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Ken Oliver at home in Newburgh . . .

There is a special announcement at the end of this post.

But first . . . 

Judy, Nancy, Timi and I had a great day visiting with the talented Ken Oliver in his new hometown of Newburgh Indiana. That adorable town is the cutest Norman Rockwell-esque town I've been to in a long time. Friendly and inviting with amazing architecture, we wanted to walk around and take in the history of this river city.

But first . . . a visit to Ken's way-cool apartment. To say his new residence is charming is an understatement. Think early 1900's, 2 floors including his attic artist loft, filled with beautiful collections and antiques. And he's not finished decorating as he just moved there a few weeks ago. I'm a little green.

Take a look for yourself:

Ken and Nancy N sitting on antique chairs in Ken's 2nd floor apartment.

There is a staircase behind them that will

take one from the street level to Ken's.

Love that original brick wall.

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This gorgeous (working) wood fireplace is on the opposite wall.

I think the star in the brick means

a crafting genius lives there.

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 Be still my heart . . . the pieces Ken has are so perfect for this space.

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From the living room you walk through a short hallway

that displays these beauties.

See that slat board on the right wall? It's authentic worm wood!

The staircase behind the wall clock leads to his studio.

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The kitchen:

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and then the bedroom (no photos there - sorry).

From the bedroom, you walk through a doorway

that leads to a wooden deck

complete with reading chairs, a birdhouse, herbs, tomato plants and more.

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Then, the pièce de résistanc

Ken's studio:

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Ken and Nancy N at Ken's work table with all that delicious natural light flooding in.

There's a beautiful view of the Ohio River from those windows.

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After a tour of Ken's we enjoyed lunch at 

Edgewater Grille

along with their delicious homemade bread.

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What a wonderful weekend with friends.

And now (drum roll please) . . . 

Pretty Possibilities with Prima

Join Ken Oliver @ For Keeps Sake

Saturday, July 12

1 pm ~ 4 pm

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for an exciting mixed media tag class

created especially for 

For Keeps Sake customers

with brand new products from Prima.

In this class you'll create 4 beautiful tags using

Prima's gorgeous recently released

Stationers Desk paper line.

Plus you'll get to try out Prima's leading edge

Color Blooms Spray Mists.

This will be a really fun hands-on class that combines

paper crafting with mixed media techniques

taught by an expert.

Explore the possibilities of Prima as Ken

guides you through techniques.


Reservations required.

Limited Seating

Make your reservations by calling

For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

St. Louis MO


Workshop Fee: $30


What's old is new again . . .

It's so nice to go on vacation with a bunch of paper supplies and wile away the hours . . . 

Book 1

Maya Road book; Memory Box 6x6 paper pad;

tags; 7 Gypsies transparencies and ephemera; Prima flowers

and other miscellaneous goodies found in my stash.

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Book 3

No shopping trips were harmed in the making of this book.

Bill was happy!

Using my stash . . .

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A little of this and a lot of that: K&Co; Kimberly Hodges; Tim Holtz; old tags; Glitz transparencies; ribbon; Cosmo Cricket; Farmhouse chipboard book. This was a fun and very quick book to put together.


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Home again, home again . . .

After planning, sending and escorting thousands of people to Branson in my travel days, I never thought I would be vacationing there. But that's where Bill and I have been the past week. Relaxing is the best way to describe the time there. We stayed off the beaten path. Bill fished while I scrapped and then we shopped, antiqued and ate great meals the rest of the time.

Here's a few pages of another mini I was able to complete:

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Finis . . .

In my quest to finish the insides of the mini books I've started, this week's book brought to you by . . . 

Crossing California

That was the title of the original book.

I took out the innerds and put in a binding that Laura Denison made famous called

Stack The Deck.

You might remember this cover created for a guest spot on

Stencil Girl Stencils.

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Here's a few of the inside pages:

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I added envelopes, tags and what-not between the stack-the-deck pages.

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These pages flip and fold-out:

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I'm (back) into transparencies:

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On to the next mini:


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