they’re called pips


Above you can see II – X of Feathers and Shells. The number cards of each suit are called the pips. I have three quarters of them done, as of this moment. The last suit is Stones. I figured out how to attach actual beach stones to the cards, and I am deeply pleased with myself. Except, after decades of collecting pocket stones, I can’t find all the places I have hidden them on myself. It is a family trait – one of my treasured objects from my grandmother’s collection of things is an owl shaped box with a handful of stones in it collected from her various trips around the world with the Audubon Society. My mother has several handfuls of tiny wonderfully smooth stones. I have several collections, hidden in various spots, and both children have copped to similar collections of their own. Once I find even one handful, I should be all set.

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