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February 21, 2015

Quintessential Snow Day

We've been getting a lot of snow today. Last check on my deck was close to 7". It truly is the quintessential snow day. It's not too cold, it's peaceful, beautiful, and you just want to absorb everything about it.
There is a reason why my blog is titled "Life is Art". It's because art 
is everywhere you look. In the bark of a tree, a rock, the way the snow falls, the branch blowing in the wind, the way a child smiles, get the idea? If you do not already do so, take a minute to find the art around you. You will enrich your soul.  

February 16, 2015

Fly Free...

My favorite thing in spring and summer, besides the warm air, sun, trees, flowers, warm breeze, and sweet smell is the butterfly.  I am always fascinated by beauty of nature and the butterfly is no exception.
This is my latest journal.  With tattered pages and original artwork of leaf-winged butterflies. After accidentally sewing  the middle signature in upside down, I finally completed this journal, my favorite so far. 
I used Thai handmade double-sided paper for the cover and leather wrap to tie the journal closed.  I alternated the signatures inside with the "tattered" edge sections and plain paper sections.  The cover piece was originally a bronze color, I took a heavy grit sand paper to it to reveal the silver-tone underneath and added some black paint.  I tied another butterfly to the filigree just because.
Front Cover
First Page
Middle Section
Third Section


February 1, 2015


I am not a fan of winter. I do admit the snow is pretty, on the trees, in the sunlight and peaceful to watch. We really haven't had a lot of snow this winter, compared to last, but I do believe this is the first "named" winter storm we have had come through Ohio. It's name is Linus.I made a "snow gauge" for fun yesterday. Here are the pictures so far. Wherever you are, stay safe, warm and happy. And...don't forget to create something. 
5:30am Feb 1, 2015 

8:30 am Feb 1, 2015

10:30 am Feb 1, 2015

My pine trees