Well, it has been an interesting month to say the least, between lots of little family disasters and work I have been swamped.

I did just finish up a huge coop order which gives me some breathing room and hopefully pays my deposit for Artfest.

These are all custom journals, everybody either gave me a broad these or a list of likes and dislikes and I went from there.

Lots and lots of stationery set.  A few too many dandelion ones.  lol  I don’t do well doing the same thing more than once or twice.


Here are the stationery sets with the checkbook covers, debit card holders, and bookmarks.



This style of book is very special to me.  Years ago, before I learned to bind, I was a part of a few rubberstamp groups.  Chris Peden made this incredible starbook, that I was just in awe of.  I really wanted to be able to make my own and it inspired me to go buy some books and teach myself to bind.

In the meantime life got busy and I realized that it has been years since I made one.  I figured the timeing was right and that I had to use Bluegrass Moon artwork.  I also had to make sure and include the artwork that was created for me.

I finished it today and am in love with how it turned out.


My grandma had a huge owl collection.  I asked her once why she liked owls so much.  She told me that she had a couple she liked and before she knew it everybody had decided she liked owls and she had a large collection.

Well for me it has become dragonflies.  I think it evolved about the same.  lol  I liked them designed my website with them.  Had a few things custom made with them and now they seem to be my thing.

I really enjoyed making this journal and love how it turned out.

I learned the carving technique in a class from Doris Arndt at Artfest in 2003.

I am looking forward to next year’s Artfest.  The class list will be coming out soon.  I just booked my condo.

Here are a couple journals I made using the techniques I learned in a class at this year’s Artfest in a class with Pam Sussman.

My daughter just turned 9 and is having a slumber birthday party.  I decided I wanted the goody bags to be different than your typical bags, so I went to some of my talented friends for some help.

Joyce made the bags, bunnies, felted carrots, and felted balls.  At Maren’s request all the bunnies are different.  Julia painted the 11″ X 11″ silks.  They are also all different.  You can see the other four here.  I made the notepads and bookmarks.  She is so excited to give them to all her friends.

The other night I was chatting with a friend about what I should make to stock at a patriotic guest stocking I was doing.  She told me that a mutual friend loves dark colored Americana pieces.  She is also a moose lover, so I couldn’t help but create this for her.



A few years ago I started talking with my friend LeighAnne about working out a license agreement.  She makes the most incredible maternal art that is often embroidered on bags.  I was so excited when we worked it out for me to be able to use her incredible artwork.

We also talked about doing a trade when she got through with her customs list.

Well that day has come and I just got the picture of the applique that will be going on my bookbinding bag.  I gave her a lot of freedom and I am glad I did.  I told her my favorites and what colors I liked and that I wanted my three kids on it, and she went from there.

Not only do I get a super cool bag, but now I have this fabulous applique to work with.  I have to decide what I am going to make first.  Thank you LeighAnne.

I am so proud of this one.  I really wanted to combine the beautiful Bluegrass Moon artwork I am blessed to be able to use, with the woven cover I learned from Pam Sussman.

I have been trying to think of the best way to do it.  I didn’t want to loose the beauty of the texture of the woven cover, so I decided to just weave a frame.  It makes the weaving a little more challenging, but it was so worth it.

Chris’ comment on my blog got me to thinking about how I decided to start bookbinding, and my artistic journey in general, so I figured I would share it.

I remember when I was young loving to doodle, and do artsy type things.  I was very excited when art was a choice in junior hight school and I loved my art class.  The next year I had too many classes that I wanted and needed to take, and there just wasn’t room for art, but it was always a dream to take art classes.

Well life got busy and the next thing I knew I was a mother.  My sister started me scrapbooking.  Then my other sister invited me to a CTMH (rubber stamp) party.  I wasn’t going to buy anything, but came home with one set that I was going to use to scrapbook.

I don’t think I have scrapbooked since that day.  I fell in love with rubberstamping.  Since I have never learned to draw or paint, it gave me away to be artistic.  I could take other peoples images and play with them and make something I was proud of and enjoyed.

People would often look at my cards and tell me they wished they could do that, and I would often think, well I can show anybody how to make that card.  It was quite awhile, before I realized that what they wanted was not to be walked through making a card, but to decide on their own how to group the colors and images to make something beautiful.  That was when I started realizing that maybe there was a little bit of an artist in me.

It wasn’t long before I realized that I wanted to branch out.  I wanted to make something other than just cards.  I started seeing some of the incredible journals, books, and other items that Chris Peden and some of the other members from Stampsmith’s yahoo group made and I started to branch out.  I also really wanted to learn to bind journals.

I couldn’t find any classes, so I got Chris’ instructions, some bookbinding books, and set out to teach myself.

I fell in love and there has been no going back.