Retro Stacking Coffee Mugs

One of my latest finds have been these vintage stacking coffee mugs.  These were in every kitchen when I was a kid.  They are ceramic.  Each set’s glazing is so unique.  In fact, no two are glazed exactly the same.  They are one of a kind art. 🙂  I don’t know which pattern is my favorite.  I’d appreciate it if someone could share the history of when and how these were made.  I’d love to know the process.  The bottoms are all marked “Japan”.  They are all listed in my Etsy store if you’d like them for your collection. 🙂

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Pain in the Neck Journal

I have been in the Halloween mood.  I know, I know.  It is still August.  I just can’t help it.  I love autumn and all that comes with it… specially Halloween.  I went shopping a couple of weeks ago and found all kinds of new cardstocks from DCWV and the Martha Stewart lines.  I’ve made several cards, journals and notebooks and listed them in my Etsy store.   This one was super quick to make.  It is a blank gray, fabric covered journal that has silver accents in the fabric.  I embellished it by adding the vampire, gate, moon and tombstone diecuts from Martha Stewart.  They were self-adhesive so it made it even easier.  I thought it turned out great?  What do you think?

A Muse Studio August Spotlight Discounts

A*Muse Studio August discounts are only available for 10 more days!  Save 10% on the following stamp set and cardstock pack:

Vacationland
Wish You Were Here
Let’s Be Adventurers
Enjoy The Ride
Extraordinary Background

Boardwalk Assortment Pack contains four sheets each:

Blush
Apricot
Papaya
Orange
Bermuda

Sale ends Friday, August 31st!  Don’t hesitate to call or email me for more information or to place your order.

2012 Holiday Catalog

The 2012 A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog is now available.  It is loaded with new stamp sets, products AND ideas!  Contact me if you would like to receive your free copy (only pay $3.00 shipping if I have to mail it to you).  You can also visit my A Muse website if you want to view it on-line.  But take it from me, there is nothing like having it in your hands. 🙂

Book of Potions Journal

I found some awesome Halloween scrapbook paper and just had to make a few new journals.  For this “Book of Potions” journal I used a full size composition notebook and covered it with the spooky cardstock and embellished it with ribbon and clear glazed the spiders.

I lined the inside covers with coordinating cardstock.  So it is ready to go to be used for anything… a journal, a place to keep personal or school notes, a “recipe” book or just a Halloween decoration.  You decide! 🙂  Book of Potions on Etsy.

Busy Summer

I’ve had a very busy summer with work and kids activities.  It is so hard to believe that summer vacation is over.  My last post was in March and it was about shopping with my daughter at a rubber stamp convention.  By mid day she had a fever and upset stomach.  Little did we know she was going to have to have an appendectomy.  Wow! How things can change in an instant.  She was in so much pain.  She quickly recovered once it was removed and she hardly even talks about it now.  We also had summer sports and vacation “day trips”.  All this “busy-ness” made our summer fly by.  Now school has started this week.  What happened to the lazy days of summer like when I was a kid?

During all our “busy-ness” I have taken on a new hobby.  I have been rescuing vintage items from various places (garage sales, thrift stores) and trying to find new homes for them. 🙂  I love all these old items that are beautiful pieces of art.  It pains me to see them being thrown away.  The casserole dish pictured above is a prime example of some of my lovely finds.  It is a vintage milk glass Arcopal France casserole dish.  The design pattern is called “French Hens”.  Isn’t it lovely?  What really makes me smile is my 8 year old daughter has taken an interest in helping me find things.  It is awesome to see the bug being passed to her.  If you’re interested in seeing our latest finds you can check out my Etsy Store.  I’m listing items almost daily. 

I’ve also been busy creating new greeting cards, notebooks, journals and various other art pieces.  I’ve been taking my paper arts to a new level and been experimenting with mixed media painting.  It is so much fun.  I can’t wait to share it all.

New Places to Shop…

My daughter and I went to the Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Show this last Saturday and had a great time.  I found some great new places to shop here in Indy… on-line and in person.  First of my new favorites is an awesome on-line store called Retro Cafe Art.  They carry all kinds of good stuff for all avenues of art… rubber stamper, mixed media/collage, jewelry, etc, etc, etc!  You must check them out.

Photo by Retro Cafe Art

Another one of my favorites was Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps.  They have “interactive and dimensional designs that are fun and serve a purpose”.  That was quoted from their website and it is so true.  They are not really new to me.  I have purchased from them many times before.  But I had to share them with you.  I love their images.  The images below is are 2 of the ones I purchased.  Doesn’t it look just like my Cookie?

I just had to have them.  The purse is separate from the dog stamp.  Oh, so darling!  You have to check out their site.  There is so much to choose from… pull-up pockets, folding shirts, dimensional boxes.

Last, but not least was INDY UP-CYCLE.    This store is new to me.  They are located at 620M Rangeline Road, Studio 1 in Carmel, Indiana.  They sell art and craft supplies at Pay-As-You-Wish Pricing.  That means you pick out what you want and go to the cash register and pay what you want.  How often can you go into a store and do that?  NEVER!  All items in the store has either been donated or rescued.  You’d be surprised at how many people throw out their crafting supplies when they “get tired” of them.  Now you can donate them to Indy Up-Cycle and while you’re there pick up something new for yourself.  I can’t wait to visit this store.  I also want to take several of their workshops.  They seem interesting and very affordable.  I hope to make it there this month.  I’ll let you know what I find.  If you have already been there, post a comment to let me know what you like best!