Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Trip Inspiration Part 1






You know me..
 gentle reader..
a glutton for beauty..
and I found it on our adventure ...



at the home of our friends
Kirsten and Bjarne
in Arhus..
Denmark





 I so admire a fine garden
 and they have a gorgeous
piece of property 
with a 100 year old farmhouse 
and all the animals you can imagine..
chickens, horses, ducks, rescue dogs, and a sweet rescue kitty..






Kirsten and I have been social media friends for many years and 
so it was lovely to finally meet her in person..





Autumn was a great time to visit..
the garden is just shutting down, but still dripping with color..
and fragrance..







Bjarne got us tickets to Aros, and we immersed ourselves in art
and the Rainbow Experience..
which is incredible and allows you to view the the cityscape
through a rainbow lens ...





Don contemplating the Rainbow Experience in Arhus.




We looked forward to London..
in spite of the rain..
well it ALWAYS rains in London..
and seriously
nothing would get done there if people let that stop them..

We stayed at an Airbnb with a view 
of Battersea Park 
and rain or shine the park was busy with runners,
and soccer players.. and people walking dogs ...







So out we went into the pouring rain..
Oyster card in hand and braved the weather to hop 
over to 





and I know I took you there last year...






but try to suffer through the awesomeness ..
ok?






and what did I buy?
Paper of course... 
Khadi, scrap paper, envelopes and book clips
and a 
New Bone Folder..
yippee..
and a few presents that I cannot share...

and 
cards for a little granddaughter 
who is not on 
social media..


Large Khadi rounds, scraps, envelopes, black wing erasers, and book clips..


and she certainly doesn't read blogs!!


so my dear ones, 
stay tuned and I will have part two of this post
for all of you not on social media..
and my visit to
L. Cornelissens

Which is a magical shop
for Artists...


Ciao, ciao!




Friday, October 11, 2019

Mini Antique Lap Book Flip Through







Ciao, dear ones..
I am back.. 
and settling in after an amazing trip
to 
Copenhagen, Arhus and London..


I simply loved working in my journal
and I hope you will make one too..







As you might imagine, 
I am behind in my studio work and will
be working long hours 
in order to 
try to catch up
but next Tuesday, 
I will have photos from my trip and 
pics of all the supplies I purchased..

C4N!



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

August Art Journal Pages










I suppose I don't need to tell you 
gentle reader..
that I am woefully late
on my Journal pages,
for August..

It is mid September after all..
but we have been dealing with a family issue
and it has taken







time and attention
as well as giving pause and consideration..

so I have not been in the studio as much as usual.









everyone deals with these things, 
and while I won't burden you with the situation..
I can at least let you know that it is at the root of my
August pages..









I recently wrote a little note to a friend who buried her husband 
a year ago... 



"without deep pain cutting a valley in the heart, 
true joy would simply wash and run off.
 The valley opens to receive a joyful soaking
 that is then transmuted into our being."



It doesn't matter what the situation
what the pain is like or about
situations do not matter
feelings 
matter






So I mindfully ripped old papers and painted
multiple layers..


this tree is something I look at 
daily 
I love the bony branches..
It seems to be an anchor for me.. 
slightly obscured 
by the other bigger and leafier trees


Ingredients: Acrylic paints, photo copies, old book pages, colored pencil, pencil,








but it stands like truth..
old and gnarled..
beautiful in age
and knowing it will not stand forever..
I appreciated it in
this
moment...




As you know, we are off again to travel
to far off places and visit dear
friends..

wherever you are and wherever you go
I wish you happy trails..

xox






Friday, September 13, 2019

Mini Lap Book Part 2







Happy Friday,
dear hearts!

So here is part two of my
Mini Lap Book 

I am so pleased with the way it turned out..











and cannot wait to use it on our travels..

we will be traveling for a few weeks and 
I am so thrilled to be able to spend some time 
in London again and
plan to shop in a few 

art supply stores again..

if you are on social media,
Instagram or Facebook,
friend me,
 so you can see the photos that we take
along the way..


I hope you enjoy the video and make your own
lap book ...


Ciao, Ciao!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Inspiration Kits





Well, dear readers..
I just wanted to let you
all know







that the 


is now open

there are large and small packs
of lace and paper





I won't be making them again for a while..
since we are off to Europe shortly..


but I will be back on Friday
to finish my little 
lap book!


xox



Friday, September 6, 2019

Mini Lap Book Tutorial




Ciao, dear readers and viewers..
First...
thank you all 
for your concern, we so appreciated all 
of your kind remarks and we are fine as you can see...
and most grateful to you
for your care...


We have a couple of weeks
before we travel to 
Denmark and London..





But I knew that I wanted to take more time
with my travel journal 
for our new European adventure..

so I decided to create a small lap book
this is 4" x 5 1/2 "
and will be so tuckable into my
saddle bags
and luggage...


If you have never heard of a lap book..
I imagine you will want to make one now..

and next week, 
we will have the finished book..
I have so many decisions to make..

and that is part of the enjoyment of course..
so tune in next Friday..


and until then,
dear ones..

xox

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Celebrating the Twig..






I know..
I know..
it isn't Tuesday..
and I always blog on Tuesday ..
when 
I am not posting a video..








But we have been swamped
at the Lily House..







We had a family issue to attend,
and I have been busy making scrap packs
for a special event..
Not to mention an intensifying weather event that looks as though
it has us in its target..
yikes..







so,  I am knowing that you will forgive me
gentle reader for 
being so tardy with this post..







I am still smitten with my tiny books and 
plan to make more of course..






But right now, methinks we shall work on 
hurricane preparedness..


so hold us in your kindest thoughts
dear ones..
and as always,
I am grateful for you..



Ciao, ciao!

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