Getting Crafty

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It’s that time of the year when the crafty bubbles over. It’s fun to try new things when it’s a little too chilly or snowy to do much outside. I’m always cruising Pinterest for new and fun ideas. Recently, I saw small sea turtle jewelry blanks on Etsy and thought these could make perfect gifts for the beach, lake, and sea loving people. It’s also a nice reminder of summer 🙂 Once I receive them, I will share the finished pieces with you. Just in case you want to try, I have attached three of the craft circles I made for the jewelry blanks. Click below on the pdf link.

  1 inch Craft Circles

Also, on Pinterest, I have been eyeballing the cutest Peg People. When I was little, one of my favorite toys were the Little People. I am probably dating myself, but any chance to feel like a kid again, I’m game. I purchased a few peg people blanks and this winter, I am going to put together a few families.

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Yesterday, I created one peg girl.  I could not decided if I wanted to use paint, paint pens, or colored pencil. This poor peg person has every element possible, my test peg (I spent an hour smashing all the colors together like a kid). I really enjoyed creating this little peg, and now she has become my peg on a shelf, although she isn’t any where near a quality piece nor polished (no sanding or seal). I have also decided to try a wood burner to make the lines so I’ll have to let you know how this winter project goes. 

I hope everyone is having fun creating, preparing, and making plans with family and friends for a wonderful season of love and joy.

With much love,

Lisa

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12 Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas by Lismore Paper

It’s officially the start of the holiday season! I hope all of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, had a very blessed day. We had a wonderful holiday with family, of course we ate way too much. My mom sent us home with my favorite Christmas cookies. We have been busy cleaning out gardens before they go to sleep beneath feet of snow, and decorating for Christmas. I will share some more of our holiday decor here later this week and on Instagram.

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted some festive planner stickers for my bullet/holiday planner. These are great to use for planners, bullet journals, calendars, cards, and crafts. Please feel free to use this digital collage sheet, The Twelve Days of Christmas, for personal use. They print out on (1) 8.5 x 11 inch paper, but this PDF can easily be modified to your paper size of choice.

Twelve Days of Christmas by Lismore Paper

I’m excited to see the decorations, the traditions, and the joy you share this holiday season. I wish all of you happiness during this season.

With much love,

Lisa

 

 

Art and Medicine

Art based on Science. Medicine is an art. Brilliant people in history have spoken about the importance of the arts within science. Albert Einstein ingeniously stated, “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.”

For me, it is an art form near and dear to my heart (no pun intended :). When I worked as a Firefighter and Paramedic, the love of medicine, not to mention staring countless hours at anatomical art (diagrams) is how we learned. When I see the vibrant colors and fine details in the intricate drawings, it brings back many memories. That is why I create medical art today.

This week, my husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We worked on the same department, I assisted the instructor in his First Responder class. It was in that class, over anatomy diagrams and medical acronyms that we bonded, forming a friendship. We experienced many things together that gave us a deeper appreciation of life and trust. I still have the medical art that we used to teach that class a little over 22 years ago. It’s where my adult life began.

Today, I created a paper that mimics red blood cell travel through the body. I am a science geek, I just can’t help it. Anatomy of humans, animals, medicinal plants make me long to keep learning. I love medical ephemera and chemical compounds in medicine that heal us. Medicinal plants are extraordinary. Some of these pieces will eventually make it to the Lismore Paper Co. site early next year.

I made this today, with the paper I created. I thought I would use it for a journal cover or clip art for another project. It is set on an antique chemical compound chart, tea stained paper, and a silhouette of a human heart, stethoscope from the early 1900’s, and line art of normal sinus rhythm. Please feel free to use it for personal use.

Heart Art 8 x 10

With much love and happy holidays,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephemera Love

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I LOVE ephemera! Actually any vintage graphic that I can add to or modify by sketching or correcting. Restoring anything vintage is what I love to do (as long as it is public domain).
Ephemera are items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc. They are now widely used in art journals, printables, atc’s, cards, etc. The typography is beautiful and usually needs a little love, but it is worth the time to restore.
I have been making Christmas paper for Lismore Paper. I especially love the holidays, but have set aside some great little treasures for Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to not lose track of what holiday your supposed to be concentrating on. 🙂
To kick off the holiday season, I am posting this Christmas Paper made by Lismore Paper Co. Vintage ephemera can have a slight blur to it from the printing process back then, but it is still so beautiful and when you add countless layers of  paper with it, the image blooms into something new.
Vintage Girl with Berries for Christmas 8 x 10 JPEG
With much love,
Lisa

Free Halloween Printables

 

Grinning carved, candlelit pumpkins flicker in the night.

Werewolves howl as trick-or-treaters scream in delight.

Witches brew their finest dragon breath brood..

Zombies in an ugly mood

Darkness and dread fills a Banshees cries.

Green monsters with thirteen eyes.

Ghost and goblins dance under the moonlight.

Cloaked in darkness hungry vampires bite.

Ghouls wander in cemeteries, robbing a freshly dug grave.

Bats by the millions fly from their cave.

Shadows lurk, scary monsters hide just out of sight.

Spooky houses invite neighbors with a single porch light.

Happy haunting to all,

but watch where you call.

Hairy, black spiders spin their invisible weave.

don’t become their treat on All Hallows Eve!

A bit of Halloween fun. Free printables for personal use. Fits on 8.5 x 11 paper – 8 x 10 image. Click below to save and print 🙂 For more printables visit LismorePaperCo.com

Happy Halloween 8 x 10 PDF

Trick or Treat 8 x 10 PDF

Happy Halloween!

With much love,

Lisa

Free printables for personal use offered by Lismore Paper. Co.

Poem copyright by Lisa@Lismore.

Haunted

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I adore Halloween. This time of year, I often am taken back to my first job. It was seasonal, just for the month of October. My high school had an advertisement to work the haunted house located in the Holly Hotel, it was the next city over from where I lived. My friend and I decided it would be a perfect and fun way to make a little money.

I have to say, I was really excited with the thought of being a scarer at the restaurant filled with its own resident ghosts. There is a long and rich history of this historic hotel site. The entire block has stories of ghosts and happenings along what is dubbed “Battle Alley”. Check out their site, Holly Hotel to meet some of their resident ghosts. Unfortunately, they have discontinued the haunted house on the third floor ages ago, probably due to insurance reasons. All of the pictures on this post are from their site.

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When we arrived, we (potential scarers) were ushered to the second floor to fill out an application, show proof we were able to work, and hired on the spot. We sat, getting to know each other. There were about twenty of us in total. Everyone was from the surrounding school districts. About half of us faced the double door to the hallway and the other half faced the street with a few, fairly large, windows with heavy drapes covering the windows. The room was filled with teenage noise that immediately stopped when a drape opened slightly as if someone was looking down at the street below. Problem was, there was nobody pulling back that drape. I remember looking at the shock on the others faces and thinking this was going to be pretty cool. I don’t know if it was a set-up or not, or if it was just one of the resident ghosts, but we were about to join their side.

For the month, I worked side by side with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, chain saw massacre man, Freddie, mad scientist, and zombies. Scaring all kinds of people who dared to enter the third floor. StarsWe had an encounter or two at the stairway with what we thought was a ghost, but it was really hard to tell when you are playing one yourself. I like to think that the resident ghosts enjoyed themselves during that month. Who knows, maybe they were able to show themselves from time to time.

It was an incredible experience I will never forget. I always laugh, telling people it was the best job I ever had. I made friends that I would not have met unless I had this opportunity. The Holly Hotel is an absolute wonderful place any time of the year, but it holds a special place in my heart.

To those of you who celebrate Halloween, or take the kiddos Trick or Treating, remember the Teal Pumpkin Project make great memories, have a safe and fantastic Halloween!!

With much love,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

Free Botanical Printable from Lismore Paper Co.

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I love botanicals! My favorites have an aged paper appearance or printed on aged/stained paper. This weekend we had the opportunity to appreciate the spectacular colors that lit the foliage for the season finale. In my next post, I will share a few of the pictures I captured on a quick trip to Houghton Lake, MI. Many of the trees and botanicals are now at full color and just holding on by a thread. 

This printable captures that hue of color that the season blesses us with. The botanical print has a tea-stain paper overlay that gives it a nice vintage flair. Attached is a PDF of the print above. 

Hydrangea tea 8 x 10 PDF

I hope you enjoy all the season has to offer! For more botanicals visit LismorePaperCo.com

With much love,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

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