Local workshops coming up!


I love traveling to teach, but I’m thrilled to offer these workshops and retreats closer to home in the Twin Cities:

Monday, July 21 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Deephaven Education Center. Register at Minnetonka Community Education. If it’s a beautiful evening, I promise we’ll go outside!

Saturday, September 13 from 8:30 am to about 3:00 pm — Carver County Libraries Writers’ Retreat at Charlson Meadows Retreat Center on the border of Excelsior/Chanhassen and Victoria, just off Hwy 7. This is going to be so cool – details soon!

Book Art — several people have asked me about teaching an altered journals or book making class. I’m still playing around with all of this, but will post photos and info soon. If you’re really eager, sign up for a class at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.


Fun with books.


I took a class this spring with Sheila Asato, who does lots of interesting things with dreams and art and books. This altered book is in honor of my great-great aunt Lora (Eleanor) who raised my grandfather after his mother died. My two-year-old granddaughter Ellie (Eleanor Therese) is named for her.

A hundred years ago, Aunt Eleanor was a milliner in Chicago — you can see here my collage of a woman whose head is a hat stand. She’s wearing a photo of a quilt, her hands are knitting (purling?) and she has mismatched, but fashionable, shoes. I’m having fun altering other pages of this book with materials from the Textile Center Garage Sale — and I even have a few odds and ends of Aunt Lora’s millinery work that will make their way in.

So… if you’re counting, this book spans six generations. Someday, I’ll give the book to Ellie. I hope she’ll find it inspiring. And even more, I hope she’ll know it’s okay to write and draw in books to make stories of her own!