I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
I think I've caught up with the class now. I did skip one lesson since it involved a zipper, which I don't have on hand. I do plan on trying that technique at some point though. The first photos shown here feature folded pages. I really like the way it reveals hidden text or images when you turn the page. I'll definitely use this again. The wired button edged page took some time but I love the look of it. We had a guest instructor for this lesson. Ingrid is an amazing artist.
I'm working on catching up with the online class I'm taking. I'm currently 3 weeks behind!
The lesson I just finished was creating pockets. I've made many pockets in altered books before but had a hard time coming up with something to fit my theme. I'm thinking that I shouldn't have made I themed book, just a technique book for this class.
Oh well..live and learn.
The Autumn page I figure on journalling on the tags at some point.
The daisies page just sort of fell together when I found two coordinating scrapbook pages in my stash. I stiffened the daisies that hide the pocket by attaching them to some heavy weight cardstock before cutting them out. I love how this spread turned out. I had originally thought I'd journalling on this page as well but I think it would distract from the simplicity of the page.
Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.! I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much.. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.
I spent more time than I should have today playing in Photoshop.
I created a new background again for this blog.
I also was looking at doing a whole new background without a banner. After trying it out I realized that I really needed the banner since the Welcome to Halle's Hobbies wouldn't scroll out of the way as the banner currently does...duh! I really liked it though so I thought I'd share it anyway.