Earth Day Stamping

I was hoping to get something Earth Day friendly done today, but play time has been a bit limited. However, I did work some pages in my journal using something disposable that we usually shred for the gardens. Here are my “stamps” made from toilet paper rolls and another roll that I can’t remember what…

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Craft Fair Finds

Yesterday, Dave and I went to one of my favorite craft fairs here in our town of Newburgh. It’s put on by the local women’s group and held at the local high school. I really like this fair because even though it is smaller than the Christmas fair held in the same school, to me…

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Valentine Card

Every year I try to make hubby a different valentine card. Last year’s post HERE shows some of the ones I’ve made in the past. Last year I made him this wall hanger. I had forgotten that I had used my sewing machine last year to make this. It’s put together with stuff found in…

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Sewing and Recycling

I’ve been doing a little sewing here at Happy Acres the past couple of weeks. I recycled some of my old material from my quilting days for these projects. We’ve been in dire need of some new potholders since the ones we bought on our Honeymoon in Hawaii are pretty sad looking. I had this…

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Strathmore Visual Journaling

We just completed Workshop One of Strathmore’s Online Visual Journaling Series. This month’s topic has been Recycled Journal pages. We started creating with one page made from copies of previous journal pages we’ve created. Here is my original journal page I created a while back that was the basis of this workshop’s page. Each week…

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Out of my comfort zone

One thing I wanted to do this year was to really push myself and explore my artistic side. Writing and photography have always been loves and comfortable, but drawing and sewing have been really pretty scary. For the last 20 or so years, until this past year, I’ve spent my Christmas Eve with Marsha and…

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Hosta Paper Making

We’ve been blessed (or cursed!) with lots of hostas here at Happy Acres. I’ve been wanting to try making paper from them all summer but just haven’t had the time. But now I’ve done it. Let’s get started. The first step is to gather some hosta leaves. You can collect them any time during the…

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My First Complete Art Journal

Those of you who know me, know that I’ve kept a journal since sixth grade and have taught numerous journal writing courses over the past eleven years online, in Chicago, Louisville, California and locally. Words in a blank journal or a private file on the computer have always come easy. But I’ve had this nagging…

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