk to share!  Wooo hooo!  I love a new project on my desk!

Most of everything here is from the new October JBS Mercantile Kit, so yes, I guess this is a bit of a sneak peek at what's coming.

I've started a 12x12 page - it going to be totally fall-ish, with a favorite photo(s) of dear niece that I just took the other day.  It's so nice to have nieces that actually LOVE to pose for the camera.  When I say LOVE, I mean L-O-V-E.

You get a good view of the exclusive stencil in the kit which I'm not using on this page, but am dyin' to use on the next.  To the right is my tiny attacher - i've been using it a lot lately.  The rectangle of white above that is hard to see but they are white photo corners.  I've been loving photo corners lately.

If you want to know what WOYWW is all about, visit Julia's blog here.  She started this amazing weekly blog get-together!

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Sep 14, 2014

Nature Walk | Almost Autumn

A walk in the woods is beautiful no matter what the season, but to walk in the woods in autumn, or as today when autumn is just about ready to arrive ... well this time of year holds a special magic.

There are signs everywhere of the seasons changing.

... signs of a squirrel's snack ...

... the low light filtering through the still green leaves ...

... the dappled light on the paths ... you can't resist walking down each one ...

... the wild weedy white asters everywhere ...

...  bright and shocking berries against the brown dirt floor ... this one Jack in the Pulpit ...

... seed pods are everywhere if you look closely ... this one is an allium ...

It's a beautiful day in our neck of the woods.  I hope you are enjoying yours!

Sep 3, 2014

WOYWW 274 | The Year Long Simple Project

If any family / friends are reading this - the gift described with much pain below is a SECRET!  No talkin' k?

I'm participating in another WOYWW - this one is number 274 - wow!  Check out Julia's post who started this long running blog sensation here: Stamping Ground.

This is something different on my workdesk today, something which should have been fun, but has turned out to be a year of torture!  You see, a very dear childhood/neighborhood friend had a great idea.  He sent me a fishing fly that my grandpa tied and gave to him many many years ago.  My grandpa has well since passed and dear friend thought it would be a great idea if I could make something out of the fly for my brother's birthday ... he sent this in May 2013.  Dear friend even sent me money for supplies.  Brother's birthday was in August 2013.  Two birthdays have passed.  My dear friend still speaks to me, but he must think I'm weird, or troubled, or not really a crafter. Just pretending to be.

I was stuck - really stuck on what to do with it.  My original idea was shot down by dear friend.  At which point I knew I was making something that dear friend actually had opinions and ideas about.  That's what froze me.  I not only needed to make something I would like or my brother would like, but dear friend had to (rightfully) like it too.


Then finally it all came to mind.  Almost 1-1/2 years later I got a very simple idea and I'm hoping it will work.  Dear friend approves.  Whew.

I'm taking a graduation-type frame and am hanging the fly where the tassel would normally be.  The photo area will hold two sepia toned photos of my grandpa fishing from the 1930's.  I searched on ebay for gold foil fish that would look gorgeous with the sepia and will probably place one in between the photos.  I'm keeping it all very simple and will show you the finished project soon.

My biggest problem has been getting proper sepia tone copies of the beautiful sepia toned photos I have.  Every effort to reproduce them has given them a reddish brown color.  It is this yellowish/brownish/gold that I'm looking for:

I'll take any hints you may have for getting this done.  I've been trying on my own home printer and that could be the problem.  Next stop is a pro shop ... if they still exist.  Or perhaps I'm just being picky and that's why this has taken me 1-1/2 years to finish!

| very beginning stages |

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