Thursday, February 4, 2016


The second page of my 2016 purse sketchbook is the dedication page. 

A line from an old, very old, Mamas & Papas song--can't get it out of my head...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


After playing around with markers on scratch 
paper (practicing lettering for Joanne 
Sharpe's class), I realized I had a 
miscellaneous group of words in a wild variety
of colors. I cut them out and arranged them. 
Here's one example. 

I'm thinking I want to become 
a graffiti artist when I grow up!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rule for 2016, 3

The last day of December I went to a friend's restaurant and sketched on the last page of my somewhat daily journal. Didn't have time for the food. Today I finished adding the patterns and colored pencil work. Ah, yes, another finish.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Reminder

The first page of my purse sketchbook is a reminder, as well as lettering homework for Sketchbook Skool.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rule for 2016, 2

If my new rule is to finish things in 2016, then I finished my purse sketchbook (6"x5"). And I LUV it!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rule for 2016, 1

Rule for 2016: Do not start anything new. Finish the unfinished (it is a l-o-n-g list).

Hmmpf. I'm off to a bad start. Do I listen to my own advice? 

The justification for this new project: I need a purse sketchbook that I LUV to replace the one I just completed (OK, I did finish my daily journal thus respecting my rule...somewhat. However, I do already have several other small journals that would fit in my purse.).

I have respected my thrifty tendencies. When I cut Canson paper for my lettering notebook, I found I had leftover paper that would make a small journal. Also, I made the covers from recycled cardboard covered with Canson paper that I painted/colored with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I just love blue and green.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Alpha Dog

A "Dog Alphabet" popped up someplace on the internet and it tickled my fancy. Had to get it onto a page in my journal. So much fun!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Inching Along

Oh, those French knots are so time-consuming--and I fell asleep with needle in hand last night. But, their beauty makes up for it all. It's a love/hate relationship...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finishing Off

Along with the end of 2015 came the end of my somewhat-daily journal. I persuaded my husband to draw a little something while we sat in a doctor's waiting room. His choice of subject made me chuckle because when he was young he disliked dogs. And here we are now, many dogs later...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Artully Inspired Life," 2

January's inspirational word for Joanne Sharpe's "Artfully Inspired Life" is "Light". This is the mantra page.

Very fun to do and gee, I didn't know I could do that!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Artfully Inspired Life," 1

Knowing there would be some pretty big bumps in the road for 2016, I enrolled in Joanne Sharpe's "Artfully Inspired Life" that focuses on art journaling and lettering, besides signing up for "Expressing" at Sketchbook Skool. I need to have someone else organize the "fun" in art this year, while I work to finish some major pieces and face the medical challenges of a family member. Joanne takes one by the hand in such a cheerful and positive way. I do not worry about being artistically influenced in my textile work because Joanne's brand of "whimsical" does not coincide with my artistic vision. However, I will allow myself to be led and some "whimsical" will slip into this blog for awhile. I have wanted to play a bit with lettering for a long time, but, I didn't want to start from scratch. So Joanne has done the work for me and I'm happy to follow.  

This month's alphabet is wonky. Very fun--nice way to start the year.

Doodling with Darning, 3

More late-night darning.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Souvenir

I do my best to control my collections (such as my fabric stash) and to avoid collecting anything else. However, once in a while I'll pick up a small souvenir. It was Paris, after all, even if my Eiffel Tower key chain was made in China. And it was fun to draw in my daily journal. Nice memories are attached to that silly trinket.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Doodling with Darning, 2

The darning is getting wilder and looser. And then French knots came to the party to add a splash!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Ha! Did it--I solved a problem in my on-going endeavor to clean up, toss out, or fix and repair. I have a large 2-hole notebook for my textile sketchbook. My original intention was to attach fabric to drawing paper made for notebooks, using the holes of the paper. Hmmmf. 
                      Here's my first page-->

The paper has shredded. Not one of my greater ideas.

Eventually, grosgrain ribbon for the holes came to mind as a solution, but simmered on the back burner until yesterday. 
<--The latest page. A much improved system. 

Now to get all the previous pages fixed...