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it’s the little things

Right now I’m reading One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp. I discovered it on another blog that i frequent.

The cover is what sent me to the bookstore, but page 17 is why i paid for it.

Voskamp describes her church, “here I remember Love and the Cross and a Body, and I am grafted in and held and made whole”.

I’m on page 49 and have cried three times…. so far.

It seems she is learning to be thankful

for the little things,

she begins a list.

She writes, “37. Windmills droning in day’s last breeze

54. Moonlight on pillows  […].”

I have soft rolling lumps in my throat that happen in lieu of tears…until the tears just come.

I have to do a little weeding in the flower beds today while the trees shade the entire yard.

Contemplate what I’ve read thus far.

Pray and then meditate. (aka talk and then just listen)

Then journal….what I’m reading, what I’m seeing…and hearing.

I’m seeing a little gecko chillin in the shade of my Japanese maple, bees checking out my lamb’s ear, white butterflies jacked up on high calorie nectar, the african iris blooms that bob up and down in the breeze, my dog napping on the cool grass.

it’s the little things.


First, gesso, then a wash of green water color and splatters on top. The fern, green ephemera, paper lace.  I paint a dogwood blossom, cut it out, paste it in.  Add a frame of brown paper. Another little frame and the dragonfly….don’t dragonflies always seem to be the embellishment on the scene?  The rabbit was cut from a greeting card from QueeanbeeDoralea.    (credit: Silin-Palmer).

Still meditating while gluing, cutting.  Better than doodling or staring into space I guess. Coffee got cold.

Time to go. Errands to run. Break is over.

Tomorrow, a list for me? 1000 things?  That’s a lot of things…..hmmm…I don’t know where this book will take me, but right now I want to start a list.

#1.  Grace

#2. ??



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old tin lozenge + baubles = art journal page of course

So my darling girlfriend, Tracy, was just weeks away from selling this sweet old lozenge tin in her garage sale! Can you even believe it!? She was so close to letting this beauty slip away. My darling let me have it for FREE  (I would’ve paid the dollar I hope you know- but she insisted). She also has a Super 8 camera just lying in her garage… I didn’t have the nerve to even ask. Hopefully, her creative daughter will hear it calling her name and rescue it.  Anyway…. after days of deliberation, dreams, sketches, run-throughs and rehearsals, (j/j)  I came up with this little altar. Makes me think of Little Altars Everywhere. The topper is a broken bit from the top of an antique perfume bottle…my mother’s, sorry mom. The background started with black tissue paper and ended with turqouise oil pastels mushed into the corners, little vintage millinery flowers, “Egyptian” beetles from a broken necklace, and baubles…shell, key, beads etc. happyhappyjoyjoy!


I love any and all types of journal pages/mediums. Glossy magazine collages, watercolors, crayons, pastels, even drywall plaster and Great Stuff….but I especially love the ones with moving parts or functioning bits.  I’ll use mini brads to make sure angel’s wings can get their flap on! The best part about a tin box in your journal?… adds to the book’s overall thick yumminess 

your basic stack of crunchy-waxy-tattered art journal pages

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