Fred Mullett & Mermaid

My last Fred Mullett and Mermaid picture

By Janet Hickey / January 12, 2015

I swear I was done playing with my Fred Mullett and Art Impressions stamps (BTW I got the three ladies stamps, unused, at the Random Arts yard sale – where the shop AND customers sell used and unused supplies).  But it’s really cold outside and I didn’t want to go get more boxes to unpack.…

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Vintage Cupcake Pic

Vintage Cup Cake Pics Holder in Foam Core

By Janet Hickey / January 10, 2015

I don’t love everything I make.  Sometimes I have an idea I have to get out of my head AND once I do I’m good to move on – not trying to make it perfect. For example: I must have gotten a bag of vintage cup cake pics at a yard sale for a $1…

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Fish Stamp

Just Playing with the Fred Mullett Fish Stamp

By Janet Hickey / January 9, 2015

I have stamps, a lot of them.  I don’t use them very often – but I have them.  I never heard of Fred Mullett stamps until they showed up at Random Arts in Saluda. Jane used a water color paint technique with this fish stamp.  That’s all it took.. I knew I couldn’t just stamp…

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Doodled Spider

Doodled Spider from Photograph

By Janet Hickey / January 7, 2015

A friend posted this picture of an Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider – (Herennia Ornatissima) Monochrome by ElephantVisionPhoto on Facebook.  I suggested that it would make an interesting doodle and proceeded to give it a go. I taped the picture to my worktable and then taped a piece of tracing paper over that:   If you look closely you…

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Now I’m THAT house.

By Janet Hickey / June 13, 2014

Now I’m THAT house. I know you’re probably thinking “boy am I glad I don’t live close to her”.  That’s OK.  I remember the many trips I used to take to visit Impressive Ideas in Roswell, GA.   A short-cut would take me through a neighborhood and I would pass a house that decorated for…

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Vintage Maytag Ad

By Janet Hickey / May 12, 2014

Vintage Maytag Ad I LOVE library book sales.   I find the most interesting books that would have never come my way had I not gone to the book sale. At a recent library book sale I purchased the book Wuthering Heights, printed in 1943 (stunningly illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg).  Folded up…

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I’m more than Excited!! Random Arts in Saluda, NC

By Janet Hickey / March 19, 2014

Random Arts in Saluda, NC My art supplies are still in storage ;( However, I’ve been able to take a couple of workshops close to home that didn’t require all my supplies and have found an awesome network of artists and crafters. **I discovered just how close Random Arts, Saluda, NC is to me –…

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Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed

By Janet Hickey / March 18, 2014

Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed The second installment of repurposed bedroom furniture… Supplies: Two wood storage boxes purch online at – $30 ea with coupon TTL w/shipping $60 Four glass blocks used for bases (2 per base) – purchased at Lowes – $5 ea Total for both night stands:  $80 Finished Product: I couldn’t find…

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Cutting Board Storage

By Janet Hickey / March 16, 2014

Cutting Board Storage I’ve been busy trying to get the house comfortable. The remodeled kitchen is almost complete.  We selected backsplash tile this past weekend and hope to install within the next few weeks.  I’ll post before and after pictures when we’re finished. In the meantime I needed a place to store my cutting boards…

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My GLASS bottle tree has bloomed!

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2014

Spring must be around the corner….my GLASS Bottle Tree has bloomed! I couldn’t help it – I got a bottle tree for my front yard hoping the folks passing by will get as much of a  kick out of it as I do. My daughter saved up and collected wine bottles for me.  They prefer…

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Happiness Is The Truth

By Janet Hickey / February 12, 2014

It’s been almost three weeks since we moved to Hendersonville, NC and today we’re expecting up to 10″ of snow.  Everything at this house runs on electricity with the exception of the fireplace – which I can’t get to fire up.  What a hoot! Creek and small water fall is located in the background The…

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Prest-o, Change-o AND I’M BACK!

By Janet Hickey / January 29, 2014

Hi and thanks for staying with me. A couple of minor issues in conjunction with a major one caused me to drop out and not leave a courtesy “see ya later” – sorry about that. The minor – *  I had some health issues I had to deal with.  I changed my diet and to…

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Book Sale – Artists and Crafters Heads Up!

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2013

I made these two boxes from repurposed hard back books  (standard size) : I’ve spent the last two days volunteering for Cobb County Library – assisting in the unpacking and sorting of books for their semi-annual book sale that starts tomorrow (Friday, March 8th) at 9 am and goes thru Sunday.   The sale is held in two…

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Happy Holidays!

By Janet Hickey / December 23, 2012

We wish you Merry Everthing and Happiness Always! May the New Year bring you more Happiness and Peace than you know what to do with!

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Forgot to put out the "Gone Fishing" sign.

By Janet Hickey / December 18, 2012

Just Hey. Since I’ve been away (sorry I didn’t put out a “gone fishing” sign) I’ve gone to Oregon Crater Lake (look it up – you gotta go!!) Canada BC was gorgeous – the people were awesome! This is a picture taken with my IPhone at the BC museum – HA!  Washington (Seattle) What a…

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When The Student Is Ready…The Teacher Will Come

By Janet Hickey / May 13, 2012

In my case this Buddhist Proverb couldn’t be more timely… 1.  I came across a book binder on YouTube that put together awesome instructional videos of various book binding and case making techniques Sage Reynolds, the book binder, has an impressive list of videos, take a look.  While I knew (or have seen in the…

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April is my Birthday Month

By Janet Hickey / April 24, 2012

My 60th Birthday Month For some of us, as we get older, we have Birth-Months vs Birth-Days. I wanted to do something different for my 60th Birthday.  This is as “different” as it gets for me and all I had to do was mention it to my husband and off we went. One of my…

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Surf’s Up

By Janet Hickey / February 22, 2012

While I gather photos to share with you my latest thin thread let me share some fun sites and projects I’ve found during a quick surf of the net… Plastic Milk and Bacon Roses? This interesting web site shows you how to turn milk into a substance similar to plastic called CASEIN ( gives you the…

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2012 Declaration

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

My “Inner-Me” said to me while driving the other day (she always interrupts when I’m driving)… “You’re not an Impulse Buyer (my favorite excuse for having so much STUFF) – You’re an OPPORTUNITY SHOPPER“. Whew!  I was getting concerned.  “Impulse Buyer” has somewhat of a negative implication where as “opportunity shopper” puts a positive spin on the hoarding…

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Metals – I’m just playin

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

These are projects I made for the Bonnie Art Tools at the recent Stamp Festival (the black display cards are made from pre-cut chip board (same boards used for the Flower Press).  Black paper was glued to one side and then edged with various paper tape, holes were drilled, grommets set and ribbon inserted to use as a hanger): Frame…

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