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A little bit of history and a good ephemera story

A little bit of history and a good ephemera story

Last Saturday I went ephemera hunting at an antique mall. Not something I do regularly. Or even occasionally. Actually it was the first time I did it.

The antique mall I went to was pretty decent and had a good bit of vendor stands. And one of them was dedicated to ephemera for art journaling. Total score!!!! I probably spent 30 minutes just looking through all the pictures and post cards and stuff looking for those few bits that inspired me.

First I found an antique tarot deck in French. It was so cool and it was definitely going home with me. But not for art. That one went into my spiritual collection.

Then I found some foreign currencies and a couple advertisements that were pretty cool. So they went into my pile too.

Then I found a deck of plastic playing cards in a plastic case and I thought maybe those would be good for altering.

Then I found a deck of playing cards from Zehnder’s restaurant. Cute little touristy deck they probably gave away at some point. There were silly baby face pictures on the face of the cards and I thought….ohh those will make cute journal inserts. So in the pile they went.

The baby cards came out to be looked at last night and I realized they all had card playing sayings with three of them including the word trump. Oh insipiration….I could poke fun at our current political climate with those…now I have an idea.

This morning I pulled those cards out again and decided to look up Zehnder’s restaurant just to see if it was still in business by chance. And it was!!! Matter of fact they have been in business selling chicken dinners for 160 years! And their history page was full of information about their experiences through the years. Especially around prohibition. It was so cool to see. I was actually pleasantly surprised. And now I have a reason to go to Michigan.

With all that cool history I decided to contact them and see if I could find out how old the cards were, when they gave them out, and ultimately if they might be interested in a bit of their history back. Lo and behold the owner responded within an hour and a couple hours later we settled on a price that recoups my cost and covers shipping and the cards will be going home in July. I’ll miss those silly little baby faces but I think this story is better. What a story these cards could tell if they could talk.

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Sometimes Life Just Gets Busy….

Sometimes Life Just Gets Busy….

It’s been a while since I have been able to sit and put thought to paper. There are a lot of things in my life that make it very busy times. Work has been super crazy busy and taking my creative energy and the list of things to do never seems to get shorter. I could (maybe should) be working this weekend. Currently building a new database and process enhancement. Right on schedule and so needed but so many details to work through and not enough time.

I did just have a new employee start on my team. I’m very pleased. I think he has a really good future and I’m glad he persisted in going after the job.

Sweet 16 is coming

My son is just shy of two weeks away from turning 16. It’s hard to believe we are here already. Already planning for college…and a tutor. Enlisting the help of professionals to get through geometry and chemistry as I am under qualified in that arena. We should officially start that in a week and have a good couple months of tutoring to finish the year.

The garden is calling my name

I’m feeling the springtime energy kicking in. It is absolutely gorgeous outside and fresh and new feeling. It’s always nice in Florida but it is most definitely spring time. Makes me want to play in the dirt and plant things. I put a new bench in my side yard the other day and when sitting out there this morning I realized it is a mostly shady area. I had planned to plant my Jasmine bush in that area but may need to rethink. Not sure right now if it can be in the shade. I seem to recall it being a sun plant when I bought it. It definitely needs more space than the pots it is in.

Would also be nice if we could start the driveway widening pavers project soon. I have two light posts to put in and a new mailbox and would like to plant the ponytail palm near the mailbox. And put in a couple other plants that I have just sitting around waiting for their permanent home.

In the studio…getting busy

I am working on a few art journaling spreads. My style is heavily influenced by Roxanne Coble ByBun right now. I think her style is fantastic and I totally starting art crushing on her when I found her. I have completed her LifeBook 2016 class and am starting her Creatures and Lyrical classes.  I love her style of teaching and her style in general.

This page is a result of my third page of Roxanne Coble influenced art. Nowhere near as illustrated as her artwork, I will get there.  I love this page, it means a lot to me. And this one I am calling done, the rest probably not so much. Will post more in the galleries.

Oh the classes….<3

But speaking of classes….this is supposed to be my year off art classes. Time to work on my style, time to finish the classes I have.  I bowed out of LifeBook 2017 to go my own way (or really to finish LifeBook 2015 and 2016… Then Wanderlust 2017 (this one is good but is not my favorite) started and LifeBook 2017 (love this class…could not resist the hummingbird lesson). And Finnabair publishes her Imagine class on 3/1. And I found Roxanne Coble. So I am in it neck deep when it comes to classes. Instead of the year of no classes this is the year of lots of classes. So far I have done the warm ups for Wanderlust and LifeBook and the rest are in hold status. So I expect to see some great art learning this year. I am dancing around in my excitement. On the topic of the Finnabair class I am ridiculously excited and intimidated. My attempts at heavy texture and attaching stuff have not been as successful as I would like. I hope I learn a lot from her. And I get to go shopping for supplies! But first….more ByBun. Must have more.

And did I mention the sewing projects?? no? not yet….

Other exciting news

We did the Insane Inflatable 5k yesterday. We are pretty sedentary. So to do a 5k is a big deal. And to do one with 11 super huge obstacles makes it a really big deal. We did it in an hour and a half. Minor bumps and bruises and some friendly competition between the guys and a lot of fun. We will do it again next year probably. But hopefully physically more prepared. The event really wore me out around the 7th obstacle. But we made it!!  Those inflatables are incredible!

Whew..thats enough for one day…goodnight!

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Relaunch of the site – may it run faster, smarter, and be more enjoyable

Relaunch of the site – may it run faster, smarter, and be more enjoyable

I have launched and relaunched this site over many years. Each iteration better than the last but never filled with content because I could never quite get the site right. My last attempt was the beginning of January and I was able to get a fairly decent site built.  But it was too slow to browse and very frustrating to add content to. So here I am again at relaunch stage. We decided to change domain providers to one that accommodates WordPress. After some research we selected SiteGround and got everything moved over, setup, and configured.

Not a small feat, things like this take time, patience, and perseverance to get setup. A will to succeed through the myriad of frustrations that occur…that two steps forward and one step back frustration we all get.  And then the drive to push through to the other side and start to build again.

And content takes time to translate from a list, memories, and plan. That list is long, very long. This has been 10 years in the making. All the planning, preparation, and learning. 10 years I have been getting ready for this.

Thank you for being on this journey with me for a while. May we leave the experience better people for it.

As I get underway please take a few moments to learn about me and the things I enjoy enough to talk about. Like my cats…although they are actively blocking my computer screen right now…

Photos of my projects are being loaded and sorted through, my other projects section has some but more are coming quickly.  I will have social media links up this weekend and both my Facebook page and my Instragram feed have photos of original work.  Every project is a learning experience so whether I love the piece or not I will share it. For it is my site, my art, and my story.

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