Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Ouija Board

photo copyright 2015Talking Board Society Inc. 

OuijaCon is happening this weekend in beautiful Baltimore. Sadly, I won't be attending but my Ouija and Planchette necklaces will be there! Rosemary Ellen Guiley will be wearing her necklace and Nora Custer Designs will have a small selection for sale as well. If you want to get one there, stop by and see Nora first thing!!!
Talking Board Pendants and Planchettes by Spectral™

What is OuijaCon you ask? OuijaCon is the Talking Board Historical Society Inc.'s inaugural event . They will be celebrating the history and legend of the Ouija board with some of the worlds foremost authorities. There will be lectures, workshops, a temporary museum, vendors and the chance to converse with other talking board enthusiasts. Guests include Robert Murch, Chip Coffey, John Zaffis, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, and many more!

Find out more about the events and pricing on the OuijaCon event page. You can buy a one day pass that gives you access to everything happening that day.

Artsy Clothes Patterns for Artsy Ladies

New Vogue Sewing Patterns were released a few days ago. While some people are really HATING on them, I find myself loving the avant garde influences. So much so I'm putting ALL of these on my pattern wish list! 

First up is this super elegant top/skirt pattern Vogue 1451 by Donna Karan
This is a real statement outfit, perfect for a gallery opening. I am so in love with the uneven mermaid flare skirt and the asymmetrical top.  I think this would look great on all sizes, and it's first on my "to buy" list.

This is on the "maybe" list. While I LOVE this sundress Vogue 1446 by Rebecca Taylor, I know sewing all those pintucks would drive me batty!! And check out the gorgeous back!!!

  Regardless of the pintucks and all that piecing in the back, I am lusting after it and what to try it! LOL

This pretty one is Very Easy by Vogue, Vogue 9100. It's the perfect retro sun dress.
I love this because not only is it Very Easy, it includes separate pattern pieces for A-D cups!!! No need to do a massive FBA on this lovely dress. And I LOVE this fabric, wish I could find it too!

I LOVE the top in this Sandra Betzina Pattern Vogue 1452
The pattern includes palazzo pants as shown. Not so sure I like the combo together, but I would like to try the pants pattern as well in a plain fabric. 

I also love the simplicity of this 20's inspired dress V9102
The dress has a slim version as well as this one with godets. I have three or four small pieces of vintage border print fabric that I've been saving. They are too small for a dress but would perfect as godets. Also, I LOVE the perfect chevron piecing on this, and want to try this as well. 

During the MANY summer days here when it's too danged hot and humid to wear clothes, (no central air in our house, UGH!) I think this lovely flowy tunic dress V9107 in silk would be perfect.

Last but certainly not least, is this Marcia Tilton V9112 Miyake inspired tent dress. 

I love the 60's style funnel neck, I love the piecing, the shaped hemline and the way it flares. I'm NOT so sure it would look as cute as a dress on someone my size, but this length on me is a tunic. I can do tunic. 

I love buying patterns but never seem to have the fabric I want. I really need to go to NYC for a couple of days and shop.  I miss Discount Fabrics in San Francisco, they had EVERYTHING. My only options here are Joann and Walmart, boohoo. 

What's on your Spring/Summer sewing list?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More Festive Holiday Crafts-Pink Printable Tree by Claudine Hellmuth

photo ©2013 Claudine Hellmuth

While doing a little blog reading, I saw this adorable FREE printable tree from my friend Claudine.  I love it and it goes perfectly with my holiday color scheme this year. They are so adorable!  Print and use as is or add a bit of glitter/glue on some sequins if you want a bit more sparkle.   I'm going to make a few and decorate the mantel with them and maybe hang a few on the big tree. 

You can visit Claudine's blog HERE to see more of her retro art and other adorable print outs to purchase.   She also has a free printable gift box you can customize too! THANK YOU Claudine for the awesome retrofabulous goodies!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tis the Season To Start Decorating!

 The Saint John 2103 holiday tree done up in pinks and light aqua.

I know it's a bit early to put up the tree, but I wanted to have a longer holiday season this year.  We usually put it up a couple weeks prior to Christmas but we could use a little extra CHEER this year. I got a white tree a couple of years ago and love it!!! I use to have a vintage aluminum one but my old cats use to eat it. NOT GOOD!  I also have a small pink one for my studio I will be putting up this weekend.  Every year we decide a different color scheme, this year its pastel pinks, aqua and silver.   I need to get a different tree topper because this one gets lost with all the pastel colors.  I don't have a lot of vintage ornaments in these pastel colors but the new plain globes are timeless.  

I started looking for some vintage ornament inspirations and came across a pattern for a vintage looking felt deer ornament on the Thrift Store Crafter Blog. It's SOOOO retro I let out a loud SQUEEE! when I saw it. Luckily, I had pink wool felt so whipped up this pretty little deer head.  

I cut out a few more I need to make this week as gifts.  For some reason I am having a HARD time finding a good, pale aqua felt!  Maybe next year I'll find some in time.  This pattern is pretty easy to do and great as a tween/teen craft too.  You can find the pattern HERE.  She also has a number of other fun vintage inspired felt ornament patterns up including Alistair the Penguin, and this ADORABLE Blue Bird (which I'll be stitching up next!) 
photo ©2013 Thrift Store Crafter

I think next years tree will be all vintage look hand made felt ornaments. If I start NOW I should have enough to fill the tree come Christmas 2014!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hauntingly Wonderful Halloween Goodies!

It's hard to believe Halloween is just two weeks away!!  I still haven't made or sent out any cards-YIKES!

I have been busy working on some Halloween jewelry and a collage sheet. I meant to do more collage sheets, but time has flown by!

I created a "Halloween Hotties" digital collage sheet, only $1.75!  Buy one here and get busy crafting those Halloween party invites, ATC trades, or Halloween jewelry tonight! The watermarks will not appear on your sheet. 

I also have three ADORABLE Muerto Doll necklaces looking for homes! The series is called "Calavera Cuties", each is unique and colorful. 
The middle one is Catrina and you can read more about her here. 

And now it's back to the lab, to create more Halloween goodies!!!!

Friday, September 06, 2013

New Vintage Ephemera Collage Sheets for Instant Download!

I've listed four new collage sheets in the Saints and Sinners shop!! There are four different pages from a vintage french seed catalog. The above image is for sheet #4 and is my favorite! It has morning glories and poppies on it, but each sheet is beautiful! 

 Each collage sheet will print out on a normal 8 1/2 by 11 size paper.  They make great cards, images for jewelry or scrapbooks.  Since it's a digital download, you can use regular paper, card stock or transparency!  I also have a number of other vintage French image sheets as well as the ever popular-steam punk themed sheets!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Muerto's Time!

image copyright 2013 Lisa Vollrath

Now that its September, I can start thinking about Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!!

jewelry by Barbe Saint John

The above photo is a teaser of a piece I have in the new 

Bad Influence October 2013: Day of the Dead Zine.

This issue is chock full of Muertos goodness! In this issue: Day of the Dead artwork by SL Scheibe, Carolyn Brady, Peace Schuyler, Corinne Stubson, Cindy Couling, Patti, Mark & Connor Mohrenweiser; playing card designs by Chris Ovdiyenko; photography by Keecia Buster; jewelry by Barbe Saint John (that's ME!); an interview with painter Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon about her Day of the Dead series; matchbox shrines and mixed media Day of the Dead portraits by Lisa Vollrath.

  Get your a copy of this festively fabulous Zine here:

Lisa also has some GREAT matchbox shrine kits on her site too!
photo and image copyright 2013 Lisa Vollrath/Ten Two Studios

I think these "Laughing Catrina's" are my favorite, but the others are adorable too. I'm gonna start looking for all those matchbox I have been keeping!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Need Vintage Mixed Media Supplies? I got some!

I have so many pretty vintage items that are yearning to be remade into something fabulous!
Pictured above is a lot of vintage 20s-60s beaded flowers. These make great jewelry or add to wreaths, assemblages, doll house gardens, accent photo frame, etc..  You can buy them HERE

And look at all this yumminess!!! Almost 3 pounds of vintage beads!
Some are high quality lucite, some are glass, some are ceramic, some plastic.  Lots of colors, shapes, and sizes to make all kinds of festive things!  See the entire lot HERE

And these quadruplets are looking to be adopted!

Cast from a antique Frozen Charlotte doll mold, these clear little ladies are very versatile!  Use in jewerly, attach to art journals, glue onto mosaics, etc.. You can back them with paper, paint them, drill them, epoxy them onto something, etc..  You can buy them HERE

I have a ton of other great vintage, mixed media, jewelry making supplies AND the Saints and Sinners Jewelry in the Saints and Sinners Destash Shop! Please stop by! Thanks!