Buzzy Bees

Buzzy Bees

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Karen came over today and look what she made for me! I picked out the design and she put it together for me. Isn't it cute? Reminds me of Mary Engelbreit's cherries! I have a tiny cherry punch that we used to punch twice -- once for the green stem and leaf and again for the red cherries. CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sad News

I received this in my email box this morning:

Guess What?

Guess what I got in the mail from my friend across the pond? Thanks, Lakeslady, you made my day! :)
And I heard on the grapevine that a scrapbook expo is heading our way. October 3-4, 2014. Click here for more info! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Art Museum Field Trip

My husband's nephew is really into reptiles and Greek and Roman history and while he was up in the city visiting his grandparents this summer, we invited him to a day of museum and nature center field trip tours. He had never visited an art museum before, so we took him to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and spent several hours there. They have built onto the museum and have much more to go through then the last time we visited with our son back in our homeschooling days. If you decide to visit, be sure to grab a map at the door, because you can easily get lost in there! If you have ever visited a hospital and gotten lost, you will surely understand what I mean! *smile*

I was hoping to be inspired by all the great artwork because I had been invited to a shoebox card party. In the end, I made "happy mail" business-sized envelopes as sample/door prizes using one of Tim Holtz's techniques that he uses on his tags called "Wrinkle-free Distress." Sorry, I don't have a sample for you to see of the ones I made, since every one of them went home with new owners, but they were just like the tags using his second technique displayed in the video below. I also used similar stamps in black ink on the front and backs of the envelopes, then filled them with little goodies to use on cards. I believe everyone enjoyed theirs, 'cause I heard lots of oohs and ahs when they ripped them apart! *wink* It was almost like Christmas!

For your info, sometime ago, I posted a link list of Midwestern Art Museums. I haven't visited many of these, but thot I might throw it out there if you would be interested. I believe my hubby's nephew enjoyed himself and got lots of walking in. I poohed out after the art museum and the Mo. Conservation Discovery Center, so I sat in the car while they visited the Lakeside Nature Center. After all that walking, we were starving, so we went to a little Greek restaurant my hubby knows about and had some very good food. Afterwards he bought us a variety of heavenly baklava for dessert. All of it was so GOOD! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

News abt. Archivers

Archiver's Announcement

Postscript: Back in February, I announced the stores were closed as of February 16, 2014. However, when recently weeding my Facebook page, I clicked on Archivers and was surprised that their Facebook page had not been closed. I enquired and this is the reply I received:

Archiver's wrote: "Dolores J. Rush, the retail stores closed in February. The website was sold to new ownership and Archiver's will operate as an online-only store going forward!"

So if you like their stuff, here's your opportunity to purchase through their online store!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Magazine Art

Lately, I've been keeping busy with sharing information with new-to-me relatives who have found a couple of the little biographies on my History Nut blog, extracting and transcribing old magazines for the Missouri State Genealogy Association Journal, which by the way, the first in a series of articles called "Missouri Contributors to National Women's Magazines" has been published in the newest issue (Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, 2014)

and contributing scans of old magazine covers and advertisements to a magazine website called Magazine Art which I found at Pinterest.
Look under "New" for the ones I have contributed so far to Michael Ward's website (June 17, 2014 date). It has links to the various covers and advertisements that I have shared with him. Mike is also a family historian so he understands the need to preserve and reproduce old print and artwork such as that found in periodicals (magazines, newspapers), ledgers, books, and other ephemera for use in one's artwork. He also has links to books on magazine design and famous American illustrators for high school homeschoolers who would like to do a unit study for an art history or graphic design credit. 

Mike said when he was of high school age, he stumbled across 4 volumes of old Century magazines at a library sale, loved the illustrations and was hooked. He has a large collection of magazines pre-1950 and a very understanding wife.
About 2002, he began scanning the magazine covers and putting them online for people to see.  A few years later he began putting the ads online as well. His goal is to interest and amuse his website viewers, and educate them about this almost-lost part of our cultural history.
Soon I will be designing a new mobile phone pocket for my mother as she has requested a few more in other colors and designs, so be sure to come back for a look-see. Have a great week!