Beauty is in the eye of the BEHOLDER

Handmade mixed media art journal.
Made with recycled materials around my studio.

Stitched patchwork painted papers

Coptic stitch over canvas strapping

Strapping secured with brads and glue

4 signatures - 7 pockets - 78 pages

Sari ribbon stitched to edges embellished with bead trim

Sari ribbon closure attached with eyelets

Lightweight and colorful, filled with textures

painted muslin ruffle with lace trim

painted geli papers

envelope with painted paper tags

papers scraps

scrap artwork


washi tape

vintage trim

fortune cookie sentiment

photo copy - fabric/paper/lace tirm

Lots of blank spaces....

Thanks for looking!
available HERE


Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper
Leonard Nimoy - may he R.I.P.

My creative goals in the new year,
include a dedicated attempt to use up 
my stash of supplies.

We have had an incredible snowy winter this year,
and in anticipation of a very wet basement in the spring,
I have been evacuating and relocating tubs of supplies.

By moving things around,
a funny thing happened. 
I felt a spark of creativity and imagination,
just by peeking in my tubs,
and taking inventory of where all my supplies were.

It all started with a bin of muslin fabrics 
that were used to mop up paint and ink spills from other projects.
The colors were so pretty, but I could not
figure out what to do with the scraps of fabric.

I decided to just tear the fabric down into small pieces.
From there, I cut shapes and appliqued whimsical flowers on
small patches of a torn up damask linen table cloth.
The flowers were embellished with beads, 
until I had a little pile of appliqued flowers.
Dead End....sort of.

I decide to pull out some fabric scraps,
 felt, buttons, sari ribbons and lace trims,
with the hopes I would figure out something to create.

I began each project with a color palette of
sorts, and then I would stitch a little here,
stitch a little there...maybe add a button or lace trim.

I then thought maybe I could print out some quotes on fabric.
The fabric jammed in the printer, and I used the wrong side.
So I decided to experiment with paper.

The little project whipped up so quickly,
I decided to try another one,....
and another one....
and another one.

As I began each little project,
I had no idea how it would turn out.
It was really fun to see how each project developed.
A perfect way to incorporate my addiction
to sentimental quotes,
as well as an opportunity to use up my stash.

Thanks for visiting today.


It's a scrappy stitching kind of day...

This style isn't for everyone.
It's random, outside the lines, and my style.

 I'm not perfect, and neither is my stitching.

I love adding beads....

lace scraps and mother of pearl buttons.

A little bright for me,
but I'm getting tired of gray winter days.

Thanks for looking!