Friday, January 3, 2020


Hello! My hiatus was much longer than anticipated.

I've had some health problems. Managing them has required some significant changes to my lifestyle. There are things I can no longer do, and accepting those losses and limitations has not been easy. I was offline and disconnected for many months trying to come to terms with my new reality. At long last, I think I'm ready to return to social media and blogging.

A new year seems an auspicious time to start again. In the hope that this is just the first of many posts to come, it seems appropriate to begin with an "and."

Specifically, a wood ampersand:

Fancied up with decoupaged paper, flowers, and adhesive gems:

A tip for decoupaging complicated or oddly shaped objects: Don't bother trying to cut the paper into the exact shape of the object. A rough approximation will do. Apply glue to the object, then adhere the paper. Allow the glue to dry, then use a sharp razor blade to trim the paper to the perfect shape.


  1. It turned out well. Very pretty, and the swirls are a nice touch. Nice to see you back!

  2. Love to see you back to blogging! You may notice that my blog is also very quiet, but like you I plan on returning...

  3. Welcome back, I'm glad to read you again

  4. You are so crafty! I love how you put what seems like random things together, but they turn out amazing! I’m so happy to see you’re back, I’m so sorry that you’re having health issues.

    1. Thank you! I set a goal of using my stash of craft supplies this year, so there may be many random assemblies in the near future. :)

  5. BANE! You're back! You're back!!! YAY! I missed you so much. I'm so sorry that you've been having health issues, but I'm so happy that you're back. Sending tons of love. MUAH! MUAH! MUAH!

  6. So good to have you back! And here's to more &tc.'s in the new year. 🖤

  7. And... I love it. Sending you light and blogger-love in the new year.

  8. How wonderful to see the return of your blog! Sorry to hear about your health issues, I hope this year is kind to you x

  9. I'm sorry you've been having health problems - that can be tough. But so happy to see that you're back - love your blog!