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The Alchemist Compass – Part 4

Hey everybody, we’re in the home stretch for the Alchemist Compass project. At the end of Part 3, I just finished ‘altering’ the compass. I might go back and add a layer of clear coat over the grid paper and jewels as I’ve done on other compass projects.  We’ll see. I want to keep the… Continue reading The Alchemist Compass – Part 4

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The Alchemist Compass – Part 2

Am I the only one who goes into their craft room and comes out minutes, hours, days later wondering what happened?  I think craft rooms must be similar to worm holes in the universe – it’s magic in there! So, I’m in the process of turning a yard sale ring box and dime store compass… Continue reading The Alchemist Compass – Part 2

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The Alchemist Compass – Part 1

Hey everybody!  How’s your Summer going? This week I decided to make an Alchemist Compass.  I’ve made a couple of these before and really enjoyed the artistic journey.  These projects end up being small decorative items you can add as an accent to a coffee table or office desk but though they are small they’re… Continue reading The Alchemist Compass – Part 1

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Shabby Chic Jewelry Box/Stash Chest

How’s everyone’s summer going?  I can answer in one word: FAST!  This summer I’ve been trying to expand my territory for where I find Vintage and Antique treasures to list in my Etsy shop Old Raven, as well as, finding those “raw” treasures that will be the springboard for a new altered art project for… Continue reading Shabby Chic Jewelry Box/Stash Chest

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Antique Gillott Nib Boxes – Pretty Irresistible

TWO WEEKS !  I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted.  I don’t know how you daily posters do it.  (slaps hand to forehead as a sign of frustration) So what have I been doing?  Nibs.  Gillott nibs to be exact mixed in with my love of little boxes.  A few years back… Continue reading Antique Gillott Nib Boxes – Pretty Irresistible

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Antique 1880’s Pressboard File Drawers

Sunshine and Spring wishes to you all! Yesterday I made time to visit a crafting recycle store and was treated to an amazing surprise.  14 Antique document file drawers made of pressboard. Pressboard is a sturdy rigid paperboard stock with a smooth, distinctive finish which has a marbleized look – you’ve probably seen it before as… Continue reading Antique 1880’s Pressboard File Drawers

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Dip Pen, Nib Storage and Organizer

Hey everybody – YEAH – Spring gave us a little teaser this weekend here in Boise, Idaho and boy did it feel GREAT! I took it as a personal reward for completing a project I’ve been working on – a nib organizer. Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly getting into calligraphy, you know,… Continue reading Dip Pen, Nib Storage and Organizer