Putting it all together.

IMG_20141121_194146I have been making cards for myself (and helping the kids with theirs) for years. I thought I had learned a lot, but in the past twelve months, I feel like I have learned exponentially where I had been learning additionally. I am still playing with, working with and adding to my portfolio the things I learned at my Copic class and that was almost a month ago. One of the things that really excites me is how I can try something out with this art collaboration and then turn around and apply an aspect to paper crafting. I love the way things can meld together now in terms of mixed media crafting and art. Here are some of the ideas on my Christmas Card drawing board. Stay tuned.

Art Collaboration – Part Three

20141120_045408This week I am dealing with subject/interest. I added some butterflies and dragonflies, but I am still moving them around and playing with different ideas of where to put how many so this may look far different next week. My color gift worked out really well. The gift I am working with subject on was a risky piece, so I tried to keep with that theme. I hope my choices paid off. I know that doing this kind of work with different projects is good for my development because I have to be flexible as I try to keep my work in context with the other work and the gift recipient’s preferences. I’ve been friends with these people for a few years, so I think I’ve been listening and picking up on things correctly.

Instagram Faves…


Art Journal Layout (posted by @vickyp_gr) Once I complete my current art collaboration project, I definitely see some art journaling in my future. Maybe eventually on a daily basis. Baby steps. Vicky Papaioannou is an amazing paper artist from Greece who made this layout.




Kayaking in Congaree (posted by @usinterior) I have wanted to learn to kayak, and then go kayaking for a few years now. When I have enough time in my schedule, I’m definitely going to take basic training on operating the craft and staying safe. Then, lookout world! I want to go in rivers, lakes, oceans, the whole nine, and get good enough to do easy rapids and waterfalls. When I discussed it with my husband, he gave me the answer I gave him when he wanted to buy a motorcycle: that I have to wait until the kids can take care of themselves and that he refuses to tell my mother that I have been hurt (or worse) in an accident. Sigh.


Dave Chappelle covers GQ Men of the Year Issue (posted by @ledisi) There was a lot of gossip going on in Portland last Fall. Somebody said Dave Chappelle was doing a concert and on the strength of word of mouth alone, the tickets were long gone before the concert was even announced. Ditto Radio Music Hall in the NYC this Summer when Chappelle launched a series of shows to celebrate the ten year anniversary of his Block Party film. When you can sell tickets like that when regular people don’t even KNOW you’re coming to town, you need to be on the cover of a magazine somewhere.

Day 322: Three Way Hug.

hugMy youngest son, Max, inherited the hugging gene from my family. I have half a hugging gene, but he has one and a half hugging genes. He loves a hug and will not hesitate to get one if he feels he needs one (or if he sees someone get one and decides he needs one). I think he got his enthusiasm for hugs from my mother, who is a world-class hugger. She really loves people and Max has that same love. I had just given him a hug in the kitchen, when my husband came by complaining about the cold. I motioned for him to come and get a hug. He rushed over and Max came back. It was a really sweet moment.