I've been playing around a bit with old paper. Surprise, surprise:) Remember those Ephemera Lunchbox kits I had in my etsy shop last week? With the heavy matboard type index cards they no longer make? Well I've been making little collages out of the ends I cut off of those index cards. It's fun. (I REALLY wanted to use an exclamation point there). While I make things my mind is constantly in motion. Thinking about all sorts of things. My most often used glue is Golden Gel Medium, but for things like these little collages, I usually use a glue stick. It's just easier. No brush rinsing and water changing. I've heard a good many glue stick horror stories so I never really trusted them until I discovered the now well known Coccoina glue stick. I heard of it about four years ago through Sarah Fishburn's website. There was only one place I knew of to buy them back then, but now you can get them from Cerri or Andrea. I trust Coccoina because the company has a long history and I certainly trust Sarah Fishburn:) I'm pretty sure Teresa McFayden uses them also so there's even more evidence of quality. I also have some of Martha's glue sticks. They don't have a history, of course, but who wouldn't trust Martha when it comes to crafting? I don't think she'd let us down.
Oh, and I use E6000 for the Swarovski rhinestones and the little flower finding. For ribbon and trim I usually use Aleene's Tacky glue unless the ribbon is lightweight and delicate, then I use E6000 applied with a toothpick. It won't bleed through to the front of the ribbon.
I've also been fretting over Ebay's new feedback system. I think I've already mentioned it here once and it's still really bothering me. In the old days, my radar would give the alert signal if a seller's feedback was lower than say, 98.5. Well, since the new system has been put into place, I'm setting my radar alarm at least a full point lower. If you bother to look at actual feedback (particularly for the sellers who sell the stuff we buy), you'll see that most often any negative feedback they have is totally unwarranted. Left by ignorant buyers who don't know a thing about what they are buying or who blame the seller for mistakes made by the post office. What you need to remember is that ebay now gives neutral feedback the same weight when calculating feedback score as they do negative feedback. Insane for sure, but what's REALLY insane is they have gone back in time and counted all neutral feedback given prior to the change the weight of negative feedback. The inequity of it makes me crazy. Anyone who left neutral feedback back when they knew it wouldn't effect a sellers rating clearly chose neutral over negative because their beef over the transaction wasn't bad enough to warrant negative. How incredibly unfair is it for ebay to make this new policy retroactive?? Okay, enough random thought sharing. Now, I'll share a few more photos.
I like to change the contents of this huge jar on occasion. It's had a hodge podge of vintage ribbons in it for a while now it has a bunch of totally cool vintage pin tickets that will poke the livin' crap out of you if you're not careful!
I decided not to crop out my mess so you can have a look around. I always like perusing someone's workspace when it's in active use. It's the nosy neighbor in me. Thought I'd let you do the same. BTW, I've since cleaned up this mess:) Really. See the bare wood right in front of the cutting pad? The surface of my unfinished island. I've decided to make a big collage on the top and seal the crap out of it. I'll paint the rest and I'm considering using flocked wallpaper on the sides. I'm just afraid I'll be a freak about the cleanliness of the flocked paper. I'll probably lint roller it to death. I seriously think I'm going to get on this island project soon.
Do you like old brass findings?? I do. I've decided to put together some brass findings packs for my etsy shop. They will include vintage Swarovski rhinestones in brass settings because ALL THINGS should have some sparkle. This won't be the exact mix, but I'll have it up soon.
I'm also working on a new Flocked Wallpaper Mini Pack. I have many new flock patterns one of which is a gorgeous red on red. I, of course, can't get a great photo of it, but take it from someone who knows......it's the perfect red. Nice and candy appleish.
Lots and lots of various patterns on this paper. Well, that's all for now. Oh! I have added a few more Swarovski Packs to my etsy shop. Now, I bet a million dollars I'll have to go back, after I publish this post, and change all my photos to "small" because I bet the right side will be cut off of every one of them. Is anyone else having problems using the "large" photo setting? *************Of course, I had to go back in and change the photo sizes. I can use medium and small, but not large. I really miss my big photos.