Sunday, February 28, 2010

Second Chances~ Handmade Journals

After I had surgery 9 months ago, I was feeling down,
a bit sorry for myself, I just didn't want to do anything,
definitely in a dark place...I found Heather's (Pretty Petals)
on line class for making handmade journals...I joined and fell
in love with making them and writing too. It was a way to
channel all the bad feelings into something positive and happy!

I've made several in the last few months,using all kinds
of little snippets of beautiful things...I had always been a
collector of "stuff" .. pretty little tidbits, all stored away
waiting for something special to be used on...

My journals have no rhyme or reason, just books of
beautiful pictures, quotes, old laces....all put together..
happy to be useful again...Have a Great Week Everyone!


  1. This IS a beautiful, creative way to work through a hard time- thanks so much for sharing...

  2. WOW!! Totally beautiful!!! Love how you have made these... and so therapeutic too! Well done!
    Lou xx

  3. I am a firm believer of Out Of The Ashes Comes Something Good. Creativity soothes many wounds
    and I know first hand.
    Your journals are beautiful!!
    Hugs, Susan

  4. Ann, it's just beautiful. I'm going to email you about a request, ok. Have a great week, T

  5. Ann, Your journals are absolutely gorgeous! It's amazing that such bad feelings can generate something so beautiful.
    I wish you all the best for your health and have a wonderful week!

  6. Hello Ann,
    What a beautifull way of transforming ,sad, and dark thoughts, into a welth of beauty, and faboulous small books of treasures.

  7. Those journals are over-the-top gorgeous! What beautiful work you do!

  8. Your journals are just beautiful! Creativity has a way of soothing wounds. hugs,Kim

  9. Ann, one of the things i was so enchanted by when visiting your flickr this weekend was your gorgeous journal pictures...i love the soft colors that you used...and the laces and ribbons are used to perfection for embellishing!!!

  10. This is just very very lovely......

  11. Ann, I'm amazed that you were able to create so much beauty at such a rough time...that's a real tribute to your sweet spirit! I'm so thankful that all is well's awesome how our lives can go from such a dark place to such a wonderful and blessed place in just 9 months. God is so good.
    These journals are absolutely breathtaking....I love every detail!!!! You continue to amaze me with your gorgeous have to be the "queen" of laces and ribbons! ;) xo, Sandra

  12. So very pretty! Each page a treasure~
    Hope your week is wonderful!

  13. WOW!!! This is so gorgoeus, I love it! Great work.

  14. ANN, What a beautiful journal. Sorry there was a bad time in your life, it seems to happen to all of us at one time or another, but we always with God's help and a strong will make it thru.
    Glad yours is over. I am happy to find you. I live in Jewett, which is not too far away.
    Visit and see my list of Texas Bloggers.


  15. HI Miss Ann, I am so glad that you joined Heather's wonderful journal class and that you now make these gorgeous creations and share them with us all! Each and everyone you create is absolutely stunning and you will probably never know how many ladies you have inspired with your art and with your struggles and how you over came them and still see and create beauty all around you! Wow, there were a lot of "ands" in that sentence, haha! I am so very glad you are better now and so very blessed to call you my new friend!!!
    Happy Creating sweet Miss Ann!!!
    love and (((hugs)))

  16. Hi Ann!
    I just found your work through my friend, Ms. T at Garden Antiques. Your work is extremely creative and inspiring---welcome to the blogging world! I look forward to seeing more...xo...deb

  17. Dear Ann,
    I am so glad to have found your lovely blog! The journal you made is so beautiful, such a treasure! I am glad it helped you through a difficult time, and I pray you are doing much better! Your home is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos!

    Love and blessings,

  18. Ann, your art TRULY is just amazing and I can't help but think that somehow the FEELINGS you have been feeling through your time of hardship somehow translated into this gorgeous artwork. I am so glad to know you enjoyed the class and it brought some happiness to your days. Your work truly is breathtaking.
    Wishing you all the best in this coming year. ♥♥Heather

  19. Just beautiful! It will always be special to you...a reminder of grace. Someday, I'm going to get serious about collaging:)

  20. Oh my GOSH! Absolutely gorgeous. Hurray for you! Love your blog, by the way!


  21. Just gorgeous! This is a wonderful blog you have here. I'm placing you in my sidebar under "Inspiring places to visit".


  22. Just so beautiful...if you don't care I will add to my sidebar........I love your journals...I will have to check the other blog for her idea....♥ it!

  23. Hello dear,
    I am new to your blog, but my daughter, Heather, from Pretty Petals, clued me in. She knew it would be a blog I would admire and Ann, I have to tell you, I cherish each and every one of your posts. Your creativity astounds me and is just "my cup of tea". God Bless You, dear, as you have worked through this trauma in your life. God is good and is always there when needed. A prayer goes up for you today. Please stop by and visit and please know, I'll be back knocking on your door, once again.. :)


  24. Your journal is amazing, I want to make one for myself. Looks like it's a lot of work tho. Lisa