Thursday, August 21, 2014

Create - Dallas, Texas

I am looking so forward to my trip to Dallas in a few short weeks!  
I'll be teaching "The Ambrosia Journals" on September 18th.

"The Wall", a graffiti inspired accordion book, will be on September 20th.

"The Vintage File Folder Journals" will be on September 19th.  
Hope you'll join us!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Last chance for "The HandBook"!

Being offered at THRIVE on Friday August 29, 2014, 3:00 - 6:00 PM, located at

7633 Highland Road in Waterford, Michigan, 48327.

This is the last time that "The Hand Book" will be offered in Michigan this year, so don't miss the sign up.  Deadline for sign ups is August 24th.  Contact me at to register. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reconstructed Thrift Store Finds

I've been having a lot of fun reconstructing clothing out of thrifty store finds lately. I get a great deal of satisfaction from this.  This particular tunic is made from a linen jumper (below) that I found for $2.99 and a full length black linen skirt for 99 cents.  

Basically, I cut the extra length off the jumper, added that to the sides and made a large border of black linen on the sides and bottom.  I changed the buttons on the front to little black buttons and took the back ties and moved them to the sides.

And presto!  A funky tunic that I'll have fun wearing over leggings.  I have seen something similar on-line for $295 ... I reconstructed this in an evening for under $4.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A New Necklace

Well ... the necklace is new, the beads are very old.  They are made from fossilized Woolly Mammoth bones.  Can you believe that?!  I bought the strand of beads and restrung them with a few matte black glass beads in between each.  It showcases each bead a bit more and gave the whole necklace a little more length. The beads are about the size of smallish grapes and now with the added glass beads the necklace is now about 32" in length.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Fun Little Project

This is my usual apron I use at home.  It's my favorite - it's the perfect size, has a few pockets and is just an all around great functional apron.  But, as I have used it quite a bit and I have scrubbed it clean several times, it now has a hole in it and a rather worn middle.  I'm usually okay with that sort of thing, but I am going to ArtUnraveled in a few days and it looks a bit plain and drab. I, of course, have far too many aprons, more than I care to admit to, but as I said, this is my favorite.

So, I pulled out my scrap denim bits, thick white thread and some buttons and got to work. I added a pocket flap with buttons so I don't lose things, added circles and stitched around them.  This is quite similar to another apron I embellished here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art Unraveled 2014

Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona is coming up very soon!  It runs from July 28th till August 5th, 2014.

Above are 2 photos from "The Mandala Journal".  This is a brand new workshop being taught for the first time ... and the only time this year, for that matter. It's a new take on Mandalas and adapted for journaling in the round.  This is a new format for journaling and lots of fun to work with.

Below is a classic workshop "De Corporis Humani Fabrica".  I haven't taught this in a few years due to supply problems for some of the materials I needed. This class has been revamped and now I am happy to offer it again.  It includes oodles of delightfully creepy vintage anatomical drawings in the form of collage sheets.

And the "Vintage File Folder Journals".  An all time favorite! (only a very few seats left!)  Don't miss out on this exciting journal construction, so spontaneous and unpredictable!  We'll start by making a 12' foot of paper by gluing and sewing vintage papers together and then we'll construct a fabulous journal.

Lots of examples and samples provide for all classes. Please join us!  A good time will be had by all and you'll walk away with a beautiful journal ready for all your journaling needs.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Lynn Krawczyk's new stencils! A Blog Hop and a give away!

I am happy to have been asked to help introduce Lynn Krawczyk as Artistcellar's newest Signature Series Artist. I was sent a set of her fabulous new stencils, "Marked", to experiment with. I will also be giving away one of these wonderful stencil sets! A randomly chosen winner from the comments to this post one week from today (on July 11th) will be sent a set of Lynn Krawczyk's "Marked" stencils. Please make sure to leave an email or someway that I can contact you, if you should be the winner.

First of all, I began playing with the stencils making mono prints and then embellished them further with pens and markers. Soon, I had a rather substantial pile of various colored collage sheets to work with. I plan to begin using these in my newest journal "Urban Ransom". The design of these stencils are just perfect for this journal.

These stencils are also perfect for using directly on the pages of my journal for back grounds.  I love the 6" X 6" size ... a very manageable size I might add.

And below a few journal pages in various states of completion -

The participants in this blog hop are listed by order of date posted and one lucky commenter on each post in the hop will win a set of Lynn’s new stencils! Please post comments on each and every post to increase your chances of winning!

June 28th – Lisa Cousineau -

June 29th – Melanie Testa -

June 30th – Lisa Chin -

July 1st – Jen Osborn -

July 2nd – Belinda Spiwak

July 3rd – Kristin LaFlamme -

July 4th – Ingrid Dijkers -

July 5th – Guadalupe Cabal -

July 6th – Lynn Krawczyk -

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Diversions ... last one

This is the last one, but it is my favorite. NOW I will get back to what I should be doing ....

Friday, June 06, 2014

Diversions - more reclaimed T-Shirts

Okay ... I'll admit I am hooked.  Can't get enough of these T-Shirts.  I have now pretty much cleared out all the thrift shops in the greater Detroit and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area of their T-Shirt inventory. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Diversions - Reclaimed T-Shirts

A friend of mine, Jean Van Brederode of "Charmed I'm Sure" has a T-Shirt made of reclaimed T-Shirts that I'll admit to being very jealous of.  So after much trial and error, I have come up with a pattern to make my own.

I have taken thrift shop T-Shirts and reconstructed them in the same manner.

Lots of work, but oh so much fun!

Now back to things I should be doing ... sometimes I like to try something a little different.

Friday, May 23, 2014

"Many Paws - The years of change" a new book by Susan DeGarmo!

My friend, Susan DeGarmo, has just written the most delightful book. Not that long ago I had the privilege of reading through the original altered book. This printed copy is an amazing interactive 3 dimensional version with pop-ups sure to delight.  It's even designed in such a way that it can be personalized to be given as a gift.  This is all so cleverly designed! 

Please see the charming promo video below and check out Susan's website. There are even beautiful cards of several of the pages that are available. 

Susan is one clever gal!  Please check out her website ... better yet, buy her book, I promise, you won't be disappointed!

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