Thursday, June 2, 2011

i think i'm in love with plaster~

it's getting a little crazy around here!......
i just got my copy of plaster studio because i signed up for judy wise and stephanie lee's plaster workshop.  their book came in the mail just after i got my copy of misty mawn's new book, unfurling.  so, of course i have been an art/plaster/book-making/journaling/painting/sketching junkie and have hardly had time to get anything else done.  (taking girls to school and a little time for surfing).  i've been knee deep in plaster and can't put my journals down......ideas are swirling in my head, even in the middle of the night!  it's a great feeling to have the creative flow flowing. sometimes the well is dry and there's nothing.  but now it's flowing like a waterfall.  i can't stop myself~  AND i'm getting ready for the "book-making journey" workshop that i will be teaching in manteo with melissa manley on
june 18th.   inspiration is everywhere.  i'm so grateful to you misty, and you judy, and you stephanie for sharing your knowledge and inspiring people everywhere to create and find joy through art.  you are all amazing~

 i think i'm in love with plaster.

this is the cover to the book i'm making with plaster.  i can see why judy and stephanie go on and on about it and now i totally get the obsession with plaster.  
i made a smaller square book cover too.......
i've yet to put them together and haven't done the encaustic layer yet, but was so excited that i wanted to share.  i've been obsessed with book-making lately and this is just one more medium to add to the mix!  


the surf has been so much fun and the water feels great.
  i have been loving getting in the water with my girls.  the month of may can be a little
tough at times.....the anniversary of my mom dying.  but we get through with love and laughter, 
a big serving of memories, good times in the water and an unbelievable gratitude for family and friends.
AND birthdays!!  

fresh key limes for my friend libby's key lime birthday pie.
hagan did the lime squeezing....lots of them!  

AND she made the graham cracker crust.  
extra butter and crumbs and lime zest on top!

hagan loves birthdays as much as i do....and as i was finishing up the painting for libby, i got 
a little side tracked and the pie dripped in the oven, the center fell and the
 house started to smell like smoke.   
but i really liked how the collage turned out!!

all in all it was a perfect day and the pie tasted good....even thought it looked pretty bad.  (i should have taken a picture....)

bittersweet that may has come and gone, but i welcome june with open arms!!!


the memories keep me afloat.  
too many to share.
too much to tell.
it's all in my heart.
that's good enough.
memories are worth more than anyone can know.
never alone.
never alone.
never alone.
i will always have memories.

brenda kay croom
august 23, 1944- may21, 2008


  1. sending love and light, friend.

  2. I love the plaster book too and can't wait for their class to start - you're off to a beautiful start! I love your book cover!

    Sending good thoughts to you during a difficult time. I'm glad that you have lovely memories of your mom and wonderful, loving family to support you!