the daily visual journal some of these pictures may look familiar as I have been printing off copies of the images I have been using on this blog and putting them in the visual journal when I was going through my photo files, I realized that I need to incorporate more of these pictures in the daily journal as they really do represent what was going on at that precise moment
stitched folders made from security envelopes are used to hold snips of fabrics and bits of paper pages of various sizes make for good visual layering a paint test sample on an index card and fabric was sewn in and on another security envelope nothing is thrown away the brown is a packaging layer from a box of chocolates and was added when this journal was made it makes for crinkly crackly sewing a fun texture
Japanese Tea Gardens - Brackenridge Park - San Antonio
Faux Bois is a term that refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. Martha loves faux bois and I love it too. One of my favorite spots in San Antonio is the Mecca of faux bois and was for many years a place where I loved to go and journal outdoors. If you love faux bois and you are traveling, this is should be on your itinerary.
or if you are an am chair traveler there is this book
There has been several new items added to the Etsy shop this afternoon. Due to limited supply these items will only be offered on the Etsy store and not on the web site. so how cute are these little bird favor boxes!! Lemonade Favor Boxes - available here these are so cute, the picture does not do them full justice June Bug Favor Boxes - available here I can't not even begin to describe how cute these cards June Bug Card Kit - available here great retro chic 70's colors and patterns and I am so in love with the plaid big eyed doggie top left. Not only are these great printed die cut chipboard but they have adhesive on the back making them so easy to use. June Bug Chipboard Sticker Shapes - available here
And I have added a couple of journals and a wall quiltie to the Etsy shop also
"Little Big" by John Crowley is undeniably one of my favorite books, a perfect summer read. My first time reading this book was when it was published in the early 80's. For this summer, it was pulled off the shelf to be read again. My third time reading it or is it the fifth. It is one of those novels that marks the time when you first read it. I was in Philadelphia and stumbled across it quite by accident or maybe it was waiting for me.
A beautifully crafted story of fantasy, perhaps challenging to read, this may not be for everyone. For me, it is a story to be savored and with each reading comes a finding of new unfolding facets within the familiar pages.
The book is hard to read but on the other hand it is easy. Each time I read this novel, I read it a bit more slowly. A story to be enjoyed on so many levels. The setting is haunting, beautiful and poetic.
"Daily Alice dreamed that she stood in a flower-starred field where on a hill there grew an oak tree and a thorn in deep embrace, their branches intertwined like fingers. Far down the hall, Sophie dreamed that there was a tiny door in her elbow, open a crack, through which the wind blew, blowing on her heart." - from "Little Big" by John Crowley.
If you pick up this book, be sure to give it the first 100 pages to decide whether you like it or not. My only issue with this book is that it encourages me to do nothing but read it once started.