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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Caravan of Gypsy Crafts

I had planned for this post to cover Mary's unbelievable craft studio, but I am still currently sorting through my photo's and gathering a few links. Instead I thought I would share what I made in her awe inspiring space. Our beautiful instructor was the truly gifted Tricia of Vintage Bliss. Each ladies album was dazzlingly different. Here is the cover of my Gypsy Boheme Voyage book.
I attached a ticket to the first page that provided free admission to crazyworld. I left room to admit some crazy photos and yes, they do exist. :)
The delightful and lovely Miss Billy Carter, an original gypsy, graces page four. (Thank you for the image Tricia!)
Next there is a page dedicated to the idea of a gypsy fortune teller. I wrote "What is your fortune in life? Love, Health, Happiness"
We had seven gypsies total in attendance. I wrote down each name.
The vintage hippo popcorn bag holds business cards of sweet shoppes and restaurants.
I had to have a peacock feather in the book as Mary's floral centerpiece featured these brilliant plumes.
Next up is a page inspired by Mindy, an attendee.

I plan on placing a photo of my flea market finds on the page entitled "Junk Gypsy". Don't worry, a post featuring my haul is coming up... along with a surprise.
The last page features a tag and more room for photos.
Here is the back cover of my album.
Our second project was this absolutely adorable tote bag featuring the Gypsy Boheme image. This is Miss Tricia's sweet bag.
My bag suffered an accessory malfunction that involved a can of Hawaiian punch during the long ride home. I really needed a new tote bag as I will be taking 3 classes this next semester and I find that keeping each class in a separate tote helps to keep me organized. So, I bought a new heavy duty pink tote (Wal Mart $2.46) and carefully cut out the image and sewed it onto the new bag. I also transferred all the yummy vintage trim that Tricia and Mary so lovingly provided.
While I was at it I added the image of Miss Billy onto the bag.


I placed a favorite image of a sweet Gypsy girl on the back of the tote.




Tricia is truly talented. She also created this cute candle and this beautiful necklace for me. Thank you so much!



My girl Mary had me select something from her shop to take home. I chose this piece of artwork as it reminded me of the Fashionista. It will go in her new apartment as it fits
the theme of a Forest Storybook Wonderland.



Thank you sweet ladies from the bottom of my big wheeled heart.
UPDATE: All images contained in this post are from my own personal collection. Copyright laws apply. These images are for private use only. For further information please contact me at arrangingelegance@hotmail.com Thank you!

41 comments :

Jenglamgirl said...

I don't have a favorite, because I LOVE THEM all! that cute crafty book, the bag with fringe, and that cute cute necklace! How fun!

Tricia Samsal said...

Luara, your pics are great. I love love you book, how it turned out. Love the new bag,too. Darn Hawaiian Punch!
HUgs, Tricia

Linda said...

Laura,
Everything is very cute!! I love the bag and especially the piece of artwork. Adorable.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Great inspiration from what looked like terrific fun. Love everything & the use of such unique items. Caught the old flash card!

FUN! Xx deb

Nancy said...

Hi Laura,
Love the pics! That tote is too cute!

Nancy

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura,

I love your book...it is so creative and so YOU!! I bet you had a great time making it. These classes sound like so much fun!!

Sorry about the original tote. But you carried on bravely!! Love the new one!!

Can't wait to see more pics!

xoxo
Jane

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That is simply gorgeous! How creative and inspiring.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

That book is just the sweetest!! Can tell you enjoyed your time so much-

blessings
mary

bj said...

O, I couldn't chose a favorite...I am in love with all of them...so creative..*sigh

LiLi M. said...

Oh you all must have had a fab time! It all looks amazing and so much fun! And the art work is so inspiring. Keep sakes of a most wonderful time, you lucky girl(s)!

Willow said...

I love the book. It was so cute and the memories.

Willow

ScrappinAway said...

Oohh I how I wish I could come play with you girls! Can't wait to see more and great job by the way!

Liz said...

What a great party! One that you come home with great stuff! How fun!
Your friend's home is absolutely darling. :)

~Liz

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Your book is so beautiful!

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like you had lots of fun. Love the pink tote bag. Mimi

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Laura,

What a lovely book and bag you made and what fun you must have had in making them.

Hugs
Carolyn

thatgirlblogs said...

happy SITS day!

Lisa Petrarca said...

I love them all! I'm jealous because I am SO NOT CRAFTY!

Congratulations on your SITS DAY!

Julie said...

The book is just beautiful :) Congrats on your featured SITS day!

SugarandSpice said...

I love that gypsy book! Hope all your other stuff is that FAB!! Off to check it out! Happy day in the sun:)

LeLe said...

What an exceptionally creative blog you have here... visiting from SITS. Congrats on being the FB today! Keep up the great works of art!

Mama Mel said...

What a cute book! Happy SITS Day! :) I'm sure it will be a great day!

BJ_Mama said...

The book is UNREAL! Very cool...but if I had to pic a second favorite...it woul dbe the necklace.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What's not to love about gypsies? Cool stuff and Happy SITS Day ; -)

Angela said...

What a beautiful book! Love your blog too :) Happy FB Day on SITS!!!

Thanks for a wonderful blog!

Eileen said...

Visiting from SITS. You are so incredibly talented!

Jen Sue Wild said...

you are so very talented.. I love your art..
Happy sits day ..

Lora said...

Wow, incredible stuff!
Happy SITS day, by the way :0) Beautiful blog.

Alluring Interiors said...

Wow...Unbelievable! Fantastic job!

JanMary said...

Beautiful - love the first bag.

Federica said...

So beautiful!
Stopping by from SITS!

Federica
http://sweet-as-a-candy.blogspot.com/

JennyMac said...

Adorable!

LORI said...

I LOVE THE BOOK, IT'S BEAUTIFUL! HAPPY SITS DAY TO YOU!

TuTu's Bliss said...

This is too cute! I love this kind of stuff.

bluecottonmemory said...

I love it all! Who did your blog design? It is so beautifull!

When Pigs Fly said...

Too bad the Hawaiin Punch ruined the first bag but love how you recovered. Have a great SITS day!

Peterson Family said...

Stopping in from SITS....I love these books! Too cute!! Now I want to make one!

Erin Bassett said...

Wow, so many good things in one post!! Love the book & that necklace is so adorable!

Nice to meet you via SITS!

Danielle Miller said...

The book is beautiful! I especially liked the way you used the flashcard. What a creative way to add a memory!

I'm here from SITS. And I'll be back! I sometimes feature artists on my blog. I'll let you know if/when I link to you.

Divine Mrs D said...

That album is AMAZING!!!!

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XO,
TFF