Monday, October 27, 2014


"If we have never been strangers, 

then that is because we have never left home." 

 ~Barbara Brown Taylor

I am a traveler.  I am an absorber.  I am an explorer and a stranger who aches to belong.

It all began in high school when I journeyed to Poland with my youth orchestra during the Solidarity movement.  My fascination with "the other" was kindled as I experienced new sights and smells.  But it was still an outsider relationship.  I observed, but didn't relate.

Fast forward a few years to my college sophomore year.  I spent five weeks living with an Austrian family and attending a vocal program in Salzburg.  We didn't speak English in their home– they didn't speak it at all– and I stumbled my way through communication upon waking, eating, and biking around the city.  Mistakes were made and forgiven, grammar was butchered, and relationships were formed.  My heart and my mind expanded to include more than only my small self experience.  I felt a belonging in that foreign land that I never forgot.

By the time I left, I was dreaming in German, and when I returned to the states certain English words eluded me in favor of German ones.  I felt less a stranger, and more a friend.  Leaving left me lonely.

I have traveled to more places than anyone in my family of origin: Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, Norway, Hawaii, Maine, Germany.  The more I travel, the more I itch to go.  The more I experience, the more my status quo withers in comparison to the unknown.  So much so that I have fantasized about pulling out my roots and rolling them into a suitcase.  I have nomadic tendencies and I fully embrace that reality.  I am simply biding my time.

Impermanence suits me.  I don't favor things.  I would rather an open sky above me and a blanket wrapped around me than a big house and fancy trappings.  This restlessness has increased in recent years and my metaphorical pushpins in the map of my mind grow ever more vast and numerous.

So for now I clip and glue and dream.  I chronicle my travel-itch and make memories with color and paper until I can make them in life.  I am a homebody, but home can be anywhere.

I wait.  

{{Follow my creative gluebook wanderings on Instagram at #wanderlustjournal.  And don't forget my #Novgluebook party this coming Saturday, November 1st, on Instagram.  Giveaways, scraps, and community- what could be better?}}

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Online Gluebook Party!

What is a gluebook, you ask?

A gluebook is a place to collect collage– the scraps and pieces of your life, your day, your vision.  It can include many things, but the must haves are few: a glue stick and collage materials.  It is by definition quick and intuitive, and it is a wonderful way to grab a few less-messy-but-still-nourishingly-creative moments.

So I thought I'd throw a virtual party!

My creative time is like that of most moms I know: cramped, rushed, and fleeting.  I snag moments when I can, and where I can, and don't have much time for heavy duty paint flinging.  But I love sharing in community on those nights when I can get the kids to bed early and sneak down to clip and adhere the things that call to me from my pile of papers and ephemera.  And I'd love you to join me!

When and where?

On the first Saturday of each month, from 8-10 pm, I invite you all to a party on Instagram.  I will post photos as I create, a video or two, and would love for you to post and share yours too.  Use the hashtag #{insertmonthhere}gluebookparty to tag your photos and comment often on others' contributions!  I will have a couple of giveaways each month for those who post, and some of fun and thoughtful prompts to get the creative juices flowing.  

What do I need to bring?

  • Some kind of journal or sketchpad.  I'm simply using a graph paper composition notebook, and I love it!  The pages are thin, but we're not using paint or mod podge anyway, so it doesn't matter.
  • a glue stick (I use Scotch brand and love them!)
  • various magazines, old books, and scrapbook paper
  • pens (these pentel energel pens are my favorite), sketch markers, watercolor crayons, and/or colored pencils (optional)
  • washi tape (optional)
  • other trinkets: buttons, brads, paper clips, etc. (optional)

So what are you waiting for?

Put this recurring date on the calendar!  Tell your friends!  Grab the button on my sidebar!  I'd love to make this a nourishing event for all of us.

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