Monday, November 29

playing with books

I'm not quite sure how it's happened, but lately there's been a creative storm brewing around here. I've gotten a ton of playtime in with books, paper and paint.
Years ago I did a lot of scrapbooking, so I have boxes of gorgeous papers that have sat idle for too long. I pulled them out a few weeks ago and I literally sat for a day just adding papers into books as it rained outside. Little pieces here and there that reminded me why I feel in love with books to begin with.
For the next few days I played with pen and ink, and then I dove into some new Luminarte paints. I've always loved Twinkling H20's, but I hadn't ever used Luminarte Color Concentrates. What a fast, clean, easy way to cover a blank page with color! They dry quickly as well, so there isn't a lot of down time waiting for pages to dry. While the glimmer does show well in photos, I'm loving the shine it adds!
I'll continue to add to these books over time whether its with paint and ink, or more scraps of paper. And then one day when I need to clear my head, I'll pull these books out and write up a storm, letting my words fall out onto the opened page. That's when I write the most... when there's a storm brewing inside my head that won't be kept quite any longer!

Sunday, November 28

happily creating....

On this Thanksgiving weekend I've enjoyed having my White Christmas Ornaments to work on... in between turkey and pie, Christmas music and movies, Black Friday shopping at 3:45 (gasp!), and time spent with family and friends. I hope you're enjoying the long weekend too, and having fun doing the things you love!

Thursday, November 18

Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? I know I sure am... and I got to thinking with my last project finished, I'd like to host a White Christmas Ornament Swap!
It's been a while since I've hosted a swap, and I'm ready to get in the holiday spirit. I want this to be fun, and not cause a lot of stress for any of us during this already busy time of year. So I'm thinking we can gather in groups of 12, as a nod to the 12 days of Christmas.

I'm not one for rules, but here a few things to keep in mind...

1. All ornaments should be handmade
2. Please use white as the main color in your ornament
3. Create 12 similar ornaments
4. Drop in the mail to me NO LATER than December 1st

I love the idea of having a box of beautiful, handmade ornaments as a gift to myself and each of you. If this sounds like fun to you as well, just send me an e-mail at so I can include you in the fun!

Monday, November 15


Well, I think it's finished... and I'm glad! While I'm really happy with how the table runner came out, I'm ready to move on to my next project. I will continue to add little bits here and there as I find them, but here it is today...

You may have noticed my beloved cat Rowdy napping in my suitcase; we got home late last and I have to unpack from a quick trip up north. More on our visit to Carmel and Tancredi & Morgen in my next post. Happy Monday!

Friday, November 5

making progress...

Thursday, November 4

Looking to Thanksgiving...

A few weeks ago I started a new table runner that I'm hoping to finish in time for Thanksgiving. I picked up a long crocheted piece of linen while junking and it fits the table perfectly! So I've gathered a few of my favorite things, in my new favorite color... sepia! At least that's what I'm calling it, as there really is no color other than the natural, faded colors of old lace, tatting, rhinestones, mercury glass, and such. I even want to add photos of family in old tin type frames I picked up at Gilding the Lily. Here it is in progress, I'll try to add photos as I work on it....

Is there anything you're working on lately? If so link up in the comments, I'd love to see it!
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