Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap HOP

"Listen to the quiet noise of nature"
These are my 6 postcards that I sent in for Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap.  Sent to Oregon in a decked out envie with a tiny paper crane.  This photo speaks to me and gives me peace!

And since I was not able to share these on the group's facebook page, here you are!

"Layered Autumn" by our wonderful postcard host, Kat Sloma
"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Sent in by Shelley M. Shockley, this was the first card I received, and it stunned me because I have read some of the teachings of this Zen Master...and this card brought me great joy!

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
~ Thoreau
My 2nd card received caught me at just the right moment, because I was running late for work, and when I caught a glimpse of this in my box, well it just made my day...Who Loves Ya Baby? 
from Jill Hejl.

Next up is this beauty from Melissa Vidana.
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This gorgeous photo was taken in Carona, Switzerland on a wet autumn afternoon.
And I absolutely love it...especially with it's cool postmark from the Smithsonian Institution in D.C.

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
This beauty hails from Santa Cruz, CA and brings back fond memories of my time years ago in CA.
from Dee Vlasak...instagram: deevlasak

And finally, from Charl'i Lawson in Colorado Springs...
Charl'i says, "I look at everything with one eye closed, to mix truth of my mind with the lies of this world.  I am not perfect...just another face.
Awesome card!

This has been such great fun receiving these terrific works from art from all over the world.  My 2nd time in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, and I hope everyone will continue to share the beauty of their art...I have extras of mine, so if you want to swap, let me know! 

She shared the entire swap process along the way, with her terrific helpers on hand to make it go seemingly effortlessly!  WAY TO GO!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring...Glorious Spring

1.  I wish I had finished all of the indoor projects, because the great outdoors is screaming my name!!!  And I live in the sticks, man!  So much to see, hear, smell, do in the great outdoors.  No signs of massive humanity (unless I turn on the news, which I rarely do anymore) to distract me from enjoying the simple abundance that surrounds me in the big woods.

2.  So, I will take this day to forget all about the unfinished projects.  I'm heading out and about!

3.  I had a nice surprise on my desk this Saturday morning when I forgot I ordered Gertrude Hawk Almond Butter Crunch from a young friend for their church fundraiser. 

4.  My dog is goofy.  Yellow lab.  Beautiful.  And just plain goofy.  What a gem!

5.   I mixed a new batch of incense at Two Crow Cottage last week.  Should be dry enough to burn today.  I can hardly wait to try it!

Been awhile since I partied with Nancy for Random Five Friday...even though it's you go!  I missed the link up, but you can still visit the others here.


Monday, March 10, 2014


Some more journals...
Just finished 3 more journals from the book ends that I saved from the dreaded recycling stack.  I have jazzed them up abit using some of the end papers as well.  With 50+ pages, with pockets and tags and other paper ephemera to help tell a fantastic new tale.  Might even make a cool new art journal.  Lots of surprises within...  I have many more on the work table; some headed for my etsy shop, and some headed for the local Spring Fair.  That is if Spring actually shows up! 

This one is decked out in knit with a vintage pin.
Burlap flowers for this baby.
More burlap and a denim flower...yep, more upcycling!
And a great BIG shout out to Kelly for her awesome monarch photo postcard, and to my Dear Friend Nina of Happy Herbs Soap for the AB FAB stones she gave me for my newly fired clay meditation plate.   The tall point is Phantom Citrine and it is beautiful right next to the perfect specimen of Black Tourmaline, both grounding and protective stones that transmute negative energy. 

These are beautiful...thank you Nina!!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Mail Art

Support the USPS... crank out some awesome Mail Art 
and your postal workers will love you!!!
Had some paint leftover from a kid's craft project today, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use up the leftover paint and deck out an envie for an upcoming swap!  

This is the envie all painted up and ready to go to Kat, 
the wonderful hostess of the 

My postcards are being printed now.  I will share mine here along with the ones that I receive in the swap when they all arrive.  In the meantime, I have just completed two more journals from my salvaged book covers, similar to the one I gave away for the Grow Your Blog Party event, in previous post.  The party participants are still up, if you would like to see what everyone is up to!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

And The GYBP Winner Is...

The Grow Your Blog Party hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full was a huge success.  The list is still up for anyone who wants to hop around and visit some very wonderfully, talented folks in blogland.

The winner of my Altered Book Journal is....

Lesley Ann from Plum Hollow!  Pulled the old fashioned way from the depths of my monster purple beach hat!  Yes, I'm gonna prance around with my hat on and, strum my ukulele, and pretend I'm at the beach today while the snow continues to fall!

Congratulations Lesley Ann! Thanks for stopping by along the blog party route!  I hope you enjoy your new journal.   

Aloha and thanks to Vicki for hosting another terrific party, and to everyone who is now following and those who stopped by to enter my giveaway.  I'll be posting more of the journals as I finish them for my etsy store.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Are We Having Fun Yet???

And it just keeps on snowing...  I love it!

Perfect weather for watching the Winter Olympic Games.  Though my whole body aches after watching some of those thrill seekers!  I think I cracked a few ribs just watching the moguls....and oh my aching back...and knees...  Time to hit the hot tub!

This is the kind of snow storm I remember as a kid.  Of course, when you're all of 7 years old, 2 feet of snow is a mountain.  And now, outside with some snow drifts and piles well over 15 feet, well, I just have to go out and giggle in it!  It's great fun!

I feel sad for those who have never experienced snow!  I mean this is just beautiful!
Of course, I didn't have to go out and drive in it or plow.  But I don't mind shoveling...for a few minutes anyway.  It's good exercise, and the air is clean and very crisp, for sure!

I just love my little fine feathered friends!

Linking up with Nancy and friends at A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday
And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the winner of my GYBP journal giveaway!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Had enough? Not me...

My Grow Your Blog Party link is here!!!  Please take a look around!

Sledding anyone??? 

Yes, we are getting slammed this year, and I'm lovin' it!!!
No book projects getting done this week...but it's a.o.k, cause I'm  having so much fun with the beauty of winter!

Friday, January 31, 2014


Click here if you're visiting from the Grow Your Blog Party...enjoy!
The After Christmas tree adorned outside with treats.
1.  I am "extremely" HAPPY that it is Friday...mostly because I can link up here to Random 5 with Nancy and the gang...but also, because it has been one crazy, crazy week at work!
2.  We are having a heat wave here in New York...the balmy 30's above freezing!  Must be because of the outdoor Super Bowl game.  I would love to see it snow, snow, snow for the game!  Just like the good old days in Steeler country!
3.  Our ukulele club is growing, with new members attending each month.  At our meeting next week, we are playing "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" in tribute to folk singer Pete Seeger who passed away this week at the age of 94.
4.  I am finishing up one more book for the "Art Journal" Hop/Swap that our Arty Tea Party started earlier in the year.  Then I will pass it on to the next person on the list to add her "talents".
5. I, too, am enjoying the Grow Your Blog Party that began last Saturday.  Click the link above on the sidebar to see all the participants.  So many blogs...and so many new friends.  
Aloha...thanks for stopping by! 


Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party

match box drawers
bead feet
My name is Vicki, aka hula~la in blogland, and I am very happy to be joining Vicki @ 2 Bags Full for this terrific Blog Party event for the 2nd time.  And it is the perfect winter event to attend while wrapped up in all the warm wooly knits I can fit on this body and still move, all while sitting in front of a roaring fire here in the Northeast United States where it is extremely frigid!

Journal Give-Away below!!!

"You're My Thrill"
With lots of pockets and tags...
I am a book lover, reader, collector, re-purposer of the discards, hence the name of my blog.  A library geek myself, (also attributing to the naming of my blog) I find many treasures at the used book sale, some headed for recycling, and some straight for the dreaded trash...which pains me. Those are the ones I try to rescue, for they call out to me and beg for a 2nd chance.  And that is how I started making "Altered Books". Giving old discarded books a whole new adventurous one, full of PASSION!   These are some of my early treasures...Enjoy!  

Keepsake Treasure Bookbox
This week I hit the mother lode at the library "dump" with a box of Reader's Digest Condensed Books...the old ones with the marvelous covers.  I rescued the entire box from the recycling pile sitting out on the porch in the snow/ice storm in the bitter cold  and could hardly wait to dive in.  For these discards will become journals with brand new pages, using some of the beautifully colored front and back pages from each book.
Gorgeous, rich colorful end pages.
Punch a few holes, (sometimes I like to mix and match the covers) snag some papers, add a few book binder rings, dress it up if you like, and
A Personal Journal just waiting for a passionate pen...
This one is up for grabs if you leave your name and contact info 
             in the comments.  Drawing to be held on Feb. 15th.  
          Aloha and thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy the party!

Thank you Vicki for hosting another great gig!

Let It Snow Man...

I spy an imposter...
1.  OK, so here we are and the weatherman says...7 degrees, but it feels like  - 3... YES IT DOES!

2.  I can only knit in the cold months.  It's weird but the first hot sunny day of May and the yarn and needles get put away.
Just a few goodies to keep us warm...

 And these are "tribbles" I knit from a pattern I found here by Cathy.
A green dish scrubbie for Nina and one for moi.

3.  I am gearing up for the Grow Your Blog Party with Vicki at 2 Bags Full starting late tonite....

4.  I have experienced some wonderful synchronicity moments just this week!  Yes, I am tuned in to the proper frequency for sure!

5.   I belong to a group of TALENTED CHICS... we call ourselves the Arty Tea Party.  And some of the gals will be introduced at the Grow Your Blog Party along with their talents. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cold Duck

 Hooking up with the gang at Wordless Wednesday to share my dog's forgotten chew toy!
It's just screaming...HELP!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vanilla Ice Cream

For Random 5 Friday, I was prompted to write about Ice Cream.
Well lo and behold, I forgot about my daughter's fave ice cream...Vanilla.
Enjoy part of her last recital before heading off to college.
Disclaimer:  Not responsible for broken glass at the 3 minute mark!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Old Man Winter

1.  Old man winter has a hold on us, and I don't mind.  The country road of home is vibrant in all four of the beautiful seasons that Mother Nature bestows upon us.

2.  I sit in front of the woodstove, with a giant bowl of Pistachio Almond ice cream.  It's my latest fave.  In the summertime my fave is Black Raspberry.
Click here for my daughter's fave...Ice Cream.

3.  There seems to be a few lingering Christmas ornaments that fell down in between the couch cushions when in a frenzy, I just starting yanking them off without putting them in their proper boxes.  A flattened snowman, and a lonely angel are looking for all their friends;)

4.  The After Christmas Tree is out in the woods adorned with popcorn and apple slices covered in peanut butter and birdseed for our fine feathered friends.

5.  I bought my daughter a very nice gift certificate for a spa...she may not get it.  Could be mine, all mine...

Linking up with Random 5 FridayFriday Fences and Weekend in Black and White.  Stop by to say "HEY".  Have a terrific weekend!


Friday, January 10, 2014


Art Journal Hop/Swap
1.  This is the beginnings of my page in Lucy's book for the Art Journal Hop/Swap.  It took me forever.  It's all about passion...RED AND HOT!  It even has la la!  Finished it but forgot to take a picture before I passed it on to the next contributor.

2.  I'm so very glad that it is Friday. I am looking forward to hibernate this weekend before the baby little goes back to college.  Deep breath here because it has been very nice to have everyone under the same roof...most of the time!

3.  It's a winter wonderland out there with a surprise snowfall overnight. Another 2 inches.  Still putting Christmas away.  Don't like this part because the lights look wonderful in the snow.

4.  Finally put new tires on the vehicle for I have been sliding all over town.  And while as a kid I remember saying to my Dad, "yay, do it again" when sliding all over in bad weather, definitely not into it now.

5.  Guess we have to watch football without my team...STEELERS...and I'm totally bummed about that.

Linking up for Random 5 Friday with Nancy and the gang.  Please stop by to say "HEY"!!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Frigid frost on my panes
 Yes, it is TOOOOOO cold out there to enjoy the beauty of winter!  And as I venture out to the local day care to tell snowman stories, I smile at the innocence of the littles.  A young girl began to cry when I read about the BIGGEST BEST SNOWMAN, and she blurted out..."my snowman died...the rain killed it".    Yes, we went from a snowstorm with 7 degree temps, to a balmy 31, then to a 50 degree torrential downpour with high winds...only to be back today at 4 stinking degrees producing a lovely frosty vision on my very old windows.
Well, well.

My newest altered book adventure will be one made of salvaged bookends, and they will include the little quips and stories I gather from the littles at storytime, beginning with...THE DAY MY SNOWMAN DIED.  I will title this altered book, "Out Of The Mouths Of Babes".  The sweet and the innocent.