Sunday, May 26, 2013


   Trying to get ready for a trip and getting a garden ready in the Spring is not something I would recommend.
   This year I decided not to put in any annuals as the clumps of perennials have matured and filled in the empty spaces. It's been a wonderful year for the Peony Trees with multiple blossoms on both of the trees. The For-Get-Me-Nots and Virginia Bluebells are prolific give the garden greats swatches of blues. Another terrific bloomer this year has been the lilac tree sending out wafts of perfume. The early clematis is blooming as well with beautiful creamy flowers.
 Enjoy a little tour of my garden and view the photos below.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Geting Ready

   It's not very long now until I leave for Nice, France. I've been busy trying to figure out what to pack, I always over pack and trying to guess what the weather will be like. Does anyone else have that problem?
   One of the fun parts of getting ready for a trip is making a travel journal. Mary Ann Moss has been an inspiration to me,  sharing her journals on her blog.
   The journal I made for this trip uses a  Diamond X binding that I was taught in the on-line class Ticket to Venice. The journal consists of 3 signatures of 10 full pages (40 individual pages).  The pages are made of a variety of papers, folders and plastic pockets. For the cover I made a  collage using corrugated cardboard, Japanese papers and other bits and pieces I had around. I used a photo that I altered in Photoshop as the focal point. This book is 8x10" a bit larger that I usually make and  most of the pages had to be stitched together to get the right size.  I don't like a blank page I find it intimidating, to get around that I  lightly spray stenciled the white watercolour pages.
 Now all I have to do is pack the journal and my travel kit of pens, tapes etc. and enjoy the trip.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Path

I am hoping I'll find this street when I visit Florence, Italy in a few weeks. I find looking at it something mysterious and at the same time magical.

Monday, May 13, 2013


Thinking about my upcoming trip to Nice, France I created this page using Anna Aspens digital papers.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bucket List

One of the (many) places on my bucket list to visit is Monaco. There is a good chance that my wish will be fulfilled later this month when I will be visit friends in France. But until then photos from the Internet will have to suffice.