Well, it’s true. Scrap Tales, the wonderful scrapbook store where I have worked for nearly nine years is closing its doors for good. The news just saddens us all who love this store. I started working there as a part-time employee and moved into manager/creative director shortly afterward.
Working in the industry has been a real joy which has enabled me to build my skills and my love for mixed-media. I’ve met some wonderful people in the industry and have made great friends through my position at the store. Scrap Tales provided me with a platform for teaching – something I never, ever thought I would do – only to discover it’s what I truly love! It’s the one aspect of the store that I will miss the most besides seeing my ‘family.’
I intend to continue teaching and am currently searching for venues. My dream would be to some day open a studio where we could hold classes, crops and other gatherings – oh yeah, I even have the name picked out – Pumpkin Moon Studio. But, the refrigerator died after the power outage we had this week and we had to go buy a new one, so it kicked me back to reality real quick!
I am teaching a cute little mini-book project at Scrapbook Peddler Sunday. “A day at the Zoo” is made with that gorgeous Zoology line from BoBunny. Students will use Ranger Distress Inks and Clear Crackle Paint, learn what it takes to stamp on acrylic, create hidden pocket pages from envelopes, use Ranger Perfect Pearls to create a patina on chipboard and to make a shimmer mist to spritz on paper and burlap and bind it all together into book form using the Cinch binding system. There were still a few openings when I checked Monday.
Ranger Ramblings Part I is also scheduled there for Wednesday, July 27. Contact Scrapbook Peddler to register for either class.
If you get a chance, stop in to Scrap Tales and say ‘hey’ before we’re gone; if you can’t make it in please keep in touch here!
Every year I look forward to the LACASA Garden Tour. In part because it’s amazing to think I played a role in the initial concept of a local garden tour that raises so much money for its programs each year, but more because I just love to stroll through nature – whether it be natural or altered – it’s all just so beautiful and calming.
I’ve always had a love of dirt. One of my favorite memories as a child is following the tractor in my bare feet as my dad plowed up a few acres of soil. I can still smell it and feel the fresh cool dirt squishing under my bare feet. Then came the sitting at the edge of the garage and snapping beans with Ma. I remember bushel baskets of beans fresh picked from the garden and we’d just sit there with the garage open and snap the ends off getting them ready for canning.
I went through my phase of gardening and canning and still love the concept – but not so much the work. I know how much work is involved in creating a beautiful garden and I really don’t possess that kind of dedication or ambition. But I can truly appreciate the time and effort these owners have put into their gardens. Every year I am just amazed at the beauty of the LACASA gardens.
I must say my favorite garden this year is the Allgood garden. It’s owners really have a knack for mixing found items with plant life – very eclectic! It was such a happy place to visit. It’s where I took the most photos – gathering ideas for my garden – or should I say my garden journals. I think I’ll continue to just enjoy the efforts of others before going home and settling under the shade tree with a book and cold drink.