Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thrifting gold and miniature albums

I bought this pair of old albums at a thrift shop this weekend. I hoed and hummed about buying them because they were more than what I would usually spend. But, one of them was filled with dozens of old snaps from England so splurged.


I had thought that most of the pics were from London. There's a pic of the Queen's Guard, double decker buses, the tower bridge and Queen Victoria memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.


But this pic of Albert Hall totally threw me for a loop. Looks nothing like the place! That particular Albert Hall isn't the 'Royal' variety and was located in Sheffield.


In fact, a good portion of the photos are actually of Sheffield. 


There are other places too! I love the album even more for documenting a whole journey. It's fascinating to look up the places in the photos to see that many of them still exist, like England's Gate Inn in Bodenham Herefordshire.


I've had a couple of requests for blank albums and seemed like the perfect prodding from the universe to get my butt in gear. So, I made myself a miniature version of my treasure.


There are a handful of blank black albums listed in the etsy shop. I'll be adding some variations over the next week  or so (style, size, and binding type) but I was too excited to share my treasure to keep my mouth shut. 


I've even got a tiny collage sheet with copies of some of the photos from my fabulous vintage album to send as a little bonus.


I mean, who doesn't need a tiny photo of a Queen's Guard in one of those crazy bear skin hats?!


Here's hoping for a happy week filled with lovely little things.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Messy Little Words of Wisdom Books

I've made a big batch of little books using the free "Words of Wisdom" sheet I posted the other week. 


You can make your own hardcover books by following my video tutorial found HERE. I've increased the size so that the finished books are 1.5" x 2" They aren't quite so micro as the the tutorial, but still tiny enough to put them in your pocket.


Inside I've added a jumble of stamps and sploshes and scribbles. There's really no rhyme or reason, it's all just playing and experimenting.




Most of these books will be tied with ribbon and abandoned for stranger to find.


I like the idea of these messages finding their way to just the right people when they need to hear them.


I also like the idea of sending wishes and hopes and thoughts out into the world. Setting them free. Creating something and letting it go.









 And remember....



 Have a great weekend lovely people <3 p="">

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 

Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Friday, August 09, 2019

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Friday, August 02, 2019

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Words of wisdom freebie

It has been a rough, rough couple of months here. Death, death and death with a few dashes of stress and bullshit, and a handful of deadlines thrown in for good measure. I know a lot of people come to my page to escape all that sort of thing so I've been pretty mum about the misery. To be honest, I don't want to vent here... this is a nice safe place for me too. 

Don't worry, I'm not about to start dumping on you. 

It's just that all this crazy has put things into perspective. There are life lessons that as an adult I should know, but needed a kick in the pants to remember. I thought I'd make some little journals filled with those lessons, simple words of wisdom. Maybe make one for my kid, maybe abandon some for strangers to find.

I'm not done making my journals, but I thought I'd share my list with you in case you wanted to make your own (or perhaps to remind you to love yourself).


You should be able to download the full res image file above just using 'save image'. Download and feel free to use in your making.

Be good to yourself xo