There are reason for liking what we like. This little card made me go "Aww." I was taken back to the days when Mama wrote to Daddy on tissue thin paper, and mailed her letters in tissue thin air mail envelopes. Clearly a trigger, yes? I'll keep this. Thank you, Anna.
I love this card. The reasons are as obvious as the moon in the sky, the gleam in my right eye, and the question "Why?"! Sepia. Tintypes. Soft and faintly gentle against a just-as-soft cream background makes it perfect. Thank you, Randall.
It reminds me of this tutu-wearing, sword-holstered super she-ro from a . . . you'll never guess so I have to tell you. From a spaghetti sauce ad! Yep. It's in an old post somewhere in cyberspace. Thank you, Ragu. She's still picture-perfect for a mail art postcard!
I'm reading another book, but you should check this out in case you're looking for a letter-writing related summer read. I downloaded a sample and it's pretty good. I tell you, Shirley McLaine should play the role of grandmother. Think "Steel Magnolias." There's an audio sample too if you're interested. Follow this link: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Elsa is seven and her grand is seventy-seven. Imagine . . . Oh, never mind! Try to imagine being seven with a grandma like Weezie. Then grand dies and leaves letters for Elsa to . . . Oh, go on! Read it and decide for yourself. There are letters in The Book of Strange New Things also. I looked forward to every word shared between the two spouses, and was irritated when it took too long to reveal the contents. I get "something" from reading letters written by real and imagined people. Why? Hmm. I get it! It just came to me! Again. (sigh) That something is insight into another mind. Seeing what someone else considers letter-worthy is like spying, isn't it? Don't you think we're more honest on paper than we are on the phone? As I'm sure I've said before, I do. When we write, we can pause, think about what we want to share or say in response to a query or another's opinions and musings. Letters allow us time to think. So now I'm curious about grand's "dead letters." Should I wait for paperback? Hmm.
The Bone Clocks did a number on my imagination last night! Just when I thought I might have to ditch it, I won't say why, the author grabbed me by my attention and jerked so hard I . . . Wow. Now I'm on "Myrrh Is Mine, Its Bitter Perfume 991." Ooh-wee-man. Just when I thought I'd broken Holly down into bite-size, digestible pieces, WHAM! And here I am.
An intriguing envelope, yes? Last night I pinned this: Butterfly July And after another long day out and about in the sun, this arrived. I've seen only white butterflies so far this season. Another mystery. Okay, only in my mind, but still . . . A lovely sleeping lady, a luna moth and the moon? If you don't know, be like me, and make it up as you go. Thank you, MK.
An appropriate mail bag, right? I try to be a seasonal bag lady.
All stacked and packed. It sat next to me all along my merry sun-filled way today.
Matching wrapping--destined for opposites ends on a map, as clear across America from each other as they could possibly be. A day later they will arrive. I forgot to stop at the post office! I was that excited after a long leisurely visit to Texas Art Supply. I bought too much and not enough.
Red, white and bronze!
Beautiful bamboo holders for my dip pens!
My first ever parallel pen!
It's fun. Juicy to the point of being almost too wet. No, I didn't read the instructions first, so maybe the opening is adjustable, but I like it no matter what. Wish I'd taken a photo to share the samples with you. Tomorrow, I promise. You should try one! They're made by Pilot in case you're a Pilot pen fan. The kit comes with two "special formulated ink" cartridges and a converter (nib cleaner) for cleaning the pen unit. I chose a 1.5 mm nib width. It's affordable (less than $10) and worth the price. Not getting into the summer class isn't so disappointing after all. I'll simply pretend I'm being home schooled, and I'm the student/teacher. Will you join me? Summer school never looked so good! All tips and samples from experienced parallel pen pros/users are welcome.
I'm seeing more ads for Quattro lately. Have you tried it? This is the 2" x 3" inch grid pad. The overall size is 3.4" x 5.5." I bought it for pencil sketches. It's thirsty. It drinks the parallel pen ink like Pampers on a toddler in a wading pool. Not so with the Sakura Pigma Sensei marker.
Two days in a row of sunshine are noteworthy, so I bought lots and lots of paper. Good paper! Good notes!
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