From Art

Fun and fast fall garland

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I needed just a touch of fall color. I don’t normally pull out my autumn decorations until around the first of October, but with the increadibly beautiful days we’ve had recently, I wanted some way to bring that beautiful into the house. The burlap leaves caught my eye a few weeks ago at Cost Plus World Market. I knew I loved them but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them. The other things have been laying around my scrap room. I was washing dishes the other day when it hit me exactly what I’d like to do, and this fun garland was born. The possibilities are really endless!

Art Friday: Abstract

photo (6)This is my current work-in-progress. These abstract collages seem to happen when I am very troubled and need to get out of my head for a while. (Which reminds me, Ginny shared a way to help Sarah’s family.) The same sort of thing seems to happen while I’m knitting. My brain tends to spin over things I can’t change or control, and there is something about the rhythm of knitting and the rhythm of painting that helps me center. Yesterday was just such a day in the no man’s land of waiting for Ellianna’s test results again. I needed to find some breathing room. I was surprised at the bright colors that popped up in this one. I usually don’t go for bright yellow and pink, but it really works. I don’t think this one is done yet. It doesn’t feel ‘finished’ in my head…I’d really really like to try an encaustic process, I think. We’ll see.

Art Friday: Create Space

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Earlier this summer I was able to find some time to organize and purge fourteen years worth of paperwork, art supplies, and well, junk- something I’d wanted to do for quite a while. We’ve moved so often the last few years that the ‘office’ continued to get packed up and trundled along, mess and all, never really getting straightened out. The next project is to do the same thing with my computer files. I have such a backlog…ewww…anyways. A re-arranged bedroom meant that this whole nook opened up, and with it, so many possibilities. What is in here now earns keep…and…it’s already messy. I think I just have to accept it. I usually clean up after a big creating session, if only to be able to find what I need the next go round, but yea, it pretty much stays this way. And I’m digging it. I love the light here too- I love that I have both high workspace and desk-level work space-I always was a standing scrapper but a sit-down painter but I never oriented my space for both possibilities until now. I haven’t gotten to slip in here as much as I would like, but I can honestly say this is the first space that has really worked for me, start to finish- that I can just walk into and get going on whatever I’m interested in. It is still a work in progress, but overall, I am very happy.

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project life: the month of February


I am having a crisis of sorts here. I really, really, really like the idea of some weekly and monthly documentation going on in my life. I really, really like the concept of Project Life.


just finished the month of February in the book. (Right up until just before Elliana entered the hospital). February was two months ago.

I feel like I’m missing a process that would make this easier. The biggest hurdle for me already? The unique size of the pockets, which doesn’t match standard printing sizes. There is an awful lot of thought that has to go into which photos need to be printed and which orientation and then cropping all to fit. Which requires time. I don’t have a lot of that. Then, the photos, once printed, have to be trimmed to size. More time. I need a better way of getting photos into the album.

Ideally, I’d love to be able sit down on a Saturday afternoon each week and quickly pop in the pictures and documentation for the week. Realistically, I’m often doing these three or four weeks at a go and I’ve already begun to forget what happened when and which things I wanted in the book and why. If I still participated in social media extensively, it would probably be easy to track, (and I found that very helpful in the past when catching up on albums)–but I don’t, and what is put on Instagram is self-explanantory and doesn’t really help me remember what else was going on that week that I didn’t choose to document publicly. I’m thinking, at bare minimum, even if I can’t sit down and scrap at some point during the weekend, I need to grab twenty minutes and my paper brain and remind myself of what I want to do so that when I do have a chance to scrap, it’s all there waiting for me.


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