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Digital Crafting

UPDATE: The date for the return of the SotC Newsletter is incorrect. It will be November 8 not October 11. 

A while back I received a message at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop inquiring about digital papers & what to do with them along with “What does digital mean?” Now that’s not the first time that question has been posed to me, but it has spurred me on to try to explain.

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Before I get started, I know there are loads of people out there who know exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, there’s a whole generation or several now that would be shocked if they had to live without the digital world. It’s all they know,  but for those of us who grew up with party lines, land lines, & phones that would be considered gigantic by today’s standards, the digital world can be a bit baffling. So just what is all this artsy stuff on computers?

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Digital can be simple or complex, but it’s always convenient. Example: You’re going to a birthday party & realize that you forgot to pick up a tag or card. If you have computer access & a printer in just a few moments you can….

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Your stress level just went down a notch. No stopping to pick up a tag or card, fumbling around for a pen & place to write while enroute to the party.  The other great thing about digital creations, you will find unique, artful, wonderful selections by the thousands!

What about wrapping paper? Well, yeah, there are places to find gorgeous wrapping papers, but they are physical items that would be commercially printed & sent to your home. Not quite as convenient, but oh the array of papers will boggle your mind. Take a look at what digital artists & others are doing on Spoonflower! My goal is to join Spoonflower soon & turn digital papers into fabrics, gift wraps, or even wallpaper.

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How about a skeleton damask fabric for napkins & a crazy table cloth? Maybe down the road, but for now you can purchase Hecate’s Halloween Paper Pack in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop as a digital download.

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Throwing a party?  Need decorations?  You can create a whole party with a theme through the world of digitals. Invitations, party banner, favors, goodie bags, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, signs, labels & tags for food identification on a buffet table or tie around bottled beverages. Oh & don’t forget the tiny details like straw flags, candy wrappers with bag toppers, & water bottle labels.

Who needs Hallmark when you have digitals at the stroke of a key. You can download, print, & cut out cards or invitations for every occasion & some you never thought of.

Starting your own business? You’ll need business cards, brochures, signage, & maybe hang tags…all found as digitals that you can edit, add your own text or information, download, print & distribute.

Digitals for the home is a great way to add charm & uniquely you interiors. From recipe cards to beautiful posters & prints the digital world answers the call.

I haven’t even touched on digital scrapbooking, planners or journals. Let’s save that for another day. I hope you have a better idea of just what digitals are & how you can use them to your advantage. If you have any questions just comment, email or send a message via Etsy Conversations. I’ll gladly answer any questions you ask.

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Hecate’s Halloween Paper Pack – a dozen 8.5 in x 11 in papers

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The Treat Me Candy Wrapper & Bag Topper Kit

There’s more fun at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop, so check it out!

One more thing…beginning this Wednesday, SotC Newsletter is back. Once a month, every second Tuesday, the newsletter will magically appear in your email inbox, if you’ve subscribed. If not, you can sign up to receive the SotC Newsletter & be treated to a welcome freebie! I hope you join us.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Welcome September

There is a change in the air. I notice it in August when quiet evenings resonate with the lack of robins singing their courtly songs. Then as August nears it’s closing curtain, the breezes carry an earthy scent that brings back memories of cooler days, turning leaves, & harvests of all kinds. September is here & I for one am glad of it.

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Just a few reasons why autumn is my favorite time of year!

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I am blessed…I have three wonderful men in my life: a son & 2 grandsons, one 14 & the other 1 month. These 3 create a trio that I love beyond measure. My son is strong & smart, a bit of a jock & recently, he became a first-time dad. For a week I had the privilege of spending time with him, his wife, and month-old son. You see, they do not live next door or the next town over or even the next state over; they live across the US in the mountains of Colorado, his paradise on earth. One evening, I was presented a remarkable gift, one that I will treasure for as long as my memory serves me. The little one was fussy, so his dad scooped him up & danced about the living room floor, rocking him to & fro talking to him. Not to be so easily soothed, the wee babe fussed a bit louder. A few moments later, I heard from the bedroom the strains of a song my dad sang to his kids & then to his grandchildren…I Grew up

Next on the repertoire was “Mairzy dotes & does eat oats & little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?” My mom sang that song while rocking a baby, while baking cookies, while ironing. It’s one of the songs I associate with her & always smile when I hear it or think of it. Hearing my son sing these treasured tunes was like my mom & dad were right there with us, smiling & nodding their heads to the soft beat.

You can hear True Blue Bill in original form HERE  Listen to The Pied Pipers (1944) sing Mairzy Dotes HERE

We had a wonderful time in Colorado, a road trip that has been added to the annals of fun, fascinating vacations.

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The Flower Gathering Junk Journal kits, 1 & 2, have been removed from the blog after a few months offered for free. You can find the kits on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

Not far behind apple picking, cooler days, & falling leaves comes Halloween, a favorite time of of year. It’s been fun working on crazy things to decorate the home & create a haunting of a good time party. You’ve all ready heard about Hecate’s Apothecary tags, but soon you’ll find The Witching Hour Halloween Banner, fun Bone Bags for stowing treats, & more. 0830171610_HDR Before I list digital creations I put them together to see if something needs tweaking & figure out how to write the PDF (directions) that accompanies each listing. The Witching Hour Halloween banner is not quite ready for prime time…yet.

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By printing & putting together the bone bags I discovered that a plain white inside is boring. Why not jazz it up? First I glued a paper to the inside, but then thought why not create a paper for the bags. All you have to do is print the pattern on standard print paper, flip it over & print the bone bag on the other side. Now to make the pattern paper…

There will be more Halloween goodies in the next week…more tags, favor bags for kids, & who knows what else.

That’s it for today! May your September be glorious & filled with the breathings of autumn.

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PS…Did you know that each of the new SotC listings includes a little something extra?

 

FAMILY, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Treasures

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Finding treasures in an old attic was a childhood dream of mine. Both of my grandmothers passed on before I had a chance to know them, so there were no long-kept clothes, hats, or playthings from the past stored in an old trunk in the dusty corner of an attic. Instead, I day dreamed about finding all sorts of wonderful well-loved, time-worn things: old diaries filled with heart secrets, keys that opened rooms with four poster beds & old portraits, big, floppy hats decorated with feathers & birds, old dresses that trailed behind, tiny shoes from an infant of a time gone by, dolls with big blue eyes & cloth bodies, & on it went. This dream began my love of all things old & time-worn.

My dad was quite handy with tools & carpentry type projects. He could fix things up & do what needed to be done. We had a bit of a plumbing project & he had to dig outside to find the problem & put it to rights. I stood outside along with a couple of my siblings watching him dig when he came across a dirty dark green bottle. He rubbed the dirt off with his rough hands & then asked if anyone wanted it. I spoke right up & he handed it to me. Scrubbed & shined, it looked like an emerald jewel in the shape of a hexagon. The little bottle sits on my window sill waiting to become a vase for small flowers or catching the rays in a sparkle of shine. Collecting old bottles became a childhood interest that continues to this day. Milk bottles, medicine bottles, canning jars with bales or zinc lids sit in cupboards, the pie safe, on window sills, & in use. Pens, pencils, old buttons, spools of thread & what have you are corralled within the confine of bottles & jars.  Seeing them every day gives me a sense of comfort & satisfaction.

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One day there was an auction across the street. An old trunk just like the one in the picture caught my eye. Oh how I wanted that trunk! My dad bid on it & the trunk became mine. It became my hope chest. It went where I did until a few years ago when it was tucked into a shed & became irreparable. More than one tear fell as the decision was made to let it go.  It was a treasure for so many reasons, but sometimes we have to make room for new ones.

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While I have an affinity for history, vintage & downright old things there are new & wonderful treasures that steal our hearts.

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My son & daughter-in-law are the joyful parents. In a few weeks I’ll travel across the US so I can cradle that little bundle of joy in my arms…I cannot wait!

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I promised to let you know when the Flower Gathering Junk Journal kit would be leaving the blog & heading to SotC Etsy shop. For anyone who wants to have this bundle of good stuff you have through August to download the 2 kits. The junk journal bundle will be listed on Etsy September 1st, 2017.

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You can still get the 2 kits for free until September 1.

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Halloween is coming & with it all manner of ephemera fun to use in Halloween projects. This year’s theme is Shakespeare’s Macbeth! So be wary….for something wicked this way comes….

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Hecate’s Apothecary tags will be listed in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop, soon. The tags are inspired by the 3 witches boiling up a spell for Macbeth that includes ingredients like: fillet of a fenny snake, wool of bat, slips of yew, poisoned entrails & so much more! The pantry of those three witches was filled to the brim!

That’s it for today. I’ll be off late next week to meet that new grandson. A week long visit that I’m so looking forward to. Until next time, have a wonderful end of summer!

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