Mail Art - above and below - by Lyle Baxter (Copyright 2009)
Where to begin? Well, that's not an easy one as there is so much wonderful stuff to write about in my diary this week! First, I guess, is yet another apology...I've had quite a few people enquire after those ACEO's I posted last week - as in, where are they on Etsy/Ebay?? Well, truth be told...I didn't really want to part with them! For the first time in an age I actually became attached to some of my own artwork! Huh! Go figure - it's other peoples' artwork we usually fall in love with, right?? Well, that's my reason for postponing their sale...but now I've gotten over it and they're up for sale...and in Etsy not Ebay for once! (See my little shameless store front, left panel).
Now, speaking about other people's art and falling in love with it...you will have noticed the fine mail art I received in the post this week! Dave Dube - pencil artist, calligrapher and mail art/designer extroadinaire - posted me the spectacular "Queen of Arts" envelope (pictured at the top of this posting) with a lovely note written on the back of a B-49, American Shooting Target. Nice touch, Dave! And oh...that envelope! Gorgeous one of a kind mail art!!
The MeMe Award
So, in keeping with the prompt "Where oh where is she?" I thought I would introduce you to Debrina's world, here in little ol' New Zealand (NZ for short). Oh, and while I'm at it, I may as well combine this with the three MeMe awards I received this month (see above). Thanks Alicia from Altered Bits; thanks Caterina from La Dolce Vita and thanks Patti from The Altered Attic! I'll admit, I've resisted acknowledging this award because I'm not an "award" kinda woman, but this one does look like fun so "oh, what the hell!".
Ok Lyle - and anyone else who's interested - here are 7 things about me and my country that you may or may not know about:
I live in Sanson.
Sanson is a small town between two smallish cities called Palmerston North and Wanganui.
In comparison with these two other smallish cities, Sanson can be represented by this small dot, below:
Sanson is not famous for much, except for maybe these 3 things...
1) back in the 90s the local publican of that time was murdered when his throat was cut by an intruder (hence, the ill-fitting and slightly gruesome saying in our town: "come to Sanson for cut-throat prices...").
Cut throat prices...
2) There is a haunted mansion down the road that runs horror maze nights. This venture was cut short ('scuse the pun again) by a terrible fire last summer that burnt through all three stories and the roof of this grand old house. The fire was caused by an exploding gas cylinder.
My husband Andy was famous for dressing up as the "Mad Butcher" down there during the summer nights and scaring the bejeezus out of the local teens.
...and after. (Still can't decide which one is scarier??)
3) Sanson's one and only bomb scare - to date - happened in an abandoned house on the Main Rd. What these bomb terrorists were trying to achieve by planting their bomb in Sanson, is anyone's guess. Nor was it ever established why they planted the bomb. No agenda was ever declared.
NZ is home to the ubiquitous cabbage tree.
Some say there is no difference between this tree and the trees in Dr Seuss' famous books.
I'll let you decide for yourself....
I am a secret (now not so secret) science and math geek. My favourite books in these subjects are:
I love fairies.
Yes, I'm out of the closet on this one. As a keen gardener and a bit of a domestic goddess, I can't help but wonder about their existence. Also, I love "small" things. Lots of small detail is what grabs my attention. Hence my love for minature art, such as ATCs/ACEOs, and of course, fairies fit right into these small ATC sized frames:
"Live Free" - Fairy ATC by D.Price-Ewen
I love working in charcoal and I love my lounge. Here's a picture of my lounge in charcoal - oh what a happy combination! I did this sketch quite sometime ago, but it really sums up why I like to crash here in the evenings with a glass of wine, a nice book, and in winter, next to the raging kent fire.
"Our Living Room" by D.Price-Ewen 2009
I love gardening and wildlife. Lyle, you'll be pleased to know I finished the book you recommended to me, "Wesley the Owl". I finished it a few weeks back and it has so far become my most favourite animal story this year.
Now, back to the garden.
Here's a photo from several summer's ago. Last summer was a right off, with a new little baby in tow, it was almost impossible to do anything with it, but by autumn this year we had at least mulched the ground, planted some more bulbs, trimmed the roses and sowed cottage garden seeds. The roses are in good health and we'e expecting another spectacular show this year.
I love Sherlock Holmes. It was with a real sense of satisfaction that I heard this was being made into a movie by Guy Ritchie! Wow - how cool! The fact that they have chosen to keep Mr Holmes as true to form as Dr Watson decribes him (complete with the opium addiction) makes for a happy outcome in my opinion! Now I just can't wait for the movie's release in October!!
AND NOW....a note about Patti. I left this comment on her recent blog posting:
"Dear Patti....OK. So I've got to say this, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. This has been the best blog posting I have read, EVER! You are such an intelligent, talented, wise, delicious and inspiring women that I want to give YOU an award (except I'm not an award girl). So instead I want to feature you on my blog. I love everything about this post - from the artwork to the thought provoking prose. I just want to cut and paste it into my own blog posting so I can look at it and read it forever."
Why? Because in my opinion, some of her postings just blow me away (for said reasons, above). So stay tuned for next week's posting. It's gonna be all about Patti.
I will also be spotlighting the other deserved award recipients (all 7 of them) - but not with the MeMe award, but with my own "award". One that doesn't work like a chain letter, or a tag, or a bit of spam...
So like I said, do stay tuned!
Goodbye Fine Folks!