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Guess who’s back…back again…

I have not posted a thing for over 4 months and I’d say that’s not like me, but it TOTALLY is. I haven’t blogged or made any art for about that long. I’m not sure what has been holding me back, but I suspect it has to do with *waves in all directions* all of this.

Postcard from spring 2017 swap with iHanna.nu

So…I’m participating in Effy Wild’s Artfully Wild Blog Along this year to put myself back into the creative zone.

There is nobody quite like Effy to give me a “gentle” nudge towards a healthier Art Practice.   I began with Effy’s teachings in Journal 52 2018. I jumped to BOD in 2019, and this is my 2nd year in Moonshine.

I have done next to nothing but lurk on the pages for this year so far, but I am a firm believer in starting where you are, so…April it is.

I received my Moderna vax last Thursday and I have to note the weight that feels lifted from my shoulders about it is NOT missed.

My coworkers have all received their first shots at least, and I feel much safer about our whole library team because of that fact.

My Love, Matt, received his shot the same day I did, but he’s team Pfizer. 

My career, Librarian Supreme, is running along nicely, now that we have a new (MUCH better) Supervisor.  My former BOSS* and I are like oil & water.

The services we can provide are limited compared to pre-Covid times, but we do all the things we can for folks, and we are preparing for the future-times when we can do Programs and Outreach again.

#hoodielibrarian 2021

My work weeks are spent with this character…She makes me laugh every day.

The cute…it slays me.
Cuddles Forevah!!!
Emily Bird Starr

Work weeks include 40hrs of Librarian goodness, not enough sleep, and good times with my little roomate family (Amy and her kids: Erik and Angelina)

Weekends include THIS Man:

He is My Heart.

Yep…I am pampered, fed, loved, listened to…It’s a rough life, but I think I’ve earned it.

So…here we are. Today is a good day. I had an eye Dr. appointment where they dilated my eyes, but I’ll get spiffy new specs in 2-3 weeks.

Ok…that’s enough for today…my eyeballs hurt.

Ciao,ya’ll!

*BOSS* per prison slang = Stupid Son Of a Bitch

Incoming postcards!

Edit 6/20/19:

On receiving my 8th postcard, I’m calling it on this season’s crop.

This one is from the PNW (Pacific Northwest)…

Edit 6/13/2019:

Received another postcard in an envelope, this time from Cornwall, England.

I love the foreign stamps. I save them on a page with fortune cookie fortunes…

6/10/19

I already have 6 postcards:

From the next county over (Sonoma)

From Texas:

From Santa Clarita?

All the way from Zurich, Switzerland, in an envelope:

Gorgeous purple from Michigan:

And this gem from western Pennsylvania:

That’s it.

So far…

Spring 2018 Postcards for me…

I’ve received 6 postcards to date through iHanna’s Spring Swap

The first was from my dear friend Sarah Lee (we work together and she is AWESOME!) and I don’t know that I would have been able to keep it a secret like she did! She just happened to have made a coffee card, and so she knew instinctively that it was for me…

Sarah Lee is all over the interwebs (it seems to me, but I’m wildly interested in the art she makes, so…) so DarkTreeHouse is on Twitter and on Facebook for your viewing pleasure…

The second card to arrive came from Orange County, CA…

These colors just get me…

3rd came all the way from France. It came inside an envelope, which is a bit odd for a postcard, but whatever works, I say….

I’m generally impressed with sewing on paper (maybe I’ll work up the guts to try this technique someday…)

The fourth card came from Australia:

Simple and fun. LOVE the colors, tho!

And 5 & 6 are both from the states…

I’m gonna play with this scribble on black style…

And all of this layering, from the canvas-type paper to the perfect, die-cut crab are YUMMY!

I do hope to receive a couple more, but it’s not always an even 10 for 10 card swap, although it’s set up to be so.

I totally understand that life and the USPS are works in progress…

I’ll show ya’ll what I’ve done with the cards I’ve received over the past couple of years…I’ll make ya famous…

Edited 5/24/18:

Got another card in today’s post, from Illinois:

It was in an envelope, but with that subtle texture and hand-stitching, I understand…

That’s all for now…

April showers…

I spent 2 Saturdays mornings in April at the same place: Moschetti’s

It’s a local coffee roaster that has free coffee tastings every good Saturday, and Such. Great. Coffee.

It’s a great place to meet up with other local folks, maybe check out some art & crafts from vendors…

For me, it’s a great place to hang out, and ART my face off!

I’m working on Journal 52 2018 (I’m always behind, but I do like the prompts fromEffy for J52)…

I’m currently finishing up my postcards for iHanna’s Spring swap

These are this year’s models…extra long cards and a set of kid’s stencils got me started this year…

I played with paint…at the time, EVERYBODY was just pie-eyed about quinacridone nickel azo gold, so…

I had fun with more washi tape than any one person will ever need…really…

And gel pens…

And paint pens…

Pitt brush pens…

Magazine clippings…

Ink…

More gel pens…

Time & travel…

And a TINY bit of attitude…

I’m sending these in tomorrow’s mail…2 for Canada, one for Denmark, and the rest in the states, but none in California (where I am).

Truly, iHanna is GOOD…

Received…

9 cards.variety is a wonderful thing…
Got the first one, from Arizona, right away:

# 2 hails from Santa Clarita 

Third up has no postmark,  so the best I guess is USA…

This cardboard masterpiece flew in from New York state:

# 5 came all the way from Aberdeen Scotland! 

The sixes also has no postmark,  but an Australian stamp, so YAY!

The last 3 all arrived on the same day. Can’t read the postmark on this one, but USA again…

And this one can only be pinned down to “midwest” an according to the artist, this card is part of an originally “uncut image” that I can view if I visit artist’s instagram. Pretty clever, there.

And finally, lucky # 9, the biggest of the bunch, and from Haverfordwest, UK (that’s Wales, that is)…

Nine out of ten is pretty good for the swap. Some folks post late, mail gets lost, life happens…I flaked one year, myself…
So, yeah…another successful swap, and another row for my hanging…art. 

Heh. You’ll see…

Spring Postcard Swap 2017

I made 10 postcards to send for iHanna’s Spring 2017 swap. 8 were pre-printed marketing postcards that came in a little packet, and the other 2 were from some OTHER marketing thing…doesn’t matter though, ‘cuz I just covered their stuff up with mine.

Right to it, then?

They all started with gesso and…oh…stenciling with archival ink (with those little, round, Tim Holtz sponges that Velcro onto a handle, ya know?), but on the black card, I used some fiber paste instead of ink.

Cuz I’m a rebel, I am.

Paint thinned with glazing medium (my new bff):

Groovy, right? I heard tell, nickel azo gold is magic. Nah…just a great orangey gold.

More stenciling with bright orange & the darkest blue I cold find:

What? Some stuff is subtle…

Super glossy gel all in here…

YAWN! this is the point where I was completely done with trying to remember to take a photo before I did something else, so…

Everybody got some washi tape, magazine clippings, more stenciling, & words.

….AND….I’m spent.

Yowza! Too many photos, maybe? Sorry…I have also received 9 out of 10 from other folks, but that’s for another time…