Monday, July 30, 2012

How to frame a book - A Little Golden Book

Pin It This weekend my family and I jumped in our car and made a little road trip to a quaint, little town just north of us.  I happened upon an old bookstore that had Little Golden Books displayed on a shelf near the front window.  Some of you may or may not remember the Little Golden Books, but they are classics!  I few of my favorites were, The Poky Little Puppy, Scuffy the Tugboat, and The Little Red Caboose.  Because I wasn't sure what their value was worth, I asked the store owner to make me a deal.  When he said, "$.50 a pop," I knew I had to have a couple.  I couldn't find any of my personal favs, so I picked out two other titles that I knew and loved - The Jungle Book and The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.

Because I'd found a couple of frames a few days before, I decided to frame those little gems.







I found these framed photos at the Goodwill for $3.99 each.

I painted the frame using Valspar Aquatic Edge.


I found scraps of fabric in Heirloom by Joel Dewberry that I had used on a dress for my daughter.   I cut the fabric so that it was about 1" bigger on all four sides of my shell photo.  I glued the edges using Fabri-Tac, but a hot glue gun would work just as well.



Add a dab of glue to the top and bottom of the back of the book {you could use more, but I didn't want to damage the back of the book}.



A quick before and "almost" after



Have fun creating your own vintage book art collection.

xo,
Jen

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

All Moved In

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Well, we did it!  We finally got ourselves all packed up and moved out of our old house and into our new place.  Queue up the fireworks and music please.  It feels good to have our house in order.  Aside from one last box {of course the one with my sewing machine in it} we are settled.

We downsized a bit.  We went from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment.  It can be done folks!  We like to think of our little humble abode as our "transitional home".  I absolutely love it...albeit small.  Our complex has a nice size pool, a gym to help tone up my arms and legs, a dog park for our aging but still crazy fur baby, and two playgrounds.  What we lost in space, we sure made up for in amenities.  The biggest and most important one for me, however, is that we're closer to family and friends and the little beach town that my husband and I grew up in.  Life is good!

Another piece of news to share with all of you...I'm off to look for a job.  It's time.  I'm not sure where this journey will take me, but I'm hopeful that it will be a good step in the right direction.  I'll keep you posted on that as I'm sure some of you reading may be going through the same thing.

I hope you're outside by a pool, soaking up the summer sun.  Or maybe you're on an adventurous vacation with your family.  Either way, I hope you're enjoying these lazy days of summer.

xo,
Jen  
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