Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More of my NaNoJouMo Journal Pages

Holiday Cards

Got a fairly good and early start on making my holiday cards this year. I hope I can keep up the momentum. These aren't all that I made, a few of them I made 3 at a time which helps get more done quicker if I am feeling inspired and have enough of the paper and components.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Going Away Party for Mike

The guy who runs and organizes the Adobe User Group meetings is leaving to take a job in Seattle and I went to his going away party last night. I made a card for him and I'm posting it here. I don't know that he ever comes on my blog, and I doubt he'd mind me posting it. It was a very nice party and he was leaving the very next morning with his girlfriend to drive out to Seattle. It seems to be a mecca for people here in Ohio somehow.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Journal page Nov. 6- Being a Woman

Musings on how I feel about being female. Funny that since making this I got a bit outraged at how the news is headlining stories about the female police officer that stopped the shooter at Ft. Hood army base as "Unexpected Hero." Like I said I'm no feminist, but why should it be SO unexpected that the hero who stopped the guy was a woman? If it was a guy who was 5'2" tall would THAT be so unexpected? I mean really! That's the stuff I think is really uncalled for and the media doesn't even seem to realize they are doing it. Just give the lady the same credit they would give ANY police officer who did what they would be doing in the line of duty.
Ah well... we still aren't quite there yet with respect to equality but for good or for ill we have differences and they aren't all bad.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

NaNoJouMo continues

I've kept up so far, posting the first 3 days worth of my journal entries (I spiffed up the first page a little since the last post, some of it faded a bit more than I had hoped). So far I am enjoying doing this - I hope I can keep it up all month... which is a tall order for me. It's easy to do for a few days, but I really do go in spurts and doing anything in a constant, disciplined manner is hard for me on a regular basis. This will get particularly tricky on days when I work from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. Not sure how that will work out. But the effort is worth at any rate, and when I do set goals for myself I can be fairly dogged (some might say obsessive?) in meeting them. So we will see how I do... the main thing though is to have fun with it. So far I have!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Join me for NaNoJouMo! Starts TODAY!

Join me for a 30-day odyssey dreamed up online last night called NaNoJouMo to journal every day in November (a little or a lot - whatever you can manage). I whimsically threw the idea out there and Dawn Sokol ran with it and promptly posted it on her blog! This inspired me to actually decide to DO IT! See Dawn's blog here:
It's bound to be quite fun and inspiring. I found a new Moleskine journal with 32 pages - perfect for this journey. I got up early this morning (thanks to the extra hour from setting the clocks back!) and cranked out my first page! So excited - I hope I can carry the enthusiasm through the rest of the month!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Fun Day Out

After my haircut today at Aveda, I enjoyed the afternoon shopping in the Gateway and Short North areas since I had taken the day off. I went to Byzantium and got some beads and some Water Lily essential oil (my favorite form of perfume) and poked around some shops, took myself for a curry for lunch as well and later a pear flavored ice cream which was unusual. I met a friendly Dalmation who wanted a taste of it. Was a nice way to spend an afternoon for a change and the weather was sunny and fairly warm for the time of year. I should do this more often! And isn't that grating neat, I love the celtic style of it. Fun to see what you come across when you take the time to look around.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Cards

I know it's been a while.... been quite busy at work what with moving back into the new library and all. Been working a lot of extra hours and not had much time for fun art stuff at home, or when I did I was too tired to muster up the energy!

But I'm back and I spent a little time getting the craft room back in enough of a semblance of order that I could do a little work on some Halloween cards. I just love Halloween, it's so much fun. These are in the more cute vein, but I like all types of Halloween, cute, scary, gothic, retro, classic... it's all fun!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


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Monday, April 13, 2009

Great Article on Creativity Jump Starting

Here's a great blog article on kick-starting your creativity... by fiber artist Marcia Harmsen Young. I enjoyed it and think you might, too. I feel good that I do at least a few of the things that she mentions. We should all try to include creativity in our lives more often and as much as we can!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Birthday Present

Check out this super cool (such a poor descriptive word, really) book that my friend, Sharon, made just for me for my birthday! She has such great ideas and imagination... words can't express how touched I always am by her handmade gifts. They have touches of our friendship embedded all through them and reflect how deeply she knows and understands me. I especially love the specific references to silly life events, like my recent visit from a bat... she includes with such humor... I will always remember that now when I see the book!

Birthday Card

My birthday card from Sharon this year. Very moody and mysterious... reminiscent of the eerie computer games we like to play together when I visit her. We really enjoy the puzzle, adventure, mystery games like Myst, Crystal Key, Rhem and Nancy Drew, to name a few. We both have our strengths and weaknesses that generally compliment eachother... I know I couldn't do most of the puzzles on my own without her help! I get really stumped on the math-related puzzles in particular! She does great with scenic stamping, which I haven't mastered yet. Many of her stamps are from you should check it out if you like this card...their stamps are really great!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Extreme Sheep LED Art

This is so amazing! Since Mona Lisa is in there I guess it qualifies for my art blog, right? Definitely worth the look!

Monday, March 23, 2009

What a cute Bunny!

This is the cute bunny that I learned
to make in a felting class this past
Saturday at Knitter's Mercantile. It
wasn't as hard as I thought initially,
though at home I was having no
luck at all... the class seemed to
really help me focus and the foam
worked well to poke the needle into
and I hadn't done it that way before.
I think he turned out pretty cute.
You can't tell it but his tail is a little
off-center, but he's charming all the
same I think.