Saturday, May 26, 2007

For the love of paper

Here are the tags I made for my super duper cool pal Melfie. I love doing one on one swaps with like minded, crafty handed friends. And it's a toss up as to what's more fun about it...the giving or the getting...the similarities or the differences. First off, what's great about making something for a friend is that you'll always make it better than if you were making it for yourself. You'll put in a little more care...kinda like when you set the table for dinner company, but if you're eating home alone your dinner plate may share table space with a stack or two of magazines and coupons that you probably won't ever use. When I make something for me I might leave the back unfinished or something...I mean, it really doesn't matter if the back is finished but it's the extra step you'll take when you're sending it out to a friend. And that's the good part about being on the receiving end...you just know that you're getting something special and cared for. I love my tags from Melfie and although we've got tons of obvious similarities it's cool to see how different our tags are. Melfie's have a more farmhouse/grandmas attic/ vintagey/ ephemeral/ story book/Anthropologie feel...whereas mine are varnished over and therefore sorta candy coated and bright. Anyway, all this talk about paper craft just made me think of the inaugural  issue of  Somerset Life...if you don't have it, go get it. It is chock full of stunning, make ya melt, paper wizardry from the magical hands of people like Connie Govea Stuart, Pam Garrison, Anna Corba and more. Also, a fab cover feature about the fascinating world of creative blogging. What a great publication...Jenny Doh and company rule!! I buy my Somerset Studio mags and stuff at AC Moore because Barnes and Noble always sell out. And speaking of AC Moore...they are kicking up their paper game big time...lots more premium brands and way better displays! I'm sure it's in response to Michaels hooking up with Martha Stewart and her line of scrap booking stuff. Fierce competition in the retail world is great because we consumers are the winners...we get better buying options and more sale events. And a girl at Michaels told Aaron something funny...well Michaels always has those great coupons...40% off 30% off etc... but get this...you can use the coupons on anything in the store except the Martha stuff!
Well,  Holly Doodle was sooooo sweet to send me these incredible gifts as a thank you for hosting the vintage kitchen swap. I mean, wow! This is some of the bestvintage wallpaper ever!! I think if the walls of my soul were papered they'd be papered in these exact patterns and colors! And the cupcake toppers made of spun cotton/ chenille...how did she know how much I covet these...they fit right into my growing collection...we even used some as reference when we painted our Easter cupcakes! Thank you so much Holly!
Well, right now me and Aaron are hard at work on some Everyday is a Holiday hand painted patterned papers. We have a handful so far and each new one that we do inspires the next so I think they're getting progressively better. I can't wait to make paper packs of them! When we've got a rounded out collection I'll post them right away...I'm big into the whole picture and the way each pattern and color compliments the next so I just couldn't possibly show it in bits and pieces. Ok, I hope everyone has a very relaxing three day weekend. I'm focused on not sweating.
xoxo Jenny

14 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny, love those tags!  Your new papers sound intriguing, can't wait to see them!!  xxoo, suzy

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  2. Gorgeous tags Jenny! Melfie is a lucky lady! I am surpised about the coupon thing at Michaels. We don't have an AC Moore here but we do have a Hobby Lobby in Phoenix that has an awesome paper selection.

    That vintage wallpaper is beautiful! I can't wait to see your hand painted patterned papers! (((((hugs)))))- Jenny

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  3. Just wanted to drop you a note & tell you how inspiring your blog & your work is.  Keep up all the sweetness & glitter!

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  4. can't wait to see your new papers!! love the tags you made for melfie!! i see a little bit of that blue you are newly fond of!!

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  5. I *love* those tags!!!!!!!  So cute!!!  

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  6. raggedyoldanniesMay 26, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    Hi Jenny! Long time no talk to!!! LOVE those tags! You are so creative! I've been tagged and now I'm tagging you! I hope you'll play along! Please visit my blog for the info!

    Nicole
    http://nicoleellison.typepad.com/raggedy_old_annies/

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  7. leesiebella@yahoo.comMay 26, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Jenny!

    These tags are so pretty! I love the crepe paper...so sweet!

    The wallpaper...well, I am jealous. :0)

    ~Analise
    leesiebella.typepad.com

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  8. Hi Jenny!
    All your goodies are fab...oh the cuteness over here!
    ~cheers~
    Ang

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  9. You all are doing patterned paper!?! Cannot wait to see that. WHEN?? Now, get to work ;).

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  10. Sorry Jenny.....I got so keyed up about the thought of you doing patterned paper that I forgot to say how wonderful your tags are. Just lovely as is Holly's wallpaper. Love that wallpaper!

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  11. Oh, yummy goodies. Odd about Michael's coupons I just used mine on Martha stuff this weekend. Maybe she didn't know any better...???

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  12. I love your tags!  Thanks for letting us know about AC Moore.  I always go to Michaels but AC is right down the road as well - I'm going to check out their paper selections!
    Karla

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  13. First off, your tags are adorable and divine. Just sweet little confections, each and every one. Makes me want to pull out my paper scissors and glue right now! Second, you sure are the recipient of some wonderful gifts on a regular basis! Lucky you! Really awesome stuff.

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  14. Oh, Jenny, I had the best time with this swap!!! Your tags are so wonderful and I am too lucky!!!  I agree with everything you wrote about swapping with friends...  So well said!  It was super cool to see the similarities and differences in our pieces!  Any time you want to swap, just let me know!!!  And I'm so excited to see your papers!!!  I have no doubt they are jaw dropping gorgeous!  I can't wait to be able to buy them!!!  xo-Melfie

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