Posts Tagged ‘collage’

Dearest Readers,
Spring is slowly fading away and giving up ground to Summer with storms and hungry weather. Please be careful out there as these storms can be intense. About two nights ago there was rain and the patter lulled us to sleep as well as washing the pollen down. Storms will rage throughout the seasons this year and bring the rain, glorious rain.

I have been weeding the herb plots today and can say I wish there was a way to grow and use weeds over the herbs, but then the herbs would be weeds and would choke out the real weeds. My nemesis the weeds have been mostly plucked and I will have to start cheering on my mint plants. Strangely and happily my fever few has seeded itself all over the place instead of dying like the instructions said it would. The rose bush my neighbor gave us because it was scrawny and in the way is now loaded with buds ready for rain and sun in order to bloom. I have sweet flag in a damp spot of the garden and it has come through the brief snows we had. The Joe Pye Weed is coming back up and the one lone stalk of May Apple is back again. The agaves in my yard have settled in nicely and I hope there will be more sun on them if we trim the tree branches that are out over the street.

I have been feeling overly pouty and depressed lately from the FM pain so I went shopping. Yes indeedy shopping is a particularly wonderful therapy and great alternative when not digging rocks. I drove my ibuprofen laden self to the best shopping around: Guardian Angel Thrift Store in Fuquay Varina. This charity does INCREDIBLE support for Alzheimer’s research and now has The Little Angel next door. They have grown my cook books, my sewing stash, my jewelry, my clothing, and supplied lots of items for my husband’s crafts/modeling. (And for those of you that are like me and watch What Not To Wear the clothing is good enough to get a grudging smile from the hosts of the show. At least I have people ask me where I shop and they aren’t shaking their heads in pity when they ask me.) http://guardianangelthrift.org/

Our loving dog is still moping around and sad about Calvin having died. Sure we don’t sit over dog biscuits and tea and discuss our feelings but I can tell she is still lonely. At least she is somewhat happier than last week.

It is almost ten o’ clock right now and I can feel the warm moisture in the air flowing in the night breeze and ushering in the coming rain. How magical to feel the moisture and have that tingling at the back of my mind that this weather is old and fragmented, tired of traveling and ready to throw itself against the ocean wall.

I have thought and thought and decided that the best way to revive my Etsy is to redo the offerings. Sure I have friends say my stuff is great and they send me other sights to try and set my prices just right. Prices be d**ed1 The thing that suddenly hit me is that although I have always thought of collage as paper AND cloth AND ribbon AND beads all together, obviously no one else does. All the web sites I have gone to have all silk kimono material, all tie dye, all home made paper, or all watch pieces but none of it together. Suddenly bing! the light goes on. Offer all cloth Jane Austin themes or all paper themes but not some of both all together. Hey, I even bought a paper cutter to make things easier and am ready to cut and clip my way into profit. (I am being positive. Yipee!)

Megalodon is almost over so any readers that are near Raleigh, North Carolina, come and see the exhibit before it is over. Everyone is enjoying the sharks and fossils together in one exhibit. I have met so many great fossil hunters and rock enthusiasts during this exhibit. So bring your sharks teeth and visit us at the Museum of Nat. Sciences.

Be well and grow strong, gentle reader

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This morning I pried my eyes open, promptly wanted to die and then heard my beloved’s voice, “Look, it’s snowing.” Those were some of the sweetest words this morning. Like magic the suburbs were being covered in a fine fat layer of snow flakes. Everything was silent, it looked absolutely beautiful. By the time I crawled out it had all melted away and the morning magic had faded. But oh to be up briefly with my love and experience one of those special moments.

Spring is so very close, I’m going to say that Spring is here and any snow or ice that may come belongs to the Spring and not the Winter. Most of March will probably be wet and clammy; that warmish cold moisture that comes from too much rain and not enough bright sun.

I put Misty Cosmos up on Etsy for sale and hope the cabochon will add to the cachet of my shop. I get lots of looks but no buyers and that is frustrating. I’m about to put another collage pack out for sale and hope that looks good with the others.

I came across a bunch of old vintage booklets and hope to be able to sell pages of them for scrap booking. These are scientific publications and while I will keep the ones that talk about the granite of Kansas and loam of Norfolk, 1902 publications on crop rotation are not incredibly relevant. I tell myself this because even the thought of cutting up books and pamphlets still makes me cringe. If it wasn’t for indoctrination from old Girl Scout collage projects I would hesitate with magazines too.

I strongly recommend going to You Tube and seeing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n57-JR4hKvg This is a wonderful example of folks who decided to start picking up a camera and seeing what they could do with it. After years of this Rick and Sandy are the video recording life of MAGMA and WNCROCKS. I can not say enough about all of Ricks very hard work with WNCROCKS and MAGMA. Almost every single person in that first video are core members who make rock hounding a wonderful joy. We are a Southeast club but have members all across the US and this video not only helps to show off the geologic wonder that is Graves Mountain but also the type of fantastic people that are rock hounds.

I cary my dopping sticks with me on the off chance of hitting the grinding wheel while near the NC State Crafts Center. The problem is carrying them safely without resorting to a tackle box. While the stone is still being ground down I keep the dopped stick in an old eye glasses case. My other trimmed stone to be ground is kept in another case. Both cases fit in my purse and are great at keeping everything safe and tidy without lugging a tackle box around or risk breaking and scratching from getting banged around. Once the stone is complete you can also keep them wrapped in those cloths inside another eyeglasses case. Lets face it how many can a family of two wrack up over the years if you both wear glasses? The answer is a lot of those little cases laying around with old glasses inside that not even Mosses would recognize. Donate the 10 year old glasses to unfortunates that need eye glasses over style and use the cases for something other than collecting dust.

Well our wonderful heat god, the kerosine stove broke tonight, and with that subtle feel of snow for early March. My toes are cold and I have consumed more chocolate than dinner. (Feel free to read in “that time of the month”) I wanted to share more about the familiar magic of sewing and share a recipe or two but my continued good humor and bonhomie are fading fast.

Be well and stay warm until Spring brings together the cold song of Winter and the hot chorus of Summer

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