Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: hand bound scrapbook

Day 342: A Finished Matroyshka, and some Swapped Goodies


“Wasting any essence of this precious human existence is almost like taking poison while being fully aware of the consequences.”

-The Dalai Lama

Don’t waste your time wasting time! How do you waste time? Think about it. Worry, doubt, anger…all those emotions that take away from you. This is how we waste time. Negative emotions like anger and resentment only take away from our internal and external beauty and radiance.  We must choose what we want in life, and then pursue it. Pursue what you wish to have in life, or life will choose for you.

Today, I finished the book I was working on yesterday.

It looks like she has a flower on her head, but I kind of like it that way.

What else? I had a stuff swap with my craft group yesterday. It was a small but fun event. Here’s a few pics.

That’s Yoshi. She happens to be THE swapping queen. She knows of ALL the swaps in the five boroughs. Seriously.

We had so much fun! I will photograph the vintage crewel kits that I got, later today.

That’s all for now. Hubby needs the ‘puter.

The Craftaholic

Day 333: A Flowery Scrapbook


“If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself.”

-The Dalai Lama

Oh now you see? This reminds me of the song by Micheal Jackson, really. Remember? “I’m looking at the man in the mirror…”

So, to illustrate my point today, I decided I’m going to post a link to the youtube video. The thing is, we must, as Ghandi said, “be the change” in the world. We talk so much about how we want to change things, and as artists and creatives, we long to create statements with our work, much like the Dadaists of long ago.

But you must actually BE the change. BE the statement. BE the artwork.

Today, I made a scrapbook. It’s been a while. I’m going to try to make a bunch, in attempts to sell them in shops around New York City.

What do you think?

Today is a bit of a gloomy day, so we’re staying home. I’m doing some work on my website, just organizing my gallery and such. That, and I have some swaps to catch up on!

The Craftaholic

Day 320: A Memory Book For Isador


“When a positive goal has been set, you should pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it’s not realized, at least there will be no regret.”

-The Dalai Lama

Follow your dreams all the way through

I tell this to my daughter

until you cannot follow any further

until you see them in your hand, in your life, in your spirit


follow them

to where the sun doesn’t shine

to where the moon glares at you

shining on you

the brightness

that comes in the dark

in these dark places

follow your dreams

until they no longer are a dream

but a reality

I tell this to my daughter

and I


what I preach

Today, I made a memory book for a client. I had started one before, but was not satisfied with it, so I decided to change it up a bit.

It’s still a hand bound book, but this time I used paper bags. I’m not done with it, actually. My husband is going to help me with the headers for each page.

It’s a cloudy day today, so the shot of the front cover didn’t come out so great. But here’s some inside pics:

Sadly, those are the only good shots I got. Can you believe it? Blame it on the crappy weather.

I am still quite exhausted from my surgery, and I think I over did it by going out yesterday. So today is an indoor day, filled with  projects and swaps to work on, and baby wrangling, of course.

The Craftaholic

Day 307: An Owlish Scrapbook


“Some people, sweet and attractive, and strong and healthy, happen to die young. They are masters in disguise teaching us about impermanence.”

-The Dalai Lama

Life is short. We are reminded of this constantly. So why bother worrying about things that we cannot change? We must instead focus on the things in life that we can change, the things in life that we DO have control over, rather than those we do not.

This of course, is easier said than done. We can do this by adopting the Alcoholic’s Anonymous mantra: one day at a time. It seems silly, especially for those of us who haven’t struggled with addiction. But it’s true. If you do have a problem with worry, then you too must live your life, one day at a time, not a thousand all at once, worrying about things you have no control over. You can only control your response to life, not life itself.

Today, I made a scrapbook for an owl swap that I’m in. I hope she likes it.

So, what do you think? It’s for an Owl Swap that I’m hosting on Craftster. I love owls, as you know.

Today, I have to go to the doctor. I went last week, but I had an issue with my health insurance. So I have to go to a different doctor. We’ll see what happens, my lady parts have been causing me quite a bit of pain. It’s like cramps, only worst. Yuck, I never got cramps before, and now mother nature is having her vengance.

Other than that, I’m okay, though. I have an idea for a necklace for another swap I’m in.

The Craftaholic

Day 294: Star Accordion Scrapbook


“True compassion is not an emotional response but a firm commitment founded in reason.”

-The Dalai Lama

The logical thing, is to be compassionate and practice kindness. It’s not something you do because you FEEL like you should do, it is simply something that we must do, as humans. Life is not always about getting ourselves further ahead of another. Sometimes we must stop, and practice compassion. We MUST. If we all were to practice kindness and compassion, can you imagine the world we would live in?

Today, I made an Star Accordion Bound Scrapbook.

Pretty, right? I hope to teach this as a class at the Ink Pad in August.

A very bad shot of the inside.

I’ve got to go, as my parents are coming over. We’re going to the Natural History Museum with my little one. By the way, I am loving the weather the past couple days! Not too hot, and the sun is out and everything. Fabulous. If only it were like this more often instead of the sweaty, sweltering heat.

The Craftaholic

Day 290: Hair Clippies & A Scrapbook for Itzel


“To understand everything is to forgive everything”

-The Buddha

I once knew a woman who lived her life so bitter of the past, she never did anything with her life. She never married, she never found true love, never finished college…she is just as bitter now as she was when she was a teenager.

That’s sad, don’t you think?

I think that the key to understanding and forgiving someone, is walking a mile in their shoes. Until you walk in someone’s shoes, you are truly in no position to pass judgement.

Today, we are going to a kid’s birthday party. It’s for the niece of my good friend Karina. Her name is Itzel, and she and Dakota get a long so well. The funny thing is she is nothing like Dakota. She is quiet, shy and calm. Dakota is a talkative little thunderstorm of a girl that is naturally assertive at a very young age. It’s funny, you know? But  I digress…

I made her a set of hair clips, and a very cute scrapbook that I want to keep for myself.

Oh, and here’s the hair clippies. I made her a few, because her mother really likes the ones I make for Dakota.

Hello Kitty, because all little girls love it. At least all the ones I know do.

Well kids, I’m off to the party. I’ll take pics, don’t worry. And I will attempt to get my little world wind of a girl into little braids. We’ll see.

Oh, and I cooked yesterday. Chicken burgers. OMG, so good. And so easy, you don’t need a recipe! Just add an egg, breadcrumbs, romano cheese, salt & pepper to taste, and garlic. I also added something called Mojo. You can find it in most latin supermarkets. It’s a cuban thing, but lots of latinos use it.

And then of course, form the patties and cook them in butter. Not oil, please. Gross. Butter gives them a good flavor.

Okay, I’m off.

The Craftaholic

The Craftaholic