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Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life right now: What are you wearing? Dresses!! It has been in the 90s+ around here and so I have been looooving dresses. What have you bought? This has not been a big shopping month. We are trying to save our money for the house and the baby. Most of what I've bought is food... Man, I love food! This is breakfast at Cafe Landwer. What are you reading? I finished "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" at the beginning of the month and it has stayed with me. I bought it in an... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. Today I am sharing some more pages from September 2018. I really love... Read more →


The lovely ladies at Grafix (an awesome woman-run company that makes every kind of plastic you could want) sent me some of their brand new food safe craft plastic to play with. Watch the video to see what I made: Here's the run-down on what to expect from this new product: Grafix NEW Food Safe Craft Plastic is available in two thicknesses .005 and .0075. Sheet packs of 4 and 25 in sizes of 12×12”, 12×24”, 18×24”, and 24×36”. This film cuts cleanly for die-cuts, to be used as a stencil for sugar craft and coffee drinks. This archival film... Read more →


Are you wondering how to use the 12x24 Cutting Mat with the ScanNCut DX? Watch this video to learn how easy it is to switch back and forth between 12x12 and 12x24: Wondering what you can make with the 12x24 mat? How about these giant marquee letters I made using my 12x24 mat!? Pretty cool, right? I get asked all the time about curving text. In 2016, I shared a video showing how you could do it, letter-by-letter. I've come up with another method -- this time using a word processing program! It's a quick and easy technique that takes... Read more →


You guys, I found this video a few days ago and I am *obsessed* with it! A quilt you can make in one-hour?! I don't like her particular fabric choices, but I loooooove the concept. Now, it looks super easy in the video, but is it? The answer is: yes! How do I know? Well, knowing that I was going to be demo-ing a serger on HSN yesterday, I asked the good folks at Brother if it would be okay for us to do a demo that incorporated this idea. They said, yes, and so I did! We picked out... Read more →


I love old houses. It's no wonder, therefore, that I bought an old house. I've always been delighted by their quirky charm. Touring old houses is actually a passion that Steve and I happily share. So you can imagine our delight at stumbling upon the Truro Historical Society's Highland House. The first floor is set up as a museum with cases full of historical artifacts and a brief history of the local shipping/fishing industry. But I was most drawn to the stone fireplace and the gorgeous molded tin ceiling. The second floor is a rabbit warren of themed bedrooms. I... Read more →


I want to show you what I made out of my original piece of hand printed black and white floral fabric! After cutting off some pieces to overdye, I was left with a 12x12 square. I couldn't figure out what it was big enough for. And then I found a cute project on CanvasWorkspace: I figured that I could make mine out of fabric instead of felt and it would jut be a little bit floppier. No biggie. I followed the instructions in the pdf and I love how my little tray turned out! I used some hand painted fabric... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. I'm delighted to be sharing some pages from August & September of last... Read more →


Before I forget, the livestream for YouTube Channel Members is on Monday at 7:30pm EST. If you're not a member, you can learn more here. I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately. I blame stress. Unbeknownst to me, one of the things adding to my stress was my chaotically messy art studio. I often claim to thrive in chaos, but miracle-of-miracles, as soon as I cleaned up the mess my creativity came floating back to me! I sat down at my big clean desk yesterday and carved these three stamps from some "garbage" rubber that I had... Read more →


Dina Wakley is one of my favorite people. She's smart, talented, hard working, and funny! Recently, she shared a fun and simple technique on Make It Artsy: hand stitching over stamped images. Watch the video for the how-to: This is a technique that I love and even showcased in my book, Carve Stamp Play: This is a fun technique and makes for a great travel project! You probably even own all the supplies you need to get started. I hope you'll give it a try! Finally, in case you've never heard of Make It Artsy, here's the rundown: It's one... Read more →