I did a little disappearing act around here and reappeared in Boston, specifically Massachusetts General Hospital.  A dear friend was being induced; and we thought it would be a good idea if she had an extra set of hands around.  I’ve seen both seasons of Call the Midwife; I’m qualified right?!

What an experience, to be in the room when life enters it. It still feels like a dream.

I cannot say enough great things about the entire staff we interacted with.  Momma & Baby are doing very well (Dad too!).  And now I will have more than enough to write about for weeks to come….


travel journal

I love hanging onto travel ephemera.  But very rarely do I actually put it anywhere but in a box.  However, I stumbled across this lovely travel journal by Victoria and I am completely inspired for my next trip.  (And now I can’t wait to see the hubs’ upon his return.) See all of her lovely pages here.

all photos (and more) by Victoria

a new story

i think these journals are great for your memoirs or to be used as a prompt for starting the next great american novel.  i found this company about 5 years ago and I have given several of these journals as gifts.  my pen has been moving a little more frequently these days and i would love to have one for myself, but i just can’t decide on the cover i would want. (and we have a little non-essential spending moratorium in place.)  but i love how the titles can be interpreted differently depending upon the recipient, author, situation,etc.  so clever, so cheap!


2010:  no resolutions, lists to accomplish, projects to make, or goals to achieve.  Lazy?  Nah, just trying to take it all a day at a time.  I have no idea what in the world this year may hold.  I’m going to try to live in the moment…something not very easily achieved with my quite future-oriented personality.

So today.  It was a lovely start to the new year.  Sleeping in late with the hubby and a mid-afternoon movie.  (Avatar: uh, oh-so-awesome!) And now here, left with my thoughts on the page (or screen in this instance).

Happy New Year?  Happy New Day.

a clean page

This weekend I took a break and quickly put together a new mini.  I was recently asked about my other mini… the daily 2009.  I stopped making pages in June.  It started to feel like more of an obligation rather than a joy.  I was also becoming busier and then when we put our house on the market, I couldn’t keep my crafts out in the open.  (I keep them in rubbermaid bins under the bed.)  I also started feeling weird about posting things that were so personal.  All of that combined… I decided to stop that book where it was.  I can’t say that I’ve done much with paper since.  My summer was so busy and dragging out the boxes wasn’t too appealing.

But alas, on Sunday, creativity came calling and I thought it would be worth the effort.  I think the whole idea of a “mini-book” will work for me if it’s already pre-made, or almost done… just add words, photos and a date stamp.  I am also too much of a type A personality to not love having more of a uniform look.  I like each page being the same size and a similar color scheme or theme.  (I know… all kinds of crazy!)

So I created this one on Sunday as a gift…but it will be hard to part with it.  Here are just a few pages:

mini book cover DSC_0728

pink paper blue paper

yellow and blue pink and gold

making stuff: fabric journals

I’ve been a busy little bee lately buzzing around my “craft room”.  I’ve got several projects going at once, but I have managed to whip out a few little gifts.  I have a thing for journals (clearly!) and I like them pocket/purse size to be able to jot down thoughts, words, grocery items.  I also have a thing for fabric and I don’t seem to ever toss my scraps because, you know, I just *might* use them.  Looking at my stack of fabric scraps and coveting new pocket size journals at my local bookstore, the idea hit me.   These two things go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly.  I also decided to make a tutorial because everyone should have their very own little pocket book.  There are so many possibilities with these little guys. Paper, fabric, embellishments, embroidery… endless possibilities.

fabric  journals

See the (picture heavy) how-to after the jump…


Excuse me, do I have something on my face?

I realized today as I was crafting away on my mini-book, that almost the entire month of February and most of March has been stamped with “2008”!  What the…?!  How did I not notice this HUGE editorial faux pas?!?!?  Boy, I’m totally reliving the day I walked into the fabric store with my skirt tucked into my stockings.