When we cannot travel, I like to shop. HOWEVER, shopping is not an option a lot of the time. Like everyone else, I have to watch my pennies (all those trips you know). Now here is the problem: when a girls wants to shop but she doesn’t want to spend any money, what does she do?
For me the solution is my wonderful art boxes!!! I have taken over a side of our kitchen and boxes of books from Stampington on multimedia art, paint brushes from China, a collection of pens and colored pencils sit next to a small box of alphabet letters. In the drawers and under my computer desk I keep other supplies. But I want you to know that I am a “paper bag” artist. Generally, a grocery bag artist if you can believe it. I discovered that I can do a dozen or more things with a paper bag and results are always good.
I use children’s water colors, Prang or what ever comes to my hand. Sometimes old coffee filters rinsed and dried are used and I create my own beautiful papers from card stock. Last Xmas I made 65 paper purses (an idea from Stampington) that served as centerpieces at my ladies golf club luncheon. Someone said at that time that my talents were wasted and I was so surprised. I love to give what I make away and do not have any in my house! Nothing has gone to waste!!!
On Sunday my husband and I were invited out for dinner. I bought a loaf of our wonderful neighborhood grocery rustic bread and bottle my husbands hand crafted vinegar along with some olive oil to take as a hostess gift. The bottles I used were empty glass water bottles that I decorated for the purpose. I discovered that by putting sticky glue on and applying embossing powder and using my blow tool, I could get a lovely effect on the outside. I then used a fine tip to apply gold paint and the same tool to dry it. It resembles gold thread when I do this. I have made very exotic bottles taking more time but in my world sometimes less is more!!!
After an afternoon of creating, the urge to shop goes away because I have something that I love in my hand! The local craft store gets a little business now and then but that is, for me, like buying groceries…not an extravagance but a necessity. Travel, writing, art and lastly, food. These are necessities and in the correct order.
Have a great day!!!