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Circle of Gratitude


We have been so blessed on this journey, I wanted to record some of the specifics in a meaningful way.  It has been the little things, the “coincidences,” the prayers, the perfect gifts, the comments that have been the overwhelming signs of a gracious maker and provider.  It seems this is the moment he has been building my faith, family and friends for.

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7

When I saw this gratitude wreath from one of my paper stores, I knew this was how I wanted to display my blessings accrued over the last three months. Each leaf is small but together they create a beautiful story.  I am thankful I am not in this alone. Continue reading


fair weather

This last weekend we had a special treat – two days off in a row!  A and I took a little date to the Ann Arbor art fairs, it rained the whole way down (which we badly needed) but stopped just before we got there.  I just love seeing all the artwork and booths.  Raphaela McCormack’s sailing vessels out of paper pulp were some of my favorite items that day!  I also enjoyed seeing Jenny Mendes ceramic pieces again, didgeridoos, and the local gelato!   Ice cream + art = everyone’s happy!

move over cardboard there’s a new hard cover in town.

Every once in a while I dabble in bookmaking.  I used to make my own journals all though college, just little ones that tucked just so in your pocket and weren’t too daunting to fill.  I still have them all, they full of thoughts, memory verses, sketches, ideas, remnants of daily life.  Most of them are stained in some area with coffee and I keep them together in a burlap sack.  I still like making small journals, lately I have been trying to take my craft to a new level.

Before Christmas I posted about a trip to Hollanders here,  I would love to take one of their many classes in bookbinding or printmaking.  Last time I was there I bought new text blocks to make journals but hadn’t done anything with them.  So it dawned on me  to combine book-making with my passion for clay – Here are my first round of ceramic book covers I made just before Christmas.   I was so excited to see how they turned out, if they warped in the kiln and their shrinkage rate.

A few months later I finally have completed my concept idea.  They indeed shrunk quite a bit more that expected so I had to make my own signatures (papers inside) for them. I used leather for the back cover for durability, cutting, tooling and staining them.  They are bound with a Coptic stitch binding, created with wax linen thread, sewn with a curved needle.  Thanks mom for the new bookbinding book for my birthday, it has already come in handy.   I love the variety in materials and the overall texture and rich feel.  I am so thankful to have the ability and control to choose materials for every step of this process.

To complete these books I figured I used these FIVE artisan skills:

– ceramics (for the top cover)

– painting ( color selections/ glazing)

– paper crafting (to make the inside signatures)

– leather working (for the back cover)

– sewing (for the hand-bound edges)

I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do.  I don’t know if these two will make it into the etsy shop, I think I am quite attached to them.  I will definitely make more…


** now availabe in my etsy shop, click on the link for more designs and colors!

little jay

I have been stewing on this idea for a while.  Mostly because I have oodles of paint chips around my house that I can never seem to part with, even if I always choose the same three colors to paint.  This was my first go, not sure if I am completely satisified with my little jay but it is important that I gave this project a start.  Sometimes it is the start that is the hardest part.  I always find that once over that hurdle the creative juices seem to flow a bit easier.  I have an idea for a little series, it feels good to keep my hands clean for a while.   I sure married a special man who puts up with all this “mess.”

birthdays, books, I’m in love.

I have for a long time now loved paper.  For my birthday a few years back, I dragged Andy to the papersource in Chicago.  This weekend we slipped away from the holiday festivities for a little one on one date in Ann Arbor.  On my list was this place.  So glad I stopped…  I was once again inspired by the texture, smell and slightly overwhelmed by all the beautiful prints of the paper.  I know there were many opportunities at art school to learn this craft but somehow I missed them all.  Now I struggle along in my novice-ness.   But the best part is they offer workshops, so it is before Christmas but I have officially started the birthday list!