Friday, April 22, 2016

Book Ends...Book Beginnings

It pains me to see these lovely Reader's Digest books go into the recycling bin at the local library.  I scoop them up every time I find them.  For these will have an adventurous new life as a personal journal, complete with a matching bookmark from the spine.
And just look at those wonderful end papers.  They too, will be incorporated into the new book.
I will add papers, and pockets and tags and other paper ephemera to make a unique personal journal, worthy of poetry, secrets, stories...photographs and more.  Check back later, as I will post the finished product...and if I get ambitious enough to complete a few more, I will hold a give-away.

Thanks for stopping by.
 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Liberate Your Art...BABY!

Postcard # 1 from Gloria

Postcard # 2 from Lynn
Postcard # 3 from Jeannette
Postcard # 4 from Deborah who took Kat's I-phone Photography class
Postcard # 5 from Debbie

Wonderful # 6 from KAT, THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST!


And here are a couple side swaps!
From Sherry in Alaska

And this from Kitty
This lovely side swap is from Sonya of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, in CA.
I love this one, because I have actually been here!

Another side from Sea Dean


And this one is mine!


Click here to view the Swap Hop Video!  
THANK YOU, KAT!

It's great fun to receive Mail Art from all over the world.  

See my previous post for my contributions to the swap 4 years in a row!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Liberate Your Art, Baby!

My LYA Swap # 1 (2013)
My LYA Swap # 2 (2014)

My LYA # 3 (2015)

THIS IS MY 4TH YEAR 2016



THANK YOU KAT FOR BEING THE BEST HOSTESS EVER!
WITH MUCH ALOHA TO YOU...

Head on over to Kat Eye Studio to see what all the fuss is about!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What...no snow?

I was looking forward to the great snow of the year...and here in New York STATE, not NYC, we got NOTHING!  Totally bummed out about that because we were prepared!  Everywhere in surrounding states and local towns got tons of snow!  And since there is no snow to shovel, or build a cool snowman with, or snow fort which I love to do, complete with a snowseat with a spot to put your beer down, complete with candles to enjoy at night, I spent some time checking out some new blogs.  And above is what I found at Leonie Wise.

It's a great manifesto for good wholesome living, wouldn't you say?  So, until we get clobbered with snow, which we most assuredly will before winter is over, I will snoop around the internet to find some new blogs to inspire me!  Oh, and I think I will get out a box of crayons and color!

If you know of a good one, remember, "it's nice to share"!  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mini Journals


This tiny little book is one of those gift books that you might receive as a gift...you know the ones about Friendship, Love, Dreams, etc.  Well, I have a ton of them that I have received, collected, snagged from book sales and I transformed them and gave them an adventurous new life, ready to take on photos, love notes, dreams, phone numbers...just sayin', you never know!
from this...
to this...with a little homemade pad for secrets
a leaf skeleton and 4 leaf clover...tags to write your dreams
a pocketful of wishes...
There's so much more to this tiny little book.  Lots of space to add photos, journal, save ticket stubs...
Texture from vintage fabric scrap on the cover, to burlap, yarn, lace, feathers...and so much more.  I have not shown you the whole book here.  Surprises inside!  A great little gift that fits inside your purse for that special moment when you want to add a memory or memento.

ALOHA!  Here comes the snow...finally!

Thanks for stopping by!  Will post another book soon.  The creative juices are flowing. 


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Million Thanks

Hand made cards for the troops at Christmas!
It was a wonderful show of support for our men and women who serve this great land, when many organizations, families and individuals joined in a letter writing campaign through  

 

 No matter our differences, these brave men and women are protecting our rights to live the American Dream!  Please keep them in your thoughts and your prayers as you go forth into the 
New Year of 2016.

I wish you all a HAPPY and especially a 
HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ch-ch-ch-changes...

An old Art Book transformed into an Altered Art Journal
It's that time of year again, when the gorgeous, vibrant colors of Autumn are fading away and I ponder what has become of my Art Book in the Neverending Book Hop/Swap.  Now, I believe I began this project 2 years ago with 9 of my Arty Tea Party gal pals, and I have not seen my book since, except for a sneak, behind my back change of hands. 
I left these pages as is...to remind me of how it began.
Added a Zinnia from the garden, and passed it on.
So, I am anxiously awaiting its return to me!
All the while, embracing the ch-ch-changes of the wonderful season that is Autumn!

CHEERS!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spooky Inspiration


And here's another peek at some incredible art from old, discarded books...


Yep, taking altered books to a whole new level.  Keep the lights on while reading tonight!!!


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 flutterby...fly!
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 
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!

Thanks for stopping by!  ALOHA