Friday, February 26, 2010

Early Morning Still Life

Here's a photo I took sometime last week. I was up early that day, and some weak winter sunshine made it all the way through the living room and into the kitchen (there is no kitchen window), and it was so cheery that I felt compelled to record the moment. I love the yellowy colors here, and all the various fabulous shapes of the utensils.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Valentine Hearts

This year I continued my years-long (at least a decade) tradition of making lots and lots of woven paper hearts for Valentine's Day. I've done various things with the hearts over the years, but this year I ended up using them in garlands and to make "fortune cookies" with.

Here's a pile of the hearts I made.

Here's the garland I made in "Valentiny" colors. I don't think I'd ever made a garland of any sort before, and this one was for a swap on Swap-bot. I ended up making several more and giving them away to others, too. I can see myself making different sorts of garlands in the future, as they are fun and not too tedious to make, and fabulously decorative (lots of bang for the buck).

The citrus-toned garland

And the Indianapolis Colts garland

I also found some nice quotes and printed them onto little slips of paper to put inside some of the hearts, kind of like a fortune cookie.

Then, for a couple of days before Valentine's, I would leave one or more hearts in miscellaeous places wherever I would go -- stores, church, doctor's office, etc. It was great fun!

The quotes I used in these "fortune cookie hearts" are the following:

Love is like wildflowers: it is often found in the most unlikely places.

We cannot do great things; only small things with great love.
~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
~William Wordsworth

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Forever will little opportunities to love daily drop into our hands to abundantly satisfy the question, "Lord, what will you have me do?"

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Awhile back I heard/read about zentangles, and I've been trying my hand at creating them during the last several days. I've found them to be quite engrossing. An ATC swap for "zentangle newbies" on Swap-bot was just the motivation I needed to start doing these.

Here are the two zentangle ATCs created for that swap and which I mailed out to my partners today. Each one is going to a different person, so this photo is probably the only place they will ever be seen side by side. Kind of like twin babies, these two were created at the same time and with very similar features, but were intended to be individuals. Will they perhaps feel a mystical connection to each other, regardless of where each travels in the world? lol

Below is a zentangle bookmark I created for another swap, and which I will have to mail out in a couple of days. I really, really like this and am loathe to give it up, but I know it is good for me to do so. I guess I'll have to make more!

One side of bookmark:

Other side of bookmark:

If you are unfamiliar with Zentangles, this site will tell you about them.

And I recommend this video regardless of whether or not you are interested in zentangles; it's just delightful to watch and listen to.