Each Spring and Fall, I retreat with good friends for several days to Lydia House at St. Dorothy’s Rest up in the beautiful Northern California Redwoods. The dozen of us scrap, craft, sew, watch movies, drink fun drinks, dine, snack like it’s nobody’s business and enjoy lots of great laughs. Many friends bring scrapbook projects to work on. I bring something different each time. Most recently, I took with me a stash of vintage shelf edging paper to craft vintage kitchen rosettes like the project featured on the cover of my upcoming book, Rosette Art.I’ve become a bit obsessed with collecting these decorative edge papers in so many fun patterns that are really fun to craft with. I also use vintage plastic shelf edging when I can find it.I also brought along lots of ribbons & trims and a cigar box full of vintage milk bottle caps.I crafted my vintage shelf paper rosettes assembly-line style. My primary purpose for crafting many of these was as promotional items for Chronicle Books to use to promote my book to VIP media contacts. Here are the finished rosettes I delivered to Chronicle Books in San Francisco yesterday. This last one utilized “ribbon” crafted from thrifted-but-new men’s suspenders!
Stay tuned, there’s more fun to be had with this project- a cool rosette crafting technique and a fabulous giveaway is coming your way in the next few days!!