Gone Dogs


I am honored to have contributed a story to Gone Dogs, a brilliant project in the works by friends Jim Mitchem and Laurie Smithwick. This book is a crowd-sourced collection of "tales of dogs we've loved", born from a blog post Jim wrote about his dog passing.

I look forward to sharing more information as Jim and Laurie get closer to making this work of love a printed reality. 

Barn Quilts: Chantilly Montessori Gallery Crawl Project

Barn Quilts: Chantilly Montessori Gallery Crawl Project

One of my most favorite times of the year is the six weeks when I work with the children of Chantilly Montessori to prepare an art project for Chantilly's Annual Gallery Crawl. This fantastic cultural enrichment project pairs a parent-artist with each classroom to create original works of art to be displayed at a Gallery Crawl celebration. This year I worked with an Upper-Elementary class of 4th and 5th graders to create barn quilts. The Barn Quilt Trail  Movement began in 2001 ...

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Made: Vintage Contact Paper Covered Notebooks

Like many of my sort, I am a compulsive list maker and notebook accumulator. I have found I work best having separate notebooks for daily/general work, personal journaling/tasks, and  for particular clients or big projects.

I have bought lots of pretty books, but my allegiance seems to come back again and again to the basic marbled composition book (bought by the dozens each fall for school supply lists). i favor graph-paper and college-ruled versions, but also enjoy the Primary Books with blank drawing space above the lines.

In the past, I have periodically covered these with wallpaper or shelf paper to help distinguish them from the kids' books, and to make them prettier.  So when I recently stumbled upon a roll of vintage ConTack paper at Frock Shop Revival, I got busy cutting and peeling and sticking.

My friend, Laurie Smithwick, has been leading a campaign to encourage us to "Step Away From The Screen and Make Something".  I share this not-work-but-worth-making post, in part, because of her prompts. As she shared in her recent Alt talk, creative people need to MAKE stuff -- in real life, with their hands -- to keep fueling the creativity.  For the many of us that do our creating on screen all day, this comes a surprising shoulder-shaking. So, here's to MAKING, even if we're just making prettier book in which to make our to-do lists!