Tacketing Stationer’s Bindings

By Janet Hickey / April 6, 2011

This past weekend I attended a bookmaking workshop. I’m always looking for a new book/box-making class in Atlanta – they’re not plentiful. So when the Guild of Bookworkers SE Chapter offered a workshop by Chela Metzger on Tacketing I responded immediately reserving my spot – then I asked – what’s tacketing? I found a few…

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Fairy Magic

By Janet Hickey / April 6, 2011

OK – At a yard sale last year I found some old metal fuse boxes (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) with clear plastic covers that slid out to access the small fuses. I also found a tiny person with a ball in her raised hands – in pretty bad shape. The definition for “fairy” was…

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Red Chair Thoughts – along for the ride

By Janet Hickey / March 30, 2011

I found some rather large vintage cardboard pieces children would play with, each made to look like a brick wall. When something unusual comes my way I find myself thinking of different ways to utilize it(other than what it was intended for). Sometimes, as in this case, I acted on my thoughts before I went…

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Baby Book for Gabi

By Janet Hickey / March 27, 2011

This is my granddaughter, Gabi, on Halloween last year – getting ready to jump to her Daddy. She is this happy ALL the time. I made a baby book to chronicle her growth ( 8 1/2″ x 12″). I’ve made other baby books for friends using book board to make the covers but I was…

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Simple Saturday

By Janet Hickey / March 26, 2011

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~John Burroughs These are pictures I took last year from the Gulfport, MS coast:

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Encaustic Play Day

By Janet Hickey / March 25, 2011

I’ve owned Ranger’s Melting Pot and a block of Beeswax for over a year – I opened both packages for the first time today. Although I had the tools I didn’t have something specific to apply it to. It was because I want to try to use encaustic on a piece of bisque clay (see…

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Good Idea Gone Bad

By Janet Hickey / March 24, 2011

Have you ever had a fabulous idea that, in the end, turned out to be above your capabilities. This was one for me. It’s been about 8 years since I pulled this together and have since learned when to cry “uncle”;) Inspiration: Computer hard drive destined for the garbage. Ohhhhh what fabulous, colorful, circuit boards…

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Treasures – I must have been a Pirate in a Previous Life

By Janet Hickey / March 20, 2011

An enabler friend of mine let me know about an artist that was moving to Pittsburgh and having a yard sale. It was a sunny, glorious day – look at the treasures I found… (I’ve included the prices I paid because I like to see what others paid for their treasures and I’ve included my…

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Fisherman – what do you think?

By Janet Hickey / March 20, 2011

Chinese Proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” Remember him… (napkin ring, blush brush and poly clay head) – he’s painted and assembled now. The inspiration for this piece was the oil lamp I found at a…

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Copic Wallet

By Janet Hickey / March 15, 2011

I love tools. A lot of what I’ve made is because I wanted to try a new tool. I created this Copic wallet (before Copic Markers came out with theirs) because 1) I just bought a Martha Stewart scoring board and was scoring everything at 1/8″ I could get my hands on 2) I wanted…

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Photography

By Janet Hickey / March 14, 2011

I remember getting my first 35mm camera (way before digital). I’ve had a knack for getting good, not stellar, but good pictures. I want to share a few. Learning Photoshop is on my “bucket list” – until then what you see here is how it was shot. The peaceful loving nature of cemetaries draw me…

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New Mixed Media Bookmaking & Art Journaling Magazine

By Janet Hickey / March 14, 2011

Just an FYI – Cloth Paper Scizzors is publishing a new magazine called Mixed Media Bookmaking and Art Journaling – coming this fall. Monthly book making eye candy AND inspiration – Ya Hoo! The Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (pg 62) is calling for submissions. There are a lot of successful book making groups out there.…

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I Got My Money’s Worth

By Janet Hickey / March 13, 2011

Since I’m a member of the American Craft Council I got into the ACC show Friday and Saturday for free – so I really got my money’s worth ($25 membership comes free ACC show passes and the bi-monthly subscription to American Craft Magazine). On Friday while attending a demonstration by Amy Gresens (she has a…

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I Made a Stamped Card – Yeah Me!

By Janet Hickey / March 12, 2011

I’m not a card maker or stamper. That being said – once in a long while inspiration will grab me by the hair and I buy one of the newest, artiest stamps. My friends Jenny (http://www.onekraftykat.blogspot.com/) and Miriam’s(http://www.miriamsdelirium.blogspot.com/) cards are inspirational – but sometimes it still doesn’t help. I have to admit – I don’t…

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American Craft Council Show

By Janet Hickey / March 10, 2011

I made a last minute decision, spent a little extra money and went to the premier of the ACC show tonight. OMG! It was awesome. I was able to spend some time, since it wasn’t crowded, with artists I admire. If you get the chance to go look up Nancy Kubale booth 513, Christine Kosiba…

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Good Mews

By Janet Hickey / March 9, 2011

I made another pendant using copper sheet cut to 1 1/2″ x 1″, a carved bone cat head, book pages, a watch part and a rhinestone. It’s something I’m familiar with and can pretty much guarantee instant gratification. A sense of producing something. Monday, I bought something at a thrift store (a thrift store that…

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Yeah Me

By Janet Hickey / March 9, 2011

As of this morning I have lost 35 pounds (thanks to Weight Watchers) – Yeah Me!

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E6000 Glue Tube

By Janet Hickey / March 8, 2011

Regardless how careful I was in screwing the lid back on my tube of E6000 glue – it would dry out. So I tried something different. I left the lid on the tube and put a hole in the side of tube towards the top. After getting the glue that I need I put a…

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Wedding Center Piece

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2011

June weddings are being planned and I wanted to share a table center piece (14″ overall height) I made many many years ago for my daughter’s wedding reception (I can’t remember how many we made – but it seemed like Edna (myBFF) and I made a gazillion flowers). The hem of Laura’s wedding gown was…

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Little bit of Repurposing – No Glue – No Sewing

By Janet Hickey / March 3, 2011

The internet…one thing led to another and I came across a cute idea for repurposing 8 1/2 x 11 paper. It’s great when you don’t want to carry a full pad of paper with you. For example – you’re going to a book, bead and/or rubber stamp show and you want to make notes that…

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