Friday, October 19, 2012

{central library bookbinding workshop}

I had such a good time at the Japanese Stab Binding workshop that I taught at Central Library last night! This is a picture of the lively group of ladies who took the class. They were all so much fun! We used discarded library books to make a journal, so each book is unique. A big thanks to all the students, to Central Library for hosting the workshop, and to Madonna Wagner for inviting me to teach and for all her help!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

{feather studies} sneak peek!

Just dashing in to share a little snapshot of a book I recently made. I'm obsessed with feathers lately, and I love them because they are relatively easy to draw, and so pretty! I'll share the cover, more pages, and the inspiration behind it in a future post. Till then, make happy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{creatively made home} e-course

I'm in full on nesting mode these days, organizing, simplifying, purging, and so on. Not a lot of artsy activity happening, but I have big plans once I'm done! I find it so difficult to focus when my surroundings are cluttered, and since I'm a very messy artist...well you do the math. I'm determined to mend my ways because I truly do believe that order and discipline lead to maximum creativity. As an incentive, and a reward, I signed up for the Creatively Made Home e-course that begins October 22nd. Jeanne Oliver, one of the creative forces behind the workshop had this to say about it:

I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your and your family.
I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.
I know that so many want to make their homes beautiful but feel overwhelmed and don't know where to they do nothing.
I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that shouldn't have to do with how much you spend.
I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.
Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.
It is time to exhale and delight in your home.
It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you...not what is inside your home.
Our desire is that this five week online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.

With autumn here, and winter approaching, I know my family and I will be spending lots more time at home, and I want it to be a cozy, relaxing haven that we can all enjoy. Right now, my style is all over the place, and I want to create a cohesive, beautiful environment that allows us to enjoy our creative pursuits and functions well for our lifestyle. I'm looking forward to being inspired by this e-course, and to discovering my own design aesthetic. If you would like more details, you can read all about it here. Or check out the e-course hosts' blogs with these links:
Jeanne Oliver  {Jeanne Oliver Designs}
Tracy Leber  {French Larkspur}
Sara Duckett {Sadie Olive} 
Kimberly Taylor  {Life on Blackberry Farm}
Jennifer Rizzo {Inspired Living}

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams}

Oh no! While researching milk paint on the Miss Mustard Seed blog I  stumbled across an irresistible paint tool at Sherwin-Williams called Chip It! It allows you to turn any photo into a color palette using their paint colors. This is seriously fun! I immediately uploaded one of my favorite photos from our trip to the Oregon coast last fall. Aren't those colors lovely?
Then I had the bright idea to plug in the Aquamarine + Kraft + Red mood board that I posted about here. I could easily spend hours making these, and I have a feeling I will later on, but enough distraction for now! Check it out for yourself at Sherwin-Williams, but be warned: it's hard to stop!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quick & Easy Bookbinding Workshop at Central Library

Japanese Stab Binding is one of the easiest, yet most decorative, methods of creating your own journals or sketchbooks. I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a Quick & Easy Bookbinding class at Central Library in Evansville, Indiana this Thursday {10/18/2012} at 6 p.m. This FREE workshop is sponsored by the library, and all materials will be provided. Each student will leave the class with a custom journal made from an upcycled book, and the knowledge to create more. Click here to register. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 5, 2012

{food truck frenzy}

We're hitting the road today bound for Nashville, TN and the Handmade & Bound book arts festival on Saturday from 11 -4! But right now all we can think about are the food trucks roaming the streets of the city, dishing up delicious treats!

Last year we feasted on these scrumptious Korean BBQ beef tacos from The Happy Eating truck. This truck is closed for now, and we will miss them! Hope they will open again soon.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other food trucks making the rounds, including one of our favorites: The Grilled Cheeserie! We had a delicious lunch there last fall, and since they'll be parked at Watkins College for the book festival, we will definitely visit them again! Last time I had the Pimento Mac & Chee {correct spelling!} which may sound strange, but was absolutely divine! The Coffee Truck and Blue Monkey Shaved Ice will also be in attendance, so I'm looking forward to sampling their wares as well.

I found several sites devoted entirely to the culinary delight that is the Nashville food truck scene, so I thought I would share some links in case you are headed that way and in need of sustenance!
Nashville Food Truck Junkie
Nashville Food Trucks
Food Trucks Nashville
Nashville Food Truck Association
Not going to Nashville? Don't fret! Here a few other sites that allow you to plug in various cities and get maps for food truck locations:
Roaming Hunger
Eat Beeps
If you have a favorite food truck in any city, please let us know about it in the comments! I'm also starting a Pinterest board {Food Truck Frenzy} . In the meantime...keep on {food} truckin'!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{handmade & bound}

Handmade books are my passion, so I can't wait to attend the second annual Handmade & Bound book festival in Nashville, TN!

Last year I taught a workshop at the event, and it was a wonderful experience! 11 students and I created an eclectic journal filled with maps, book pages, and a mix of other found papers.

The event included lots of vendors, demonstrations, food trucks, and more! You can check out the highlights from last year here. I'll be sure to take lots of photos this year and share them too. Until then, make art & be happy!

Monday, October 1, 2012


October is my favorite month, and fall is my favorite season, so I'm very happy that both have arrived! I have lots of new projects in the works, and I can't wait to share them all with you! I'm astonished to note that it's been over a month since my last post, but I discovered a wonderful way to get back on track: Blogtoberfest! You can read all about it at I Saw You Dancing, but here's a little snippet to get your wheels turning:

Blogtoberfest is an annual blogging festival and a wonderful opportunity to:

 * challenge yourself to blog every day for 31 days
* discover kindred blogging spirits
* carve out a tiny slice of time each day to write and to read
* share any creative projects you have on the go
* host a giveaway, if you feel inclined to spread the love

A creative prompt will be provided each day, and for day one it's Set an Intention. What is it that I hope to gain from participating?  These are my 3 main goals:

*Create a habit of blogging on a regular basis.

*Connect with other bloggers, and discover new ideas and inspiration.

*Share the new projects I'm working on, and have an incentive to move forward with them.

If you want to join in the fun, just add your link here. I can't wait to see what the month will bring!

Thanks to my sweet friend Michelle for letting me know about this fun event! Be sure to check out her awesome artwork at Pigment of My Imagination