Thursday, October 22, 2009
I love my new book cradle purchased from Baer Necessities on Etsy. My favorite thing about the cradle, besides the fact that it is handmade with solid pine and very sturdy, is that it is open on one end. I make lots of 12X12 inch books or larger and now I can use my cradle to punch the signatures. Here it is in use:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Many people ask me how I have such a positive outlook after more than 20-years in the news business. Simply, I believe in the adage, "Create what you seek." I was seeking inspiration, so I decided to create a home where those stories could live.
This isn't a "happy news," site. It is more focused than that. I would call it "hopeful" news. My mission and the motto of the website is to "Show the World What Is Possible!" one story at a time."
I love stories and these video stories are inspiring! Go HERE to watch a story about a fun artist that gave away smiles because that's what he was seeking! I love his characters, his paintings, and the smiles he creates!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This is a photo that I took with a roll of black and white film and a simple point and shoot camera.
This photo was taken with a roll of black and white film and my father-in-law's old SLR camera - which I used here for the very first time. I was very happy with the results. These are some of my very favorite photos that I have of when my daughter was small!
Finally, if you're like me and have switched to all digital photography, why not try converting some of your photos in your photo software and experiment with which photos look the best in black and white! Here's one that was taken with my digital point and shoot just last week when we were at the beach with Grandma and PaPa, and converted using iphoto when we got home.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
To be honest, I still haven't made one for the virtue of patience because I haven't found a symbol that I could put on a cord. The symbols for patience seem to be donkey, ox, fir tree - to name three - and I just haven't found a source for those. I will keep researching! I do have the symbols and virtue bracelets for Faith, Hope, Love, Perseverance, Loyalty, Peace, and Courage in my Etsy Shop right now! More to come as I recognize these virtues in others and the need for a reminder to practice them in my own life. Am I especially feeling the need to have courage or faith today? I will don that bracelet as a reminder and a comfort that I have access to that virtue by grace. And for that I am happy and grateful!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In my Etsy Shop I currently am offering Free Shipping on all in stock albums and journals, as well as 20% off select items (see Yart Sale Section in my shop for discounted prices).
Father's Day is approaching and I have a great panoramic album for those dads who take panoramic photos - or would just like to put two 4"X6" photos on one page - side by side - how cool is that?
Or how about a birch tree journal for all of his thoughts, ideas, or notes?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here is an custom 10"X10" album that was just sent off to Virginia:
Sunday, January 18, 2009
If you’d sum up the year 2008 in one sentence - what sentence would it be?
My answer: It is well.
That was simply the first sentence that came to mind about our 2008 and it fits. All is very well as a matter of fact!
This is my very simple layout using a picture of 6 year old Mackenzie that illustrates the sentence perfectly. I framed the photo with scraps of bookcloth from previous bookbinding projects and briefly wrote with a Micron pen.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This one is a new Panoramic Album (5"X13") that can hold one panoramic photograph or two 4"X6" photos per page. I'm very excited about this new product that I just listed in my shop:
Here are two books that were given as gifts:
Another book for my shop, this one a journal with the most deliciously textured pages for writing:
Friday, November 28, 2008
"Order Friday, November 28th through Monday, December 1st, and get FREE Priority Mail Shipping (Sorry, US only) - I will refund your shipping costs via Pay Pal and your purchase will still be shipped next business day! Custom orders will take up to two weeks - but order your custom book today and you will still receive free Priority Mail shipping! Let's celebrate our thoughts and remembrances!"
Drawing from my art journal - Dec. 2007
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Our festive fireplace mantle that welcomes us when we come home:
Sierra creating the marshmallow and chocolate pilgrim hats for our feast at home (click here to see the original post from Tip Junkie where I got this idea):
The finished pilgrim hats:
And here is Daddy with the twins at their school Thanksgiving feast:
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is Sierra's (age 8) colorful collage of a turkey. LOVE IT!
Friday, November 21, 2008
My son's favorite source of light:
The source of light in hubby's and my bedroom:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And here are some drawings I've done of Cam:
Most of the drawings have been done on my favorite 90lb. Fabriano Artistico hot press natural white watercolor paper that I fill all my art journals and photo albums with. Cam's funny face was done in pencil on the closest paper I could grab - white copy paper. What can I say? Sometimes inspiration won't wait!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I love these new fabric choices for my hard bound photo albums and journals! I'm gradually getting the listings up in my Etsy shop - one listing per size. You just choose your fabric and text paper - I'll do the rest! I'm also binding several journals in these book cloths to add to the shop soon.
This image was created with Mosaic Maker. Try it out for yourself - it's way fun!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Ok, I know that is a Barney (the purple dinosaur) song, and my kids have long outgrown him, but I still spontaneously break out into this song when I wake them up for school in the morning while bouncing on their beds! I can't help it. Have to sing it. I hope it's a great day for you too!
I'm still loving the Autumn trees outside, so in addition to Mackenzie's jumping shadow picture I took last weekend, I will share with you last year's leaf drawing from my sketch book.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Speaking of reading, have you checked out Swaptree.com? You can trade those books you are finished reading for books that you want to read and only pay for postage. This is a site that I visit daily and trade every 2 or 3 weeks.
On the handmade book front, I have folded enough signatures for 11 journals and am almost finished cutting the bookboards for them. Next, I'll make bookcloth for them. That's one of my favorite steps in the bookmaking process!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Inspiration Prompt #24 from Avital at CreativityPrompt.com asks:
"Have you had an unequalled teacher in your life?" and "What lessons have you learned from your exceptional teacher?"
My response, included with photos from this weekend playing in the front yard, is this:
"My kids are my best teachers. They have taught me to just be completely happy with what "is". To slow down the frequent thinking about what I need to do "next". Enjoy life as it "is"!
Materials used are my Life Stories Photo Journal, printed digital photos, my own painted paste papers from a previous book project, 1 circular tag, 3 eyelets, and a Pitt Pen.