Sunday, October 1, 2017

Is it really October?

It has been so long since I have posted- done really know where to start.  It has been a bit crazy- Ron's recovery from his heart surgery has been amazing. We had our house on the market but recently took it off for now as we do not want to move in the winter.  I also have been dealing with some family things that are very unpleasant.  Much of my work has been in my journal.  I will share a few spreads.  I also recently started a book collaboration and will share that. I think I will just start with September.

September 1 at 6:16pm ·

I took time to journal today- I grabbed my big journal and chose a fold out spread- large for me- this is 12 x 25. I needed to process some thoughts- feelings. I have house on the brain- having the house on the market and not much action- sort of in a limbo state- then I realized I have NOTHING to complain about. My heart goes out to those thousands that have lost everything in Texas. and around the world- the flooding in other parts of the world is horrific. So much devastation. This on top of the daily horrors coming out of Washington makes it hard not to lose hope. Hope for our country hope for all those in dire need. Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment. Rumi

I have been dealing with some major  stuff. Mostly . I am pretty much over it and tired of the ongoing drama. So I saw this quote and it was perfect for where my head is right now. Ron's support and my family of choice has really helped.

I am learning
to love the
sound of
my feet
away from
things not
meant for me. A.G.
The spread is a fold out in my small journal the fold out here is 7 x 17. I had to write a lot to process this all- I learned from Juliana Coles about writing and then covering it up sometimes completely.

September 26 at 4:03pm
 I love this French proverb: Gratitude is the Heart's memory. That's the title for this spread. I used walking legs the other day in a spread I posted here- these are different ones- in this spread I walk forward.  This quote I found to be so meaningful.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie

I am doing an accordion book collaboration with Nancy Armstrong- a wonderful artist from Louisiana.  I have posted book collaborations before - I make 2 books- I start both sides of one and send that along with a blank book for  Nancy in this case.  She finishes mine and starts hers and mails both back to me I keep mine and finishes hers and sent it to her- so we each have a book.


  1. Sorry for the undesirable situations dear one,but thankful for your wellness.♥
    Just an observation, I think your work, when relieving pressure and pain, is some of your best. Not wishing the bad times of course, but complimenting the great work! ♥

  2. Wow, it has been a bit of time since you posted! Love that you are back and love what you have created! It is so cathartic to create when you are in a time of stress. Glad you have art! :-)

    1. Yes I will try to post more often- you and jacki amaze me doing daily posts.

  3. Hi again from Aotearoa New Zealand. I am glad to read your partner is recovering well. Hey I run Recovery Journaling with people at work and I wondered where to buy some decent graphic images to show people the possibilities of collage. Do you have any suggestions? I am applying for funding to get some good graphics. At the moment we just cut things out of magazines which is ok and limiting all at once. Any suggestions from you or your readers would be welcome.
    Also hang on in there, sounds like something you are dealing with is tough, all strength and joy to you and your family of choice.

    1. Hi Sue- I use magazine stuff old photos family and otherwise and I get osme stuff from Mischief Circus- they are graphics that you buy and down load then you can size them and print them out.

  4. Thank you so much... best of love and happiness to you and Ron