Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time to Play…


Hello, my friends!

I feel like I haven’t had any playtime in Blogland in a million years!

Three weeks away visiting family almost immediately followed by a week of camping in the redwoods…followed by finally arriving at home…and all of us got sick!


So, there hasn’t been a lot of creativity around here lately, and I’m trying to find even the tiniest spark of it left in me!

I loved finishing up these pages in my art journal, though…I’d started them before all the busy-ness of summer began, and just doodled & lettered them up while watching the Olympics until they were done…a little playfulness is just the thing when you’re worn out!


A little Shakespeare & a bit of Hans Christian Andersen is just the thing to fix anything!  A quote from each of these favorite authors paired with some lovely found images…


A vintage marionette paper doll found online and the perfect fairytale castle.  I was having the hardest time finding just the right castle image, but my memory finally led me to my bookcase filled with beautiful vintage books…and there it was!

My Bookhouse_edited-1 

…just inside the cover of one of my favorite book series—my set was published in 1920—“My Bookhouse”.  Books really are filled with the most magical things, aren’t they?!


Hope you’re filling these fleeting summer days with lots of fun, imagination & playfulness with those you love…enjoy each and every moment!

See you soon with something new…



  1. His Julie! I love the redwoods. So beautiful! I think a lot of tend to step away from so much blogging during the summer months. Glad you're having fun!

  2. Hi Julie, so glad your having a fun summer. Love the images!
    Hugs~~~ Daphne

  3. At least you got sick after the camping trip and not during. That would not have been fun. Hope you are now able to take some time to relax and catch your breath at home. I have a few more weeks of summer holiday and then it is back to work. Gosh, it's gonna go fast. Happy August! Tammy

  4. Hi Julie,
    It must be really fun and rewarding to have an art journal. Yours is very inspiring. Hope your feeling better soon.

  5. HI Julie, glad youre feeling better, at least you got to enjoy your summer family activities before everyone got sick! Love your art journal! I really need to do this sometime!
    have a nice weekend.. Theres still a whole month of summer left! woohoo!

  6. Glad you are feeling better. It is awful to be sick in the summer. I am just recovering from a nasty virus.

    This is such a great project and those pictures just tug at my nostalgia side.

  7. Welcome home although to get sick wasn't ideal.
    I hope you're all recovered now.
    It sounds like you've made the most of your summer....I'm waiting for spring to arrive here which hopefully won't be long now ;D
    It's probably better for me to just say I adore everything about books! There that's short and sweet because if I get started on books there'll be no stopping me!
    Have a wonderful weekend ~ enjoy :D

  8. Hi pretty lady,

    Well, it definitely sounds like you've been busy, but with good stuff until you got home. I hope you're all feeling better by now. I love your journal entries, and I absolutely adore those nursery books, too! I have one, but it's in pretty bad shape.


  9. hi julie,

    hopefully everyone is feeling much better now and can enjoy being home and revisiting happy memories of the trips.

    i always so enjoy your posts on pinterest.

    happy summer wishes, my friend


  10. How wonderful the paper dolls are! Sounds like you've had a lot going on, good to have you back!