Sunday, March 25, 2012


It's been a weekend full of winnings, gifts, honors and surprises.

First, I won a giveaway hosted by the ever-amusing Mr. Dodson on his blog, I still write.  Head over there to see the abundance of mail he sends and receives.  You could even send him something.

My winnings arrived in the mail this weekend - two fabulous blank journals and a cool map card:
That by itself would have completely made my weekend, but it's just the beginning.
Limner sent me a surprise package - this totally awesome little book:
Open it up and it's full of all these different little bits of pages.  Isn't that the sweetest little book ever? 

Limner sends and receives amazing mail and writes all about it on her blog,  Oh, Write Me!
My book came in this envelope, with a little hand draw red bird.  Limner says that the face of the bird came off under her thumb, but the post office lady drew on two eyes and a smile with her ball point pen.
I love that story almost as much as I love the little book.  Plus there was chocolate tucked into the little envelope that serves as one of the pages.  Talk about making a good thing even better.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Ms. Cade for this little treasure.  I want to use it for something fun and special.  I'm thinking a little illustrated story would be good.  I'll keep you posted.

So, a pretty good weekend haul, right?
But wait, there's more.

Another surprise awaited me Saturday - Tammy from Daisy Yellow nominated me for the "Versatile Blogger Award".  Tammy is an endless source of good ideas and inspiration.  She organized the "index card a day" project over the summer and committing to that project did WONDERS for me.  I learned so much about myself as an artist over those 90 days and gained a lot of confidence in the process.  PLUS I met some really great artists (in addition to Tammy) in the flickr group,  which leads me to my next and best surprise of all.

One of the artists I was really drawn to in the ICAD project was Lee from "Defining Me".  Lee has such a cool, fun, funky original style and a dry sense of humor that makes me laugh every day.

I got email from Lee Friday saying she was gifting me a class - Julie Prichard's "Art Journaling Super Nova, Pt II".  She had signed up for one of Julie's other workshops and had received the super nova class for free as an early bird bonus.  And since she'd already taken that workshop, she gave it to ME.

I know, right? 
SOOOOOO sweet and thoughtful and generous.  
I'm just blown away.

It's a self-paced, "on demand" class with a dozen or so videos.  I  dove right in and watched 9 of the videos back to back.  Julie's a great teacher and the videos are really entertaining and I'm picking up all kinds of new tips and tricks.  The very first video was about using gloss medium to create "ghost writing" on a painted background.  I immediately had to try it, and I cranked out 6 postcards in a series.  I'm so not done exploring this one technique - more postcards like these will follow. 

So a million thank-yous to my blogging, mail-sending, gift-giving, inspiring and funny internet friends.
I am basking in this bounty.


  1. What lovely karma you must have! Such a lot of goodness coming your way~enjoy it all!!

  2. Wow! Lotsa Blog Buddy Love going on here! Congrats!! Love how jazzed and energized you are about it all....makes me smile :)

  3. LUCKY! Put the wind in your sails..huh? Good mail makes IT allllllll better- Cheers!!

  4. WOW!!! You did have a good weekend and how fun is that? I agree with the other comments -- you do have good karma because you are so lovely and generous yourself. Enjoy everything.

  5. I find out about more cool people from your blog. So fun to see what others are sending and painting and writing- thanks. And congrats to you on a wonderful weekend!

  6. Karen, buttered bread cast upon the waters comes back toast. :) You sent me a .25 cigar box that cost $10 and some change for postage. You have a big heart, and it shows. Glad you like the little book from Amy Tangerine. Great idea--an illustrated story!

    LOL. That bird looks like it flew beak-first into a hurricane, huh? Ooh! Am liking your bounty and those postcards.

  7. What a fun and varied bunch of surprises! You deserve them all.

  8. I am so glad that you are enjoying the class, because I enjoyed it alot as well. You do have good karma, you deserve all that comes to you

  9. Wow, truly a lucky lady! There's some fabulous creative love goin' on there! Hope you'll share more tips from Julie's class. I just 'found' her via Seth Apter's blog and am a new follower....she's pretty darn amazing!

    BTW: I've been a big fan and follower forever and want to share the love. TAG, you're it. See my blog for details, but no pressure. If you don't wanna play, don't have time, don't like these games, whatever - I'm totally ok with that. I'll still continue visiting your blog. :-)

  10. oooh nice post you've been getting recently :)

    thanks for the links to various other blogs - some new to me and they look great so have been added to my reader

    here's to another great week :)

  11. Great stuff all around! That is a sweet little notebook, and Julie's work is great, you will love that class. xox

  12. Love your postcards, you are so creative! Thanks for commenting on my blog.