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I received some awesome mail and wanted to share it with you.  First up, we have the pendants I purchased from Heidi’s Etsy shop.  She also tucked in a few extras.  Some great fabric, a seashore life book with some great black and white images and some scrabble tiled that spell create.  I am thinking they need to become a charm bracelet. 

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Next up are the ATCs I received for last weeks MAMMA swap.  The theme was Paris.

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This one is entitled Paris and was made by Rubyblossom.  I love the different dimensions to this one.  And the coy look on the lady’s face. 

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This one is entitled The Parisienne Bride and is the creation of Nayski.  I love how she made the veil with thread.

But wait there is more!  Brenda Lea, aka the Purple Lady who I met through Swap-bot a while back send me this envelope book with the greatest handmade tags.  Her work is awesome and I love it a lot.  She also sent along one of her quilled paper cards to send to someone to make them feel better. 

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Here’s one from a true classic.

My Mother and Father both had false teeth.  Mom lost hers to gum disease and my Dad to poor dental hygiene.  At night they both took them out and placed them in a bowl.  Mom’s on the edge of the kitchen sink and Dad in the cabinet near the other bowls.  The shelf that it was on was above my eye level and I was forever pulling them down and being showered with the Efferdent water.  He did this so that the cats wouldn’t get into them.  It never occurred to him to place them in a cabinet that didn’t house the bowls!

At night it was funny to hear them sleeping.  They both were champion snorers and since there were no teeth for the lips to flap against they would make a flapping sound, too.  If I had trouble sleeping I would listen to snore…puff…puff…puff… snore…puff…puff…puff…and on and on they went in a round. 

My Mom worked nights so she was not at her best in the daytime.  She had a particularly hard time with the class visits.  She would always come, but would have a hard time keeping awake.  Her other talent was for grabbing the wrong spray can for her various morning rituals.  Often she sprayed the deodorant in her hair and the hair spray on her armpits.  My Mom wore her hair in a bouffant and thus she needed a lot of hairspray.  Many are the times that she ended up at school with her hair powdered from the deodorant.  She was so out of it she didn’t notice it. 

I will never forget the time she visited and forgot her teeth.  She dozed off in my classroom and that familiar nightly chorus started, but this time it was a solo act…snore…puff…puff…puff… snore…puff…puff…puff…  I turned around and pleaded with my classmate in front of her to kick her hard and wake her up!  My classmates just sat there giggling at me and never let me live it down. 

I would beg Mom not to stay long or come at all, but she insisted that she attend.  How would it look if she didn’t show up?  What would the other Mothers and Teachers think of her?  So she came yearly and nodded off in the back of the room. I still don’t think I have lived it down!

The other habit my Dad had was taking his teeth out when he ate.  He would sit them on his hankie beside his plate at dinner.  It took us a while to get him to cover them over so we didn’t have to stare at them.  Thank goodness we never had to go searching through the garbage for them as I saw many parents do for their kid’s retainer. 

Would you think horribly of me if I told you that I would sometimes try them on the dog to see what they looked like?  (Man, is Dad going to haunt me tonight for that revelation!)  I was very careful with them and made sure the dog didn’t chew on them or bite down.  My brothers and I would laugh and laugh at the site. 

What embarrassing habit did your parents have?

DSC01123I didn’t set out to save the planet, I just wanted to be “different” and not have the same paper sleeve that everyone at Starbucks had.  I also wanted to know if there were multiple cups which one was mine. 

It took a couple of attempts to perfect it and my template was an opened paper sleeve that I traced.  The inside is dark felt so if the cup drips you won’t get your cozy dirty.  They are easy to make and help the planet, too. 

It is really funny as I used to laugh at the “tree huggers” when I was younger and now I find myself embracing their philosophy.   I guess it is all the stuff that I ate, consumed, drank, chewed on and played with that I now see are toxic.  I have said it a number of times, but it is a miracle that we lived to see adulthood. 

DSC01124 Here are some coffee cup/paper sleeve facts:

The Facts

  • When you purchase one cup of coffee (or tea) in a disposable container every day, you create about 23 lb of waste each year. -Ideal Bite
  • About eighteen percent of garbage we produce is composed of disposable containers, of which hot beverage cups represent a large portion.
  • Styrofoam cups are the worst culprits, as it never degrades. Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups every ear. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill somewhere. -The Recycler’s Handbook

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 Miss Sandy awarded me with the Arte Y Pico award.  

This award is “dedicated to many who nourish and enrich the spirit and creativity. They see dedication, creativity, camaraderie, joy, and above all ART, much art. I wish that this prize is entertaining to all those bloggers and to bloggers who day by day share this space and enrich it a little more each day.” Arte Y Pico at http://arteypico.blogspot.com/

Now for the rules:
1) Select 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) The award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show a link of “Arte y pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of the award.

So here are my 5 in no particular order. 

  1. Scrappy Jessi.  I met Jessi when she contacted me via Flickr to trade ATCs with her.  Her blog is filled with lots and lots of eye candy and her personality is just as sweet and it comes through with each and every post. 
  2. Karla of Sugar Bear Designs. Karla and I connected over jewelry if I recall or I won a giveaway on her blog, I can’t remember how I got there.  Her blog is filled with lovely pictures, awesome jewelry creations and a bit of life tossed in, too.
  3. Vallen of Queenly Things.  Vallen is the energizer bunny of craftiness.  Her designs are to die for and her enthusiasm is infectious.  Go and check her out and see if you don’t come away whistling a happy tune. 
  4. Mary Ann of A Very Mary. Mary Ann just makes me laugh out loud.  From her Wordy Wednesday posts to her outlook on the world and its inhabitants.  And can she create collages?  She loves ephemera and man, it shows!
  5. Heidi of Everyday Cookies.  Heidi has the greatest life.  She lives near the Oregon coast and recently found a shipwreck on her coast, she has a cabin in the woods only accessible by boat, she has the cutest grandbabies, and oh yes…she is an awesome artist.  Go and check her out and while you are there have a cookie or two!

Remember to enjoy your day!

DSC01129 Martha had this tutorial in her magazine and I thought I would give it a try.  How many t-shirts do you have just laying around in your drawer?  Why not reinvent them as grocery bags?  When they are finally kaput you can then use them to wash the car, do the dishes, or whatever. 

I modified the instructions a bit and boxed the corners so if you are carrying bread you can lie it flat on the bottom of the bag.  They whip up super quick and they are super cute and as individual as your t-shirt drawer.  You can make 5 or 6 in about 30 minutes.  The only sewing is the bottom of the bag, the rest is done with your scissors.

And if you think that paper bags are okay, please read below. 

 

Paper Bags Are Better Than Plastic, Right?

The answer to the “paper or plastic”? dilemma is: Neither. They’re roughly equal in pros and cons. While convenient addictions, they both gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution.

Issue 1: Energy and natural resources
It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.
ENERGY TO PRODUCE BAG ORIGINALLY (BTUs)
Safeway Plastic Bags: 594 BTUs
Safeway Paper Bags: 2511 BTUs
(Source: 1989 Plastic Recycling Directory, Society of Plastics Industry.)
Of course, most paper comes from tree pulp, so the impact of paper bag production on forests is enormous. In 1999, 14 million trees were cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans that year alone. Paper bag production delivers a global warming double-whammy forests (major absorbers of greenhouse gases) have to be cut down, and then the subsequent manufacturing of bags produces greenhouse gases.

Issue 2: Pollution
The majority of kraft paper is made by heating wood chips under pressure at high temperatures in a chemical solution. As evidenced by the unmistakable stench commonly associated with paper mills, the use of these toxic chemicals contributes to both air pollution, such as acid rain, and water pollution. Millions of gallons of these chemicals pour into our waterways each year; the toxicity of the chemicals is long-term and settles into the sediments, working its way through the food chain. Further toxicity is generated as both plastic and paper bags degrade.
POLLUTANTS PAPER V.S. PLASTIC
Paper sacks generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.
Source: “Comparison of the Effects on the Environment of Polyethylene and Paper Carrier Bags,” Federal Office of the Environment, August 1988

Issue 3: Recycling
It takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. But recycling rates of either type of disposable bag are extremely low, with only 10 to 15% of paper bags and 1 to 3% of plastic bags being recycled, according to the Wall Street Journal.
ENERGY TO RECYCLE PACKAGE ONCE (BTUs)
Safeway Plastic Bags: 17 BTUs
Safeway Paper Bags: 1444 BTUs
Source: 1989 Plastic Recycling Directory, Society of Plastics Industry.
Although paper bags have a higher recycling rate than plastic, each new paper grocery bag you use is made from mostly virgin pulp for better strength and elasticity.

Issue 4: Degradability
Current research demonstrates that paper in today’s landfills does not degrade or break down at a substantially faster rate than plastic does. In fact, nothing completely degrades in modern landfills because of the lack of water, light, oxygen and other important elements that are necessary for the degradation process to be completed. A paper bags takes up more space than a plastic bag in a landfill, but because paper is recycled at a higher rate, saving space in landfills is less of an issue.

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Would it be wrong to tell you now to toast your greeness?  I created this collage using a bingo card for the background that I painted over and then distressed with sandpaper.  The image is from a vintage cocktail book and the happy hour is made with stick on letters that I thrifted. 

It is finished off with a ribbon to hang it on using eyelets I put on with my crop-o-dile.  Pink sequins adorn the corner. 

[mop+head+4+web] Margaret is a very gifted artist with a unique take on the world.  I enjoy reading her blog Mop Heads Unite.  Her picture cracks me up (Margaret, I hope you don’t mind that I borrowed it!).  She says she put a mop on her head and then added the rollers.  It makes me giggle every time I click onto her blog. 

Margaret also has an Etsy shop where she sells her artwork.  She has just recently started making brooches and you know me and brooches….needless to say I bought one!  It arrived over the weekend and it is so tiny and lovely.

 

DSC01136Margaret was also nice enough to send along a couple of ATCs and some fabric.  The window ATC is one that she drew.  What a lovely scene with the yellow flowers and the lace on the side.  The Zetti card is awesome.  Margaret does a lot of Zetti work and it is awesome to see her detail.  

The note card she sent along is her own design and entitled Laughing Camilla.  It is an awesome image.  Thanks, Margaret, for all the goodness. 

Margaret also hosts an art challenge blog called Maggie’s Monday Musings.  Every Monday she gives us the theme and we create an ATC or two or three and then post them in the Yahoo group.  Margaret picks out partners and then we trade the ATCs with one another.  Come on over and join in the fun!

My other favorite English Lass and a great altered art jewelry maker, Jan, sent me a thank you present for sending her some rummy-o game pieces.  She made me this awesome bracelet in my favorite colors of pink and yellow that spells out my name.  She even lined the back with felt so it feels dreamy on your wrist.  Thanks, Jan, I love it!

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It is so awesome to me the great people you meet by blogging. 

Awesome…

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I found this crocheted double bed sized afghan at the Goodwill Outlet.  In case you don’t have an outlet it is the last outpost for the goods that they sell.  If they don’t sell at the outlet it is off to the scrap bales.  This afghan is crocheted in this awesome square pattern and in perfect shape.  I bought it for 59 cents per pound which works out to about $3.00!  Can you believe nobody bought it before it hit the outlet?

Button Bonanza…

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I found the buttons at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market on Sunday.  The small buttons I bought from one gentleman.  He started with a large jar of them and they whittled down to a small batch.  I asked him today what he would sell the remainder to me for.  He told me he was selling them for the price on the card.  He sold them to me lock, stock and barrel for $6.  I was also going to buy the 2 sets of beading needles priced at 25 cents each, but he threw them in for free.  The buttons on the left side I bought from another seller for 50 cents per card.  I also bought the vintage shoe clip and the set of vintage clip earrings and the foreign coins from another vendor.

 

Craft-a-palooza…

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The Midlothian Antique mart was having a celebration so all of the booths were 20-30% off the marked price.  There is a booth that I hit often that sells vintage sewing notions and fabric.  She had the ric-rac for $1-3 per pack and with the 25% off they were 75 cents to $2.10 per pack.  The buttons were 50 cents and the packet of vintage button cards was 75 cents.  I also found the hand painted tape measure, the necklace (for the beads) and the flower brooch. 

 

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I also found the box of vintage flashcards and the book at the Goodwill outlet.  The box of flash cards is almost filled.  The vintage bridge pad and the purse handles I found at the Thrifty Quaker along with some fabric. 

Two of my kiddie crushes…Kermie and Helen Reddy.  Enjoy!

I love Sandi Patti.  Her singing gives me goose bumps.  Man, can she whail! 

Quote O’ The Month

"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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