Friday, December 15, 2017

Geminid Showers and Mail Art

On Wednesday, December 13, Fee and I went down to the cabin to see the geminid meteor shower.  The stars always put on a fantastic show away from all of the city lights, and we looked forward to the meteors. 

The night was cold, and although there were some thin layers of clouds, the large clear areas provided an amazing view of the constellations, especially of Orion's Belt and the Bid Dipper, which I can easily recognize.

Frequent forays outside (alternating between wine in front of the fireplace) to view the heavens began as soon as it got dark.  We cut out the porch lights and waited for the geminid shower to begin.  The stars were gorgeous, but the shower didn't prove to be what was expected.  Eventually, we gave up and went to bed.  At 11:45, I woke up, put on my coat and went back outside.  

I lay down on the flagstone and looked up for a little more than 20 minutes and saw three shooting stars before I got too cold to stay!  So bright and so brief!  Each time, an involuntary "ooh!" marked the passage of the fleeting bright line across the sky.  Back inside to a warm bed with a smile on my face.

Even though the geminid shower wasn't as showy as I had hoped, the evening was wonderful--in front of the fire or out under the open sky in the cold, clear night.  I'm sure some areas saw more, but I was more than satisfied.  :)

A few more hurried outgoing postcards:


This was a Thanksgiving card I didn't share earlier--
from our old friend and professional photographer Marc.
Can you guess what it is?
I had to ask Fee.
A turkey breast!
That's the beard in the top left-hand corner.

from Jacque

and mail art from Carly in Cambodia!

I've delayed finishing the third snowman while working on another project.  The snowman was almost finished, when another idea hit me, and I put him aside to work on the new idea.  

Of course, creating a new head and body, new arms and legs to match, and new clothing to fit,  slows everything down.  For some reason, I have to keep experimenting--instead of using a pattern I've already worked out, but maybe it just keeps me from getting bored with a project.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Snowlady and More Mail

Second version, a snowlady, with a slightly different head, and different body.   

The third one is almost finished. 

I've enjoyed making these snow folk and discovering what I have in my stash that might work for clothing and embellishments.  A lot of time is spent making up my mind and searching for stuff and making mistakes and misjudging sizes, but I've gotten a few things figured out.  A couple of heads that I made by altering my original pattern will work for pumpkins next fall--so all is not lost.

As usual, I am behind schedule on just about everything, especially Mail.

Erin never received this post card (which is continued on the back with stamps and address).  Don't know why, but she said there have been problems in Baton Rouge with mail delivery: here is an article about people in B.R. who have not been receiving their mail.  And another one about mail that had been dumped!

The next postcard is from Hannah  :)
We've actually had a little sweater weather,
but yesterday was 76 degrees.
Our temperatures have been up and down
by 20 degrees or more lately.
Today's high is 55.

I'm including the following letter which was addressed to Kim,
but had my address.
Too cute--wish it had been for me,
but no problem, I have Kim's address and forwarded it on to Kim.

I had intended to get some Christmas mail out, early 
but with 3 December birthday (and one more to go) 
and my various sewing projects, etc., 
I've delayed and delayed--
then today started trying to get a bunch out in a hurry.

 Made this one last year and found it with Christmas stamps,
so I sent it on its way.
This is the stamp on the address side.
Love Charlie Brown and all of the Peanuts stamps from last year!
Although the Christmas cards that come in are usually in plain envelopes, I love the stamps and adore the cards with photographs, especially those with the children.  Watching kids grow from year to year is fun!  

Back to the stitching and stamping routine--time is growing short!

Saturday, December 09, 2017


I decided I wanted a snowman, and looked up patterns for fabric balls, but my printer wouldn't work.  Did some measurements and made my own pattern.  

I thought my pattern would make a four piece ball, but when I put it together, I had to add another piece, which worked just fine.  This is the first time I've felt like making eccentric characters in over a year, but suddenly, I'm in the mood to stuff fabric and make clothes for snowmen, and I'm going to try another 4 piece ball with a little adjustment to my pattern.
 Dressing him was fun!

just as I finished  my snowman, Erin called!

It snowed in Baton Rouge--enough to make real snowmen!
Wow, when was the last time Baton Rouge got snow???

Max and Mila had a blast!

I'm jealous.
Snow is a novelty in Louisiana,
and we never have a chance to get tired of it--
unlike many areas of the country.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stitching and Snail Mail

Although I've stitched short phrases, after reading about Rosalind Wyatt (in this post), I wanted to try again and maybe stitch something longer.  Stitching on the studio shirt wasn't very successful, so I decided to try on muslin, and...

I'm still practicing stitching words,
experimenting with different threads and sizes of text.  
Small and cursive is harder, 
but if doing an entire poem,  instead of just a few lines, 
small and cursive might be what is called for.  
More practice needed--
it doesn't have to be perfect, but I want it legible.

 Using muslin might be OK if I used batting underneath, but a tighter weave would be better as well.  Since I actually enjoy the practice, and at this point have no idea about a real project, I will keep experimenting with the cursive.  I can always add my practice pieces as patches to the studio shirts or ...well, I don't know yet, they may end up with a lot of other things that "seemed like a good idea at the time."  :)

Incoming Mail Art

from Kim, a vintage Life Magazine ad 
--Deviled Tongue is a new one for me--
I love the ad, but would not care for the products!

 from Connie

Tonight, I think I will take a walk through the neighborhood to see the lights that have been going up for several days.  Things are so different at night with Christmas lights and decorations on display; the neighborhood loses its mundane, everyday appearance and becomes magical.

Are you ready for the count-down?  Have all the gifts bought?  Wrapped?  Are you finished or just getting started?  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stitching Words and Mail Art

I started working on one of my studio shirts again about a week ago, but after reading about Rosalind Wyatt's beautiful text in stitch, I was inspired again to try writing with a needle.

I made these little brooches (?) about 6 months ago, 
and enjoyed my efforts with stitched words.

I don't take my studio shirts too seriously, no one else really sees them, and they are great place to experiment or just for peaceful moodling.   The brown check one has been in progress for at least three years (when I'm not wearing it), and is now getting a little stitch writing.
 "You can borrow a book, but you get to keep the ideas."  

Looks like I forgot to cross a "t" and left off quotation marks.  
More practice in order--

Maybe I should embroider the text on muslin and then add patches.
Yep, the stitching is not too legible on the checks.
Need to experiment with two strands of floss 
and with Perl cotton.

Older sections, that have been washed over 
and over
for several years.

Still have space to fill in when I feel like it.  
Maybe with stitch writing...

Outgoing Mail (last week)

this one is to an old friend who is ill-- 

Yep, still having fun with the cartoons...

Since this one is going to Singapore and will take about 3 weeks
to arrive, I should have made it a Christmas or a Winter card.
(#7 in cartoons on black cardstock series)

 Anna's letter is on its way to England,
I learned from my mistake and made a wintery envelope,
even though it won't take quite as long to reach its destination. 

Usually, I'm more a "one holiday at a time" kind of person, and Thanksgiving is almost here.  Then the Christmas Season will be on be upon us.  Does everything seem to be moving too fast?  Is it just me?  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mail Art and Needle Art

These postcards all relate the episode of Edgar vs Ugly Yellow Cat
and are continued on the back

Writing with a needle...    The Postal Museum and Rosalind Wyatt

The Postal Museum

And more  
Source:  The Guardian

I was working on one of my studio shirts when I found the first article by The Postal Museum and later found the Guardian article as I continued looking for more of Rosalind Wyatt's work.  Looking for mail art inspiration and found stitching inspiration.

What have you been up to lately? 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cellos and Cartoon Postcards

I've been enamored with these guys since I first heard them.


I like being able to write on the front and the back of the postcards--
these two went out a couple of days ago.

It is actually watercolor on old sketch book paper,
not on watercolor paper--I needed something thinner.

I've been busy painting and wrinkling paper, 
drawing more cartoons,
and cutting them out.
This has been my favorite activity in a while!

I definitely need to check labels more closely...
these crack me up!

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Mail


Another one of the Royal Mail's wonderful stamps!
From Anna, a nice fat letter :)

Here's a larger version of the stamp 

And here is an article about the last Royal Mail Coach--

"... the coach really made its mark during a little-known but extraordinary incident
 involving a runaway lion in the English countryside in 1816."

We had a coach stamp, too, a wild west stage coach,
and things were a little less formal.

and from Penne, a Janis Joplin stamp!
"We don't forgive people because they deserve it.
We forgive them because they need it--because we need it.
We all need it."  
--Janis Joplin

The metallic ink doesn't show up on the photo,
but was so much fun to play with!
to Max and Mila

And below, a Thank You postcard to my handsome son-in-law
who gave me a signed copy of Dick Cole's War by Dennis R. Okerstrom.

Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot 
on the famous Tokyo Raid in 1942.
Cole, 102 and the last surviving Doolittle Raider,  
was at Barksdale Air Force Base in October.

I'm almost finished with Dick Cole's War,

and it has been both interesting and informative!

Have a great weekend!