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So, I have been busy. Submitting! Reclaiming old hard drives & finding out if I had any diamonds in the rough. I had a couple. Here’s one:

imageIt’s 10 years old, or so. Corel Draw–remember that program? It was powerful for its day.

Here’s another easy peasy envelope idea–just use decorative tape (Washi, Duct, etc…this example is duct tape–there is a bonus kitty in there, too! That’s Poco, our crazy old man kitty. He’s super imagesweet, though.)

Working on a new poetry project. Hoping to get it mostly first draft ready before NaNoWriMo begins, because I have a really cool adventure-fantasy novel in mind to write for November. I’m still not as far along with idea generating as I am in a normal year, but I have main characters fleshed out, some secondary characters and I know the general theme of the story. I still don’t have an ending in mind, which is somewhat troublesome, but…I think the story will be a TON of fun to write, and maybe I don’t have to have everything laid out beforehand. Maybe the ending will write itself once I get involved in the story. I am trying not to be too worried. I call myself a “pantser” because I don’t use a formal outline. I think though that I AM actually an outliner, only I keep it up in my head until it’s time to write. My brain has taken so many hits this year, I’m a little (lot) worried about relying on my memory these days. I really need to start writing all of my ideas down, so I can reference (and not forget) them.

I have let go of a couple of worries (mostly) so my head has not been as bad as it was earlier in the summer. We visited my Bebecita & her fiance this past weekend in Indianapolis. Had a great time! I miss my baby girl, though. 😦 We saw Oklahoma! at Beef & Boards which is one of our favorite Indy hangouts. Unfortunately, it was the weakest performance we’ve ever seen at Beef & Boards and also the weakest performance of Oklahoma! 😦 We were so disappointed, we left at intermission. We did get a birthday cake for the Bebecita, though! She’ll be 24 this Friday. So hard to believe!

Hubs and I also celebrated our anniversary this past Friday. #16 married and #21 since we met & started dating. His friend was in town from Texas, so we hung out with him for a while. Had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. No disappointment there–the food was AMAZING! Hubs even danced with me, which was fun. We’ve been so busy lately, though, that we came home and CRASHED. So much work, it’s crazy.

Speaking of work…I have some to do tonight, so I need to jet–but I’m overdue on an update!

Namaste~

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Scribbles

 

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Easy Ways to Make Envelopes Fun

I’m an avid letter writer. I “adopted” a senior in Florida whom I adore. I have pen pals. I write to friends who’ve moved away. I send cards.

I love mail! I’ve gotten to the point where I almost feel like sending a letter in a plain white envelope is sending my child off to school naked!

Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.

I’m not an artist, but I love and appreciate little details. Here are three examples of very easy (and inexpensive) ideas you can use today to send your correspondence slightly less naked!

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1. Colored chalks. You can even use sidewalk chalks, but be aware that the cheaper chalks will rub off more easily when going through the postal machines. I take a cotton ball and using the lighter color first (in this example, yellow) I dab patches of color all over the front and back of the envelope. Then I dab the second color in the spaces in between. I shake off the excess chalk and carefully blend, so the colors form a soft bond, and it almost gives it a tie-dyed effect.

2. Purchased envelopes from dollar stores. I found these cute envelopes in a package of twelve for just $1US. If you hunt around in nearby bins, sometimes you might find matching stationery, as well.

3. Sharpie squiggle art! Who doesn’t love sharpie art, and it makes a bold impression. I obviously had to use an address label, but this envelope was so much fun to make, I will be making more!

If you’re in a hurry, even just adding a cute sticker, a doodle or a funny quote can add charm to your correspondence.

image I’ve gotten away from writing letters as I’ve been dealing with illness. I’ve missed it. I know when we move (especially if we move to another country) this will become an integral part of my life. I’m on a mission to make it more routine again. To pick up from where I left off on the 100 Haikus Project.

To send bad art with reckless abandon, but heartfelt intentions!

Happy Day!

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Scribbles

 

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Collage Poetry

Collage Poetry has been fascinating me, because it incorporates two things that make my creative muses happy–art AND writing. Years ago I took a collage & altered book class with a couple of friends, and since then I’ve tried my hand at a handful of collages, but nothing that made me say, “Oooooh, I really should frame this!”

I knew that I wanted the C bit of the A to Z Challenge to be about Collage Poetry, but who knew I’d find sooooo many creative folks out on the web. Wow! What talent!! I wish I could share everyone’s work that I came across, but more than anything, I wanted to show you how easy it is to create your own style of Collage Poetry.

Corinna West creates her poetry collages digitally. She uses “digital photography, spoken word poetry, and Photoshop based collaging techniques to make images that are more than the sum of their parts.”

A different computerish version, even more blog friendly, can be found at Kyle Godfrey’s Blogger site. Just slightly different is Mary Bast’s version of photography with found and classic poetry, some of which can be found at The Pulitzer Remix.

According to Austin Kleon, it’s just as easy as blacking out words you don’t need on a newspaper to create poetry. He has written a book called, Newspaper Blackout, which shares some of the poetry he has created in this way.

How linktastic is this getting? And, I’m just beginning. We’re approaching my very favorite form of the poetry collage arts–the ones that could be found hanging in prestigious art gallery exhibits. It’s where my poems want to live when they grow up!!

Vivian Faith Prescott prints out her poetry, cuts it into stanzas & pastes it to a collaged background.

As someone who keeps art journals, I found these pages by Annie Yu to be breathtaking! Let’s be honest, my poetry would love to live in journals like hers too!!

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Mixed media artist, Jess Schneider, uses a variety of techniques to create her stunning poem-art. Some of Charles Henri Ford’s collage poetry can be find in one of my neighboring city’s university’s websites. These pieces date back nearly fifty years!

Could I pretty please with whipped cream & a cherry on top take Sara Naumann’s workshop? Her work is gorgeous! Here is a quick, free tutorial, by Quinn McDonald, if you would like to try your own hand at a poetry collage. No matter which technique inspires you, you’re sure to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Carpe diem!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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