Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I inspire me post #8

Yay.. It's "I inspire me" blog post day... and you know how I love these!

You have to check out today's post , and see what the girls came up with for their inspiration projects this week. A*M*A*Z*I*N*G is all I'm going to say!!!

and... the Giveaway is a

ScrapMuse.com September Kit and the ... Guest Feature: Stephanie Howell

*** Here's the project I did for this weeks inspiration , which theme was


I took my inspiration from these pillow that I have on the bed in the back room. I love the machine stitched quilted lookof them. Here's a close up.

I love the way you see so much depth and distinction in them when the light shines on them.

So... I made the cover for my book using 81/2 x 11 sheets of felt, sandwiched between to pieces of paper.. and then machine stitched .. giving it a quilted look. I then folded it in half and began to assemble the pages.
The flower below is a standard silk flower, I just cut and added some paper peddles( from vintage sheet music) to it and did some inking.

The pages inside are a combination of papers, and fabric.

The photo on this page is of my Great grandparents on my moms side. My Grandpa Bendigs parents. ( the two people on the far right). Not sure who it is they are with.
As I was uploading these photos I noticed I will have to make a correction. This is my moms side of the family.. so the "D" needs to be a "B".. lol

You can click on these pages to see them bigger if you wish.

My mom and dad.

I made such good use of the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cotton Scraps in this book. They were just perfect for what I wanted.

The image of the little birds and the cherries is one of the Images in the New Image and Journal books from Crafty Secrets.

My mom as a young girl. I used a vintage handy for the background on this one, along with some of my favorite vintage lace.

My Grandma and Grandpa Stoltenberg .. in the younger days and then much later on.

He was so tall , and her.. so short. Kind of funny her name was Minnie.

On the page below.. on the left page is my dad and my Grandpa Dunn (his dad), and on the

right page, my mom and my Aunt Viv when they were little.

Every have one of those projects they started out simple and they it just takes over, and you seem to just get lost in it??? Well, this was it for me. I fiddled with this for hours and hours..but maybe it's because I LOVE old family photos and think about that time , and what their lives where like then, as I'm working on the project. This book was just such a total creative outlet for me. I think I just really need to take time to dilly dally with a project.. use what product "I" wanted, mix and match my favorite little things, ink sew and carry on.. with no deadlines!

It was so liberating. A labor of love. A book just for me , for no reason. I don't care of it ever gets published.. or seen in any online gallery. .. it just doesn't matter.. and that feels good.

It's just a book I made filled with the people I love... and I so enjoyed the process.


Country Liv . . . said...

Oh Vic! I have to say this is one of my favorite posts of yours! Love the book . . . so creative with the music leaves in the silk flower. Only you would think of such a perfect thing to do on a 'vintage' album. Like you, I really adore those photos of our family, from long ago. I need to get back to Dad's so I can scan them into the computer to share- - -I keep putting that off. :(
Thank you so much for the 'beauty' relief!

janel said...

And your love shines on every page of this. What an absolute treasure. Love every detail and every stitch of your work.
Have a good day!

Catherine said...

Vic this is absolutely GORGEOUS, jaw dropping LOVE it! Your stitching is divine my dear!

KimmyS said...

with that book. HOLY FLOWER BATMAN - how freakin awesome is that flower *sighs*
I pick you up on your offer, you can certainly come over and play at mine but bring all your mojo with ya!

harrahx2 said...

Please, please, please move next door to me? I just love this whole project! The flower? How incredible and creative. The book? Beautiful. Won't you be my neighbor? Please ? :(

rose said...

holy moly!! just ,love and adore this vintage album and oh love old photo`s like this ,wow this is sure to get published!!
love the music added to the silk flower,oh I`am off for another stroll and look

Scrapthat said...

Beautiful work Vicki!! I love the added petals to the flower and your book is just stunning! TFS such beautiful inspiration with us!

happiness blooms said...

Oh, how I love when you create things like this! I adore seeking out all the little touches, those little special things you add that make up the whole! You, my sweet sweet friend, are a gift!!!

Cathy said...

Wow! This simply wonderful. You never cease to amaze me! Love it all!

Shawn said...

I love all of your projects and the old pictures! Thanks for sharing :)

Precious Treasures said...

You have changed the way I look at things to get inspiration.

Oh and Tag you are it.
What have you done?

( X ) Gone on a blind date

( X ) Skipped school

( x ) Watched someone die

( ) Been to Canada

( x ) Been to Mexico

( x ) Been to Florida

( X ) Been on a plane

( X ) Been lost

( X ) Been on the opposite side of the country

(X ) Gone to Washington , DC

( X ) Swam in the ocean

( X ) Cried yourself to sleep

( ) Played cops and robbers

( x ) Recently colored with crayons

( ) Sang Karaoke

( x ) Paid for a meal with coins only?

( X ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?

( X) Made prank phone calls (before caller ID and *69)

( X ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose

( X ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue

( X) Danced in the rain

( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus

( X ) Been kissed under the mistletoe

( X ) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about

( X ) Blown bubbles

( X ) Gone ice-skating

(X ) Been skinny dipping outdoors

( X ) Gone to the movies

1. Any nickname? Kid
2. Mother's name? Phyllis
3. Favorite drink? Iced tea
4. Tattoo? 7
5. Body Piercing? Ears 3 times
6. How much do you love your job? LOVE IT!!!
7. Birthplace? Iowa
8. Favorite vacation spot? Chicago
9. Ever been to Africa? no
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Yes
11. Ever been on TV? yes
12. Ever steal any traffic sign? no
13. Ever been in a car accident? yes
14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? 4
15. Favorite salad dressing? blue cheese
16. Father's name? Mike
17. Favorite number? 3
18. Favorite movie? The Notebook
24. Favorite toothpaste? pearl drops
25 Favorite smell? my grandma and grandpas house when grandpa was cooking breakfast
26. Favorite hobbies? Scrapbooking, Decorating
27. Birth date? 7-11
28. How do you see yourself in 10 years? Still working at Precious Treasures, hopefully starting on turning our 8 bedroom house into the retreat center as the twins will be out of school by then. Hopefully skinny too.
29. Furthest place you will send this message? ???
30. Who will respond to this the fastest? Vicki and my mom

Precious Treasures said...

PS where is the sewing machine in your house, I did not see it.

Jessica said...

Vicki, this is just GORGEOUS! I love the shabby vintage style and it's just evident how much love and care you put into it. The vintage hankie page is my favorite.

Elly said...

I'm drooling overhere!!! Owww girl, this is sóóóó gorgeous!!! Love this style! You did it again!

Sugar Bear said...

Oh it looks just like linens. I'm lovin it!

Emma's Paper Patch said...

i love your quilted book...it is so beautiful! great idea on your flower! i so love black and white photos...

Sophia said...

This is so beautiful and special!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh my goodness girl...your book is so beautiful!!!the love just shows through. Love what you did with that silk rose!!! What a fun post for me to wake up to! Laurie

Anonymous said...

Vicki!! This is absolutely beautiful!! I love it and the story behind the photos. Is Aunt Viv the one holding the little kitty (that could be me)!! How did you make your flower on the front? It has sheet music in it, so did you take apart a flower and put it back together with different layers? Everything goes together perfectly...the Crafty Secrets images and your papers and vintage little treasures. One of your pages looks like a hankie was used...am I correct? It's beauticul!!!

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

the book is beautiful! love the vintage feel & fabric. YUM.

Also fun to see the sower on the capitol building---

Dawn said...

Lovin' that quilt card! You can "slmost" snuggle up with it, it looks soo warm and comfy!

Sharon in NE said...

This photo album is incredible. I LOVE vintage photos and the way you have them displayed makes them so much more precious. The album cries out to be touched too though; the beautiful lace trim, and the mother of pearl clip, so many different textures you used. It is a true treasure.

Scrappin Cheryl said...

Vicki this is just so beautiful! I just love it - every bit of it! From the creative "Vicki" flower on the front to the gorgeous layouts, it was simply perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your art and family with us! I bet if I saw one of your boys on the street I would be compelled to give them a hug and suggest they spend more time with their momma! LOL!