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I’m pretty certain everyone has at least one roll of washi or deco tape. In case you do not, I have a previous tutorial up on how to make your own using plain old masking tape HERE

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I wanted my planner spread to have more of a sea life feel to it. I have decorative edge scissors and figured I’d give this idea a try.

I cut a bit of my dark blue washi tape and applied it to some waxed paper. I used my fancy schmancy edged scissors to cut the tape and waxed paper. I peeled off the tape after cutting and stuck it into my planner. Ta Da! I’m looking forward to using this method to decorate more planner spreads in the future.

Have you done this before or will you be trying this in the future?

Take care and be well.


Fleece bed for Harvey the rattie is finished.

I’ve been so exhausted and fallen out of my posting daily routine. My apologies.

Today I took a scrap piece of fleece and cut it into one continuous strip then crocheted it into a bowl shape. This washable bed will hopefully become Harvey the rat’s favorite place to sleep. Pet accessories are so expensive which makes DIY projects like this all the more exciting when the work out as planned. Plus I find DIY things hold up better over time. I hope Harvey likes his new pet bed!

Be well.

(edit to add: Fleece is one of the few trusted fibers for small pets in case ingestion occurs. Always avoid cotton and be mindful of fraying.)


I imagine an army of nurse bees with knitting needles buzzing around my ankle knitting my bones back together ^^

It’s hard to describe how my ankle feels. Pins-and-needles when your appendages fall asleep is pretty accurate. Sometimes it feels like a whole swarm of bees is buzzing around in there, almost like it’s alive with electricity. I’ve been told that visualizing healing is beneficial. The swarms of bees put on nurse hats and picked up knitting needles to mend my breaks and repair the dislocation damage. Today I drew just that.

Knitting. Scarf in progress.

I’ve been working on my knit scarf. Knit a row, purl a row. It’s slow going because I’m not very graceful but I am making progress. I love this yarn! It’s Red Heart Super Saver. I think the color is called Primary but I’ve lost the band. I love working the rows and watching the colors transition.

I might do something else artsy before bed but there’s so much other stuff that needs to get done. Most of it involves paperwork – blarf. I shouldn’t complain as it’s been a pleasant weekend. I hope yours was a good one!

Be well.


Possibilities with @PentelofAmerica

I didn’t sleep well last night and my day began long before the sun rose. I grabbed my journal and some pens and set out to put something on paper.

I'm remembering how great this is...

It was a nice distraction to doodle for a bit. It’s very freeing and therapeutic. Just make up stuff to fill the space, let go and enjoy.

Ankle hasn't shut up all morning so I've taken it outside for some fresh air. It's chilly :D

My ankle and other muscles are sore today. Two straight days of pushing was bound to catch up with me. Since my ankle wouldn’t quiet down, I took it outside for some fresh air. It was sunny but chilly. I sat on the porch and tried to keep warm.

Iggy has joined me ^^ I haven't sketched from life in ages! I forget how lol
Iggy joined my quest for fresh air and warmth so we huddled together under a couple jackets. I attempted to sketch the white pumpkin across from me. I haven’t sketched from life in a very long time and I’m quite rusty.

Sunny cat nap

It didn’t take long for the last couple of days and poor sleep to catch up with me. I came inside and made the slow and unpleasant ascent back up the stairs to bed. Medicine and rest with an ice pack for a garnish did help. This afternoon I even worked a bit on the knit scarf I started ages ago. All in all today can be counted as a success I think, don’t you?

Be well.


Oops I doodled

My cast has swirly-like tentacles! Schweet.

Today had far fewer smiles. I managed just over three hours today. Muscles who had kept quiet were awakened by the physical exertion of yesterday’s adventure. I came home and slept.

I did finally find a Sharpie marker that would work on my rough textured cast. That will have to do for my AEDM #4. I’m off to dreamland where my ankle is quiet and I can still walk without metal sticks.

Be well.


#AEDM day 2 -crochet cozy for my cast

I’ve decided to participate in AEDM – Art Every Day Month (more info HERE)

I am also going to try and post here about every day’s artistic adventure.

Yesterday for day 1, I journaled a bit and did some doodling. I also took some photos. That fills the quota quite nicely I think.

Today I made a crochet toe cozy for my cast. I am going to attempt a few hours at work tomorrow. This will be my first day back since the accident on October 8th. I’m nervous for a lot of different reasons. Grabbing a crochet hook helped me relax and focus my energy elsewhere. Now I have a fashionable and functional cover for my toes that will look nice with my black jogging pants.

I might just grab my journal and do some scribbling now quick before sleep. A journal is a great way to refocus.

Take care and be well.


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Despite the accident, surgery and all the crazy, I managed to get Iggy Pup’s Halloween costume to a wearable stage of completeness. Unfortunately it was starting to rain and my ankle was quite fussy so Dinosaur Iggy wasn’t able to properly greet the Tricks or Treaters. We did manage to give out all the candy before the rain really started to fall and I was convinced by my ankle to return to bed.
Iggy’s dinosaur costume is all crochet and done without a pattern using Red Heart Yarn. I’d say it was successful, wouldn’t you?
Happy Halloween to you and yours! Take care and be well.

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Have you ever visited Comfortable Shoes Studio? Leslie Herger is an artist through and through. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with her on multiple occasions via Twitter. She’s amazing! I stalk her site and visit her Flickr photostream often.

Leslie’s one line bio is perfect. “I’m a bookbinder with a DayJob just trying to find my way to making art.” Her blog is a great window into her artistic adventures. She also runs an Artfire shop where she sells amazing handmade journals and notebooks along with original paintings. When she offered to send me a sample of her bookbinding work to enjoy, I couldn’t say no.

Comfortable Shoes Studio Jotters

Leslie generously sent me three jotters. They are a very convenient 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches. She uses old advertising posters for the covers. Each design is different and very graphic. You might end up with a letter or word or just abstract color. The three she sent me have a few letters but only one has a complete word on what I have positioned as the back cover. (I like the graphic nature of the mysterious letters over a complete word.)

Comfortable Shoes Studio Jotter

The paper inside varies to what she has on hand. My three contained a different paper in each, including Fox River 100% Recycled Ninja Speckled (ha ninja! I love it!), Environmental by Southworth, and Neenah Environment. The paper is 24lb and only one notebook had some printing on one side of the inner pages. Each notebook has between 40 to 60 pages. The jotters are stitched with a sewing machine with cotton thread. I can tell you, these are going to hold up to a lot of abuse.

Comfortable Shoes Studio Jotter

I’m not going to do a paper test because Leslie utilizes materials she has on hand and I’m sure they vary from batch to batch. From experience, 24lb paper should hold up well to even wet writers. Some fountain pen inks might want to feather a bit but I don’t predict having any problems.

Comfortable Shoes Studio Jotter

A lot of people love cahier style notebooks, pocket sized jotters are handy for notes, lists and random drawings. They fit comfortably in purses, bags, pockets, and glove compartments. I love making my own but not let’s face it, not everyone has time and energy. Instead of supporting big faceless companies, why not support handmade artists like Leslie? I just peaked and her shop is stocked full of great recycled jotters and other notebooks for great prices. Go take a peak!

I hope you enjoyed this review. Take care and be well.


It’s November 6th today – I know because I had to write a check. I can’t express how fast this year has gone for me. I feel like I should be spinning in circles or worse.

NaNoJouMo is going well! I spent last night digging around for paper and things to construct a 30 page journal from. I settled on a piece of tagboard for the cover and old book pages for the text block. I didn’t want to spend too much time figuring out how to sew it all together so I grabbed my masking tape and went to work. Three pieces on each spread is holding it together. So far so good.

I spent today taking care of the zoo and working on my first pages. I don’t think any of them are quite done yet but I wanted to share. The prompts can be found daily at D’Blogala but they are just there if you need them. Dawn’s reminder today helped me take the plunge. It’s not necessary to finish an entire page – Just make progress in your Art Journal. I’m proud of what I accomplished.

These are the pages that are “mostly done.” I can’t say I’m finished but I really like how they are right now.

"Inception" for NaNoJouMo

"Choice" for NaNoJouMo

"Fortune" for NaNoJouMo

"Equanimity" for NaNoJouMo

Here is a “work in progress” photo. The “Quarter” page needed to dry so I’ll certainly be working on that more. The page on the right shows the gel transfer drying compared to the more finished version above. For these pages I used stamps, gel medium transfers, print outs, metallic markers, metallic pens, Pitt artist pens, magazine scraps, book scraps, watercolors, watercolor pencils, manila paper and dried flowers.

Pages in progress for NaNoJouMo

My Daily Doodles are updated. Visit my Flickr set to view #88 through #94. Can you believe that I’ve doodled almost a hundred things? I’m impressed that I’ve stuck with it. Granted I have had a couple “catch-up” incidents.

I am looking forward to working on my NaNoJouMo art journal tomorrow. I had to stop because the sun disappeared. We set our clocks back tonight which means I will have some sunlight before I get to work but less chance of seeing the sun after work. I wish I could bottle the sun for taking photos and working on art. I really think I’m solar-powered. No sun means Sara has no energy. We’re starting the hardest time of the year for me – I sure hope I can do this… again.

Be well. (Don’t forget to check your smoke detector batteries!)


Occasionally my budget stomps on my happy and I have to figure out ways to spice up my life without spending a dime. This project grew out of my insatiable appetite for deco tape (also called Washi tape).

Deco tape is all the rage right now – fancy decorative tape to stick on packages, journal pages, notes and envelopes. Some people create entire projects using just paper and deco tape. Its inspiring and amazing. Click HERE to see what images Google gathers for “Deco Tape.”

If you’re like me, sometimes spending money is harder to come by than a yeti in a ballerina tutu. If you want some fun DIY Deco Tape to adorn your creative endeavors, grab some masking tape, wax paper and your permanent marker supply – It’s DIY Time!

DIY Deco Tape Supplies

First step is to tear a piece of wax paper approximately the size of a standard sheet of paper. Actually the size doesn’t matter much as long as its large enough to hold the piece of masking tape you tear.

The next step is to tear or cut off a piece of your masking tape. Any length will do as long as it suits your needs.

DIY Deco Tape - Decorate

Now grab your markers and get creative. Try stripes, shapes, patterns, amorphous blobs of color, words… trace things, use stencils. If you have permanent ink stamp pads, get stamping! I think its best to use permanent color. (Notice my disregard for staying inside the lines. My waxed paper is now decorated too lol).

DIY Deco Tape - Peel off the wax paper and have fun!

After you’re done decorating the tape, peel it off the waxed paper and go crazy with it.

DIY Deco Tape - Journal brightening

I cut bits off my tape and used it to tape some fortunes into my journal. Don’t feel trapped using it just one way – maybe grab some decorative edge scissors too!

DIY Deco Tape - Decorate a package

I’ve thought of using a small piece of wax paper cut to size of my day planner to keep some DIY Deco Tape close at hand. You never know when you might have to brighten up someone’s day – even your own. I loved using my first two pieces on a package I sent out. Doesn’t the envelope look much better?

DIY Deco Tape - Get Creative!

Currently I’m hoping to get different widths of masking tape. Wouldn’t a package look adorable with some brown kraft paper and tape? The holidays are coming up really fast and I bet I could have some fun.

I hope this inspires you. Please leave a comment if you give this a try. I’d love to see what you come up with! Be well.