Tuesday, October 1, 2019



My favorite time of year...
with all of the gorgeous colors and apples and pumpkins...
And with that comes the 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Out and About. ..

Setting up shop with HAPPY HERBS SOAP!
It sure was a wonderful weekend in the Catskills...

All the journals come with a handy carry pouch, too!  


Saturday, March 9, 2019



This beauty of a deer wandered into the courtyard at an Adult Home in Upstate New York.  It seems to visit regularly, and the residents always rush to the window to say "hello".

Linking up with Eileen for Saturday's Critters...check it out!!!  


Friday, January 25, 2019


With all the snow and rain and ice...
well, the perfect day to get back into the studio to CREATE!!!

Many personal journals that I started before the holidays came barging through, are now back in the production line of my
"creative chaos"!!!

And this little gem of a book was stowed away on a tall shelf, 
that decided to just come down...shelf, books and all!
Now, I have never read this little set of books (Vols. 1 - 4 only) that were sitting so nicely up on that shelf, which is probably why they were dumped on me at this particular time...
after many years up there. 

You see, I collect old books, just for the hell of it, I guess, 
but mostly because they look great up on my shelves...

And as soon as I opened up Volume 1, I read in the lovely old script writing of the former owner, how deeply she felt about the knowledge and intellect of this writer, Dr. Frank Crane.

However, it was the introduction to the book that captivated me so much that I proceeded to read through Volume 1.

Now this is exactly the type of "to the point" writing that speaks volumes to me...and it is exactly the style of writing that I like to delve into myself with good old pencil and paper.  

And it is this "to the point" set of works that I have been working on for years, and have just now decided after reading Volume 1 of Dr. Crane's Four Minute Essays, that this will be the "living legacy" that I plan to leave behind...books that I have written, in my own sometimes scraggly, sometimes elegant handwriting.  

No, not published works, but a true testament to what makes me "tick"... with a little bit of what ticks me off, too! 

 This little set of books FOUND me at just the right time!


  Feeding the birds...in memory of Ursula!



Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later...

But, not a fan of the ice.  Although I did build an ice fort with candles to watch the BLOOD MOON!  The 40 mph winds didn't appreciate my ice fort candles!  

Back to the studio I go to create...ok, not to create, but to tidy up the chaos that has taken over...



Monday, September 10, 2018

Write Your Own Happy Ending

Storytelling Alchemy

I have been asked by a friend, Miss Renee Damoiselle, to create writing journals for early registrants of her upcoming Storytelling Alchemy Retreat in lovely Chester, CT. 

The day job gets in the way of the creative flow sometimes, but lo and behold...they are done!

Included in the retreat, is a copy of Renee's new book...to be released on October 1!  Available now for pre-order on Amazon.  Just click the link at the top of this page.  

Each little journal, is at least 50 pages, all different types of paper, some are coffee stained, with pockets, and tucks and tags...and plenty of writing space to...
 Write Your Own Happy Ending...
Find the Divine...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Storytelling Journals

I have been asked by a friend to create a limited number of 
personal journals for early registrants in an upcoming
Now these are just a few of them, and each one is a OOAK work of art! No 2 are alike.  I just love all the textures on the front and back covers, and the inside contains coffee dyed pages, pockets, tags, tuck spots...many special spots and places for personal journaling with at least 50 pages in each one! 
Also included with your retreat registration, is a signed copy of Renee's new book scheduled for release on Oct. 1.  You can preorder your copy on Amazon thru the link up above.  

I love making these journals!  I love all the elements that are sharing space along with fabric and fibers, sassafras leaves, patchouli leaves, wood bark...whatever jumped out at me and screamed..."PICK ME"!  They are now lying on a bed of palo santo wood awaiting shipment.  And if you have never smelled palo santo wood...you should seek it out!  There's nothing like it! 

Thanks for stopping by...I'm in full "creative chaos" mode in my studio!  And loving every minute of it...(but, still have to keep the day job!)  


Saturday, April 14, 2018


Meet Dante...

This is my 5th year in the LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD SWAP, hosted by the ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS KAT SLOMA of KATEYESTUDIO!  I have all the postcards that I have received over the years displayed in my art studio.  They all bring me JOY!  
In my previous post, you can see Dante on my decked out envie that carried my postcards cross-country to Kat! 

My first postcard reminds us to "BE IN THE MOMENT"...for in a moment, life can change!  A very cool collage by Mary Claire from Chicago!  

Postcard # 2 is a lovely black and white photograph taken at the Florida Botanical Gardens of very big bamboo!  All carved up by visitors who did not heed the sign that said...
"PLEASE DO NOT CARVE THE BAMBOO"...lol!  This card is from Elissa, in Kat's town of Portland OR, who unfortunately did not have her pocket knife on her this day!  Guess you'll just have to go back again:)

Postcard # 3 arrived from the Greek Island of Dodecanese, Rhodes and has a wonderful message for all artists.  Margea says, "Find something you love and never let go!"

# 4 in the swap is from Darlene. This postcard reminded me that I have a wonderful collection of old cameras.  Hope you will pop in to visit Darlene for abit of her Peace, Love and Photography! 

Postcard # 5 hails from Susan in South Florida.  Like me, Susan loves the color purple, and this flow painting project looks like it was great fun to create! 

And of course, last but not least...a gem among gems (rock crystals) is from our WONDERFUL HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST...KAT SLOMA!  Thank you, Kat for bringing us all together here, from all over the world, to share our individual love of art and creativity! 

A few side swaps that I received...

This is Plum, official greeter in "forget me not forest" at
Two Crow Cottage, home of  HAPPY HERBS SOAP by Nina! 

From Peggy Choate, who has just published an Adult Coloring Book, entitled LOTUS TRIP!  How wonderful!

This lovely work of art is from Terry Owenby.  A paper thin vintage hanky, hand-stitched to a pink linen tablecloth.  My, my!

Mail art is great fun! 

With much Aloha to one and all...thank you for stopping by!  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Strut Your Art Stuff

Once again, old man winter gets to participate in this year's LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD SWAP hosted by KAT SLOMA @ KATEYESTUDIO!  This is the decorated envie that holds my cool postcards of Dante the horse strutting his stuff in the snow! I will show my postcard, as well as the ones I receive in the swap...from all over the world!  This is my 5th year in the swap, and I can't wait to see what I get!!!  Thank you, Kat!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Old Man Winter

Our wonderful rescue dog...

Hiding treats in the snow is great fun with such a cool dog!

I'll get back to the studio...hopefully soon!!!  



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It all goes by so fast...

The holidays come and then they go...and all too quickly!  It was a wonderful, beautiful time with family and friends, and I am completely exhausted, yet excited to get back into the studio to create...something!  And I have many "somethings" on the agenda to tackle!  

# 1 on this list is the altered book/scrapbook that I started last year for my island brother of our time together in Hawaii....with our lovely Mama on the cover of James A. Michener's book titled...HAWAII! 

Here's how it all started...Altered Book/Hawaii 

Onward in 2018...for more of my "creative chaos"!  
Yep, that's my middle name! 

Aloha...and mahalo for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tags I Received in the Swap

These are the tags I received from EC from an online 
TAG SWAP!!!  One for each of my daughters!

Love them...
Tis the season!!!

Not enough time to create more journals...they are allll gone!  YIKES!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Tag Swap

Here are a few tags I made for an online tag swap...I had fun with them, even though it was a last minute thing.
  Can't wait to see what I get in return from EC! 

It's crazy how quickly we are dropped right into the holiday season that is Christmas.  And, with 4 more journals laid out, and so little time before the next event...well, I am hopeful!

So, what are you working on?  



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Calm Before the Storm

And by storm, I am not referring to the weather.

I won't even show you what this lovely desktop workspace looks  like now.  Mostly because I can't find it amidst all the 
CREATIVE CHAOS!  Yep, that's my middle name! 

Hope ya'll are working on something cool for the holidays! 
It's been a while since I have posted...life is that way...and death in the midst is all a part of it.  But we go on, with good memories to keep us afloat!

Stop back soon...I'll show you what comes from the storm!  



Saturday, September 23, 2017

For the Birds...

This little journal was inspired by a friend who loves birds.  She has nursed birds at her home, and feeds them year round with many, many bird feeders.  She has a beloved parakeet, Mae, who is quite vocal in the morning.  Also, she teaches CREATIVE WRITING, and I thought what a great tool this little book would be to prompt just that...creative writing...or perhaps jot down your greatest joys or secrets.  I have gifted her a special journal complete with feathers, and I can't wait to see what great tale it holds within!
This little journal measures 4-1/2" x 6" and has 36 blank coffee dyed pages, contains a couple pockets with journal cards/tags.  I love making these, and no two are alike...
back cover
And it all ties up with a black suede strap to 
keep your secrets safe...

So, let's hear it...what is your short story about?