Peg's Crayon Box
Join me in my journey to live a more artful and colorful life every day. Come read about my projects, things I've discovered or learned from others, and ponderings on what it means to listen to the inner muse.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I've expanded my collection with some 3-section samples. I love the possibilties for more complex designs as I increase the number of sections. I'm using plain cardstock covers so I can showcase the stitches. To corral and protect my growing collection I covered a box with my pastepaper, but they didn't all fit in! Next book projects will be star books-great options for mixed media.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I've just spent 5 glorious days in New York City- never thought this country girl could be comfortable there, but I was! Transportation is great and relatively easy to navigate so I ventured all over. I confess I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across this street near Times Square- patchwork quilting in NYC! Best morning was spent with new friend Jessica walking around the outer streets of the Garment District. We discovered some fabulous shops containing whole rooms of buttons, lace, ribbon and other great finds. My favorite was M&J Trimming on Sixth Avenue where I found beautiful silk covered buttons from Japan and metal charms with African and Egyptian themes. These will be great on book covers. Then on to the Tinsel Trading Company which has MOVED to new location on 37th Street. This shop is loaded with vintage ribbons, cloth, thread, and some new stuff, too. Don't forget to open all the drawers in the antique cabinets as treasures abound here. Metallaferous on 46th Street is a must for the jewelry maker. Go up the stairs to a crowded but fun room jam-packed with tools, findings, all things metal, plus some beads. I got quite a few copper pieces for book covers and worked hard to resist all the tempting chains, clasps, and other doodads. Lee's Art Shop on 57th Street was our last stop for art supplies. We only hit the first floor (there are four!) so a return trip is required. Jessica also gave me a quick tour of the New York Public Library and the Trump Towers (oh my!). I'm so excited about my little treasures from NYC.