Thursday, August 27, 2015

Altered Board Book Journal

"Count Your Blessings"
When perusing the used book sales at the local library, I always find some little treasure that just calls out to me...and this old board book had some scratches and such that it was ready to rock and roll with me!

Using leftover scraps of dyed linen that we did at an Arty Tea Party, I used old dictionary pages to make my!
With a place to add photos of your blessings, enhanced by lace and a peacock feather.
A little pad for journaling and extra wings to record your thoughts/dreams.
Another little pad for writing secret messages.
With pockets and tags and many textures to tickle your creativity as you journal your way through your blessings.
With a few extra pages not shown here, but truly a joyful place for you to 

Thanks for stopping by!  ALOHA

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This Little Golden Book of Mine...

A few more pics from the Altered Little Golden Book in previous post...enjoy!
With lots of texture, and plenty of room for personal journaling, with pockets full of tags.  I have not shown everything here...a few surprises left.  Hope you enjoy!
This baby is headed for the fair with my other Altered Book goodies, unless somebody wants to snag it ahead of time!  This one was great fun and very therapeutic after my dog died last week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rescued Little Golden Book

This mini little golden book, was sad in the free giveaway pile at the library book sale.  Nobody was paying any attention to it, and as I walked by the children's cart, I heard it call my name...really, I did!

When altering used, old books, I usually do the covers last, but for some reason I jumped all over the front and back of this little gem right away without even looking inside.  So for now, here are the covers...
The front cover was a few layers of paper scraps lying around, some doodles, some paint, and a 3-D flutterby using 4 layers of text for the wings.

Back Cover
The back cover was done at the same time, just some paper scraps, some paint, doodles, and one paper doodle flower.

And for a sneak peak at the inside, here is one page...
playing with poppies
The balance of pages I have glued together to make them sturdier and then I will add more layers of paper, rubber stamps, etc, a pocket or two to hold tags, atc's, ticket stubs, and some blank spots for journaling. 

Next time you go to the library, look at their used book sales...they are my fave canvas for art play!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Zentangle ATC Swap

What a wonderful surprise to find in my mailbox today from the online swap at 

From top to bottom: 
Jarda's lovely fabric creation
Sandi's, created on the Ace of Diamonds of a very cool deck of Victorian playing cards.
And from Renee, some wonderful detail on my fave paper.

Next up, we have for your enjoyment...
Pat's in what I like to call a quilt pattern, (I love the feather)
Karen's creation, I am trying to figure out how she did this, also on my fave paper with abit of watercolor on the back, and with a nice fiber addition.
And from Eleanor, a very layered effect on an old watercolor piece that she cut to size, which is what
I did for my own.  (See previous post on how mine came to be.)

 Katie's is very cool, and I am going to try something like this one on black.
Very happy to receive the hamsa from Eileen, for her description of an amulet of good fortune and protection.  Wonderful!
And yes, the lovely creation by Linda was definitely worth the wait. This woman has a
unique story to tell...what do you think she is thinking?
And last but not least, full of color is BLOOM from Mary, with some wonderful layering and texture.  

Thank you to Michele for hosting the swap.  This was my first Zentangle project!  
I hope to hear from whoever received mine!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Watercolor Zentangle ATC Swap...

Well, I have delved into the world of watercolor paint.  I stink at watercolor painting.  But, oh how I love the fluidity of it when the full brush of water kisses the color and melds into a beautiful mess...

Well, at least mine are a mess.  But the colors, well they speak for themselves.  And since I really can't paint well, I've decided to use my first watercolor attempts as backdrops for bookmarks, and the ZENTANGLE ATC SWAP going on at Little Bird Creations

watercolor play

let the zentangling begin...the 10th card is vacant from this shot!
so from watercolor piece that I didn't like, cut to 10 ATC cards...
to these for an online swap...


 and last but not least for the swap...

And these are the bookmarks I made from "poppies gone wrong"... 

Yes, Creative Chaos is my middle name!!!  Thanks for stopping by!  Aloha

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


RADIANCE by Ellery Lewis

1.  Ellery describes this beauty..."inspired by the pattern of douglas fir cone scales, really cool that the dry, dead-looking cones contain the ability to give life to new trees".  WONDERFUL!

 NEW YORK - BULL in ink by Diane McWhirter
2.  This from Diane:  "Many things inspire me and I think that for every piece of art created there is someone, somewhere just waiting to love it.  You just have to believe they will find each other".

Now what I love about this piece all the way from Canberra, Australia, is that she is exactly right about a piece finding the right person, because I live in New York, and my sign is Taurus the Bull!

LAVENDER by Terry Owenby
 3.  I just love this wonderful collage inspired by a wonderful bar of lavender soap gifted to Terry by her sister.  She even used pieces of the box that the soap came in, along with a very cool item that I absolutely love, vintage book binding cloth.  Inspired me to delve into a collage of my own using some of my stash.

Mediterranean Sea - Corsica, France  by Cindy Chilton
4.  This very scenic spot that I can only dream of visiting in person someday, was sent in by Cindy who can be found at

by Kristen Playford
5.  This lovely photo postcard was taken by Kristen's house in SW Portland, and it looks like an invitation to ADVENTURE!  Thank you, Kristen!


6.   The  pièce de résistance is this autumn colored branch by the one and only Kat Sloma, the Hostess of the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap.  A huge undertaking for Kat and her terrific peeps, so please stop by to say THANK YOU!!!

And these are the ones I sent out...OLD MAN WINTER!
Hope you are all enjoying the swap and the hop.  And if you happen to receive one of mine, please do drop me a line to let me know!


Monday, March 2, 2015


It's that glorious time again for LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD SWAP 2015!!!

A swap friend, Kelly recommended MOO to print postcards from my own photos, and since old
man winter is clinging to us here in the Northeast, I decided to go with an old winter scene. 

For more information on LYA 2015 visit Kat to see all the hard work that goes into such a large swap with over 200 participants. This is my 3rd year, and I can hardly wait!!!

Hope you all get yours in on time!!!  And please let me know if you receive one of mine in the swap. 
It's always nice to know where they end up.