Monday, July 28, 2014


Today is Monday... a lot of fun things happen around here on a Monday...  today in the way we farm, it is a good day to ferment veggies... so I made 10 Liters of Kraut, 10 Liters of Kim Chi and 10 Liters of GARLIC DILL PICKLES... YUmmmmm I took a class a few years ago with Sandor Katz (the king of fermentation)  and he makes it all so simple... so I love to do these things... and we feel so very much better when we eat fermented veggies...  anyway... that has really taken most of my day... but in between I have been playing... not a whole lot... but bits and pieces...  and this is what happened...

As I go along with these pictures you will see how the whole picture came together...  bits and pieces... 
I wanted to do the challenge A  Vintage Journey... so
was the theme... and so I thought and thought... had a few ideas.. and then the journal came into my mind.. .I have to admit... I have not been journaling for about a year now... just too busy etc. etc...
anyway... I wanted to get back into that... so I am going to do it with this JUST STAIN IT...  yes sir!!!!  

Well because my stains are on my worktable always handy it was just what colors to use... so I used a variety of them... as I wasn't really sure exactly where I was going...  just to have fun.. main goal... 

I think I used about 8 different colors... it is a hard decision .. there are too many that I love...  so I just turned the lazy Susan and where it stopped... I used that one...  just that simple... 
I would make it all go together anyway... so not a big deal... and they are all yummy so again... not a big deal... 
The sayings are the hardest to pick...
This one is special...
How very true...  sometimes we don't want to admit that... but it is 100% true... 
okay... moving on..

Simon Monday is all ABOUT J's... so I thought on that for a minute too... and JOURNAL.. Journey, Jams...  oh my goodness get out of the kitchen now... you are playing in the studio... 
Well a Butterfly jam???  meaning a lot of them in one place... ???  Okay... stretching it  a little bit too much... we will go with JOURNAL... 

Of course being Monday.. it is Zen Tangle Day...  OMG... no meditation today... up too early getting things ready for the fermentations... and also bean processing... and then Glenn picked a couple more gallons of Blue Berries... too much going on... no meditation.. .but I want to tangle... so I did... on my journal page...
The challenge today was to use your initials and pick out two tangles to represent you...  so I did that too..  Me2 and one that begins with a B that has flowers... LOL.. you know me... it has to have flowers... 

Just wanted to show you how my page is coming along...  so far...  that is ..

I love maple seeds.. and my husband will always collect some for me to use in my art... so I have used some... but always reserve some too...

Well... I love butterflies... and love them flying and everything that a butterflies does is fine with me...  so I wanted to show as many ways as possible with a butterfly on these pages.. so I thought about embossing them too... Well low and behold... two challenges ask for EMBOSSING... of any kind... this is the dry embossing, but the dragonfly is WET... with my new Texture Paste... love that stuff... I have almost used half a jar... need to get more NOW... don't like withdrawel...  of any kind... 

A better view of my tangle for today... 

After taking pictures of my journal page... I didnt' like the way it looked... so I went back and mixed up some Textured paste with some Distress dyes and added these little hexagons all over the place... I made this stencil from Tim's Template... love to do that... and they are so fun and easy...

Closeups of those areas.. 



This word is very meaning ful to me... I had a speech teacher in college that use to stand up in front of the class and lecture for hours... with her eyes closed and half of us would sneak out...  anyway... her favorite thing to lecture about was OBSERVING... how very important it is all the time...  have you ever observed something you use all the time... would you be able to tell me what a pencil really looks like.. you know the yellow one, with 8 sides... and the little gold band... and the band generally also has another color on it too.. etc etc...  what words are on the pencil... OBSERVE... 
So it was a reminder for me...
Journaling is a diary for the artist to explore the inner and outer happenings in their life.. so this is mine for today...
I did forget to put some kraut on there... but it will not be ready for a few days... so sorry about that... LOL..
Thanks for taking a look and stopping by for a visit...  also I love all the comments you leave and read each and everyone... as I cherish them... thanks again to all of you. 
hope you have a wonderful evening and also day...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie 


  1. Wow Bonnie, a lot of beautiful talent went into creating this beauty and your house must smell good.

  2. I think that's one of the best parts of art journaling, the layering and adding over time. No pressure to finish. Gesso is always there to start again too. (I'm sorry I messed up your lovely comment on my blog :( )

  3. What a visual BlockBuster, Bonnie. Beautiful work.

  4. Love your work Bonnie, this is a feast for the eye, so much to see and touch (that's a guess! ) Nikki xxx

  5. What an amazing journalling page, truly a work of art.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  6. Bonnie what a fabulous journal spread you shared with us. Love your finished result ! And the maple seeds, and butterflies and and and.. Could go on !! Lol... Love all your lovely details and your funny text !!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from SPAIN

  7. Wonderful journal page! So many details! Great!

  8. This is glorious Bonnie :-) so full of wonderful colours of Distress. The details you incorporate in to your makes are amazing as well as pleasing to the eye.
    Thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey
    Hugs Annie x

  9. Your journal pages are wonderful! So many beautiful things to see here. I love the dragonfly, the butterflies and those Maple seeds! Such a lovely way to use the seeds! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. Looks like this journal page was a real release for your creative juices after everything else you managed to get done on this day Bonnie. Never tried fermented veggies - sounds intriguing - but I do love stains and your journalling is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this. Jenny x

  11. Wow Bonnie, this is fantastic! So many wonderful colours and fabulous textures! I just love your style! Hugs :)

  12. What lovely pages these are! So glad you joined us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. ~Diane GDT

  13. This is just so wonderful and full of so many delicious details! Thanks for sharing this at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

  14. Oh my gosh, Bonnie. These art journal pages are really really cool. I love the sentiment...and you are right. That is so true! We are the sum of our choices. Your art is always so detailed and every detail has an intention behind it. I love that about your art. Those maple seeds....what a very cool thing to keep and use in your art. I love that! These pages have so much to see. I love your doodles and zentangled areas. I am so glad that you had or made the time to play and create these little beauties and then shared them with all of us! <3 Candy

  15. What beautiful art journals! Thanks for sharing your creative process. . .fun to watch them develop. . .and yum on the pickles and kraut! So glad you joined us for our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  16. You art journal gals knock my socks off. This is not a medium where I excel, and it just makes me smile to see your wonderful work! Excellent! Thanks for playing along with us a Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  17. Beautiful journal work! thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  18. Fantastic, creative, inspiring work as always Bonnie - so full of life and colour and so many layers and details. Fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx
    (I'm going to be doing my absolute best to fit in as many of my DT commitments as possible... but we'll just have to see!)