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.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Time Flies...

Well it's a new year, a new month, and the last time I was here was in December...LAST YEAR!

So much has happened in our family since December 2014.  First, we actually missed Christmas and New Years due to a medical emergency.  The kind of stuff that happens "to other people".  And the emergency fund that all the financial planners tell you to save for...well, again, for the stuff that happens "to other people"...also by the wayside.

But in spite of all that, we are grateful.  And since my friend Deborah just posted about getting great mail, I thought I would show you an old piece of mail that was sent out to HAWAII.  Now, the idea is to just simply decorate an envelope, no contents required, it's MAIL ART, that's it.  Send it off to make someone smile:)  Yep, that's it!  Hopefully, they will reciprocate, and continue to send glorious MAIL ART via snail mail.  The good old fashioned way.

And here's the start of a Valentine Swap, headed out to my family in HONOLULU!  Give it a try!
The first one to send me their snail mail address via email, will receive MAIL ART from yours truly!
There's a must send me one in return!  STAY WARM...aloha!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Miracle

Dec. 3 was the date of my last post...the date that we would rush our daughter to the ER with a 104 temperature.  It is now Christmas Eve, and she remains in MICU fighting for her beautiful life, from pneumonia gone bad.  ARDS, Renal Failure...the works.

I've learned so much from these past 3 weeks, that remain a blur, from the local hospital to the big one who would perform a life saving procedure known as ECMO.  Yeah, look that one up!

As today is the first day that she has opened her eyes with her family by her side, I am weary, I am grateful and I want to universally acknowledge, that we are truly blessed.

Merry Merry, Happy Happy, Joy one and all!  And many thanks to everyone who participated in our Christmas Miracle that is the life of our beautiful child through prayer and good intentions.

Mahalo from the bottom of my heart!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Art Journal Swap/Hop

Well the neverending Art Journal Swap/Hop is coming to an end.  Here's a sneak peak at a few pages of Judie's book.  Don't want to divulge too much in case Judie is looking.  We want each book to be a surprise upon return to its rightful owner.

What I love about this book is that Judie embedded a real tea spoon to signify the name of our group,
ARTY TEA PARTY... And Lucy, went right on into the next page using original story text to complete her page, complete with a photo of what she thinks the character looks like.  Great idea!
Every picture tells a story...
A natural wreath from Nina's gardens of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage
And of course, the incredible detail needlework of Andrea.

So, for more of the Neverending Art Journal Swap/Hop, check back for the completion and the return of all the books to their owners.  I can't wait to see the talented additions to my own book which started out like this...


 Until then, Aloha!!!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hawaii Hiatus

Sunset at Waikiki

It's been quite awhile since I have been here to blog about altered books and other projects.  However I have a good excuse.  OK, not really, but planning a 2 week getaway 5000 miles away from home all by my big bad girl self, was a really BIG DEAL for me.

The purpose of the long trek to Hawaii was to reunite with my beautiful island Mama's family.  Most of whom I have never met before.  And what a beautiful family they are.  I am truly blessed.  Even have a little 13 year old hula dancer cousin.  And thankfully, I came back just in time to see the gorgeous colors of Autumn in the Northeast.  Culture shock going...and coming back.  But it's soooo true...THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, as I strum my ukulele...

So, I am back in the saddle and have many book projects, mostly journals, lined up and cranking them out for the holiday season.  And I'm gonna try my hand at bookbinding, too.  Yes, I'm rejuvenated and ready to dig my heels in...ALOOOOHA!
Linking up to Skywatch Friday here...and I'm actually early for once!!!  GO ME!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Art Journal Book Swap/Hop

Another page done along the NEVERENDING journey of the Art Journals.  This is my page in Kitty's book using one of her prompts.."colors came alive for her".  It was just the right prompt, too, because I was ready to play in color out of doors.
Couldn't resist adding one of my new paper flowers...

hula~la la la la la...I'm just sayin'...
This is Kitty's intro to the that hair!!!

The swap should be winding down least I hope so, it's been over a year that we have been swapping journals.  Hope you enjoy! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pay It Forward...with Art

Yesterday at the lovely gardens of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage, the Arty Tea Party gang dabbled in Water Color Batik on Unryu Paper.  This lovely paper is light weight and translucent with fibers, and is quite strong. 

Under the instruction of our Dear Rosebud Sandy, we took the watercolor to the paper, brushed on spots of melted soy wax, more watercolor layers...and while hanging to dry, we eat, drink and become quite merry...(Sangria helped with the merry part).  
This is my first layer of watercolor.

My next layer after I brushed and blotted abit of wax.
This was such a fun project because I am not a painter.  I also cannot draw.  I am missing the part of the brain that sees with depth and detail.  I am more abstract with my art, and this was perfect because you really can't mess this up.  Just splash some paint around, splash some wax around...more paint...WAX ON...WAX OFF!  The final step after all the paint layers is to iron the wax off between layers of newspaper.  You are left with a very soft see-thru work of art.  I'm going to make a card out of mine.  Easy peasy! 

These are the two I made.  I like them!
For more of the Water Color Batik, visit the ARTY TEA PARTY blog!

And now, because I am in such a happy state, I wanted to share a new project I have signed onto!

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say “YES, I want in”. A ‘like’ alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea. You must in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first five who comment on your status. The rules are simple: – It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends. – It can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper maché – or anything in between. I’m paying this forward thanks to Deborah Weber.  

Perhaps a Water Color Batik card is in your future...ALOHA!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Scrap Paper Flowers

These are my new fave paper projects.  All from scrap papers that I had lying around.  Found this tutorial on Jennibellie, and I just couldn't stop. 
This one is now in Rosebud Sandy's possession. My fave!
And really, the paper possibilities are endless!!!

I plan to use them on some of my altered book projects.  I think they would be great on cards and give a special touch to gift wrapping.