Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oh, this is our old site!

We are all new and we are over here now!  Feed the Birdies has its own domain.  Come see us!  

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's excruciating...

...how bad I miss my kids.  Today is one of those days where I want to hug all three until I can't hug them any tighter.  And I want to touch their faces and kiss those cheeks and tell them how proud I am to be their momma.  The little miss is here for me to do that.  Soon I will get to hug the boys to the moon and back....if only for a short time.  And I can tell them that everything is ok, and that change is good, and that I'll always love them and always take care of them no matter what.  And then they go back to school and I wait until the day and hour I can touch their faces and squeeze them again.  They are great big boys now, but I'm still the momma, and they still hang the stars in the sky, and they still are the best big brothers a little sister can have.

There's a lot of change going on around here.  But after all is said and done, it's a good change.  It's shifting our focus from "stuff" to experience, and bringing us all closer together, literally and figuratively.  Even though it seems like stability is on shaky ground, it's not; moving from place to place and shifting from wants to needs is not so bad after all.  Crossing out goals and making new ones together has been wonderful.  Yes, that saying that God won't give you more than you can handle...sometimes it seems like it can't get any worse and you are going to break, but then you realize perspective isn't always the truth either.  When you see new light shed on your family, the good comes out and you get so excited you can hardly wait for the next step.  We are going to be just fine.  Do you hear that, world?  Just fine.  In case you were wondering.

I had jury duty today.  My trials seem small compared to what the defendant has been facing and will face in the coming days while his fate is decided by 12, of which I am not a part of.  There are much greater trials, I know, than what we have faced the past month.  And reality for this man, a child, really, is being decided in the courts.  I can only imagine how his momma feels right now.  How his family feels.  How the victims and their families feel.  That is what excruciating must feel like to them.  I don't know how they can stand it.

I guess with all of this rambling, what I mean to say is that I know who holds the future.  So I will pray for my family, for my kids, and for our adventure.  And I will pray for the trial that I witnessed the beginning of today, and for all the parties involved.  And I will be...am...thankful that it won't be so long until my kids are all home again, and I know that what we are doing is right.

Hug your babies tight.  Every day.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Using Vintage Papers in your Silhouette Cameo

Disclaimer:  This was a trial and error process more than a tutorial, but the results are great!

I have been wanting to try cutting vintage papers in my Silhouette Cameo for some time now.  I kind of shy away from doing this because some of them are quite fragile and I suppose they would tear.  Today I rummaged through the stash to find some to use on a project I am making to donate to the heARTS for ART silent auction in a few weeks. 

I found pieces of a map, and old hymnal, a book, and a heavier stationery (remember the old current Just-A-Notes?) and placed them on a seasoned cutting mat; one that was not quite as sticky as the other.  I overlapped them some as they are thin papers.

I chose the "4 bag tags" and "5 banner flag set" for simple shapes to experiment with.   I also left lots of white space just in case my papers weren't placed exactly as they should be.

I set my machine to cut printer paper in size 12X12,  set the blade at 2, and loaded the cutting mat. 

This is how I place the paper on the mat:

 When I sent it to the Silhouette to cut, I ran into a few problems:
1.  The paper that was overlapped caused the blade to get caught and vibrate.
2.  It tore part of the paper.

So I cancelled the cut and peeled up what I could salvage:

Not too much of a mess, until I tried to remove the more fragile papers, and then this happened.

Woops.  But, no worries...I decided to use that little mishap to my advantage.  I got the Pick Me Up tool and used the scraper to get a good part of this mess off, but left some for good measure.  ;)  My thinking was that if the papers I add next weren't completely adhered to the cutting mat, I might have better luck with some cutting, and I was right. 

I set up the machine again and changed the shapes to the "two layer bird" and the "tea cup hearts" and this time, I put a bit more sturdy dictionary pages on the mat.  I did not overlap the pages either, but placed them one next to the other.  Be sure to get your shape measurements right if you do this, so as not to cut one shape on two pages. 

The blade and paper settings stayed the same for this cut.   See how there are pieces of the previous cut still on the mat? 

 And after the cut: 

I love them!  I think the tea cup in print is so precious.  The birdie will be cute on a baby card. 

There you have it! I have more papers to play with that I will share later.  I'll also share what I make with these in the next post.  I'm willing to try more types of papers if you have some ideas.  Let me know! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

She's back!

I knew I couldn't stay away forever, but the break was much needed and very much appreciated.  I have some catching up to do. 

Do you ever wish you could put down your darn phone long enough to do something else on your goal list?  I've struggled with that a lot, lately.  Even reading a book is a chore.  Well, not a chore...it's a chore to get off the phone apps and then read a book. 

Let's see...so, my book....I'm reading A Discovery of Witches...it's quite intriguing. 

And I'm watching Dallas.  Did you know I drive right by Southfork Ranch on my way to and from work?  It's pretty awesome when they are out filming.  I know what sign to look for at the driveway...they think they are being sneaky...to know whether they are filming or not.  I just wish I could have met Larry Hagman before he died.  I really wanted to. 

I'm making some found paper books.  Oh, and I have some neat vintage postage stamps that are becoming tags, buntings, and cute little party pretties.

I've been working with a special group of friends to plan the second annual HeARTS for ART event.  It's going to be quite fun! 

Hmmmm...what else?  It's January here and it was 76 degrees today, but now a big storm is blowing through and it will be in the 50s tomorrow.  What?  No snow?  We did have a white Christmas.

The kitties and the dog say hello.  Did you miss them?  

Crazy eyes. 

Well, it's a dark and stormy night.  I'm hoping I get something accomplished.  It's good to be back.  XOXO.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

You can find me here....

All good things must come to an end, and I needed a fresh start.  So, if you want to follow along, you can find me here....right over here.  Just click.  You'll see us.  We'll drive "your" nuts.  That's what my son used to say, anyway. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Vintage Paper Stash...*photo heavy!*

I've been collecting vintage papers and cards and ephemera since William and I started going to estate sales about 8 years ago.   Cards...invitations...old checkbooks (before they had account numbers on them...what?), receipts, plane tickets, game pieces, playing cards, recipe cards, magazines...whew...should I keep going?  Children's books, postage stamps, old photographs and albums, cookbooks, decorating books....you get the idea.  If it's made of paper, I scout it.  If it stinks, I leave it (most of the time).  If it's stained, I usually toss it (I've pitched lots of envelopes too...who wants to lick an old envelope?  haha...) 

So...here you go!  These pictures only give you a GLIMPSE of what I have.  I'll let the pictures do the talking...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vintage Paper Ideas from Around the Web

Tomorrow, Monday, I am finally going to show you my stash.  The WHOLE thing.  I was going through all of my vintage paper and found so, so much.  So much I had forgotten about, and so much that I can't wait for you to see.  In my Vault posts, I've been sharing pieces that I only have one or two of and can't part with, but I have tons to share in my shop, and projects to go with them.

Feed the Birdies is finally going to be what I truly intended it to be when I first started the blog, a vintage paper queen's story, projects, scrapbooking, and journaling, amidst the all the collecting! 

To whet your appetite until I reveal the whole collection of papers I have, I found some oh, so cute, ideas around the web that I wanted to show you.  Your vintage papers don't have to be saved in a folder or crammed in drawers to live out their lives...you can USE them. 

The first comes from Tricia at Leafy Treetop Spot: Made by Me. Shared with You.  She created these tiny, useful card wallets from scrapbook paper and vintage paper...of course my eyes went straight to the vintage paper.  Here is her tutorial.  And here are two that I loved. 

(photos from Tricia's blog)

I've read Saturday Morning Vintage for a long time; she finds awesome papers.  She has hosted scrap pack challenges before and I love some of the projects she features, like this vintage paper art and this vintage paper book.

(I want that chalkboard.  Ha.) Photos from Saturday Morning Vintage.

And, the best for last...these vintage Halloween masked portraits as seen on Design Sponge crack.me.up.  So funny!  I know what I'm hanging up when the goblins come out.  :)

See you tomorrow!  Little miss is headed to VBS so I have a whole week to craft and blog!  
And clean.  Yuck. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Vault: Snapshots (vintage printable pictures)

The vault opened up today instead of Wednesday.  ;)  Here are some awesome vintage snapshots that I love.  The grass skirt man was taken in 1937 and the story on the back reads, "June 21, 1937--Try this on your (unreadable)? Just a few minutes before the Dr. took the cast off.  Think it's cute?  In our back yard looking west--steps leading to chicken pen--also to Nelly the goat."  Haha!  So funny... I love it when there are stories that go with the photos that we find.  I wonder why he had a cast?  Did he have back surgery?  Was it his wife that took the picture?  And I wonder why she put what the steps lead to? 

I love the mug of the lady too.  I bet it was a school snapshot gone bad, and it had to be redone.  I don't know that for sure, but it's fun to imagine, isn't it? 

The little green man is a sleeve that some old photos came in.  He's cute.  You could order three 4X6 enlargements on heavy portrait paper.  I guess that size was a new thing. :)

Enjoy!  Click this link to print them. 

How Feed the Birdies flew in....

Once upon a time two little boys ate Happy Meals in the middle seat of a Ford minivan. Not quite willing to eat the last few fries, they launched them out the door screaming, "feed the birdies!!" And so my journal of a road through motherhood and wifedom, with a little bit of crafting on the side...where everybirdy gets a french fry. And we're all happy about it.