Quick thoughts at the end of the work day

It’s almost time to close up shop here at my day job. Lately, I’ve been feeling extremely tired at the end of the day, like my batteries have run down and I’m going in sloooowwww motion. It starts right after lunch (why have we never adopted the European lunch hour and nap?) with a overwhelming desire to sleep, right now. Then I get my second wind around 2pm but by 4 o’clock I’m winding down like a wind-up toy. Anyone out there have a cure? Maybe an afternoon protein snack? I’ve heard almonds are good for you and I have a bag of roasted almonds with sea salt at home. I’ll give it a try tomorrow and let you know if it helps.

Still mulling over the idea of whether to keep at this or let it go. To follow my progress, I’m at the point where I have to decide why I might want to continue this. I have an idea in mind that I’ll expand on in a follow-up post. And if I decide that I do want to continue, what exactly do I want this to look like? I read everywhere that blogs are dead, but I read blogs everyday. It’s true that some of them are posting less and less and some of my old favorites haven’t been updated since 2013. Still, the ones who keep at it inspire me and they seem to be both enjoying their blogs and making at least enough money to make it worth their time.

Next question then is do I delete all this beginning stop and start stuff and move forward with a clean slate or leave the totally amateurish results here to remind me of progress. Ha, that would require any new things posted to look as if they are progress. I know that I will continue to type out my thoughts here for a little while anyway. Post something no matter how ridiculous for about six months and see if I can see it shape itself into anything recognizable as me.

Right now I’m heading home. Pizza tonight and at least one more episode of The Killing. That show is driving me crazy! It sucks you in with a couple of good episodes and then just when you simply must find out “who done it” – it takes a weird turn in story line and for three episodes you keep asking yourself, “why am I watching this?” “If the next episode isn’t really great, I’m turning it off!” So far I haven’t – who knows maybe tonight.

Now or Never

Thinking about how to change up the blog. I’ve let the poor little thing die in its infancy, but I’ve made a determination to revive it or just close it down. Which way do you think it will turn out?



I’ve finally made my very first handmade art journal! I got ahead of myself as I always do. I couldn’t wait for the waxed linen thread, it had to be ordered from the web. So I found some hemp thread at Michaels that worked but it wasn’t waxed so I have a feeling that it will come apart at some point. Also, in my enthusiasm to get started I cut my cover pages exactly the same size as the covers. There are supposed to be bigger and be folded over the edges, duhhh. But, none of that mattered, I love my journal and I’ve been creating pages like crazy since I made it. I don’t know if it’s that the journal is not perfect so I feel more at ease with not trying to make perfect pages or if its the small size (5.5 X 7.5) but I’ve been creating up a storm. I’ll be posting more in the coming days.

I’ve posted one of my favorite pages here.

Hope spring has reached your part of the interwebs!



Art Journal


An art journal page from my Moleskine watercolor journal

Been taking new pictures of some of my art journal pages and posting them to tumblr page. I’ve got ten people following me since I started, well I had three who pity followed me, so I guess that’s seven new people who looked at the art work and then followed me. It’s been strange to see my art work up on the interwebs, but I’ve gotten some nice comments and I almost feel like what I’m doing is real.

Letters in the Round

Letters in the Round

Letters in the Round

This is my latest page from the Letter Love class. It didn’t turn out the way that I planned but I’m determined to post my work whether it’s perfect or perfectly terrible. I don’t think this is terrible; it’s just not the clean, light colors, and white space that I planned when I started.

As soon as I started reading about this assignment this song started playing in my head. I do love Joni Mitchell and so I just went with it. I’ve got at least two more in this style assigned for my class. Any ideas?

And finally, for your enjoyment . . .

More work with grids from Letter Love


Groovy Grid

Another Grid page from my Letter Love class. I posted this on my Tumblr page and have gotten the biggest response I’ve ever had to a post. Many likes and a couple of reblogs!! Wow, I think its more to do with the quotation than the art work, but I’ll take it .

More work from my Letter Love class


Whimsey Grid

I’m pretty happy with the way this page turned out. This class has a Flickr group and I have posted the results of most of the assignments. It feels a little weird to see pictures of my work out there on the internets for everyone to see. Postings here don’t count because no one can find this little blog, but the class group has over 800 members. Eeeeks.

Online Class

Letter Love Journal Cover

Taking an online art class on lettering. Our first assignment was to decorate our practice book. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out; although I’m not a big fan of decorative duct tape, it was part of the assignment so I’m choosing to go with it!

If you’re interested in a fun class to up your lettering skills it’s called Letter Love 101 by Joanne Sharpe. Check it out at her blog Whimspirations!


Send me a bouquet of words ~

Send me a bouquet of words

My latest page. The sketchbook challenge for March is flowers. I can’t sketch so this is my journal page on flowers which actually substitutes words for flowers. I guess this is a fail on both counts, but I like this page.