December 30, 2010

January Pages

she doesn't need a map

a little idea for my blog.
i will be sharing some pages-January Pages- from my new journal. 

December 28, 2010

Another beginning

  my phrase for 2010 was "be brave."  i wanted to be brave. i was.
i feel good about the choices i have made and
the lessons i have learned about myself and life this past year.

so for 2011 i am focusing on taking the next step.
 focusing on expanding/stretching the artist within this year.

what felt really good to create as a reminder of this intention was this bundle.
i love little bundles.  i wrapped the wood block with life of threads paper.

held it in my hand for a while.

now i am ready to welcome 2011.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's
words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
T.S. Eliot

December 17, 2010

Merry Christmas

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21

December 7, 2010

I accept

although i will be here and there in blogland, I have accepted an invitation to slow down,
take a rest, and enjoy the wonder of this beautiful season. 

i am thinking about baking more cookies with my son for the following weeks. 
wrapping gifts. 
spending time outdoors catching baseballs. 
reading some good books.  i'll be taking a trip to the library later today to find
just what i need.  i also need to watch my favorite holiday movies: the sound of music,
the christmas carol (with george c. scott), and while you were sleeping.
finally, enjoy listening to this.

it's time to recharge.

sounds like a good plan.  yes, it does.

December 6, 2010

The life of threads

when I sew, I have a little container close by where i drop all the threads that are cut off.   after a while,
 i end up with a container full of threads and threads. from a moment of mess, came this. now the threads have a new life. and i am loving their new life

December 4, 2010



in the future, sketching and drawing will come more naturally to me. right now, not so much.

what i have learned this year is to jump in with both feet. not being fearful to try.
i took a paper from a spiral notebook.  i took a pen that rested nearby.  no eraser.
began to sketch what i imagined in my head.
overall, good day.

November 30, 2010

Dreams can be

 my most important role in lifeis being a mother.  this little guy brings me
 more joy than i could ever have imagined.

i  want him to know and remember that dreams can be.
 so inspired by this writer and artist.

November 29, 2010

A little bundle

i still remember the day I sent this  little bundle to Stampington. i have  missed my little bundle, but i knew the recipients would take good care of them.

In the current issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, you will see this book that i created in 2009. 

 In the same issue, you can also see a journal.  they are both such an important part
of my creative journey.  it is an example of personal and creative growth.  i am simply grateful.

November 27, 2010

November 23, 2010

Transformation of Eugene

Perhaps you were expecting to see this Eugene.  I decided to transform him into
my little studio companion.  If I had an imaginary friend, he would look like this.  So now
Eugene sits close by as I create.... at least until my son takes him. ha ha.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
My splatter journals are now available in my shop.

November 19, 2010

Gentle breeze

A Gentle Breeze by Ludid Ryu

Song: Gentle Breezes by Eric Roberts

A gentle breeze led me to enjoy a simple quiet creative moment.

November 18, 2010


These last few days have been miserable.  I had a tooth extracted and going through some
 painful healing.  A little glitter to bring a smile to my face.

November 16, 2010

To daughter with love

My Dad creates with his hands.  He is an artist.   He is actually now on his way to Washington, DC
 for the second time to paint at the National Gallery of Art

This past week he was an artist of carpentry.  In his own art studio, you can see tables and easels
he has made from scratch.  These last few days he actually spent most of it making an art work table for me.   

It was wonderful to watch him make it.  I tried to help him out when I could and learn a bit.

And here it is.  Thank you Dad.

November 14, 2010

Let the stringing begin

A bit of craziness fell upon me today. I began cutting up batting and any felt I had into small squares. 
I ended up with stacks and stacks. 

Now the stringing begins for a garland made of all this batting and felt squares.

November 12, 2010

End of the week

There it is. My chaotic end of the week mess. Interestingly enough, it feels good.

And making room for a new handmade addition to my art space.  More on that next week.
Have a great weekend.

November 10, 2010


To a butterfly

Stay near me - do not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!

-William Wordsworth

November 5, 2010

Starting early

Although Thanksgiving has not come yet, I started working on Christmas projects.  I want to enjoy making handmade ornaments, decorations, gifts...for the Christmas season without feeling the rush.  So I took out some Christmas stamps I bought last year and made this little pouch. 

What might it carry?

Perhaps I can use it for holding Christmas cards or....

my music rolls with glitter that I started here.  

This is the beginning of a handmade Christmas at my house. 

November 3, 2010

Holiday creating.....

has officially begun here.  So much inspiration is already being shared in some of my favorite blogs.  Although I am not a glitter person, I feel like sprinkling a bit on these rolled up hymn pages.  So I will be going to the store to see what options for glitter are out there.  Any ideas? 

November 1, 2010

Memories are gifts to creativity

As soon as we opened the door of the chapel, a flock of birds flew out and over our heads.  This is how this memory begins.  More than 20 years ago, my Dad was assigned to reopen a chapel which had been closed for many years.  The chapel was located in a very small town.  We spent several days cleaning, organizing, and visiting families around town.  In this chapel is when I heard the most beautiful hymn which still one of my favorites to date.  For the Beauty of the Earth is what inspired this book.   Each page is unique and includes a stamp from here and here.   As we begin this month of thanksgiving and blessings, my memory will always be preserved in this book.  I am so thankful for those beautiful memories that serve as gifts to creativity.