Archive for February, 2009

Birthday Present Sketches

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


Inspired by the fun birthday presents that I received last week, I sketched personalized thank you cards to give out to my family and friends. This sketch is of Ben’s gift: a scarf, shirt, very tall socks, a bouquet of flowers and stretchy pants! I posted a few more sketches to Flickr too.

Enormous Tiny Art Show

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


My husband, Ben, is participating in an art exhibition called the “Enormous Tiny Art Show“. Each piece in the show must measure 10 x 10 inches or less. If you like to browse great original art, this your chance! The online gallery shows each of the pieces on exhibit. Ben’s drawings are on view here. If you are lucky enough to live near Portsmouth, NH, you can even see these lovelies in person. The images below are just a sample.


Quiet Thought by Michele Maule


Tessur by Ben Schlitter


Exploring Space by Brandi Strickland


Lucky Neon Elephant by Mati McDonough

Little Llama

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I recently noticed a pretty little pair of earrings on Etsy’s main page. It took me a few seconds to then notice the background… one of my own recycle bin books! Little Llama’s shop is full of beautiful jewelry and the photos of the jewelry are great too. Below are a few images that include my own creation as a prop. Lovely! I would be pleased as punch to wear any of these.


Faded roses


Ruby earrings


Green bombo oxidized earrings


Mint earrings

New Old Art

Thursday, February 5th, 2009


I recently went through images of my older art and selected a few to post to Flickr. They include a mix of acrylic paintings, prints, and mixed media collage. Several of my favorites are from postcards that I made and sent to Ben when we were dating. I was in Canada and he was in Kansas at the time. Interesting how, now that we’re married, we aren’t nearly as prolific in our artistic expressions to one another! This should inspire me to make him something special for Valentine’s Day.

Recyle Bin Albums

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009




Inspired by the letter S book of the previous post, I created a set of albums from a collection of discarded library books. These are made from a combination of papers, including thick card stock pages for adding photos, etc. Each one is very unique – I love browsing through the old papers and book pages. A few of them are still available on Etsy. There are also more photos of them on Flickr.

Brought to you by the letter S

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009




This is a book that I created as a gift for someone. I really like how it turned out. The covers are made from discarded library books, and the pages are a mix of old book pages, drawing paper, grid paper, ruled paper and papers that I printed designs onto myself. I discovered that a ribbon will easily slip between the covers and the block of pages to create a closure tie. For the ribbon, I used white bias tape and machine-stitched a pattern onto it with red thread.

2009 Planner

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Here are a few photos of a custom planner that I created for 2009. The inside page design is similar to that of a planner I made last year, but the cover is very different. I used prints of the client’s own beautiful collages for the front and back covers. You can see more of her artwork here.