There's been a sad announcement in Kansas City recently. The Curious Sofa store is closing. Deb will be focusing her attention on the online store and a variety of other projects she has in the works. Everything evolves: style, design, buying, selling. If anybody will be the cutting edge, it will be Deb, so I'm anxious to see what she has up her sleeve.
CS is already marking down their merchandise and getting ready for their last sales...photograph from Curious Sofa's sale blog post.
I took my buddy, Marilee to Curious Sofa over a year ago when she visited before Silver Bella 2009. She quietly walked through the store and we each purchased a couple things. When we got to the car she said, 'Do you know when you've built something up in your mind and expect it to be amazing?" and I said yes....and she said, 'that was even better than I expected'.
Everything must go - sad words! This photograph also from the Curious Sofa sale blog post.
What an amazing thing - to have incredible word of mouth and still be able to meet and exceed it. I was lucky enough to display some of my art and ephemera books at Curious Sofa a couple years ago. The staff is amazingly kind and supportive - they made me feel so welcome and appreciated.
Thank you so much to Barbara, for sharing this with us. Please don't forget to send pictures of what YOU make with my images so that I can feature you too!
You know I like to print images on old paper, like old dictionary pages.
I recently came into some old sheet music and some of it had to be thrown away. I saved what I could, so I have these brittle strips of the torn sheet music.
I taped them down on a pieces of copier paper and decided to copy a map onto them.
They're taped horizontally, so I used a map which was laid out horizontally too.
Now I have these cool strips of music-maps...
I know, I know, I've got a weird obsession going here...just bear with me!
Don't forget that the Green Paper Collage Club starts in just 3 weeks, so you still have time to sign up. I hope to see you there!
A big Congratulations to my friend, Gail, from Little Beach Designs. She's published in the new Somerset Studios Gallery!
The work they pictured is one of the gorgeous banners she creates with ephemera, aged fabrics and trims, glass glitter and embellishments...
...including the Logomachy card images she bought from me!
So, I think I'm in Somerset a little bit too! Please visit Gail and say congrats, and visit her Etsy shop where she usually has a banner or two ready for you to pick up. Right now she has banners listed with the Victorian style Logomachy cards, they are stunning!
Please remember that I'm drawing the winner for the December Collage Challenge on Wednesday - just 2 days away. So there's still lots of time to get your entry in.
If you haven't stoppped by to see all of the lovely art so far, it's on this post. It's so fun to see how different artist interpret the same images - there's lots of inspiration!
One of my favorite things about this challenge is visiting the different blogs and Flickr groups of each artist. It's a wonderful way to find new artists to follow, and to get others to follow you. I love seeing the comments others have left after visiting from the challenge.
Of course, everyone loves comments, hint hint.
Paper Explosion...that's what my work table looks like right now...
I am working on my gluebook submission for The Sketchbook Project - I have to have it completed within about 6 weeks. Although I signed up months ago, and even added the button to my blog (down there on the left) I haven't actually completed any of my pages.
It's a good thing the last Collage Basics with Vintage Paper lesson posted this week. (Class is still active and wonderful pieces are being added to the Flickr group everyday! There's still plenty of time to take part.)
I'm also working on the Green Paper Collage Club coming on January 2, 2011. So it's a good thing I cleared my desk and sorted some paper, 'cause I gotta' get this sketchbook done and in the mail!
When in doubt...reach for a French dictionary...really!
The last day of my 25% discounted image collections is tomorrow, so I thought I would tell you about one of my most popular downloads (for me as well as others). It's the Antique French Dictionary download. It includes the alphabet chapter headings, all of the maps and all of the illustration pages from an antique French Dictionary.
I find myself using the illustrations constantly, as a full page or snipping out a single illustration.
I also print them directly onto old dictionary pages to get double the pattern from them. I run the dictionary page through the printer and print right onto them, you can see an old post with the how-to, HERE.
Here are little versions of most of the illustration pages:
The maps are also excellent for printing onto a script or ledger background...here are little pics of most of the maps:
Or, you might prefer the French dictionary pages themselves - wonderful vintage color and little illustrations...I have assortment packages of those on Etsy right now.
So, don't forget that every one of the images collections are on sale through tomorrow, Saturday the 4th.. Use the code thankful to take advantage of the 25% discount.
Click HERE to see the entire selection. They're all images from my own collection. They're excusively available through my store, so please stop by and take a look!
For the last Collage Challenge of the year, I decided to do something a little different...I dipped into the archives (better known as the free images album) to use 2 of the favorites - the lovely actress and the pretty presentation page. For the 3rd image, I added one of my personal favorites - a snippet of envelope I find myself printing and using all of the time.
Capture the sheet above or download the easy-print PDF: Download December 2010
You remember how the Challenge works?
In one week, on December 8th, I'll draw one name at random. The winner will receive one of my download image collections - any one, their choice.
I can't wait to see what you create!