Sunday, June 25, 2017

Charming, Intimate and Totally Unpretentious

I am so excited to tell you that Pete and I are in escrow on the world's sweetest little cottage! This is a big step for us and we've certainly had lots of conversations around it, but we're in the final stages now. We're set to close on July 8th. Here is our little 1950's cottage:












It is completely sweet! I am so looking forward to customizing it to us- on a budget, of course! It promises to be great fun. Paint is going to be a large part of the plan as we won't be doing any real remodeling right away. We've agreed to live in it, as is, for a year to see what works and what doesn't and really become familiar with the house.

I can't begin to tell you just how much I am looking forward to this process!

Happy making, Friends!
Monday, February 20, 2017

New Design Team Post

I just shared my newest Ephemera's Vintage Garden Design Team project over at www.vintagejunkjournals.com.

I'm pretty pleased with it- last month I made that very elaborate Traveler's Notebook with Paris n My Heart and this month I decided to show a simpler way to use the digital download. I simply embellished a composition notebook from Dollar Tree.

Less elaborate, but still a great gift! Here is the video:



Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

2017 Art Journal

Last year I purchased the expensive Get to Work Book and I really liked it, but I ended up enjoying my bullet journal much more. At the end of the year I had this beautiful, barely used book so I decided to use it for my 2017 art journal!

I've also joined the Mixed Media Morsels Facebook Group which has been really fun and inspiring. If you don't know what Mixed Media Morsels are, they are a series of YouTube videos by Cat Hand where she walks through various Mixed Media techniques. I've learned a lot and Cat's intention of providing her viewers with a library of techniques has been a real help to me in facing the blank page!

Here's what I've completed so far:


This little bee was lifted from my sketchbook- she's a cutie! MMM Techniques used:  #2 Collage Background, #21 Doodles, #26 Stenciling


Used up some stencil waste in my stash of "art bits". Just tore them and decoupaged into place. MMM Techniques used:  #2 Collage Background, #26 Stenciling, #22 Outlined Letters.


 Here's the house we almost bought. So sweet- like a little dollhouse. It wasn't meant to be so I didn't go any further with this piece. It actually hurts a little to look at it. Just a darling, darling house. No MMM Techniques- just a little collage background and then acrylic paint on top.


Having fun with faces. Her hair are one-inch punch pieces of various papers that got a quick brush of gold paint and a little spiral doodle. Her face is a little wonky, but it was a fun, fun spread to work on. Definitely influenced by Tam at Willowing.org. MMM Techniques:  #7 Circles Background, #21 Doodles.


The fashion plates- I bought Julie Nutting's book, Collage Couture a few months ago and I finally got a chance to play with these fun little figures. Can't wait to do more of these!  MMM Techniques:  #3 Alchohol Background, #11 Torn Paper Strips.

So, that's it so far- I've been having such fun! I really encourage anyone who wants to play in mixed media to check out the videos and try it out. Cat works on small cards in the series, so you don't have to make a large commitment and, honestly, it's so fun!

Happy making, Friends!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine Coupon Code for My Etsy Shop

As a little token of my affection, I'm offering a 20% off everything coupon code that will be good through the month of February at my shop, www.bettsi.etsy.com. I've got a few beautiful junk journals available and a sweet little Edith Flack Ackley dolly.
Here's one of my favorite junk journals:


 And here is the coupon code: HAPPYHEART

 Enjoy!

Happy making, Friends!
Monday, January 09, 2017

Paris in My Heart Travelers Notebook Ephemeras Vintage Garden Design Team Project

My first project for Ephemeras Vintage Garden Design Team is up on the Vintage Junk Journals website today! I'm so pleased with the project- a travelers notebook and I am beyond thrilled to see my work on the site.
You can see the video flip through on the site HERE.














Happy making, Friends!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Queen Victoria!

Does anyone else find this completely exciting???
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/features/news/victoria-air-masterpiece-pbs/
Queen Victoria comes to PBS next Sunday, January 15th. I'm tuning in, how about you?
Monday, December 05, 2016

The Holiday Bear Lair 2016

I had a lot of fun decorating for Christmas this year. The sun was coming in so beautifully yesterday, I had to take a few photos before it moved on. The only thing I would change (and will change) is the color of the painted furniture. In my last apartment many of these pieces were in different rooms. Now they are all in one room and it's a bit of a crazy color kaleidoscope!
Aside from that, I'm loving the cozy plaid and the greenery.

This little desk in the corner has been in our family as long as I can remember and the plaid luggage was my grandmother's back in the forties! So cute, right?

I made the "Joyeux Noel" banner a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite things.

This year Pete will be playing Santa at an event at my work. I thought this little sleeping Santa was the perfect touch on his night stand.

A close up look at the banner. I used an embroider font that mimics wood and glittered with Martha Steward bronze glitter. The papers were from a scrapbook paper pad and I backed each letter with sheet music.

Close up of the desk- can you see that the little vest my brother is wearing is the one that is hanging on the twig hanger? So sweet! On the middle shelf are my snapshot blocks I made by decoupaging old photos onto wood blocks. They're such fun to play with!

I like the way the rest of the apartment turned out too and I hope to get some photos soon.

Happy making, friends!