Thursday, June 30, 2011

*love* photo books

I LOVE photo books. Making them. Ordering them. Looking through them.
I think my 6 year old does, too. Occasionally she can be found on the sofa, going through all the photo books that I have put on the table next to it.

Recently, I found Paper Coterie. What is unique about them is that they offer prompts for their photo books. And what I really LOVE from their site are their swatchbooks. They are smaller photo books - 5.5"x3.25". Their paper backgrounds are gorgeous and some also include beautiful icons.

Today marks my grandmother's first anniversary since her death. In honor of this occasion, I ordered a few swatchbooks for me and my family.

The fronts of the pages show photos of her funeral ...

and the back of the pages show photos of when she was younger and with her family.

I am very happy with how the swatchbooks turned out. I love the quality of the paper. And the printing quality is good too. It's crisp, but slightly grainy if you really look at it. It doesn't bother me though.

I packed my little gifts up, here are a few ...

I hope my Oma is happy in heaven. And I hope my family enjoys their little keepsakes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


For our road trip to San Diego, I planned to art journal a bit. I packed up my journal and little artbox - filled with copic pens, sharpies, gel pens, pencils, pigment ink pens, a washi tape roll, rub ons and a few other goodies. I was excited and was hoping that hubby would drive most of the daylight hours, before I would took a turn driving.

Then just before I headed for the door, I grabbed my stitching. Something I started a few months ago, when I was inspired by a few works by Pam Garrison and Aneela Hoey. I stopped because I got distracted with ecourses, painting and art-journalling. 

And guess what, I did a bit of the stitching and just couldn't stop. I didn't even get to art journal one bit. Hubby was so kind and drove all the way to South California and back to let me stitch in peace. It was awesome. I finished my little piece that I wanted to do ...

and even started a new one ...

If you are wondering what in the world I am going to do with them, you are posing a very good question. I have no idea. Initially I was going to frame them for Christmas presents. I suppose I could still do that. While working on them this time around though, I thought they would look gorgeous as book covers for art journals or mini scrapbooks. I don't know, we'll see. 

My work in the first one is also not the best, my knots went all crooked ... so I'm not sure I could gift them just like that.

Ah well, this is always my problem. I get so inspired by technique, but then I'm not sure what to do with it all :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I am back from a wonderful roadtrip.
Hubby had to attend a conference in San Diego, so we decided to tag along and see the sights. On our way there, we stopped in Hollywood. Why? Well, because my 6 year old loves reading the Fancy Nancy series and in one of the books, Mrs Devine - Fancy Nancy's neighbor - has a scrapbook full of letters and autographs by Hollywood movie stars. Jasmine has been talking about Hollywood ever since. I think she was expecting a place full of movie stars .. good thing, we got things cleared up just before the trip :)  And she enjoyed a short stop at the Chinese Theater.

"Mommy, my hands fit in these prints. Who is Shirley Temple?"

Found "Mary Poppin's" little spot ...

and "Dorothy's" prints.

Then we made a 2 days stop at Legoland.

Lucky Alex! On those exact 2 days Legoland hosted a Star Wars weekend. Alex LOVES Star Wars. He hasn't seen any of the movies or read any of the books, except for the simple reader books - which really doesn't tell you much. But he is a great fan!

Then we made it to San Diego. I have always loved San Diego. This time we stayed right by Seaport Village. It was great for walking around and exploring.

I wanted to walk up to "the Sailor and the Nurse", but it got vetoed by 2 little munchkins. I had to use my zoom lens to see it. Go figure!

My hubby recommended going to the Midway museum, but I was skeptical that it was worth taking a 4 and a 6 year old to an aircraft carrier museum. My 4-year old is into superheroes and has little interest in "vehicles". The closest he got is when he was 2 and pointed at every fire engine and ambulance. He is way past it now though. And my 6 year old is such a typical girly girl - her life evolves around princesses, fairies, ballet and gymnastics.

We walked to the Midway anyway. I thought we would just pass by it, take a few photos and maybe talk about the helicopters and airplanes that we could see.

The moment we got there, my kids asked if they could go in. So we got tickets and ... 

... we stayed for 4 hours! Time flew, I couldn't believe it.
Who knew that it was so fun to push button and pull levers, which are not even connected to anything anymore?!

Next month we'll be flying to NYC for a week. I can't wait!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's day to all of our loving and hard working fathers!

We did all the gift givings to my hubby a few days early, while we were getting ready for our road trip to San Diego.

Hubby gets burnt easily and he desperately needed a hat. He wasn't sure whether to go for the cheaper, but obviously less quality one or for the definitely nice-looking, but quite expensive one. While he was in dilemma, the kids and I bought the really nice looking one for Father's day. And oila ....

Very handsome.
Heart cards were also made for him and a photo book was ordered to show just how great he is. No photos yet though, because I have to pack!

Will blog again, when we come back :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day mixed media

Since mother's day this year, I knew I wanted to create a mixed media painting for my Dad. Initially I wanted to create a matching painting to what I made for my Mom. However, I just couldn't get myself motivated. Finally I looked at my materials and found 4 square canvases. I bought them years ago to create one painting, but when seen individually, each canvas was supposed to have a strong design on its own.

I thought this was a great idea for my Dad - a little like a puzzle to put together. He'd love that.
So this is what I made.

I probably could have worked on it a bit longer. But I really wanted to get to my Dad in time.
So there it goes, it is in the mail now :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day crafting

Are you ready for Father's Day?

We finished crafting stuff for my Dad a few days ago. It's finally in the post to hopefully arrive in time for Father's Day. For my hubby, we are putting the final touches on his cards.

Today I'll be showing you the cards we made for my Dad.
For my Dad, my card was inspired by the She Had Three Hearts e-course I took recently.
Lots of hearts, a little paint, stamps, die cuts and bling :) I also included a heart each of my kids made.

This in turn inspired my (big) little munchkin to create a card for her grandpa.


She insisted on cutting hearts out of photos, too. So I printed the photos and drew the heart shapes. She cut them out, stamped the front heart (she took one of my painted hearts from my art box, because she loved it so) and wrote a poem. 

I'm particularly proud of her poem. She just came up with it. Within 3 minutes it was written up inside a little heart shape. I'm really amazed by it.

Jasmine is a little mad though because I didn't tell her that grandpa is spelled with a 'd' in it. She stamped it on the front card herself, while I helped Alex spell it right on his little creation. Secretly, I think it's cute how 6 year olds spell things ... just the way things sound. 

Alex asked me what Grandpa's favorite color was and I told him blue. So what did he make? This ...

He decided to give Grandpa the blue part of a rainbow and a blue heart. Funny how 4 year olds think! :)

Tomorrow I'll share with you the mixed media painting I made for my Dad.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Nature's Art

Okay, so this is not my art. It's more of how amazing and beautiful nature is.

Guess what's been growing in our home for the past 2 weeks?

Yes, butterflies and ladybugs!
Our first butterfly is here. Four more to go.

All the ladybugs have hatched. Hatched ... is that even the right word for ladybugs? Probably not. I need to research that.

I've read many times that ladybugs eat aphids. But oh golly ... now I really believe it!
(aphids courtesy from our garden :)

Jasmine has been very intrigued by the ladybugs eating the aphids. It took me forever to get her to bed!

Actually, I'm very intrigued, too. Gotta go back to watching them. Plus I think 2 more butterflies are coming out soon!