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Being Artsy-Craftsy

When I was a young thing living in San Francisco a long time ago, I thought it would be fun, neat, and so very cool to be a street artist. Alas, I was no artist nor a crafter of pottery, jewelry, candles, hand sewn clothing, or other items that I thought I would like to make and sell.  Still, a young thing can dream. Okay, fantasize.

Four decades later I am finally exploring that artsy-craftsy part of me.  Some of you already know I like to take photos. And, last year, I threw caution to the wind and illustrated my stories during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. That was very scary. Drawing, that is. Here's an example of my new found artistry.

Last week, I decided to doodle a daily calendar. Storybeader at Stroll Through Storyland planted the seed in my head when I read her post about calendars. Then, Tony, a photographer/artist friend from my young-thing days, shared a doodle page from his art journal on his blog. That clenched it for me. So, for now, I'm reminding myself what the date is with a doodle.

Making Cards

One of the blogs I regularly follow is BB Creations by BB, aka Birgit. She makes the most awesome one-of-a-kind greeting cards that she showcases on her blog with an explanation of how she made them. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor always gets me wanting to make a card after a visit. The last time, I even noted on my daily calendar to make valentines. See, once I write something down, I may do it.

Well, I didn't make a bunch of valentines. I made one, a 3-D one, too. Whoo-hoo! The valentine was for the Husband. He even watched me go at it.  I had a great time drawing, painting, cutting, and taping. I was in zen.

Will I do more? This may be the year I finally make individual Christmas cards for our family and friends. We shall see.


  1. Susie,

    I have a yearning to explore the artsy crafty part of me too! I keep telling myself I'm not artistic. (Those talents belong to my sister.) Maybe I should stick to words. But I do so want to mess about with some pencils and paper. You know what? I think I will! I have a basket full of supplies. I just need to start experimenting.

    Your journal and valentine have inspired me. They look great and I bet you enjoyed working on them. I shall follow your links and maybe pick up some ideas. Maybe I'll end up illustrating my own posts too one day!

    1. You go, Sue! I second what Birgit said below: We all are artistic!

  2. Oh my goodness-You have surprised me in the most pleasant way possible. I am humbled by your words and I am loving your card! Love the 3D and the background. The balloons are perfect and so happy. Can't wait to see more. and Sue Elvis should never say she is not artistic-we all are!

    1. Thanks, Birgit. As usual, I got insecure about sharing my work. The best way to get over that is to continue forward. Righty-o!

    2. Oh please share as I love it!

  3. I love the 3-D Valentine, very cute! You are creative! Have a great day!

  4. ... and ever ... and ever. Awww :)

  5. Aw very nice. Crafting can be such a zen thing. Love that you put yourself out there with it and share it with everyone :D


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