Monday, April 9, 2018

Mail on Monday...

I was determined to get my envelopes for the PTEexchange out on time this month. Mail is always great, and PTE gives the opportunity to be a little creative. 
May your road be smooth and carefree...
 And if the weather isn't warm where you are...
Do April SNOW showers bring May flowers?

 Maybe it's time to bring some flowers indoors,
willow ware and pink roses
as a reminder that Spring really is around the corner. I am attempting to do the 100 day creative challenge.  Last year I made it about half way through...this year, I hope to complete the 100 days. Between the Flower Shop, my trusty camera phone, snail mail, art projects and blogging, I might be in with a chance. How about you?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Just can't stop...

bringing work home with me. I must remind myself it's the weekend!
#perk of the job!
Not only is it the weekend, but it's St. Patrick's Day weekend, so here's to the wearing of the green.
One of my favorite arrangements of the week in honor of the Irish flag...
Irish pride in a flowery way!
And maybe a greeting card 
calligraphically speaking!
Wishing you a happy St. Patrick's Day weekend. Slainte!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

sometimes, I...

bring work home with me...
a reminder,
spring is coming...
After looking and working with flowers all day, you might think that I will have had my fill. That is what I would have thought. But the reality is, that even after looking at them all day, I like to have a vase on my table... and maybe even a little mason jar for the living room.
Tulips definitely signal spring!
These tulips were a little droopy, so past their sell by date...but, they work perfectly in a little mason jar. Hopefully, the florist trick of adding a penny to the water will help them last a few days...

It's hard to believe it's the end of the month, it was down to the wire, but I managed to get my Pushing the Envelope Exchanges out...
More flowers to match the postage stamp...

February was international correspondence month, that was inspiration to get a few letters to pen pals out..

it's never too late to send a little love...
I am hoping March brings warm weather, flowers, mail, and a little more time to read blogs, and post a few times too!

Friday, February 2, 2018

February...and the word is..

Choose.  That's my word of the year that I selected in January, and already I love it. In a scary world, where sometimes it seems as if we have no control over almost anything. we can choose. Although we can't always control our situation, we can at least choose our reaction and attitude, and when necessary readjust our focus.  It's proactive, rather than only reactive, and rather than feeling powerless, we can feel powerful, even in small ways.
Calligraphy practice...every day

I am combining Choose with other positive C words, and plan on adding and Changing them every month. January brought some unexpected changes for me, included an unanticipated Career opportunity doing something I love...
lots of arranging...

but more about that next week, when I will be in full on production mode.

February is Correspondence month, and I am way behind on that, so that's my plan for Saturday. Sunday is the Superbowl, which will require all of my energy! Go Pats...can't wait, holding my breath in anticipation! Happy weekend!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mail on Monday

Happy New Year after a month long hiatus of frigid temperatures warmed by the arrival of holiday mail and Christmas celebrations, my happiest mail arrived in person...
Onz and Deets
hand delivered their Christmas card to us.
Onz and Deets arrived and stayed for most of December, much to everyone's delight here.  I'm just left wondering why time flies when you are having fun?  They definitely make life fun, so the time went by in a blink.

Icy cold weather with sub zero wind chills provided a great reason to stay inside and do some baking. One of Onz's favorites is making and decorating sugar cookies, and she has it down to a science. I always learn a new technique or two from her, and the results taste as good as they look.  Before we enjoyed them with a cup of tea, I made an envelope to coordinate with a US postage stamp featuring sugar cookies and our own cookie creation.
They really are good enough to eat!
And last but not least, the absolute best part of the holidays for me!

and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mail on Monday

November's PTE exchange brings Autumn and Thanksgiving to mind.  I didn't have any Rooster stamps, which I thought could have been a cute idea..maybe next year. Instead I used the food stamps in homage to the bounty of Thanksgiving. I coordinated the lettering to the color of the stamp and added some Autumn flowers. While PTE is an envelope exchange, I  like to include a note. Here I have stamped an image (from Simon Says Stamp) using my Tim Holtz stamp positioner.  This is similar to a Misti, but less expensive. I learned about this product from Eileen, the Artful Crafter, and I love it.  I am able to achieve better results and use some interesting techniques.
PTE Exchange
Thankful for the chance to be creative
More matching postage stamp to lettering colors
I picked up this card at Hallmark....oh how I love that store! and I really love the sentiment. "If the world had more people like you, we'd all be saying that you a lot more often"  I feel truly blessed that I have so many people in my life to be thankful for!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Three on Thursday

On Tuesday, we took a walk over the hill to Griswold Pond...very small, nestled in a neighborhood, a little bit of nature tucked in the city..

enjoyable little spot for this swan.
I love how the clouds reflected on the pond on this one.  We waited patiently for the swan to move a little closer.
and I did have to zoom..
The branch hangs precariously across a tranquil scene. Playing around with some of the filters, I altered the picture to this.
an impressionist view...
The colors on the back ground on this remind me of Monet's waterlilies
What do you think?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

T stands for Time

My mom always said the man who made time made plenty of it. However at the moment, I seem to be in a time warp/stealing vortex, and time is disappearing faster than I can fathom. In the desire to take a short break, here's a post for T on Tuesday with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.
such a cute fairy garden..
I think the pebbles are supposed to be potatoes, but then I have an eye for them..
50 lbs of spuds at a time...
they won't last long!
We love potatoes here, and I refer to them as Irish ice cream...and as the saying goes...
A constant reminder on the fridge
thanks to Onz
Not so sure if I would pair it with Gunpowder tea
not really a gin drinker, but...
When visiting my friends yesterday, Mary pulled out this cool bottle distilled in Drumshanbo, her hometown in Ireland. It was news to all of us. Just a drop, maybe?

Happy t day!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Make a wish 11:11 on 11/11...
Carson Beach
Brisk but beautiful
because sometimes you just have to believe in the magic of numbers!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on the 11 of November, but since it is a Saturday this year, it is observed as a federal holiday on Friday.
Flags flying at Fellsmere Park
“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground. The men of WWII were the greatest generation, perhaps Korea the forgotten, Vietnam the trampled, Cold War unsung and Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan vets underestimated. Every generation has proved itself to be worthy to stand up to the precedent of the greatest generation. Going back to the Revolution American soldiers have been the best in the world. Let’s all take a remembrance for all veterans who served or are serving, peace time or wartime and gone or still with us. 11/11/16 May God Bless America and All Veterans.” 
― Thomas M Smith

I urge you to visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and read more about the memorial.  As time goes on, the sacrifices of those who fought and died become a statistic, and lose the humanity. The site includes the faces of the wall, which honors their memory.

I remember  and pay tribute to Edward McEleney, who grew up in my neighborhood, enlisted in the Navy just of a high school and was killed in Vietnam 2 years later. He is honored on panel 1W Row 78.

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves as best he can, the same cause.
-Abraham Lincoln

PBS is showing a documentary by Ken Burns on the Vietnam War.  Let us not forget. Peace, hope and honor for the future.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday Transitions

I feel so fortunate to live in New England and have the opportunity to see the seasons change.  Each one offers its own particular beauty, and I am always inspired. Despite living only ten miles outside of Boston proper, I have a number of parks, ponds and lakes within walking distance. One of my nearby destinations is Pine Banks park,  where I can enjoy majestic trees and woodland paths.

Colors of Autumn

Crisp, autumn colors
Orange, red, and gold descend
on path to winter.

Pine Banks
Zen like ripples in the pond
morning comes with frost

The nights are getting colder with a touch of frost.  I am already starting to hear the crunch of leaves under my feet, and gradually the brown is replacing all of the fallen color.  I think I will enjoy this last bit of fall, before the cold creeps in. Warm autumn wishes!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Words on Wednesday

A few weeks ago, Fi and I headed into Boston for the Boston Book Fest.  We got a late start, making the first talk impossible; next, the train was delayed, followed by a diversion, so we missed our second talk.  What's to do? Why, what any good food loving females would do! Hit up Flour Bakery for lunch and sustenance before the next talks.
Flour sandwich, good enough to eat
and it was..
Once we finished lunch, we  headed to our first destination to hear a panel of mystery writers talking about their process. Next up and lucky for us in the same venue was the marvelous Geraldine Brooks.
Geraldine is a Pulitzer Prize winner and an interesting speaker. Spoiler, her next book is titled  Horse, and it's about...wait for it, a horse!  From here, we headed out to a talk on memoirs, with an interesting panel including the writer of the Ask Amy advice column and a former dominatrix; this made for an interesting discussion.
we were there..
books, books, glorious books
Did you know November is National Blog Posting Month and National Novel Writing Month? I'm in; how about you? And in the meantime, trying to get some pen pal lettering writing done too.

It's in the mail...
Before bed tonight, I will keep my letter writing theme going and finish up reading Letters to the Lost by  Iona Grey.
A book with letters
one of my favorite themes.
I wish you good reading, good writing, and a little creativity to feed your soul.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

T stands for throngs

Fi and I headed out for a mini shopping expedition. First up Target for a few essentials, then Barnes and Noble for more essentials ( at least in our minds) Starbucks Latte and BoOkS!! And then we headed to our destination of choice...Wegman's food store

We joined the throngs of people for the grand opening on Sunday morning, and it was jam packed. Wegmans is new to our area, and will prove stiff competition to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. So much delicious food on offer. We opted to pick up some Sushi and a bottle of Sangria...nice for a treat.  We opted for the Spicy Shrimp Po Boy.  Although pretty, we decided to pass on the Dragon Fruit..
great texture

And then we finished off with a sampling dessert tray. Yum, followed by menu planning, but it is lovely to have an occasional treat.
Delicious desserts, but not in the cookbook.
We saw this glass at The Paper Store and I think it fits perfectly with this weeks T stands for...
Just a thought...
and a big thank you for stopping by. 
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Happy T day.