"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18.2

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

That first step is a doozy!

After procrastinating for weeks, I am finally writing the first post to my newly created blog. What is the purpose of my blog? First, it will give me a forum where I can share my thoughts and opinions about anything and everything. It will also be a place where I can exhibit my artsy creations. And that's about as far as I've gotten with the "why" thing.

I only discovered blogs a few weeks ago - I feel like Christopher Columbus, or Amerigo Vespucci, or the Vikings, whatever - I've discovered a whole new world! Being a hermit of sorts - my home is my refuge and sanctuary and I love love love my alone time - now I can visit with interesting and creative people all over the world, I can feast my eyes upon amazing art created by said people, I can learn new techniques and better the ones I already use, and I can do all this at any time of the day or night - in my nightgown - in my own home! Works for me!

As part of my newly expanded world, I recently participated in an art swap hosted by Alpha Stamps (AlphaStamps.com). We started with a house-shaped binder that comes filled with 8 chipboard pages. We decorated 4 of the pages with a "Feather Your Nest" theme, sent them in to the hostess, who will swap them around and soon I will receive 4 pages by various artist in return! So here are pics of the pages I made:

And of course, the backs of the pages needed to be decorated too. These pics show the back of my pages with my info tag inside the little vellum envelope, then again with the tag visible.

Credits: I used images from AlphaStamps collage sheets (http://www.alphastamps.com/ ), downloaded images from The Graphics Fairy (http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ ) and diecuts and dimensional embellishments by K & Co., purchased at a chain arts/crafts store.

Participating in this swap was a huge thing for me. I have struggled with chronic depression pretty much all my life, and was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, hence the title of my blog, "Life On the Seesaw". Part of my therapy is pushing myself out of the fortress of isolation I've constructed around myself. So here's me, pushing!


  1. Those are amazing! You should be very proud. Thank you for noting where you got the items. I love K and Company stuff.

  2. Welcome to the world of blogging! It's a lot of fun sharing with others in this "world wide web" of crafing!
    Your bird pages are very pretty - not only do I love birds, I love vintage stuff too!
    Beautiful job!

  3. love vintage,follow Graphic Fairy,your work is beautiful

  4. Wow - thank you all so much for your kind comments and for just taking the time to look! I'm working on more art to post very soon -

  5. You do beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. I also love the graphics on Graphics Fairy. It's always fun to see what others make.