Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Little Bit Of This, That & The Other


Jon Stewart finally got my attention. Erin took the photo because I asked her to. I noticed it on our walk someplace. I forget where we were at the time since we walked a lot. In Chicago. I know, I know. I'm still talking about vacation. It's a great shot. The message will not go away. So I've turned the image into postcards. We need such dialogue. 


Here's more proof that I'm a hoarder saver of the good stuff that should be used instead. The USPS should have made postcards to match. Right? I'd have bought a poster too! But, I don't remember the year when a stamp cost 33 cents. Do you? Do you remember what one of the other stamps look like?


I have one half of a crystal ball. The date stamp is on hand in case I need to save-the-date for a future date. Do you use a paper weight? Who leaves a window open and loose papers lying around? I also have a blotter with no blotter paper, so there are ink smears in my life. Check the backs of the photos I send you!


I've gotten better with teaching myself how to do woodcuts. Make woodblocks? No matter the proper nomenclature, it's a calming, soothing, satisfying, creative past-time that I do. Yes, I've drawn blood, but I have lots and lots of Band-aids. Spiderman is my favorite. I hardly notice the pain though, not when the wood's essence is released with each gouge, curl or shaving. Aromatic is a word I've come to love. 

This old house is the result of a quick practice session. I tend to think my work should be as old masterish as a Rembrandt. Ha! Seriously, I'm too . . . Anyway, I liked my little practice piece so much, well, I had to turn it into envelope art, and stationery. The old house reminds me of myself. My old "house" houses my spirit; it's beginning to show its age, some parts have gone south, and I can use a new paint job. My windows eyes, the mirrors of my soul, gave up on contacts. Glasses are easier. Yes, I do fall asleep in my them just as I slept in my contacts. But I see fairly well . . . Well enough to know that I need to move on now.


Aha, again! Yes, I need reading glasses too. Why? Why not bifocals? Because bifocals take up too much lens! I want to wear cute skinny glasses, and not those aviator things. Can you ever tell when I write to you with and without my fourth eye(s)? I bet you can't. But, "one never knows, do one?" Thus saideth Fats Waller. Here's an example of me telling off on myself: I don't need my readers when I'm keying this. I do need them when it's time to search for an image on my desktop. So the lens part of my readers hang just betwixt my nostrils and the space above my top lip. No wonder my ears hurt when I blog. When I bump them up (the glasses, not my ears) to see again, they're all steamed up. It's so aggravating. Thank goodness I prefer cotton clothing, huh?


I remembered to show the other half of the bird and the pot, aka my new mail holder. It's an old little thing, yet I cannot bring myself to ruin the pristine wick and candle. Recognize the artist's sig? I bought the matching wind chimes pot way back when, for a friend of mine in Rhode Island. Now I wish I'd gotten one for myself. Speaking of being good to yourself, have you read the latest "live-your-best-life guru's book (or snippets) about . . . I'll have to find the piece. You deserve to hear it straight from the author's interview. It's just that good. Okay. I have to say this. You're asked how well do you treat your friends. Never mind. I'm not doing a good job here. I'll tell you later. But the wind chimes were little gardening tools. How sweet, huh?


Last, but not least . . .  This mama's got a brand new bag. Gosh, but I am such a bag lady. I hustled to Barnes & Noble, during the school bus creep, to grab one of the two back issues of Flow they had on hand, when what to my wandering eyes should appear? Why, this felt bag of course! I picked two. The orange is so fall. But wouldn't you know it, it was all marked over, as if someone had taken a giant magic marker to it. 

Uh, oh. I just picked up my bag and, horrors! I think it's wool felt. No wonder my eyes itch! The bag is perfect in every way. The felt has to be a quarter inch thick. The stitching is faultless. Even the faux leather handles look artisanal. *deep sigh*

No big deal for you, right, since it's what's inside that counts. I got the Flow with all the alphabet postcards. For the giveaway. On the 18th. It will ride with me to the post office on the day I mail the winner the prize. I won't mention the bonus coup. That's inside. That I did not mention in any previous posts. *grin*

And, now I am done. Need Benadryl. Face itching. 

Scratch Write on.

P.S.  JC says my bag is polyester felt. *smile*









17 comments:

  1. Nice post.....
    the wood cut house/stationery is very cool. Nice bag. Two issues of FLOW? Gee, I have yet to even see an issue.....and I like that big date stamper too...just sayin'

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    1. Thanks for the compliments. If I were a rich man, I'd buy everyone a bag. They cost less than a single issue of Flow! And the bag is lighter, making it less expensive to mail. Flow, on the other hand, is heavy and costs a bunch to mail.

      I ordered my copies from the Netherlands, except for two. :( The magazine has a new US distributor, so Flow is in almost every bookstore now.

      I hope you get a copy. You'll fall in like with it too. BTW, a single issue is $22.50. Shipping bumps up the price to $30ish, and then some. I think it's less is you order from the Netherlands.

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  2. Love that bag! And the postcard. What an eye catching message, and so true. I bet a lot of people stop in their tracks when they see it. It just makes you stop and pay attention.

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    1. Oh, I wish you could feel it! I'm a tactile kind of person, if there is such a being, so I like everything about this little gem. If I could, I'd give each of my pen friends a bag. I'd have to buy something to get each bag for the low price though. *sigh*

      I think the Jon Stewart message was a public service sidewalk ad or something, but the message stopped me in my tracks. I had to wait for people to clear the way before we could get a photo. People stopped to read it. I hope I remember to be conscious of every person I come in contact with now, in a positive way. I'm shy, so I tend to work at not being aware of others.

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  3. Ooh I have to go look at those felt bags!
    I actually have some papers under my paperweight at work!
    And no, I don't remember 33 cent stamps either - very vaguely,
    I recall this was a short stint, less than a year, before the price
    went up to 34. I've never seen these insect stamps anywhere!

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    1. LOL! I had to backtrack. I began my replies in the wrong order.

      Oh, I have to do a bit of research now. I won't rest until I know. Your memory is better than mine. :) I like insects and "some" spiders, so I will never use these. They're too pretty!

      Have you seen the movie, "Angels & Insects?" It's rather disturbing, but the actress I like from "Keeping up Appearances" plays the mom, and I likethe parts about the insects and those lovely illustrations more than . . . Hmm. No one likes incest . . .! I get it! I just got it. Insects and incest. How clever.

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    2. People still use paper weights? Wow. I thought I was the lone dinosaur. :) Mine is strictly for gazing into. And dusting.

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  4. wow what a really nice blog and I so love the bird with pot and the candle and yes I have had candles that I loved so much that I have never used and will never and I can only imagine that is how you feel about this candle ...well love the bag of course . too bad about the orange one maybe you will find another one somewhere else . Oh my goodness Is that not like a man to correct us and tell us what something really is LOL ...anyways love the post as usual .

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    1. We need to work on using what we buy or not buy it, huh? Erin teases me about wasted moments, and I do try occasionally, but . . . There's no excuse for what I do, so I'll hush. :)

      Thanks for commenting. I hope you'll try to guess the names in the giveaway. Good luck! :)

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  5. This morning at B&N I was informed that they are almost SOLD OUT across B&N!
    So I bought two of the green totes. Limner, you may want to hop in the car for more!

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    1. There were two basils, one burnt orange, and a bunch of grays when I bought mine. The burnt orange has sold out online as well. I want the orange but cannot justify driving to the other stores in Houston. :( Besides, I need another bag like I need another hole in my head. LOL. Don't tempt me! I can easily justify another purchase: Gift. My basil tote is my new mail bag. It has magazines in it for now. I bought the new Nat' Geo because of the spinosaurus! :) Alex and I have tracked it since I first caught wind of its existence.

      What will you do with TWO bags, Ms Cynthia? ;)

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    2. Haha! No orange at my local B&N store either!
      Well I can store magazines in one and use the other?

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    3. GMTA! I'm just back from Hallmark, and almost swung by B&N for another bag. I couldn't, not after what I found at Hallmark. They have the worst selection of stationery ever. :(

      Have fun using your Basil bags! :) 'Tis the season for felt.

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  6. oh wow I love all your posts ...I love love the bags woo hoo...

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    1. LOL. You're my cheering squad. I am disappointed when the bottom of a bag isn't reinforced and sags when you put things inside. This bag is a work horse. :)

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  7. Those insect stamps are fantastic. I wish the Royal Mail did such pretty ones.

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  8. I feel so smart for having saved them. Why not write them a letter? The Royal Mail produces some rather enviable stamps, so you never know.

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