Monday, May 28, 2012


There are 8 of us in a round robin sharing pages of art in our journals and each month we complete 2 pages and send on the book to the next person in order. By the end of the year, we will each have a journal with pages of inspiration unique from each artist.

This is the first round robin I have been involved in and I must say it was a little intimidating to begin with... I mean writing/creating in someone's journal with the possibility of messing it up, raised the fear level a bit. But then, I started thinking about creating in my own journal and how it is not really much different. With Art Journaling, there isn't much that you can't fix or do -over.  But a do-over in someone else's journal is .. hummm ... still a little scarey.

So I started thinking of it as just working in my own journal. Although, working in my own, I am a little more grungier and a lot more messier .... so I haven't totally let go , but the fear of messing up their journals is becoming less and I am enjoying it more.

We have a month to work in each one, but I am staying true to myself and working on mine in the 11th hour. I have always seem to work better under stress and time constraints.

The two pages in this journal are for Lisa (the Wright One).  It flies in the mail tomorrow!


               WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE SISTERS OF YOUR OWN, IA SISTERS ARE SPECIAL     (this holds true to former IA sisters as well) 


                           ART SAVES .. EVERYONE IS A SURVIVOR OF SOMETHING ~*

          The robin flies tomorrow to Stephanie's!
          Have a wonderful week ladies!



I just love playing in Jenn's Artist's Play Room. Jenn is a fabulous artist and does the most amazing sketches! She challenges me to think outside box. If you haven't visited, I encourage you to check it out. She also has a blog that is ripping at the seams with Inspiration and loads of good information.

The challenge this week is: Magnify.


This one really threw me. I have to admit that I won't have a chance this week to jump in and create something brand new. Work and company are the challenge for me this week. However, I did already have a writing journal that I made that just fits the bill for this challenge so I using that for my submission for Magnify this week.

Have a wonderful week everyone. Check out the  Artist's Play Room  this week and MAGNIFY your Imagination and get Inspired!  See you there!


                                                       SCHOOL IS OUT


I work at a college, so I know that when graduation is over and school is out, many lucky student's get to take that once in a life time trip before the reality of the real world sets in, called work.

I have been to PARIS many times. It is a little spot on the map called PARIS, ARKANSAS.
Not the Paris I had in mind, but it is a quaint little place and just to say it has such a nice ring to it.
I may never see PARIS, FRANCE  .. but I can DREAM it.

This is my submission for this week's challenge over at Inspiration Avenue Many thanks to  Lou Anne  who graciously hosted again this week.  Lou Anne  is a teacher and "SCHOOL is OUT", so she challenged us to get creative with this theme. 

Last week I made a vintage paint box tin assemblage for the Mermaid theme.  I was working on another vintage paint box tin at the same time and just completed it. So needless to say, I was very excited to see the theme "SCHOOL IS OUT"  because given the opportunity,  I would be on my way to PARIS. 

I hope you enjoy my submission and be sure and travel over to Inspiration Avenue to see what else is going on now that  SCHOOL IS OUT.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Bookmarks! You won't find a book in my house that is not stuffed full of them!

These are some tags I made recently and they are also my submission for Jenn's challenge this week at
The Artist's Playroom!    Go check it out... who can resist a cool bookmark!


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Speaking of tags/bookmarks...Somerset Studio Magazine will be publishing my tags in their September/October Issue. ... very excited! 

Thanks for the challenge Jenn and thanks for stopping by to see some of my tags! 

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"She Sells Sea Shells by The Sea Shore ... She Dreams of Life Beyond the Shore"


The Challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue   is hosted by Lou Anne from Misplaced Mermaid.  It's no wonder that her she chose Mermaids as her theme. 

If you visit Inspiration Avenue this week, her post about Mermaids is truly fascinating. I extremely happy when she posted this theme  because  I recently purchased some vintage watercolor paint box tins and I have been waiting for something to inspire me.  Thanks to Lou Anne, I found the theme challenge this week to be just the inspiration that I needed.


                         Vintage Artista Paint Box Tin by Binney & Smith

 I left the vintage label on the top of the tin and I loved that the number on it was #16. That number has always been connected to something special in my life.  The original color of the tin was blue and perfect for a Mermaid theme.


                     Play in the warmth of the Sun ... Dance in the light of the Moon 

Thank you for stopping in, I hope my Mermaid submission has inspired you to come and play and join in on the weekly challenges. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


                                    YA YA Moments from my mailbox! 

Seven awesome postcards from Five awesome women ~*

 P.S.POSTCARD SWAP  at  Inspiration Avenue  this month was great fun and some beautiful inspiring cards emerged from my very boring mailbox.

1. FULL OF GRACE - from Claire An original art postcard taken from Madeleene Peryoux's Half The Perfect World  album cover. Captured her perfectly!


2. From Peggy - Some of her original artwork - Love all the colors and the Bee's

3. From Nancy - Original Art of her Beautiful Watercolor Poppies
On this one, she added bits of dried flowers from her garden

4. From Diane - I Love the soft colors, sweet bird, flowers and especially the washi tape she added and layered with re-cycled gift wrap!  And the PINK, well , I LOVE PINK!

5. From Maggie - Citrus - e- good!  (she also sent in cool postcard holders)

6. From Maggie - Balance (sometimes, I do it, sometimes, I don't) but I SO LOVE
    both of them!
                                   "She believed she could do it, so she did" 

                             That totally sums up all these wonderful women! 

I love all these amazing postcards and I don't know about you, but I can't wait to do it again!
If you would like to take part in the next swap, leave me a comment and I will be happy to give you a heads up when the next one is scheduled. If you haven't already, please  sign up with Mr. Linky on my sidebar.