Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mini Nature Fiber Fest

Mini Nature Journal
This mini journal measures approx. 4 1/2 inches square, and is full of fibers and papers, and feathers and buttons.  And now that Spring has finally sprung here in the northeast US, out of doors is the place to be one with Nature.   Thanks to Nina of Happy Herbs Soap at Two Crow Cottage for the clay feather on the cover.  And to Kitty and Sandy Rosebud for sharing some of their fiber goodies.





With flaps to lift, and yummy texture!

 Thanks for fluttering by...

Monday, April 17, 2017

A little Passion for Nature...

Here are a few pages, a WIP, for the upcoming Mother's Day Festival.  These pages are double sided, and will be folded in half to form...A mini book of my Passion for Nature.  
With coffee dyed gauze, suede scraps, lace, 
and so much more.
It's a fiber fest...for sure!  Birds, bees, flowers, trees, and my favorite thing to make with old book pages...butterflies!
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere ~ Vincent Van Gogh
These pages will be sewn together, and tied up with ribbon!
Stay tuned for the finished piece...


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LIberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2017

This is my postcard for the 
Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2017, my 5th year,
hosted by Kat Eye Studio
I made them from a mixed media piece 
done for a challenge...that I won btw.

This is my decked out envie that was
featured on Kat's blog for the swap. YAY!

And here we go with the ones I received...
Postcard # 1 titled "FLORAL CHALLENGE" comes 
from Linda Ursin in Norway, where she made
this work of art into apparel, home decor and even phone cases.  

My postcard # 2 hails from Ireland! This acrylic painting titled, "MOSS STONE" is from Jacinta. I just had to sneak out into my woods to find this perfect stone to display it. You can find the original painting here 

Postcard # 3 is from Janet McQueen in Manitoba, Canada. This digital painting is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
Titled: "Pigeon Feeder in Covent Gardens, London". 

You can find this and more of her work at

 Well, postcard # 4 is from my BFF Nina, 
from Happy Herbs Soap @ Two Crow Cottage, right here in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. And since I frequent her gardens regularly, it seemed fitting to stage her wonderful postcard on the very gear that is featured in her postcard. 
How cool is that? 
I love it here! You can find her great soap, incense and oils on Etsy!

My soulful # 5 postcard is from Kathy McIntire of Solsisterstudio in Little River, SC. And since Spring has finally sprung, 
I ventured out into the sunshine to catch some rays.

The pièce de ré·sis·tance is from the wonderful host of the swap,
Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio, where you can learn everything you need to know about iPhone Photography.  Check it out!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Do what you like...

Yesterday was a glorious day to stay home and play with my books and paper! Well, after the grocery store, and the pet store and the recycle center, that is.  But it was a crisp, cold day, the perfect day to air out the pillows and feather bed beneath the blue skies with the sun shining bright.

And in between all the "required" busy-ness of the day, I devoted the better part of this day in my creative space, listening to Blind Faith on the turntable, DOIN' WHAT I LIKE!... tea dying papers and ribbons.  For this batch, I used plain old Lipton tea bags, with a few Raspberry ones tossed in just for kicks. It sure does smell good.  Different than the coffee dying frenzy I was on during the past week of crazy weather causing 2 power outages which I thoroughly enjoyed!

For added texture in some of my projects, I like to use tea or coffee stained medical gauze, and if you haven't tried dying industrial paper towels, you simply must! It has wonderful texture that shows up beautifully when stained or dyed.

This fabulous sheet is coffee dyed!  And yes, it has that crinkly sound after baking!

And this is the glorious underpaper, the baking sheet! 
My dyed paper smells wonderful! And I don't even drink coffee!

This gives me great JOY...along with the WIP, Hawaii; my junk journal/scrapbook of my trip to Waikiki to meet some beautiful island Ohana for the first time!
My lovely island Mama is on the cover!
Thanks for stopping by.  Soon I will have some of these fabulous papers and other items for junk journals up in my etsy shop...stay tuned! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Loaded Paper Bag Swap

I had to create an extra little folder that I tucked inside the lace wrap to hold all the extras that wouldn't fit inside the mini "bookbag".
I recently joined a vintage junk journal group online, and quickly found myself in a swap of a loaded paper bag. Well, I never heard of such a thing, but it sounded like fun, because I have a passion for papers.

The idea is to fill a small paper bag with at least 10 things that could be used in a junk journal. Well, how hard can that be?  I have a paper stash that even I envy, if you catch my drift.  But, where oh where to begin? And how to begin?

Just jump in...I guess.  Hmmm, this was much harder than I thought, and it took me a while to get my groove on for this project.  But once I started digging into the stash, it began to flow.

It started out with a gift bag that I saved, even though it was ripped.  But I love the pattern and wanted to make it into a "book bag".

I used just one side of the bag to make a wrap around cover to hide another "bookbag" inside, with lots and lots of goodies for my swap partner to use in her journals.  The handle becomes the closure, all tied up with lace.

2 mini paper bags sewn together, tags tucked in front and back.
I had to create an extra little folder that I tucked inside the lace wrap to hold all the extras that wouldn't fit inside the mini "bookbag".
This project was a collaborative effort with some of gal pals from the Arty Tea Party.

I filled one of Nina's glassine postal envies with cancelled stamps, some very old, and used the wax seal to hold them in.
Andrea contributed her lovely mini crochet embellishments that totally fit the Victorian theme that my swap partner loves.  And of course, this theme was right up Rosebud Sandy's alley.  She unloaded a crate full of her lovelies to include. Thanks also to Kitty for the fabric swatch tucked inside the lace on the back holding all the extra goodies in.

Her lovely bag was AB FAB!
And fully much fun!
I can't wait to dig in to this stash for my next journal...

Thanks for popping in to peek at my creative chaos!   Aloha!