I slept in today, for the first time in over 10 months! But I have a good excuse ... Mom and I stayed up to watch the wedding! Before that I was watching a special on BBC addressing all the royal jewels. I guess I didn't know just how many tiaras the Queen (or 'the people") owned.
Inspirational and thought-provoking posters by Adrian Franks, really beautiful work! Prints are available for purchase at society6 right here. Go watch this multi-talented artist talk about his work on this video. Apologies to Adrian for not originally liking to his prints for sale. As a working artist, I should never not mentioned that! ;)
I have to admit, I am too busy to blog. Or too distracted with many projects? Too many things rolling around in my head to keep a train of thought. This hasn't happened for a long time. Freelance requires so much juggling that I find myself unable to break away. But not complaining about the work. Also still working on the fund raising project on the weekends. Took a break yesterday to have my watch batteries replaced, since I can't wear any of my 20 watches! A person that never really leaves the house doesn't have need a watch? But I got off my thought ... found a couple of places in Edmonds that I had forgotten about that might be interested in my cards? Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Working on a contract gig, thank you Denise! And staying very busy with that.
Also working on a book, website and all things in between at night for Tokyo Train, a Japanese earthquake fund raising effort by photographer Robin Layton. That has wound down for the moment. But fun and exciting.
While I am glued to the computer 13 hours a day, Mom is bringing in little gifts to brighten up my desk. Have a great day!
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs ....
"Angel" by Jerry Burns. I heard while listening not watching the movie "Crush" the other night ... working with the TV on the background, a bad habit of mine. Jerry Burns official site on Tumblr. And you can listen to more songs here.
Thanks to Josh for allowing me to do a quick cosmetic tweak to their blog, Radio Radio. That was fun and I learned all about Squarespace. Always moving forward with new knowledge! Go check out their new single!
I am pretty overloaded right now with lots of work. And special fund raising effort for Japan that I am working on with Robin and Shakti. Exciting to be a part of the effort and it is all moving very quickly. Will tell you more when that is permitted. Got a contract gig. So not so much time for blogging and surfing. ;)
D and I have been glued to PBS watching to Ken Burns' Civil War. Although, this is the second time we have watched it, it is heart-breaking and fascinating. Begging Matt and Bri to sit down and watch it with us.
Nell Dickerson's book 'Gone, A Photographic Plea for Preservation'. A book of fallen homes of the Civil War period. Via Gun & Garden.
Mineo Mizuno via this wonderful blog, toil drops, nature inspired design. I would love to have a round seat covered with moss dots for my yard! I have small clumps everywhere now. But a more patterned, controlled look would be so nice.
I have been a little busy working on a couple of things. I learned all about Squarespace yesterday. That was fun. I laugh, I am the busiest unemployed person I know. But after being on the computer, pushing pixels around for days - I feel I need to step away from! Go do something different. I need to sand my new rings, clean house, iron clothes, put up my clothes pile, take a shower, refill bird feeders, you know, some of the basics ;)
Photographer Ann Woo examines Playing Card Patterns via Junk-Culture. It is funny that I ran across this today because yesterday I was cleaning up my own card collection and took these. This is about half of my collection! You know when you are a collector of something, your loved ones are very generous!
It poured rain straight down to the ground, like a dotted line from heaven to earth. The birds bathed themselves in little muddy pools under bushes. Then dried their feathers by lying flat on the top rail of the fence. Then the sun came out! Then it rained again. Then the sun came out. Should I be building an Ark?
Haven't seen the Wrens in the Honeysuckle in the last couple of days. Those *effing* rats better not be eating the bird eggs like a couple of years ago!
I talked to sweet friends from NC via email. Cleaned house, put together a lamp, mopped, worked on a book and mucked around with lite redesign of a website. Had a great conversation with my son. Then my best bud called me from Texas. I guess you could call it a perfect day.
Sometimes the simplest ideas for gifts are the best. Remember when I made this 50-grains-of-rice-art for my friend turning 50 some years ago. I still love that idea and am thinking of reviving this for a friend turning 60 this year.
The friend I made this for, made one for her friend. I loved she used textured paper and added a few wild rice grains, a testament to the receiver, I am guessing. ;)
This was mine from years ago.
My friend Chris, made a version for her friend.
I also made an assemblage piece with all things 50 included. 50 shells, flower petals, Monoply money, pennies ... all kinds of fun things.