December 22, 2009
December 16, 2009
In order to play with layers (and my new sewing machine), I decided to take Rebecca Sower's advice about making a sampler cloth. It truly is therapeutic. I really do need to handstitch, but I am having too much fun with my new sewing machine. The material that I am using for my sampler cloth is unstretched canvas. I painted it green gold and started laying and stitching when I need a break or just play.
Adventure-because someday I want to take in the beauty of the Serengueti.
Christmas-because I am seeing it in a new way as I celebrate it with my two-year-old.
Birthday-because I love this quote "If you carry your childhood with
you, you never become older." - Abraham Sutzkever
Comfort-because I plan to spend the holidays at home with my family.
December 9, 2009
"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and
communications, offers an infinite variety of perception,
interpretation and execution." --Ansel Adams
What I love about photo editing is that one picture varies
in potential. The above photo is one possibility.
Original photo taken in New Orleans earlier this year.
December 7, 2009
I am not good at keeping a journal, but I do LOVE making them.
This first journal is titled 'Renewal.' A new year is always a good
time for renewal.
This journal is all handmade and titled 'With Careful Hands.' (SOLD)
These two journals feature a unique closure using
jute rope. Both journals are now listed in my etsy shop.
See more pictures and details here.
December 5, 2009
For several months my etsy shop has
been empty or closed. I am reopening my shop
to offer these handcrafted notepads. The pages
are actually left overs from another project. I used old book
pages, fabric, gesso, wire, and other embellishments
to give these notepads some personality.
The first notepad is called "Quest to Know" because we live
our life trying to find answers and solutions. Now listed in my shop.
Pages of white cardstock and recycled papers ready for
someone's hands to write, sketch....
The second notepad is called "Becoming Who We Are" because
the journey of becoming who we are is precious.
December 3, 2009
Here is my handmade 'Fulfilled' journal I first showed here. It is taking
a journey at the moment.
A unique binding technique and closure for the journal emerged three
books/journals ago. See the other three books in the bundle here. So
this is actually the 4th with this technique using jute rope.
The pages are watercolor paper and painted manila folders
decorated with paper strips and circles.
Jute rope holds the pages together. The pages are attached
to the book with the jute as well. Hope you have a fulfilling creative time.
November 23, 2009
The movie that is a must for me during the Christmas holiday is "The Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott (The Sound of Music is another). Although I enjoy the movies and festivities of this season, it all comes down to the true meaning. When I saw these stamps by Inkadinkado, I had to buy them. So here is how I used them. First of all, try dying some tags with coffee and vanilla, if you haven't already. They smell so gooooood. I just place one in my purse to enjoy the smell all the time. Okay, back to Christmas Goodness.
I began with creating some ornaments. Stamped the coffee-vanilla dyed tags front(image) and back(scripture) using Stampology's topaz ink.
Cut some scraps of fabric and glued them to the bottom of the tags. Just so you know now. Jute rope is all over my creative space right now. It is being used and will continue to be used especially for my journals. So I pulled some jute rope through the hole and added some turqoise beads attached on a jewerly hook.
Then, I decided the tag ornaments needed a little pouch. I had found some Christmas napkins several weeks ago and decided to hand-stich the pouch ( I don't have my sewing machine quite yet).
Hand-stitched four pouches.
They are ready to be packaged and mailed to my lovely family. I didn't stop there with the stamps, oh no.
It looks like I skipped Thanksgiving doesn't it? My Thanksgiving will be small, yummy, and relaxing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And thank you to all my wonderful creative friends and family for your encouragement as you visit the place for my creative discoveries.
November 18, 2009
November 6, 2009
There is just something about this wheel (original photo) that keeps me returning to it. A rustic charm. A treasured antique. A symbol of growth and expansion. My personal symbolism is "my creativity wheel is turning." Remember the first edit I did of this picture. I did several more.
These two were my favorites.
November 2, 2009
This collage is a result of reflecting on the sacrifices that so many make when they wholeheartedly respond to their calling. My mom was born and grew up in Pucallpa, Peru. Throughout her youth she felt that she was called to serve the Lord in some capacity. She made a choice early in her life to become a missionary.
Although her path turned out slightly different, she continues to respond to her calling wholeheartedly "and with delight and pride." Regardless of what our calling might be, may we do it with delight and pride.
I've been playing with fabric and hand stitching. Although I put away the molding paste for this project, it didn't last long. It's in there. I am currently working on a mixed media journal, but I'll have more on that later.