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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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Boom!

Good Morning, friends! It’s raining, dark, cloudy & warm rather like a tropical forest in NW Ohio. The gardens & flowers needed the rain, so I’m not complaining. Did you decide to take the junk journal journey? Have you downloaded the kits? I hope you checked out the videos I shared, they’re easy to follow & inspiring…at least they were for me.  I’m gathering up lots of ‘junk’ for my journal & planning the next one, two, better make it three journals. After Flower Gathering I’m moving on to a reading journal & a travel journal. The journal journey is some kind of wonderful.  In case you missed it, you can download the kits by clicking on the links below:

Kit #1       

Kit #2 

I’m working on the PDF Directions for creating junk journals along with a tutorial for adding text in Adobe Reader all while creating printables for Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.  Wheewwww….everything takes time.

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Speaking of SotC Etsy shop, there’s a fun, new listing, BOOM! Yep, that’s the title & if you’re planning a July 4th get-together & thinking this is the year for a vintage vibe you’ll want to check it out…

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There are 6 flags all together, 2 have old-fashioned firecrackers on them. Each flag is about 8 inches wide & 10 inches long. Expect to see distressed bits & grungy parts all added to give an aged appearance. The images were drawn from an old Type Foundry book. Love the twinkler border!

The banner is listed, but more will be coming along this weekend.  An invitation with an adding text via Adobe Reader (PDF) option. . .

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along with party decor like napkin rings, food tents, water bottle labels, & candy wrappers will be available. Look for the Boom! invitation later today. Once everthing in the Boom! colletion is listed, it’s all about options, you can purchase just the banner or invitation or party decor or purchase all in one big party package. BOOM!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Oh my gosh! It’s finally ready to deliver to you…Kit No. 2 of the Flower Gathering Junk Journal. So sorry it’s taken so long, but as a freebie I work on it in between other projects, but it is totally worth the wait.

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What’s in kit no. 2, you ask? It starts with 4 pages/papers plus 1. The extra paper is a solid-colored, aged paper that you can use in oh so many ways. You may want to print on both sides using a solid paper on one side. More on ideas, tips & directions later. Each paper has an image or pattern from an old source, the lace border began as muslin pattern from the early 1800s.

Ok, ok…what else is in the Flowering Gathering Junk Journal kit no. 2?

Let’s just list the items:

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  1. Five Pages/Papers JPGs
  2. Three Ephemera Sheets with tags, flower cards, rounds in 2 inch & 1.25 inch & a journal card
  3. Three pages of pockets in various sizes

All together there are 36 embellishments for your junk journal & 5 papers.  (Not all are shown)

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This is rather large zipped folder to download & depending on your internet connection, it may take some time, but be patient…Good Things Come to Those Who Wait!

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Just in case you missed the Flower Gathering Kit No. 1 Here’s the link: SotC Flower Gathering Kit Junk Journal Kit No. 1

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If you’re loving the idea of a junk journal but not sure just how to get started, I’ll be sharing a PDF that will have directions, resources, ideas, & tips to help you along the way. You’ll be able to download the PDF & have the manual at your fingertips whenever you want to work on your journal.

I want to remind you that the kits will be available for free for a short time. At some point in the future they will be removed from the blog & listed on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop. The SotC shop version will have more options such as PDF editable tags so you can add text, individual PNG files allowing the bits & pieces to be used in digital projects, plus extras not in the Freebie packages. Don’t worry though, this will not happen for a while.

Resources

Here are some new resources and ones I shared in the Kit 1 Post. Check these wonderful resources out to acquaint yourself with junk journaling & get you on your merry way.

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Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 1

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 2

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 3

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 4

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 5

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I love these six step by step YouTube videos of Marianne Kensington, she is so comfortable & comes across like a good friend explaining how to create a junk journal. If you have a moment you might also want to check out her Facebook Page.

Last but not least:  Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop for vintage tags, papers, and general paperie stuff.

Whooaaa…that’s a long post!  Hope you enjoy the Flower Gathering Kit 2 & keep in mind there’s a PDF with Directions, Tips, & Resources manual to help you on your junk journal journey that will soon be available for download.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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