Friday, December 14, 2012

I Hate to be a Quitter...

but I am ending 2012 a smidge early.

I need to take a little break, regroup and come back in January with my new plan. It’s a good one, I think.

This flittering about is great for my creativity and all, but not so much for the writing part.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


61: Owl ATC

This was for a swap on Swap-Bot.

I also did one that was a book page and a postage stamp, but I forgot to get pictures if that one.

Again, Seriously

I would love to chalk up my non-productivity to the new baby, but that just is not true. She is an angel and I have plenty of time to sleep, craft, cook, etc.

I just don't want to.

I have a blah feeling that I just cannot shake. I have good days, but most days I am not creative in any way, shape or form.

I am trying because I like to create, it has always been an outlet for me.

At this rate, I may never even make 100.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


60: Handmade Postcard Swap

I had 5 partners for this one. I reused some of my record albums for these.


59: Inchies

Yay, finally allowed to make fun stuff for Swap-Bot!

Now that these have been delivered, I think it's safe to post. (They are meant to be surprises.)

This swap was for 5 inchies. I had 2 partners. They both received the bird and butterfly ones. BUt I wanted to send something unique to them as well.

Colored pencil, black and white illustrations, paper punches.

Friday, August 24, 2012


58: 80's Greatness ATCs

One of my all-time favorite movies.

Dear Mr. Vernon, 

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. 

You see us as you want to see us... in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. 

But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain......

and an athlete......

and a basket case... 

a princess... 

and a criminal... 

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, 

the Breakfast Club.


57: Science is cool

I couldn't think of anything else to add to this picture.

May call it a WIP (work in progress.)

Any suggestions?

Sometimes I just find good pictures and I go ahead and use them even if I don't exactly have a plan. I tend to forget where I saw things, I mean I have about 215,315,443 books and magazines in my house.


56: E is for Ernest who choked on a peach


55: D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh


54: Edward Gorey ABCs

 C is for Clara who wasted away

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


53: Edward Gorey ATCs

B is for Basil assaulted by bears

Poor Basil

He should have been wearing a 19th century Siberian bear hunting suit.


52: Edward Gorey ATCs

Based on this book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies. A Gorey Alphabet.

This was a swap on Swap-Bot, but by the time I finally signed up, they were already to V.

Good thing I am doing my own then.

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

And also good thing I am not swapping, as I smeared mine. GUH. I smudged the last line, it wasn't quite dry when I erased the pencil guidelines.


If I were Amy, I would have fallen down these crazy stairs too.

And speaking of trippy stairs....

I found these when I was looking for a stairs reference photo.


51: Alice in Wonderland inspired ATC

You used to be much muchier.

You have lost your muchness.

Don't lose your muchness.

Altered playing card

And while we're at it, I punched out a gazillion cardboard inchie bases, as I recently discovered you are supposed to make sure they are not all flimsy.


Good thing I read about that before I was in an actual inchie swap!

Sunday, August 12, 2012


50: Altered playing card

Image transfer, text from magazine

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012


48: Shark Bait

Well, it is Shark week after all.

Image transfer plus words from a magazine.


47: Alice in Wonderland ATC

Painting the roses red, we're painting the roses red....

Gessoed this card and painted the background red. Illustrations from the book, and of course the Queen's famous line; Off with their heads!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


46: Alice in Wonderland ATC


Well, it is inspired by a quote from the book.

And who is more curious than Curious George?

We had a recent book tragedy. Curious George Rides a Bike decided it had had enough reading and pretty much just fell apart when the Munchkin opened it up. It was a fairly old copy, 1970. The pages were already getting rather frail anyway.

So instead of heaving it into the trash, I kept it for book altering.

Of course.

45 Again

I decided to change it a little.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


45: Alice in Wonderland ATC

Black and white book illustration, colored pencil

I am beginning to enjoy these.

Monday, August 6, 2012


44: Alice in Wonderland ATC

From the end of the book, when the Queen's soldiers come flying at her.

Black and white book illustration, colored pencil.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


43: Alice in Wonderland. Swap-Bot swap, playing card ATC

I use playing cards for all my ATCs, but this one requires it.

So I chose the Queen of Hearts.


Before we get to the Alice pieces, I have one old project left to post.

I signed on as an artist in a mini show. As far as I got was the background, as seen here. Waaay back in January. Hey, at least it was from this year.

I figured out what to do with it, thank goodness. As I was truly in the 11th hour. This has to be en route by the 7th. Cut it a little too close, even for me.

I liked the pattern of the background. At first I thought of doing an octopus. But then it hit me, dinosaur.

Sandra Boynton's My, Oh My, Dinosaurs and Carol Diggory Shields' Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp have been the munchkin's preferred books recently. We have been on a silly dino kick around here this summer.

And it shows in my contribution.

Stars in His Eyes 2012

And I have plotted 3 or 4 more as a little series, not for the show.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reboot. Again.

Been a long time since I last posted, you can read what happened here.

I have created a "hub" of all my ramblings and such.

Now for this reboot. I ain't mad about it. Not because I enjoy quitting or starting over, but because for the first time in many, many months I feel CREATIVE again.

In the past few months I pretty much used my creativity in time management. Especially during the baby's stay in the NICU. I was there with her every day.

And yet still managed to mother the other two and keep them in clean clothes. Keeping a semi-clean house and feeding everyone. Whew. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if that was creative time management or just plain miraculous!

Anywhoo....on with the show.

I lost my original train of thought, so I am doing something different.

I will even have an actual theme this time!

At least for this month.

And that theme will be paper. More specifically ATCs, Inchies (and friends) and a few altered board books to keep it interesting.

So, yay, a theme! And a double yay that I am back to creating!

A good many of my projects are based upon swaps. I am a member of Craftster and always wanted to do the swaps. They have such cool themes, and face it, I am a gal that needs direction. However, I have never done a swap. And on Craftster you have to have done at least ONE to do a lot of these swaps. There never seem to be any newbie swaps, so I just end up watching.

*Le Sigh.

Then I heard about Swap-Bot. Sadly, the same issue. There ARE more newbie swaps, but all the ones that interested me had a prerequisite of~you guessed it~ having swapped successfully.


So I decided to follow along in the ones I wanted to do in an offline "swap" of my own. I am not trading with anyone, but I don't know what else to call it.

So HA, Craftster and Swap-Bot! Ok, not really. I just REEEALLY wanted to do a bunch of these.

So in honor of Quirky Crafts Month, and my new baby girl, I am starting off with the Alice in Wonderland ones.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I have discovered that there are not a lot of crafty things that are easy to do on bed rest.

The Spring wreath I found on Pinterest.

She used a solid green fun fur and daisy trim pinned into place.

My version.

I had the variegated fun fur in green, pink and blue. I used larger flowers and added a butterfly center. In lieu of a ribbon, I used an ordinary over the door wreath hanger.

Friday, March 23, 2012


40: My partner in crime.

She has joined me in taking silly pictures around the house.

33 revisited

Almost done!

And this was accomplished right before I went on bed rest. Thank goodness.

I have had zip-zilch for creativity and have spent my time reading, sleeping and watching junk on television.


39: Vivid

For the photo group.

I cannot go far to seek out my photo group pictures anymore, I have been put on bed rest.

You see, Little Miss Impatient (we finally did see that the babe is a girl) has decided to try to make an early escape.


So, I have been given meds and an order to rest to help her make it to full term.

Thank goodness my meds were a nice, bright hue.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


38: Abandoned

I drive by this building all the time, and I always want to stop.

Today, not only did I have my camera with me, but I also went by when there was nobody around.

This is not exactly a tourist attraction.

So I finally get over there batteries are dead.

I did get one semi-decent shot.


37: Circles. Photo Group.

A close-up of some paper coils I made for a necklace.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


36: Wildcard 2. Photo Group

Back to carrying my camera around with me.

And this is the kind of stuff I like, the quirky.

The "C" was put on upside down. Even when you turned the water on, the letter remained inverted.


35: Wildcard 1. Photo Group.

Behind again, imagine that.

I made a wrong turn and had to turn around in a shopping mall.

Low and behold I was greeted by a window full of bunny heads.

It was a costume shop. Sadly, they weren't open.

Seeing as how I intend to do the Halloween self-portrait thing again, I will definitely be going back!


34: Creative Styling

My version.

It is just temporary dye. Kind of fun having crazy colored hair again.