three generations of awesome.

I have mentioned her before, my friend’s 90 year young grandmother, Lois and the publication of her first novel.…e-when-i-am-90/

Lois Jeavons, also has a wonderful daughter, Judy who happened to give birth to one of my favorite people, Brady.  Brady did a write up for our community paper about her grandma’s book, and another friend Hillary came up with the brilliant idea of framing them for all three generations.

This is a very easy project and subject to many variations depending on what you have laying about.


1. frame (s) plain shadow box

2. acid free glue stick and plain white glue (I used Elmers)

3. Xacto knife

4. scraps of foam board

5. full size pieces of contrasting colors of paper (look to bring out colors in the article picture)

6. several copies of the article in case of mistakes

I chose this small frame from Micheals craft store for several reasons. They came in a pack of three and I needed three, the price was reasonable, and it was small.  I didn’t want to create something large that would take up a lot of room, but small enough to be hung discreetly and still look nice.  Look around carefully because there are many options that are clearly marketed for other purposes then yours, but will work for you.


1. cut out all parts of the article carefully with Xacto knife (newspaper tears easily) Including name of publication on front page.


2. play around with the pieces to get a composition that reads well and is balanced.

3. when you are satisfied, glue each piece onto a colored strip of paper that is at least 1/4 inch larger.  I used the glue stick for this because it doesn’t buckle the thin paper (balance out the color so that it is spread throughout the collage.)


Each piece is now outlined in color and you need to decide what parts you want to pop. In this case I chose the title of the article and the picture.

4. cut thin strips and or chunks of foam core and glue to the back side of your pop pieces (glue stick). You don’t want to see the foam, so you only need a slice.  place something on top of them to make sure they dry flat and let dry. I just happened to have a paint by number horse on my table so I used it.


5. when you are dried and ready, carefully arrange your collage and glue down everything. I used the white glue for the foam core to base, and glue stick for everything else.

6. Once everything is glued on let completely dry and insert into frame.


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My earliest medium was collage. So cheap and easy just rip stuff up or cut it out and paste, so simple. When I was a photography student at NYU I would spend hours doing this, when I finally got my single room.  It slowly evolved into a series of images that would become my senior work.   Dreamlike and colorful and tear dropped shaped. I made petal shaped frames in the wood shop and a million small leaf like blobs, and everything attached to the wall with Velcro. I transformed my allotted space and took it over like a huge vine from the ground all they up to and onto the ceiling. I thought it was awesome. It had never been done before.

Anyway I kept the collages all these years, the frames long ago dumped.  I cut out rectangle segments out of them and put them in frames. Some with colored or dimpled glass. The one below has yellow glass left over my short obsession with stained glass.


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I still find the images interesting, they show evidence of a girl doing her best to set herself apart. I guess I am still that girl, just not as weird.

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cyanotype fun.

I didn’t realize that my bottomless pit actually extended 2 miles away to my mothers basement.  She was clearing out her ridiculously clean basement and unearthed these jugs.


Apparently they have been down there for at least 10 years. sorry mom.  Well anyway, I was about to delve in my hot mess that is my basement and drag out the scale and the powdered chemicals to whip up a new batch of “orange and green” ( these are not the technical names) Potassium ferricyanide just happens to be orange in its powder form and Ferric ammonium citrate is green, think edamame green. When the two are properly prepared and then mixed in equal parts they became light-sensitive, and are brushed on whatever porous surface you choose.  You can then put objects over the dried chemicals and expose to the sun and it creates a contact print of whatever your “negative” is.   I decided to do a test and the chemicals were still good!!! Saving myself a trip into the dungeon!!!!!  I used to use this process to make silk scarves and purses with elaborate stencils that I hand cut, or negatives I blew up in the darkroom or flowers.  I wish I could find the pictures of those things. annoying iphoto.  Anyway, the whole reason I started on this quest was to coat some paper and transport it up to the mountains so the small people could make prints with all the beautiful foliage.  As a side note this process was invented by John Herschel in 1842 and in 1843 Anna Atkins put it into practice by cataloging ferns, which is just what I intended to do.  However in typical scatterbrain fashion I did not test the light tightness of my container and several of the sheets were bad by the time we got there. On top of that I was sooooo lazy on this trip that we only made a few.


Using this high-tech method of lounge chair,  clips and a piece of glass to hold it all together we were able to angle our set up towards the sun.  After 12 minutes we rinsed in water and set out to dry.  I wish we had done more, because I think they are so pretty. There is always next year!!

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hostess with the mostess.

At some point in my life it was hammered into me, never go to a party empty-handed. I actually feel a pang of guilt.  Stress doesn’t suit me either. I usually have a stock of interesting items I pick up along the way, but the well has run dry. I wanted to make something more personal anyway,  because you definitely do not want me purchasing your wine, my palette is misinformed on this topic. Rummaging around in one of my many drawers I found some suitable ingredients.


Origami paper, envelopes, paper, and a stack of dried flowers. After cutting the paper down to size to fit in the envelopes I cut out squares and circles of origami paper with my handy scrap-booking punches.


I used glue stick to attach the origami paper to the card.  While waiting for the glue to dry I matched dried flowers with each card. Using an all-purpose no run gel, I attached the flowers.

I think four is a nice number so I made four.


I then made an envelope for the finished cards with a whole sheet of the green paper.




now invite me over.

Giving back.

I live in Cleveland. I love Cleveland. Laugh if you wish, but this is a great town. The suburb my brood and I inhabit is called Cleveland Heights.  A community that has been on the sustainability wagon for a long time. You can put a basement full of stuff out on garbage night and most of it will be gone by morning. I have been known to roam the streets on those nights picking as well.  The generosity of the people here is also overwhelming. When I was melting old candles to make new ones I would find boxes of them on my doorstep. Items sometimes change many hands before they reach me, heck my therapist saves crap for me. The other day I received a bundle from one of my aunts friends. A tight little bundle of Cleveland memorabilia in the form of cocktail stirrers. Normally I would have made ten pairs of earrings by the end of the day, but I was touched by the memories the skinny pieces of plastic evoked. So I sorted through and picked the coolest ones and set about giving them back.



Then I scrounged up  a suitable frame, and gave it a light sand. I then shined it up with some Johnson’s paste wax. I figured to secure them I would need to glue and sew.


I glued this sheet of white paper to a scrap of foam core, and glued the stirrers to the white paper then let it dry over night. I like using the school size glue because it is easy to manage, doesn’t get clogged and I can just refill from my monster sized bottle.  When it was dry I threaded a needle with fishing line and made tight tiny loops around the tops and the bottoms while securing it in the back with duct tape.  I inserted a piece of glass with some glazing points ( I could have sworn I took a picture) and put it all together.


I don’t know my aunt’s friend but I hope she likes it.

Square trays, longing for a purpose.

I have had these trays for probably ten years.  I knew it would come to me.

There was a reason I moved you shelf to shelf, and studio to studio.


So I clamped them together 4 at a time and drilled holes, using a tray from the last batch as a guide, so all of the holes would be the same.

Painted some of them with chalkboard paint and eyeballed the spacing (then I checked with a level)

walla! now it is a collage wall, I am using some for scrap booking pages and some for ideas. Perfect for my nursery sized studio.