A Variety of
so I have lots to share today.
First I hope everyone of you had a beautiful holiday with your families and friends. If you braved the black Friday crowds and insanity, I hope you survived and came home in one piece. It is that time of year when life takes on a kind of crazy, wild rhythm and sometimes all we can do is hang on and hope for the best. If you need a break from all of it read on. You can join in me Venice. Really, truly you can. I wouldn't lie to you, not with Santa keeping track and all. (wink)
In a few weeks I will be embarking on what I am sure is going to be a wonderful and delightful journey with the very talented Mary Ann Moss. I've had the pleasure of taking her on-line classes the past couple of years. If you are a frequent visitor of my blog you know that almost every single one of the journals I've created have been inspired by her classes. Mary Ann is an amazing instructor. She makes everything fun and casual; meaning her process is completely stress free, sit back, grab a cup of tea and in no time at all you will have created your very own journal and also enjoy a vast company of other like minded individuals. Her enthusiasm, joy and escapades draw you in and you feel like you are right there in the room with her. I can't begin to say enough good things, but if you really want to do something new this year give her classes a try. You won't be disappointed. Not one, tiny bit.
Her newest offering which begins December 15; promises to be not only a fantastic class, but a unique adventure as well.
Mary Ann is going to Venice Italy and she will be teaching portions of her class during her trip, allowing us to join her via the wonderful world of technology. I can't wait for it to begin. I am more excited about this class than I am Christmas. I can go shopping, bake cookies, wrap gifts and then when I need a break, all I have to do is fire up the internet, sit back and I will be transported to Venice. Not only will I get to see this incredible city through Mary Ann's eyes but I will also learn a new journal binding technique and yet another journal will come to life.
If you've ever wanted to take an on line class but have not, this class is the one to take. I'd love for you to join me. C'mon lets go.
Now for a little bit of inspiration.
While I didn't intend to go anywhere special on black Friday my oldest daughter and I; after a morning of sleeping in, decided to hit a few stores we don't normally shop in just for fun so we headed to our local Anthropologie (this was so not a good idea, but I'm glad we did) You see I spied this book; The Life of a Bowerbird by Sibella Court. The cover grabbed my interest at first glance. I seriously could not put it down. It's not so much a book you'd read, but rather it is a book that inspires and sets creative fires flickering and burning deep down in your soul. The photography is gorgeous. I could see using this book as a journal. I know that sounds kind of crazy and irreverent given the price of the book but the pages are so roomy and expansive and with all the awesome photos, adding to the pages seems to me like the right thing to use it for and then because it's being used, not just plopped on a table or shelf; justifies the price. I know, kind of crazy but that is how my mind works. The book would also make a great coffee table book which is it's original intent but me, I like to keep things interesting. So how about a peek inside?
Sibella has a wonderful website where you can learn more about her work as well as her other books. It's a fun site to explore.