diy paintbrush holder – part two

So, last time I traveled to Ohio I needed a quickie, inexpensive way of carrying my brushes so that they wouldn’t be damaged. I fashioned this easy holder. Turns out that I left out a few steps and my brushes weren’t as secure as originally planned. Hey, it happens.

Not to worry, it was a quick fix and cost no addition money. I used a scrap of the original felt and my handy sewing machine although this could easily be completed by hand.

Here’s my quick fix and let me tell you, it works perfectly now.





I’m carrying my brushes home today as I make the trek back to Atlanta. Here we go!
Have a fantastic Tuesday. And by all means, do something creative.

i heart macro

Since I’m busy spending quality time with the hubs this weekend, I’ll be reaching into the bag o’ macros to pull out a photo from back in the day when I made jewelry. Yeppers, I made jewelry – a prime example of a jack of all trades and a master of none.

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Last Sunday’s amazing clickable macro pic belongs to…

So beautiful.
It’s time for “I Heart Macro” slash “I Heart Close Ups: Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged”. Join me by blogging your up close/macro picture of the week. Grab the button* to show that you’re participating and link up here. Then be sure to visit other participants and spread the macro love.

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Copy the code shown above. Go to your blogger and instead of using the “compose” tab, click on the “edit html” tab. Paste the code you’ve just copied. Then switch back to the “compose” tab and you’ll magically see the button! Finish your post, publish and you are done. Easy peasy.
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must have box

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Jeff has this old wooden box in his apartment which supports his television.
I am madly in love with this box.
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It provides the perfect backdrop for photographing my small bags.
The sun streams in perfectly. Shadows are ideal (for me anyway).

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I must have this box.

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Wonder if he would notice it missing when I leave.
(the bag is from a new linen collection. more on that later.)

my sketchbook – springing forward


Hi all! Ready for the weekend? Jeff and I already have lots on the table for Saturday and Sunday.

For me, the phrase “spring forward” has various definitions at the moment. Of course, I’m so glad that spring is here and the days are longer. At the same time, I’m sketching and doodling every day as the creativity for new bags feels bottled up inside of me. I have so many new ideas to try out and can’t begin until I “spring forward” to my studio in Georgia next week.

For now, I’ll try to concentrate on enjoying the lovely spring days in front of me, reminding myself to slow down and live each day.




Have a wonderful weekend. Do you have special plans?

blossoms, thorns and three leaf clovers


What with all the gorgeousness outside these days, we grab every chance to soak up the fresh air and enjoy nature. Prime example #1 – tagging along for an afternoon game of golf.


Follow serious golfers from a safe distance, avoiding the path of the club and/or ball at all costs. Allot appropriate time to search for four leaf clovers, geese, spring blossoms, interesting bridges and/or water residers.

Said allotted time may not coincide with serious golfer’s idea of a quick game of golf.



Take care to avoid trees with gigantic thorns. Apparently this is a serious golf trap.
Or a scene from Harry Potter. Or The Hunger Games.


Safe distance.


my sketchbook


Living away from my full-time home is surprisingly busy. I brought lots of linen, embroidery thread and just enough leather to play with new pouches and clutches.



I’ve assembled a rag tag team of thrift store frames in black, silver and gray for cheap, easy apartment wall decor. Planning to display black & white family photos – more to follow.
And, from my sketchbook


…it’s all about birds – birds of a feather.






Finished product later this week.
Oh, and happy spring! Ohio is downright balmy!
Flat and balmy. 🙂