Saturday, January 22


Want to see what I've been doing in my spare time?
Well, when I'm not playing nursemaid to my ailing family
(the flu has invaded our home)
I've been gluing, sewing & creating art books!

While putting together pages for my books I begin to understand the relationship, or marriage of the elements. I can spend obscene amounts of time picking & sorting to find just the right words, images & findings that when combined will tell my story. 

I am inspired by details.

These pages are part of my contribution to Mary's newest collaboration
4 Artists 4 Ways
I always say I'd like to challenge myself by placing a strict time limit on my design & hopefully come up with a more spontaneous piece.

 Try as I might I just can't do it.

I'll be sharing my process & tricks in Artful Pages & can't wait to learn some new techniques from the diverse group Mary's gathered.
I hope you'll check out the link & see the amazing pages Hope, Mary & Lenna have created.
There was a sweet surprise in my mailbox last week.
Donna from Brynwood Needleworks sent me such a wonderful & unexpected gift. 
 She calls them Mug Mats & is hosting a swap on her blog.
    Donna's workmanship is outstanding & again, it's the details!
I treasure your friendship Donna!


Karen said...

So beautiful Lisa,you are very talented.The mug mats are beautiful as well.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh Lisa your creations are go beautiful... and what a sweet gift from Donna!!! Hope your family feels better soon!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Netty said...

Totally gorgeous pages Lisa and adore all your fine details. Love your gift as well from Donna.
Annette x

Gracefully Vintage said...

Those are Beautiful, Amzing work, and I can see the detail you put into each and everyone- SO appreciate the detail..

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Lisa:
Your pages are just scrumptious! I love every little detail you chose to add. They're wonderful!

Thanks so much for mentioning the gift I sent your way. You're such an inspiration - and your blog "look" inspired this mat design. I hope you'll think of me whenever you use it.

Hugs from Florida.

Dorthe said...


Starting to write my comment , my eyes just fall on your profile words-about you seing your dayes through the eyes of your sweet children!!!!

And what I wanted to tell you dear friend, in this post.--- was just that!!! I would so much love to see through your eyes, this beautifull creative world you live with -and in.
Your book is a little beautifull wonder Lisa,- you are just fabolous with paper and fabric, and I am wildly , taken, with all you created---I hope I can join the workshop.

Hugs, from me.

Dorthe said...

Forgot to tell you, I hope for a quick recovery, with your flu hitten family, Lisa- such a nasty thing for kids to be in bed with fever and a sick stomac-- I hope they will soon be on their feet again, dear.
Have a good evening,-
hugs, Dorthe

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Lisa,
I hope the old mean flu bug doesn't bite you too!

Your art pages are wonderful, Lisa.
I don't know how you come up with so many lovely elements in your designs. Your imagination takes you away and we are the lucky ones that get to see it and enjoy.


time worn interiors said...

You make the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I cherish my doll head dish!

Anonymous said...

Truthfully, Lisa, you may not "see" it yourself because you're the artist and caught up in the process...but WE see your spontaneity! Your work is very spontaneous and free and totally delightful!!

Sorry you are having to be a nurse. Oh...chilluns with the fun at all! Hugs to your wee ones and you too!


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Lisa ~
That is so beautiful !!
I just love everything that
you do !!
You are such a talented gal!


Unknown said...

wow..merci for the sneak peak at some of your creations. they always make me sigh. sigh...

Anonymous said...

I have been a fan of your blog, ever since I saw your article in somerset about six months ago(the one about ballerina bedrooms) your stuff...I just received a bunch of old black and white and vintage pics from my mom of my grandparents, and great-parent...your stuff shown here is just how I want to want to showcase these family heirlooms (scanned copies of course).
I don't know how you have the time to make such beautiful art with "little ones", you must be able to stay up longer than me!
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trash talk said...

You wanta see what I've been working on? That's it...nothing! The only thing I pick is my seat.
Girl, these are gorgeous.
P.S. Time for a little hot toddy?

Diane said...

It is the details that count when all is said and done Lisa! I know that to be so very true =)) And, YOUR details are scrumptious!

Junk Fairy said...

Lisa, love,love all your projects!!!! What a creative person you are!! Thanks for sharing!!! Makes me feel like sewing!!!

Vicki said...

This post is getting me excited about 4 artists, 4 ways. I can't wait. What beautiful work Donna does! Hope everyone is on the mend and that you don't get it!

June said...

Lisa, I hope you realize how talented you are and what joy your art brings to others. Everytime I see you published again, I get such a thrill. Your art speaks to so many of us. It is truly beautiful.
I love it when you can tell that the art is coming from somewhere deep inside a person.
hugs to you...

Rhonda said...

These book pages did take my breath away. Layers of a story created by your carefully chosen elements.

creativelenna said...

Lisa, the fabric pages you have been working on for the class are truly amazing! So beautiful, thoughtful, evocative . . . . I am so glad I will be able to take your lessons too!

I hope your ailing family feels better soon. Take care of yourself too. It's so lovely to get to know you more through Mary and the "Artful Pages" workshop! : )) lenna

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your pages are awesome, dear Lisa! They are definitely worth the time it takes you to make them. I think real art comes from the heart and can't be done within a time limit. Your students will have lots of fun with your workshop!
I'm sorry to hear that the kids are sick. Hopefully they will get well soon and you don't catch the bug.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Oh yes! I love all the details too! They are what really make a collage special! I spend obscene amounts of time on the details also! Your collages are just so beautiful and inspiring!!! Love, love, love all the lace and all the other details, of course!

bikim said...

love it!
happy wk,

Cindy Lew's Studio said...

I love your work, it is beautiful. Can't to see what you will be sharing with us.

Warm Regards, Cindy

Rebecca said...

Hi Lisa
I just can't get enough of your work and inspiration, you are one talented lady...
Wishing your family a quick recovery, it's no fun when the kiddies are sick.
Loving your art books, I have some inspiration books I will be working on this month, would love to talk to you, maybe if you get some time.

Rebecca said...

Hi Lisa
I just can't get enough of your work and inspiration, you are one talented lady...
Wishing your family a quick recovery, it's no fun when the kiddies are sick.
Loving your art books, I have some inspiration books I will be working on this month, would love to talk to you, maybe if you get some time.

LizlovesVintage said...

Great work! I would love to collaborate some day with you ladies. What fun.
xx Liz

Sandy said...


You have outdone yourself on this project, just gorgeous!!! I am thinking about taking the class but time is so tight right now for me that I can't do it in live time but Mary said you don't have to do it in live time, that and your project are swaying me to think more seriously about it. Love your art!

Anne Lorys said...

You are just the BEST at this sort of thing! I can always pick your exquisite work out from everyone else's, that's the mark of a true artist.


Tara said...

so lovely to look at!

Minna Perälä said...

Hello Lisa!

How I love your artwork!!! You really are the Queen of the art books!!!

Hugs, Minnamarika

paperbird said...

so very beautiful- i especially love the first book!

Judy said...

You connected with me when you said you spend obscene amounts of time picking and sorting to find just the right image, words, findings -- so do I!! I can sort and pick for hours through my stash trying to find just the right bit to go into that spot that bothers me because it needs something to perk it up! Just glad to know that I am not the only one who does it!

Love your pages! Really like the velvety buds and leaves. They look so soft! Thanks for sharing!

Storybook Woods said...

Some day I am going to win the lotto and pay you to create me something fab. I do not know what but I know I will love it!!!
xoxox Clarice

Storybook Woods said...

Some day I am going to win the lotto and pay you to create me something fab. I do not know what but I know I will love it!!!
xoxox Clarice

Riki Schumacher said...

This is magnificent! I love your detail, textures, color combinations. Just lovely! Riki

Tina said...

Your book pages are SO beautiful Lisa.I love all the details and the color combinations. Awesome.
You´re such a talented lady.
XO Tina

Sally L. Smith said...

Dont' change a thing. What you do absolutely works! Lovely beyond words.

Judy said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Thanks, as well, for the link to my give-away. I plan to do this several times this year. I have got to destash!

Lovey said...

Lisa I absolutely love your book!! Gorgeous!!! One day I will try to make one too! But until then...WOW!!! Thanks for the Eye Candy!
Beautiful gift from Donna too!!!

Unknown said...

Love yours Lisa and love the mugs mats, when I get paid this month I'm signing up for the class, Heartful Hugs Marilou

Shopgirl said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Thank you seems right, thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces. Hugs, Mary

Charlene said...

LOVE your beautiful work as always my friend! HUGS!


Your creations are gorgeous! I understand the time thing :). Love your style.
~ Julie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH these are lovely creations, Lisa! You inspire me to try a monochromatic project! Just beautiful! Hope the flu clears out quickly! So much going around right now!

Unknown said...

Your book is gorgeous!! I LOVE all of the artful details. The textile junkie in me is swooning!
Well wishes to the family ~ Heidi

Susan said...

Awesome and totally inspirational...Susan

Vicki Boster said...

Lisa - I admire your creations so - they are so intricate and have so much texture - you use the most unusual items in your crafts - it makes me wonder - I would love to pilfer in your craft room!! I would thingk that it was a fabulous hideaway for treasures!