Thursday, September 25, 2014

Postcards from All Around the World

 When I open my mail box and all I find are cobwebs, advertisements and sinister looking envelopes I don't even want to open, it is quite disappointing. I love both writing and receiving letters and this is why I was so excited about Postcrossing! I found out about Postcrossing from my friend Lara, who is a similar letter enthusiast. The concept is that after signing up, Postcrossing gives you a random address belonging to a stranger somewhere in the world. Your mission is to send this person a postcard with a short letter on the back of it. You are given a registration number that must also be written on the card. Once the person receives the card, they register it and soon you will be receiving a letter on a postcard from a different stranger from some other place in the world. It makes opening the mail box very exciting. Who knows who is going to say 'hello' to me on any given day? A school teacher from Finland? A sailor from Japan? A little kid, still learning about what the world is from Brazil? You never know! Postcrossing is a really good way to be connected to other people in the world. It is a good reminder that even though their are seven-billion people in the world, each one of those seven-billion people are individuals, with their own personal story and their own links to our world.
   The letters are fun, but so are the postcards as beautiful objects. Whenever I get a new postcard I hang it on my fridge. Until all the magnets are all used up. Then I slowly put them in my 'letter-box' to make room for more cards. Here are some of the postcards I have received:


Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland

France, Finland

China, Russia

Belgium, Russia

Russia (and my first postcrossing card... ever!)

Australia, Finland, Netherlands

Taiwan, Czech Republic 

Russia and France

Netherlands, Russia

United States


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Treading Lightly on a Roof Made of Leaves

(Electrical dangers guarded by a sign and chain-link face.)

( Enjoying a sunrise in an alleyway, surrounded by glass and squiggles.)

Here is a Spotify playlist I made recently. The playlist is called "Treading Lightly on a Roof Made of Leaves." This playlist is a grand listening companion for cozying up to your own thoughts while working on a creative project. It also goes well with tea or soda pop (depending on the weather and the listeners personal preferences.)

(Blue walls and bushes tinged with red)

(A bouquet of balloons, discarded before their time.)

**Playlist Tracklist:

1. Feeling Good- Feeling Good
2. My Body is a Cage- Arcade Fire
3. Thunderstruck- Christina Antipa
4. My Silver Lining- First Aid Kit
5. Sea of Love- Cat Power
6. Where have all the Flowers Gone- Marlene Dietrich
7. If I Tell You I Love You- Melody Gardot
8. Santa Fe- Beirut
9. Night Still Comes- Neko Case
10. Skinny Love- Bon Iver
11. Living Man- Stoney Joe
12. Accounts- Spencer Kingman
13. Gold Teeth- Little Wings
14. Pink Rabbits- The National
15. Liar- Built to Spill
16. Frontwards- Pavement
17. The Weight- The Band
18. The Best of Jill Hives- Guided by Voices
19. Just One of the Guys- Jenny Lewis
20. Comme Des Enfants- Coeur De Pirates
21. Falling Man- Blonde Redhead
22. Brand New Sun- Jason Lytle
23. Changes with the Wind- Great Lake Swimmers
24. The Underdog- Spoon
25. The First Time I Ran Away- M. Ward
26. One- Johnny Cash
27. Phantom Limb- The Shins
28. Step Out- Jose Gonzalez
29. Cat Black-T. Rex
30. Swimming- Breathe Owl Breathe
31. Fallen Snow- Au Revoir Simone

Monday, September 15, 2014

Excitement in Nine Objects

There is a lot to be excited about in this world. Here are a few things I am excited about.

A. Autumn Leaves. Autumn is on its way. Here's the proof: leaves I've picked up on walks.
B. The new Haruki Murakami book! I'm not half way through yet, but I am already loving it. It is so nice to get sucked in to Murakami's dream like world again. I don't want to read it too fast though, because who knows how long I will have to wait until the next Murakami book.
C. Orphan Black, Season Two! I love this show! I am on the band wagon with everyone else who thinks Tatiana Maslany is an acting genius. But she is not the only force making this show great. The writing is good and the story is engaging. The show has gotten some flak (and praise) for having under developed male characters. This cracks me up a bit, because of course women have had to deal with under developed female characters in works of fiction for ages.
D. My Cactus has grown.

It use to only have that bottom part with the orange speckles. I love the new light green growths it has now. I can't believe how fast it has grown too. I think I've had it about a year. Imagine what this guy will look like in twenty years!
E. First gourd of the season. When Autumn rolls around, some people are excited about the return of pumpkin spice lattes, and other people are equally excited about the return of gourds! I love how each gourd is so different from the next. Some are bumpy, some are spiny, some smooth. Some orange, others yellow or green or white. Instead of describing people as a unique little snowflake, the metaphor should be changed up a bit and people should be described as unique little gourds.
F. Tomato from my garden. I will make a more involved post about my garden in the future, but for now here is one of my home grown tomatoes!
G. Giant Sea urchin shell. Sea urchins are such strange and beautiful creatures. I love finding their shells around the Seattle marinas.
H. Postcard I received in the mail. I love writing and receiving mail! I got this pretty postcard of a painter in the mail just the other day.
I. Dinosaur note book. One can not have to many notebooks. You never know when you will need one close by so you can write down an important thought, a dream, an invention idea, an over heard joke, clues to a mystery, a list, an idea for a story, or a reminder to yourself.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Land Was Made For You And Me

  The redwood forest... what a beautiful place! Redwoods are some of the most amazing trees! They grow so tall....up, up, up toward the sky. I wonder if there is an alien planet out there somewhere with trees that grow even taller than redwoods. Maybe a planet with less gravity would have super tall trees.
   The tallest living tree (or at least the tallest one we know about) on our planet is a redwood that has it's own name. It is known as Hyperion. I wish instead it was named something like Bob the tree or Francine the tree. Hyperion is 379.3 feet tall! (Info about Hyperion found here (wikipedia).)
   I use to live in a little town nestled among the redwoods. The redwood forest around that area is a beautiful and magical place. It is further north than the redwoods from these pictures, but just as beautiful if not more so. But maybe that is just my own bias (for the place I use to consider home!) talking.
   While in this redwood forest, I got to see both a deer and a slimy yellow banana slug. I didn't see any mystical creatures such as a gnome or a centaur....maybe next time. Although I did see a tree with what looked like a huge human nose. Maybe it was really a sleeping tree man. If only I had tried to wake up the tree man! Shucks!

Tree with a human nose.

Maybe a gnome home doorway?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cecily and the Cats Dance to the Sound of Old Songs on the Radio

  Here is a picture I made for the Illustration Friday challenge. This weeks theme is radio.

   Cecily heard the same prattling pop song on the radio for what felt like the millionth time. She decided it was time to find a new radio station to enjoy. While shuffling thorough various radio waves, she came across a ghost radio station! All of the songs were old and beautiful. They crackled with energy and heart.They reverberated with decade old stories. When she looked at her radio, she saw the ghosts of old voices gliding through the speakers and glowing in the air. A long time ago, Cecily was afraid of ghosts. But many things had happened since her days of fearing ghosts. And when she saw the ghosts hovering and singing around her radio, her only instinct was to dance. Her two cats, Fluffy and Marigold, were just as excited to strut, shimmy and tap along to the old songs.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A History of the Old Tannery

   My parents and I were near the seashore when we drove past an old tannery. From the road we witnessed an amazing (and gigantic!) statue of two cows sitting on each others shoulders. We had to further investigate! Here is the photographic evidence of what we discovered. 

  Once, a long time ago, the tannery was full of grizzled, hunched back men. From the dried hides of creatures that once roamed grassy farmland, these men created leather. While working on the leather, the men day dreamed or thought about their wives. They pretended they were making leather specifically so they could create something beautiful to take home to their wives... elegant boots or a sophisticated purse. Instead they made leather for people all around the world. The leather they created was made into jacket for a blackberry farmer so he could pick his berries without worrying over injuries inflicted by sharp thorns. The leather was made into a chair for a woman far away to sit on when she came home from a hard day of work and needed somewhere sturdy to rest. The leather was made into cowboy boots for an old man who can no longer ride horses across open plains, but can wear his boots and remember the feeling of old horseback adventures.
  Well, at least this is what I imagine. I tried to find the history of the tannery, but couldn't find anything definite. Now the tannery is an art center. So the ghosts of all the day dreaming tannery workers can mingle with all the dreams of the artists, hovering just over their heads as the artists paint, or dance, or make up stories.