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Vintage Makeovers and a Collection of Oddities

In keeping with today’s vintage theme, I thought I would share the latest vintage Etsy treasuries from Box Full of Awesome. As always, just click the image to go to the actual treasury on Etsy. Enjoy!


Everything old is new again


We all have our quirks…

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Vintage Craft Monday : Booze & Electricity

Okay, kids, I know it’s been a while, but I’m back with another fantastic(ally awful) throwback craft! This one combines two great tastes that taste great together – booze (yum!) and electricity (zesty!).

So, let’s see here…well, I guess the first step is to empty a bottle of hooch (or some fancy Chianti, if you’re feeling all high-falutin’). I’m guessing that a bottle of Colt 45 (Premium Malt Liquor) would work in a pinch, but don’t quote me on that.

Okay, has everybody emptied their bottle?

Uh…hello? Hey, hey, you under the table…get up, it’s time to craft!

What? No, I don’t want to arm wrestle. We’re supposed to be making a lamp here.

Okay, where were we…ah, yes, empty liquor bottles. Now, what we need to do next is fill the bottles with…um, what does it say here? Fish tank gravel. Seriously? How tacky. Okay, well, whatever. Who has the box of fish tank gravel? Oh, here it is…

Ugh, ewww…who vomited in the fish tank gravel? It smells like a rotten candy-cane! Peppermint schnapps? Really? What is this, some lame high school party? Honestly, people, let’s take this seriously. After all, we are going to be working with e-lec-tricity here.

Hmm, well, the fish tank gravel is out. What can we fill these bottles with? Hmm, I got nothin’. Let’s just wrap some of this straw crap around them and call it good. Beautiful. Lovely. What’s next?

Electricity! Of course! Just pop your lamp adaptors in and we’re ready for light bulbs. Uh, who has the light bulbs? Light bulbs, people! What happened to the…oh, here they are. What the? Who sat on the box of light bulbs?

I give up! You sots are on your own! When you finally take those lampshades off your heads, I’ll be long gone! This is the last time I try to teach you people anything.

If you give this craft a try, please let us know how it turns out by leaving a comment or emailing yours truly at hello @ hello7arts.com (include pictures if you have them) and I will gladly share the results of your efforts with the group.

Looking for vintage craft supplies? Check out Box Full of Awesome!


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In the Meantime…

My muse still has not returned to me. I have been biding my time and looking for any kind of creative distraction I can find, the latest being creating Etsy treasuries. I thought I would share them today. The vintage ones were created under my Box Full of Awesome account. The second one is from hello seven. Click the images to be taken to the actual treasuries on Etsy.

Orange you glad it’s vintage?


Around and around we go…


Upsy daisy!


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So Long, Old Friends

It must just be the week for de-cluttering, as I don’t seem to be the only one in the Blogosphere who is purging her studio.

Obviously, the impetus for opening all of the drawers and boxes in my studio and letting them vomit their contents all over the place was the whole Box Full of Awesome concept. Unfortunately, once the spewing of randomness began, it became very hard to stop and I have found myself surrounded by things that, pardon my implied French, just need to GTFO!

For a while now, I have felt like I am drowning in a sea of stuff. Honestly, the mixture of pack-ratting tendencies and OCD tendencies in this house could probably make for a pretty good reality show. That is, until the person with the OCD tendencies runs away from home and refuses to come back until the basement is no longer filled with broken curtain rods, empty laundry detergent jugs, and about fifty million other things that should have been thrown away YEARS ago.

But, I digress.

For the past several years (since bidding farewell to my life as a jewelry designer), I have been shuffling boxes full of jewelry-making supplies and actual jewelry around my house and studio. Sifting through all of it seemed like such a daunting task, so I just kept attempting to move it somewhere out of the way. Well, I seem to have run out of somewheres and now it is looking me right straight in the eye again. And this time, IT MUST GO.

And go it will – in little handmade envelopes to anyone I can think of who may be happy to have a small piece of my artistic past. Currently, I am sorting through things and waiting for inspiration to strike me in order to decide who each piece should be given to. It is a slow process and nearly as daunting as I imagined it would be. I just have to keep reminding myself how happy I will be to finally be out from under this pile of stuff. In many ways, I feel like having it around is really hindering my creativity. As beautiful as some of it is, it serves no real purpose other than to make me sad and remind me of, what in my mind are, past failures.

So, watch your mailboxes, kiddies. You never know when a little surprise in a handmade envelope might show up…

photo : by yours truly


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Exhaustion and Randomness

A long day of Back to School shopping for Sir yesterday has left me completely wiped out. Far be it from me to leave my loyal readers without a regular dose of my insanity and random Ruthiness, however. So, here you go…

  • If you have not yet entered the Big Blogiversary Giveaway, GO! NOW! HURRY! Seriously, you have just over 24 hours to enter and I highly suggest you do. I mean, you could win free ORIGINAL ART (Unless, of course, you hate my art and are trying to make a statement by not entering. Is that what you’re doing? Huh? Is it?).
  • I’m getting kind of excited about my new project. I shipped my first Box Full of Awesome order this week and the best part was putting together the little envelope of ‘extras’ to include. Did I mention that every Box Full of Awesome comes with FREE extra goodies? It’s true, they do! Check out the cool stuff I added to the shop this week.
  • Izzy the Dog Sings a Duet was featured on the We Draw Dogs illustration blog last week. Very exciting! You can see it here.
  • hello seven received a nice mention here last week too! (I definitely needed the ego boost!)
  • I have effectively ended my 365 Project. I honestly have neither the time nor the inclination to continue on with it. Totally lame, I know. I mean, I made it to Day 326. But it was starting to stress me out and the quality of my photos was suffering. So, I’ll just go back to shooting when I feel like shooting. What can I say? I’m a quitter.
  • Speaking of photos, I’m working on adding 4×6 and 8×10 prints of my Love Letter to Northern Michigan series to the Etsy shop. For now, if you would like a size that isn’t currently available, please feel free to send me a message and I’ll get what you need added to the shop ASAP.

I’m sure there’s something I’m leaving out, but I can barely keep my eyes open, so I must begin my pursuit of caffeinated beverages now, lest I pass out and accomplish absolutely nothing today. That just would not do!

photo : one of my favorite illustrations from a 1956 Better Homes and Gardens magazine



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Inspiration in Your Mailbox!

Last week, my friend and contemporary, Deirdre McCormick, sent me the most amazing package in the mail. It was filled with vintage goodies from her stash and helped me make great strides in recovering my lost inspiration.  I have been in an extended creative slump (I blame summer Seasonal Affective Disorder brought on by the face-melting heat we have had to endure lately – have I mentioned that my studio is often the hottest room in our house?) and, though it still shows no signs of completely ending any time soon, the box full of awesome from Deirdre has helped kick my arse in the right direction.

Now, I am challenged with returning the favor. So, I dove head first into my out-of-control impressive stash of vintage doodads and thingamajigs (many of which, I haven’t seen in years). I realized that this collection, as out-of-control impressive as it is, is languishing. And that’s just not right.

A major portion of what I have was bought during my ‘vintage period’ when I was a jewelry artist. I breathed new life into broken necklaces and earrings, bingo chips (!), and anything else I could drill a hole into or cement to jewelry findings. I was actually somewhat successful in this style…and then I quit. I just didn’t have the same drive or inspiration for it anymore. I was in the middle of a major move and once we got settled again, the fervor had pretty much died. But, I digress.

So, what am I to do with this stash of vintage jewelry, beads, buttons, magazines, knitting books, (whew!) bags, hats, fabric, boxes, postcards, cups, and other randomness that deserves to find some purpose (other than taking up space in my house) and see the light of day again? Well, some of it will certainly end up winging its way to that dear girl in Ohio. Some of it will stay with me (because I can’t bear to part with ALL of it). Some of it will become part of a ‘secret’ project that I am not at liberty to discuss yet. And some of it will end up in the Box Full of Awesome shop on Etsy!

Yep, I opened ANOTHER shop on Etsy. Why? Because I just have far too much time on my hands. Heh.

I have spent the better portion of this week sifting through, sorting, photographing, and posting not only items from my vintage stash, but also a few things from my jewelry-making stash (stones, pearls, beads, findings, etc.). I have come to the conclusion that I have had no desire to make jewelry in at least 5 years and that is the way it is going to stay. So, I am also de-stashing all of those supplies at super cheap prices (less than half of what I paid for them originally).

But, what about this name – Box Full of Awesome, you say. Ahh, that is part of the secret. But, here’s a hint. All of my offerings are meant to inspire creativity – whether that means filling up a box full of supplies from the shop or participating in my secret project (which will be revealed as soon as I find the time to hammer out the details). Every box will be filled with awesome things to help pick you up out of the creative doldrums the way Deirdre’s original box full of awesome did for me.

So, if you’re in a creative slump, hang in there. In the meantime, check out what is currently available at Box Full of Awesome (maybe you’ll find a little piece of inspiration!)…


You can also follow Box Full of Awesome on Twitter!


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Now that I am a responsible *cough cough* adult *cough*, I rarely have occasion to get excited about my mail. Typically, the only things I receive are things I don’t want (bills), things I don’t need (junk), and ads (for things I can’t afford). Usually, my most exciting mailbox discoveries include the monthly Costco coupon circular and 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond certificates. Whoopee.

So, imagine my sheer joy and elation at finding this on my front porch today…

What is it? Well, only the most magnificently doodled-on box I have ever received (from the amazingly talented Deirdre McCormick)!

At least, I think it’s for me – the whole ‘Fabulous Ruth Blohm-Hunter’ thing kind of threw me off. Fabulous? Me? Nah. But that is my address, so I’m keepin’ it!

Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself just what kind of awesomeness could be contained in such a spectacular box, right? Well, let me show you!

Not only did Deirdre include the doodle that she painstakingly worked on for me (a piece that deserves a post of its own), but there was a whole treasure trove of goodies included too – some hand-dyed paper doilies (go here if you want to learn how to make them yourself), some awesome vintage recipe booklets (that double as propaganda from the Gas company and include such delicacies as Saucy Wieners and Foxy Franks), vintage sheet music and wallpaper (look at what she does with these – amazing!) and a lovely card.

And if all that isn’t cool (and inspirational) enough, she also included this…

A new white gel pen! (Because I have been struggling with finding the perfect white pen and she no longer wants to see me suffer – heh.) ETA: I just realized the pen in the picture is the silver pen. She sent silver AND white. What a peach!

WOW! Honestly, I have no idea what I did to deserve such an awesome gift and I am so very, very thankful. My inspiration has been waning lately and this is just the thing I needed to help jump start my creativity. Hey, maybe I’ll even have something to post to this blog again soon. Heh.


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