Week of November 11th-18th


Fantabulous classes at The Ink Pad in Manhattan this weekend!

Before we get into that, though, I want to say that for the first time in nearly 3 years of blogging, one post is ‘it' for this whole week. Oral surgery is taking me out out of the loop. And on top of that, I've decided to delete all the unread email and blog updates I try so hard to keep up with… I hope no feelings will be hurt, no friendships lost, and a clean slate started.  I just truly cannot keep up.

Likewise, I offer that to you, frequent visitors… I really appreciate all the blog visits and comments, but it's never been a numbers thing for me and I think best to just visit one another when we can. Hope this makes sense… I know we're all juggling so many things and it's really difficult to keep all the plates in the air. Following by email is a good option, too, and just delete the ones that don't interest you.

I was fortunate to take a 2-day workshop at The Ink Pad in Manhattan this weekend with instruction from MaryBeth Shaw, Michelle Ward, Andrew Borloz, and Pam Carriker.  It sold out within days of the announcement. What a wonderful weekend!  I got to spend it with Jessica Sporn and lots of familiar faces.  Up above in the pic you'll see Patti Sokol, me, Seth Apter, MaryBeth Shaw, Jessica Sporn, and Sheila (need last name!).  Here are some pics:


MaryBeth… great techniques and a total enabler… needed this stencil after that demo.


Michelle Ward…. Love her!   So much fun, so many ideas… if you can take her class anytime… do!


Andrew Borloz, teaching us the book binding.


Pam Carriker… amazing! Didn't get a pic of her at work but this peek at her journal page will show you how amazing her work is.  Learned so much!

Thank you for popping by today!



  1. Helen Tilbury on November 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Too late to wish you well but glad it all went okay! Get completely well soon!! Oh I am totally over even being in the slightest bit offended ever about blog comments. I cannot keep up myself. This year I have also had to give up!! I also deleted all mine a couple of months ago for the first time ever. Conceding defeat is progress!!!

  2. butterfly on November 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like an amazing fount of creativity…

    And you’re so right about the whole creating/visiting cycle. If it’s becoming a chore/guilt-trip then it’s lost the reason why we do any of it. Never any hard feelings of any kind – just a joy to visit whenever I get time, and lovely to hear from you whenever you have time!!
    Alison xx

  3. Carolyn Dube on November 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Oh yuck about the oral surgery. Hope you get all the time you need to recuperate! The Ink Pad looks like such fun!

  4. Terry on November 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Hope you are feeling better and that the oral surgery goes well. I do hear you about the stress of blogging, DT and commenting! It can take the wind out of our sails and I am so glad that it is not just me! Sometimes I think it is because I started this a little (lot) older in life. Take care and sending hugs!

  5. Patti Sokol on November 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Marjie-I had such a nice time arting with you at this fantastic workshop. I look forward to catching up again in January. Good luck with the oral surgery. Never fun. I wish you a very speedy recovery.

  6. Sandra Mouwen on November 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Ohh so cool! Can see that you had a fantabulous time ! So sorry to hear about the surgery. hope you’re doing well! Hugs, Sandra

  7. Anita Houston on November 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

    OH WOW!!! What an amazing line up of artists…I know you were happy! Great info too.
    Sorry about the oral surgery…no fun! Hope you heal fast.

  8. Seth on November 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    What a rocking weekend Marjie. Glad we had a chance to connect there and spend two whole days arting together. Maybe we can convince the fantastic four to come again this weekend! Good luck with the dental work!

  9. Michael Trent on November 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    OMG…what a great weekend class!! And it was amazing to meet YOU too…and chat with you!! You, too, are an amazing artist Marjie. Hope we keep in touch!! And…good luck with the oral surgery!

  10. valerie-Jael on November 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Looks like a fun time – hope the oral surgery goes well! Hugs, Valerie

  11. Jessica Sporn on November 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Love seeing the pictures and remembering the weekend. I hope you’re healing well. Kudos to you for the mass deleting and starting with a clean slate!

  12. Lynne on November 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Only now catching-up with you Marjie.
    You poor thing, what matters is you and your recovery and know I am thinking of you and sending a bundle of speedy recovery wishes your way.
    It makes such sense to take this time out and you will feel the better for it.
    Wishes to you
    P.S. How amazing – you would not think I would want to be there but I so would as the list of artists are people who inspire us all no matter if we Art Journal or not or whether we are grungy or shabby.

  13. Renee Zarate on November 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Of course we understand, we’re your friends! Take care of you right now, I hope the surgery goes well and wish for a speedy recovery for you. I’m so glad you were able to take those classes! Wow, what a list of stars you had there in one spot. Take care~sending gentle hugs~Renee

  14. Caroline D. on November 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    First, I hope you have a speedy recovery from the upcoming surgery!! The workshop weekend must have been beyond awesome although the only instructor I’ve been lucky enough to attend is Pam Carriker recently in Charlotte, but maybe one day, the others will be near enough to me here in NC holding classes! Looking forward to seeing some your pages you created! The book binding would be cool to learn. I can totally relate about your inbox over-flowing. I decided in early September to reduce my amount on ‘online time’ just because it gobbles up hours before I know it. I actually un-subscribed to most of my ‘follow by email’ subscriptions cause I’d get a 100+ every day (even deleting them daily took time) and made sure I was either friends or liked their pages on facebook, then I updated my options for each to get FB notifications (not emails… it’s the counter in upper right of FB home page) of the ones I wanted and that way I can keep up with them when I have a few minutes here or there on my phone when waiting in line somewhere, etc. I do have a favorite few I visit fairly regularly when I have time. The thing with social media is that it never ends, it never closes, and gobbles up time. I’m happy I reduced my inbox… I get maybe 8-13 emails first thing in morning and then maybe up to 10 more during the day. It’s wonderful. LOL Good Luck! Even blogging takes time as you know… editing pics, writing the post, etc. Now I have to learn to make my posts short and sweet. LOL

  15. Denise Spillane on November 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    What a great time, the work looks beautiful. I hope you post your finished pieces. Do you ever get to Dallas, it seems that Houston and Austin get lots of great teachers, need some to come to Dallas!

  16. Chris on November 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Me jealous? Looks like a fantastic place to be!! Happy just to visit and won’t always comment, but wanted to say Good Luck with the surgery! Take care, Chrisx

  17. Helen Tilbury on November 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Looks fantastic & time well spent! Great photos!!

  18. Anne R on November 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Marjie, I can totally understand where you are coming from! When I got home from hospital there were 272 emails waiting – it is just not humanly possible sometimes to keep on top and I am nowhere near as busy as you! I really hope the surgery goes well, it is always lovely to have you visit but just do it when you can and good for you doing the delete! Take care my lovely friend. Hugs, Anne x

  19. Kay Wallace on November 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Good luck with your surgery this week, Marjie. Ouch! You have put into words what I have been feeling off and on for a long while. Some days, I come to my computer and wonder how I will ever get through all the e-mails and Facebook posts. I am finding that I am doing more commenting than creating, and that is not sitting well with me lately. Wiping clean the slate and starting over is something I have done only a couple of times, but, sometimes, it’s the only way to keep sane. Visit my blog when you can, and I will do the same. It works for me! Hugs, Kay

  20. Corrine on November 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Fabulous fun! What a group to play with, you must have had the BEST time. Hope the tooth thing goes well and you get I think a much needed rest. xox

  21. Judy Shea on November 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Marjie.. good luck with the surgery. No worries.. we all love you. No hurt feelings. Your weekend sound amazing.. so lucky.

  22. Kim Dellow on November 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

    That just looks like super fun! Kim

  23. Karenliz on November 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

    WOW Marjie what a great weekend. They are all on my bucket list! Good luck with surgery! A clean slate is a wonderful thing!!!

  24. Julie Tucker-Wolek on November 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

    How fun!!!! How awesome to spend time with Jessica and Seth … my friend Marit was published in his book … so cool!!! I am loving the photos!! I hope you feel better soon!!!!!

  25. Astrid on November 11, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Hi Marjie. I totally know what you mean re blogging and keeping up with comments! Good luck with the surgery, that does not sound like fun, just to say though I really enjoyed seeing these photos of some of the artists I admire so much. Oh how I wished sometimes that I lived on your side of the pond to be able to participate in events like this…. All the best and enjoy your blogging break!

  26. Buttons on November 11, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Hey Marjie, that looks like one heck of a course! Michelle Ward is one on my ‘bucket list’. Hope the surgery goes well and you take the time you need to recover properly. Huge hugs to you. Jenny x

  27. Brenda Brown on November 11, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Look after yourself my friend and good luck with the surgery, I hope you recovery from it real soon. Your popularity is testament to your amazing work and how you always try to be up to date with things, but whilst you are on line you are not creating. So slow down a bit, start with your clean skate and enjoy what you do and don’t feel you have to pop over to me to leave a comment. I wish there was a like button like Facebook, it would be much better.
    Glad you enjoyed your classes, they look so much fun.
    Thinking of you this week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  28. Gigi Black on November 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Blogging is mega work. I don’t blame you. Hope you are doing well.