Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Gift

Ask and ye shall receive….it just may take a while.  Like a year maybe?

On March 15th of last year I wrote a blog post about Tango, a paper leaf sculpture.  The response was very positive and folks were asking me to make more and list them in my shop.  Well, I’ve finally done it!  Today I listed ‘The Gift.’

Gift 1

I hesitate to mention this because I’m so intermittent in my production, but I’ve got more leaves in the works and a bunch of new ideas up my sleeve.  So -- dare I say? -- stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog Feature

A fellow papermaking from Kalamazoo, MI, Lorrie Grainger Abdo, has featured me on her blog today. She's an incredibly creative artist herself so be sure to check it out at

Lilith Lamp

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A walk in the woods . . .

Here I am in the enchanted forest taking inspiration from Mother Nature.

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We are vacationing in the Redwoods on the north coast of California.  These are some pictures from our walk in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove.


Worshipping at the shrine of everlasting life.  Even though the core of this tree is completely burned out, it is still alive and thriving in the canopy.  These huge trees gave off such a warm and comforting energy.  I was enveloped by it.

A few inspirational tidbits…


Lichen      Lattice Bark

                         Lichen                                                Latticed bark

Who's house

    One of the many houses in the neighborhood.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Emerson Bindery's Elegant Books

One of the things that really drew me to papermaking was my love of books. So I'm always on the lookout for handmade books of exceptional quality. I found some recently in this wonderful little shop owned by a perfectionistic bookmaker named Beth. When it comes to bookbinding being a perfectionist is a good thing!

Vanilla Water Blossom Journal

Vanilla Water Blossom Journal inside

Beth says, "I enjoy custom orders and working with my customers to create a book they'll fall in love with! I've worked with Grammy award winning rock band, The Fray, to create a backstage guest book for their 2009 summer tour. I have also worked with The Arnold Grummer Company to design an accordion book project using handmade papers and recycled CDs for the covers."

This multi-talented artist also plays in the clay and makes some lovely polymer pendants.

Elf Square Celtic Pendant Botanical Leaf Pendant

Here's where you can see more of Beth's work and learn more about her:

Etsy Store:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Paper Jewelry

I haven't talked about my jewelry here so I figured now is the opportune time since I'm having a 20% off sale. And I sure wouldn't want you all to miss it! *wink*

Over the years I've made many different styles of paper jewelry. I started with just handmade paper sandwiched with Pellon interfacing. I painted fun designs on the paper, attached posts or wires and called them earrings....and rightly so, they were indeed earrings, just not very durable. My latest rendition of jewelry incorporates brass wire. I form the wire into the desired shape and then pound it flat and polish it. The paper is adhered to the metal and sealed using a polymer medium called Paverpol. This stuff is amazing! If you work with natural fibers (fabric, paper, etc.) that you want rock hard and indestructible, this is the stuff! You can read more about it on their website

So without further ado, I present Bijouterie Papier!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kitchen Magic: Spicy African Peanut & Veggie Soup

My husband and I have a tradition of homemade soup and 60 Minutes on Sunday evenings. In the four and a half years we've been married I've come up with some pretty good soups, but this one wins hands down. It was about 5:00 PM when I realized that it was Sunday and the soup wasn't on! I looked in the fridge and what did I find? A bit of a yam and a piece of broccoli we had with the Honey Dijon Pork Chops Friday night (There were no remnants of the pork chops.) Some limp celery. Half a bag of spinach in the early stages of sliminess. A zucchini and yellow squash that needed to be eaten or put in the garbage. "So what can I make out of these lovely ingredients?" I asked myself.

I got online and started looking for soups with yam as the main ingredient and came up with several versions of Spicy African Yam Soup. I pulled together various ingredients that I had in the house and magic did happen!!

Spicy African Peanut and Veggie Soup

In a big soup pot heat:
1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small yellow squash, chopped
1 yam, chopped
Any other veggies you have hanging around. If they are already cooked, add them at the end with the spinach.

When onion is translucent add and cook for 1-2 minutes:
½ cup brown/wild rice mix
2 t. chopped garlic
1 t. cumin
2-3 t. curry powder
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 t. salt
Stir in:
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can diced tomatoes

Simmer until rice is cooked, about 30-40 minutes.

Stir in:
1 can lite coconut milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Cook until heated through and spinach is wilted.

Adjust seasonings and add a splash or two of lime juice and a bit of sugar, if desired, to give it a little more pizzazz. Serve with chopped peanuts as garnish.

Makes about 8 servings.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

my favorite things

I thought you might like to see some of my favorite things. I love these particular pieces of art because of the colors and texture and the mood they evoke. For me it's a mood of possibility and hope with a touch of mystery. What do they bring up for you?

Spirit of Autumn

Birds on a Wire

Change of Season

Where the Wind Blows


Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Year's Inspiration

I’m not one to write out New Year’s resolutions. As far as I can see they are just an exercise in futility. I mean, how many New Year's resolutions have you kept? Me? Zero, zilch, nada! But this year I felt an urge to do something, so I was going to write out a list of goals. Now goals are different than resolutions, aren’t they? Goals are something you work toward . . . that you can break down into tasks . . . baby steps. Right? Resolutions, on the other hand, seem less forgiving. It’s ‘do or die.’ And if you don’t do it, you’ve failed.

So on January 1st I prepared myself to write out my goals. But, man, did it seem dry and way too much like work. Anyway, I thought, how inspiring will it be to read a bunch of words? Will that really keep me going throughout the year? Not likely!

It was then that I saw a reference online to a vision board. This is where
you cut out pictures and make a collage out of them. Before I knew it, I was
in my studio pulling out a big piece of matboard and a bunch of magazines.
I grabbed my scissors and started clipping. In flipping through the magazines (Sunset, Body and Soul, Martha Stewart and O to name a few) I found images
that inspired and moved me and that reminded me of what it is I want for my
life. On my Vision Board, all the many facets – health, relationship, work, play,
self-care, travel – revolve around an image of balance. Balance is supreme
this year.

I love my vision board and will be adding to it as the year progresses. It hangs in my bathroom so I see it everyday. Everyday I am inspired. Everyday I am reminded of what it is I want. Everyday I move closer to my ideal life.

Here are a couple of links to sites you might find inspiring.

This is an article about vision maps and how to create them.

This has got to be coolest site I’ve ever come across. You can build your own vision map video with music and affirmations and beautiful images. You can then download your creation to your desktop to view everyday. And best of all it’s all free!!

Something I found very useful in my Vision Map building is my Xyron machine. I just took all my cutout pictures and ran them through my Xyron which put permanent adhesive on them so I could just peel and stick (you can also get a repositionable adhesive.) For the best price on Xyrons and many other craft supplies go to