Thursday, June 9

long time...

It's been over a month since I last posted,
and since I have made any art.

Reading,
resting,
and simply taking in the nature around me
have been how i've been spending most days.

a bit of the front yard

I have deeply missed the making of art,
the sharing,
and the exchanges between us.



Through it all you have continued to stick with me

waiting patiently,

and this I deeply appreciate.


In thanks, I'd like to host a little

give away!!

Since it's the garden and yard that have been my balm,

(especially since the temperatures have dropped - whew!!)

I thought I'd give away one of my garden journals.


The cover was made from cereal boxes,
paper machéed with brown recycled craft paper
then painted and stamped with acrylic paints.


Inside the covers there are a couple of pockets,
to store seed packets.

I've included some special seeds for you!


Some of my long time readers may remember my pepper plant,
which is now going on three years of productive life,
along with a few of it's offspring!!

As long as you have a sunny window, and remember to water,
I can almost guarantee you'll have some yummy
baby peppers for your salad - year round!

full story and history of my pepper plant friend can be found here.

So, if you'd like this garden journal, and want to plant some
pepper seeds of your own leave me a comment here,

and if you'd like a second chance to win,
please join my fan page on Facebook
and leave a comment there, too!!

You have until July 1,
which gives us both plenty of time :)


I hope to be here again before then,
but if not, good luck!!

love, Karin


37 comments:

  1. what a beautiful journal! I would love a chance to win this journal and some special seeds. :)
    I hope the past month gave you what you needed.
    xo

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  2. amazingly beautiful, dear....love the gardens, too....

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  3. That's so beautiful, I really want to start one of these. You are inspiring!

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  4. Hi karin. I'm so sorry that you haven't been able to do your art. What I see here though on this post is ART that you've given us to see through your eyes. Beautiful, the garden is always so awe inspiring. I hope you feel better very soon Karin. You know I send you ~healing vibes~ and do think of you and always I remember your tutorial on how to make a book. Take care of yourself and who wouldn't want to win a journal that you created.Take care and hope your studio is almost ready.

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  5. Very beautiful journal:) I would like to have it:)

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  6. Karin, the most delightful prize is knowing you are enjoying the yard and felt up to posting this! That is beyond words!!! ♥
    I shall find your fan page and be your fan in the FB world as well, if I'm not already~~hate to admit the brainpower is not what it used to be...LOL!
    Blessings to you~~abundantly!!!

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  7. YOU CAN FIND ART AND SOUL IN A GARDEN AND YOURS LOOKS DELIGHTFUL, SAVOUR IT IN ALL ITS BEAUTY AND TAKE THE TIME TO DO IT. I FIND TOO OFTEN I DONT TAKE THE TIME TO JUST ENJOY IT.
    whoops, sorry didnt mean to shout! Hadnt noticed caps lock was on.
    Love to be in your give away, such a lovely journal

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  8. your photos are lovely and the garden journal looks very tempting! you know I would love it! and I love that your name popped up on my blog list this evening! I was worried! take care, lyle

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  9. Beautiful journal - I can see why you are enjoying the garden, its lovely. Take care!

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  10. Terrific to hear from you! Garden beauty is so peaceful and nourishes the spirit.

    Wonderful giveaway.

    You remain in my prayers.

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  11. Looks gorgeous, as are the photos, and great to see ya here again!

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  12. What a gracious heart but I ALREADY have the beautiful journal you made for my opening last year. I am patient ...no problem... I check in and know you will return when you feel replenished. I know you are doing what your body needs now. Peace be with you dear sacred sister. Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  13. The art you are making is is in every breath. Your garden looks lovely, and I hope your studio is close to being completed. Loving the rich colors in your binder xo teri

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  14. Dear Karin,

    So glad that you've managed to post this for us. Your gardens are lovely and whoever wins your gorgeous book will be so lucky. I know I feel lucky to own one of your pieces (so please don't include me in this give-away, even though I'm already a huge fan of yours!). :)

    Keep resting and getting better. xo

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  15. so glad you are taking some time for yourself... my garden is always serious competition for studio time and since the move i have a new garden to plan and work on... so I would love your garden journal and I would plant those seeds next summer... sending you big hugs amici... xox

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  16. Gorgeous journal and pepper seeds, what more could you ask for. Count me in.

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  17. happy to read about you and i love this post

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  18. I am glad you are resting, Karin. Much deserved! YES please count me in for the draw!!

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  19. Dear Karin,
    You Garden looks lovely! I'm sorry to hear you haven't been able to create for a while. I hope things will get better soon. Give it some time! I have always admired your lovely art yournals so I would love to win a garden journal.
    Sending you a big HUG
    Mattie

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  20. I am glad too that you felt up to posting for us, and am envying you your fabulous garden. Like so many others my plants are serious competition for my studio on a sunny day, fortunately then that it looks like rain today! Be well friend, best & blessings always :)

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  21. Hey K
    As you know... I'm also taking a blogging break so I didn't get by to see you until today...

    I love your give away...

    I love your magic pepper seeds...

    mostly I love you.
    xoxo

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  22. glad you are doing well and the garden journal is beautiful the winner will be blessed.

    hugs & health prayers

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  23. so good to "hear" you Karin...your garden photos are beautiful my friend, and yes I remember your peppers. I'd love to be entered into the drawing...but mostly I want for you to feel more yourself, pain free and be able to get into that beautiful new studio and make art again!

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  24. We will all be waiting patiently for you and all your upcoming posts -- whenever they come. Thanks for this generous giveaway. It is a beautiful journal.

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  25. So nice to hear (read) from you again Karin.
    I love the garden journal and thank you for giving me a change to win it.
    Estelle

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  26. Such a generous giftie, full of Karin beauty ! Thanks for the chance to have it for my own.
    May the summer season bring you to a place where the creativity gets to flow freely again.
    Sending big big love, Beautiful One !

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  27. Hopped over from Dirty Footprints Studio. So happy I did. It's raining here this summer day and I appreciate your inspiration.

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  28. Ah, but the garden IS art! :) The journal is gorgeous, Karin; I'd love to win it, and plant those magic peppers! xxoo

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  29. Your journals are always so beautiful - I love your color choices. Just take it easy and get lots of rest and enjoy your beautiful garden to gather your strength.

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  30. I am glad that you are taking time to rest and enjoy your garden. This journal is beautiful. roxanne

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  31. i guess i missed this when i was on my computer break... i love your books!!!
    xxoomissing you
    j

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  32. I just discovered your wonderous & beautiful blog-I am just getting into handmade journals & you are the inspiration I need-your work is beautiful & soulful & really speaks to me-thank you sooo much for sharing your knowledge & insights to life---

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  33. I would love to win this journal. I was reading about your beloved Zana in the above post. Peace to your dear one as she passes over.
    Mary

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  34. Absolutely stunning journal and I am so happy to have found your blog!

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  35. Hopped over here from Dirty Footprints Studio...sorry to hear about your recent issues, but it seems July has been a bad month for many people I know. At least you have your art to give you some comfort.

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  36. Love your journal and the layout of it. Creativity is the key to happiness

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