Thursday, July 21, 2016

In the Mail

I caught up on some letter writing.

I printed a pic of one of the Halloween dolls
I made last year on a tea bag.
  but the printer was almost out of ink.

I can't seem to leave them alone!


Still hot and humid.
Heat index for today predicted to be 115 degrees.
Temperature-wise, this isn't the hottest July
we have ever had, 
but because of the humidity, 
the "Real Feel" 
makes this the most miserable summer I can remember.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Surprises and Delights

I watch the mail with anticipation,
and sometimes I get a real surprise:

from Limner
I had commented on her blog,
and then this showed up in the mail!

 I love the way she sewed the strips on this card!
Thank you, Limner, for an unexpected delight!


I'm trying to post more often after realizing
that I'd allowed a gap in posting 
from June 24 to July 13.

I'd like to share a couple of creative blogs
and artists that I love visiting.

I own one of Sandy's dolls, but the greedy child in me wants everything!  
Here is a trio of adorable bugs--

And I love Gerald Collas' work!

Both of these artists make me smile!

The National Geographic video about fireflies...
makes the word "awesome" appropriate!
(this is not the same one I posted on FB,
but just as gorgeous.)

I don't know which is more beautiful in this time-lapse video,
the fireflies or the stars.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going Postal: I Love a Happy Mailbox

Well, if there was a quiet spell for the mailbox,
things have picked up!

from Jacque
(thanks for the stamps, Jacque!)

from Annie in Maryland

 from Connie
and a lovely tiny envelope included with a stamp 
of the castle in my favorite city.
I love Edinburgh and wish I could attend just one more Fringe Festival!

from Penne
(friends, since the 7th grade; it still feels like a conversation in a college dorm room)


Envelopes in progress--
'cause I have letters to write.  :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


I found this draft that I started two weeks ago!
Obviously, I'm not updating very regularly.

Ha!  How much fun are Old Library Man's responses to junk mail offers?!  
This one cracked me up!

Barb Marshall at ritewhileyoucan posted a wonderful article 
about an eight-year-old boy 
who decided to write every country in the world.

Toby has a website and a FB page.


OK, on to catching up a little.

I tried some flower pounding on tea bags.
As you can see, the best print is on the paper towel,
not on the tea bag.

 more paper towel prints
 some were better than others,
but nothing special
 some were complete disasters

Added a piece of batting,
then embroidered.

The bright colors worked much better.

Mail:  (both outgoing and incoming) has been a little slower this summer, but I'll share a few examples soon.  I've fallen down on writing the grands, but both sets have been vacationing, so I doubt they missed checking the mail for my inspiring missives!

Reading:  lots of science fiction and mysteries that I've reviewed at A Garden Carried in the Pocket.  

Gardening:  A couple of weeks ago, the tomato plants stopped producing blooms due to the heat.  Fortunately, there are still some green tomatoes ripening.  I'm in the mood for some fried green tomatoes!  

I'm about ready for fall, y'all.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Week in Review

I was afraid the Persian Shield would not root in water 
as rooting in sand was recommended.
But one of the cuttings has developed roots!
Each of the chocolate drop coleus cuttings has rooted, 
and rosemary, other coleus, and sweet potato vine.
But the Persian Shield has taken so long--
and still, only one has formed roots.
But this morning, that one is a celebrity at my house.

From Mrs. Duffy

From Melody
The postcard from Melody arrived the same day as her letter.

From Bryce Eleanor!

 I love all my mail, but my note from Bryce Eleanor was my favorite this week!  She was at camp and someone else addressed the envelope, but this letter will remain next to my heart! Of course, Edgar is doing fine.  :)


 Letters to Anna and to Bryce Eleanor 
had to go to the post office to be hand cancelled
because of inclusions.

And I forgot to take pictures of them!

I had my camera out, and still failed to take pics.
They went out in yesterday's mail.

More tea bag experiments.


Books I've enjoyed recently:  

Louise Penny's The Nature of the Beast, the latest in the Three Pines series which I love.

David Lagercrantz' The Girl in the Spiderweb.  I loved all of the Steig Larsson books, but I think Lagercrantz has done a fine job taking over the series.  

Reviews are on my other blog.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tea Party in a Box!

I was a little confused to find the little red box on the doorstep.  Had I forgotten an Etsy order?  Had my husband ordered something? was a tea party in a box!  From Anna at Billet Doux & Little Mercuries, and it was amazing!  How else to describe the contents--everything needed for a tea party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday.  I'm still in awe at everything packed into this small box.

When I recovered, I threw a table cloth on the little outdoor table
 and began setting up.  

Love the teapot impression!
It was so hot!

My weather app said 90 with a heat index of 106 degrees!
Louisiana humidity can be brutal.

This is the kind of humidity that fogs your glasses
and the camera lens as soon as you step outside.

I ended up gathering things back up and coming inside.
 See the gorgeous cup and saucer and the cupcake picks!
 Teabags and sugar cubes.

Anna included this photo of her own tea party.  See the banner,
in my haste, I forgot to put my banner up.
Since there are 6 cups, 
I'm hoping everyone else was toasting the Queen
as I was and wishing her a very Happy Birthday.
Don't you love that tablecloth, the parasol, the lacy pillows!

I have a hard time imagining all the effort Anna went to for this tea party--so many details!  To make and package all the edibles, print the invitations, write the letters, make the little cupcake pics (oh, I love those little pics),  it seems overwhelming.  

My little cup is sitting in pride of place near the door and provides such a cheerful reminder of the best tea party I've ever attended.  It was a quiet tea party, but the voices in my head were plentiful and grateful.  Thank you, Anna!

It was a busy weekend: a glorious tea party, Father's Day, and a visit from my friend from New Orleans!  Oh, and a little rain that let all that humidity turn into something to feed the flowers.