latest creation

More and More Birthdays

I love this little box. It can be anything! This time ’round we made it into an art box. So much fun. I hope she likes it.

I typed instructions for some of the items in the box. The little black books that needs to be colored with light crayons, the dolls who need to be dressed, and the stack of papers to dress them with. There is also a pad of paper to make small masterpieces with.

This house we painted and varnished. It looked great. The dolls we lots of fun too. The parents are little spoons while the kids are the tiny clothes pins.

I think there are a few boy parties coming up. What should we make for them?? We’ll see.

New Packaging

I have slowly been incorporating my love for bookbinding into my packaging. Here is an example of how wallets, 4×6, and 8×10 inch prints are packaged. The wallets are in the little green envelope. I’ve been slowly making the change to this type of packaging. There may be some variations, but this is the basic idea. It feels good to have my work represent me, even through the mail.



New Look

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Just thought I would change things around a bit. This new look will allow for larger imges. I like larger images… especially the verticals. We’ll see how long this look lasts. I might want a few more frills.
Stay tuned for my Slow Food shoot from last week.

Be Mine

Can you believe that yesterday was around 70 degrees and today the snow is falling? Believe it. That’s how things operate here in Denver. Yesterday we ate lunch on the picnic table and played at the park. Today I’m sipping a cup of hot ginger tea and considering whether or not to take the sled to school for the V-day party.
I am also finishing up the teacher’s Valentine. There just isn’t enough time in the day… when mom has meetings most nights it makes completing projects difficult. Last night I met with the Slow Food group and had a blast talking school gardens and watching a slide show presentation of the Edible Schoolyard (out in Berekley, CA) along with UC Santa Cruz’s cool farm and kid garden. Lots of photos of really innovative structures made out of bicycle tire rims and trellises.
The Slow Food group is awesome. There is a small portion of the convivia (I think that’s Italian for chapter) that are interested in education. Their whole motivation is to get successful gardens into schools, and have the kids cook and eat the food. Most of the group are parents and teachers. How altruistic can you get??
Ok, I just finished the valentine. I hope it dries in time.
I got this idea from Patricia who’s blog has several ideas on how to reuse items that are usually tossed.

The Birthday Gift

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The latest trend in our home is to try and make gifts for each other and friends. Christmas was a mix of both; the list I made earlier doesn’t show the plastic, lead-painted toys the kids love so much. Anyway I saw this idea here. The same blog I found the painted house, posted earlier.
We added a few tricks to this box of fun. I had checked out an origami book from the library and India and I found a box to make. We made 4 and I reinforced them with stiff paper on the underside and glued them all together then reinforced the outer edge with card-stock and decorative paper. The whole thing was then super glued into the box… maybe overkill, but I know those boxes are pretty delicate on their own.
I think it was a hit. I hear our little friend has already made several cards. Now all I need to do is figure out how to seal it all with a clear-coat. Next time I’ll call dad or my sis. They know all about that stuff.
India wanted to have the envelope holding the envelopes to be like a fish bowl. We used these fish here. We are now out of them… how can we live without a Papersource near by?
Here are the boxes. I had to figure out a way to keep them closed. So I strung a button that has to be pulled back to open and pushed tight to close. I hope it works well enough for a 6 year old! India could do it, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world.
Lots of little goodies in these boxes and scraps of ribbons along side.