Tuesday, November 27, 2012


...is the theme for iHanna's Autumn Postcard Swap.  When I saw the theme, coupled with being organized by the wonderfully talented and generous Hanna, I joined up.  I have not participated in a swap in sooooo long!!

We are swapping 5 postcards, each one handmade.  Decisions, decisions - do i make the same card 5 times, or make 5 original cards?  Hmmmm. What to do.....

After creating a collage background and laying down a layer of paint, I began drawing faces.  Five slightly different faces emerged. The decision made itself apparent.  I am having tremendous fun with drawing and painting these faces.  So i played around with the cards and here is what I came up with.  I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I had the fun of creating them.

Sorry about the fuzziness of the last photo, trying to get the picture before the last bit of daylight.  I experimented a lot with the last one....I hope the recipient is okay with the results!!

All cards are original drawings colored with Neo II water soluble crayons, Sharpie marker, and India Ink.

Empowerment is a fabulous theme and came along for me at a time when I have found it necessary to become more grounded spiritually, and to love myself more intentionally.

Thank you, hang, for the opportunity to participate, create, share, and grow with like minded women.  I'm very excited to receive my cards!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Small Business Saturday

...was yesterday.  According to what I've heard on TV (they always tell the truth there, hehehehehe) this is the 3rd year for the event.  I participated last year, accidentally. I participated yesterday, intentionally.

I took myself to my favorite independent bookstores - a little drive but well worth it.  One of the few remaining independent bookstores as well as on of the few remaining brick-and -mortar bookstores....so many changes over time.  A place like Vroman's gives me comfort.

The stairs are cool.

I spent a lot of time with the art books, savoring the selection

and the variety

and {secretly} longing for all of these volumes!!

I love the fact that Vroman's has a fabulous and varied selection of books.  Although I love shopping online, and buying discount, there is no experience like shopping and seeing the pages.  ESPECIALLY when looking at art books.

And then, there is that new book smell.....love that too.

Oh, I did make a few purchases, mostly gifts :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Can you feel it?

I can. After months of dwelling in a difficult place, emotionally speaking, the light is beginning to shine. YES!!

So here are some fairly recent journal pages, part of a book dedicated to quotes that inspire and remind me about the journey.  Thanks to all the teachers in my life for helping me to this current place.

Journal Note: I am using one of the Strathmore Mixed Media journals.  I love everything about this EXCEPT the coil binding. 

My teachers are everywhere.

Many of them have been around me for a long time.


For me to hear them.

I love this page.  Did a little damage from excessive heat gun action. DOH.

Inspiration from Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday videos.

This stamped image has been laying around here for a long time....

waiting for me.

Thank you for visiting with me.  Have a wonderful {every} day.