Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas and Weekend Finds

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in San Angelo, Texas. 

It was the first time we had (pretty much) all been together in a couple of years, so it was lots of fun to catch up, watch football, play games, eat, and of!

I found these pretty vintage hats at MadStyle Vintage in downtown San Angelo. 

At Concho Confetti antique mall I found the sweetest shabby vintage doll dress and pretty vintage trims and buttons. 

Much of the trim will be going into inspiration kits and lace packs for my Etsy shop, along with some of the buttons. I haven't decided yet if I'll keep the little dress.

Except for some worries about driving home in bad weather - which turned out to not be a problem - it was a great weekend! We did come home to ice-covered trees and a few broken tree limbs...

but this Lacebark Elm has survived a couple of ice storms and hopefully will survive this one!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Glitter Market This Saturday!

I'll be vending some of my vintage wares at Glitter Market in Oklahoma City this Saturday. This event is located at Casady Square Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Penn and Britton, and runs from 10am to 3pm. 

There will be artists from Oklahoma as well as Texas selling handmade jewelry, journals, package tags, adorable dolls, yummy food items, and so much more! If you're local and like unique gifts, please come by. I promise there will be wonderful things! 

You can view previews of some of the vendors by visiting the Paper Crown blog and scrolling through the most recent posts. Hope to see you there!

Free Admission. Saturday, November 21, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Casady Square Shopping Center, southwest corner of Penn & Britton, next door to Paper Crown.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paper Marbling With Chris

My friend Chris taught her first class at Paper Crown last week, and it was a great one - paper marbling! I've always wanted to try this but it seemed like a big investment of time for someone with my short attention span, and it requires lots of supplies. Chris provided all the prep work and supplies for the class, making it so very easy. 

Of course I didn't take any photos during the class so am borrowing a few. Here are a couple from Cindy at Paper Crown showing Jackie and I splattering our paint on the water - not the proper terminology, I'm sure!

You can see Chris (barely!) between us explaining the process and overseeing our work.

This last photo from Cindy shows Jeanne prepping paint, and someone else's paint tray ready for paper.

This next photo, from Jeanne, shows Leann prepping her paint for one of her prints. Jackie and Leann both experimented with heart patterns.

Jeanne also captured this shot of one of Leann's heart prints right after she pulled it from the water.

The paint tray below reminded us of that candy that's popular at Christmas - some kind of divinity with chunks of fruit flavored jellies - or maybe olive loaf! It made a beautiful print.

Now for my prints! This was my first attempt. I love the colors and the pattern, called peacock.

I'm not a pastel person and didn't really expect the result I got on my second print. Chris explained that a lot of the color intensity apparently depends on how much paint you use. These were all bright colors in the water, but only the blue came out at all vibrant on the paper. While not my favorite, it's still lovely. 

Next I tried for a black and white print. As above, the amount of paint you use determines intensity and I ended up with gray and white but it's wonderful.

Blue is my favorite color, especially in shades that remind me of the ocean, so that inspired my fourth print. The light colored "flare" you see toward the bottom was the result of pausing while laying the paper onto the surface of the water. The paint floats on the surface, so when you pause it disrupts the paint and causes marks. Still LOVE this one, though!

We each did four prints in class. I stayed after to help Chris clean up and snuck in a quick fifth print before we packed everything away. Jackie had done a neutral print during class and I loved it. This is my attempt with similar colors, but a totally different result than hers. 

If you ever have an opportunity to try paper marbling, by all means do! It was so exciting to see what the papers looked like when lifted from the water. There was much ooohhing and ahhhing going on, and we loved every single print. I'm fairly certain all of us are hoping there will be more classes. 

You can see more photos and read more about the class on Cindy's Paper Crown blog here. Congrats to Chris on a very successful (and sold out) first class. I think her next class is sold out as well!

Next Saturday, November 21, is Glitter Market. If you're local, you should check it out. It's a great opportunity for Christmas and holiday shopping, or to get something special for yourself. I'll be there with vintage goods. Cindy will be previewing some of the artists this week on the Paper Crown blog. Plus, Terri Brush will be here in OKC! I'm taking two of her three classes and will have creations to show after Thanksgiving.

Graphic by Jackie