Saturday, December 29, 2012

Little Glitter Houses and Church
Printable Christmas Ornaments

Yes Santa.... Inka is still alive :)) I am so sorry it has been so long and I had some great free Christmas graphics planned. Not to mention I wanted to get my Nutcracker Theater in my little etsy store. I made the characters from redressed Tuck and Sons paper dolls and the Theater is just an amazing Christmas fantasy! However I still have some work to do on the nutcracker character but he is coming along nicely.

It seems that the past few years life has just gotten in the way of my blog this time of year. This year my daughter in law was ill. It took the doctors several weeks to figure out that her gallbladder had problems, then the surgery, then the recovery. So during all this time I had my grand babies. Taking on a 14 month old when you have MS is an ENORMOUS undertaking! Sitting at the computer while watching him was mission impossible! Although his brother who is 5 helped a lot, by time I got him in bed at night I would just collapse. Then to top that off hubby has kidney stones and was on the couch for several weeks too.... no help

Once the boys went home, I had Christmas staring me in the face. I usually have the decorations up and the gifts bought by the day after Thanksgiving. This year we skipped Thanksgiving and I was still doing some shopping the day before my big Christmas eve party. So I thought I would share some pictures of our holiday decor and the little graphic for my ornaments.

 Our tree was dressed in crystal icicles, little news print houses and little music print churches. The graphic for these print with the news print and music print already on them. Now available in my little etsy store. I also I glued a heavy wood bead inside the house to weight the other side. That way the little tree did not make the ornament hang crooked. However you would not have to put a little tree on yours I just felt it really dressed them up. You might have other ideas that will work just as well.

I wrapped the gifts in newspaper and burlap ribbons

The stockings were hung by the chim... well the coat rack with care :)) I made them from vintage lace table cloth and they are reversible. You can cuff them if you like but I ended up with too much to put in them so by Christmas they were hung without the cuff.

The topiary was dressed in gold this year.

And my daughter in law did a lovely job decorating the chandelier.

We hung glitter snowflakes from the ceiling as we always do. This picture really doesn't do them justice. They spin and twinkle with every movement and it just sets such a holiday mood.

I even changed the display in my glass cloche for the season.

Well there you have it :))

Monday, September 10, 2012

I have some bragging to do

One of my customers has made some awesome art with some of the images purchased from me and I just had to share. I especially like what she did with "Dark Marie". Most of these have sold already but if you don't find something you were looking for, I am sure  she would do a special request. Please visit her shop at
NacreousAlchemy on Etsy

You can click on the thumb above to check them out a little better or you can just go to her shop and see the various views of them. You might just have to check her sold items though


Monday, July 2, 2012

Lace, Ribbon, Yarn, Trimmings Spool Organizer

I am working on getting all my lace and ribbon organized and designed this little spool from some vintage sewing graphics I had. The graphics are available in my little etsy store

To make it strong enough I print it on brochure paper or matte finish photo paper. Then use spray glue to attach it to a medium weight matte board... You can purchase medium weight matt board at your local office supply store. Cut it out and sand the edges with a emery board. This will give it a die cut look. You can also dress up the sides with a paint pen or heel and sole dressing that is normally used for shoes and that seals the matt board and really makes it  look vintage too.

I have several styles available so stop by my little etsy store and check them out!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Studio Update Sewing Trunk
Free Sewing Printable

I know this studio redo is taking forever! I have so many projects and I keep doing a little on this one and a little on that one... and nothing is getting done! So I decided to just get one completed : )

This is what I started with.

First I darkened the interior metal with jewelry blackening, then painted the inside with a dark cream paint. My thought was to paint sign graphics from an antique sewing store sign on it but then I found this fabric and I was in love. Hubby built a shelf that sat on the metal brackets you can see in the picture to hold my sewing machine. It has a drop down cover so I can pull the machine out to sew. We added some large casters so that it would be the right height to sit at and also so that it would open and close easily. 

This is with the drop down desk closed 

... and this is with it open

Oh yes... and the free printable... what else could I post :))

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Bragging Today On Vanessa Witschi

One of my customers sent me some pictures of her project and I just had to brag about it. She used my wings image printed on acetate for her absolutely darling little Fairy Mermaids... and as you know I LOVE fairy's. This one sold in just a few hours but if you wanted one I am sure she would make a special one just for you :)


Check out Vanessa Witschi's website Mermaids Dreaming 

A close up of the wings

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sun and Sea Summer Fun Free Printable
Two New Digital Sheets Available Too!

I did two new digital collage sheets for my little Etsy store and I had a couple of images left over. Some will be for the free bonus that I always send along with my sheets however along with a little preview of what is new, I thought I would post a summer fun freebie for my blog post this week :) they are just so cute with there little sail boat!

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads
Here is a little preview of the summer fun sheets I did by special request. They are available in my little etsy store now. You can use the key word "sea" in the search link at my shop to find them. If they do not show up they have been sold but will be relisted shortly!

Vintage match box dispenser made into a place to keep and display beach pebbles found on a special trip to the beach.
Enjoy! Inka

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Paper Circus and more!

As much as I have told myself that I had enough vintage papers... I have paper fever! I just can't resist purchasing a find like this! Nine sheets in all but only seven are Circus theme. They are from an early 1900's woman's magazine that offered a center fold of paper toys each month. The Circus sheets are bound for Collage sheets in my little etsy store. However I do plan to offer the others as free downloads on my blog. Two are Christmas theme so they will have to wait but you can expect the others to be showing up soon :)

If you love Circus and would like to make some art examples for my listing page with these just email me using the link on my right hand sidebar. I will be taking the first two or three so you could get them free!

Studio Progress

I wanted to wait and show pictures of the completed studio but things are not going quite as quickly as I had hoped. I keep apologizing for not posting and making up excuses, but the truth is my health has not been great. I had hoped that I could keep up but it really has slowed me down. So I am going to have to just admit that I just can't keep up the pace I have in the past. I love sharing my free printables and I do have so many goodies to share so please forgive me and I will post them as often as I can. Once I get the work on the studio done, I should be able to get some goodies up a little more often.

This is what I started with. I found this awesome bedroom set on craigslist. It had fallen off the truck while being moved so it was in sad shape. The amour's door was missing and someone had put shelf's in it to use it for a bookshelf. There was trim missing on top. a broken drawer in the bottom that did not even match and one foot was badly worm eaten. The trim on the headboard had been busted and some of it was missing. There was a foot board too but it did not get into the picture. The set of drawers were missing some of the nobs and had the top replaced with an odd marble.

But my hubby is handy dandy. He cut the top down on the amour to eliminate the missing trim and also because it was too tall for my studio. The foot board had the same carved feet as the amour so it took one from it and replaced the destroyed foot on the amour. Then he took out the drawer and replaced the shelf's with some oak that he stained the same color. Since I haven't gotten to the decorating stage, it is covered with junk so the finished picture will have to wait.. but it is good!   

Then hubby used the headboard and the piece that went across the bottom of the foot board to make me a desk. We used legs from a table that I had picked up at the thrift shop and some antique picture frame trim that I had found at a yard sale a long while back. He designed a keyboard mechanism so that it disappears up under the desk when not in use.

I have ordered a glass top to fit but for now I am just using a glass cutting board to protect the top until it comes in. As you can see by the pictures, I had a hard time choosing the wall color but after painting three times, I settled on chocolate brown :))


These baskets have really taken me some time since there are eight of them. I found them at Homegoods and made some altered art fabric liners for them. I will be putting on some antique library label holders on them too. They are sitting on an old wardrobe trunk that I also found on craigslist.... but more on that later :)  

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Table Top Mannequin and
Bortree Corsets Paper Doll Free Printable

I really have a treat for you today :) I don't know if you have noticed but I always try to post something that goes along with what I am working on. Well I have been working on my studio. I had planned to make one big post with all my studio projects but things are taking a bit longer than I had hoped... so I thought I would just start posting some of my smaller projects.

I bought this mannequin bust on ebay but as you can see it is not quite my style. A redo was in order. I hated the thought of having to sew a new cover so I thought I would try painting it first. Because I did not want to loose the softness or texture of the fabric, I used some textile medium with my acrylic paint and gave it a whirl... it worked! I added a candle stick to the bottom and then had my son cut me a stencil that I took from one of my favorite paper dolls for the wording.

It now has a home on top of my favorite project so far.. but more of that later.

The paper doll that I took my inspiration from is an advertising paper doll for corsets made by Bortree manufacturing. I hope you love her as much as I do :)

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

St Patrick's Coleen Free Printabe

She's a bit of a flirt, is this Colleen,
With her roguish eyes and bouquets of green,
The sight of this maid so blithe and so gay
Cheers all Irish hearts on St Patrick's Day.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tattered Lighting

Although I have not been blogging much and I had a ton of junk going on, I still somehow found time to do a few creative things around the house and I thought I would share one of them with you today.

I finally got hubby to run the electricity for the wall sconce I picked up on ebay. The shade it came with looked ridiculous. It was an oval but it hit the wall and was obviously too large. I wish I had taken a picture of it before...
So I picked up a round shade at the thrift shop and removed the paper from the wires. Then I cut a third off the back and straightened the wire that I removed, resoldered it back on so that it now had a flat side to go against the wall. Then I wrapped the entire frame with strips of torn muslin.

I sewed on sections of fabric and lace from my scrap bin, added some kewl buttons and...

I ended up with this... I was pretty happy with the outcome.

This is from the side. I wanted you to see how I sewed some of the scraps inside the frame and some on the outside of the frame... it really worked for that tattered effect I was after.

I have been up to a few more projects too! I think I mentioned I was working on a major redo of my studio so here is a sneek peek.

and this is a peek and one of the projects that I am working on too. This is a before glimpse however. I will be posting the before and after of all the projects soon!