Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stone Collecting

I am a sucker for stones. I never met one I didn't like. This little section of Cousin's Shore on PEI is like paradise for me. My daughter and I recently went stone hunting and came away with lots of smooth wonderful stones. She would ask "how about this one?" Oh yes, that's a beauty. We have to have that one. We don't take too many as to leave plenty for others to find.

Maybe I'll try my hand at crochet like the gorgeous stones here. Or just keep them by my side like a little stone garden at my fingertips. There is something very peaceful about touching and rearranging these stones. Perfection in a smooth round cool package.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Scenes from Prince Edward Island

I thought I would take you on a little tour of one of my favorite villages on PEI: Victoria by the Sea. This lovely little town is located along the southern coast of Prince Edward Island over looking the Northumberland Strait.

There are lots of tea rooms on the island revealing a decidedly British influence. This is one my favorites. I just love the vibrant island colors and sweet lace curtains, not to mention the window boxes bursting with geraniums.
This is a traditional island home with typical PEI colors. Notice the lovely painted details above the rounded dormer windows.

This sweet dory window box was found outside Olde Lovely, a cute little shop located in Burlington (5 minutes outside Kensington), PEI. If you have the chance, be sure to visit this beautiful shop and visit with Cyndi, the owner. Tell them Maminka Girl sent you!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

More journal pages

A few more pages from my Journal of Interest: Permission to play Blind contour drawing...haven't done this since college.
Mixing styles: very old vintage pages mixed with modern day advertisements

I reworked this title page but am still not happy with it...don't like my handwriting but I still love that quote. And it is so true.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Journal of Interest

Here's a peek at my Journal of Interest which is an E-Zine workshop I have been taking with Teresa McFayden.
It was made by "deconstructing" an old book and using the covers..great idea! I was excited to find this old illustration of a mother scrapbooking with her children.

Inside cover above. One of my favorite quotes for the title page.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

O Canada!

Happy Canada Day. I have been doing some art journaling this year. I thought today would be a good red day in honor of Canada's birthday. How nice that we are here in PEI which is the birthplace of the confederation don't you know. Now how about some nice weather for the fireworks on the beach this evening? Dreaming of blue skies

Prince Edward Island...the green island
My art journaling is VERY raw compared to some of the gorgeous art journals I see out there but the whole point is to let loose and not worry about that. I recently signed up for this "Journal of Interest" class taught by Teresa McFayden of Paper Bella. Maybe I can make some improvement and learn some new tricks.