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Are you Ready

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Yes, the time has come, I’ve put if off, but now need to focus on getting a few more cards done. We had such a gorgeous fall, that I simply couldn’t get into the ho ho ho mood.  Now, whether I want to or not, I know that I must meet my deadlines.

After all, people want to prepare, and if cards are being sent abroad, even out of country i.e. the  States, there are deadlines for the items you send to get there on time.

I was taken aback the other day, I sent my sister a  handmade card, she is in California, Canadian postage to the States is $1.20 for a single card of standard size.  I thought that was what I was sending, however, there is a rule, that the card must pass though a certain size of slot to go at that price, and if it doesn’t the price more than doubles.  What a whopping surprise that was.

Now I understood why customers look for cards that are not built out, or designed in a way that they impeded machine sorting at the postal service.  Explains why card companies have resorted to thinner card stock… not always producing a quality (in my opinion) product.

For the creative person who makes their own cards, we are faced with a poorer quality of card stock being offered.  Didn’t understand at first why the better card stocks were being reduced in price in some merchandise outlets.  Now the light bulb goes on, because the consumer is wanting to build a lighter card, so that their clients will want the cards, because they will cost less in postage.

Wow is the postal system the “scrooge” machines don’t have warm fuzzy feelings, they just mechanically move the product along.  It rips, it tears so what, unless a human catches it……..end result you receive a really battered product.

Hmmmmm….fright nite b

It is Friday, you bet! Holler and Shout, jump and Pounce, Saturday is on it’s way.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday, March 1

Thursday doors – the door

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The Door

Inspired this reaction from

one of my dearest of friends..

Is that that darn Avon lady again or is it those people pushing religion.  Don’t answer it!! 
Friends are very special
each one is so unique and so good
at offering us a mirror
or a totally different perspective
to where we are at any given moment
Norm’s – Thursday Doors
is a long time favourite of mine
doors have held interest for me
as long as there has been time
What is it about doors the keeps us
all, so enchanted by their shape
construction, size, and “personalities”
inanimate they may be
but a life of their own
is often found
when we the viewer
chance upon a door that
calls out from its frame
and no way can we  just walk away
a door holds mystery
inspires imagination
today’s door
was indeed inspired by
wall paper
and thoughts of elves
fairies and woodland
gardens where
little “ones” and their
forest friends
enjoy happy days under blue skies
and thriving vegetation
the mossy carpets under foot
a perfect place to play
and while the day away.
Oyashikiri

mind’s eye

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Have you  heard that expression before, “in my mind’s eye”… I’ve  had it in my head for years, and have not a clue where it came from.  Just that I will use it at times, just because… in other words, I’ve never been sure of what it means or how it came to be in my vocabulary.

Lately I’ve been making cards for the spring sale coming up at the church.  I use blank cards, card stock, and what ever else I have lying around.  I told you about my using my store receipts for making textured handmade paper and card stocks..using coloured paper, inks, paints etc. I end up with some colourful media to use

I’ve had this one sole earring (ladies you know of what I speak) sitting on my work bench, I just couldn’t seem to throw it out, it has probably been hanging around for over a year. Last night I was looking at some scraps I had and without knowing what I had in mind, I started to fold the gray card stock to make a card… I used the left over patterned print for a border, some cut out shapes, and voila, a home for the earring.

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Sorry, I’ve not photoshopped it, it came all by itself….. when I took the picture (above) last spring when we were visiting a friend  in Gananoque, Ontario, I saw the sculpture and took a picture, because in my “mind’s eye” it would be a good picture.

When we do something, we don’t always know why or what has inspired us.  Sometimes it doesn’t come back to us for days, weeks, and in this case almost a year later.  And again, sometimes we just never get the “connection”

Living life in the moment, means that we are always present, aware of our surroundings and of the people we are interacting with.  The other lesson I’ve learned, but not fully been able to accomplish 100% is to express (create) enjoy the moment, and let go, move on.  How often have I kept a pair of shoes only because I paid such a price for them and even though I’d worn them till they owed me no more. not one single miserly cent.. I’ve held on. even after I bought another pair to replace them.

I am getting better. It didn’t happen over night.. now I try to let go of something, if I bring something new in.  LOL I can hear my husbands eyes rolling in his head as he reads this…. 1st step is knowing what you are doing.. 2nd step is working at correcting that habit or tendency.

In my creativity .. I have always been able to let go… and I never plan something out ahead of time to the extent where I “need” to do something a certain way.  Good examples, I don’t knit or crochet.. I do not like following a pattern.  I love to cook but never follow a recipe.  Each and every one of us is different we are unique in how we live our daily lives.  That is what makes this place (life on earth) such a beautiful adventure.

Please, let us strive to accept and harmonize with those around us ..

  PL Precept # 20   Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter..

PL Percept #21   Live in Perfect Liberty

Namaste     Oyashikiri

 

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