So much happening around here with my sister & her hubby visiting from Montana. I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it’s been. Betwixt & between I’ve been able to get an extraction done sans Quicktime. I’m hoping to figure it out soon. I may have some news to share in the coming weeks…we shall see.
What I do have is a fun extracted image for you! Here’s the original:
I’ve had this image for awhile & I do not recall where I got it, but I believe it’s an image of a 1920s child’s costume. Check out those wings!
Have you ever had that moment when you knew this is a. . .
Since before journeying to England in May things have been swirling in a mad dance of changes. One thing led into the next, one event piled upon another. Get ready for England, travel to England, my daughter & grandson’s big move to the city, a home to reorganize for one, please, a momentous first birthday party for grandson No. 2, the annual 127 Garage Sale & today, Monday August 6th I awake with no big celebrations or occasions awaiting my attention. The moving out & in is over, the paint put away, for now, & nothing left but time to make it happen. Finally I feel like I’m starting a new life in earnest.
How I experience these years is up to me, but one thing I know for sure is that Studio on the Corner must take precedence. Building my little business, growing, thriving & making it my life is not only a dire need, but one that I very much desire. And by the way, nothing pushes like a genuine need & fear of the consequences of not rising to the occasion. Creating printables from old, often forgotten images in the public domain brings me so much pleasure. Now, I have to find a way to convince others, many others, that these paperie bits inspired from the past will bring them joy, too.
At times it’s so quiet that I have to turn on the TV just for the noise. I’ve taken to listening to podcasts about selling on Etsy, selling digital designs & entrepreneurship just to hear another human. I’m tempted to begin a podcast about starting over after 50 or something like that because I’ve found none that appeal to me. So I’m mostly learning from those wild gen xers & crazy millenials who run free about the world of social media. Kudos to them!
Then there’s missing my charge, grandson No.1 who I nanny-grannied for 13 sweet & sometimes trying years. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him & the little guy in Colorado so much my heart aches. Once upon a time I would never admit that I was lonely. I have no problem saying it now, I get lonely, but I don’t believe there’s a soul on earth who hasn’t been lonely at some point in life. What always cuts through the missing you & lonely moments is working on my mac, creating, tweaking, or searching. You know you love something when you lose all track of time & space while in its presence.
I’m so glad brilliant people write hit-the-mark prose that can be used by we lowly mortals for aspirational guides. CS Lewis’ quote does just that. He makes me believe that no matter how old I am I too can have goals & dreams, while the dreams are there it’s the goals that I am working towards. I’ve set goals like: How many sales do I need a month, a week, each day? I did not choose a random number…I chose an achievable number needed to create a happy life for myself.
Can you guess the number? “Ten,” you say. Well you would be correct. Out of all the millions, nay billions, of people on this planet I only need to convince 10 each day to purchase something from my little shop, Studio on the Corner. Sounds like a snap, right? Not so…it’s much more difficult to be found on this frenzy of internet shops & businesses than you can imagine. So I’m going the shameless route & hit social media, pin like a mad woman, post on Instagram & share what, why & how I create. Oh by the way you can expect an increase in blog posts. I hope that’s ok with you.
This is where I am right now, today. It’s a new start, a new beginning & while we say good-bye to yesterday, let’s embrace & enjoy today while setting goals, planning & sneaking in a dream or 2 for the days to come.
There’s a couple new listings in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop…The Ginger Piggery package is coming together slowly, but the invitation & a favor bag are listed. I just love the happy pigs that live in the world of Ginger Piggery & I hope you will, too.
Look for another post on Wednesday. I’m thinking a peak into what my transformed bedroom area is turning into might be the ticket. I’ll continue off & on with stories from England, too because reliving that trip is so darn wonderful. Also, I mentioned tutorials in previous posts & you’ll be seeing a few of those along with freebies from time to time. I am so ready to dive into this head first & swim like crazy to reach that goal!
The Cat in the Bowler Hat, the mini poodle, Winston & Miss Adventure along with me
Did you know today, Friday March 2nd is Old Stuff Day? It’s no secret that I like old stuff! Heck I am kind of old stuff, too. Anyhow let’s talk about old stuff because it’s a good topic with more themes than Carter’s got liver pills.
I have no idea what draws some people to old stuff. The desire to collect old stuff & admire it, use it or upcycle remains a mystery to me. I am one of those people though. Time-worn & well-loved everyday things from the past soothes my soul. A continuing question & answer dialog happens in my head when I see something of interest to me. How did this card of sweet buttons end up in a second hand shop? What did the lady who stitched this quilt look like? Did she enjoy sewing? Was quilting just another drudgery, a chance to socialize, or was it artistic expression? Perhaps it was some of each.
Who’s bed did the quilt cover? How much of life’s moments happened beneath this quilt? The pillow talk of newly weds who received the quilt as a wedding gift, gleeful laughs of children jumping on the quilt-covered bed, the last breath of a loved one. The story of our lives are told through the common items we use everyday. I’ll be honest, when I don’t know the story, I invent one.
Old stuff can be anything from a Big Chief tablet to a medieval castle. From the most simple every day item to dreamy elegance. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with what you love, what inspires you, brings contentment & a feeling of security. For me it’s something with age to it.
Some of the plainest things from the past are the ephemera that is usually tossed away, but there’s such beauty in an old hand-written letter. A receipt tells a marvelous story of the price of pigs in 1880. Calling cards, trade cards, postcards, silly or fine, give us a peak into the trends of the day.
Then, there’s what we do with these old things today that really counts. Storage becomes an old canning jar, galvanized bucket, or crock. a child’s frilly lace underskirt becomes a decorative addition to a bedroom, that crazy metal alarm clock looks so 1930s on a nightstand. Ephemera & illustrations from old books are reborn as tags, cards, labels, boxes, bags, you name it….
It’s a wonderful world of old stuff that is much more fascinating than the new stuff, at least in my very humble opinion. I love the idea that something forgotten in a box, like an old children’s book long out of print, becomes something new & shiny. The work of authors & illustrators languishing in the dust for the past is seen again in a new light. I hear the whispers now from those who have gone before & they are delighting in the new found in old stuff.
I have some old stuff to share with you. The images used (except for the divider above) plus more are part of an Old Stuff freebie package. Most of the images are in PNG format & the cute duck in a bonnet is a JPG. Use this old stuff to create, tags, labels, or whatever printable makes your heart sing. You can also use them in digital designs on your blog, your website or however you wish. I do ask that you do not giveaway the PNG images, but instead link back to Studio on the Corner blog to share the package. Thanks so much, you’re the best!