Friday, December 9, 2016

Day 1597: A daily ritual.

"start & maybe finish" , ink & junk mail collage

Some of you asked, and yes sometimes I do get stuck!
1597 days of silly blogs in a row can be daunting.
Usually something happens daily & I go with that. 
But I have a short list of emergency/possible blog topics.
Today, I am going to that list, using Dad's date cube.

Besides being a driver for the movie studios, 
Dad also sold Mason Shoes from a catalog.
He won this little date cube over 60 years ago.
Not much of a prize, just wood & plastic ...
but it was his daily ritual.
I remember him turning the cubes every day.
It's mine now, and I too turn the cubes daily.
And, almost daily, I think I should clean it up.
60+ years of ritual can add up.
It would probably clean easily ...
& be more presentable ... but I haven't.
Am I crazy?

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 1596: Mani, pedi & cortisone, oh my!

"Clara", step by step, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard

Woke up with a call from WonderWoman ...

suggesting we go for a mani/pedi together?

Definitely! If it had been a trip to the landfill, 
it would also have been a resounding, yes please.
Time with WW is a gift.
A scheduled appointment with Dr. Dang at 3PM.

A cortisone shot in both shoulders, and
yes, the needle was that long, but it didn't hurt. 
So after 5 days rest, expect me to be bionic! Again!

What's going on in your neck of the woods
I'd love to hear?

For FB Throwback Thursday ...

December 1985

A smile for Thursday ...

duck tape

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 1595: A gift from Beatriz!

We planned a lunch, 
half way in between our homes. 
We picked ...


 Time with Beatriz is a gift in itself.

Beatriz, December 6, 2016

Look at that face!
I knew I liked Beatriz when we first met.
A sweet quiet lady who exudes love.
Look at that smile!
Beatriz is a wonderful artist, 

by Beatriz Helton
featured earlier,  here.

Beatriz & husband, Dave, September 1, 2016

And a follow up post about their dog Jack, here.

With surely one of the worlds best faces, 
I came home today and played with the original.

I did about 40 variations,

narrowed to 24 and ...

and even then, I had major trauma

trying to decide which got enlarged &

 which would go in the ice cube tray.
Do they still have ice cube trays?

I texted Beatriz for permission

& she trusted me! 

Beatriz made & gave me this beautiful 2 x 3-1/4" journal,
 what a treasure & friend, & oh that face!
Thank you Beatriz!

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 1594: ...the older you get, the faster time goes by?

Chris, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard  (final, step 4)

steps 1, 2 & 3 ... Chris, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard

Quick short story: 
WonderWoman tells me she remembers me saying
"... the older you get, the faster time goes by."
My reply now: Oh, wait! At my age, it's dizzying!
Case in point.
She recently came across some old photos ...


and I countered with one I took this Thanksgiving ...


and she sent one of the three young Grandhunks ...


        and I countered with one I took of all three on Thanksgiving ...


I rest my case!

 66 degrees, Santa Ana, CA

A smile for Tuesday ...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Day 1593: I vaguely remembered ordering something a long time ago ...

"Jim", step-by-step postcard, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage

Home from the 2 day sale Saturday night.
Tired from the week's preparations (I made too much).
The sale itself was festive & fun with fellow artists.
The best part, seeing friends even students!
But the sale ends, and you have to load up 
all  the stuff that you hoped would sell, 
& somehow pack it up, get it to & 
fit it into the little Honda hybrid.
Once home, unload everything into that yucked-up garage.
Poor sweet little car, still can't be in as usual.
I had mail, but ate dinner, did a quick blog (here) & done!
I mention this, because today I got around to my mail! 
And, I got this!

I vaguely remembered ordering something a long time ago.
Normally pretty frugal, I sometimes splurge. And, look!

It's my book wrapped in a real flour sack!
Cousin Katha, I immediately thought of you! You'd love it!

front cover

back cover

And inside ... amazing!

If you don't know about UPPERCASE magazine
it is a beautiful high-end, pricey, no ads, quarterly magazine.
I was lucky to be published in it, & now subscribe.

. . .

"UPPERCASE is a small, independent publisher of books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. Founded in 2009, UPPERCASE is loved by readers around the world and has been recognized for its design excellence.



As publisher, editor and designer, 

I believe that everything 

I publish is an opportunity 

to create something special. 

Each magazine issue and book 

 has high production values and 

attention to detail. 

A playful exploration of creativity, 

an affinity for vintage ephemera, 

and a love of typography are some 

elements common to many of my 


The book covers history, uses, styles, patters & so much more.

Author, Linzee Kull McCray

Feed Sacks: The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric


Feed sacks are the perfect example of a utilitarian product turned into something beautiful. Author Linzee Kull McCray explores the history of the humble feed sack, from a plain burlap or cotton sack to exuberantly patterned and colorful bags that were re-purposed into frocks, aprons and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the 20th century.

Isn't that the best? 
When you've ordered something but forgot & so it's like a gift!

Also, some of you ask how I come up with "stuff" daily?
Well I opened this box and said "yes!"
Eye candy, right?

A smile for Monday ...

(just because ... it seemed appropriate?)