Arsenic and Old Lace: October Country Living

Stepping over to the dark side- a very scary assignment from Country Living- designing toxic antique apothecary labels for you to download, print, and adhere to vintage-style bottles of your favorite libations and other creepy potions in your Halloween decor. The directions are on page 88, and on the Country Living website HERE, along with the free label downloads. Once designed, I crafted the antique-style labels utilizing full sheet label stock from (Also available in 10-sheet sets.)Check out all of the other DIY Halloween decorations in the October issue of Country Living!

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Mercantile Bag Rack and Free Clip Art

I’m a sucker for old general store displays. I spend a shameless amount of time surfing the internet looking at such things. Sometimes it pays off. I’d come across an old wire paper bag rack counter display a few months ago for the first time on Ebay or somewhere. I was astonished at the asking price, so I went digging around online looking for similar items. No easy task as these appear to be quite rare. Of all four I found, the prices ranged from $250 to $450 each. Then over the summer I was shopping at one of my favorite spots, Harvest Barn Antiques, where I spied the same wire rack. Priced at $70, I could not pass it up. It’s made of heavy gauge wire and stands 32-inches tall. Why? You know, to hold bags. For what? I’ll think of something- (class What bags? I figured I’d find a seller on Etsy that had graduating sizes of paper bags in perfectly priced bundles. But no luck. I soon learned finding all the right sized bags to fit all 9 compartments would be tough and pricey. So I took on the task of making my own. Of course, they couldn’t be plain, what with all the fab graphics I have at my disposal like this old, musty, falling-apart McClure’s Magazine from 1896. It’s full of wonderfully illustrated advertising. I scanned in ads and graphics from the mag, and a few more from an old postal catalog and created my own clip art. Working in Adobe Illustrator, I designed digital artwort for each size bag I wanted to make, ganging up two or more per file when I could and included faint trim lines where necessary. I printed the designs to kraft stock paper. I collated each printed sheet with one blank sheet of kraft paper, for the backs of the bags, then trimmed out each size on my paper trimmer.I used an oval-shape paper punch on a few bag fronts.I then ran a front and back sheet through my sewing machine stitching around the sides and bottom.

Here’s all the bags placed into the rack. My large spool of baker’s twine fits perfectly atop. (Ok, maybe you can tell, I’m not really done sewing all the bags, I’ll do a few in the coming evenings, it’s a bit of a task. But you get the idea.)I placed my morning coffee next to the rack as a point of reference. This is a nice tall piece! It will also work great for holding various sizes of ephemera, class supplies, etc.I thought you might enjoy some of the artwork I used in this project. Click on the images below for your FREE clip art PDF files!

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Rose Mille: September Cachette & German Glass Glitter

Last Fall while in St. Paul, Minnesota for The Creative Connection Event, I found myself dining in a restaurant in with some pretty fabulous people- Charlotte Lyons, Kaari Meng, Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, Heather Ales, and Michelle Rose Jorgensen and her charming husband, Bob. That, my friends, is a dinner you don’t forget. I spent a lot of time talking to Michelle that evening and again when we met up at the 2012 Winter CHA in January. Michelle is an amazing designer, instructor, milliner, and shop keep of the spectacular Rose Mille in Stillwater, MN, shown here featured in the Feb/Mar issue of Where Women Create. Michelle’s French-inspired romantic style is infectious, to say the least. If you spend time perusing the Rose Mille Web Shop you’ll find yourself not only smitten, like me, but in a state of inspiration euphoria! Just imagine all of the beautiful projects possible with the multitude of unique supplies Michelle has curated.I contacted Michelle regarding her beautiful, custom color German Glass Glitter because I thought it would be perfect for including in my upcoming workshop at Art Is You! in September. Not only did she oblige, but just look at the gorgeous kits she assembled to sponsor the workshop Each attendee will receive a sweet little vintage plastic box holding 8 tiny bottles filled with a colorful selection of pure glass glitter.The pink is my favorite- the perfect hue.Michelle also sent a surprise just for me! Tucked in with the glitter shipment was A Rose Mille Cachette du Mois. A handmade round box stuffed to the brim with crafty supply delectables, many vintage, and each piece hand chosen for the upcoming month’s theme.Mine is the September Cachette… I. Am. Speechless.

You can find the entire list of September Cachette contents here.

Opening that box was like diving head first into the Rose Mille shop. I can hardly wait to make something with these supplies. If anyone ever asks me again what I’d like for my birthday, Christmas, Anniversary, whatever… its a subscription to these monthly kits from Rose Mille. Thank you SO much Michelle, you’re incredible!!



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