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2018 beginning

Lots of gratitude has come with the beginning of this year. As a consequence, I’m a little behind in posting what I have been up to. This first page layout of the year started with a comparison of 2 different brands/hues of purple. They each have their good points. Also, the one on the left was heavy body paint and the right was soft body. It was interesting to see how they cover the page differently. If you want a very uniform coverage the soft body seems to work better. Then I played with gold paint and pens. I was inspired by some gold on purple that I saw over the holidays and really wanted to play with this color combination. I think I will do this again!

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I started the year off teaching an altered book art journaling class that I already posted work from the students. Here was…

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Thursday Doors: NYC


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Living close to New York City has many advantages. One of them is the proximity of world class medical care. Tuesday I met with the doctor who is going to do my surgery for endometriosis. I’m so grateful to have found her and I am feeling really hopeful. She wants me to do a lot to get ready for surgery including figuring out what dietary changes I need to make to improve my bladder and bowel problems, physical therapy to calm the muscle spasms throughout my abdomen, and a few more tests to make sure we know what all we are dealing with. I know this says Thursday Doors and if you are new to my blog you are probably wondering when I’m going to get to the door! This was on the way from the parking garage to her office. We are hoping to enjoy a little bit of the city around the appointments, but mostly I’m in too much pain and exhausted. So I’ll just have to keep my eyes open for gems like this one!

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. For more door photographs check out Norm 2.0.

Altered Book Art Journal Class

Oh, it was so good to teach art journaling again!

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Today I taught a class that I offered as part of the Service Auction fundraiser at the Unitarian Fellowship I attend. I had 2 students in my home studio and we had a great time. They were both interested in a monthly art journaling class so I’m thinking about doing that again. I had forgotten how much fun this is to teach.

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They chose very different books and had very different styles, but I’m hoping they got started on a practice of art journaling. We also played with deli paper and making collage on the paper. One of the students created layers of collaged paper and paint that was really innovative.

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I hope you had a beautiful day.

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Thursday Doors: 2017 in Review


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Here are some of my favorite doors from 2017.


This is one of my favorite door pictures of 2017 and it was taken on New Year’s Day. We went to the Shore for the day and drove home through Princeton. This building was on the way home. I love the architecture and the light and I love my husband for turning around and going back so I could get this picture.


This is one of the houses on the Jersey Shore. The photo is from New Year’s Day. We closed the year with a trip to the shore on Christmas Day. I will post pictures of the trip tomorrow, but there are no door pictures so you will have to come back and see what we saw.


I was going to add a tiled mosaic of the doors of churches of Morristown, NJ that I photographed last winter. However, I can’t seem to do that and I can’t figure out why. I tried to insert mosaics of my photos from our trip to the shore, but I wasn’t able to do that then either. Any ideas? They are visible at the end of the published post, but I can’t see them when I’m editing.

So here is my other favorite door from the Morristown churches. I really like the half open look.


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These are the doors to the Baha’i’ House of Worship in Chicago, IL. We stopped there on the way back to WI for my mom’s 80th birthday.

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This was from our April trip into Newark for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The building is the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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I love this door from the Gillette Castle, CT. This was on the way to Providence, RI and the Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar. There were so many fantastic doors in Rhode Island you really should check out the original posts. (There are links to 4 different posts) But here is my quirky favorite ‘door’ photo from RI.

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This is across the street from the park where I met Claudia McGill in 2016. The first step from this door is quite a doozy!

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This door is from Columcille Megalith Park in Pennsylvania. I went there for the women’s retreat with my Unitarian Fellowship.

I didn’t have a lot of photos of doors from the second half of the year. I had increasing health problems that prevented me from getting out and getting pictures. The good news is that I feel like I have a really good plan to get started on the path to better health in 2018.

Here is my favorite door quote and it seems appropriate for a year in review blog post:

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1))

For more door photos from around the world check out Norm 2.0

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Best wishes for happy holidays and a peaceful and healthy new year to you all.



Solstice: Return of the Light

Here are some things I’m grateful for from this week. What are you grateful for?

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There is a lot of gratitude captured on this page layout. I had a fun trip to a new art supply store with a friend. I sat on our new couch and watched Saturday morning public television. My husband and I participated in a lot of activities with the Unitarian Fellowship and holiday preparations. And I’m doing a lot of art experimentation. Mostly it hasn’t gone how I envisioned, but yesterday I decided to take a different route. Now I’m excited again to get back to work on it.

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Happy Holidays Zendala

New class offering.

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This is the Diva’s 7th anniversary of hosting the Zentangle challenge. Congratulations Laura! The Diva’s challenge was to create a holiday tile or Zendala. A Zendala is a Zentangled mandala. Join me this Saturday, December 16th from 2-5 to make your own holiday Zendala. Lets share a little holiday spirit while taking some time to meditate and create a small work of art. I will be at the Morris County Art Association Studio 10 Catherine Lane, Morristown, NJ 07960. There is a $5 materials fee that will include all that you need to create 5 works of Zentangled art. The class costs $40/$35 members per session. Please use the contact form on my website or call the Morristown Studio at 973-267-1722. I hope to see you there!

This is mandala 54 of 100 and Zendala 6 of 100.

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Gratitude: Checking it Twice

What is on your list?

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I’m grateful to be getting back to my art journal more regularly. I created a lot of art this year, but in the last few months I haven’t done as much in my journal and I missed it. I have had a lot to do during this holiday season. I have also had a lot to do with my continuing & increasing health challenges. But not only did I make a To Do list, I got to check a whole lot off of it. It reminded me of Santa checking his list twice. Checking a list as completed and then going back to review my accomplishments and checking them again was very satisfying.

I hope you have a beautiful day and wishing you light in this time of darkness.

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