Friday, October 29, 2010

Allhallows eve...

the evening of October 31st; the eve of All Saint's Day; Halloween: observed esp. by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.

Dracula wine from Romania, to enjoy...

Burnt orange, sigh...

My view,
And just in case you need some ideas for your creative muse, why not try...

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
William Shakespeare


Friday, October 22, 2010

the inside peek...continues...

Thanks for taking a moment to visit,
My {View}

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Istanbul was Constantinople...

Where do I find the words to describe "the women" of Istanbul?
They are simply put, beautiful...

Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

My {View}

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Travel Journal, a peek inside...

We began our journey in Paris...
Remains Of The Day Journal
Page One:  ledger paper from the 1950's, sweet vintage cherry shelf liner paper, and Tim Holtz tissue paper tape.

Pages two and three
On page two I used more vintage ledger paper and stickers from The French General, while page three is a page from a Better Homes and Garden magazine, 1948.

Pages four and five: more ledger paper, Jenni Bowlin paper, calendar and label sticker

Pages six and seven: vintage sheet music, old magazine pages, vintage paper doily and vintage Dennison label.

Pages eight and nine: two more styles of vintage ledger papers and tape measure paper

Pages ten and eleven:  Postage label from The French General, old tape measure and beautiful old  french wall paper.

My process, for creating the inside background pages for Segment 1, was to use mostly vintage found and collected objects from my "stash".
Merci, mes amis...for sharing My {View}

Sunday, October 10, 2010

La Vie En Rose...

Monday in Paris and we hop upon Le Metro, line 4 to St Ouen, to spend time at the world famous flea markets.

Guidebook in hand, "Born To Shop Paris", checking out the map to be sure I know where I am, ready set go...

Favorite find, a delightful vendor with wonderful displays of vintage hand carved wooden stamps.  I could not believe my good fortune when I found one with the initials, A and E carved together on one stamp.  I knew at once I needed to buy this for Ali Edwards, as a little teacher thank you.  It was from the 1920's, hand carved, and had wonderful typography...

Window shopping, adore "Le Chapeau", so Coco Chanel

Oh those Frenchies, they have such a sense of design.  Just look at this vignette.

My new car, "Le Citroen"...LOL

Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is la vie en rose


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Travel Journal, part one

Prior to my fabulous travel adventure I signed up for an online journal class, Remains of the Day, taught by Mary Ann Moss.  As I begin to recount my travel and art adventures with you I thought it might be nice to start at the beginning and share my journal...

Front Cover
What fun I had using material scraps left over from my Silver Bella 2010 apron.  I also added some vintage lace and ribbon from French General which I have had for several years.  Tiny glass lady bugs and hearts hang from the side.

Front cover with open flap.
The button ribbon which goes around the journal was from Anthropology.  About two years ago this was the ribbon Anthropolgy gave out with their Christmas boxes for gifts. 
Isn't it just perfect for the journal wrap?

Back cover with open flap
I made a little back pocket and attached a sweet cherry applique, think I was channeling Jenni Bowlin...LOL

Back inside cover and flap
When I attended The Farm Chicks Antique Fair, I found a wonderful piece of vintage chenille fabric which I thought might be just perfect for the journal.  I then printed a vintage travel ad onto Claudine Hellmuth canvas and sewed it onto the chenille

The pages, two signatures
I adore the art of book binding and thoroughly enjoyed creating the signatures and binding them by hand to the cover.

For those of you who regularly drop by you may think that I alread shared this journal and I sort of did...
When I first started the class I did a post about the journal, but was not happy with my end result and chose to scrap the first one and start over.  I reused some of the fabric but eliminated the oil cloth I used on the inside, it was just too stiff, and made some design changes as well ...LOL