Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Holidays Are Here

It's so hard to believe this year is nearly over.  Each year seems to start rather slowly, but then come late spring every year, the months just start to fly.  Every November, without fail, I think August was just last month!

So the holidays are upon us now, and it'll be a quick slide into 2018 from here.

I'm having a 25 Percent OFF Sale in my Etsy Shop, from now through Sunday December 3.  Everything in the shop is 25 percent off.  Sale prices are listed on every item, so there's no need to use a code at checkout.

If you've purchased from me recently and received a 10% discount coupon as a Thank You, you can use that coupon on top of the 25% off during the sale!

In other news, I finished another fantastic novel this week ~
Life or Death by Michael Robotham.  It was so good that I'm planning to read all his previous books.

Otherwise, life just keeps rolling on, with me reading, collaging, writing letters, and generally tending hearth and home.

Have a really wonderful Thanksgiving, all you folks in the States.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Becoming Vintage

This first collage, and the sixth one shown, were done in another new collage journal, this one a vintage journal with lined paper inside.  The size of the book is 7.25 x 11.5, so the spreads are 14.5 x 11.5, quite a bit bigger than I've worked in previously.

I found this journal somewhere in my travels in the last few years, and a while ago I glued two pages together throughout because the single pages were brittle.  I'll get over 30 spreads in the book on now-sturdy paper.

The second collage is the last one in my 9th Midori Travelers Notebook insert.  I've already begun the 10th.

Two of the best books I've read recently:

Exposure by Helen Dunmore and
And Again by Jessica Chiarella

It was a quiet, good week.  We had some rain and we'll have more, but today it looks to be sunny.  Hope you have a great weekend.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happy Hallowe'en

I'm having a four-day 10 Percent Off Everything sale in my Etsy Shop, now through October 31.  Use coupon code "Oct31" at checkout to get the discount.

It was another quiet week for me.  I read mostly.  I've been having heart palpitations regularly again, and they knock me back when they happen.  There's nothing wrong with my heart; it's anxiety.  It usually hits when I least expect it, when I'm feeling mellow and not outwardly bothered by anything..."outwardly" being the operative word here.

I suspect anxiety is at epidemic levels these days.  There's so much to be upset about.  I keep having this conversation with myself about how really grateful I am for everything in my life, how "charmed" my life is, despite its difficulties, compared with the majority of people on the planet, how I'm really not lacking anything, why do I feel so distraught most of the time these days?  There's no answer to this rhetorical question.  It just is, this is just the way it is these days.

Have an enjoyable Hallowe'en.  Do some early holiday shopping in my Etsy Shop, and save 10% through October 31.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Quiet Times

I love this time of year.  I love the late afternoons/early evenings, the slanted rays of the setting sun, lighting candles, purple and orange twilights.

The quiet suits me.  I've been spending less time online these days.  Minding my own business as much as I can.  Trying to not get overwhelmed with the general state of distress in the world.

Don't miss all the wonderful goodies I have for sale in my Etsy Shop...there's something for everyone, all made by moi.

Be well, have a good week. xx

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tumultuous Times

It's been a tumultuous week in California.  Wildfires have taken out huge swaths of the Napa Valley, parts of the city of Santa Rosa and other places in Sonoma County, and rural areas of Mendocino County.  It's all happening, still, south of me by about 150 miles, a huge devastation for so many people and businesses.

The fires took out internet and phone service for most of us north of the Bay Area for two days.  It was absolutely amazing that AT&T got us all back online in such a short period of time.

I finally was able to get all the rest of the items listed for sale in my Etsy Shop.  So if you've been waiting to shop or check out my offerings, now would be a good time.

More good reads from the last couple weeks:  
The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood, and
The Patriots by Sana Krasikov, which I'm reading now.

I've been in a quiet sort of mood.  All the things happening in these times, the gestalt of it all, is so overwhelming.  I simply cannot imagine what it must be like for those millions of people worldwide who are really being affected.  My heart and soul go out to them all.

Hope you have a good week.  Check out my Etsy Shop.  xx

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Looking back at my artmaking over the last 20 years, I realized recently that I've created a huge body of work in numerous media...

Beaded jewelry
Art quilting
Hand Stitching

And I decided to put A LOT of it up for sale in my Etsy Shop.  I have work available there, or will have when I finish listing everything, in every one of those categories.

I'm calling this my 20-Years-of-Artmaking Retrospective Sale, and it will continue through January.

What I'm NOT selling, however, are these recent collages and art journals.  But there are a few handmade books available that include earlier collages of mine among their pages.

I alluded here not long ago to the ever-increasing costs of living vs. my small fixed income.  One of you lovelies suggested I join Patreon, and take subscribers to the blog.  I did research that, but decided that having to ongoingly create saleable content (saleable via subscriptions) is just not my thing, not at this point in my life.

So I'm selling off a lot of my previously held-back artwork instead.  I do hope you'll think about supporting me in this way if you're able to.  And remember, the holidays are right around the corner ~ it's not too early to do your gift shopping in my Etsy Shop.


Yesterday I attended an annual rummage sale in Eureka, and I got a slew of old children's books, mostly numerous Raggedy Ann & Andy books.  I haven't decided yet whether I'll cut them up.  They might be too dear, although none of them are extremely old editions.  These are from the 1960s.
One that I didn't get, though, which was the only Johnny Gruelle book I think I had as a kid, was Raggedy Ann & Andy and the Camel With the Wrinkled Knees.  I hope to find that one someday.  Could probably buy it from Eureka Books ~ they have a terrific vintage children's book section. But I think I'll just be on the lookout for it.  If I'm meant to have it, it'll find its way to me.

Hope you have a good week.  Do visit my sale at Etsy, and please keep going back because still I've got another 40 items to list. xx

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Second Childhood

I've really been joying finding and using imagery from vintage children's books.  I got two copies recently of The Complete Flower Fairies, and have cut up most of both of them already.  (One of the copies had gotten lost in the mail, I got a refund from the seller, and a month later the book showed up.)

I found a very old and very funky copy of The Original Mother Goose at a city-wide yard sale not long ago, and have been cutting images out of that.

I have duplicate copies of several of the My Book House series that I'm also cutting up and using in collages.  And then there are the several old children's readers text books that I've been using imagery from for a few years.

Perhaps the reason I like these images so much is that they evoke a much simpler time, when life wasn't so complicated and harrowing.

I'm enjoying autumn ~ the air, the light, the shorter days, the clouds, the gorgeous sunsets.

Have a peaceful week.