Saturday, December 09, 2017


I decided I wanted a snowman, and looked up patterns for fabric balls, but my printer wouldn't work.  Did some measurements and made my own pattern.  

I thought my pattern would make a four piece ball, but when I put it together, I had to add another piece, which worked just fine.  This is the first time I've felt like making eccentric characters in over a year, but suddenly, I'm in the mood to stuff fabric and make clothes for snowmen, and I'm going to try another 4 piece ball with a little adjustment to my pattern.
 Dressing him was fun!

just as I finished  my snowman, Erin called!

It snowed in Baton Rouge--enough to make real snowmen!
Wow, when was the last time Baton Rouge got snow???

Max and Mila had a blast!

I'm jealous.
Snow is a novelty in Louisiana,
and we never have a chance to get tired of it--
unlike many areas of the country.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stitching and Snail Mail

Although I've stitched short phrases, after reading about Rosalind Wyatt (in this post), I wanted to try again and maybe stitch something longer.  Stitching on the studio shirt wasn't very successful, so I decided to try on muslin, and...

I'm still practicing stitching words,
experimenting with different threads and sizes of text.  
Small and cursive is harder, 
but if doing an entire poem,  instead of just a few lines, 
small and cursive might be what is called for.  
More practice needed--
it doesn't have to be perfect, but I want it legible.

 Using muslin might be OK if I used batting underneath, but a tighter weave would be better as well.  Since I actually enjoy the practice, and at this point have no idea about a real project, I will keep experimenting with the cursive.  I can always add my practice pieces as patches to the studio shirts or ...well, I don't know yet, they may end up with a lot of other things that "seemed like a good idea at the time."  :)

Incoming Mail Art

from Kim, a vintage Life Magazine ad 
--Deviled Tongue is a new one for me--
I love the ad, but would not care for the products!

 from Connie

Tonight, I think I will take a walk through the neighborhood to see the lights that have been going up for several days.  Things are so different at night with Christmas lights and decorations on display; the neighborhood loses its mundane, everyday appearance and becomes magical.

Are you ready for the count-down?  Have all the gifts bought?  Wrapped?  Are you finished or just getting started?  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stitching Words and Mail Art

I started working on one of my studio shirts again about a week ago, but after reading about Rosalind Wyatt's beautiful text in stitch, I was inspired again to try writing with a needle.

I made these little brooches (?) about 6 months ago, 
and enjoyed my efforts with stitched words.

I don't take my studio shirts too seriously, no one else really sees them, and they are great place to experiment or just for peaceful moodling.   The brown check one has been in progress for at least three years (when I'm not wearing it), and is now getting a little stitch writing.
 "You can borrow a book, but you get to keep the ideas."  

Looks like I forgot to cross a "t" and left off quotation marks.  
More practice in order--

Maybe I should embroider the text on muslin and then add patches.
Yep, the stitching is not too legible on the checks.
Need to experiment with two strands of floss 
and with Perl cotton.

Older sections, that have been washed over 
and over
for several years.

Still have space to fill in when I feel like it.  
Maybe with stitch writing...

Outgoing Mail (last week)

this one is to an old friend who is ill-- 

Yep, still having fun with the cartoons...

Since this one is going to Singapore and will take about 3 weeks
to arrive, I should have made it a Christmas or a Winter card.
(#7 in cartoons on black cardstock series)

 Anna's letter is on its way to England,
I learned from my mistake and made a wintery envelope,
even though it won't take quite as long to reach its destination. 

Usually, I'm more a "one holiday at a time" kind of person, and Thanksgiving is almost here.  Then the Christmas Season will be on be upon us.  Does everything seem to be moving too fast?  Is it just me?  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mail Art and Needle Art

These postcards all relate the episode of Edgar vs Ugly Yellow Cat
and are continued on the back

Writing with a needle...    The Postal Museum and Rosalind Wyatt

The Postal Museum

And more  
Source:  The Guardian

I was working on one of my studio shirts when I found the first article by The Postal Museum and later found the Guardian article as I continued looking for more of Rosalind Wyatt's work.  Looking for mail art inspiration and found stitching inspiration.

What have you been up to lately? 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cellos and Cartoon Postcards

I've been enamored with these guys since I first heard them.


I like being able to write on the front and the back of the postcards--
these two went out a couple of days ago.

It is actually watercolor on old sketch book paper,
not on watercolor paper--I needed something thinner.

I've been busy painting and wrinkling paper, 
drawing more cartoons,
and cutting them out.
This has been my favorite activity in a while!

I definitely need to check labels more closely...
these crack me up!

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Mail


Another one of the Royal Mail's wonderful stamps!
From Anna, a nice fat letter :)

Here's a larger version of the stamp 

And here is an article about the last Royal Mail Coach--

"... the coach really made its mark during a little-known but extraordinary incident
 involving a runaway lion in the English countryside in 1816."

We had a coach stamp, too, a wild west stage coach,
and things were a little less formal.

and from Penne, a Janis Joplin stamp!
"We don't forgive people because they deserve it.
We forgive them because they need it--because we need it.
We all need it."  
--Janis Joplin

The metallic ink doesn't show up on the photo,
but was so much fun to play with!
to Max and Mila

And below, a Thank You postcard to my handsome son-in-law
who gave me a signed copy of Dick Cole's War by Dennis R. Okerstrom.

Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot 
on the famous Tokyo Raid in 1942.
Cole, 102 and the last surviving Doolittle Raider,  
was at Barksdale Air Force Base in October.

I'm almost finished with Dick Cole's War,

and it has been both interesting and informative!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 06, 2017

This and That

Outgoing Mail

outgoing postcards

I think this is the last postcard based on Jacki Long's 
collaged faces I made a while back.  
They were such fun, and I should make some more.

About a month ago, I sewed (not very neatly) some stamps onto cardstock cut to 4 x 6 postcard size. At the time, I intended to do more with the above postcard, but out of sight, out of mind.  On Saturday, I wanted to post a note to someone and pulled it out, wrote the note, addressed and stamped it in a hurry to get it in the mail before the mailman came. looks so plain.  

But it is a great stamp, isn't it?  I love cool postage stamps and look at various sites for past issues, canceled or not, sometimes just to see the creative take other countries have on stamps.  The Sylvester & Tweety Looney Tunes stamp above was originally issued in 1998.

Last week, I read a novel that mentioned a four-year-old in Gruffalo pajamas, and then a few days later while looking for whimsical postage stamps, I found that two of the stamps I loved were by Axel Scheffler, who illustrated The Gruffalo.   Serendipity occurred and I wrote a post on my  book blog about the connections.          

Two of the 2012 Royal Mail Christmas Stamps designed by Scheffler.

I enjoyed 3 recent books from NetGalley.
The books are scheduled for release in early 2018,
and I will schedule reviews on my book blog soon.

I Know My Name by C. J. Cooke--An intriguing psychological novel!  "The only way to get
                                                               off this island is to remember."
Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin--Does Carl have dementia..or not?  Did he kill several                                                                           young women...or not?
Sinthetic by J.T. Nicholas--Synths are not human; they are property and disposable.  But                                                                       what does it mean to be human?

So were off into November and I wonder what happened to October...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Funny Pumpkins and Snail Mail

Every year, Ta Molly's Mexican Restaurant 
hosts a pumpkin contest, 
and employees carve or decorate their pumpkins
and then diners vote on their favorites.

My husband took some pics last week...

These were our favorites.
Which would you vote for?

Last of the outgoing Halloween mail--
I got lazy and didn't make anymore.


Connie found this Nick Bantock stationery, and I love it!

from Jacque

postcard from Hannah

And tonight's the night!