Archive for February, 2008

2008… Better Late Than Never

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


At the start of the year, a fellow Etsy artist requested a custom weekly planner/sketchbook for 2008. I struggled to begin until I chanced upon some great inspiration by designer and artist Amanda Hawkins. She created her very own organizer and planner pages, which are available for download from here. Amanda’s fantastic approach to her own planner helped me to finally overcome my artist’s block and inspired me to create something exciting. Forget DayMinder!

I designed a weekly calendar page, complete with a system for stamping in the dates and the phases of the moon. I printed these pages onto a substantial drawing paper and interspersed various sketch papers and envelopes between each week. My hope is for each week to present a surprise and inspiration to the owner. The cover is machine embroidered canvas covering book board. The snap closure allows for expansion as items are added to the envelopes throughout the year.

I like how this project turned out so much that I almost considered creating one for myself. After remembering how much time it took, I changed my mind. I think I’ll stick to my current system/mess of little pieces of paper and sticky notes for now.



123 Mini Tag Books

Saturday, February 16th, 2008


Here they are! Earlier I mentioned a special project that I worked on in conjunction with the online shop, Three Potato Four. We came up with a set of three little books made from inventory tags. I screen printed numbers onto the covers with a Print Gocco, lined them with special papers and bound them using a pamphlet stitch. Each set is bundled in a little handmade muslin bag. I think these would be fun for grownups too!

Here are a few more cute items available through Three Potato Four’s brand new Kids section:





Brett Zamrzla 3/21/1983 – 1/22/2008

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008


In January, my younger brother and only sibling, Brett, died in a single car accident. He was an amazing person and an extremely talented musician. He is missed so, so much.

“HAYS — Brett Anthony Zamrzla, age 24 of Hays, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 21, 1983, in Salina, Kansas the son of Bruce Anthony and Jeanette M. (Gustafson) Zamrzla.

Brett was a 2002 graduate of Chapman High School and attended school in Sylvan Grove through his sophomore year. He attended Fort Hays State University, where he was involved in many music activities. His love of music led him to be a part of music activities in the Hays, Ellis County and Dickinson County communities. Brett was a member of regional and local bands and he gave percussion music lessons. He was also a personal assistant for DSNWK in Victoria.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette M. Zamrzla, of Hays; a sister, Erin L. Zamrzla and husband Ben Schlitter of Santa Monica, Calif.; grandparents, James and Eleanor (Clark) Gustafson of Smolan, Kan.; one uncle, Larry Zamrzla and wife Shirley of Salina; and two aunts, Virginia Clapp of Hays and Rhonda Toal of Hillsboro, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce A. Zamrzla; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Edith Zamrzla; and one uncle, Gene Clapp.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2008, at the Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington in Lindsborg. Inurnment will follow the services at the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Lindsborg.

The family will be present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays.

Brett’s family respectfully requests that you honor him by “paying it forward.” Please consider who might best receive the gift you have to give — flower, food, service, music, money, art … — and give it in loving memory of Brett. If you’d like to let us know what you’ve done, please send us a note (205 E 25th Terrace, Hays, KS 67601). May the peace of Christ be with you”