Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wall of Fame

Since this post has its genesis in Baseball, I’d like to start out with a famous quote that I’m sure most of you are familiar with, “If you build it, he will come.” I know the quote is suppose to refer to a Baseball Field but if you think about it, the quote, in a round-about-way, is also about Bucket Lists.

Which leads me to another quote, “If you write it down, you can make it happen.” The author of that famous quote is no other than EllenBee, and it too is about Bucket Lists. Hope I haven’t lost you yet because this fairy tale has a happily ever after ending.  

The husband and I go as often as possible to NYC to visit my daughter Cassandra. This time, Tony planned to tackle one of his major Bucket List items - a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  I too wanted to cross something off my list, so after looking through my Bucket I decided to  visit the holy grail of seam binding – Zipperstop.  
As many of you know, one of my great loves in life is Seam Binding. I worship those 100 yard wheels of  Hug Snug Seam Binding with names such as Paradise Aqua, Siam Pink and Turkey Red. I use them on almost every single Journal I create.

So, last Tuesday I left the hotel, gave the cabdriver the address and together we headed to my chosen Temple of Worship. I have to admit that I was surprised when the cab driver stopped in front of a small store in China Town.

Once inside I was granted free reign and was able to roam the aisles.
A wall of Seam Binding? Nirvana!!
Peeking into the many boxes of Seam Binding ready to be mailed.     
I started off the day thinking my Bucket List item wasn’t really a major item, but I was wrong. It was because as l left Zipperstop with a bag of delicious Seam Binding, I also left with something so much more - new friends. Thank you Jeff and the rest of the crew who made my visit so memorable! 

I'd love to hear about your love for Seam Binding. Please do share. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ode to the Pin-Up Girl

Technically, a Pin-Up Girl is a glamorous gal whose photo/picture is meant to be "pinned-up" on a wall. I think Betty Grable is probably the most popular pin-up ever, but my favorite has to be Ms. Cassandra Rosebeetle.

My favorite Pin-Up Gal EVER!

A few months ago I had a request to make a custom Pin-Up Gal Journal. Johanna loves pink and wanted to add lots of journaling and vintage family photos to the journal. She sent me a copy of a page from an old Pin-Up Girl Calendar for inspiration, so I decided to go with a stripes and vintage black photo corner theme.

 Adorable pets were often added to make the calendars both cute and sexy!

 I added journaling cards in pink, purple and yellow.
All in all there are over 35 tags for photos and journaling.

This is one of my fattest journals ever!
 I loved making this journal and hope that Johanna loves it as much as I do. If not, it's going up for sale at Inside The Beehive. If I can bear to part with it. Do you love Pin-Up Gals? Or are you one? 

Monday, March 10, 2014

An Early Merry Christmas!

Although I love custom orders on Etsy, my love often turns to stress when I have a short deadline to get it to the buyer. On the other hand, I love custom orders on Etsy when I have an absurd amount of time to get the item (s) to the buyer.

A lovely, wonderful repeat buyer recently asked me to make 5 Custom Mini Comp Notebooks. I was thrilled with the order but when she wrote me that there was absolutely no rush because she wanted them as gifts for Christmas 2014, I was just over the moon.  No mistake here folks, she ordered them 10 months in advance.

Now, I knew I had lots of time to make these babies but due to a lost crown, the tooth kind, not the princess/queen kind, and a day off from work, I was able to finish up this custom order in time for a very early Christmas celebration. 

#1. Artist's Choice!

#2. Shabby Prim. I used some of my retro inspired Kaisercraft.

#3. This gal loves wine so I 
made her a Mini Wine Tasting Notebook.

#4. Hope this gal purrs when she gets her gift.

And #5. This was made for a gal who loves jewelry.
I wonder if she ever saw Breakfast at Tiffany's?  
Just wanted to let you know that I am currently taking orders for Christmas 2014, 2015 and 2016.   

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Yesterday there was a thread on the Etsy forum asking what was the weirdest thing you had ever made? I answered that my Mourning Journal was mine.
Today I have to revise my answer because IMHO my Vintage Inspired Alphabet Flash Card Notebooks are the weirdest. Cute but weird.

The Kraft paper pages are scraps from another project. The cards and the patterned paper that I used for the covers were just taking up room in my stash so I think you might call this  a leftover project.

Seriously folks, how weird is it that a person would decide that what the world needs are assorted Vintage Inspired Alphabet Flash Card Notebooks? They are weird and think that makes me weird too!
What's your weirdest project ever? Are you weird enough to share?

Monday, February 24, 2014

200 Hugs

I am so used to using Michael’s 40% off coupons that buying anything without one seems like a travesty. However, I have to be truthful and admit that I occasionally waste money. Never on purpose, but every now and then I buy something on impulse…and later regret it…a lot.

Like that pair of adorable shoes I bought on my last trip to NYC. Black leather ballet flats with an embroidered red rose on the toes, how could I resist them? But those blisters were not adorable. The shoes are now in a box ready to be donated to Goodwill. And don’t get me started on those wildly expensive coils I bought thinking I would be able to use them with my Cinch. Big mistake. Guess where they are? If you guessed sitting next to those shoes in the Regret Box, you’re right!  
Now anyone who knows me also knows that I LOVE Hug Snug Seam Binding. And, for the last year I have been thinking about ordering the 200 Sample Color Guide of Hug Snug Seam Binding from Zipperstop. What has stopped me was the fact that the sample color guide was $24.95 and for that price I could buy 4 rolls of Seam Binding, so I figured why waste my money? Did I really need it?  

This Blog Post has a very happy ending because after much angst I placed my order with And dear friends, let me share with you the wonders of this 12 ½” x 18” 200 Sample Color Guide of Hug Snug Seam Binding. It is nirvana for someone like me who online could not tell the difference between Trophy Gold and Antique Gold. I can now. 

 And who would have guessed that it wasn’t Fig Brown Seam Binding that I needed for my Wine Themed Wedding Guest Journals but Log Brown?
 Or that for the Pin-Up Gal Journal I needed Caviar Pink,
not Rose Petal Hug Snug Seam Binding?

Ladies and Gents, this was the best $24.95 I have spent in a long, long time. My only regret now is that I waited so long to invest in the Color Guide…and that I bought those shoes. Do you also love Hug Snug? What’s your favorite color? Oh, you don’t know because you don’t own the Color Guide?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nine Months, Two weeks and One Day!

I was 9 months, one week pregnant when my OBG told me he was going to induce me if I didn’t go into labor the following week. He asked me which day I preferred, Saturday, May 10th or Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th ? I told him that I wanted to have a wonderful Mother’s Day so we agreed on May 10th.

Cassandra Marie was born at 2:34 PM on May 10th and it was, as he predicted, a wonderful Mother’s Day. Every year I am reminded that the greatest Mother’s Day present I ever received is my beautiful daughter. Having said that, I have to add that my new Mother’s Day Vintage Floral Album comes in a close second. 
I won the original 1880’s Vintage Floral Album on Ebay and like Cassandra, it was love at first sight. I scanned the front and back cover, attached them to chipboard and then lined both with the ever romantic Miss Empire paper from Kaisercraft. Inside are 25 tea dyed papers, assorted tags and misc. paper ephemera.

 I even made a tiny Mother's Day Card!

Now that I own the covers I see many more Floral Journals in my future and in my Etsy shop Inside The Beehive. Matter of fact I think I will add a tag on the back inside cover - Limited Edition #1-2014. Cassandra, like this Journal, is a limited edition and in my book will always be #1!! Wishing all an early Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Raise Your Glass

I love weddings and have long wanted to add a Wedding Guest Book to my repertoire. I thought long and hard, over a glass of wine, what kind of Guest Book I should create. Did I mention that I love wine? I do and as I took another sip of Chardonnay I had an epiphany, not the Winery Epiphany which incidentally has wonderful wine, but the other kind of epiphany...why not make a Wine Themed Wedding Guest Book?  
I already had a ton of wine themed stamps so off I went to the Beehive and I am now ready to make a toast to my Wine Themed Wedding Guest Book. Won't you join me?  
I used a ton of purple grape seam binding.

Pockets for the tags offer lots of room for wedding wishes!

I love this quote and had to put it on the cover.

Love the script cork paper I found at Michaels.

I added a gift for the couple, a large tag in a muslin bag.

Ever been to a Vineyard Wedding? If you know of someone who is planning one please send them over to my Etsy shop Inside The Beehive where I have just listed this for sale.