Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Inspired fall....

Hello there! I've sure been enjoying all the wonderful autumn colors and projects online. I've been soaking in every drop of fall that I can. This time of year in Minnesota is spectacular. Our weather has been gorgeous and the trees are starting to glow with their bright hues. The temperature is cooling down and there is a crispness in the air. It invigorates me to no end...I just can't get enough! Remember this altered journal (above) that I made in Pam's class at Art in Ashland? Well, I decided to actually start using it as an art journal to capture my feelings about the season. I had some fun cutting, pasting and journaling.

I've been inspired lately to document my daily life more. Get back into scrapbooking, in a sense. Making my art personal. Bought this new scrapbook and Elsie's recipe box of inspiration to get me on the right track.
Speaking of documenting everyday life. Ali Edwards is leading a Week in the Life project on her blog. This is the scene I found in my home when I peeked out from working on this post.Here are the projects they were working on. Lowell filling out his calendar for September, of course remembering to put "Lowell's Birthday" on there and Chloe drawing pictures. These are the moments of my day that I want to photograph and remember; the "ordinary moments" that are so fleeting. Here are some newly published books chock full of inspiration. My friend Julie Collings has an amazing new book out called Pretty Little Felts. She has a variety of wonderful projects that are unique and beautiful, so true to her style. My sister gave me Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts for my birthday. It is a must have for the creative journey. I was thrilled to find this brand new book Folk Art Halloween by Bethany Lowe. She is one of my very favorite artists for vintage-inspired Halloween decor. That's what's been inspiring me lately. What about you?
Finally, I wanted to share this lovely estate sale find from last weekend called "Girls Book of Treasures". It was published in 1899 and is so fun to read. Makes me want to create my own book of treasures.
P.S. By the time I finished this post the above scene had transformed into an oatmeal "sparkle" angel-making party. Ahh..kids.

12 comments:

april said...

What a wonderful blog you have. I love your art journal!

Sarah Scheffey said...

Mmmm very lovely journal. I wish I had the patience to put so much detail in one entry. I'm glad there are people out there like you that take the time to make beautiful things. And I love your incorporation of the new Coach advertisement :P Take care.

Karin said...

Loving the journal Kari!! And I so agree with you on documenting the daily life...It's funny because I feel as though I do it in a sense on my blog with the little ancedotal stories of the boys.....but when I try to relate in a scrapbook form it always feels flat to me. I need to try and combine the two somehow....

salina said...

Love your scrapbbook journal. Yes, why not make your journals as you would everything else in life. I've been scrapbook journaling off and on since I was a teenager before I even heard the word scrapbooking.:) I've been thinking about getting that felt book. Looks sweet.
Have a great day,
Salina

Jackie said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!
Everything you touch is so cute and wonderful. :-)

I have yet to bring out my fall stuff. It's my goal for tomorrow.

XOXO

Lisa said...

And to think, you caught that oatmeal moment on camera!!! Priceless! I, too, catch as many moments with the kids as I can with my camera. Would like to keep a journal, but still trying to find some alone time to do it.

jerseytjej said...

That book is wonderful and I would love to come and shop so you could point out the potential for all of these wonderful things that I seem to pass by...Fall is SO wonderful for the artistic spirit!

Fiona said...

Ah, the joys of wooden floors! Very cute little angel...

Renee said...

An oatmeal "sparkle" angel-making party, that sounds like so much fun, what a creative idea from your kids!

Tess said...

I haven't checked in on your blog for awhile and my how I've missed so much. The journal is just lovely. The photos treasures by themselves. You have started a Girls Book of Treasures, it is called "The Artsy Momma Blog".

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Candice Stringhams Halloween decor article in CK? I think you would really like it!

Sandy Michelle said...

Ooo I must get Elsie's book! I have a collection of her paintings. I took Ali's Week in a Life class last year in Buffalo and it rocked! The album I made is such a keepsake! I love the picture of your daughter making a snow angel with oatmeal..too cute!

Sandy xox