What’s to come in 2014?

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It’s late afternoon on New Years Eve 2013 and I continue to be hard at work on my submissions for this coming year’s Sketchbook Project. After doing several dummies I think I have all my ideas, hand lettering styles, pens and ephemera chosen! I will be creating three copies of the book: one to travel with SP in the Northeast US , one for the Pacific Northwest US and one copy to keep. So much to do… The deadline is January 15, 2014! When I finish the books I will post them for you to enjoy!

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For more info on The Sketchbook Project visit sketchbook project.com
A very productive and satisfying day I’d say! Now it’s time to leave the studio and start preparing some treats for our lil stay at home New Years celebration with family.

Btw I always select a word or two as my resolution for the New Year. This year’s word is “stretch.” As in stretching beyond my comfort zone or routine, creatively, physically etc.

What’s your word for 2014? I’d love to hear!

A Happy, Healthy Blessed New Year to you all dear friends!!

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Holiday Handmades 2013

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Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season so far! I wanted to share some of my the handmades I made as gifts for dear family members and friends.
First my annual journals. I always choose a word or two as well as an image to inspire the design of the journal cover. This years words were “Write” and “Dream”. I use a traditional composition notebook as the cover is so nice and sturdy. I laid a piece of burlap then a strip of hand stamped muslin. Some strips had a little embroidery and or beading. I added a felted snowflake coaster that I spray painted either red or gold.

Table Runners in both ivory and natural burlap were another handmade. I used fusible tape to hem the long sides to stop fraying. Stencils and stamps were used to add snowflakes and inspirational words to the overall design.

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Tea Towels stamped with “wish”, “believe” and”dream” were another handmade gift.

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Here are some pics of how I wrapped up some of my handmades!

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I love painting large pieces of heavy watercolor paper that I cut down into tags, cards and for the insides of the front covers my holiday journals.

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Another satisfying creative holiday season! Time to clean up the studio for my next challenge… Stay tuned!!

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