Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

Belated Valentine

I missed posting this on Valentine's Day as we were vacationing in Costa Rica and I had trouble uploading the image which I took on a flowering tree at Lomas del Volcan lodges. Hope you had a nice one.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Naming the Garden-Getting Ready

According to the Celtic calendar, we are now in the spring season. There is a quickening in the air as the light lingers at the end of the day. But it is still cold and icy here in New England and I am itching for the sight of blooming flowers. I'll get my chance at the end of the month with the sharp yellow of the witch hazel—a tonic for the winter-weary.

As I mentioned in my last post about my Naming the Garden series,  I'm writing the name tags ahead this year. I'm enjoying spending time conjuring up images of colorful flowers as I write out their Latin names. Below is a picture of two piles of tags. Can you guess which pile I will be using and which one is going into the recycling bin?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

First Day of Celtic Spring

May the energy of the growing days
invigorate our souls.
The renew card began life as one of my Twelve Days of Christmas posts. It's photographed with a daffodil on snow-dusted  vinca.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Love Poster for Valentine's Day

I don't seeValentine's Day as reserved for romance but rather as a celebration of love. I like to think that my Love poster from the Words For Our Time series makes a perfect gift. Available in my etsy shop, the posters are printed on a heavy 12" x 18" stock and cost $15. plus $5.00 shipping. I purchased this simple plastic Format frame from Michael's at a very reasonable price. They also have another brand, Studio Decor, in a package of two. The posters are available for order through February 9 and then my shop will close for a two week vacation. I'll be sharing up close images of each quote in the coming days.

Love Poster on etsy

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Studio Sunday-The Joy of Making Gifts Part 2

 My daughter and I made tea bags for Christmas gifts last year. She found the drawstring tea bags online, I did the lettering and design, and we filled them together. My first thought was to write out quotes but I didn't want the lettering to be so small so I chose words instead. As we were both thinking about, and not looking forward to, making origami boxes to hold the tea bags, I found these wooden boxes at Artist and Craftsman. Much easier! I've heard that some recipients are drinking the tea and others are admiring the tea bags in the box.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

National Handwriting Day

National Handwriting Day reminds me how lucky I am to have become involved (40 years this fall) in an art form that is so intimately related to handwriting. This connection has allowed me to come and go in the serious practice of calligraphy while keeping my hand engaged as I made cards, wrote out recipes, and addressed envelopes. Those years of making letters for personal communication rather than exhibition gave me the freedom I was seeking when calligraphy was my sole focus. Thank you calligraphy and thank you handwriting. You have enriched my life.
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