Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 47 Magnetic bookmark with bird/blank greeting card

Collage bird magnetic bookmark laminated for protection
with blank greeting card.  Includes a handmade envelope.

All my bookmarks are available in my shop through the Big Cartel.  This is a great company that provides "art for your cart".  Since I can only post five items at a time through the Big Cartel, you can also join me on Facebook, Lazy Lizard Studio, where I have more photos of my work that is available.  I do special orders and you can contact me through this blog (but certain Big Cartel will be quicker and Facebook is quickest if you want to place an order).  Very soon I will also have my work available in a store in Tucson.  I will give details later next week!

Up Past Midnight.....

I have been up past midnight......I am very excited to announce that I will be delivering my handmade cards and bookmarks to a wonderful new shop in Tucson, where they will be available for sale! I will have more details soon. I am having so much fun packaging everything. Here are a couple of the thong bookmarks ready for delivery. What do you think? I will post the cards soon too. Just saying, anything is still available for sale through me before I deliver :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day Butterflies 46 - Magnetic bookmark/blank greeting card

Day 46 of making a bookmark every day.  Here are some butterflies on a laminated bookmark.  Somedays it is not hard making the bookmark as much as the difficulty to get to take a photo and get to the computer!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 45 Making a bookmark a day

Collaged bird with leaves and flowers and magnetic bookmark laminated for protection and blank greeting card. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 44 Making a bookmark a day - Origami Heart

So normally every time I make another bookmark I say it is "my favorite."  Well....this one...... not so much.

It only took about a minute to make and it is cute.   I do LOVE corner bookmarks but this one isn't as practical as the corner bookmarks I have been making.  The upper portion of the heart is bulky when it folds.  Plus, the center of the heart in front, is actually split right down the middle into two halves.  That is my least favorite.  But it was cute in the tutorial and I just had to try it.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 41 - Make a Bookmark Every Day

Handmade greeting card with collaged and laminated magnetic bookmark and plaid envelope.

Why I Make Bookmarks

I was asked this morning to write down my three favorite books that I give as gifts.  It is hard for me to pick favorites of anything, unless it is my granddaughter and she is my VERY favorite in the whole wide world -  but she is also my only grandchild.  See, I said it was hard to pick favorites.  I don't know what I would do if I had more than one grandchild to choose between.
 Madison my VERY favorite granddaughter in the whole wide world sitting in my adventure reading chair with her Bedtime Book Bear from her school librarian, Ms. Quimby.
I've had the pleasure of meeting the first four authors below more than once. I could never pick a favorite author from this list.  But I admire all of their work.  I may not always agree or maybe the reality of their subject matter may be harsh, but they are always worth reading.  I would not only recommend the books authored by Byrd Baylor, Charles Bowden, Edward Abbey (deceased) and Richard Shelton), I would recommend reading anything that you can about these authors' themselves.  They are unique individuals and a great introduction to anyone moving to the Southwest or Tucson where I currently reside. You don't have to live here to enjoy their work.   I admire them greatly and am grateful for the many hours I have spent between the pages of their books.
Some of these books I enjoy so much that I own the paper back version as well as the hardbacks.  I don't want the hardbacks to suffer abuse from being carried around in a backpack or just from reading over and over. 
Well, here is the list:
Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor - One of my favorite books for adults as well as children.  Byrd Baylor lives in Arivaca near Tucson, in an adobe house with dirt floors and without electricity; she still uses manual typewriters (she has three).   She has written over 30 books, this being my very favorite of all if you have to pick favorites.
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey - I loved his essays about the Southwest.  He and Charles Bowden, made hikes and went to areas that I will never see but got to know through them.  I picked up this book by accident while living in Sacramento.  I was browsing the bookstore, going through the authors, starting with the "A's" - I would spend HOURS browsing.  I was planning to move to Tucson and didn't really know anything about it.  Desert Solitare was my first wonderful introduction.  I embraced the move to the desert southwest and could not wait to hike the desert.  Edward Abbey was a contradiction and could infuriate or delight, but he always enlightens.  I was fortunate to attend some of his environmental meetings when I first arrived in Tucson. 
I have audio versions of several of Edward Abbey's books and glad that I do now that he is no longer with us.  I enjoy hearing him read his work, especially on one of my road trips when I was driving through Globe, Arizona  he was talking about the very place but her referred to it as Glob. 
Blue Desert or Frog Mountain Blues by Charles Bowden - Another local Tucson author that I discovered when I moved to Tucson and he was writing for the local newspaper.  His articles always stood out.  After working for the local paper, Charles Bowden published City Magazine.  I used to go down to Bowden's City Magazine office where he would graciously autographed any books I had purchased as gifts.
 Bowden was friends with Edward Abbey and Abbey didn't appreciate the magazine as much as I did.  He told Bowden: he has a lot of potential if he would tear himself away from that "silly magazine".  Charles Bowden went on to fill his potential by doing exactly that, quitting the magazine to go on and write amazing books..  He now lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Tucson's loss.
Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton - Even if you have never been to Bisbee, you will not be disappointed. 
The last two books (I know, I know, they said pick three.  Really?) I had to include as gift books.  I believe everyone is creative. As Pablo Picasso said: "every child is an artist the problem is staying an artist when you grow up".  I have given these to friends to help them get in touch with their inner child:
 Everyday Matters by  Danny Gregory - An illustrated journal where Danny first teaches himself to draw and learns the value of life at the same time. I was encouraged to draw in public and formed a Sketch Crawl group after being inspired by this book.
The Artists' Way by Julia Cameron.  One of my friends was inspired to take drawing classes and went on to write a novel after he reading this book. 
I recently suffered a fractured shoulder and was advised to practice writing while my arm was in a sling, unable to move.  The doctor wanted me to at least keep my fingers and wrist moving.  I prefer to draw but had stopped.  I picked up my Micron pens and started drawing, doodling, creating.  I found this activity more pleasurable than my physical therapy I was doing daily for my shoulder, and felt it was as beneficial.  I then challenged myself to "create a handmade bookmark" everyday for the next 365 days as my own "art therapy". 
These books I have recommended are why I make bookmarks.  Bookmarks, you can't have just one.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 40 - Valentine felt heart/ribbon bookmark


 Day 40 Making a Bookmark Every Day for 365 Days!  Felt heart ribbon bookmark. 

Have you checked out the Big Cartel online shopping?  This is a great company that provides "art for your cart".  Since I can only post five items at a time through the Big Cartel, you can also join me on Facebook, Lazy Lizard Studio, where I have more photos of my work that is available.  I do special orders and you can contact me through this blog (but certain Big Cartel will be quicker and Facebook is quickest if you want to place an order).  


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 39 Life Happens - Make-a-bookmark-a-day - BANANA BOOKMARK

Life happens.  Anyone setting out to be creative everyday, no matter how good your intentions -  life will throw you a curve.

 I had a family major medical emergency that took me away from my surroundings, my supplies and my normal life.  Hence, (drum roll please) the banana bookmark.  Made from a real banana peel from my breakfast and recycled into a bookmark.  The peel itself is not a practical bookmark of course, but the photo, cut out and laminated - is GREAT.  Making do with what I have and the time I had, putting my creativity to test.

Noah Scalin of Make Something 365 Days and Get Unstuck blogger, created something in the time he had with whatever he had on hand whether it was a napkin in an airport or a dollar bill in his pocket.  The act of creating, is a great distraction during times of stress.  Even if you only have a couple of minutes.

All my bookmarks are available in my shop through the Big Cartel.  This is a great company that provides "art for your cart".  Since I can only post five items at a time through the Big Cartel, you can also join me on Facebook, Lazy Lizard Studio, where I have more photos of my work that is available.  I do special orders and you can contact me through this blog (but certain Big Cartel will be quicker and Facebook is quickest if you want to place an order).  You can even purchase your very own banana bookmark!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 38 Sweet Corner bookmarks

Sweet corner bookmarks for day 38 of make a bookmark a day for 365 days!  Quite different from the MONSTER bookmarks that I made on day 11!!!  It is fun to try designs.  This one was inspired from a pin on Pineterest!  I am looking forward to making more of these and trying different designs and punches.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 37 Picture Jasper elastic bookmarks

Here are some more picture Jasper elastic bookmarks.  They are completely different.  The one on the left is round and smooth and the one on the right has ridges just like the one I made a couple of days ago.

The elastic cord will not damage your books.  The cord stretches to fit most books.  It will not fall out, holds your place!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 36 SKULLS - magnetic bookmarks...shhh! can't reveal just yet

This poster is from a local band - Shaky Bones - fun group, check them out.  You can find info on their latest gig on their Facebook page. 

Believe it or not, I get requests for skull bookmarks.  Today I made two magnetic skull bookmarks.  But I can't reveal them just yet.  They are on their way to Virginia to Noah Scalin.  He is the one responsible for my interest in skulls in the first place.  Check out his  Skull-A-Day blog.  He also has another blog on creativity and has written some books on the subject including:  Unstuck: 52 Way to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home at Work and In Your Studio.  It is a great book to get someone or yourself if you are having a creative block.  AND I know where you could buy a bookmark for it too! There may be a skull bookmark or two available in the shop, I am not telling. 

I can certainly say I am unstuck - I am having a blast every day making different bookmarks and playing in my studio!

So, to show that I truly am working in my studio every day, here are some wonderful envelopes I have made too.....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 35 "Angel" Book Thong

This beads on this book thong are very small.  It has a blue heart bead with an angel below it.  I tried to get a close up of the angel, her hands clasped in prayer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 34, Tree of Life - Book Thong

I made a similar one back in 2010.  I don't know if you can see the detail, but one side of the book thong has two leaves, one is very small and the other side has the tree of life and some beads.  The book thong holds you place and the beads dangle out beyond the book.  The cording will not damage your book pages.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 33 Jasper "trees" elastic cord bookmark

I love this piece of Jasper.  I can see trees and a reminds me of hiking Mt. Lemmon after the last fire.
 I don't know if it shows up in the photo, but this stone has ridges and has a great feel to it.  You just want to reach out and touch it; hold it.  These elastic bookmarks are great.  They won't fall out, won't damage your book and they stretch to fit different book sizes. 
It was a quiet evening of creating.  I am now relaxing in front of the fireplace, drinking my Sleepytime tea.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT, April 23, 2013

You have until January 25th to sign up to be a "giver" April 23, 2013, World Book Night.

A fun fact about why they chose April 23rd as World Book Night:  "April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday! It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.  World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011; in 2012, it was also celebrated in the USA and Germany."

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.  Antigone Books is a "host" bookstore for this event.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 31 Ribbon and button bookmark Keep Calm and Carry On

Day 31 a whole month of making bookmarks daily.  I only have 334 more days to go!!  I thought I would try something new today.  My daughter found this wonderful red ribbon with teacups that say Keep Calm and Carry On.  I got out my trusty and very old, Bernina 1130 and made up these (and several more) bookmarks.  They fit different size books, the elastic just slips around the button.  The elastic stretches as needed.  Fun Sunday afternoon project.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 30 valentine bookmark and card

Here is a blank greeting card with a collaged Valentine magnetic bookmark, that has been laminated for protection.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 29 Gold Leaf/gold mesh magnetic bookmark


Gold leaf, with gold mesh magnetic bookmark and blank greeting card (the actual bookmark is in center of card).  Sold. 
 If you have not tried one of these bookmarks, you should!! They are wonderful and actually hold your place with strong magnets ... it will not fall out even if your book drops from a hot air balloon or buried in the yard by your dog.  


    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Day 28 A Bookmark a Day - Hand drawn Bookmark

    Hand Drawn bookmark 
     I recently joined a group that exchanges bookmarks.  I am doing my first exchange with Jackie from Belgium.  She prefers paper bookmarks, so I picked out some for her and I am including this hand drawn one I made also.
    I am also sending her this one from the library:
    Jackie likes bookmarks from art galleries, bookstores, libraries and book festivals.  As I was going through my book marks to select some to send, I found some from independent bookstores in Tucson that are now, sadly, long gone.  Bookstop, Bookmark, Coyote's Voice, the Haunted Bookshop, Tortuga Books (Tubac, AZ),  just to name a few.  These bookmarks can't be replaced.  I lament all the wonderful independent bookstores in Tucson we have lost!
    Fortunately we do still have an independent bookstore on 4th Street, 
    Photo of Antigone Books, taken by photographer, Vita Rose.
    Antigone Books , one of the few left.  Another wonderful independent bookstore is The Singing Winds Bookshop located on a working ranch in Benson, Arizona. They specialize in books about the southwest. 

    Support your local independent bookstores before they become just something of the past.


    Wednesday, January 09, 2013

    Free Printable Bookmarks!! Day 27 Making a Bookmark Daily for 365 Days

    Free printable bookmarks     My six-year old granddaughter lost her tooth at school yesterday.  In honor of that event, I had a bit of fun creating these bookmarks on the computer from some photos I took, for her and her classmates in Mrs. Estrella's first grade class or anyone that would like to print them out for free.  

    Just click on the highlighted link at he beginning of this post or at the end of this post to get to a pdf document that you can print out.  For best results, use CARD STOCK and print out with a COLOR printer.  Have fun!


    Free printable bookmarks

    Tuesday, January 08, 2013

    Day 26 Bird magnetic bookmark and blank greeting card

    I love the bird image and the soft blues of this magnetic bookmark and card.  I change my mind about which is my favorite every time I make another bookmark.

    Monday, January 07, 2013

    Nayla needs a Nook!!!

    Nayla needs a Nook!

    Day 25 Blank Greeting Card with Magnetic Bookmark

    The laminated magnetic bookmark is in the upper left-hand corner of the card.  The card is blank inside.  Everything is handmade by me.       SOLD.

    It has been almost a month and so far this project has been very rewarding to me.  Making time for creativity every day has brought balance to my life.  I feel centered.  It has also forced me to be more organized.  My "art studio" may be just a  small corner of my home, but it is my private retreat. 

    Sunday, January 06, 2013

    Product Review: Fiskars Non Stick Scissors.

    Fiskars Non Stick Scissors purchased from Walmart.  This pair is 7" long, the blade portion is 3" in length.  Inexpensive.

    OK, I have to admit it.......I didn't even realize nonstick scissors existed until recently.  Now, I can't live without them.

    If you work with adhesives, I would say these are a must have.  A bonus is the decorative pattern on this pair!  I always grab the correct pair scissors when I am in the middle of a project......I don't know if it was due to the small size or because I purchased in Walmart, but they are inexpensive also. 

    If you do not have nonstick scissors and you get duct tape goo on the blades  when making that duct tape prom dress for instance, the best way to get the goo off is by.....drum roll:  using duct tape.  Yep, the goo will get off the blade and go back on the sticky side of the duct tape.  Easey pasey, but NOT as easy as having nonstick scissors in the first place.  How did I function before having these?

    I have not tried other brands, but I think nonstick scissors in general are WONDERFUL!!! 

    Speaking of duct tape and uses for it....went to hear Shaky Bones at Montery Courtyard in Tucson.  If you look closely at Connie's (lead singer) right foot she has her percussion instrument duct taped to her shoe!!!  Now that is some toe tapping fun.  Pictured here she is sitting on a cajon drum (pronounced ka-HONE).  It is basically a wooden box enclosed on all sides.  It is also called a Peruvian drum.  I want one.  It looks fun!  I apologize for the washed out photos.  They were taken at night from my phone!!
    Connie "Big Mama" Brannock- Lead singer Shaky Bones

    Shaky Bones performing at Montery Courtyard, Tucson, AZ, December 3rd