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Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

In August I had a show in the Studio Artist Gallery at the Ashland Art Center. Everything I showed was done with paste papers. I just realized that I hadn’t posted photos of the show. I got too busy with my move and totally forgot. So, here are some photos of the Earth Spirit Vessels that were in the show.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

What are paste papers? The short answer is that I combine pigment (I use acrylic paint) with paste (I cook my own and also use methyl cellulose) and apply it to wet or damp paper (think of finger painting). That’s the short version. If you want more information, check out these posts:
Making Paste Papers: Part One
Making Paste Papers: Part Two

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper. All the pieces for the show have burl wood bottoms as you can see here.

What makes my vessels Earth Spirit Vessels is that within 25 of the folded papers are hand-calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded, they are made a part of the vessel and not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. I include documentation with each Earth Spirit Vessel which includes photos of the calligraphy which in included in the vessel.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

 

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper. The brown and golden color with gold flecks is paste paper.

You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels on these posts:
Earth Spirit Vessels
 New Earth Spirit Vessels

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot

The past few weeks I have been working on a commission of one of my Earth Spirit Vessels for a friend. Two weeks ago I showed the calligraphy and the folded pieces for the vessel. Today I’m showing photos of its progress in being built.

Work in progress on custom Earth Spirit Vessel

Work in progress on custom Earth Spirit Vessel

 

This is how I started out on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is how I started out on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

 

Three rows completed. On this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

Three rows completed on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

 

Looking down into the middle of this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. There will eventually be burl wood in the central hole.

Looking down into the middle of this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. There will eventually be burl wood in the central hole.

 

This custom Earth Spirit Vessel is slowly taking shape.

This custom Earth Spirit Vessel is slowly taking shape.

 

Turned upside down, you can see the pattern better on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel as it starts to take shape.

Turned upside down, you can see the pattern better on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel as it starts to take shape.

 

Looking down at the inside at this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. I'm not even half way through yet.

Looking down at the inside at this custom Earth Spirit Vessel. I’m not even half way through yet.

 

Another row completed on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

Another row completed on this custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

 

Looking down at the inside of tis custom Earth Spirit Vessel. You can start to see its shape now.

Looking down at the inside of tis custom Earth Spirit Vessel. You can start to see its shape now.

 

Custom Earth Spirit Vessel in progress. Looking at it upside down. The center hole will eventually be burl wood.

Custom Earth Spirit Vessel in progress. Looking at it upside down. The center hole will eventually be burl wood.

 

Work in progress of custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

Work in progress of custom Earth Spirit Vessel.

It’s not finished yet. Stay tuned for the final photos.

Enjoy, Candy

Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower

After Monday’s Studio Snapshot showing my paper lotus flowers, I had a request to show the steps to make one. While I am including the steps here, please note that this is a project that I do not teach. I do not teach it because it is hard not to tear the paper when folding it into the flower. It took me weeks to figure out how to fold without tearing and even now, if I’m not in a very calm and peaceful state of mind, I still tear the paper. That said, here are my steps to making a paper lotus flower.

Here is my completer paper lotus flower.

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

 

1. Cut 12 pieces of paper 5.5" by 3" (8 out of paper for flower & 4 out of paper for leaves). 2. For flower, fold in half as shown. 3. Fold corner up to fold as shown. 4. Repeat for all 4 corners.

1. Cut 12 pieces of paper 5.5″ by 3″ (8 out of paper for flower & 4 out of paper for leaves). 2. For flower, fold in half as shown. 3. Fold corner up to fold as shown. 4. Repeat for all 4 corners.

 

5. Fold bottom up to middle as shown. 6. Do same to top as shown. 7. Fold in half as shown. 8. This is how it looks without my finger holding it. Now repeat for the remaining 8 papers for the flower.

5. Fold bottom up to middle as shown. 6. Do same to top as shown. 7. Fold in half as shown. 8. This is how it looks without my finger holding it. Now repeat for the remaining 7 papers for the flower.

 

9. Fold the 4 papers for the leaves the same way except for the last fold where it is folded in the opposite direction as shown. 10. Stack two of the folded flower papers on the leaf papers as shown. 11. 4 stacks or 3 each with the leaf paper on the bottom. 12. Mark the center of one of the top flower petals as shown.

9. Fold the 4 papers for the leaves the same way except for the last fold where it is folded in the opposite direction as shown. 10. Stack two of the folded flower papers on one of the leaf papers as shown. 11. 4 stacks or 3 each with the leaf paper on the bottom. 12. Mark the center of one of the top flower petals as shown.

 

13. Put all four stacks together. 14. Then hold together with rubber bands or clips. 15. Make a loop out of thread (I use waxed linen thread). 16. Tie the stack together in the middle (the mark you made earlier tells where the middle is) and also string the loop through as shown.

13. Put all four stacks together. 14. Hold the stacks together with rubber bands or clips. 15. Make a loop out of thread (I use waxed linen thread). 16. Tie the stack together in the middle (the mark you made earlier tells where the middle is) and also string through the loop as shown. Note: loop is optional.

 

17. Spread apart as shown. 18. Gently pull up the first flower petal as shown. 19. Gently pull up the flower petal opposite the first petal. 20. Gently pull up another 2 petals as shown.

17. Spread apart as shown. 18. Gently pull up the first flower petal as shown. 19. Gently pull up the flower petal opposite the first petal. 20. Gently pull up another 2 petals as shown.

 

21. Keep gently folding up the petals. Here the first row of petals has been pulled. up. 22. Here the second row of petals has been pulled up. Only the leaves remain. 23. Push down on the leaves to flatten. 24. Keep pushing down until all the leaves have been flattened.

21. Keep gently folding up the petals. Here the first row of petals has been pulled. up. 22. Here the second row of petals has been pulled up. Only the leaves remain. 23. Push down on the leaves to flatten. 24. Keep pushing down until all the leaves have been flattened.

 

Looking down on the finished paper lotus flower.

Looking down on the finished paper lotus flower.

 

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

Here is my completed paper lotus flower.

Note that adding the loop is optional. I like the loop because you can put a ribbon through the loop so the lotus flower can double as a lovely “bow” on a gift box.

Happy creating, Candy

 

 

Studio Snapshot

While I was busy moving, my lotus flowers were flying out of my studio. Now I need to make more to replace all the ones that sold. So, this is some of what took place in my studio this week.

Some of the lotus flowers I made this past week.

Some of the lotus flowers I made this past week.

I always start with deciding on which papers to use. Sometimes it's tough to decide because I have so many papers.

I always start with deciding on which papers to use. Sometimes it’s tough to decide because I have so many papers.

After cutting the paper, I start folding. Each piece of paper is 3" x 5.5".

After cutting each piece of paper is cut to 3″ x 5.5″, I start folding.

Each lotus flower is made from a total of 12 pieces of paper, 8 for the flower and 4 for the petals.

Each lotus flower is made from a total of 12 pieces of paper, 8 for the flower and 4 for the petals.

I tie the pieces together before I start folding the lotus flower. The purple lotus flower shows the first fold.

I tie the pieces together before I start folding the lotus flower. The purple lotus flower shows the first fold.

I need to be in a very calm and meditative state when I fold the lotus flowers or else the paper rips as I fold.

I need to be in a very calm and meditative state when I fold the lotus flowers or else the paper rips as I fold. 

My 2015 Lotus Calendar showing March alongside one of my lotus flowers made out of the same paper as March.

My 2015 Lotus Calendar showing March alongside one of the lotus flowers I made this week made out of the same paper as March.

Plus, my 2015 Lotus Flower Calendar is finally back from the printer and is for sale in my studio.

Happy creating, Candy

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Face Envelope

I love the change of seasons from summer to autumn. Even though the days can still be warm, the evenings are wonderfully cool. The mornings feel crisp and there’s a tang in the air, the trees are starting to change the colors of their leaves. At this time of year, I can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday of Halloween, and of course, pumpkins.

These Halloween Pumpkin envelopes are fun to make. I made them for children during the First Friday Art Walk and they loved them!

These Halloween Pumpkin envelopes are fun to make. I made them for children during the First Friday Art Walk and they loved them!

I got the idea of making a fun Halloween envelope from some black wrapping paper I found at Paper Source and some orange paper I had here in my studio. I made a small catalog envelope template (there’s a template for you at the bottom of the blog post) and drew a simple pumpkin face to fit on the front.

After printing the envelope template on computer paper, trace the design onto black paper by using colored transfer paper (similar to carbon paper, but not as messy).

After printing the envelope template on computer paper, trace the design onto black paper by using colored transfer paper (similar to carbon paper, but not as messy).

Here is what it looks like after tracing the template onto black paper.

Here is what it looks like after tracing the template onto black paper.

Make a pumpkin face design of your choice and trace it on the inside of the open envelope.

Make a pumpkin face design of your choice and trace it on the inside of the open envelope.

Cut the envelope out with a craft knife (or scissors) and fold the envelope (but don't  glue or tape the envelope yet).

Cut the envelope out with a craft knife (or scissors) and fold the envelope (but don’t glue or tape the envelope yet).

After printing the template on white copy paper, I traced the template (both the cut and fold lines) onto the back of the black paper using blue transfer paper, because I knew that regular transfer or carbon paper wouldn’t show up well on black paper. And printing on black paper was out of the question. My colored transfer paper was purchased at my local art supply store. If you don’t have or can’t get colored transfer paper, see the other options below.

Cut out the pumpkin face with a craft knife. Here I've cut out the eyes and put a piece of orange paper behind one of the eyes.

Cut out the pumpkin face with a craft knife. Here I’ve cut out the eyes and put a piece of orange paper behind one of the eyes.

Once I cut out my envelope, I centered the pumpkin face on the back of my envelope and traced the pattern, again using my colored transfer paper. Then, I cut out the face from the back of the envelope. The orange paper was glued to the back of the envelope with glue stick, then the envelope was folded, and double sided tape was used to glue it together.

Here I've pasted a piece of orange paper behind the face. Now you can paste or use double sided tape to close the envelope.

Here I’ve pasted a piece of orange paper behind the face. Now you can paste or use double sided tape to close the envelope.

I made my pumpkin mouth large enough to write a name or name and address in. Unfortunately, although this is a mailable envelope size, the cut out face makes it impossible for it to go through the postal machines. If you want to mail this envelope, you can’t cut out your pumpkin face, but you could draw the face on your envelope.

Options If You Don’t Have Colored Transfer Paper

1. You can use bar soap to cover the back of the your envelope template before tracing your envelope on black paper. You will need to reapply the soap each time before you trace.

2. You can print the envelope template on orange paper and place a piece of black paper behind the cut out face.

This envelope doesn't have any cut outs. I used the small catalog template and printed it on orange paper. Then I drew the pumpkin face on the envelope with a black marker. I will be writing the address either under the eyes in a black pen or in the mouth with a white gel pen.

This envelope doesn’t have any cut outs. I used the small catalog envelope template and printed it on orange paper. Then I drew the pumpkin face on the envelope with a black marker. I will be writing the address either under the eyes in a black pen or in the mouth with a white gel pen.

Click here to download the Small Catalog Envelope template

Happy creating, Candy

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Face Envelope

I love the change of seasons from summer to autumn. Even though the days can still be warm, the evenings are wonderfully cool. The mornings feel crisp and there’s a tang in the air, the trees are starting to change the colors of their leaves. At this time of year, I can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday of Halloween, and of course, pumpkins.

These Halloween Pumpkin envelopes are fun to make. I made them for children during the First Friday Art Walk and they loved them!

These Halloween Pumpkin envelopes are fun to make. I made them for children during the First Friday Art Walk and they loved them!

I got the idea of making a fun Halloween envelope from some black wrapping paper I found at Paper Source and some orange paper I had here in my studio. I made a small catalog envelope template (there’s a template for you at the bottom of the blog post) and drew a simple pumpkin face to fit on the front.

After printing the envelope template on computer paper, trace the design onto black paper by using colored transfer paper (similar to carbon paper, but not as messy).

After printing the envelope template on computer paper, trace the design onto black paper by using colored transfer paper (similar to carbon paper, but not as messy).

Here is what it looks like after tracing the template onto black paper.

Here is what it looks like after tracing the template onto black paper.

Make a pumpkin face design of your choice and trace it on the inside of the open envelope.

Make a pumpkin face design of your choice and trace it on the inside of the open envelope.

Cut the envelope out with a craft knife (or scissors) and fold the envelope (but don't  glue or tape the envelope yet).

Cut the envelope out with a craft knife (or scissors) and fold the envelope (but don’t glue or tape the envelope yet).

After printing the template on white copy paper, I traced the template (both the cut and fold lines) onto the back of the black paper using blue transfer paper, because I knew that regular transfer or carbon paper wouldn’t show up well on black paper. And printing on black paper was out of the question. My colored transfer paper was purchased at my local art supply store. If you don’t have or can’t get colored transfer paper, see the other options below.

Cut out the pumpkin face with a craft knife. Here I've cut out the eyes and put a piece of orange paper behind one of the eyes.

Cut out the pumpkin face with a craft knife. Here I’ve cut out the eyes and put a piece of orange paper behind one of the eyes.

Once I cut out my envelope, I centered the pumpkin face on the back of my envelope and traced the pattern, again using my colored transfer paper. Then, I cut out the face from the back of the envelope. The orange paper was glued to the back of the envelope with glue stick, then the envelope was folded, and double sided tape was used to glue it together.

Here I've pasted a piece of orange paper behind the face. Now you can paste or use double sided tape to close the envelope.

Here I’ve pasted a piece of orange paper behind the face. Now you can paste or use double sided tape to close the envelope.

I made my pumpkin mouth large enough to write a name or name and address in. Unfortunately, although this is a mailable envelope size, the cut out face makes it impossible for it to go through the postal machines. If you want to mail this envelope, you can’t cut out your pumpkin face, but you could draw the face on your envelope.

Options If You Don’t Have Colored Transfer Paper

1. You can use bar soap to cover the back of the your envelope template before tracing your envelope on black paper. You will need to reapply the soap each time before you trace.

2. You can print the envelope template on orange paper and place a piece of black paper behind the cut out face.

This envelope doesn't have any cut outs. I used the small catalog template and printed it on orange paper. Then I drew the pumpkin face on the envelope with a black marker. I will be writing the address either under the eyes in a black pen or in the mouth with a white gel pen.

This envelope doesn’t have any cut outs. I used the small catalog envelope template and printed it on orange paper. Then I drew the pumpkin face on the envelope with a black marker. I will be writing the address either under the eyes in a black pen or in the mouth with a white gel pen.

Click here to download the Small Catalog Envelope template

Happy creating, Candy

Studio Snapshot

Since people have asked me for photos of my studio and my working processes, I’ll be posting a weekly “Studio Snapshot” in addition to my regular weekly blog post. The Studio Snapshots will often be a photo or two of something I’ve made or am making in my studio, or perhaps just a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in making my art.

I have just finished the calligraphy for a commissioned Earth Spirit Vessel for a friend.

I have just finished the calligraphy for a commissioned Earth Spirit Vessel for a friend.

I hope my “Studio Snapshot” posts will be short, but fun additions to my blog that give you a little more insight into the world of my artistic life. As always, I welcome your feedback.

The colors for this Earth Spirit Vessel are off white and green. It will be the largest vessel I have made.

This will be the largest Earth Spirit Vessel I have made. It has taken me weeks to fold all the papers I will need to make this vessel.

There was a whole lot of folding to do for this vessel. Stay tuned to see how it progresses.

There was a whole lot of folding to do for this vessel. I will be photographing the progress, so come back and see the results.

Happy creating, Candy

Coming Soon – Digital Paste Papers

Summer is the annual time when I get to put on my most paint-stained clothes for weeks on end and make an entire year’s worth of paste papers.

These truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this post.

These 10 truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this blog post.

In the heat of summer, my paste papers dry quickly. That’s why making paste papers in summer is ideal and why I try to make all that I will need for the coming year each summer. Although, since the papers are coated in paste, and paste sticks to the surface it’s on, I have to constantly peel up the paste papers from their boards until they are dry, or else they will end up glued to them. Still, faster drying times means I can make more paste papers in less time.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit. The template for the Cube Heart Box is in this blog post.

For the past year, I’ve been working on scanning a selection of my paste papers and cleaning up the small imperfections in Photoshop. It’s amazing how many tiny hairs and other things get in those papers. It’s taken a while, because other things constantly have been getting in the way, like a move, three art shows, family, volunteer activities and such. There are only 24 hours in a day and I’ve found that it helps me function if I get things like sleep and food—silly, I know. So, what I thought would take a month has, what with one distraction and another, taken me an entire year.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Long story short, I will be selling digital versions of my paste papers on Etsy. I’ve sold my original paste papers in my studio at the Ashland Art Center, but now I will be able to sell digital versions of them to anyone who wants them. The best part is that once you download the file, you will be able to print it out and use it as many times as you want. That’s the part I love the best. I can re-use my favorite paste papers over and over again.

With all the moving, I've become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

With all the moving, I’ve become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

So, I’ve been playing with using my digital paste papers. Another big plus is that I can print on any weight of paper that will go through my printer. I’ve been able to print on light weight Japanese rice paper all the way up to 90lb watercolor paper. I haven’t tried anything heavier than that yet.

It's easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

One of my truffle boxes made from one of my digital paste papers. Instructions and template for folding the truffle box are on this blog post.

I have some great templates for cards, boxes and envelopes that I will be sharing in the coming months that will be perfect for using with my  digital paste papers as well as other decorative papers. And you can check out my previous templates and projects as well by searching for “DIY” on my blog.

I am hoping to get my digital paste papers posted on Etsy in the next couple of weeks. I’ll let you know when it’s up!

Happy creating, Candy

I’m Back Working In My Studio Again

It feels so good to be working in my studio again. Moving has taken up most of my time for the past couple of months. Last weekend I had a big giveaway of art supplies, paper and art at my house. I got rid of ever so much stuff. The remainder I boxed up and donated to a local school. Now my studio is clean and uncluttered. When I got up early this morning, I could hear my studio calling me.

Fun and easy project! Cover a small composition book with paste paper. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Fun and easy project! Cover a small composition book with paste paper. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

The first thing I did was throw away my old, very worn cutting mat. It was in too bad of shape to even give away. Now I have a wonderful new blue cutting mat sitting on my white drafting table. My knife blade just glides over the surface as it cuts.

I'm loving my new blue mat. My knife glides so easily while I'm cutting.

I’m loving my new blue mat. My knife glides so easily while I’m cutting.

I had to put a couple commissions on hold while I concentrated on the move, but now, with my studio up and running again, I can get back to them. I still have a moving sale to work on for this weekend, but the move itself is almost complete. It feels so good to have both a studio and a kitchen that I can use again.

This is some left over paper I had from making one of my Boxes for Chocolate. I took black paper, dribbled white acrylic paint on it, then rolled a coil through the paint. Now I'm playing with the idea of using the paper for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Black paper, dribbled white acrylic paint, then rolled with a coil that I used for one of my Boxes for Chocolates. Now I’m thinking this technique would work well for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have a lot to get caught up on, but it feels so good to be working at my art again. It won’t be too long before I am working on all the new ideas I came up with while I was moving.

This is the beginning of a joint venture in collaboration with a group of artists. We will be passing the books around to one another each month. This will be my first time making altered books.

This is the beginning of a joint venture in collaboration with a group of artists. We will be passing the books around to one another each month. This is my first time working with altered books.

Happy creating, Candy

 

And Even More Moving In

Moving has caused chaos in my studio. I swear, I had my studio in great working order, but then I had to move in more and more supplies as I transferred everything from the old place to the new. There simply isn’t room for everything in my new studio—extra storage space seems to be the one thing lacking here. So, I’m having a big art and art supplies giveaway in a couple of days in order to make room so I can work again.

Bill, Jr. is currently roosting on my bedroom door. He is a bit flighty and changes his position frequently. Bill carries notes and reminders on the paper clip he carries from his beak.

Bill, Jr. is currently roosting on my bedroom door. He is a bit flighty and changes his position frequently. Bill carries notes and reminders on the paper clip he carries from his beak.

I can’t get to my drafting table due to the boxes of art and art supplies that I don’t have places for here. Although going through everything and getting rid of so much is difficult as well as emotionally draining, I know I will be ever so much happier in my streamlined studio.

Rusty  likes to be outside checking out everyone who enters the front door.

Rusty likes to be outside checking out everyone who enters the front door.

I’m looking forward to making art again. I haven’t been able to make much art for the past month, and I realize just how much I miss it. Decorating is being creative, but there’s nothing like actually making art with my very own hands.

Bill and Mary will likely go to a new home as they haven't found a spot that they like here.

Bill and Mary will likely go to a new home as they haven’t found a spot that they like here.

As you can see this and the previous posts of photos of my home, my style tends towards a clean and uncluttered look. My walls are off white with the emphasis being on the art. There’s not a lot of embellishments. It’s the same with my paper art. I like clean lines with a contemporary feel.

Whimsey, made from papier mache and fabric, likes being on the table in the entry where she enjoys visiting with guests.

Whimsey, made from papier mache and fabric, likes being on the table in the entry where she enjoys visiting with guests.

And while I love the clean and uncluttered look in my home, I have to work hard to keep it that way. My natural instinct is to clutter, but I know that I work better and feel ever so much better in a clean, simple, calm, uncluttered environment. Maybe that’s why this move is taking so much longer than I imagined it would. Another two weeks and I should be in and back to work.

Hugs to all, Candy