Monthly Archives: April 2009

Address The Environment

I finished my envelope today for The Graceful Envelope! A good thing too because it needed to be post marked today. So around 2:30pm I showed up at my local post office and had them hand cancel the stamp. The postal worker said it will still go through a machine, even if she hand cancels it, which she did. I hope it arrives in D.C. with no extra marks on it. I’ve been waiting for this special stuff to protect your envelopes. It makes the area waterproof and smudge resistant, but it’s on backorder right now from Paper & Ink Arts. Bugger!

And the envelope, please…


It’s a bit of a homage to, or somewhat inspired by, one of my favorites, Sara Midda. I love her work! Once I heard what this years theme was, Address The Environment, I instantly thought of this from back in January. And that’s how the concept began. The stone pathway with the quote didn’t exactly turn out like I imagined, but I hope it still looks like a stone pathway. Here is the back (nothing exciting, really).


Oh! And the term “Adult” means it’s being entered as the “Adult Group” instead of teens and children. (Get your mind out of the gutter!)

Tomorrow and Saturday I’ll be at Letters of Joy. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve missed way too many years of this annual event and it’s such a blast! Nothing but art — all day. *sweet sigh* It really has the perfect name too, Letters of Joy. It’s nothing but joy all day.

This years guest speaker is someone I’ve mentioned before here, Lisa Engelbrecht. I’m excited to meet her. She’s very talented and I’m sure she’s full of a wealth of knowledge too. She not only works on paper, but fabric too. She also does custom lettering for tattoo work too! Which makes me think of a TV program I love to catch every now and then, Inked. I don’t even have a tattoo, but no matter how you feel about them, it would be an honor if someone out there wanted my work permanently on their skin.

Anyway, Saturday, at LOJ, I’m taking three classes and I’ll talk more about each class next week.


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My Wii Boys + Envelope Contest

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I watched my two nephews, M3 & M4. We had a blast! We made homemade pizza, roasted marshmallows over the firepit in the backyard, watched Bedtime Stories, which was really good.

In the morning a whole new cartoon world opened up to me. We watched Sonic X and another cartoon that I can’t recall. Then we ate strawberries, pancakes, sausage & eggs for breakfast. A bit of a change from my usual oatmeal with fruit.

I helped them make this & this and they turned out really great. We went to the park with Kosmo until we got rained out. In between all of this we played Wii Fit, Wii Sport and a rented Wii Sonic X games. I’m sure it felt like Christmas to them because I didn’t set a time limit on playing the Wii, this time.

gracefulenv-titleAnyway, have you heard about this contest? This years theme is “Address the Environment”. Any free time I have, which hasn’t been much lately, I’ve been working on my envelope idea. It’s comin’ along and quite nicely too, I think. I gotta hurry up because it needs to be postmarked by April 30th! So if you don’t hear from me until then, you know why. I promise to share it with you when I’m done.

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February Envelope

Where to begin?! Life has been busy for me lately, as usual, but I’ve also been struggling with some other matters. Nothing I can’t handle though. I’m planning on it settling to a new normal soon and it’s good to be back.

I’ve got a lot of projects to share with you. New monthly envelope exchanges, envelope addressing, new wedding invitations, new baby announcements…just a lot of work. On top of that I’d like to focus any extra time I have to various calligraphy projects that are piling higher and higher in addition to various projects to do around the house and working in my garden.

But first thing’s first. Here is my February envelope to share.


On the right, in the center, you’ll see a splotch of red wax from the wax seal on the other side. I guess I forgot to scan the seal side this time.

Recently I celebrated my nieces, M5, 3rd birthday with her family and I used this same watercolor giraffes for her birthday card, of course the address information was deleted. She was so cute! She really slows down and takes her time to inspect and enjoy her gifts, even the cards, before she moves on to open another. My brother asked her what it was on the card and she knew they were giraffes. Then he asked what they were doing and she said they were kissing. It was adorable. She’s such a cute little girl.

Thank you all to my loyal readers and thanks a million for your patience this last month or so.

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To Be Continued…

At first I was, like:


And then I was, like: ‘What the blog are you blogging about? Stop blogging?!!!

And then I was all, like: B*%&#^@*%!#~$tch Pleeeeeeeeeeze! You can’t stop blogging! You’re just getting started and finally getting a following!’

Then I was, like: (double click on the video to be linked to YouTube)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Speaking of new potatoes, more new stuff to come Wednesday and no, it won’t be Spurs or spuds or whatever that guy was saying.

Stay tuned and have a good Monday & Tuesday everyone!

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