This is my latest page in my Art Journal: Home. I bought the Autumn issue of Art Journaling by Somerset Studio and was inspired by a spread I saw by Darlene Maciuba-Koppel. This is similar to inchies but these are a little bigger – a little less than 2 inches on each side.
Art Journaling is a gift I give to myself. After a few pleasurable hours of choosing images, painting, cutting scraps of paper, and pasting, I feel a sense of calm envelope me.
I feel that too. Her houses page was about creating and pursuing your passion. Mine is about home and what home means to me . There as a little blurring of lines here because home is usually where I create and I including “creativity” as one of the words on my page.
I probably spent as much time seeking out words in magazines and searching through my paper and scraps for just the right bits and pieces as I did actually crafting the page. I was at Sea Ranch when I did most of the work on the page and I’d brought a nice selection of supplies with me to work with.
It isn’t obvious to the casual observer, but there are bits and pieces from maps, sheet music, dictionary pages, envelopes, postage stamps, old calendars, and greeting cards. I know there are items from at least five different friends whom I think of when I look at these little houses.
As with the inchies, I find I really enjoy the tiny canvas of each small space occupied by each little house. I have gone back to add little details several times, adding a window here, a doorknob there, coloring in the background or sticking a slender bit of washi tape onto the page.
I’ve had a wonderful 2-week vacation and much of it was spent at home (or at home-away-from-home: Sea Ranch). I did a lot of cooking. After using up a package of corn husks we had 28 tamales. Today we used the rest of the almost 10 lb. bag of prepared masa to make 22 queso fresco pupusas, tamale pie and a dozen tamale muffins, using masa in the bottom of each muffin, then tamale pie filling, grated cheddar and more masa for the top. The freezer is well stocked. Rem and I baked treats for our neighbors as well.
A minor surgery before Christmas kept me from being as active as I could have been. I’ve really enjoyed having no schedule and maybe a few too many mornings sleeping late and lounging around in my nightshirt and slippers. It’s been good to relax at home; I’ve done lots of of crafting, reading, some blogging, and all of the cooking.
We’ve also spent some time cleaning out drawers and cupboards in the kitchen, sorting through kitchen tools we no longer use but that have been crowding our limited storage space. Rem donated several bags of items that we hope will be useful to someone else. We planted bulbs in two boxes, inspired by an article in Martha Stewart on layering bulbs for blooms throughout the spring: the late bloomers go on the bottom, mid-spring blooming are in the middle layer and the earliest bloomers are on the top. Gravel on the bottom of the planter for good drainage and we hope to have a beautiful display of crocus, daffodils, tulips and iris all spring. Something to beautify our home.
My toe is almost fully healed now and I took walks yesterday and today. Tomorrow: back to work.
Thanks for the visit.