Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mannequin Mania

We are planning a sister's retreat this fall. Sissy Judy (from Atlanta, GA) will be joining us Midwesterners for our Official 3/5's Club Sisters Holiday! Because we are planning on lots of quilt stops along the way sissy Gail, daughter Amy, and I went on a quilt shop reconnaissance mission this weekend. With so many quilt shops to choose from we felt we had to deem whether or not they are 3/5's Club worthy! Don't worry Judy - we didn't do any REAL shopping - just checking things out!  I'll post some pictures on Pinterist or Facebook so you can see them....maybe THAT will force you to my social media world!

While at an odd little fabric/notions/quasi household items store (Varenhorst Fabrics) in Storm Lake, IA I found a package of ready made yo-yos so...I bought them! I bought the ready-made yo-yos plus a yo-yo maker. I'll let you know if I ever crack it open from the package. I thought it would be fun to make an occasional yo-yo for a card or two. We'll see....

Unknown to my sisters I will be hunting down the names/locations of any scrap booking stores in the vicinity of Okoboji, IA!

I used one of the pre-made yo-yo on the previous posting - click here to see it. While at Varenhorst's Amy was looking for Gail and I - she was fooled a few times by covert and somewhat creepy mannequins.  Check these out: 

Main street fabrics store, J Varenhorst's Fabrics In Storm Lake, IA

Covert Ops Mannequin

Does this dress make my wig look ugly?

Someone lend me a hand so I can toss the bouquet!

Mannequin waif

Mink - check...Artificial Lashes - check...

And now for the card of the day. Actually it is another tag. I think I could get into this tag making! Which is a good thing considering the number of envelopes I 'had' to buy! This one has a quilt theme to it - must be the influence of all the quilt shops. I may allow the mannequins to influence my next card...spooky tag anyone?

Tag front

Detail - crackled gloss on corner quilt fan

Detail - banner top

Back of tag
Dresden Tag
~Design papers from My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday Happy Days
~Quilt Dresden plates paper-cut from same collection
~Large brown metal brad from We R Memory Keepers
~Brown cardstock circle - used Crop-A-Dile Big Bite for the hole - jute tie
~Banner made from the 'peek-hole' of Behr Paint Chips - glued to twine 
~My Mind's Eye Happy Days red/kraft twine
~Layer of Kraft cardstock on back stamped using Stampin' Up Weathered background stamp and Distress Ink Vintage Photo
~Sentiment by Art Gone Wild Words to the Rescue: Friendship
~Button star stamped with Distress Ink Fired Brick
~Another Dresden plate cut from My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday Happy Days
Pile it On - tag
ATCs and Cards with Attitude - anything goes
Joyful Stamper - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - tags
Crafty Creations - tag
Dancing in Pajamas - red, aqua, kraft

I'm a little worried what the 'Mannequin Muses' may have in store for me...

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Oh yes!! This is wonderful. Love the looks of this pretty tag - AND your previous one with the yo-yo is beautiful! I'd been thinking about doing one of those for a card and just have never gotten around to it.

    Your quilt shop trip sounds like so much fun! Know you say some pretties here too. There's just something about one of those shops - or even just a fabric store - that makes me happy all over!


  2. Nancy! What can I say,you always get me chuckling though I find mannequins so disturbing!!! Loving your tag lady! The patchwork look is just gorgeous! Xxx

  3. Great photos!! :)
    Love your tag, it's fab.
    Thanks for joining us over on ATCs With Attitude.
    Hugs Alison x x

  4. Beautiful tag, I love the colours, thank you for joining in with the ATC's & Cards with attitude challenge
    Lindsay xx

  5. It's lovely,so pretty.Thanks for sharing it with us at ATCs and Cards with Attitude.

  6. OMG your family get-together sounds like so much fun! Your tag is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us for our Tag It challenge at Aud Sentiments Challenges! Dee

  7. Funky tag ;)
    Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments, hopefully see you again on Thurs for our next challenge.
    Hugs TC x


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