Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hello Again!

As mentioned earlier this is my virgin foray into the blogasphere and am delighted that this will be another way we can share our work and ideas.

l’ll begin my official intro with the original message I sent to Leann in answer to questions she posed to me earlier this month:

I enjoy the genre of altered books and also the collaborative experience with other artists. However, number of years ago I was in an AB round robin as well as an artdoll RR project, both of which, got way-layed somewhere in downtown limbo. But a very successful project was one I did as one of 10 artists who participated in an art doll round Robin which is one of the featured projects in the book: Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media that came out this summer.

Unfortunately 3 artists of the group didn't get their doll photo credited with their name and I was one of them (P. 123)
Special adjuncts were collaborative journals that accompanied each doll as it made it's rounds but the author chose not to include them. Considering “....Shared Visions...” was a 'journaling' book ... it is a shame, as the doll and journal were important to each other... but not everything makes it into the “big-time’.. that's life :+).

My professional art agenda is filled with many varied projects that include a variety of media. If you have the time and the inclination I invite you to visit my website--

I don't seem to get much of a chance to do altered books so I jumped at this opportunity when I saw Leann's post; being a part of this will hopefully get me more focused on ABs.

I live in beautiful, serene, and lush Wallingford, Pennsylvania with my husband Mort in a home we built almost 50 years ago but we are now in the midst of the project of “down-sizing” (house and studio, oiy!!!) and trying to sell this house-of-many-steps so we can move into a highrise apartment condo! Our immediate family consists of 3 sons, 3 loving DILs and 7 grandchildren (ranging in ages from 19 yrs, to 2 yrs., all living within 12 miles of us.

The concept and actuality of community is very important to me whether in a close family and friendships or this virtual round robin. It is the give ad take, the commraderie, the sharing, learning from one another and building bridges that is all key to my involvement and enjoyment.

To compliment a family memory project I have been working on for my children and grandchildren I have begun a "food memoir" series so it seems only logical that this AB RR be in that nature. To understand my enthusiasm for this, I need to share with you this idea: to mark Mort’s and my 50th wedding anniversary (oh, where has the time gone!) we celebrated over several months by having 'intimate' brunches and dinners attended by treasured family and friends. This way we were able to enjoy a special visit with each one who came to our home on those occasions; each were/are so very important to us.

So, you can see were I am headed as to the concept of our book project together. My mom and dad instilled valuing family and friends but memories of my mom’s food preparations and so much more are the impetus for this.

My recipe box and cookbooks hold seasoned and spiced memories. Rather than a gourmet’s collection this will be a connection of my past to my off-springs in the realm of the food world. The taste and aroma of certain foods bring a stream of remembering special and ordinary times.This series memoirs will be punctuated by recipes, the cooking process, kitchen experiences and chicken soup advice.

I am still fleshing out the how’s and what’s of our project together so ideas are 'percolating and cooking’!! and I will share them with you at the big send off in mid September.... or sooner if you wish.

I really am looking forward to getting to know you and work with you.

After previewing this I discovered that I am unable to move the photos to their appropriate places but this little skill, I think, will come with time. The photo of the AB book is one that never came home to roost and the photo of my mom and me was taken a few years ago just before her death at the age of 94 1/2. Thank you for your patience. Please bear with me. EW

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hi, I'm Sally Bowen

Hello, all! I'm so happy to be with you all. I live in "Bawlmer, Hon!" (Baltimore, MD), a very beautiful place to be if you love GREEN! And so many lovely flowers. So good to know that it's not all spoiled, like they always tell you in school! Well, guess we have to stay motivated, right?

I'm an avid gardener, but now I have no garden! Except my pots and a small patch I adopted at our apartment building that noone was doing anything with. I love to quilt, too, but how many pictures can I put up? Have a look here to see my artwork:

The picture above introduces you to me and my dh, Dave. He's a Web Developer at Diamond, Comics, Inc., Timonium, MD.

My little Bailey dog princess with her new 'do:

She's very sweet and pretty. My cat's name is Luna, she's probably under the bed right now, LOL! Not an outdoor cat at all.

My two "adult children" (what to call them?) are living in Northern Virginia, Jennifer, 26 and married, Michael, 24 and wishes he were married! He will be "soon enough" I think. Grandchildren would be just lovely.

Some pictures from my garden:

Sherrie, here

hello all,
im sherrie from michigan. after retiring from Ma Bell in '94 i started basic art classes, and studied with a local artist for about 5 years-mostly watercolor. a few years ago, our class was introduced to altered books and i was off and running. Ed, my hubby of 25 years, now has Alzheimer disease, so i am home a lot. the on line AB101 was perfect for me and now the mailing RR will be perfect,too.
my theme will be "wings" i would love to see some fantasy winged characters from your imagination. butterflies, birds, angels, fairies--or anything you decide. i am really lookin forward to your creations and getting to know everyone


for Elsa

I snuck into your post and changed my name from Luann to Leann. :-)

Hi Round-Robbin-ers

After sending an S.O.S. a couple of minutes ago I suddenly found the link for posting...Hallelujah!
Soooo HELLO to all of you. I am Elsa Wachs from SE Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia and delighted to be part of this project.

Leann, thanks so much for putting this AB RR group together and for creating this blog. I appreciate your pushing me to learn these new skills that I have been 'thinking' about but just never did. I love new challenges and new horizons!

I need to run off this AM for an appt but I just wanted to chime in fast... see if I know what I am doing... IOW testing the blog waters.... I'll be back this afternoon to do a proper intro.

I hope this works....

Friday, August 28, 2009


I am new to all this and looking forward to learning more and doing more art. I like to oil paint, crochet, gardening for my flowers plus canning items and sewing things. I love art and have done several things in the past in different types of paints and art work. I like the vintage style and
want to learn new ways of doing things and get my feet wet with new and different things. I do
enjoy history. I like most colors and all textures. My Book for RR is called "Delighful and
Interesting Women" Through time there are several whom I admire so that is where I got
this idea from.

We live in Washington and have for several years have four children and nine grandchildren. Family is growing and it is fun to see the young ones getting older and wiser about things. our youngest is five and the oldest is 22 this year. My husband of 43 years is doing well as the family. I don't know how to post a photo on this sorry.

This will be fun to get to know all of you and I hope I put together something nice for each book.
I will do my best. Thanks for this opportunity.

I'm here too!

My name is Corinne Stubson- I'm 63 years young, daughter to my 97-y/o Mom, (that's us in her birthday picture 2 years ago) whom I adore and help out, sister to three older brothers, wife of 43 years (as of Sept. 3 this year!) to my dh, Larry, mother of 2 grown sons, and g-mother to 3 munchkins whom I love to pieces - Matthew, 14, Michaela 11, and Madison, 7-1/2.

I retired from a 22 year career in nursing in 1995 to care for my Dad, and when he passed away, decided to pursue my life in a new direction. I've been immersed in the paper and book arts since 2001, and my art passion is for altered books, making journals, etc, making beaded earrings (my Glitz-Oh! beads) and generally working in mixed media with paint, paper, and my muse.

I'm an avid gardener, lover of classical music (dh is a professional violinist), and love the great outdoors also, especially the ocean and bird-watching (except when the blue herons come and eat our koi...:^((. I'm also a salt-water fish enthusiast, and have a reef tank (125+ gallon) and a 110 gallon 'fish-only' saltwater tank.)
We have a rescue cat, Buster, who will be 9 on or about Oct.1.
My blog is on TypePad and this is my website.

I'm so looking forward to our RR and getting to know all of you!

Our Little Brown Robin is a Launch!!!!!!!

Hi All and Welcome to the Little Brown Robin! I am Leann and it is very nice to meet you all. I am very excited for this Round Robin to take flight.
Here is a place where we can post our pics, questions, and technique information for us all to see.
All ten of us are labeled as authors on this site and will be able to post on the main page. All others that visit will have to go to the comments page to post what they think. Hope this works out for everyone. I was thinking it might be nice to post a pic of ourselves and introduce ourselves a bit.
So I'll start it off.
I am Leann, a midwest stay at home Mom of 2.
I owned a floral design business for weddings and event planning before I had kids. I have a degree from Columbia College in Print making and book & paper arts. I enjoy binding books, vintage style with a funky twist.
I enjoy being a mom and seeing the world discovered through little eyes.
I love Art, dancing, Yoga, and all things outdoors.
I am a bit of a foodie, love to cook and enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
Nice to meet you all