Out with the old....

The holidays are winding down,
I'm slowly putting the decorations away,
and reflecting on this past year.
Older.  Wiser.  Happy.


It's a doll thing...

I'm obsessed with dolls.

More specifically, making them.

I decided to do something with my stash of vintage linens.

First I made the dresses....

Then I made the dolls.



I'm still here...

I haven't been blogging much,
but I'm still here.

Enjoying Indian summer
busy hands getting ready for a
craft fair in November
helping mom
enjoying company

I'll be back soon!


Sunrise Journal

 Another chunky fabric/mixed papers journal
with matching cover.

 The combination of sunny yellows and carrot oranges
seem to shout out "sunrise" to me.

The turquoise sari ribbon helped tone it down a little.

The journal bag is lined in a solid yellow fabric.
It measures 12-1/2" wide by 13" tall

 The front and back cover is made of 
patchwork painted papers, with machine stitching.
The spine is a assorted fabrics and ribbons.

Journal is 11-1/2" wide (counting ribbons)
9-1/2" tall ~ 2-1/4" thick

The journal is made of 3 signatures.
The folios are assorted papers, of
wallpaper, scrapbook paper, 
painted papers & card-stock.

Each folio has an outer fabric layer,
with a pocked on each side.

There are 96 pages,
plus fabric pocket on inner cover,
and back cover.

14 total fabric pocket pages

To be listed on Etsy soon.

Thanks for looking!

Sunsets at Pawtuckaway

The weather couldn't be more spectacular.

 Each sunset breathtaking.

It was a great time with family ~ making memories.


Sherbet Journal

I made a rainbow journal similar to this one recently.
This journal was made by request,
and is reserved for Karen
This is a sneak peek preview.
(Click on photos to enlarge)

 This color combination reminded me of
sherbet or sorbet ice cream.

(front cover)
I made a scrappy cover for the journal to match,
using the left over scraps.
I was asked to incorporate an explosion
of ribbons to match the journal.
It felt overwhelming to me.
So I decided to leave off the ribbons,
and squared off the bottom instead.
The sari ribbon doesn't quite match
the journal, but it felt right with the cover.

(back cover)

(Front Journal)
The ribbons are scraps from the journal,
ribbons and matching fabric remnants.

(Back Journal)
The journal has an ivory ribbon 
to tie into a bow to maintain the 
expected expansion.

View of the snug journal in the bag.

Detail back cover

Detail front cover

 Three signatures - 80 combined pages in total
Each signature includes one outer fabric folio.
Each fabric folio has a pocket on each of 4 pages
(total of 12 pocket pages)

A combination of fabric, wallpaper, 
scrapbook, card stock papers
as well as miscellaneous painted papers.
If Karen decides this isn't what she had in mind 
for a journal, I will list it in my Etsy Shop.
Thanks for looking!



Pretty in pinks - an organic journal

Come peek inside my new journal....

Scrappy journal bag.

I was inspired to make this bag
 by DJ Pettitt

 Sari ribbon bow closure.

Pom Poms to dress up the top.

I attached two purple stones to the wax ribbon ends 
to use as place holders.  
They came from a discarded necklace.

 The ties are inky muslin to clean up other projects.
The buckles are recycled from a goodwill outfit.

The covers are an assortment of leftover inky papers
inspired by Traci Bautista.

 I need to practice getting the signatures more snug.
The inside cover has a pocket.

 The pages are assorted inky papers,
card stock, wallpaper and scrapbook papers.

 The wallpapers are glued together to cover the
design, and on the backs where there was text,
I covered that with inky papers.

Some papers are stitched,
and others are glued.

I love how these little gems sparkle.


 This journal has 4 signatures
with a total of 64 pages.

The back cover also has a pocket
with my designer label.

The back.

The end....