December 22, 2009

A Crown

Construction of my new home will begin in January.  I made this little crown to remind me to enjoy every moment of the next 7-8 months (hopefully).

December 16, 2009

Simply Creating

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.

Kids-because simply-they say the funniest things.

This is how I am finishing my new year: simply creating.

For now, I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas and
much hope and joy for the New Year.

December 9, 2009

Different Possibilities

"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

Journal Giving

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

Etsy Shop Reopening

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

Fulfilled Journal: On a Journey

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.