I collect postcards. I am an artist. This blog showcases both hobbies.

Monday, September 23, 2013


a rare red oak which sadly succumbed to mistletoe last year
Autumn and Spring tie as my favorite seasons, especially because the weather is nice. I love the colors of fall and dream of one day visiting some place like Vermont in autumn.

a rare red oak which sadly succumbed to mistletoe last year
Where I live, the oaks generally turn a yellow-brown, offset by the many coniferous green trees. Rarely do I find a  rare maple or red oak. We do have native Dogwood which turn a lovely pink, but they seem to be inaccessible to my camera, as in, next to a busy highway, in someone's yard, on a cliff.

a sugar-cone pine cone by the fire
An oak glowing in golden light
I haven't done much photography lately, with two kids two and under, so these are pre-children photos of the leaves near my home....I hope to get back to taking photos soon. Photos are using my favorite setting, macro. My camera has since died so I have myself a list item for my Christmas list!

Fall comes later here; I see the first few leaves turning now but it takes them a bit to really "go". I can't wait! But as for winter...I'm not much of a fan of zero visibility fog, un-salted steep cliffside roads, and shoveling.

Thanks IA for this week's theme! (http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/2013/09/this-week-challenge-celebrating-fall.html) Celebrating fall colors

incense cedar with morning dew. It doesn't
meet the fall color criteria but don't blame
me, conifers stay green year round

Friday, September 20, 2013

book art

I got a bunch of artsy papers and supplies from my mom because I'm doing it...getting back into art especially book arts!

I have a book I made for my son but I'm awaiting an awl to put it together.

In the meantime, I HAD to make a book of some sort so I made an accordion fold book for my best friend of over 20 years. Here it is.

I didn;t have a way to cut chipboard for the cover, and wasn't industrious enough to make my own book cloth (yet) so I recycled some cardboard from a box and covered it in paper.

art, too

instead of making a millionth blog for myself, this will be my postcards....and my own art blog of my creations.

Here is my inaugural piece, linking up to Inspiration Aveneue at http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/ for their theme of the week, woodlands..... perhaps one of my favorite theme as most of my art is nature-themed.

This piece is mixed media. I used paper, cardboard, and "realia", real leaves and pine needles.

It is actually a compilation. I made the trunks, cut the paper leaves, and my toddler son placed the paper leaves and real leaves and needles which he collected. Sadly, it is sideways...no matter what I do it looks "right" until it posts to blogger.