Saturday, May 31, 2008

Winged One

Mixed media collage on canvas

Inspire Me Thursday

This weeks challenge at Inspire Me Thursday was to create something using the colors purple and orange. I made an ATC using various paper scrap, a "love" embellishment, and artwork by The Altered Diva.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A memory from the future

Well, it is only 2:00 p.m. and I am already hungry again. I only just finished lunch at 1:00. I am happy to have a fast metabolism, but it is a little annoying having a bottomless pit of a stomach.

Speaking of food, I had a strange thought today as I was eating my sour apple jello. Was it sour apple? It was green, but not sour. ANYhow, let me tell you that I eat jello everyday as part of my lunch. Let me also tell you that I only eat jello everyday because I don't know what else to pack. I mean, I pack cookies and crackers and snack type things, but I don't know what else to pack to go with the actual "real" meal. I tried baby carrots, but that got boring. In fact, I'm pretty sure those carrots are still in the fridge. I used to pack the most delicious fresh fruit cups, but when I moved from Florida the new local fruit cups just seemed lacking in comparison to the Florida variety.

Ok, so back to the jello epiphany. I was sitting there eating it and realized that someday, when I'm very old, jello might be all I can eat. I imagined myself in a nursing home sipping jello from a cup and remembering back when I was 25 thinking about this very moment. I imagined myself old and wrinkly and helpless and sick, lying in a bed, eating jello. I lost my appetite shortly after.

Foreshadowing perhaps? I hope not!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Made a little sumpin Frenchy

Go here to see the bigger versions of my newest creation!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Just us chickens (the dog and me)

I wasn't too excited about the Memorial Day weekend on Friday because the beau left to New Mexico for a week, but the first day is always the hardest. I always settle into being alone after the first day, and this weekend has been rather delightful!

I finished three of the Paris in Springtime tags and I'm rather proud of them! It's the first time I've made tags and they're addictive.

I did some journaling and reading on the balcony on Saturday. I bought C'est La Vie. A lovely book about the French life from an American's point of view.

Today I made cinnamon rolls and drank raspberry tea.

Other wonderful things~
* I also bought Paris When it Sizzles. Have you noticed that in two of Audrey Hepburn's movies she falls in love with a writer?
*Painted my nails "pure ice peony"
*Had a big cup of white chocolate mocha and a white chocolate chunk macadamia cookie
*I eat way too many sweets :)
*Watched Marie Antoinette. Only my second time to see it. Such a drool worthy film.

The days have been filled with warm winds and sunshine putting freckles on my arms.

And there's another day left!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Good things come to those who wait...

I was beginning to think I would never get to read Francesca Lia Block's new book Quakeland, but Friday night I received a call from Books-a-Million saying my order had come in. I really wasn't thinking they'd get it. I don't know why. The unseen forces of the universe tend to keep FLB's stuff away from me for long periods of time. ANYwhichway, I started jumping up and down while the message played and the beau just kind of looked on in confusion. I haven't read many pages yet, but what I've read is wonderful, as always! I noticed the picture of her on the back flap is a picture she took of herself at a party. I saw it on Myspace!

I also found this cute coffee mug at Cracker Barrel. I hadn't been there in years and was overjoyed at all the delicious candy they had on stock. So of course I picked up these coconut bon bons!

In other news...I've been crafting away - making a lot of ATCs and receiving some really amazing ones too! I'll post soon enough. I don't like the way my own art photographs though. It seems so lackluster. The colors don't come through and yadda yadda.

Oh, how I wish I had those bon bons here with me now!


For readwritepoem

He doesn’t care
about your blue, silk dress
embellished with flowers
or all the hours you spent
on your makeup.
He doesn’t care
about your heart
of bone china –
it is soft sand
between his fingers.

You love baseball now
and classic rock.
You love his shaggy hair.
Life is beautiful.

He loves too.
He loves the pink
between your thighs.

I wish I could
save you from him.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


It is 3:00 p.m.
and I am drinking lemon spice tea
out of my fabulous new teacup.
Steam swirls from the top
in the most perfect way.
I wish I could show you.
And don't forget the
espresso bean chocolates.

This is what I do. Drink tea, eat chocolate, and read blogs about tiny teapots, macarons, and French decadence. I also dream a lot about sweets while I'm at work. It's like torture.

*le sigh*

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

And now for some rambling...

I sent my competition submission off to Writer's Digest today. I don't think I'll be as lucky as I was last time because this time I sent a poem. I couldn't gather enough time or motivation to write a short story. Sad, but true. So I'm not so sure about the chances of a poem winning the grand prize. I think a story would have more of a chance because there's more substance to a story. Know what I mean? I think it'd have to be an amazing poem to win grand prize. I don't mind winning a top place in the poetry category though. I'm just not holding my breath for the $3000.

In other news...I don't like to complain, but when I do complain it will always be about the weather. I come from a desert climate, which suits me just fine. I don't care for rain or clouds or partial clouds, and anything below 90 is cold. Which brings me to Knoxville. It's a lovely place, but it's May and only 75 degrees. My hometown in Texas has already reached 100. You see the shock I'm going through here? I realize I shouldn't be complaining, but I am very cold natured and prone to grumpiness when the sun isn't fully visible. I walk outside and it's not hot. My skin isn't melting off my bones, and that makes me want to kill someone.

Please forgive my ranting.

Collage for Hilda

Rose, harsh rose
marred and with stint of petals,
meagre flower, thin,
sparse of leaf,

more precious
than a wet rose
single on a stem --
you are caught in the drift.

Stunted, with small leaf,
you are flung on the sand,
you are lifted
in the crisp sand
that drives in the wind.

Can the spice-rose
drip such acrid fragrance
hardened in a leaf?

~Sea Rose by Hilda Doolittle

It seems I made this ATC subconsciously with Sea Rose embedded in the deep of my mind. I didn't realize, until just now, how well it corresponds with the poem. Don't you love when that happens?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ooh la la!

This week's Mixed Media Monday challenge was to create something using a transparency. I thought this ATC I made last week would be perfect! It incorporates a lettered transparency sheet, collage scraps, and an Eiffel Tower sticker.

Friday, May 9, 2008

She's here!

Introducing Ms. Minuet Biscuit - my first Blythe! She's a lovely Victorian lady who has traveled a long distance just to be here. That's why her hair is a bit frazzled.

And don't you just love her little parasol? How dainty!

Cheers to many adventures that await us!

Monday, May 5, 2008


In response to the sci-fi prompt at readwritepoem

A dark, metal cloud
hovers over desert land.
Still, no rain comes forth.

I have different ideas of what this means. How do you interpret it?

Friday, May 2, 2008

More mail pretties...

A loverly package from Blue Bird Lane
Stop by her shop for delicious paper products!

Pastry tags and...

flower tags as a special gift!

the light rose
at a peculiar slant today -
blinded the birds
and they did not sing,
blistered the petals of roses,
and near the ocean
the hearts of lovers
stung with sea salt.

the vine of spring
grows deep inside
our throats now.
it blooms and suffocates
with rich color and
wild honeysuckle.
the abundance is
sweet and painful
so the summer sun rises
to burn it all away