Author: Diane

Collaged Kraft Paper Journal

These purse-sized Collaged Kraft Paper Journals make great party favors, hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. We made 60 of these for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week that had a “garden” theme. Of course, they may be made to go with whatever theme you would like! This post contains affiliate links. Supplies Cahiers kraft paper journal by Moleskin (3 ½” x 5 ½”) or desired size Gesso – white Paint brush or foam brush Rubber stamps Permanent rubber stamp ink Collage papers (see “Make Your Own Collage Papers” below) Gift wrap, napkins, computer generated, colored cardstock, etc. White glue or...

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Jeladuddin...

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Best Things To Do in Chicago in 2 Days

I have always heard so many wonderful travel stories about Chicago and finally had an opportunity to visit “The Windy City” while attending a painting class. The problem was, would my bucket list of activities, accumulated from recommendations from friends as well as online research, fit comfortably into two days? As it turned out, we arrived early evening, in time to see the sunset from the John Hancock Observation Deck (now called “360 Chicago), and departed 48 hours later after the Chicago Cubs game. Would I have done anything differently? The weather was extraordinarily beautiful in mid-June that enabled...

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The shop is now open for Diane Uke Shares…

You may now click the “SHOP” tab above or click here to visit the Shop for Diane Uke Shares. Several original mixed-media paintings have been added to the Shop, many featuring the Torrey Pines tree that grows unique to San Diego County. Please check back often as Diane will continually be adding to the...

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Photos From A Vista California Garden

My garden club recently toured this sophisticated garden in rural Vista, California. There were stunning vignettes every time you turned a corner! A sumptuous “French” lunch was served by Lani Freymiller and blogger extraordinaire, Bonnie Manion (see her website on French country living at Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration from these photos!                  Affiliate Link:  ...

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I am Diane Uke (pronounced “you-kay”) and would like to welcome you to my new website and blog. This is where I get to share all my many and varied passions with you including my favorite DIY tutorials, recipes and lots of inspirational garden and travel photos! There is also a Shop for my mixed media paintings, prints, jewelry, and anything else I feel you may enjoy. Please stop by often as there will be regular updates.