Wednesday, June 18, 2014




A clue or warning?

Looking for a distracting summer read? Are you crazy for mysteries? Maybe you like scary? Maybe you're drawn to a title, thinking you'll figure out the drama of your choice at the end of the story? The title got me this time. The excerpt from Amazon did nothing to sway me either way, as in yea or nay. So I took a chance.

Does it ever rain just on your house? Okay, maybe a little bounces off your roof and lands on the house next door but the cloud feels like yours. Does a great big cloud hover overhead and opens up just on your head and yours alone? It's happened twice recently, and I remember a third such personal watering last year-ish.  I love it! Erin's take on the whole thing was rather typical. Did you immediately think of Pig Pen from Peanuts? Joe Btfsplk from Lil' Abner? Aha! My rain cloud always comes when it will, but I try to take advantage when it does. Do you invent reasons to hunker down away from distractions because you might need to recharge, work on a project you're wrapped up in, or need to just unplug long enough to let negative energy empty out, or quite possibly need to simply exhale. Some exhalations take more time than everyday huffs. Today's need for cover was all about a secret project I'm working on. Another sleepless night yielded great results, so I needed to carve out a little time to play. I can do housework any time. Creativity needs no appointments, it shows up at will. It should have a herald announcing its arrival, Make way! Let the art come through! Let the art come through! My summer fun has begun. It took off like a rocket! Penpal had better be worth my time. Is it? Have you read it? 

(A single sheet of stationery.)

Here's my backup plan. Stationery! My accidental experiment yielded a design that's taken on a life of its own. 

A medium size envelope looks like this.

A smaller envelope is just as much fun.

This is my first. My seed, if you will. I created it as a test and it turned out so well. You know it's special. I used the newish envelope punch board, and made a rich textured envelope from a sheet of drawing paper. No two designs are alike, and that's part of the beauty of my little design. It's stamped, addressed, and in the bag. Mail might go out tomorrow. What's on your art desk? 


  1. I just made a postcard using colored pencils but not as artistic as this lovely stationery.

    1. Cynthia, I'd have given a pretty penny to see your creation. :) I like colored pencils but am not very good at subtle shading--well, shading period. :)

  2. Love, love, love your stationery! It looks so fresh and inviting. I don't know if I'd choose the book Pen Pal, I'm not big on horror but it sounds interesting. Have you started reading it? What do you think of it so far?

    1. I am pleased to know you like my efforts, so, Thank You!

      Horror does not bother me. However, unrelenting suspense and poor published writing does. I

      Yes, I started it, read two chapters, and returned to the book I was reading at the time. What do I think? I recall reading excerpts before it became an actual book, and I did not care for it then. Reviews made me rethink my decision, and here I sit. I will let you know what I think after I read the entire book. Unless I forget. :)

  3. Cynthia, I'd have given a pretty penny to see your creation. :) I like colored pencils but am not very good at subtle shading--well, shading period. :)