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So I finally finished the book project! Yay! It has consumed my life for the past three weeks, which is why I’ve had no time to post any new entries. Yesterday we had a surprise party for my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to make something special to commemorate the occasion, so I made a sort of scrapbook of their lives, from when they were children up to the current day. Of course it took six times as long as I thought it would to make, and I think I probably spent about 50 hours on it. I am not completely happy with it, but I think it turned out quite lovely and I certainly learned a lot in the process.

I wasn’t able to scan it because it wasn’t done until one o’clock in the morning on Saturday, but I will borrow it so that I can scan it and post the pictures here and on my website.

The party was really wonderful – my in-laws had no idea and were completely surprised. They thought we were taking them out to dinner. My husband Marc, my sister-in-law Erin, and my brother-in-law Darren all did an amazing job with the preparations, the decorations, the food, and the entertainment. Everyone had a delightful time. Anyone who knows my parents-in-law knows what a wonderful couple they are – sweet, loving, kind, thoughtful – and it was so nice to be a part of the celebration. I will post some pictures once I have a chance.

I have a whole bunch of things to write about and I will get into all those things in the coming weeks. So look forward to future entries on these fascinating topics: the wonderful gifts I received from my Mom for my birthday, a review of The Russian Album by Anna Netrebko, the online class at Artella that I took, and the new issues of Belle Armoire and Somerset Studio.

ok, that’s all I have time for now. Good night!

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So here is my re-organized studio. I love my new table – it is just perfect. It has shelves underneath, two drawers, and the top part you can either put up or down, plus it has see-through bags and loops for more storage. I still need a chair though…

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I was able to put all of my boxes (that I use to make embellished boxes for gift-giving) in my bead cabinet (which had a prevous life as my mom’s china cabinet) and I was also able to stack the bins containing my rubber stamps, inks and other coloring agents, embellishments, and future jewelry projects, on top. This freed up a lot of room on the floor, which is where all that stuff used to be, and eliminated all of that clutter.

Then there are my meager, but beloved, decorations – my Marilyn pictures, my 2007 Wizard of Oz calendar (which will remain hanging up because I like the pictures). I recently realized how un-creative and un-artistic my studio looks (I decided to call it my studio even though it’s only a corner of a room. “Studio” sounds more serious than “play area”.) so I want to start displaying some of my work as well as other things I find inspiring, like these beautiful cards I found at Wegman’s featuring the artwork of Alphonse Mucha.

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This is The Precious Stones: Amethyst, 1900, and Documents decoratifs, 1902.

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And this is The Arts: Music, 1898.

I just love these. It’s hard to see in these pictures, but there is a generous amount of glitter on each card. I’d never heard of Alphonse Mucha before I picked up these cards; I’ll have to do some research and find out more about him and his work.

And the final touch to my studio would be the removal of the wood paneling (someday…) Wood paneling was apparently the wall covering of choice for the previous occupants of our house, because it’s everywhere, and I really hate it. It’s the antithesis of artistry. oh well. Someday it will be gone, and that will be a very happy day indeed.

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