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 ...


2003



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



 2016



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



2004



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



 2016



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.

PUBLISHER / EDITOR / DESIGNER JANINE VANGOOL


 

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 

publication."

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


Author, Linzee Kull McCray

Feed Sacks: The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric

WRITTEN BY LINZEE KULL MCCRAY

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?)