Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Summer Travel Journal

I am leaving on a trip this Tuesday and am planning to keep a journal of my adventures.  I love, love, love travel journals and making them is one of the best parts of any trip.  Sometimes I buy a blank sketchbook to use and other times I make a book completely from scratch.  This year I waited until the last minute and was planning to stop by Michael's and pick up some kind of bound book to take along.  I had to go to Target first and found these fun goodies in their office supply aisle:  a 1" small  (5.5" x 8.5") 3-ring binder, some dividers, a 2 oz. glue bottle, and a package of colored Sharpies.  And it all added up to about $20.  I still have to cut down some paper and punch holes in each piece but I am excited to try this new type of journal.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

back home

it has been an entire year since i have posted anything here - 365 days, a whole trip around the sun.  a lot has happened since then, although you wouldn't know it just by looking at me.  i am in a much better place these days and am so happy to be back here where i find friendship and inspiration.

i plan to blog again about creativity and life in general but you'll find me more often on instagram under loneblackbird.

i can't wait to see all that i've been missing on your blogs!

Friday, June 28, 2013

summer collages

after my last post which featured some fun postcards i had received in the mail, i decided to make a few of my own.

i used two catalogs that were recently sent to me and tore out any images/patterns that made me think of summer.  then i used gel medium to adhere them to some cardboard i had cut from a box.  there are a few stamps and a bit of washi tape on some of them.

finally, i wrote on the back and skipped to the mailbox, eager to send some summer greetings out into the world!

Monday, June 17, 2013


i love love love getting real mail in my mailbox!  this summer (which i consider postcard season)  has barely begun but i have received two postcards in the mail that have brightened my days.

this first one is from my blog-friend, Andria, who uses so many unusual and attractive mediums for her pieces.  i just love how unique it is and how it was so unexpected!  she is a talented artist and such a thoughtful person.

this other fun postcard is from my friend, LindaLee.  she lives in Michigan and often sends me cards and letters through the mail.  we have "known" each other for over forty years but have never met face to face.   i am always amazed at how people can connect and support each other across the miles.

these pieces of mail joy have inspired me to send a few of my own later this week.  :-)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

STREAD reveal

every summer my friend of 26 years now, kl, and i take a trip together.  we take turns planning the trip and then we do a "reveal" in the spring to let the other know where we are going.  honestly, i look forward to the reveal as much as i do the trip itself.  in past years, i have painted a bowl (for the dust bowl tour of the midwest), embroidered a pillow (the states of new hampshire and vermont), she has made baked alaska (for our alaskan cruise) and she has made lists of all the categories of the wonders of the world (for our trip to chichen itza.)  it is always a creative challenge for the one planning the trip!

this year she is the planner.  i visited her in january and she presented me with this - a revised copy of the declaration of independence.  yes, we are going to philadelphia!  kl aged a piece of paper and had a friend write in calligraphy what our itinerary on this trip will be.  i have never been to pennsylvania so this will be a first.  we are traveling to gettysburg, hershey, and then up to niagra falls (another first.)    I am really looking forward to this trip which will take place in july.  andria (a wonderful blog friend) has sent me a list of must-sees in the philadelphia area, which i so appreciate.  hopefully, i will get to see her there, as well.  we will also be participating in rinda's photography scavenger hunt  (this will be our second year as participants) while we are there - another fun addition.

i love the way art can work its way into life, plans, and memories.

*BTW - we call our annual vacations STREAD for sleep, talk, read, eat and drink.  however, they are so much more than that.  we have traveled all over the world in the past 26 years and enjoy the opportunity to connect with each other, as well as take in the beauty and cultures that make up our earthly home.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

cardboard postcard

I have been a scavenger of cardboard lately, hiding it away and then cutting it into postcard sizes.  this is a postcard i made for my sister-in-law on her april birthday.  she wrote back to tell me she is re-using it as a bookmark in one of her cookbooks.  i used cheap acrylic paint and a paint pen for the design.

there is something satisfying about making something from nothing.  :-)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

good signs

the northern lights - may 31, 2013

i have taken another unplanned blogging break - so much happened in the last couple of months
and i just wasn't "feeling it" when it came to posting anything.  but today i feel blessed with good stuff and am ready to jump back into this inspiring community of friends.

last night as I was getting ready for bed, i saw a strange light from outside our window.  the northern lights were putting on a mesmerizing show, reflecting off the lake as they reached up toward the sky.  if you've ever been lucky enough to witness this event, you know it is better than fireworks.

my nephew, enrico, turns twelve today.  he is such a great kid and i can't believe how quickly the years have flown by since he's been here.

a rock i painted for my friend, KayLynn, is featured as the "little birdie" of the day on the Brave Girls Club daily truth email today.  i am beyond thrilled since i love all the BGC does and stands for.

yesterday was spent with old friends enjoying some gorgeous early summer weather in north idaho.  we are on vacation and i am soaking up every lazy minute of it.

thank you for visiting this space and, if you have been here before, i appreciate you sticking with me even when i disappear from time to time.