Tuesday, June 29, 2010


This weekend, my siblings (3) traveled to Atlanta, GA for a reunion that was 17 years overdue.  We gathered at our brother's home...the youngest.  17 years is a long time not to see a family member.  We laughed and we cried.  What really brought us together....was the loss of our  nephew, 28 year old Brett, our brother's son,  who died at Christmas time last year.  So I credit Brett with bringing us all together...only I wish he could have been there too. 
Dianne brought lots of old family photos....it was so much fun to look at them.  We spent lots of time on their porch... starting with coffee in the morning...Bill & Kathy's hospitality was immeasurable. We probably could have spent the entire time on that porch...just talking.  Suffice to say I could add a lot more to this post, but I'm just providing a glimpse.

 Bill and Karen

Eileen, Bill & Dianne

                     Courtney, Bill & Kathy

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Book Altering....

This is the inside the book cover.  I "hung the sign" in the workshop and added some other effects this evening...words and the body.  The fun part of doing this is that you can just keep on adding as the spirit moves you.

 These are more pages...I was teaching myself a technique...folding the pages and "sewing" with ribbon to create pockets.  I put the stamp in the pocket just to show you...that's not staying there.  So now I have these painted pages that I will alter, collage, embellish and add who knows what to the pockets.  Fun just to think about....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Learning New Things

I went to an Altered Book workshop yesterday...I am intrigued with what you can do with books whether it's making one from scratch (haven't tried yet), art journaling in a blank book or...as in yesterday's workshop....taking an existing hard bound book and making it into something creative and fun.  (I did read the book before I decided to "alter" it).  So this is the first two pages of the book.  We played with alcohol inks, "masks" which are essentially stencils...the clock gears you see, arylic paint dabbers,  rubber stamps, embellishments...the key and other small metal objects.  So as I was looking at it awhile ago, I decided it needed something more....and who knows...I may yet again add something else to it;  but for now, I added song lyrics...one of my favorite songs from an earlier generation...As Time Goes By...
The photos is not the best, but hope you get the idea....

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Sea of Red, White & Blue - WOW!

I had to post this photo when I saw it on the Drudge Report.  I have never seen this many American Flags in one photo....for me it's like "eye candy"....it was taken at the World Cup Soccer matches.  I just love our American flag and thought I should share this. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Patience by Randi Parkhurst, Bookmaker

Patience from Glowing Heads on Vimeo.

I had to share this amazing artwork by Randi Parkhurst.  You can find out more about her and her creation(s) by visiting her website,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

With Humor

I'm really too young to remember the song from the '50's..."Lipstick on your collar"....but I had red lipstick in mind when I decided to create this journal pageThe red "zig zags" at the top of the page are from a lipstick ad in a magazine...and the other set of zig zags are what I cut from the top zig zags....which made me think of "jaws"...mouth...red lipstick on the collar....and, not to be forgotten, the flag on the pocket.  I started with the shirt and then the creation took on a life of its own....that's how art works.

Beautiful Journal

Is this the coolest journal cover ever?  My neighbor, Toni, gave me this book....I love it....it will be filled with my red, white & blue art. 

Off to "Camp"

Tom was home from college for a couple of weeks and with him came all of his "stuff"....where to put it all.  But in his "stuff" he had some of the postcards I've made for him during his college years.  Each card has it's own special memories and "pearls of wisdom" I've tried to share with him as he is on his life journey.  Maybe he'll share them with his children some day and "won't have to reinvent the wheel"!  At any rate, I've enjoyed looking at some of them this week as he headed out for "Camp" yesterday...Camp LeJeune, NC that is....for more Marine Corp training.  Ooh Rah!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Playing with oil pastels...is for the...Birds!!!

This was done using some of the tools I learned at my recent collage/mixed media art workshop.  I do love birds....

Intro Page to my Red, White & Blue Journal...

 I had to create a "1st Page" for my Red, White & Blue Journal and this is it.....my very first art journal was all about the color blue....I still have a lot of "blue in me".