• Mini Books,  Paper Crafts

    Focusing on the positive…

    If there was ever a time when everything falls apart it was in class this past weekend and, as an instructor, that’s the one place you never want it to happen. I’ll admit, the majority of my classes usually go extremely well and I consider myself very fortunate. It doesn’t just happen, though. There’s a lot of time put into designing my projects, keeping track of all the products used and writing easy-to-follow instructions with color photos for all the students. I package kits and pack extra supplies. The store owners receive a complete list of products that will be used in class and they receive a sample for display.…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    Weather, birthdays and classes …

    This beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing for a week now is making it very difficult for me to stay indoors and do what needs to be done – like posting to this blog! Today my husband and I started by clearing out a lot of junk out of the garage but as the day wore on we both found ourselves sitting under the tree and watching the wildlife scurry around the pond. Dinner was cooked on the grill and we ate on the patio. What a wonderful day! I justified the easy day by telling myself I’ll take it for my birthday instead of Monday – works for me (I…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    Beyond a good read …

    My interest in books goes well beyond a good read. I’m often measuring the cover for its dimensions, scanning the pages for interesting words or phrases and checking for aging and yellowing pages. I see a different kind of story. Not one told with words but a story told through art. I love to cut the book apart and repurpose the covers by altering with art materials or covering them with beautiful papers. The inside pages are useful for cutting words and phrases to layer in the art or to punch several sizes of circles to create delicate layered paper flowers. In my latest class project I used this book…