#41 – Garden Tools


I’m not much of a gardener, but I love flowers, and I’ve got tools!


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Hum with the Cosmos

The Bardic Circle

Hum with the Cosmos

This page was inspired by an excerpt from a longer poem by the gifted Shiloh Sophia (yes, Sophia = Wisdom!) from the Red Thread Cafe (click the image to go through to her lovely and loving site).

Her words have sparked stardust in my head before, and her last live chat is the reason a piece of slim red embroidery trim is fastened along the top of my computer – reminding me, as I glance at it, that I am connected to every other woman, that we are a part of a thread of humanity that runs across geography, history, and the world.

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new journal…

Joyful Ploys

“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”  ~Irish Saying~

I have been working in one of the journals I made last week.  One page is completed and other pages are in various stages of completion.  I have been watching Teesha Moore’s videos on journaling on she and Tracy Moore’s new website:  The Artstronauts Club.  I have admired Teesha’s style of visual journaling for a long time.  On this page I used my own images and magazine collage.  The image on the lower left hand side of the page (with the flap opened)  is one I borrowed from their Artstronaut Club website.  They have lots of images that can be printed off and used as collage,  but for the most part, I’d rather use my own images (or altered images).  I am not a master of using a gel pen,  but,  use them, I did.  I think I…

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My Dollar Store Haul

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Bird Inspired Page

I am pretty obsessed with birds at the moment and have been looking at lots of amazing peacocks. Their colouring and feathers are gorgeous!

This is a bit of a mixed up page, as I started it not knowing what to create. I added some tissue paper to the background then used acrylic paints and paint pens over the top to draw the bird. My art journal is so fat now, I am finding it hard to work in! I may have to do single pages so I have more control over what I am creating.

I am going to continue my with this bird theme and do more peacocks 🙂

Large Art JournalPeacock

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Horse Paddock March 12, 2014

art prescription

Past the fence, look down

Wildflowers sprinkle paddock

Where horses sense spring!!

Art Prescription:  First thing this morning we walk out to see the horses. On the way I notice about 6 different merry wildflowers!

Blue Skies Wildflowers

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Finally Finished….My Hand-Carved Alphabet!

Rainbow-Fingered Crafter

Finally Finished....My Hand-Carved Alphabet!

Taking inspiration from a post on http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/ I decided that instead of paying nearly £20 to get some fancy alphabet stamps I’d seen, I would just carve my own. So I finally finished the ‘z’ today 🙂 They are a bit rough round the edges, but that’s the beauty. I want to do some numbers next!

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New Handmade Journal: Little Bit

Junquemail Contessa

I really wanted to  change things up a little bit.  The CAJJ is the perfect size for me, but I also wanted something on a smaller scale.  I stumbled upon Avital Gertner’s tutorial on how to make a journal from a soap bar box.  Fortunately, I figured out how to modify the instructions to use a slightly bigger box that held Mentadent toothpaste refills.

This is going to be the beginning of a wonderful relationship.  Meet my new journal…….Little Bit.  Little Bit’s pages are approximately 3.25 inches wide x 4.25 high with the binding measuring in at 3.75 inches.  She just got made last night so I’m not yet done filling her with all of the pages and pockets she will be embracing within her covers.


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How to Cut Stencils Easily!

Imperfect Impulses with Aaron

Have you ever wanted to cut your own stencil, grabbed a piece of transparency, and then started cutting only for your hand to cramp up and get frustrated when you accidentally cut the stencil where you didn’t want to?

My new video shows the easiest way to cut your own stencils without the use of a die cutting machine.  I learned this technique from Laura Lidstone (aka the Artistic Pagan), so check her out on YouTube or visit her blog.

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For Such a Time as This

from victory road

Esther watermark copy

When Mordecai challenged Esther to use her royal position to influence the king to save the many lives of her own Jewish people, he said to her “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” in an effort to encourage her to take action despite the risks at hand.

I could be easily asked the same question. In what ways do my own set of circumstances allow me to be in the right place at the right time to help others? When I start seeing both the good and the bad in that light, it changes my perspective on my situation.  No one else is walking in my shoes, so whatever needs I encounter on my path are mine to address! It might be as simple as a smile, or an encouraging word, or it might be something more risky and…

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