Saturday, August 19, 2017

Going Postal

Incoming Mail

I still have some of the above to respond to, 
and I'm working on it.


I made this postcard months ago, 
but recently Erin bought a new car,
and it was time for it to find a home.

I was in a rush to get things in the mail
and forgot to take a pic of the one I sent to Bryce Eleanor.

But at least I remembered to take pics of the postcards
to Mila and Max.  
One more inspired by Jackie Long.
 :) Yep, these are such fun!

Yep, this postcard is over-stamped,
but I love the dinosaurs. :)

More Whatevers.
I still have lots of 
scrappy felt pieces to play with.
Of course, I also have quite a few
full sheets of wool felt,
but right now the small scraps are more fun.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Postcards and Thread Play

Jackie Long makes the most wonderful postcards, 
a mixture of watercolor and junk mail collage.  
I've had fun in the last month making a few postcards inspired by her work!  

I love the labels on Haute Goat's wonderful, creamy goat cheeses
and save them for applying to envelopes.

Stitched three tiny scraps of wool felt together
 (left over from the motto pillow)
and continued thread play and experimenting.
This little "whatever" is about 2 x 2"

And another one...

I need groceries,
but that would mean I'd have to fix dinner...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dwindling Summer

I finally finished this "motto pillow" inspired by Laura Kemshall.  It kept my hands experimenting and busy while watching my shows.  I made a smaller version earlier for a friend and enjoyed it so much I wanted to play with the idea again.  This one is for another friend.  The sentiment is for her, but it works for me as well.

 I loved embroidering on the felt, but couldn't write on it for the quote, so I had to add regular fabric for that portion.   The only thing left to do is add a ring to hang it on the back.  

Does anyone have a good way to mark on felt?  I'd like to do one of these for Halloween and put the quote directly on the felt.  While all the rest is impromptu and unscripted, I need a guide for embroidering a quote.  I usually use pencil or fabric markers--which don't work directly on felt.  No luck with a chalk marker either.

In the meantime, I'm playing with some of the left over scraps of felt. 

I have mail art to share, letters to answer, envelopes and postcards to make, book reviews to write for my other blog...but mustering the energy or enthusiasm has been pretty haphazard lately.  It is as if I have an attention deficit for anything that requires actual thought.  My response is a typical displacement activity-- needle and thread and a few beads.  Because it is soothing to watch mindless episodes of dramas and keep my hands active.   Lowers anxiety when the weather starts messing with my aura.  :)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Moments

 Amelia, Chris, and B.E. had already left before I took these pics on July 4. 
We had a nice weekend in the country. 
Mila, Erin, Brandon, Max
Snail Mail: Incoming and Outgoing

My latest record for daily yoga was 22 days consecutively.  Then...of course, I missed a couple of days.  Since I've been walking every day for nearly two weeks, I don't feel as compelled to get my yoga sadhana in EVERY day.   

Erin has been so pleased with her FitBit, which gives both reminders and congratulations for successful achievements.  All of a sudden I wanted one, too, and my good husband surprised me with my own FitBit!  My enthusiasm for walking rose substantially.

The last few days, however, have been miserable with heat and humidity.  Yesterday's  high was 103 degrees (heat index 116), and although I walked early, I was not a happy walker. Then a front moved through yesterday afternoon and this morning was much better. Looks like we may have low 90's for another week or so!  :)  I can happily live with that.

As July advances and August moves in--my walks may be shorter and less frequent, but I'm going to keep at it until the temperatures discourage me.  Yoga may move to every other day, and I'm good with that.  

I caught a sale on my favorite fine perl cotton from Stef Francis!  
Maybe these pretty variegated twists will inspire me to make something.  

I finished reading The Secret Life of the Mind.  Still have not written the book review on my book blog, but will get to it soon.   If you are interested in some of the ways the brain works, you might enjoy this one.  The studies are fascinating, and cognitive neuroscientist  Mariano Sigman has a warm and accessible style.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

So Long, June

June has flown by.  

B.E. brought me some books to read when she visited last weekend.
The Warrior Cat series still reigns, but
 the Magnus Chase series is also high on her list.  :)
I appreciate that she wants me to read the same books she does,
but I do hope she is not in a hurry.

We had to customize some Pet Shop cats
into Warrior Cats.

Yahoo hijacked my search engine!  Not a way to  make me feel good about Yahoo.  

I think I'm in love with David Zinn...

I have some mail to take pictures of and post later.  My mailbox is happy.

Have a great pre-4th of July weekend!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Procrastinator Extraordinaire

I'm not sure what explains occasional absences--they are not deliberate vacations from blogging or blog checking.  They just happen.  

Keeping up with my mail has also been pretty haphazard.  
 Belated replies 

 I have been good about keeping up with my daily yoga practice, though.  The longest I've gone recently without skipping a day has been 12 days in a row in May.  Then I missed a day, and had to begin my count again.  Sometimes, I only make 4 or 5 days before skipping a day. I'm back up to another 12 days in a row; keeping my fingers crossed.  Missing a day doesn't make me feel guilty, it just messes up my count.  I'm continually beginning again.  

Inspired by Laura Kemshall's "Motto Cushions," I decided to give one a try.  Sort of.  Left off the motto and made it very small--maybe a pin cushion.  Since I still have a few more pieces of wool felt, I'm going to try a larger one.  With a motto or short quote.  :)

I found these gorgeous creatures here.
"Meet pink orchid mantis, it belongs to the flower mantises species and look like flowers. It is found in the rainforest of Southeast Asia."
"It is Janthina janthina commonly known as purple snail. Its spire has a light purple shade and ventral side has darker purple."
Sometimes, Mother Nature just takes your breath away.

Monday, May 29, 2017

And So It Goes

More rain yesterday.  When it stopped pouring so hard, I took a few pics.   

The sun came out for a while, then the rain was back.  More rain in the forecast for almost every day this week.  Oh, how the slugs love this weather!

OK.  I've been adding a year to my granddaughter's life.  She is fourteen today, not fifteen.  Whew!  I feel younger myself knowing she's only fourteen!

A few more small embroidered pieces while I've been watching 800 Words, an Australian drama.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Rain Is Gone...for a couple of days, at least

I'm so behind on mail.  A slew of letters await replies, and I need an entire day of catching up.  I've just gotten started on some replies.   
 A couple of thank you postcards


Max and Mila were here this weekend, and B.E. joined them on Saturday night.  I didn't take a single picture and am kicking myself!  (I just found one of Max's library books and will have to get in the mail today.  Excuse for just finding it?  There are books all over this house--on almost every surface.)

We've been having unusually cool weather for May and plenty of rain.  Unfortunately, our garage door decided to give out, so I've been having to open it by hand, back the car out, get out in the rain, go back and pull the door back down, then get back in the car considerably wetter.  Nothing like arriving at appointments worse for wear.  The new motor was installed yesterday. :)

The gardens (ours and everyone else's) have thoroughly enjoyed the rain, but I'm glad we are going to have a few days without it.