Have you ever picked up a book that reeled you in with its first line? Many books fit that description for me, so when Holly (aka hollycm6) hosted a “Brilliant Beginnings” swap for the Cup and Chaucer group on swap-bot I was all in! Swappers were to send a postcard with a favorite first line … Continue reading Brilliant Beginnings!
One of the most gorgeous mail packages I received this year came from my photog friend and art journaler, Diane W, aka midteacher on swap-bot. If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that she enjoys working her photographs into mixed media works of art using paint, fabric, paper, washi tape, and … Continue reading A Fortunate Find: A PhotoArt Journal
Isn’t this artwork gorgeous? This is the card Lynda F sent with her response to Love Notes 26, Prompt 2, “Choose…” Lynda wrote: Choose >>> Joy Start with a small step. What little things bring you exquisite joy and happy-ness? Try one. Then another. Then one more. Try to do at least one joyful thing for … Continue reading Choose >>> Joy
My students are tired; my colleagues are tired; and I am certainly tired. I can’t figure out why we’re all so exhausted less than three weeks into spring semester, but we are and we need a little break. After a preview of this week’s weather, my son and I started praying for a snow day … Continue reading Let It Snow!
Winter solitude in a world of one color the sound of wind Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) The “Winter Scene” card above was crafted by my mixed media photography art “inspirer,” Diane W. (midteacher on swap-bot). She sent it to me two years ago, but it has been hiding in a pocket in my Traveler’s Notebook. Now, that … Continue reading Haiku | Bashō | Winter Solitude
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. –Thomas S. Monson I’m back today with another crafted Christmas tree postcard. This one … Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Postcards | Day 5
The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters. Thomas Jefferson My pen friends make such gorgeous holiday postcards that I’ve decided to share one postcard per day for the 12 days of Christmas. From now to January 5, look for a daily … Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Postcards | Day 1
Autumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year. This weekend, I received three stunning autumn-themed swaps from Diane W. (Midteacher on swap-bot). Each was sent for a swap in the A Thousand Words group. The handmade postcard above was … Continue reading The Perfect Time
there is peaceful. there is wild. i am both at the same time. nayyirah waheed, “sum,” salt Today’s sunflower comes from my photographer friend Diane–midteacher on swap-bot. She continually inspires me with her beautifully crafted photos. For “Sunflower Field in Autumn” Diane tried a creation process she had just discovered. For this project she: “gessoed” watercolor paper … Continue reading Sunflower Field in Autumn
The academic year began with far more drama than I expected, and I’m finally finding a few moments on a less crazy night. I’ve been reflecting on the mixed media photography piece Diane W., Midteacher, sent for the “Raindrops” swap I hosted a few weeks ago. Last Monday, I marched into my office after dropping … Continue reading Possibilities