Monday, August 24, 2009

I enjoy being busy with 4 ongoing projects.

I am working on two custom mini album orders and our own canoe trip mini album. I also plan our vacation trip right now. My messy working table got messier! I recently purchased old wire baskets at a local flea market and I use them to organize supplies and ongoing pages for each project.They work perfectly and I love them. I am really busy with the projects but I am enjoying it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Old Pyrex Percolator

I somehow decided to stop over a local thrift store after work yesterday. I wasn’t expecting to find any treasures as I haven’t found anything good at the store for a long time. But I was thrilled when this old 4 cup Pyrex percolator on the shelf of the kitchen aisle caught my eyes. I have seen just pots sold on thrift stores but never found a complete set. The price tag of $4.99 also surprised me! I already have 9 cup percolator but it is too large for a daily use. So, 4 or 6 cup percolator has been on my wish list.
I leave thrift stores empty handed most of the time but this is why I cannot stop going there.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

On-line workshop by Jenni Bowlin

I am taking 12 weeks on-line workshop by Jenni Bowlin @ Big Picture Scrapbooking since July 2nd. It titled “Re-purpose, Re-think, Re-invent: Learning how the past can open the door to a new creative lifestyle” It has been giving me inspirational and creative opportunities and I am enjoying the workshop very much. The followings are the reviews of the first two classes.

According to Jenni, understanding our own creative history is important as it must have had a lot of influences on our creativities. Mine came from my parents. Dad liked to make miniature plastic models of ships, planes or castles. Mom used to teach people knitting at our house. I loved watching her creating new clothes and going craft store with her. I believe my creative mojo is in my blood! Jenni said surrounding ourselves with inspiration every day is essential to a creative lifestyle. Our assignment#1 was making an inspiration board where we can pin up anything that inspires us. And this is my inspiration board. WEEK2
Lesson 1: Re-think
Jenni said there are many creative options for using photos and recording memories besides scrapbooking only on 12x12 layouts. Altered books, collages, 3D assemblages and re-purpose jewelry are the examples of other forms of scrapbookings she gave us. She also showed us how we can creatively use items we may pass by everyday.
I love collecting antiques, vintages and old stuffs (some even says old junks) and I always wanted to create something with them. Her assignment gave me an opportunity to refresh my perspective and stimulated my creativity.
These are my Week 2 vintage milk cap creativity challenge. I hope I can use these new ideas on my ongoing projects.