Wednesday, May 31, 2006


The irises outside our front door just started blooming. They make me happy. The color is so rich and beautiful. Also, I updated my Inspired Images traveling moleskine blog, if you'd like to check out mine and Beth's latest collaborations. Thanks for looking!


Only 1 1/2 more days of school - woo-hoo! Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to get the art room clean enough to check out for the summer! Worked on lots of mail art swaps last night. These are a couple atcs to go with the theme "Everything but the Bird".
We (my sister and mom and I) had a *great* time scrapbooking on Monday. All my sister's excellent pictures gave me good reason to covet her new digital camera. Look at what it can do! You can select one color (like yellow) and turn everything else black and white - while you're taking the picture! So cool.
She also captured lots of funny pictures of Cleo.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Home alone...

Bill is out with some friends from work, so I've been spending the evening home alone, and much was accomplished! I finally finished entering my grades online, and I created a page for our memory book at school this year. Lots of laundry and listening to good music. Also, I completed 43 4"x4" pages for a "chunky book" project I'm involved in. I've been procrastinating working on this for a long time, so even though I enjoyed making them, it is a *relief* to have them finished. I hand carved a self-portrait print and printed it on each page with water-based printing ink. Embellishments are stamped flower designs, sequins on pop dots, and Strano ribbon. (if you like ribbon, you must check out that link - their stuff is to die for!)
Looking forward to tomorrow. We're having breakfast with a friend from high school that I haven't seen in a long time, and in the afternoon my mom and sister are coming over from Des Moines. The four of us are going to look at a HOUSE Bill has been looking at on the internet for months. It is expensive, but I think it may be somewhere we would want to live for a long, long time. I'll decide after I see it in person, but it is an exciting prospect to be even thinking about buying our first house together. Mom and Bethany are staying overnight and then we're going to an all day employee scrapbooking crop at Reminisce. Well... I'm starting to get sleepy, and I think I might paint my nails before I go to bed, so off I go.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Funky Flowers

Just a couple deco pages I made last night using some Technique Tuesday stamps and acrylic paint. I think they're fun!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blah

I'm not sure if the student who left this picture on my desk meant it to be a portrait of me or not, but... I'm definitely having moments when I feel like this. LOL. Only 6 1/2 school days left until summer! Ok, back to working on grades...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Altered Frames

Altered frame gift for my mom for Mother's Day. Using a photo from our wedding day, Chatterbox paper, Foofala buttons, and a Heidi Swapp silhouette.
Altered 7 Gypsies clipboard frame for a class I'm teaching at Reminisce on June 27. I tried to get the example together early so that I will hopefully have a full class of 12. Last time when I made a mini-pet book, I only had 4 people come, and it really wasn't worth my prep time.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Tree Deco back home!

I received my first non-round robin deco home in the mail last week. What a wonderful surprise. All the work in it is completely top-notch and unique. I love it! Thought I would share the results here.

Tree deco cover - photo of a tree in Iowa City by me.
page by Tam
pages by Jessye and Annie
both pages by Cairnlae
pages by Victori and Trish

Friday, May 12, 2006

Baby Shower Fun...

Wednesday afternoon we had the 6 baby Baby Shower. It was a blast. So many babies - so much minature cutie-pie goodness. One was only 4 days old!
Thanks to Nici for the good advice to decorate onsies for gifts. I bought a pack, lined them up, and individualized them with fabric paints. I like the way they came out, and the elephant cards aren't too shabby, either! It is actually easier to make gifts like this when you have to make them in bulk, because I had a system set up for cranking them out.
My last Artists Books class was on Tuesday. I finally finished my edition of 15 alphabet books just in time. It was a really great experience, especially being able to see the other students work and discuss my process with them. It made me want to take more bookmaking classes, and I'm even interested in enrolling in the Center for the Book program at the University of Iowa, but for now, I'm looking forward to having Tuesday nights free again.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I've been tagged!

Amy tagged me, so I better get going on answering these!

So, I have to give 5 answers for all these catagories. Hmmm... this is a lot of brain power so early in the morning!

5 items in my fridge
1. oranges
2. Starbucks carmel frappucinos
3. diet Squirt
4. some 7-layer dip
5. my Brita water pitcher

5 Items in my closet
1. my stash of fabric scraps from quilting projects (and a few unfinished quilting projects)
2. my collection of purses and bags
3. letters that my husband sent me during our college years
4. boxes of papers and other old stuff waiting for a rainy day when I'll sort through them and decide what to keep and what to get rid of
5. my new hooded sweatshirt (p.s. - that's not me in the picture)

5 Items in my Purse
1. tons of receipts waiting for me to balance my checkbook
2. my cell phone
3. my orange and yellow beaded coin purse
4. a variety of hair clips and pens
5. (actually this is on the outside of my purse) my little yarn pirate from the Modern Art Museum of Chicago's gift shop

5 Items in My Car
1. a dustbuster left over from our chalk experience this weekend
2. a book that I've been planning to return since I received it at Christmas, but now I'll probably keep.
3. cds by Jewel, Damien Rice, Joshua Radin, The Little Willies, & the Wicked musical soundtrack
4. broken sunglasses
5. a pile of packages waiting to go to the post office after school

I tag:
and anyone else kind enough to read my blog who has not already been tagged. :)

Monday, May 08, 2006

More Chalk the Walk photos

If you'd like to see the rest of my photos from the Madonnari festival this weekend, check out them out here. Thanks for looking and for your comments!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Chalk the Walk part 2

Another day of work on our chalk painting. It turned out great. I'm sore and dirty - but with a good feeling of accomplishment. It was such a fun weekend. Can't wait for next year - although I don't know if we could ever recreate this great weather again!

By the end of the day, I was ready to lay down instead of kneeling.

Our finished piece - these are hard to photograph!
Grant Wood's "Stone City" - a large community project

The visiting artists website is

Chalk the Walk

Here are some of my favorite photos from yesterday's adventure in chalk painting with Wendy. The weather was SO beautiful and it was a little easier to work with the chalks and the surface than I had anticipated, and our design looks terriffic translated so large, and it was fun to meet all the artists and visitors. How's *that* for a run-on sentence!

Here I am drawing out some of the design, after we had put down a chalk grid to transfer our drawing to the larger scale.

Our fancy chalks. Yum.

Visitors working on the giant Grant Wood "Stone City" reproduction. New people start working on squares on the hour - they're photographing it from the roof every hour. Should be really neat!

Wendy's shoes. Hee hee!

Portrait by the visiting artist from California. The skin tones are incredible!

Our neighbor, Cassidy, did a portrait of Frida Kahlo (yeah!) and she's a recent Luther grad, like me, and she knows my brother, Thor (she was roomates with one of his ex-girlfriends). Small world!

Our spot at the end of Saturday. I was trying to hold up the camera to get it all. Not the best picture.

Anyway, this morning I'm awake and ready to get to work again (we're probably about 2/3 done already) but I'm incredibly sore. My whole body hurts. whoa. Legs from squatting, and back and neck from bending over our piece. Plus my hands are a little weary. I'm going to call in sick tomorrow to school. First of all, by then, I'll probably be so sore it will be tough to move, but also I need a day to finish up all my classwork for my artist's books class and get caught up on mail art projects and other things on my massive to do list. It will be a mental health day, really. I think I deserve one pseudo-sickday - I work hard all year (even if there are only a few weeks left of school).

Will post more pictures after today. AND I got my first non-RR deco homer back yesterday, and it is AWESOME, so a post coming on that as soon as I scan pages.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Early bird gets the worm

So, I got out of bed about an hour and 20 minutes earlier than usual today, yet I still left my house for work at the same moment I do every morning. Go figure. I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep because of all the to-do lists circulating in my brain. At least I got a few things accomplished at home, including making these cookies to bring to school today. Here's a link to my latest art newsletter.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Chalk the Walk

This afternoon Wendy came over after school and we made this rough sketch of the chalk picture that we're going to make during the art festival in Mt. Vernon, Iowa this weekend. She had the idea to combine some famous paintings into one large composition. I thought it was a great idea, so we settled on Klimt, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Monet. I wasn't sure at first if we could pull it together, but I really like this drawing, and I think it will translate to the large scale (6'x8') that we'll be beginning on Saturday. I'm a little nervous about being one of only 20 artists doing the work during the festival, mostly because I've never used the pastels we're using and I've certainly never made any piece of art this large, but overall I'm *excited*!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy May Day!

A few atcs and deco pages I worked on over the weekend. Other than that, busy with school stuff, preparing for a Madonnari art festival that Wendy and I are participating in over the weekend, and working on this edition assignment for my artists books class. It has taken over all my free time! What was I thinking? I thought that an alphabet book would be so cute, but I didn't give much thought to the fact that I would have to cut and assemble over 800 pieces (26 pages + front and back cover + 26 photos x 15 copies). Ack! Anyway, I should be done hopefully tomorrow, and then I can start thinking about my final project (due next Tuesday).