Archive for June, 2010

Just When You Thought it was Safe…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 by wadevicki

Among the alternate titles for this bestselling thriller of the 1970s were A Silence in the Water, Leviathan Rising, and (suggested by the author’s famous humorist father – LOVE IT) What’s That Noshin on my Laig? Guess the actual title.

Well, it’s my all time favorite movie and one that I’ve viewed more times than ANY other movie, including The Black Stallion – du, duh, du duh…  Jaws.

Yes, I’ve seen Jaws more times than any other movie, and I’ve read the book several times. Okay, so I’m a nerd! I’m really just stuck in the 70s, I love a good, bloody thriller (on the screen and in binding) and Great White sharks are one of my completely irrational fears. Like I’m going to run into one of those in the middle of Iowa’s sea of corn. Land Shark! (SNL)

I just purchased The Jaws Log: 30th Anniversary Edition by Carl Gottlieb, screenwriter for the film. Guess you know what I’ll be reading pool-side this next weekend… snap, snap! 


Get an Old Book

Posted in Creatives Unite! on June 18, 2010 by wadevicki

First installment…

Making a “Vintage Book Greeter”
Sample shown below

Visit your local antique store for old books, buttons, costume jewelry and ephemera. Choose items that you like – that speak to your style. Get an old Book – any size, any condition – just make sure it has at least one cover (front or back) that you can remove. I like to dig through antique stores for reasonably priced vintage children’s books (I rarely pay more than $2 for a book). Children’s story books and readers often contain colorful pictures that can be used for additional projects. Head’s up… you’re going to take apart the book, so don’t use a favorite from childhood that you plan to pass down to others!

Separate the cover from the pages. Don’t worry about tearing the binding or any messy strings or glue that pull out. Depending on your style, you may want to keep some of the bindery strings intact. If not, you can snip them off with scissors.

If there are special interior pages/images that you’d like to keep for other craft projects, remove them and set aside. Cut the front cover away from the spine and do the same for the back cover of the book. You’ll end up with a cover, a spine and a back cover – three indivisual pieces.  

Set aside the spine and the back cover. Choose a page from the book that would make a nice backing for the cover. Use a strong paper adhesive to glue the page on the back of the cover and brayer over the paper to smooth out any bumps.

Now, search in your stash for ribbon, buttons and embellishments that will coordinate with the color/style of your book cover. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new!

For next time… vintage handmade flowers and choosing a phrase. Ready for some fun?

In the meantime, check out Ruth Rae’s book Layered, Tattered & Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop at your public library or local independent bookstore. It’s full of ideas for mixed media artists.

Good Old Books!

Posted in Have you Seen/Heard/Read? on June 17, 2010 by wadevicki

What can you do with an old book? Hmmm? Lots of potential for re-purposing a book! Check back and I’ll show you some ideas. Coming soon….

In the meantime, have you seen the award winning documentary “Man on Wire”? It’s the story of Philippe Petit who captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he successfully walked across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers. Fascinating story and well done documentary!

Time to Get Busy…

Posted in Creatives Unite! on June 11, 2010 by wadevicki

This blog is has been in place for a couple of weeks, but the newness is wearing off. It’s time. Time to get busy, posting ideas, giveaways and referrals for creative types. Of course you may see a random photo of the little ones in my life, including Brody – French Bulldog extraordinaire!

So, who likes to reinvent/embellish every day items around the house? Do you…you? Feel like I do!

Admittedly, this file folder is not your typical manila file folder. It came with the wonderful black and white damask exterior and a pop of pink on the inside. Note to self: those label stickers will work on another craft project upstairs.

Anyway, grab a file folder – any folder. Add pockets, punch a border, weave ribbons, affix photos, whatever strikes your fancy. Make yourself a really cool, custom portfolio. I took a slightly worn album sleeve from a, yes, a Peter Frampton album (imagine that!) and incorporated it into this folder. The stage lights and worn corners were perfect against the crisp damask pattern. Note the binder clip in shiny silver under the polka dot ribbon. Grab those office supplies and put them in the project; who knew they could be so cool!













I’ve picked up several more albums – Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic, some ZZ Top, and others. More portfolios to come. Want one, but don’t have “glitter fingers”? Request a portfolio of your favorite artist by sending me an email.

2010 CHA Summer

Posted in Creatives Unite! on June 8, 2010 by wadevicki

I am so excited to be attending CHA-S, the Summer session of the Craft and Hobby Association show in Chicago. Three+ days of artists, new product, and cool techniques. Plus… Elena of Scrapbook Royalty is coordinating the SuperCrop the evening of Saturday, July 31. IF you are in the Chicago area and are a “cropper” (you know who you are…!), please sign up for the event. Contact me for more information or visit: 

Look at the goodies and giveaways and, yes, there will be “celebrities” at the crop!