Wednesday, October 31, 2007

When the haunting hour is over. . .

be sure to come by the site at 12:00am central time to take a look at all of the new product!

Here is another peek at the Papercrafting Kit this month:

and the add-on kit which includes two circa 1940 tiny brown buckles and a vintage turquoise hat pin . . .
and the project kit - a house centerpiece that is sure to grab attention. . .

and 3 new vintage kits that can be found under "Limited Edition Kits". They are perfect for getting a jumpstart on Christmas gifts!

This one. . . (see finished project in post below. I wanted to post this so you can see the packaging - so sweet)!

and this one. . .
and finally, this one. . .

I had so much fun with this one. It is a vintage book brooch I made from a 7gypsies hinged brass box and various vintage findings and beads I have collected. The flower on the corner is a combination of 2 pieces and a tiny pearl - I loved how it came out!! This could be pinned to a lampshade trim, worn, or hung as I did on this cool metal hand I found at the flea market.

I will also restock the Vintage Bird Booklace at midnight if you have been wanting to get your hands on one of those!

I'm off to dress my "Man in Black" (Noah) and my "Alien" (Christian) and fix some dinner before the candy hits thier tummies!

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

What I've been up to. . .
A little sneak peek at the Project Kit for November. A "Thankful" 4 paneled centerpiece using my brand new Star House Chipboard, vintage wallpaper and dictionary pages. I am using mine with a candle enclosed in glass (so the flame does not reach out of the glass- be careful!) but it would also be great around a small vase of flowers.
This is one of the new vintage kits for November- a garland made from old milk caps and vintage jewelry findings. It actually makes a GREAT bracelet as well!! I am addicted to making these- I think everyone in my family will have one to hang on their key hooks (this one is for my little sister).

Isn't this the sweetest?? It is a paperweight I made from an old zinc and porcelain Ball jar lid. You will get a lid, an old grocery store tab from the early 1900's, the tiny beads and an old bingo chip (you just need to find a photo and add some glaze)!!

All are available November 1st!

I am on creative overload at the moment. I went to the Flea Market on Friday and again today. It is the largest of the year and many vendors come from across the country just for this one month. I hope to do a long post about it by the end of the week to show you some of my finds and share some stories. I bought a child's European mannequin that is DIVINE - I paid a pretty penny for it, but it will be cherished (and if you come to CHAW you will get to see it in our booth)!

More a little later this week!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

A Lovely Day. . .

with lovely people . . .
lovely couples. . .
lovely children. . .
and of course, lovely food. . .

we had such a fantastic time hosting everyone. It was the PERFECT day. We have a great backyard for living in a development where the houses are on top of each other. We have lots of trees and shade and by 4:00 when we ate it was completely shaded with gorgeous light. We have a fire pit we built into the patio so about 6:30 we lit it up and sat around with friends warming our toes and talking. We had a huge bounce house in Ruth and Rich's yard just next door so the kids were quite entertained. In fact, I found that my boys had put themselves to bed on their own before 9:00 that night!

It is raining here today (a true gift) and I have the music turned up loud, making Santa Fe soup, preparing for an entire day in the studio coming up with next month's vintage kits. I am hoping to do quite a few for November and December for people to pick up as Christmas gifts (I know I will be making a few for family this year)! I am also toying with the idea of a new kit category (or two) that I will keep you posted on.

Have a great Monday!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Class Packs
Edited: These are sold now. Thanks! If you would rather, you can send your e-mail address to if you would like to be on the list for future class packs.
About a year ago I started a newsletter for those interested in hearing about class packs as they might become available. I basically take pieces from past kits and such and coordinate things together in 12's to 20's usually. I then sell these at an overall price below wholesale. If you are interested in receiving these newsletters (usually 4 times a year) just leave a post with your e-mail and I will cut and past them in. In the meantime, I have these 2 kits currently available if anyone is interested for a class. See the photos, content list and price. Send an e-mail to if you would like either. Please state in your e-mail which one. First come first serve. Thanks!!

Mustard Moon # 1 (HS Flower) – for 12 people

- 12 sheets of 6 styles of Mustard Moon Paper
- 12 sheets of Bazzill cardstock
- 12 packs of Heidi Swapp flowers
- 12 packs of Basic Grey rub-ons
- 12 packs of American Crafts Foam Stickers
- 12 “gallery” cards
- 24 Heidi Swapp XL brown brads
- 12 yards of suede ribbon

$169 Retail Value
$84 Wholesale Value
Your Cost: $67 (20% off wholesale)

Mustard Moon #2 – for 14 people

- 14 sheets of Bazzill cardstock
- 14 sheets of 7 styles of Mustard Moon Paper
- 14 packs of American Crafts alpha stickers
- 14 packs of Basic Grey rub-ons
- 14 “Gallery” cards
- 14 Prima “Whispers” flowers (you get several more as they can stick)
- 14 Heidi Swapp XL Brown Brads
- 14 yards of suede May Arts ribbon
- Approx 200 flower sequins

$178 Retail Value
$89 Wholesale Value
Your Cost: $70 (20% off wholesale)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A few quick peeks. . .
Here is one of the papers for the new Brown Transferware Line coming in November's kit (and available for wholesale early November as well). Imagine brown and white paired with turquoise and you have a pretty good idea of what the November kit will look like (it makes my heart skip a beat) . . .

(Okay- so blogger HATES the picture I am trying to upload. I have tried saving it twice and now I am giving up. So, just imagine beautiful embossed leaf sequins in the deepest turquoise you have ever seen laid out on an old ledger - ha)!

And did I mention new chipboard?? Here is a peek at one of my new shapes - we will be using these with vintage wallpaper and other goodies to make gratitude photo cards for the November Project Kit. . .

So I know I am a bad blogger. . . we are preparing for a big party at our house on Saturday for all of the JBS employees and friends. I really, really, want it to be special so I am obsessing a little. These people mean the WORLD to me and I couldn't do what I do without them. I promise to take lots of photos - I really want to introduce everyone to all of you. Plus- you need to see the fabulous "fairytale" pumpkins I have for the table centerpieces (and the button cupcakes my friend Jennifer if making for me)!! Have a great week!!

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Wish you were here. . .

actually, I wish I was still here too! We just got back from a week in Destin on Saturday. We had a lovely time as you can see. Ate lots of seafood, surfed many waves and watched the entire 3rd season of The Office (now I am obsessed- we just purchased and started on season 2). It was relaxing but things are busy this time of the month here so we are back at it morning till night!
Here are a couple more photos of my "new" studio I promised:

I have two huge printer's trays now on my new center table and every one of the slots are filled with goodies. It took me hours to get it organized but it is the best thing I ever did. I can see everything plainly and they are filled with all of the things that inspire me. I literally purchased the center table with this idea in mind.

This is another version of a flower frog and an old instrument music clip that I used to display a photo. There is a guy at the flea market that always has these (the music clips) but I have never seen them anywhere else. I saw a similar version of this display in Amy Butler's home book. It is a great idea to use when you want some height.

I will post more photos soon and get a gallery started.

Some previews of the new JBS line coming soon too that will make up most of the November kit!! It is called "Brown Transferware".

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Just in case. . .
you had trouble last night finding some of the kits, etc., I believe it is all fixed now. I was out of town and trying to do it with a very poor wireless connection (ended up using my Palm which was a nightmare with that little screen). I believe my programmer has put everything in place this morning and I can tell that inventory is dropping (so I know most of you were not having problems)! Anyhow, very frustrating for me at the moment because I can't see things clearly.

I hope you enjoy the Vintage Kits this month!! There are still this morning several to go around of everything. I upped the Project Kit and Add On kit quantities this month again (and have more of the vintage kits then I did last month). Everyone I know is getting the little booklaces in some form for Christmas!!
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