Wednesday, February 29, 2012

365 #60 Au Revoir, February.

Here is a little thank you card. I got a few new books for materials that I'm thrilled with! This is the only color image from The Columbian Speaker for Boys And Girls, Readings and Recitations For Young People, copyright 1903. Awesome. Here is but one reason I romanticize the past. This book is full of 'Dramatic and Descriptive Selections' as well as 'Dialogues, Tableaux and Costume Readings'. All come with asides such as 'This thrilling poem ought to be given with dash and freedom of manner'.

As I said, this is the only color image in the book. The text is from The Mother Tongue, 1901.

I'm ready to say Bonjour March! Lots of good things happening. Among them my happy progression in learning conversational French. I've begun dreaming in it. Broken, present tense French, smattered with English and lots of uuuuuhhnn, pfffft, and euhhhhhhh noises to give me thinking pauses. It's glorious. C'est belle. Je suis enchante.
Also, there's the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, which I'll be selling my goods at on March 24th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Yay! Tres bon! Huzzah!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

365 #59 Don't: Forget your trowsers!

Wow. One extra day in February. Let the do's and don'ts come to a screeching halt!

Monday, February 27, 2012

365 # 58 Something was amiss for mollie

Something has gone awry for Mollie and Dwight. Terribly awry.

 Text reads 'The instant Mollie woke she knew something was amiss'
'For Dwight was looking at her very queerly'

Sunday, February 26, 2012

365 #57 Oh, bullocks.

I made a fun card, then realized it doesn't fit into the do/don't theme. And I said, 'oh, bullocks'. I've got the materials for do's and don'ts, but I've grown frustrated by feeling limited to that theme. Is it a lack of discipline? Stubbornness?
Either way, here is today's card. Do: become a teacher...if you've got the nerve.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

365 #56 Don't: lose yourself in the crowd

This is basically #39 all over again, but different. I love this card. A lot.

 The text reads 'Margaret had been romping in sweet-scented clover grass with the other spring lambs all afternoon'
'She felt that her hat set her apart'

Friday, February 24, 2012

365 #55 Do: Say Thank You

Manners are important. I believe that 'please' and 'thank you' go a long way toward positive interactions with others. I think that it is especially important to remember this when speaking with Civil Servants. Government agencies, like the DMV, have a bad reputation for a reason. It's co-created animosity. Civilians walk in expecting a long line and crappy service. Meanwhile, the employees stand at their little window expecting customers who will have bad attitudes and treat them with disrespect. Let the cycle of frustration begin!

I find that treating someone with respect and patience makes for an easier interaction, as well as creating a sense of ease and cooperation in the other person. Perhaps if you're polite and compassionate to a grumpy, frustrated Civil Servant they will in turn want your experience to be better. Perhaps they will be more accommodating, more helpful, and kinder, too. Win-Win! is a wee thankful cat.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

365 #54 Do: say 'Curiouser and Curiouser'

Oh, Alice..
What wonderful adventures. Really, she's the luckiest! Aside from the near drowning in her own tears, the threat of being beheaded, that creepy pig baby, and fighting a jabberwocky. But in retrospect, what fun!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

365 #53 Do: believe in things you can't see

I love these radiolaria. The images come from an incredibly illustrated article about sea life from Harper's Magazine, 1889. I like the comparison to snowflakes, and the fact that they are so resilient (they will climb out of a glass, and regenerate lost limbs).
 This is actually a birthday card for someone who is resilient, magnificently unique and a maker of well children and families. I admire her immensely and am grateful for having known her so many years.

The text reads 'The radiolaria float in abundance on the surface of the sea, and are of forms as various and as beautiful as snow-flakes'.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

365 #52 Do: Pass this card off as a do/don't card

This card has no 'do' or 'don't' lesson inherent in it. I could say, do: 'love goats', or 'express love' or something. But truth be told this is just another goat card that I made as a thank you.
 8 more days of Do's and Don'ts. What will March's theme be?

Monday, February 20, 2012

365 #51 Don't: hitch rides on moving vehicles

This seems like a no-brainer. Jumping, leaping, or otherwise attempting to get on a moving vehicle of any sort is dangerous. Here it is phonetically... Dane-ger-us. I think however, that if the vehicle in question was this particular wagon you may be okay. After all, it is being pulled by two dogs and is loaded down by lots of pipe smoking peasant-type people. So I imagine it's moving just a hair faster than you or I would walk.
I guess then that the lesson here is, use your discretion. If the vehicle is very fast and made of metal...Don't jump on! If the vehicle is a very slow wagon pulled by two dogs...walk alongside and spare the dogs the extra weight.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

365 # 50 Do: Follow your passion

Here is Charles. Perhaps as a boy Charles was encouraged to write verses, as he showed some talent for them. But Charles reeaalllyyyy loved millinery. He loved to watch his mother shop for hats. He loved the way they sat upon her sleek head. He loved their extravagance and elegance and ohhh, their beauty. But the educational system in which Charles was raised limited him to writing verses. Alas.

 In his 20's Charles visited Paris. He apprenticed with a milliner. He fell in love with Everything. This great love burnt in his breast his entire life long. And he wrote verses about sleek heads adorned with exceptionally beautiful hats.
Look here for a stunning example of millinery!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

365 #49 Don't: Head butt friends

Today I have goats on the brain. I began with reading This Goats life, which is joy making. You can find it here:

I've always liked goats for their extreme cuteness (depending on the breed), but it was affection in theory. Then this year when I met some goats...well, I was won over completely. There was much leaping and running and leaning against my legs and tail wiggling when scratched. There was bleeeaaating and baaaaaing and wonderful vertical pupils looking sweetly and mischievously  into my round ones. I wish I could see goats every day, to run with them and clicker train them and challenge them to be smart and accomplished. Goats. Love.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

365 #48 Do: Read Books

Tomorrow morning is a long drive, a funeral, a luncheon. And so I made this card today, knowing I wanted to be present and relaxed and not worried about getting any obligations met.
So, here is a card for my bookworm friend.
I love the illustration, because the ship is a book.


365 #47 Don't: Play Bingo

Alright, alright. This card may be exaggerating a bit...but...perhaps not!!
What if Bingo is like a gateway drug?
What if Bingo leads to 'betting on the ponies' as those in the know call it?
What if it eventually leads you straight into the casino, with it's boozies and floozies and loose slots??
Oh, I shudder..I shudder.
The text reads: 'But when you enter the BINGO hall and tarry there, and yield to temptation, your will deserts you, your pride and self-respect.'

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

365 #46 Do: Express Gratitude

This lovely worker bee has much to be thankful for. A nice gentleman butler to present her with a giant flower, for example. This card came from a few different sources, and keeping with the gratitude theme I'd like to thank Carra and Beth for materials. I'm much obliged, ladies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

365 #45 Do: Spread The Love

Kittens need love, too. Love love love.

Monday, February 13, 2012

365 # 44 When there is grieving

I could say, do: honor grief, don't: deny grief, but it boils down to the one word, regardless. Grief. There are so many ways to feel it. So many stages of its re-emergence through years, and so many levels of intensity. It is personal, and raw. It is a base thing, it touches everyone. It denies language and turns our heartfelt expressions of sympathy into cliche. It can deepen our capacity to love, or cripple it. It can bond us or break us or heal us. It takes up the deep residence within us that the lost loved one held. Maybe that is why it hurts, physically. Because the grief is sotightlysqueezed into our hearts where the lost love, favorite parent, treasured friend, adored spouse, beloved child still lives. Do: honor your grief, hold onto love, trust in the process, love hard while you can, remember, remember, remember.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

365 #43 Don't: Let Others Intimidate You

This 13 Striped Ground Squirrel is her own squirrel. She's not staying away from tea time because she's naked, or because she isn't into plaid like those kitties who are glaring at her. She's got a fabulous hat on and she knows her stripes are lovely, and that she deserves to have tea...simply because there is tea to be had. She is a Ground Squirrel with a healthy Sacral Chakra.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Merci Lausibelle

I want to say merci to
for featuring my cards! Merci, merci bien!!

365 # 42 Do: Take Care Of Your Pets

I think it's important for kids to have a pet while growing up. It teaches them responsibility, and gives them the opportunity to care for something they love. It's usually their first lesson in loss, too. My first (beloved) hamster Mister, who became Misty, who might have been a Mister was really important to me. We had a dog and two cats, but they belonged to everybody. Mister Misty was Mine. I was very very sad when it died. But I helped bury it and took some time to grieve, and then came Durbingle, who escaped and died behind the fridge...and Mandinka who grew a huge tumor.

But I is Chester and his ground squirrel...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Noah Scalin and Julia Child

I wanted to say a great big Merci! to Noah Scalin. He has featured my project on his Make Something 365 blog, as well as giving me a shout out for making him a card on his Skull A Day site!
Thank you, Noah!

Also, I just wanted to put it out there. Julia Child? She's my friend. I don't care that we never met, or that I never watched her show. What matters is that I've found her, at last. I am reading her book My Life In France. She's wonderful, and I love her, and I want to move to France. I want to taste everything, and to see the markets and to know that the succulence that is my dish of food has such much love, passion, and tradition in it. I want to learn French and woo chefs (in a strictly culinary sense of course). Just saying it makes me feel one miniscule step closer.

365 #41 Do: Keep Healthy

I was keeping a Do, Don't, Do, Don't format going, but am diverging as of now.

This wonderful little bit of text is just the beginning of a Health Creed for children circa 1930. I hope to use the rest of it for other cards. The image is of little Jim, the poor Newspaper Boy from Harper's Magazine, 1876. His was a tale of heart wrenching woe. He does not succumb to poor health in his story though. Rather, he is run over by a wagon. Poor wee Jim.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

365 #40 Do: Help Those In Need

This good little dog is helpful. He is being benevolent, and patient, and kind. We all ought emulate that little dog in his giving generosity. Perhaps not by spoon feeding a kitty, but perhaps by helping the dog and cat get out of those ridiculous outfits.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

365 # 39 Do: Embrace Your Individuality

A Birthday card for a lovely friend who is warm, open, full of humor, compassion, emotion, and loves his wife...a lot. He dances and laughs loud and makes a wicked good Manhattan.

This handsome Zouave was a guard from foreign lands during the civil war. He wore bright red trousers and loved music. His image comes from Harper's Magazine 1876. The text is from The Mother Tongue 1901.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

365 #38 Don't forget birthdays

A birthday card, and an excellent example in Letting Go Of Perfectionist Tendencies. As soon as I drew the first blue line from banner to banner I knew it was a mistake. But rather than dis assemble the entire thing, I just had to let it go. Deep breath, deeep breath!

Monday, February 6, 2012

365 #37 Do: Remain optimistic

The image is from an article on French Painters from Harper's Magazine, 1873. The text comes from The Mother Tongue 1901.
The text reads "They waited patiently for better times".
Here's to optimism!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

365 # 36 Don't disobey!

What a sad way for Dick to learn to listen to his father. Sigh. And poor little Fleet the colt.

This Amazing image is one of many from a 1961 book for 'kiddies'. I love it so much!

Once again, the images are terrible because I had to upload from my phone. The outside reads 'Father said Fleet was too little for Dick to ride, but Dick would not listen.'
Inside reads 'and then the little colt died.'

Saturday, February 4, 2012

365 #35 Do: Encourage Valor In Your Friends

I am posting this from my phone, because we have no Internet access right now. Ordinarily I would be largely unaffected by this but I have Commitments now! To You! To the Cards!
The text reads 'Thou the man, my valiant friend'.

Friday, February 3, 2012

365 #34 'Don't Get Hit By An Automobile''

This one is a bit long winded and preachy, I'll admit. But really, it's about accountability, kids. It's about taking responsibility for your actions.

And if you break your legs, don't come running to me.