Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
all i have to say about kraft paper is that i love it. i could insert the story about how my brother and sister in law had a huge roll of it and they gave it away. and they did not give it to me. they didn't even know how much i lusted after their roll of paper. i still get weepy thinking about it.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
thank you again to all my pen pals, especially smash girl, who has been very generous with her time and talents.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
if you click the label [calligraphy] under this image, you can see about 4 pages of her calligraphy and she mentions that she does do envelopes.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
[see ... i even use them to indicate where i am thinking, but not coming up with words]
dots seem almost insignificant. and yet - they are magnificent. it's like there is some really deep meaning or philosophy here. [dot] [dot] [dot] too deep for me.
you'll just have to trust me - if you are having a creative block. try some dots. or if you have a big old mess to fix - try dots.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
if i had time, i would go back and label all the envelopes that refer to food. i think i want to open a restaurant that turns the eating into an artistic experience. i wonder if that has ever been done.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
note to self - do a tutorial on how to fill in spaces with curli-cues.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
i see that i have a label that already exists called -parabole-
so maybe there are more to see at that label. i probably do not have time to check it and come back to edit this post.
Monday, July 18, 2016
kathleen rea heiser left a comment on a different post - thanks, kathleen. and i forgot to mention that the border around the stamp is stealworthy, too.
there was an email from someone in the spam of my non-yahoo email - referring to the time of day that my posts pop up...i couldn't see the entire message - and then it disappeared. so, i am not ignoring you - maybe resend to the yahoo account jmwilson411 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Sunday, July 17, 2016
the pie in the photo is a Cream-Kist Peach Pie. you pour a half a cup of cream into the peaches-sugar-flour mixture. there are sliced almonds on top. IMHO, that is enough cream. however, the brother took his home and i hear there was ice cream on top.
i think i have posted this website - but, it was fun to do a search for ice cream envelope and see what would pop up.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
for anyone who is new to the blog and missed this series - you click on the [peacock] label and 15 posts will come up. here is a link to the first one....
the comment section cracked me up. my readers are hysterical. i need to find time to go back and review all the comments and post them in a [highlighting my readers section]
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
note to self:
find the address - and write to him, eh?
and if you have not seen it, check the bonus post below. finnbadger made the wordle site work and sent me a very pretty wordle. it will be interesting to see if he makes more wordles - and then makes envelopes out of them.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
he made a wordle design using the words in the first post today. he said it was a pretty picky website - so thank you for your persistence.
it is a pretty cool design. the size of the word corresponds to the number of times the word is used
maybe i say maybe too much
i'm happy to see that the readers are prominent
since it's all about the readers for me.
when i announced my break and then managed to post every day and return from the break i spent some time looking at the stats on the blog. that section tells me how many visits i am getting per day and i can also check a multitude of other stats telling me things like where people live, what kind of computer or phone they are using, etc. [one person reads me on an Xbox] i usually have between 300 and 400 visits per day. and i wanted to see if that number dropped off after i said i was going to take a break. happily, it did not. so, i don't think i lost any readers. the thing that amazed me was when i get up at 5 am, there will be 130 people who have already checked the blog. so, i wondered - where do my readers live? since the posts are set to appear at 1 am, maybe all my US readers are night owls. anyhow, for the curious, here are the stats on where my readers live. and if i am on someones blog role, maybe that gets counted as a view, when my blog pops up on the other sites.
this was made with Wordle. it used to be one of my favorite sites, but i can't get it to work any more. maybe someday. or maybe never. i literally have a file called *maybe never* which is full of ideas or projects that interest me, but i doubt i'll get around to them. i guess i could call them *the back burner* - no envelope today - but for those of you who enjoy surfing, maybe you can make wordle work and report back to us.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
this is so pretty. thank you miss cathy. and i like the stamp choice.
the order of my new batch of scans will be very random. i know i owe thank you envelopes to the people who sent mail in june - when i had the open call to send something. if you are annoyed that you have not received your thank you - send me an email and i will be sure to respond promptly.
Monday, July 11, 2016
i still love the burgers. jeri's could have been better and that shish kabob is pitiful. but i like the idea.
while we are nit-picking - they all needed some better pencil guide lines.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
seems like everyone observes their birthday on facebook these days.
i know this is an idea i saw on line.
i wonder if the tahoe PO misses his mail. i should send them a thank you for all the years they put his mail in the right PO box. tahoe is one of those areas that does not have house to house to delivery. you have to go to the PO to get your mail. so that saying ...neither snow or rain or whatever will stop us...should say something about...except for the locations where we don't even try, we leave it up to you to slog through the weather to get your mail.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
still a fan of pointed nib doodling over the top of black. the black is usually a waterproof marker of some kind.
tall lanky letters - love them
these are a bit like neuland. once again, if you have never done any neuland, i highly recommend them.
doing all these re-runs gives me an opportunity to do better labeling.
Friday, July 8, 2016
there will still be re-runs as needed. i have more excavating to do, but am happy to report that i can see the floor in a few areas plus i have unearthed some fun stuff to share.
i was happy to hear from a long time reader, bonnie. she used email since she was unable to leave a comment on the blog. as far as i can tell, google requires a gmail account in order to leave a comment. if anyone knows of another way, please let me know. because the blog is free, i am OK with having a gmail account - but i know some people prefer to stay clear of google. you are always welcome to contact me through email or snail mail.
the image is computer lettering from this site:
i just snagged the first thank you image that popped up - and did not look at anything else on their site.
again, thanks for all the help and support.
shout out to the brother - thank you for getting the scanner up and running.
i see a pie in your future. maybe saturday?
Thursday, July 7, 2016
i tossed it off in just a couple minutes and i am rerunning it to show that plain block letters can be fun and stylish. the secret is to put the widest part of the curves at the center or higher. look at the P-R-D bowls they are almost triangular. and the widest part of the C is in the middle. when you let the widest part fall on the lower half of the letter, they look sad and droopy.
this envelope also shows that you can condense and expand basic block letters as necessary. i've wanted more of these stamps, but have learned that they are highly sought after by stamp lovers which means you can buy them - but they are too spendy for me. i wish the too-big-to-be-aware-of-the-real-world PO would wake up and reissue the stamps everyone wants. they could even charge us more (not double - just a little more) and we would buy them. maybe we should write them actual letters with our good ideas. don't hurt yourselves when you fall off your chairs laughing.
sounds like he'll be arriving today.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
no progress on the scanner. found this yummy envelope on pinterest. linked to a blog http://alittleloveliness.blogspot.com/search/label/Recipes
i did not surf through the blog - it didn't look like it would have many envelopes.
does the brother want his pie delivered in a pastry envelope?
i think i want to make an entire meal that is enveloped food.
anyone care to brainstorm with me?
wontons and ravioli seem like logical candidates to be envelopes. also those fish dishes that are prepared in parchment paper envelopes. any kind of flour tortilla could be folded into an envelope with filling. i love this idea. for dessert, this pastry would work - but fondant is very foldable.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
big computer problem.
anyhow...we need to find out if it is possible for my brother who is officially retired from helping people with their computers will have mercy on me and come over and figure out why:
all the scans are gone from the old computer
there must have been a program that opened when i wanted to scan - on the old computer- and now it is gone
i can't get the scanner to talk to the new computer (or the old computer) - if i could, i could probably start scanning again
if you don't help me - this will be the end of the blog
i could post your address on my blog and you would be getting some mail, but i don't think it would be very friendly
in addition to the lemon meringue pie i owe you, i could probably find some rhubarb - and the good peaches will be in season soon
maybe the blogging-gods want me stop
or maybe they are creating a daily challenge to test me and keep all y'all hanging on a tiny little cliff every day