Over the last two weeks weather permitting the outdoor
Christmas lights went up and the day after Thanksgiving so did the Christmas
tree. Then it was time to tackle the indoor decorations. I do these all by
myself with only occasional help from hubby, when needed. It is taking me
longer this year because I purchased a number of new decorations (that I am
altering one way or another) including a new wreath for the front door and one
in the kitchen.
Not quite all of the decorating is done, but I had to
stop so that I can get started on making Christmas cards. I made cards once
before at Christmas 2 or 3 years ago and I want to do it again. It took me
several hours to get the first one made, but that was partly because of my not
quite knowing what I wanted to do. And then when I figured that out, I had embellishment
malfunctions. Thank goodness I don’t have very many to make.
We woke up to snow on the ground this morning. It
started here sometime around 2 A.M. and quit before 9 A.M. We usually don’t
have snow this early in the season. Average temps are between 50 and 60
degrees, not the mid 20’s we have today.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a
week away and Christmas just a little more than 5 weeks? Where has this year
I have been working whenever I can on a few small
projects. But the past month?!? I have spent more time than I care to admit
online searching out new ideas for Holiday decorations and recipes.
Before this time I have to say that I didn’t have much
use for Pinterest. I have spent a lot of hours surfing the boards and have not
only gotten some good ideas, but I started a few boards of my own (just to pin
items that I thought might be useful). And because of all this I have made a
number of purchases both online and in the brick and mortar stores!!
It only took me
three years, but I finally finished this photo album. The photos were taken in
October of 2011. Sometime in 2012 I started making the photo album. As in most
cases, I worked on it for a little while and then set it aside to work on something
else. Any way, it is completed except for a little bit of journaling.
I left the cover
pretty much as is as I didn’t want to get too dimensional with the embellishments.
It just makes it easier to store.
These are all
scans and not photos and it doesn’t do justice to the papers I used as they are
really very pretty.
Without the tag
to show the paper underneath.
This is the inside
of the little booklet in the above photo.
Here are more pages from my last completed journal. I like this style. It gives lots of room to do whatever you like whether it be journaling, creating art pages, drawing, or even watercolor paintings. But I also like the style in which my ROD journals are made too.
Today I worked on resizing some more photos to try
and finish up filling in this handmade book I made last year in the Ticket to Venice class.
I have also been working on re-doing the binding on
this Steampunk album. I somehow never took a photo of the front cover or the spine but as
you can see in the photos below the book was bound together with a piece of
ribbon through grommets.
I have since re-worked it using brown gaffers tape.
I am also planning on adding some ribbons with some embellishments to the
I am a self-taught mixed media artist. I like to experiment with whatever takes my fancy at the moment. Paper and fabric make up a big part of my art. However, it is not unusual to find beads, paint, metal, polymer clay or found objects in my work. Handmade books and mini albums, Art Quilts, Art Dolls, ATC's, Fabric Books, and Needlefelting make up the majority of my work.