Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cloth Paper Scissors Reader Challenge and New Ad

I'm an avid reader of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (as well as Quilting Arts) and so I am really excited that our very first print ad will be in Cloth Paper Scissors (CPS) in the upcoming September/October 2009 issue. It should be on the stands any moment. Look for it - Bumbershoot Supplies with the green umbrella.

If you get the "Embellishments" email from CPS, then you know that one of the current reader challenges is to create a mixed media Sailor's Valentine. I decided to participate in this challenge in my own way through creating two mixed media inspiration kits, or collections if you will, around the theme of Victorian sailors and the women who loved them. These collections include some items usually available at Bumbershoot Supplies and other items available exclusively in the kits. Always limited editions, usually one of a kind, I hope these kits fire your imagination and afford an opportunity to sample some of the wonderful vintage materials that are available for mixed media art. Enjoy!

If you want to learn more about the CPS Sailor's Valentine Reader Challenge, click on the hyperlink.

Here are the kits, also see the photo above:

Friday, August 14, 2009

Update on Bumbershoot and Button Sale!

First, and most importantly, RUN, don't walk to the annual fall sale at Beppa + Iijepo. You will find thousands of antique and collectible buttons, wonderful vintage textiles, vintage costume jewelry, and more. I'm serious. Get over there. Located at 7700 6th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98117. From 10 am to 4 pm Aug 14 and 15, today and tomorrow. Get on their mailing list so you hear faster than I can tell you when the spring sale comes around. I picked up some paper, buttons and trim for Bumbershoot Supplies, and a few goodies for myself...

It's been a busy couple of weeks as I expand both of the shops. At Bumbershoot Supplies, I've added many more glass and plastic cabochons, and continue to expand the one of a kind offerings of buttons, lace, trims, ephemera, and paper ephemera that I come across in my travels through the estate sales, antique stores and specialty shops of Seattle.

In the designs shop, I've just started to introduce greeting cards made with my inchies, original art 1 inch square. The weather of Seattle has not been cooperating for picture taking this week, it has been rather dull. But I'm forging ahead anyways. Check them out.