Sunday, January 25, 2015
although, i am not sure that person is in the u.s. - if i were not so lazy, i would check it out. i wonder if i am too lazy to work in a reference to being lazy in every single post.
i'm pretty lazy.
there was a bonus post yesterday, so be sure to look at the post just below this one, in case you are an early bird, and check the blog before 6am CST. i just checked my stats and it says that 299 people had visited the blog by 6amCST - so, i am flattered that i have so many readers.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
today's scheduled post is below this one.
this arrived from alyce and i was very happy to receive a second one with my crazy request to just give directions to my house and not include the house number. i am so impressed with the USPS.
also, i really like the soft shadowing around the edge of the envelope. it looks like it might be chalk. and the use of red on just three words is a nice tie-in with the stamp.
thank you alyce
here is the latest from jessica hische.
looks like she is channeling my obsession with wrought iron lettering.
there have been some examples from the day i was using up the chalk markers. the one to karen was ho-hum and it got a little better after i added a few layers. but, i think the neuland is not friendly with the painting, so, i'm just going to send it along and hope karen tosses it in the recycle bin.
the other two are unfinished, and i have no idea if i can improve them before they head out the door. if i work a miracle, i will repost them. if you never see them again, that means they were duds. actually, that top one to cathy was something i did when i was pondering the feasibility of trying to teach cola pen writing online. i'm still pondering.
Friday, January 23, 2015
i like the variety of sizes of dots.
and i love the way he addressed the envelope. the left margin is cut off because it has his address.
the triangle tree address is stealable.
finn made some comments about how the finger turning off the light switch on the pre-holiday cancel image was creepy. i agree. but, i think this little elf is pretty creepy, too.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
another example of me making people shaped letters. i need to go back and see exactly how many different categories of people i have made into letters. i'm really liking these people. and they were just my very first rough attempt. imagine how much fun they would be if i actually spent time on them. or maybe they are better when they are wonky.
i'm trying to decide which one is my favorite. they just seem so....i don't know....what?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
tome's been practicing for years, so her thicks and thins are lovely.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
the bottom envelope is from my french penpal, eric bruth. he creates digital designs.
thanks sheryl and eric
snowflakes are so pretty. i was just talking to A. Nonnie Mouse about how much we like things found in nature. we did not mention snowflakes, but they would totally be on my list of favorite things in nature that make me wonder why i even bother making things. if you have never taken time to surf through the actual photos of snowflakes that you can find on the internet, i encourage you to take a moment to look at some. they are breathtaking....
i had another conversation with a friend - where we were trying to one-up each other on just exactly how lazy we were. or maybe we were trying to one-down each other. whichever way it is, i'm guessing she is too lazy to surf around for some good snowflake macro-photos. so here's a link:
i'm so lazy, i just chose the one at the top of the list.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
can anyone guess what the second thing is that really bugs me?
i like the idea....but there is a glaring inconsistency.
and no, it is not the ugly sky. i guess that is a third problem.
this is an idea that i think is fine, but it just needs a lotta work.
Friday, January 16, 2015
i am a big fan of bread. but, sadly, bread has now become a big debate. i had a long coffee-fueled rant about gluten, but i deleted it and will just rant about how [pause] i couldn't think of anything i wanted to rant about. ominous. do you ever feel like there is someone else in your head over-riding your thoughts? is that question going to get me sent to the office? i'll just wait patiently for dr finn to set me straight. and the tail on the y bothers me a little.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
i had an earlier version of this envelope. i missed the bump on the h and went straight into the y which made it read *catly.* i pondered a fix - but i knew i was looking for a nice, simple, fluid line. so, in this case, it did matter. i did not want any layering or extra stuff. and i boldly threw an envelope in the waste bin without even trying to fix it. then i wrote o'rear and i really don't like the size of it....but it-just-doesn't-matter. i was on a roll, i was not going to let a small disappointment derail the whole envelope. so....i'll resolve the problem of the o-rear when i put in the rest of the address.
and here is a nice interview with one of the rock stars i mentioned above. this kid is practically in diapers and his skill is ree-dik-a-lus.
anyone wondering why i am reading columns on a site called the art of manliness need not worry that i am gender confused. it just popped up when i googled *IAMPETH master penmen* because i wanted to include jake on the list but couldn't remember his name...and then, when i read the interview, i really liked his perspective.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
there is a time for perfection and then there is a time for just frogging around. a time for this a time for that. (that sounds like a song, eh?)
so, instead of me ranting about how i wish people would just toss off more stuff without nitpicking, i will direct you to my favorite rant on film. it is from the movie *meatballs* which takes place at a camp for underdogs. every year, they have a competition with the fancy-schmancy camp across the lake and every year they lose. but, bill murray manages to convince them, that when it comes to winning and losing, it just doesn't matter. [except when it does - which we will cover tomorrow]
Saturday, January 10, 2015
one of my best little mail art grasshoppers was at my house on the day this arrived and it thrilled her to no end. she wanted me to be sure to tell the artist that she has a BIG FAN here in iowa.
make that two. it is always fun to hear from readers. i think this envelope pushes things just the right amount. it is fun, whimsical, and legible. thank you for participating :-)
and this was the fall exchange. it was supposed to show up earlier, but, i had to bump it forward because something needed to be stuck in earlier....blah blah blah....by now, i assume nobody is concerned about the random disorganization of my blog, eh?
you just want one fun thing to pop up every morning.
tomorrow i shall have a humorous rant.
unless it gets bumped....
expect the unexpected
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
but, i am also faithful to my readers who come here for lettering, so i hope to find time to show how i would have lettered this particular envelope.....
nope. i did not get that done. but i did manage to post a new alphabet on the nibs and ink blog.
i have started posting lessons that i use in classes for kids because one of my readers is going to offer a class for kids. grown ups may have fun with these alphabets, too.