Monday, November 3, 2014

Life Book 2014 November Lessons

November already? Wow, October sure went by quickly! A new Life Book lesson was released today, but I'm in Kansas City for work and away from all my wonderful art suppies. More catching up when I get home.
Oh, and decided to sign up for Life Book 2015, you know, just to keep myself out of trouble.
Small miracle: finished a page the same day the lesson came out! Taught by Tascha Parkinson.
See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Here's to a wet and soggy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Today I came home from work to find my complimentary copy of Somerset Studios magazine, published by Stampington & Company. The Nov/Dec issue of this lovely magazine features an article about Life Book, and two of my journal pages are in there!!

The first (lower left)

And the other (upper left)

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited
See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creative outlets...

I haven't had much time to sew or do much in the way of art journaling lately. I've been busy working, spending time with family, and playing music.

Last Friday we were invited to an open mic at a local brewpub (Hondo's). I was pretty nervous, but I think it went really well. There were some really good musicians there that night. I'm sure we'll be doing more of this (playing out), but we're struggling to find a name for our little group.

We've got a music night planned at our house on the 30th (sorry, neighbors). Ariah (second from left) is my music buddy, and her mom will be visiting from Idaho. We LOVE playing and singing together. I think it'll be a really good time, and I'm so looking forward to it.

Last week I started sewing a little witch pin doll, using my Hazel pattern ~ one of my very early patterns. I haven't made one of these for years, though I really doubt I'll get her done by Halloween. I'll try to work on her a little today. These little pin dolls can take as long to make as bigger dolls.

I may even get a chance to work on an art journal page, though my to-do list for today is pretty long and includes boring things like laundry and vacuuming.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Life Book 2014 October Lessons

Here's my take on Tam's lesson. Had fun with this one.

Struggled a bit with this one, taught by Christy Tomlinson.

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anyone know?

I'm working on a Life Book lesson from earlier in the year ~ drawing knick knacks using my non-dominant hand.

So I picked a couple old figures I bought on eBay years ago. Not much information was included in the auction description as I recall, so I was hoping someone out there would know something about these dolls. They're not very big, the faces are sculpted, and the bodies are pipe cleaners. I fell in love with them.
Oh, and here's the drawing (each figure done separately). I'm definitely right handed!
See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -
or just click on the appropriate label in the left sidebar (scroll down). 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Finally! Amandine paper pattern available

I finally received the cover paper for my Amandine pattern today, and got the cover photos attached and everything folded. I also stopped by PayPal to generate an "Add to Cart" button to my website.
Anyone interested in either paper pattern or e-pattern, just drop by my website. It's all updated!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Productive Week!

In addition to finishing my Amandine pattern, I managed to finish three journal pages for Life Book 2014 this week. I'm on a roll!  Still very behind, but making progress.

And now there's been an announcement about the teacher line-up for Life Book 2015! Each of the teachers is giving away a spot in the year-long course. Today's blog hop stop is at Effy Wild's site.
Here are the pages I finished this week. At this point I've just been jumping around to get to the lessons:

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE  -
or just click on the appropriate label in the left sidebar (scroll down). 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I'm finally done with my Amandine pattern!!!
 I put in an 11-hour day today, and boy is my back killing me ~ I didn't exactly use good body mechanics while drawing the pattern pieces. I still need to get cover photos for the traditional paper pattern, but the e-pattern is ready to go. Well, maybe I should proofread it one more time.

That being said, I don't think I can stand another minute in this studio to update my website or Etsy store. I'm so done!
The pattern is now up at my Etsy store, on Craftsy, and on my Website

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Slowly but surely...making progress

My Amandine pattern instructions are nearly done. It's been such a tedious process, as this pattern is full of progress photos. What better way to help illustrate a step?

What's left? The wig, the hat, the shoes. Oh, and drafting the actual pattern pieces onto paper (instead of paper towels, etc.
I went with colors I don't usually use, which is nice for a change. Next, I'll be going through all my Tibetan lamb to find a color that works for her.