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Friday, November 16, 2012

Where does the time go???

Hello my dear AFFs!!  I just today (November 16) saw Denise's post from September!  The TWO art books that have made their way to my house are sitting front and center on my work table and have been since I received them!  I am so deliquent and feel much guilt over them but I seem to do other "have tos" before I get to these wonderful books.  I am feeling that the time is near for me to finally work on them.  I can hardly wait.  They are such beautiful pieces as they are and I am anxious to add to them.  I think part of my deliquency has been fear of messing them up.  I hope that once I begin with them the fear will depart and the creative process will take over.  So, Kathi and Jody, I still have your books and will keep you posted on their progress. 

Hope life is treating you all well...I do keep up occasionally on your blogs and such. 

Happy creating!  axel

Sunday, September 30, 2012

summer is winding down

Hope you all had a great summer! lots going on with moving and grand kids, weddings family,  friends and what-not - we sure are a busy group! For me it has been super (a little too hot for my liking) but good none the less. As you know, I finished school in May - what a relief that has been:) And I started my new job in July. I'm enjoying being in the working world again, but it really does take away from my creative time, sadly.

I stopped in a scrapbook store yesterday while I was out & about and it really made me think about our books and how much I love working on them. I really didn't know if it was going to be something for me or not but YES, it's a great creative outlet. I have a few books in the works & now that summer is winding down I'm hoping to get back into them again - as well as looking forward to the next book in our group.

So do tell - how was your summer??

Friday, August 10, 2012

new addy

I won't post it here but be aware I've moved.  Hope everyone is having a nice summer?  We are currently building a shed, fixing to build a fence so the horse can move in & working hard to find a new place for all my goodies, lol.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kathi's book is on it's way....

I finished up my pages and sent it off to Axel this morning! I took pictures, but am having some issues uploading them - will work on it some more in the next few days.

It's so nice to get some crafting time in again!!

Hope you are all enjoying the summer so far!!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Summertime!

How are ya'll doing? Anybody defacing altering books lately, lol? I've been chipping away at Neicy's, trying to do a 'section' is proving to be a challenge.
      I've started 3 different spreads and am working back & forth between them.  One spread is almost finished, one is barely started and the other is somewhere between the two extremes, lol. 

     On a personal note, we have serious buyers for the house!  Good timing, 'cuz Tommy starts burning accrued leave in June so he'll be free to carry boxes, lol.

Are we going to try to finish our books in time for COF?  No pressure, of course, just curious because it would be cool to see them all in person again.  It will also be cool to see all of you in person again!!

Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless. (Julia Cameron)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

How is everyone doing?

Hi AFFs!!  How are you all doing?  I know the main thing with everyone is...busy, busy, busy!  It is funny, you think that when your kids grow up you will have more time.  Then you think when it is winter you will have more time because you aren't outside working in yard.  Then you think when your aging parents get settled you will have more time.  Guess what???  You NEVER have more time!  It is true that once I went back to part time work my stress level and crunch of time relaxed a bit...BUT...then my kids all started having babies and I am busier than ever trying to keep up with them!  Mom has passed on but that left Dad with no partner and needing companionship.  It is still winter but my sewing room is a three season room and I can't really use it in the deep winter so all of my projects come in the house...all over the dining and living rooms!  What I am trying to say is that no matter what our circumstances, we all just have to keep trying to squeeze our creating time in and around our lives.  For people like us, it isn't a question, we NEED to create and we do just that, whenever we can. 

Just wanted to let you all know I am thinking of you all, I am feeling oh-so-much better about grieving through lots of things in my life that have kind of overshadowed me for a long time and I think I am going to work on Jody's FAB book today!  Yea!

Love you all, my AFFs.  Have a great Saturday and I hope you find time to create something today!!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Denise's Book..."Time"

Hello AFFs! Finally finished up my pages for Denise...must admit, didn't go just as I had planned...ended up being a little more personal and cathartic than I had planned! You girls seem to bring out the emotions in me! Denise, I struggled a lot with the direction to take with your book and once I got into it, it kind of took on its own direction...I guess that is the joy of our group...let the art take it how it goes. Anyhoo, pix...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Finally working on Denise's book~yea!

Hello AFFs!  The New Year is off and running!  I finally had time today and the weather was warm enough (my studio is a three-season studio...not so great in the winter) that I could ponder and work on Denise's wonderful Altered Book.  Her theme is Moments/Decades/Time.  I was quite stumped for a long time...her book is a history book of Poland and I couldn't get past the seriousness of the book!  Finally decided I was over thinking it all and then couldn't decide if I should pick the decade of the 80's since that was when my kids were small or something else.  Finally, I decided to do the 50's since that was the decade when I was born and spent my early years in.  Then the question was do I do the 50's as history in the world at large to go with the history book that it was or do I do the 50's on a more personal level and what was popular in America in those times.  Finally I decided to just go through some of my stuff and see what struck me.  Yea!  I finally quit overthinking it!  Ended up doing the 50's as they pertained to me personally and things I remember from my youth.  Some of it brings back not so nice memories for me but much of it was happy and cheery.  I am finding working on this book and theme to be very cathartic for me at this time after my mother's death.  Enjoying working on it a lot...just wish I had had more time earlier to get it done sooner and keep the rotation going.  Oh well, can't control EVERYTHING in my life (like death of mother and major issues at work).  lol

My AFFs, have to say, was nervous about these altered books but am finding that when I quit over thinking them and just start playing with it I enjoy it very much!  Thank you Jody, for this genre!

Will post pictures before I mail this book on...will be several days.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jody's book arrived today from Minnesota...AWESOME!!

OMG!!!  Jody!  Your book is SPECTACULAR!!  I am totally awestruck by this book and how you have turned a very ordinary book into such a work of art.  Denise, your pages are just impressed with how you brought yourself into your pages...very, very nice.   Okay, I have 1 1/2 more weeks to work fulltime and then my life will be settling down and I will have time to FINALLY get to BOTH altered books I now have in my possession.  So sorry for being late getting Denise's book out...have my ideas and look forward to finishing it up. 

Happy New Year to you fun receiving such inspiration in the mail from you very creative women!