What a nice day today! I went to a fleamarket after having breakfast out and found some treasures that I just had to have. Then I went to MaryAnn's new home for her housewarming. She has a new house overlooking the Tacoma Narrow's Bridge. It is a stunning house....in fact, it is amazing. Time put my feet up and relax. Fleamarkets and housewarming are exhausting! :-)
Funny how some days go. I have posts lined up for this blog and I totally forget to post. I had a good excuse yesterday. I visited a good friend that I had not seen for months. Mary and I taught together years ago and have kept in touch. She has a house right on Puget Sound looking out to Camano Island. It is like the kind of place that you would always feel like you are on vacation year round. Just lovely! We sat outside under an umbrella looking through my journals and chatting away. I love those kind of friendships where you just pick up where you left off.
I am in a deck of cards exchange with an art friend who lives in Sweden. Ingrid and I have been exchanging cards for well over a year. I have been way behind in this exchange but today I mustered up some creativity and completed nine cards. I think that puts me at around 23 cards out of 52. There is no rush but I have not sent any for a long time. Got off my butt this morning around 4:30 and got to the task. I will publish the rest of the nine over the next few days.
This postcard went to my art friend Jan N. Jan had given me an envelope with five or six pieces of ephemera in which to create a piece of snail mail for her. All of the background is just that, her ephemera. While I was cleaning up the garage I found the woman piece of ephemera and thought it would be perfect to add as the final touch for this card. Done, mailed, and received! :-)
The photograph in the bottom right started this spread. I found the photo in a stash that I purchased at a garage sale two weeks ago. The two men are Vernon and Dick, it says so right on the photo. I began a narrative of them being brothers and clowns in a circus. The spread just evolved. I am crazy about black and white vintage photos. I love that I got a huge box of them for only $7.00.
The latest Andra Day CD is amazing. Every song is just excellent. I listen to it constantly. So for my last online spread for the Lyrics workshop that I am taking with Roxanne Coble I decided to do a spread to honor one of Andra Day's songs, Rise Up. It is a song of strength. The grandfather represents strength. He is protective of the little boy who also is strong. He has the strength of fearlessness. We have to learn fear. Is there any case when fear is innate? I have to ponder that for awhile. Anyway, this is my 14th spread for the class. I am calling this journal 14 Days in August because that is the number of days I spent creating it.