Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Spring Visit to Spring Hill Botanical Garden

My last visit was in the summer and most of the blooms were different.  
This is what is blooming in April in Florida! 






While there I had to stop and pick up a geocache!


An interesting Mother Child sculpture




 This was quite the strange flower! 


A bit further back so you can see how it grows.


It was a nice visit but I missed many areas due to time constraints.




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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pocket Letter Ready to Roll

There was a request for a swap for a Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn Pocket letter and I was lucky enough to get the Autumn one!  I've been dying to do one for the fall, not that I'm tired of Easter Bunnies, Leprechauns and spring flowers!  I'm not!  I'm looking forward to receiving some beautiful springy PL's!  

But I just had a hankering to do a fall one.

I immediately stamped out some cute witches, pumpkins and owls.  I looked forward to diving into my Thanksgiving stuff I had acquired in anticipation.....but you never know where the journey will take you when you begin creating.  

What is Fall?  It's back to school, Thanksgiving, w
itches and goblins and hunting season. It's colorful leaves and nuts and berries, rich browns, oranges and maroons.  It's apple season.  

Can you pick out the pockets that represent the various categories? 




I hope she likes it.  I really enjoyed putting it together! 
I imagine it will get a few new touches before it goes into the mail tomorrow, but now I'm planning to make the next one.  I wonder where it will take me?  



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Sunday, April 10, 2016

My Artistic Gene is Ambushing Me




I am so into making pocket letters I can hardly think of anything else!  
It's not that they are so awesome, actually many are received with a perfunctory thank you, but I am just enjoying the process of creating!  

I might like to keep the one's I've made but I love receiving them too much! 

I have a fat notebook now with about fifteen P.L.'s stuffed with goodies for me to use in creating more of them!  It is just so much fun to go out to the mailbox
these days!  

This is one of my recent Pocket Letters that I sent out this week.  

The front of the Pocket Letter has a theme.  This one has a Frenchy Poodle theme. 


The back is stuffed with interesting items  that may or may not be part of the the theme.
When the goodies are removed, a nice background compliments the front.  
I keep the goodies intact and use them as needed and the background slowly appears on the ones that I have received.  


This week I did two Etegami postcards to match the theme
Remember.....Clumsy is celebrated!  
I have never tried to paint animals but I loved the saying!


Especially clumsy is this one!  
Would you go up into this Eiffel Tower? 

It's the way you are supposed to hold the brush that makes straight lines difficult!




Normally I just send them in the mail to brighten someone's day.


I have a friend in New Mexico with a horse ranch...Again, I had a big stretch to do 
this Etegami, I have never tried to do a horse before!  I'm not sending this one just yet, I'm going to try and do a better one to go along with it.


The "rules" of Etegami is they go out, mistakes, ugly or just bad.  What you might not like someone
else will enjoy receiving it and can pass it alone or mercifully toss it.

I like to do flowers.  Here are a couple that will go out with my two Asian Pocket Letters




And that my friends is my life right now!  


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mishmash!

Lately, I'm so busy I haven't had time to blog but here is a quick mishmash of my activities!

Etegami


The motto of Etegami is:  It's fine to be clumsy.

Well that suits me just fine because I am not a perfectionist in any way.  Above is an Etegami postcard I sent my daughter in law.  Mistakes and all. 


I saw this and loved it.  
It seems that I have been taking a zillion pictures lately!

Including a selfie or two!!



Pocket letters!  I'm all about pocket letters.
Here is one I received!  With bonus stuff!
Perfect for my Pink Saturday offering!


It came in the mail in a large envelope decorated with stickers and had some 
bonus cards and a note pad!



 Here is the actual pocket letter with a beach theme.

The back side had goodies enclosed!



I've also been doing some geocaching here and there, attending events and meeting
new people. 

I took this shot sitting along a beautiful river bank and finding my cache contained just a log and a blue marble.  
I took the photo for Blue Monday

 and for Shadow Shot Sunday2 - it cast a lovely blue shadow!  




I'm also making another Jeannie Beanie Bumpy Blanket!  I love this yarn, it's the softest ever!






This blanket I made two years ago is on it's second baby!  

Baby Gabrielle


For the Pattern:  Click Here


In addition I have been attending game nights with a local group playing board games until late in the night at all night iHop!  Having lunches, dinners and thrifting with my mom and sisters and squeaking time out to read and crochet.  

Life has been a mishmash!


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Monday, March 7, 2016

Blue Monday is really Blue Today

Today was Sally's last Blue Monday post on her 
Linky Party Blog.  She passed away last week, a shock to me when I first heard.

This is what I had set aside to post to celebrate Blue Monday today.



As a Christian, Sally left a wonderful post explaining her faith, which I share, and how you can experience her peace as well.  Please take a moment to go and read it if you haven't already.  Here is the LINK

It's hard to lose a friend.  I've been interacting and contributing to Blue Monday for many years when I had something blue to contribute.  I wish the family peace and joy in Sally's promotion to a place in Heaven.   


Friday, February 26, 2016

Snail Mail Recently Received


I have been really enjoying my foray into the world of snail mail.  


This is my first postcard from Postcrossings!  
My favorite part were the wonderful stamps on it!
It came from Oregon and I met a new friend with twin boys!  

I joined in January and have sent out five postcards now.
  This first postcard was very exciting to receive!
Postcards take quite a while to travel and one must 
be very patient in this instant age!  

I sent one to Taiwan this morning to a young man interested in lighthouses.
Well, heavens!!  He hoped I would send a postcard with a lighthouse for his collection.   I didn't have one for him on hand so I sent one with a photo my son in law took on a visit to the Outer Banks.
I used an app on my phone, Postagram that my sister Karan, the world traveler discovered and shared with me.
  
The receiver doesn't have the fun of great looking stamps with this app,  but at least my new pal in Taiwan won't have a duplicate postcard since the picture is an original.  He has quite an extensive lighthouse postcard collection.  

I love Postagram because it's instant and
 it only costs $1.99 to send an international post card including postage.  
The app is free.  Domestic cards are only .99  (I'm not connected with them in any way
A free ad for them!  Just because I like them!)

So then I learned about Pocket letters!!

 This is my first POCKET LETTER!  

 I received it from Jill a longtime blog friend.  I loved her post on Pocket Letters 
and asked her more about them.  Since them they have consumed me!  I have sent out three and have four more almost ready to go!  I found swap partners on Pocket Letter Pals on Facebook
and on the Pocket Letter Pals webpage.
This one was truly amazing noting how personalized it was as Jill lives in Canada and I live in Florida.


Inside, the pockets are filled with little treasures, like tea and thin chocolates, gifts for making more Pocket letters like fancy tapes and stickers and wise proverbs and stencils and sequins and all kinds of interesting pictures etc.  They are so fun to unpack!  


Each pocket letter received is different and shows the artistic creativity of the individual.



This is my second pocket letter received!  


Jill's longtime penpal and also a member of Pocket Letter Pals on Facebook, asked if I would like to 
swap and of course I said yes!  She is also from Canada  and her pocket letter was once again, 
so FUN to unpack!!  Each pocket held something different!  And I loved how she created pockets on the cards to tuck little gifts into.  I'm already using that idea  on the last few I've made! 
 My favorite gift from Carol were a supply of cutouts of the mason jars she used in different patterns.    But it is hard to choose a favorite when there are so many delightful things tucked into each pocket!


Yesterday I received another post card.  This time from Indonesia! 

Now isn't that great to find in the mail amongst the ads, circulars and bills?  
She had fun stamps, and a personalized Hello Kitty ink stamp and look!  Down through the middle decorative washi tape!   A month ago I had no idea what that was, now I love it!  

I learned to say How are you in Indonesian and used that knowledge already (in my emailed note to let her know it arrived!)  

Now I'm looking forward to the mail again as I used to before the internet when long newsy letters would arrive and pictures would come in the mail from far away sisters and my mom.  

The joy of snail mail! 


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

How to Have a Tinkerbell Party!

What can be nicer than having a Tinkerbell birthday party when you are turning TWO!


The first thing is to dress up just like Tinkerbell herself!


Have your party in Neverland
  You will want it outdoors where there is a shadowy lagoon with a volcano, a hot springs and a bridge to fight off pirates or walk the plank!  Beyond the lagoon.... a ticking alligator lurks. 




Also, at a Tinkerbell birthday party, one must serve her guests a beautiful Tinkerbell Cookie Cake!

Every little girl believes in fairies and who better to grace her 
special two year old birthday cake but charming Tinkerbell nestled in a flower!






You'll want your very own Peter Pan to assist you in the fine art of opening gifts by the lagoon
You can barely see it, but Peter still has his shadow!


It is a serious business inspecting gifts among the lost boys and pirates who are
clamoring for more of the treasures to be revealed.





But Tinkerbell can drift away 
and take a moment to admire her new purse full of pixie dust and dreams



She is every inch a female
where every bag is her purse, even those as large as she is!





When all the treasure is gathered, Tink and Peter return 
 to Mama and Papa Darling
who wish they will never grow up.  

A very tired Tinkerbell will sleep well tonight!  
Second Star to the right and straight on till morning!

Here is a link to her baby shower! Two years goes by fast!
Everly is my sister Karan's granddaughter
and she is so sweet!






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