Thursday, March 30, 2017


The hyacinths were laying down in mud after today's rain ... I had to bring them in.
Now we have lovely sunshine - ahhh

And here's another flower of mine.
She's taken over my art desk today and I am happy for that.
None of the old feelings of 
"that's my space" or "that's my stuff."

Maybe I'm coming into bloom too.

Friday, March 24, 2017

inchie swap

Last day to sign up: April 1st
Deadline to mail inchies out: April 20th
Date inchies are mailed back to you: May 1st

The theme is:
One Word Affirmations (or encouragements)
Try choosing words that finish this sentence: 
"you are ........"



- Must be one inch square

- Use media of your choice or mixed media
(collage, paint, pen, stamping, etc)

- Include a one word affirmation
(book text, typing, stamping, handwriting, etc)

- Please mount on tagboard or mat board

- Finished edges are preferred 
(use sharpie, gold leaf pen, paint, etc)

- Honor yourself and others with your best effort

- Sign the back

- Please let me know if it's ok/not ok to publish your inchies on this blog, on Instagram, or on my FB page

How it works:
You will send me 12 inchies and I will send 12 back to you from a pool of players. You will receive one of your inchies back plus 11 more from other people.

Last day to mail to me is April 20th.
Include $3 in cash or stamps for the return trip.
I will reuse the bubble mailer you send them in.

Reply right here in the comments
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Or email me at: 
artinred44 (at) gmail (dot) com 

Monday, March 20, 2017

inchies (swap?)

I suddenly wanted to make inchies today
Which I haven't done in quite a while

It felt important

I started with mark making

Mounted my paper on tag board 
And cut into 1 inch squares

Added important words -
Inspired by Abilene Clark 
"You is kind
You is smart
You is important"

Affirmation inchies to keep in a box or bag


I'm thinking of creating an inchie swap with this as a theme (one word affirmations) - would you like to play? 
PM me,
 or just say so in comments,
 and I'll PM you.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

no fuss no muss

An easy seedling marker using a bamboo skewer and squares of cardstock. Just cut a slit at the top and the bottom to slide the skewer through. 

May also be used if your garden fairies want to march on Washington. 

Friday, March 17, 2017


"Lucky clover"
Fast color
Was 15 cents
Price slashed to 10 cents
(I paid $3)

I found this in an old flea market last year
It was my lucky day

Saturday, March 4, 2017

common valor

I felt the need to be honored with a medal

The Order of the Alpaca

- bearer of burdens with grace and aplomb -