Sharing my passion for handcrafted jewelry, paper making, and living a creative life.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Do you ever just crave peace and order in your life?  No hunting for lost papers or running late for work...lots of time to just play with your frantically trying to produce for a deadline that you knew was coming months ago?  And an effortlessly clean house with no clutter?  I'm working on it.

Have you heard of Flylady?   It's a free site with a whole system for keeping order in your life.  I used it a few years ago but drifted away when we started building our new house.  I loved how well it worked when I did follow so now I'm re-adopting the system to fit my life now.

I just had a gigantic yard sale and what didn't sell I took straight to the recycle at our local waste transfer station so I wouldn't be tempted to re-incorporate it into my life.  Water levels are finally dropping so sandbagging is behind me.

I'm looking forward to a creative summer!

I made these encaustic collage cards on handmade paper last night.  The images are from an old wedding keepsake book that a friend picked up for me at an antique shop.  I use the original paper because I like the patina and the texture which copies don't have. 


  1. This is the encaustic that I want to learn how to do! These are cards are wonderful. The class that I had was...different. I actually painted the shapes with the wax. We also embedded papers into the piece, but there wasn't this smooth, dreamy look to it like you are achieving. Is this beeswax or microcrystalline?

  2. Thanks, Kim! I use beeswax with damar resin. I enjoy painting with pigmented encaustic, too, but collage using the plain medium is so versatile. I'll do a short tutorial here on it next time I do cards...maybe even this weekend sometime.

  3. Beautiful cards! Keep up the spirits. You will get there.

  4. Me too Kim, I don't think I want to get into painting with encaustics, I just want the dreamy effect the beeswax gives to the pieces. I love these Kim.


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