Combine to Create

December 4, 2016

Every step I took was a lesson in beauty


 This is a picture I took today whilst hiking my woods.  Four and a half miles of this.  
Our first snow this winter.
When I got home, I saw a female Cooper's Hawk alight on one of our trees in the backyard.
She was also beautiful. 
A few ponderings while walking in this poetic forest today:   I figured out that I live by the beat of a mother's heart; almost too emotional at times.  About everything, not just kids.  I also figured out that I think God is a metaphor for nature, not the other way around.  Today was a reflective kind of day.






December 1, 2016

A few Christmas cards

Like snowflakes, no two are ever alike.  There is a slight variation along the same principle.
Reason being, it keeps me entertained during the process.



















November 30, 2016

A few more hand-bound books

This one is for my new daughter-in-law, Kate.


For my niece.









November 29, 2016

Isabel's Christmas gift book

Isabel's book for Christmas.  
She shares my love of all things birds (raptors, mostly), and it's part of her curriculum at school.
The inside front cover.













November 28, 2016

More handmade books

 I've been having fun putting these gifts together for all the women on my Christmas list.
The process goes faster for each book I make.  They all start out as heavy chipboard pieces that I cut to size for the covers.  The binding is waxed hemp. 
 I had the most fun designing my daughter's book, and will post pictures when finished.

October 31, 2016

Christmas Presents

 I suppose it's never too early to start my Christmas makings.  Everyone is getting a small blank journal.  These two are bound with Coptic binding.  I have 2 made so far.
 Two down and 6 to go...






October 17, 2016

October 7, 2016

Onward and forward

I shall not be attending Art & Soul in Portland in April, 2017, but I would recommend checking out the workshops offered by going here:



I am currently preparing for Minneapolis 2017, and will post a few goodies that I've been working on very soon.  By the way, registration is open for both PORTLAND and MINNEAPOLIS already.  
Here's a sneak preview of one of my MN workshops:
Embedded bottles

October 3, 2016

Virginia Beach, 2016

Virginia Beach was artful and beautiful in every way.  I walked this strand everyday.

 My classes were enlightening in so many ways.  The women in all my classes were all wonderful, generous people that I had the pleasure to meet.  We all shared a love of art, new discoveries, sharing ideas and friendship.
Stephanee and Catherine were friends that took my Personal Elements and Monogram class.  We all bring something different to the table but art ties us all together.  Love that.
I can't wait to do it again!
VB Sea Glass & heart rocks

  Gifts from the sea.







September 19, 2016

Art and Soul ~ Virginia Beach!!!

 OMG  Virginia Beach is in ONE week!!  My flight is booked, and my hotel is too.  Am I excited?  
Oh yeah!  A little something different being offered are 45 minute mini classes.  And, the instructor brings most of all you will need for these quickies.  
Above are a couple close up examples of the 45 min. class I am offering:  
Pear Triptych.
Click here to sign up:


Virginia Beach Sunset.  Can't wait!!