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Archive for August, 2010


Kerrytown BookFest

Here is the poster for my next big show. This will be my 4th year at the Kerrytown BookFest. It is always a lot of fun and the day is jam packed with events from author panels, kid events, demos. Along with lots of used and rare booksellers, book artists, general artists and book related non profits.

We (I am on the KBF board) will be events posted on the BookFest Facebook page.


Books to Inspire

Stack o books

Yesterday I promised you a list of some of the books I find inspiring. Over the years the books art books I hold on to changes, but there are some core books that have remained.

Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock’s books have been with me since the early 90’s. I loved the act of taking a letter of an envelope. Fantastic story and amazing art. They just make me happy.


The “Journey is the Destination” is another book that I keep going back to. I am always moved when I look through the pages and I wonder what Dan Eldon could have accomplished had he lived.

Lab books

I love this series. It has a series of labs to help you try. It has easy to read instructions and great pictures. What is also nice is it gives ideas for things you can try. The Drawing book is by Carla Sonheim is a fellow Etsy artist. I have one of her prints in my craft room. She offers a Silly Workshop that sounds like it would be a lot of fun.


How can you go wrong with the Muppets? I often have a couple kid craft books handy to fall back on if I can’t find my creative muse. I like them because they encourage you to be let loose and be messy.


I also have a few writing books on hand too because sometimes you just have to mix it up. Technically the Observation Deck isn’t a book, but put it in the same category.

Tomorrow I will be back with some of my favorite inspirational websites.

Not Creative


Last night I hung out with some of my favorite crafty people at Blue House for one of the Makers Mark seminars they have been putting on in recent months. One of the topics we kept coming back to was the people who say “I am not creative”, but then show us amazing things they have made. There is a big difference in being creative and running a creative business. And while few may  be a Leonardo da Vinci I think everyone has the ability to be creative.  For some it comes naturally, but most of us have to nurture it and help it grow.

Here are some of my tips to helping to tap your creative side. They may seem like common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to say them again.

  • Have fun! This is probably the most important tip. If you try knitting and don’t enjoy it try something else. If you don’t like collage move on.  There is a lot of trial and error in finding the craft you like. If you aren’t having fun don’t force yourself to continue.
  • Finish a project. This may seem like a contradiction to the first tip, but trust me on this. If you find something you enjoy, but don’t think it is turning out the way you want to push on through  to the end. Some of the things I have been the most unhappy with have been the ones that get the most positive reaction.  Very few of us get it perfect the first time out, but you need to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes then you can’t grow. An example is that I have taken lots(and I mean lots) of bad pictures to get to taking good ones, but I had so much fun with the camera I kept doing.
  • Surround yourself with creative people. The more I am around other artists the more I want to get home  and get in to the craft room. Creativity inspires creativity.
  • Take a class. If something sounds like fun see if any of the community colleges, art centers or community centers offer art classes. The ones in my area offer everything from bookmaking, sewing  to glass blowing.
  • Hit the books. Still not sure where to start? Check out the library for art and craft books to see what you can find.  Flip through the books  see what calls to you.

As you continue it gets easier. Finish one project and it may spark ideas for a new project, sort of like kids building blocks.  Tomorrow I will put together a list of some of the books and sites that inspire me.

Grab Bag Topics


The above is the photo I took of the prints from my Giveaway right before I handed them over to the USPS. Thanks again to everyone who took part. I really enjoyed seeing what people chose as their favorite image. Odd little fact is that only one graffiti photo was chosen, but when I do shows the majority of what sells is graffiti.

I am a sucker for charts and graphs, in fact I Love Charts is one of my favorite websites. I can spend hours on there. So, for my own amusement I created a graph of my shop views for the last 15 months.


Not sure what it means, but I think it looks cool. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over time.

As someone who spends a lot of time with a camera in her hands I have to admit I loathe taking product pictures. The lighting is all wrong, Moose gets in the way, so much time spent trying to get the right angle. That being said, I took a few pictures of my new photo notepads this Sunday while at Market and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. What do you think?

Keep Swiming notepad

Love Notepad

Now I have to work on a way to present the bowls and coasters and I will be good to go. Any thoughts?



Today I go pick up my CPAP machine! For years and years I have had a hard time sleeping. At first I thought that it was because I was working 80+ hours a week, but in the last 8 months I have been down to 1 job (not including the craft business) and I am still exhausted. Hopefully this means that I will have more energy to work on some new things. I want to get back to doing some of the collage work. Oh, and I got some amazing books in the mail the other day which really make me want to get back in to the craft room. Wish me luck.

Thanks to everyone who took part in my first giveaway. I loved hearing what photo called to you. I am planning on doing these more often, so keep an eye out.

County Fair

Fried Veggies

Fun Slide Bear

Starship 2

Orient Express
Here are a few photos from my recent County Fair trip…



Skee Ball

Fashion Forward

Print Giveaway

Freak out

I woke up this morning and decided that it was time for a giveaway. Just make a comment here or on my facebook page by tomorrow 10 a.m. EST letting me know your favorite image in my shop and you could win a 5×7 copy of that image. And if I am feeling nice when I pack up the print I may include a few other items, you never know.