Wednesday, December 21, 2011


What started out to be 17/17/17 is now 15-15-15 (+1).  No I have not lost my mind (shhhh...maybe sort of!).  But NOT in this case as I'm referring to an art journal round robin consistently of 17 artists, 17 months, 17 journals that kicked off a couple of months ago and totally went off the rails the other day.  I joined with excitement and enthusiasm and so did my fellow artists.  What was to follow was totally unexpected. 

Here's our story...

It was a rocky start to say the least but due to the resiliency of the artists invovled, the entire round robin  never imploded.  Instead, the round robin took a right turn...or more appropriatetly, a turn in the RIGHT direction and now it is 15 artists, 15 months, 15 journals (+ 1 artist) who rejoined once the dust had settled.

I have found there are people in this world who instead of looking inward and seeking help when needed, will look outward for constant support to the point of draining the life out of others.  Once they have sucked the life out of their victims they will move on leaving scars and questions in their path.

This my friends, was the way of the founder of 17/17/17...

Once the participants and rules of the road were establised, my fellow artists and I would receive a burrage of emails about said founders mental illness, suicide attempt, terminally ill husband...blah, blah, blah.  Really?  I thought it odd from the start that someone would share such intimate details with a distribution list of absolute I never responded.  Either way, some of my sweet and empathetic counterparts did.  Offering support and words of encouragement and sympathy. Her sad tales always included apolgies for her absence in communicating, meeting timelines, etc. 

She was constantly forgiven until one of the artists accidently found her quite active on other sites. 

Instantly the truth was out.  What a fraud!  She was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  Constantly seeking (at least in my mind) "poor me" attention.  It got tiring.  I  believe in supporting my fellow man...but being abused or falling victim to co-dependency to a woman I only know (BARELY) online is an entirely different matter. 

I'm thrilled to report that the remaining (mentally stable) women are talented, empathetic, funny...I could go on and on!  We are now drama free to be 15-15-15 and it feels FABULOUS!  Check out our blog!  We have a Facebook page too.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The American Scrap Book

A couple of months ago I took Mary Ann Moss' (Dispatch From LA) Full Tilt Boogie Class and absolutely loved it.  For my journal I decided to use a vintage book.  I just couldn't find a vintage celluloid album (that's what she uses in her class) that I was happy with that wouldn't cost me a years salary!  What caught my eye about the book I ultimately chose (okay, I chose a few but used this one!) is the emblem on the cover "The American Scrap Book".  So very fitting and beautiful.  I removed the "guts" from the book (saved them for future use of course!) and sewed in 12 signatures consisting of a variety of paper; envelopes, ledger paper, brail paper; scrapbook name it, I used it.  I also sewed paper together using the zig zag setting on my sewing machine.  This made for a very ecclectic mix of signatures.

To follow is a sneak peak of the book and signatures.  I just started working on actually journaling yesterday.  This week I had a lot to reflect I figured it was now or never!  Once I complete my first few spreads I will share them.  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Baking

I devoted the entire day to holiday baking.  It's been a few years since I REALLY baked for the holidays so it was really fun to get into the spirit of it. 

This year, I not only baked for the annual family Christmas dinner that I host...I also baked for charity.  My department at work decided to adopt a family this year for the holidays.  Soooo, being the perpetual party planner that I am, I thought it would be a good idea to host a bake sale at work with all of the proceeds going to the family we adopted.  Me and 6 other bakers elected to bake at least 6 dozen of something or other for the bake sale.  Only requirement is that it's home-made. 

Here's my round up: 
Cream cheese peppermint bars, oatmeal toffee cookies,
peppermint thin mints, oreo cookie truffles & snicker fudge. 

Thank goodness most of these treats are leaving the house on Tuesday (for the charity event) or I might over-indulge.  In the meantime, I need to steer clear of the refrigerator in the garage.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wichtel Ornament Exchange

Over at Milliande there is a Wichtel Ornament Exchange going on whereby you need to make a vintage looking ornament and send it off to a secret recipient.  Mine is leaving for England today. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Every year (for as long as I can remember...probably 30 years now), I make at least a few homemade ornaments to mark the Christmas year.  This year I found one on the cover of Somerset Holiday Magazine...and another on a blog whose address fails me now (or I would give credit where credit is due...promise!).  Check it out. 


From these supplies....the snowflakes were white and
SUPER cheap from the dollar store. $1.00 for a pack
 of 3 or 6 depending on the size. I spray painted them
 gold and then covered them in very fine glitter (the good stuff!).

To this!

From this...fake snow from Michael's, styrofoam ball,
cupcake liners, bakers twin and sparkly berries
(also from Michael's).

To this!  How cute would this be hanging from a package?
  I think I will make some more to do just that!