Art that makes you smile


9 Drawer Box


I’ve been working lately on making this 9 drawer box with a place for a journal on the side. I undertook this as a way to gain some experience with making boxes, but also as a way to learn how to size everything properly (still have lots to learn). This box is covered in fabric, and I found it quite a challenge. But all in all, I think it turned out well. It has 9 drawers, 4 small drawers, 2 sets of 2 drawers and 1 long drawer.


Journals using new handmade buttons

Softcover Journals with handmade buttons

Softcover Journals with handmade buttons

I just finished some new softcover journals using my new buttons. Some of these have standard handmade buttons from Bumblebeads. The others are using the new handmade buttons with my bird design on them. Dede from Bumblebeads made them specifically for me.

Handmade Buttons for Journals

I recently met Dede Leupold (Bumblebeads) who makes hand made buttons. I bought a bunch of these buttons to go on my softcover journals and I’m anxious to do that,

Additionally, I asked her to make some that have my logo on them so I could use those as well. I am very excited about these new buttons and can’t wait to get some softcover journals made with these great hand made buttons.


New Journals

Hardcover journals with exposed spine

I just finished a bunch of new blank journals. Some have a hard cover with exposed spine and others have soft wrap-around covers. I am taking most of these shown to the Focus on Book Arts conference in Oregon this week, where I’ll have them for sale in the artist shop.

New Painted Fabric for Books

Painted fabrics for book covers

Painted fabrics for book covers

I just finished painting a bunch of fabric to use to make into book covers. The next step is to get these cut out and start the process of making the journals. I’ll keep you posted.

Proctor Arts Festival

2 Birdhouses, acrylic painting

2 Birdhouses, acrylic painting

I am going to be at the Proctor Arts Festival in Tacoma on Saturday, August 6th. It is a one day show from 10am to 5pm.

Proctor Arts Fest is a community-based street fair on North 26th & Proctor Streets in Tacoma, WA. It has been organized by the Proctor Business District Association, along with community volunteers, for over 18 years. The goal of Proctor Arts Fest is to provide a free, accessible and celebratory experience of the arts for the public.

Proctor Arts Fest attracts approximately 10,000 visitors from Tacoma, Pierce and Thurston Counties and 160 art and crafts vendors every year. In addition to the vendors, it features a Juried Art Show of about 85 art pieces by 60 artists, three stages of live music and entertainment (this includes one stage that is designated “The Family Stage” – organized by personnel of the Tacoma Public Library), a kids area with participation by the Metropolitan Park District, a Farmers’ Market and a merchant sidewalk sale.

Come & enjoy live music and local entertainment, purchase original artwork or a craft piece from it’s maker, browse through the juried art show and let the children create their own original “art”. A great way to get to know your neighbors and practice building your community. Proctor Arts Fest is a family friendly event.

Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures

The new gift store in Sequim – Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures, opened last Thursday and is carrying some of my art. Visit to check out their new Sequim logo and merchandise from the northwest. I have some of my cards, coasters, cutting boards and journals at this beautiful new shop. If you get a chance check it out.

Books from Bookbinding Class

Books with round spine

Books with round spine

I have now taken Bookbinding 1 and 2 and they are great classes for learning the basics of classic bookmaking. Here are the 2 books we made during the last class. It is amazing the details involved in making these books.


Travel Journals

I just finished my first set of travel journals. They are small 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 soft cover journals with a closing flap. They include a pen and have beads on the spine.

Renton River Days Here I Come

Last weekend at the Sequim Lavender Festival was great and this weekend I am headed to Renton River Days, being held at Liberty Park in Renton. If you are down in the area, please drop by. The hours for this festival are:

July 24 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
July 25 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
July 26 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We are headed over there on Thursday to set up.