Sunday, December 2, 2012

Another Generous Artist!

Joanne Sharpe is giving a free workshop on lettering.  This will be fun!

Five Golden Letterings

Bye for now!

Adriann ♥

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Big Artist Heart

 "People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.”
Sanaya Roman,

If you've been following this blog then you know that I am a big fan of Jennibellie .  Not only is she talented, she's smart, beautiful and very generous.  I appreciate her sharing her genius with her YouTube followers.  She's like the McGyver  to the art journaling scene.☺  Very resourceful!  Her ideas are always based around working with what you have and recycle, recycle, recycle. 

Not to long ago she made a video showing how she made a mini book and homemade journaling cards.  It was brilliant and I commented as such on her channel.  Imagine my surprise when she offered to send me the mini book just because.  I was like...yeah...Thank you!  I am touched by her generosity and wanted to share.

This is what she sent:
You can get a more detailed look and a tutorial on how she made the journal cards here: Creativity is Not Brought From A Craft Store.

I am simply amazed and thankful for the wonderful artists I've run across since venturing off into Art Land. I guess artist just have big hearts. ♥


Monday, November 12, 2012

2013 Online Workshop Series - Strathmore Artist Papers

It's that time again!  Strathmore is offering more workshops next year.  I'm really interested in Workshop 3 The  Artful Card-Making Techniques, but will take the other two also.  

I enjoyed taking Strathmore classes this year and look forward to 2013.

2013 Online Workshop Series - Strathmore Artist Papers

Register now to get your reminder.  Hope to see you there!

Until then...

Adriann ♥

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Love Affair with Words-Quickie

Art Journal Love, a photo by Nnairda on Flickr.

I am aware of the double entendre. I can't help myself. I really enjoy words!

Jennibellie inspired this page. She's on my blogroll if you want to link to her.  Most of the ephemera on this page was received through swaps on Swapbot. I added a dimensional sticker to the library card  and added journaling. I had fun using my date stamp to date it.  Overall, this was a fun 20 minute page. 

I haven't decided what to do on the opposite page. I received the tag from FLcrafter in a tag swap. Maybe a thanksgiving page? The colors are calling me.

If you've read this far, please leave a comment? What's your favorite word? Mine is Xenophile. ☺

Until next time...

Adriann ♥

Sunday, October 28, 2012

bohemiannie! art: ADRIANN

bohemiannie! art: ADRIANN: I almost had to wrestle them away from son's cat...but I received lots of love in the mail while I was at my Bear's house. ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More Junky Junk Journal Pages

This page was made from cardstock scraps.  There is ephemera clipped inside. 
A magazine subscription card I used as a journaling spot in my Junk Journal
Thanks for looking!

Adriann ♥

Monday, October 22, 2012

Junky Junk Journal - Linked Tutorial

Here's a look at my dirty, grungy, beat up junk journal.  I made it last year using Diana Trout's Duct Tape Journal tutorial.  I 'll place a link on my tutorial page.

When I first saw the video I was ready to make one, but didn't have the materials.  I improvised!  Instead of duct tape I doubled up masking tape for my binding.  I've also, added more signatures via string, ribbon, and tape.

This baby holds up well.  I'm already gathering materials together to make another one  This one is well over full.   I love the chunkiness of it all!

 The grunge of it all is perfect because I pull this out around my children.  So if they decide to scribble on a page or tear (by accident ☺), it's okay because it's not like it's a work of art.

Working in this book has helped my artistic expression greatly.  I'm not so worried about technique or if it looks good or not.  I just write it down, color it, glue it or do whatever I feel like doing.

Here's another look inside:

Playing around. I sketched the girl from a hair salon magazine. I tried to add sunglasses, but that didn't work out. lol!   I used markers, watercolors, and pen.  The page bases are a coloring book page and copy paper. 
As always, your comments are always appreciated.

Enjoy your week!

Adriann ♥

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rankom Acts of Kindness (RAK)

Sometime this summer I received a RAK from Annie . It was an awesome fabric bookmark.  She made a bunch for her birthday or blog's birthday and offered to send them out to anyone who wanted one.  I am a fan of her work and I immediately requested one. 

Here's what she sent:

See the amazing fabric business card too!  It's absolutely beautiful and the pictures doesn't do it justice.  I keep it in my bible and I use her business card as a bookmark as well. 

So last week I go to the post office and find another bookmark from Annie.  It was such a nice surprise!  She sent it as a thank you for the giveaway she received from me that she inspired in the first place.  How's that for serendipity? 

Here's a picture front and back.  She made it in Columbia and embellished it here in the states using found objects during her travels here.  I'm in love with it! 

Annie makes these wonderful fabric books as well.  One day I'll be able to afford one of her beautiful fabric books.  Today I am fortunate to have two of her fabric bookmarks, which are truly works of art.

Thanks Annie!

Adriann ♥

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Time is God's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

Last week felt like everything was happening all in one day.  Well guess what?  I survived.  God really doesn't give us more than we can handle.  

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3 1 - 11

Adriann ♥

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 1 - A Bitter Pill

Let's try again!

There's a bitter pill I must take in my personal life.right now.  I was at first resistant and then my husband reminded me of the joy I must take in ALL THINGS.  Therefore, not only must I take this pill, I must chew it before I swallow.. 

So unexpected...

The next few days I don't know what I'll be blogging about.  I want to share it with the new community of online friends that I have acquired.  My stats show me that I have a few readers. :) 

Hopefully, you will keep reading and leave words of encouragement, which I find myself in need of now.

Until Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October 7 - Tea Time

Here's a look at a two page spread in my junk journal.  When I say junk journal I mean it in every way.  It's made wholly of  recycled materials.It has 150 pages front and back,  which does not include pockets and flip outs.

It's pretty intense!

It's ugly, junky, grungy, and plain ole dirty.  But I love it!  I put most of my ideas in this journal.

I'm hoping to take some pictures and share with you.  It's way too many pages for me to share them all with you.  Maybe I'll share my top 20 and that will give you at least a 10 percent glimpse into my journal.

Anyway, here is Tea Time:

A two page junk journal spread from Toupti's Anonymous Tea Trade at Swapbot.  One of the sweetest envelopes I've received.  In it there were 2 tea bags one is in the spread, a recipe card for muffins, and a this sweet little note card. 

Front of envelope.


Sorry for the scan.  My camera battery died and I wanted to share.

In the Blessed!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October 6 - Mail Art/Pen Pals

This year one of my goals was to meet "New Friends."   I started having children late in age and most of my peers are either grandparents or have young adults and so our lifestyles are drastically different.  Our friendships eventually faded as most transitory friendships do. 

Women who had small children like I do were generally much younger than I and we couldn't meet in the middle with our obvious generation gap.  Thus, I have been a member of the Friends of the Friendless club for a while. 

Early this year I placed an ad in Inky Trail News which led me to meet some really beautiful women that I consider to be my friend.  We write each other every week or twice a month.  We are learning about each other in intimate ways.  I love this form of friendship that I have run across.  I've also met some wonderful women on Swapbot that I write back and forth with. 

I've found that my pen pals are mail artist unknowingly!  The time they take in the letter writing, the penmanship and decorating the envelope is just wonderful.  Even the little tuck ins are a work of art.

I don't have any pictures posted because I didn't have time to take pictures and post today.  I will post soon so that you can see the awesome mail art I receive from my pen pals.

Tomorrow I will open up my junk journal to you.  If you want to see it.

Until Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5 - Mail Art via Pinterest

I have designed a nice little Pinterest Mail Art board.  It has over 50 pins.  Why don't you stop by for some mail art inspiration?

Tomorrow I will talk about pen pals and the unknown mail artist I've found through them.

Until Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4 - Postcards

October 4 - Postcards by Nnairda
October 4 - Postcards, a photo by Nnairda on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
Received over the summer from SSShuana and Lilyluzkay both from Swapbot swaps

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 3 - More Mail Art Received

I joined Swapbot in April of this year and caught hold of the Mail Art bug.  I love this art medium because it's nice to receive something in the mail besides bills and junk mail AND I get a chance to receive beautiful art from all over the world!  Love it!

SusiCreates sent this wonderful collage envelope for a swap titled One Stamp Mail Art ( This is a swap to send your partner one envelope-any size, fill it with something(s) your partner can use (like craft paper, ATC backs, an ATC, stickers, images, recipes, cards, etc), decorate the envelope in some way (paint it, collage it, sticker it,use a magazine page, bookmarks, etc) and then mail it using only one stamp)  I love it!  I thought the address label was so clever and she included a sweet little ephemera packet for me.  So nice!


While browsing Pinterest I ran across a fabulous mail artist's blog.   He's quite clever in how he sends his mail.  I've already added him to my blog roll.  Stop by and visit to find clever mail art.  

Until Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2 - Mail Art Book - Linked Tutorial

Hopefully I can make this journal and share by the end of the month.  It's a lovely way to keep treasured mail art pieces. 

A Mail Art Mini Art Journal 

I'll link it on my tutorial page as well.

Incoming Mail Art Received in May hosted by Swapbot.

Front Sent by Grandma G over at Swap-bot
 Until we meet Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1 - Test Run

Okay, Friday was a test run. :o  Today officially begins my blog everyday for 30 days.  I'm going to try and set up as many auto posts as I can.  That's how I have to do it with 2 tots and a 10 year old that we homeschool.  Whew!

I've been away waaaay too long and I didn't get a chance to share the beautiful mail art I've received over the summer.  Today begins my series of Mail Art 2012.  I'm completely addicted and have acquired some beautiful art from all over. Have you participated in this art form?  I just started this year and am amazed at the talented and friendly ladies I have met.  I've also been penpaling too.  I can't wait to share!

Front View - Address label made from homemade washi tape.
Back view

I sent this envelope to Canada for a lover of the pacific ocean.  Being a California girl I could understand her love of the ocean and wanted to portray it in this envelope.  She "got it."  She loved it!  I'm always nervous when sending out my art.  I hope that the recipient "gets" the message I'm attempting to porgray.  The responses I've been getting from the recipients are wonderful. I will be doing more this fall for sure. 

Tomorrow I will share what I have received over the summer

Until then...Be Blessed!

Adriann ♥

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 1 - My Newest Girl Crush!

It's been a long time since I blogged.  I have no excuse.  Ayana Red's most recent blog post has inspired me to try blogging for the next 30 days again.  I didn't make my goal when I first set it in May.  This is a good time to give it another Tri and a little umph!

Did you read this far before you asked yourself "What about the girl crush?"  I just put that in the title to get more readers.  It's terrible. I know. lol!

Back to the subject...I first became enamored by Ms. Ayana through YouTube.  Right now, she is ecstatic because she and her family just hired a nanny that teaches french.  She is overjoyed to say the least!  She's a fellow artist that's finding her way. Her energetic, witty, and honest glimpse into her world inspires me.  Please stop by and tell her someone has a crush on her.

Adriann ♥

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Handmade Postcard by One of His 2
Handmade Postcard, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.
We've been enjoying my sister's pool to beat the unusually hot summer heat.

Made this postcard for a handmade postcard swap at Swap-bot.

Enjoy your summer!

Adriann ♥

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Private Swap - Maggie Plays Artist


Last week I received an absolutely amazing  private swap from Maggie Plays Artist . The picture doesn't do these lovely items justice.  She sent a hand painted canvas, a sewn paper bag pocket, a heart pillow, a canvas bookmark, awesome backgrounds and a beautiful heart shape necklace.  She had stated that she would send seashells and I automatically thought of real seashells not these lovelies:

Hand blown by Maggie herself!  Aren't they beautiful?  I've already started playing with them and making book thongs with them.  These are not even samples of her best work.  You can find that here.

Here's a closeup of my favorite.

A 4x4 hand painted canvas.  The colors are so bright and happy!  It already has a place in my home.

I feel like I got the better part of the swap. ☺ I love everything she sent me even down to the cute note card!

Thank you Maggie for such a wonderful swap!  I am fortunate to have received such a generous and beautiful swap from you. 

Below is what I sent Maggie:

3 upcycled journals
2 note cards

I don't know why I can't seem to do a tutorial on these, however, here are directions on how I made them.

Dampen then split paper towel rolls open, paint, stencil, and stamp them, cut in half, stitch a signature inside. Embellish as you wish.  That's it! You get two mini journals from one roll. 

I also added gel medium to the paint.  I think it helps stiffen the rolls.  You could probably use mod podge too.  If you are using tp rolls do everything except cut in half.

Here are some good links for easy book signatures:

I'm always open to swaps.  Please email me if you are interested in a private swap.

Have a Happy Week!!!

Adriann ♥

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Read

I remember reading a review or seeing Beautiful Oops! on Pinterest sometime last year and had forgotten about it.  While visiting the library we came across Beautiful Oops!.  I remembered wanting to read it for the children and we checked it out.  Imagine my surprise when everyone in the household became inspired by the book.  It's 14 pages long, but it's packed with wonderful nuggets of artistic inspiration. The interactive pages are the toddlers favorite.   My favorite quote from the book  is "When you think you have made a mistake.  Oops! Think of it as an opportunity to make something...Beautiful."  It is a wonderful book for all ages! Everyone in the household loves it.  It's not just for children. 


I recently participated in a private swap with Maggie.  She sent me a wonderful parcel of artistic inspiration.  I've already started on a few projects.  I'll share the details this weekend.

Until then think of all the opportunities you have to make something BEAUTIFUL!

Adriann ♥

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More Mail Art

mailart 003 by One of His 2/
mailart 003, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.


I made these two postcards for Swap-bot's Thank You Swap-bot swap hosted by MichelleWillow

The recipient of my first mail art was very flattering and suggested that I continue with making mail art.  Her comment and thanks were priceless.

The botton postcard was inspired by artist Danielle Maret.  Her work is simply beautiful!  She swaps on Swap-bot too.  Maybe I'll be the recipient of one her works one day. 

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!!!

Adriann ♥

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inchie Doodles 3 of 4

Inchie Doodles 3 of 4 by One of His 2
Inchie Doodles 3 of 4, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.
I can't believe I haven't blogged this month.

Here's a quick share of inchie art I made for a swap over at Swap-bot. I made for and kept one for myself.

This is my second attempt at making inchies. They're kinda fun!

Enjoy your week!

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1 - And The Winners Are?

Last month I decided to blog everyday.  Here's a recap of my blogging experience. 

Top *5* Recap of May
1. Blogged 26 days out of 31.
2. Gained +5 Followers.  Thank you!
3. Met some awesome artist, artisan, crafter, friends. I ♥ Friends!
4. Found the sea turtles.  Yay! 
5. Made my second mini zine.  I can't wait to make my 3rd one!

I also hosted this blog's first giveaway.  I only had 4 entries and here are the winners randomly picked by my 22 month old.  And the winners are:

BohemianAnnie Congratulations!

Doulanana Congratulations! You were meant to have a journal.  You were my only international entry.

Please email me your address to get your prize. 

Thank you to everyone that entered!!!

I didn't meet my follower goal this month so that means one more prize is left.  I'll post details on
the sidebar later.

Enjoy your weekend!

Adriann ♥

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30 - 3 Reasons

3 Reasons by One of His 2
3 Reasons, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.
Another art journal page using Julie Kirk's technique.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29 - Book of Xenophilia

Xenophily or xenophilia means an affection for unknown objects or peoples. It is the opposite of xenophobia or xenophoby. The word is a synthesis from the Greek "xenos" (ξένος) (stranger, unknown, foreign) and "philia" (φιλία) (love, attraction).[1]

I received this lovely package in the mail this weekend all the way from England.  It looks as if someone wanted those stamps.  Thankfully they didn't get them and I can put them in my little book.  I call this book my book of Xenophilia because I keep all of my cancelled stamps from all over the world and other little bits and pieces.  I made this book out of a soap box using a Jennibellie technique.

The note card shown was the last item I pulled out of my parcel.  And it reads "May good fortune shine on you."  It sounds like an Irish Blessing or something.  This already has a place in my little book. 

Swaps, penpals, and mail art are a wonderful way for me to meet people from all over the world.  I'm having such a wonderful experience being exposed to different cultures without having to venture to far out of my little town.  Although I do like a good adventure every now and then.

Adriann ♥

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26 - My Favorite Scripture

Maggie over at Maggie Plays Artist made this beautiful house canvas and asked me what my favorite scripture is and she would add it to the canvas.  I  asked her to surprise me.

This got me to thinking about my favorite scripture.  There's not one absolute favorite.  I love the book of Psalms, Proverbs, and Ephesians.  So I guess I can narrow it down to my favorite books of the bible. :)

Taken from one of my favorite books:
She cosidereth a field, and buyeth it with the fruit of her hand she buyeth a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16

 I can't wait to see what she puts on there.  I'm absolutely in love with it as is. ♥

Enjoy your weekend!

Adriann ♥

There's still time to enter my giveaway.  Details here

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24 - Wii Fit Age

My Wii Fit Age is 6 years older than my real age.  I feel it too.   I can't let the toddlers get the better of me.☺  I'm pooped. 

I just wanted to pop in and blog a post on something...anything.  Everyday no matter what remember?

Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow bright eyed and bushy tail! 

Adriann ♥

There's still time to enter my giveaway.  Details here or on the side bar. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23 - Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page by One of His 2
Art Journal Page, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
This page was done using Julie Kirk's basic art journaling technique.

A close -up...

Thank you for looking!

Adriann  ♥

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22 - 1st Official Mailart

1st Official Mailart by One of His 2
1st Official Mailart, a photo by One of His 2 on Flickr.
My first collaged Mailart. This was so much fun to make. I used collaged elements from a book page swap over at Swapbot. TFL!

Adriann ♥

There's still time to enter my giveaway. Click on the picture in the sidebar for more information!

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21 - Mail to the UK

Another Swapbot swap titled Whimsey Destash.  I enclosed an envelope mini album, ribbon, glassine envelope, mini clothes pins, scrapbook paper and scrapbook embellishments. 

Adriann ♥

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20 - Finally Giveaway Pictures!

Here are the journals for the giveaway I'm hosting this month.  The two yellow ones are filled with 90lb Canson Mixed Media paper and the center one is filled with 140lb Canson Watercolor paper.  Included with the journals will be vintage music sheets and some dictionary ephemera.

Sorry it took so long for me to post pictures. 

Anyway, the giveaway is going on until the end of May where I will draw for the winners.

Details here.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Adriann ♥

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 19 - WIP

 Here's an ATC that I've been working on.  I just don't know what to do with to dress her up.   Any suggestions?  One person suggested I add words to or embellish the dress.  I like this idea, but I can't think of the words for her.

I'm still practicing with  faces and she doesn't seem to have a personality yet.  Anyway, thought I'd share and get some feedback.

Enjoy your weekend!

Adriann ♥

May 18 - My Favorite Zines

I'd plan on reviewing these zines for a while and when I go to do it (like today) Jennibellie's sold out of them.  She's just that awesome!!!  Anyway, I have collected her zines and I am absolutely in love with them.  They are chocked full of information and she has such a big heart that there's always little extras tucked away in them.

I can't wait for her next issue. Since they are going so quickly I will definitely keep an eye out. 

Adriann ♥

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17 - A Mini Zine

This is the second zine I've ever done. The first one was so terrible that the recipient didn't even respond. This one fortunately was taken from a template and I was able to add my doodles and such. I like the way it came out and plan to make more. The hostess MISSPICKLE had everyone complete the template as they like.  I can't wait to start getting them in to see every one's interpretation.  It should be interesting.  I'll share as they come in.

Until then...

Adriann ♥

~The giveaway is on until the end of the month.  Click here for details. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 15 - Pinterest

Hello my name is Adriann and I'm a Pinterest addict.  LOL!  I love this site and have found so much inspiration on here.  It also is a good tool for organization.  If you are on Pinterest follow me and I'll follow you back.

Follow Me on Pinterest Adriann ♥

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14 - Swaps Galore!

I think I may have entered too many swaps this month.  Phew!  I've been busy working on my latest swap which is for a zine.  I can't wait to share it with you all.

Adriann ♥

The giveaway is still going on.  Details here.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 13 - Happy Mother's Day!

A mother holds her children's hands for a while...their hearts forever.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May 12 - More Swapping

May has turned into a busy month for me and swapping.  My latest swap is this sweet little mini envelope and coordinating stationery set.  I'm going to list it for the Newbie's Swap over at Swap Workshop.

12 days and counting...

*The giveaway is going on until the end of May.  Click here to enter.*

Adriann ♥