Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Challenge change and {NEW} goodies!

Still need more photos.....pleeeaaasssee (see post below)!! Just one photo, anything. Anyone can send in, you don't have to be doing the challenge. Come on, it'll be fun:) Thanks! Also PLEASE NOTE: Bonnie and I have decided to have the Cabinet of Curiosities prompts once a week instead of twice and we will continue to go back and forth between our two blogs. Bonnie will post this Sunday and I will post the next. So the prompts will continue for 4 more weeks. Hopefully that will help ease some of the "stress" of the prompts coming too quickly and we can all take a breath and continue to enjoy the process. Also it's never too late to play along. Now that we're slowing things down a bit, we hope more people can join in the fun.

Well, I have some fun new artsy stuff around here that I thought I'd share. I'm always oogling Fleamarket studios wonderful finds, so I thought I'd share some of my fun finds from last weekend. You all know she has a blog now, right? So exciting! I don't go to flea markets, but here in Minnesota we have many estate sales each and every weekend all year long!! It's a treasure trove for finding wonderful vintage artsy goodies:) This past weekend I found this fabulous *mint condition* baby book ($2), pretty pink vase ($1), pile of number game pieces (perfect for these calendars), a Barbie paper doll from the mid-80's with some fabulous clothes ($2) and this fun little "basket" made from old colorful cards and sewn together ($1). Love it all! My kids totally scored too, I got a large doll house with all kinds of fun accessories for $6!!!
Then in the mail, I recieved a beautiful altered composition book by the wonderfully creative Tricia Scott. Just found her blog recently and LOVE her style!!! She also included a bunch of goodies including a couple of cards of her amazing art and some ephemera and such. So much fun! Thanks, Tricia.

On my recent trip to Anthropologie (which, by the way, says on thier web site that they are now going to have a catalog *every month*!!!!) for my new journal, I also found this gorgeous little notebook with Amy Butler print fabric on the front. The inside pages also have bits of her designs. Can hardly stand to write in it. Then I literally almost fell off my chair when I found out that Amy Butler now has scrapbook paper and tons of fun scrap supplies with her patterns, including a scrapbook bag ! This was all featured at CHA this past weekend and is soon to be released by K and Co. I am beyond excited about this!!!! You can see it all here and be sure and click on each collection to see the full array:)


If this weren't enough, I got two brand spankin' new mixed media arts books in the mail yesterday. Yawoza! First off, Kaleidoscope by Suzanne Simanaitis of ARTitude zine fame, has compiled a wonderful mega zine book that is full of eye candy and articles about digging deeply into your creative well and making art that is not just about being pretty, but about true expression. Unusual and insightful stuff. Just got a chance to page through it last night and it is full...I mean really really full of inspiration. Also got my the new book by Lesley Riley called Fabric Memory Books. She has always been such an inspiration for me for making fabric art, which is how I started this whole mixed media art "thing":) Love her work and what a treat to have her explain how to make many different kids of fabric books and projects. A must see!

Ok, must breathe now.....

15 comments:

suzi finer said...

Gad I wish I had time this week to throw something together for this Cabinet (so crazy right now)...I love everything you've put up. Keep up the inspirating....

Hagit said...

Wow, I LOVE your journal. I wouldn't be able to use it! I bought the most beautiful journal at Barnes and Noble, somewhat similar to yours, with different flower pics on each page, and I can't use it! Too beautiful! :-)
I'll post pics of it when there's more light, tomorrow morning.

Monica said...

Oh my goodness! This post is full of goodies! Thanks for sharing all this information!
I emailed a couple of pictures. Hope they help in your project!

Nerissa said...

Oooh, thanks for sharing. I'm jumping out of my seat for the Amy Butler scrapbook papers. I LOVE her fabrics. Now, I really need to get the Kaleidoscope book. Everyone keeps talking it up.
I'll send you some pics!
Nerissa

Lilia said...

Ohhh you are sooo sweet to include me in your post friend! Wow, I need to work on my Cabinet.... lots of goodies here girl! hugs

Christi Snow said...

oooooh, look at all your fun goodies!! I love all the inspiration that you have there. I will be sending you out a photo tonight. I took some photos today for you.

My #4 page: Wonder is up on my blog. http://alteredambitions.blogspot.com/ I am absolutely adoring playing with this challenge!!! smiles,Christi

Tricia Scott said...

hi there! i just stopped in to see what you were up to and saw that you had received your journal. i am so glad that you like it! :)
and i am going to look for a pic to send to you for your project and i want to join in on the Cabinet challenges...i was thinking i was too late. i will get busy with those...in the morning though, i guess. i got up way too early this morning and prob. should get to bed. :)

She Who Flies said...

What wonderful goodies you got there!!! You have a lot of fun ahead of you :-) As for me, I can't wait to receive my own copy of Kaleidoscope.

lia said...

Wow, tons of great stuff! Great finds and links. I love the barbie paper dolls! :) Lia

la vie en rose said...

heehee...lots of fun stuff!

pammc said...

You always have the most fun stuff. I'm glad the Cabinet is going to weekly prompts. I work and have a hard time keeping up.

Norah's said...

Thanks for the breather. I'm barely keeping up and weekly prompts will help. I came to see what's next. Finally posted 'wonder' #4.

You sure have a lot going on....oh to be young again...

Gotta get the Kaleidoscope book.
I too went to see Pan's Labyrinth. My kind of production. Blown away with the fantacy.

jpquilter said...

I like the idea of once a week for the curiosity challenges - two a week is a stretch with my job. Thanks
Juliann

Cara said...

LOVE your blog! Such a constant source of inspiration. Thank you!

"pois vocĂȘ era a princesa que eu fiz coroar" said...

I´m amazed! Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring!!
Lots of great finds and links! Thanks for sharing it!