here’s to 2018

I hope your holidays were lovely, and your new year is starting well.

I am beginning 2018 with a month of flailing. Or experimentation. That is likely a nicer term for it, because my list has a lot of techniques I want to try and materials I own but haven’t used yet, and these are definitely a series of creative experiments. However, it feels more like flailing because honestly I have no clear direction or plan for the month except crossing things off my list.

My list looks like this: flail list

You’ll notice there are question marks, in case I set off on a tangent not already indicated. There is a mixture of techniques and materials to experiment with, with some cross-over. Also I need to bring some order to my space, so there are a couple clearing and tidying tasks in there as well.

One technique I have checked off is Joomchi, a Korean technique for felting paper. My first efforts looked like this:

The end result is the most raggedy! It is clearly a process that requires skills I have not yet developed – I’ll try a couple more (four at a minimum) and then put it down if I don’t like it.

I’ve also been tinkering with tiny art works in tiny boxes, and how I might add tiny lights to them. I have strings of fairy lights, tiny rice lights and a spare half dozen battery operated tea lights that I have been cannibalizing for parts. I also ordered tiny doll house lights from True2Scale because they have tiny switches as well as tiny LED lights. They have a lovely catalog of truly tiny things as well – I’m not affiliated with them, I just like thinking about tiny things.

sold out!

Thank you all for your cheerful enthusiasm! All the note cards I printed are sold, and either waiting to be picked up at my house (you local people know who you are) or have been put in the mail and are en-route to your doorstep. If you wanted cards and missed this chance, I will be printing more soon. Drop me a note, and we’ll get things organized.

Notecards For Sale!!

Sets of six notecards, three each of two different designs. Puffins! Whales! Size is 4.5×5.25″comes with envelopes, perfect for gifts or thank you notes. Or just stick them on your wall. $15, plus a little for shipping.

And for the landscape aficionados, a set of  six different landscapes, 5×7″ with envelopes. Gifts, thank you notes, elegant decor – you decide. $18, plus a little for shipping.

I am suffering from a pitched battle with formatting and payment issues – if you’d like cards, email me, and we’ll figure it out.

so close…

I hope my fellow USians had a pleasant Thanksgiving, with all good things to be thankful for, and the rest of you had a pleasant Thursday. I shared a Thanksgiving table with four sea captains, three farmers, two grandchildren and my mother. I did a great deal of driving, a lot of eating, a lot of talking, and admired some pretty spectacular views of the Maine coast. Like this one, which I attempted repeatedly to sketch until my fingers got too cold and the light failed:

air bnb window in Friendship, ME

ALL the pips!!

I have finished all of them! I am mighty! Also my fingers hurt from arguing with sewing with wire.

With the pips done, and five of twenty-two major arcana done, I am past the half-way mark. I was mistaken about how repetitious the pips would be, so I did them early on while I was enthused about the whole project. Now I get to do “face” cards for the minor arcana, and the rest of the major arcana. Good times!

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.