Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bluepie Cafe....

Experimenting with watercolors.....so- if there were a Bluepie Cafe, this is what is may look like....
ummm...maybe someday!
 I would imagine it as a unique cozy  place for sharing ideas, art, writing, tea, coffee, music, good wine, ethnic snacks, poetry, good books and friends...what's not to like at the Bluepie Cafe?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Read all about it!

         Every once in a while, I get sidetracked and start a new project. Well, of course, this is nothing new!
A few months ago, the brain cells kicked in with an idea for using old newspapers. I used to work at the New York Times and love newspapers! So, I came up with making placemats from them with old or new articles. I started calling them "Convo" PlaceMats or "Read all about it".  But I am still not sold on what to call them. However, they are very cool in my opinion anyway. And, everyone I've showed them to or given as gifts loves them.  I have used all different themes and each one has a front and a back. Some continue the article on the other side.  So, while you are eating your meal, you also have something to read!
They are stuffed a bit to make them sturdy, sewn  along the edge with a zigzag stitch and covered with a special plastic coating to make it waterproof.
Of course, I will be expanding on this idea too and making these from other pieces like children's art work, vintage maps, poetry, artwork, homework papers with an A+, old taverns, travel, history etc. whatever- the list is endless.

And they are really fun to make too. If you want me to make one for you, just let me know and I'll see what I can come up with. I will be collecting more papers and more ideas in the months to come. I welcome any ideas from you too..
Here are a few I've made already: (click on pic to enlarge)