Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sun Valley Serenade Part 2

Found these vintage postcards

at a cool indie bookshop.

More vintage snaps!

Movie poster from Sun Valley Serenade.

Used this colourful ruler ribbon to accent the covers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sun Valley Seranade

Here's the journal I kept the week we 
were in Sun Valley last month.

Again, I used the chunky board book as the substrata.

I was doing some healing work there and it
 was good to have the journal to record things.

Love this vintage snap!

Lots of great coffee shops and cafes there.
More on Thursday.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Life on the Coast

A view from the deck at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria

Friday, February 21, 2014

From the Bookshelf

As promised here's one of the books my friend Lisa  gifted me with for my birthday.  As many of us know, Lisa is a closet New Yorker, so it seemed extra appropriate.  The author began taking pictures four years ago, starting out with buildings and eventually finding his metier with portraits.  His faceBook, website and Tumblr have attracted millions of visitors and that all led to this, his first book.  It is delightful, poignant, funny and will be bring a tear to your eye.  From high style to street style, he covers the countless neighbourhoods of the Big  Apple. Some photos are captioned with a story and others with just the location.  The faces are amazing - young, old, male, female, all colours - all Humans of New York.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Holiday Journal, Part Two

Once I start the journal, in situ , I add bits of ephemera,

writing, collections from the trip.

This was one of my favourite pages from the journal -
 a collage of past Christmas stamps.

The little snowman and Victorian scrap pieces
 adorned various Christmas presents
and now decorate on the back cover and spine of the journal!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Holiday Journal Part One

You may remember that for our Christmas holidays Margot and I spent several days at the Love Shack  in Ojai.  I blogged about it here.  I finally got around to taking some pics of the journal I created while we were there.

 I used one of my favourite substratas for a short journal,

 a very thick 6.5x6" children's board book.

For a mini vacation I like to do the covers and 

add decorative paper to the pages before we leave.
More to come next time.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Surprise Birthday Package

 I may be retiring in a few months, but this librarian
 will always love a package that includes books!
Which was the case when I received a box from 
Loveland, Colorado from the ever-talented Lisa Hoffman.

I was pretty sure it was books from the
size and heft of the package -
but imagine my further delight when atop each wrapped book
 I found one of Lisa's beautiful sketches!
Result - one very happy birthday girl. Thanks Lisa.
And the books? - I'm sure they'll pop up on 
a future "From the Bookshelf" post.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Pages

 I keep a shipping envelope of bits and pieces of paper, 
ephemera and old photos in my bag to use when I journal.

I love to go to a favourite cafe, have a latte and a scone,

and lose myself for a hour or so, just playing with words and paper.

 I've come across lots of these old snaps at Antique Faires

and I love the instant vintage look.  Not to mention how fun
 it is to come up with a back story for the people in the photos.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Background Check with Seth Apter

On Friday we drove down to Fullerton where I was privileged 
to take an evening class with the inimitable  Seth Apter.

The class was called Background Check 
and we learned how to add layer

after layer after layer

of paint, gesso, and coloured glazes,

to create wonderful backgrounds,

 for journal pages and small art pieces on cradled wood panels.

It was fun to add some small embellishments to the 
wood panel pieces after returning home.

And even more fun to get to meet Seth beforehand (along with fellow-blogger and good friend Chris Miser) to have lunch and talk about our passion for mixed media art.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Life on the Coast

Beneath the Cayucos Pier on a weekend morning.

Friday, February 7, 2014

5 Years!

It was 5 years ago this week that I started blogging!  And now here we are over 1400 posts and 66,000 visitors later - thank you all so much for your comments, your visits and your support.  What a ride!!
Here's that first post -


First post from the coast!

Well, I'm finally doing it. And I actually figured out most of it myself. Thanks and kudos to Destiny Carter for the very cool banner and to my wonderful wife Margot for computer support and hand-holding. This is my birthday month and I had made a promise to myself to take the blogging plunge in February, if not before, so here goes!

It's a lovely 76 degrees here in Morro Bay today, the ocean is five or six shades of blue, the sun warm, the sea breeze cool. Doing an amazing amount of errands and packing, getting ready for a trip to Taos this Saturday. My Christmas/birthday/anniversary present is the Lynne Perrella/Anne Bagby joint workshop at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house next week. Woo-hoo! Very excited, nervous, as always before a workshop, but hearing Lisa's wise words in my heart; "retain your authentic self BEFORE walking into class."

Mabel Dodge Luhan House - Taos New Mexico

Welcome to my little piece of the coast here at Altered by the Sea.


  1. Welcome to the Blogging World, my Dear Friend!
    your banner is excellent. Your readers are in for a REAL treat. Enjoy the workshop with that Teaching Power Couple!'ll have an amazing time and they're lucky to have YOU in the class.....
  2. Yay!

    I'm so glad you've done it. I added you to my list of blogs to read, and am so very happy I'll have another way of keeping up with you, and what you're doing.
  3. A beautiful beginning from another February birthday-ite. Thanks for your comment - the days when we thought hiding under our desks was protection from radiation fallout. Wishing you an unforgettable experience with Lynne and Anne and the joy of your freshly-minted blog where you can bring all your stories to share.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Journal Fun!

 While I haven't been doing a lot of art in the
 last few months while dealing with medical issues,

one thing I have done is to keep journaling.

 Some days lots of writing

and others, adding photos, cards and ephemera.
More pages next week.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Modest, but Tasty Score

A Sunday morning at the local swap meet,

yielded this amazing item, in its original packaging.

I had no idea what it was, but when I brought it home, 
Margot - who spent many years in a dark room -
informed me that it was used to make the "fuzzy edges" 
on those old oval pictures.  Sorta like an 
antique photo shop effect tool!

Also picked this up, soon it will find its way
 into a shrine or assemblage.
A fun morning for a total of $3.00!