A little blog about the life of a somewhat lost dreamer....looking for my grace in this crazy world.

03 May 2015

The first batch...

The first batch of hand lettered cards are going out tomorrow morning.  I've ended up creating them on 3" x 5" cards made of either 140 lb watercolour paper or black card stock.

The person conspiring with me will receive two cards, one they get to keep, the other they will abandon. I can't wait to see where they end up (or if they get found)!

If you volunteered, but haven't yet emailed me your mailing address, please do so that I can get yours out next week!

27 April 2015

I need a few good volunteers...


 
So, I can't seem to stop doing this (seriously, I have a box full), so I need your help. Not to get me to stop, but rather to help me abandon these silly things. I need 20 volunteers..why 20? Because there are 20 stamps in the book of stamps I just purchased. I'd like the volunteers to be from outside of Kentucky. I'm going to mail you two ATC size cards (2.5" x 3.5"), one for you to keep and one for you to abandon. (I will mail them as I get things done, it may take a few weeks for you to get yours if you volunteer.) You MUST agree to mail me a photo of the abandonment. Feel free to ask any questions (post them in the comments) you'd like. So, who's in?

I've also posted this on Facebook... just in case you see it there too.

21 April 2015

Something a little heart warming...

Look at what I just discovered:






It's a heART swap!  Click on the image above to find out more.  I'm joining in, why don't you too!!!

Hurry though, you only have until Friday to sign up!

30 March 2015

Whew...

Normally, my life, while not at all exciting, is relatively peaceful.  I work during the week. I spend my weekends painting and creating.  I meditate, breathe, do a load of laundry, paint a bit more... re-pot a plant...you get the idea.  Abandon some art for some unsuspecting stranger to find.  Boring, yet, there is a rhythm to it.  But, y'all, it has been a particularly drama filled couple of weeks for me.  I won't go into the details, but seriously... whew.

Painted rocks recently abandoned in town.

It's given me pause. Why do some people draw this drama to them?  Seriously?

I do believe we draw to us the lessons we are meant to learn in this life.  Does drama develop when we don't learn the lesson, or does the lesson have to bring drama with it? Or, is drama just one of those weird things that comes with the human ego?  In order for someone to be right someone has to be wrong... right?  Does there have to be a wrong and a right, or is that another thing that the human ego brings into the mix?  Maybe, maybe there really doesn't have to be a wrong and a right?  What if there is a compromise? Of course, I think the drama that can come with human interaction often seems to make that impossible.

Sometimes I think that the older I get the less I understand.  Anyone else feel like that?

So, I've decided... I want my life to be gentle.  To be peaceful.  I want it to be filled with love and appreciation... joy and beauty. I see lots of daily affirmations in my future in regard to what I want in my life, makes it easier to bring them into your life if you affirm them.  Of course that means art will be made with these affirmations on them, because beauty is something that should be in every life.

Of course, that makes me wonder... am I alone in this?  Who better to pose that question to than all of my wonderful readers?  So, let's chat a bit...I'm asking... what qualities do YOU want in your life?  (Notice, I did not ask what qualities don't you want in your life... there's a reason for that.)

08 March 2015

So much snow...

We have had so much snow this year... and so late in the year.  Campus was closed for four days a couple of weeks ago due to the weather, and again Thursday and Friday of last week for snow and cold again.  That's practically unheard of.  Because we've moved to a new system at work, I was able to more or less keep up with things, I worked from home... in my jammies... and got TONS of stuff done, but, once that was done, what to do?

I thought about it for a while, then decided to build a boat.  (My Bonus One and I were texting and I told her what I was doing... she asked if I was gathering animals.  Is it any wonder I love her so?) Anyway, I've done this a couple of times, but I'd love to  have a whole fleet of them, so I tried it again.  They are based on the boats of Ann Wood.  I so do love her work... especially the new flamingos

This time, I drew my own pattern.  It sorta kinda worked, I had a bit of reworking along the way every so often, but it worked out well...

First, I cut the pattern from 140 lb watercolour paper, and used book tape to put it together in the basic shape.

Then old, torn book pages were glued to it.  (Ann uses wall paper paste, I did finally go get some, still not entirely sure how I feel about it.)

All covered, and left to dry for the night.

Base coats of paint, and the sails starting construction (sails made of muslin and bamboo skewers).

Colors added and a coat of finish on it.  A little aging will be added...

And finally, the boat is constructed...

Flags are added for fun...

And it's a boat.  Isn't it amazing what you can do with some paper, a few old book pages, some paint, fabric and thread?

It's not at my house, it now belongs to my Little One, who just celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday...

What creative things have you guys been doing?

27 February 2015

And the winner is...

All the names of the folks who commented here and on Facebook were tossed into a hat, and the one that fell out was...

Jennifer Apfel!!!

Jennifer has 48 hours to send me her mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks everyone who participated, and for those who didn't win... you know there will be more give aways!

Last call....

If you want in on the mini house earring give away... today's the day!
This afternoon/evening sometime I will be picking a winner... and I will announce that winner here and on Facebook.  They then have 48 hours to get in touch with their address or another winner will be chosen.

Your comments should be directed to THIS post.

Good luck!

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