On My Desk




Well, a mishmash of all types of different things are on my plate right now. I’m a little bit distracted can’t you tell? I’ll tell you what all this stuff is about:

1. My collage box. I made this box from 1/2″ pine planks and made the hardware myself, repurposed from a coat hanger, curtain rod hook, scrap sheet metal and other things. This is where I keep my finished A Collage a Day thingies. So far, I’ve made 89 of these thingies. I number them with rubber stamps and slide them into cello sleeves.  I think I’ll bake a cake when I hit 100.

2. An unfinished automata. It’s an angel. When you turn the crank, she lifts off the base and does a few twirls around before landing. I’ve been a bit of a mad Igor in the basement, building these things. The building part of them is completed and I plan to finish them when I feel the time is right… and then I’ll probably paint them all at once, when I’m in the groove

3. A few of the latest collages. I make these in open ended sessions. I work on them until I lose the flow. Sometimes, I only make a couple, but I’ve also made as many as seven. I’m excited to see where these exercises take me.

4. These paper toy boxes have been in the development stage longer than they should have. I originally made them as a part of a bus stop play set but decided to turn them into novelty gift boxes.

5. Another wooden sculpture. It’s very much based on the collages I’ve been making. I like it when one project flows into another one. It might be part of an automata, or be free standing. I’m not sure yet.

6. This is my desk “organizer.” This means any tools on my desk that are getting in the way, get stashed in this box. My dad made this box. It’s just the right size for putting in a multitude of things that clutter. Speaking of clutter, I’ll post an “on my desk” picture, showing the end of a collage making session. You won’t believe the mess.

A new free paper craft- Mini Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes


If you’ve been to a dollar store lately, you will know this, but believe it or not, Valentine’s day is only a few weeks away. So, I’ve made some small gift boxes that you can download, print and assemble and then fill with small treasures or sweet treats to give.

There are two of these sweet little boxes and they are very simple to assemble. Each closes with tabs that join together to form a heart on the top of the box. The final size is roughly a 1.5 inch sized cube.

The project comes with instructions and diagrams on the second page and an extra blank template is included in case you would like to decorate your own box.

Please download them, print as many as you wish, and use them for your own personal use. I hope you enjoy them!


Mini Treat Boxes


A Collage a Day, volume 1 – Collages 100-124


Here are the first 25 collages from the GabbyGubbins project,  A Collage a Day Tumblr blog. This is volume 1, I will publish them on Issuu in volumes of 25 collages per issue.

Inside the front page, I explain the reasons and processes for this project. It’s exciting to see where this is taking me. I don’t know how many I will make before calling it quits, but for now, they’re still happening!