pocket note books & hex signs

I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.

The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.

  • Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
  • 48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
  • Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.

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Have a GREAT week.

k

 

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hex signs

I recently prepared more fence boards for my hex signs. Here are some of the most recent ones I’ve painted.

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I also created this inverted one for KT Canin.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

curtains and weddings

Hi, it’s been a fun week. I’ve been to a friend’s wedding in Carmel Valley last weekend and this weekend my daughter and grandson visited. Here are some pictures from the wedding venue.

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The crafty part of the weekend was sewing a curtain from a bedsheet with my daughter. This is her first time sewing. Crazy that I just learned a couple months ago. The machine my friend Tami let us borrow is getting used a lot! Guess I may need to get myself one soon.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

hex signs and rain

It rained here in Santa Cruz yesterday. It smelled so yummy. We haven’t had rain in almost a year. I hope this means we will have some rain this winter.

Soooo….I’ve been busy creating hex signs this week. It’s so fun! I painted right on the wood canvases that I made several weekends ago with the babes.

Hex signs are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. I’m from Hershey, Pennsylvania and love that I’m going back to my roots. People originally painted them on their barns as decoration. The barn paintings, usually in the form of “stars in circles,” grew out of the fraktur and folk art traditions about 1850 when barns first started to be painted in the area. Here is my work, enjoy.

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The eight point star is to offer abundance and goodwill to everyone. Here is to abundance of water, which we need so badly in Cali.

Have a GREAT week!

k

dreaming big and whales

I had fun this week using the wood canvases I made with the babes last weekend. Here is the shape I cut out with a jigsaw. My first attempt…not too bad.

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Originally I was going for a fish, but it turned out more like a whales. I took some really cool paint that my friend Anna brought me back from Mexico.

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…and painted him blue.

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Then I added some text to the wood canvas and added the whale.

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And viola… a finished art piece!

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tall boys, babes and boards

Had fun on Saturday with these two lovely ladies, Heather, Anna and a couple tall boys. Heather sure is handy and crafty! She has made some lovely wood items like outdoor seating areas, tables with succulents, shelves, wall hangings and other AWEsome household items.

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Today with Heather’s help I created some canvases and Anna created some shelves and a box for her cats. Here is Anna using the chop saw. She jumped right in and was quickly at home.

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I was a bit more timid. Heather patiently taught me how to use the table saw to cut down some long fence board that she had recently scored. Here I am using the table saw.

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I had wanted to create some wood canvases. So, I took the pieces and fit them together to create the canvases below.

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I flipped the pieces over held them together with some brackets. I got to use an electric screwdriver.

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Sanded them down with a  hand sander and voila, some nice canvases for painting, mod podging, etc.

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Pretty happy to have such lovely canvases to play on in the next couple weeks.

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What have you been up to this weekend?

k