a page assembled out of the leftovers from the three vintage-style xmas cards that made up my very first teaching experience, at paper anthology, which was completely awesome! :) (i've just finished the prototypes for my jan/feb class, which involve watercolor paint and machine stitching; i will tell you more later this month!)
dd12: i (miss) ny
here's a page i love about a subject that's bumming me out: this is the first year in... i don't even know how long... in which my mom and i aren't doing our gala nyc windows tour* because i've been having an issue with my foot** that makes prolonged walking or standing a bit of a no-no at the moment. to sum it up in a visual way, i've layered a snowflake transparency holding my title over a 5x7 photo i took a couple of years ago of the baccarat crystal unicef star that hangs above 5th avenue at 57th street, and added just a tiny bit of typed journaling on the lower layer. easy, peasy.
|my nyc pic printed on hp 5x7 photo paper; snowflake transparency: creative imaginations; patterned paper: mme; thickers: american crafts; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, sewing machine|
dd13: goin' postal
so it turns out, i've been doing my holiday mailing WRONG all these years! see, i've always gotten all my cards and packages ready to go, and made one biiiiiiiiiiiiiig trip to the PO. that's the most efficient way, right? well.... maybe not... somehow this year i've wound up making 4 or 5 "little" trips with a portion of cards and/or gifts each time. and here's the thing that shocks me: I LIKE THIS WAY BETTER! it's less daunting, somehow; and i've avoided seeing that panic-stricken-reindeer look in the eyes of the various postal employees i've encountered! big win, darlings! :)
*a couple of years ago, i wrote quite a long post detailing my favorite stops on our gala ny xmas decorations tour; that post is still right here for anyone who'd like to use it for a real-- or vicarious-- nyc holiday experience!
**long story short: in september i mysteriously --and pretty suddenly-- developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot. i've had the cortisone injections, i do the stretching exercises, i wear a diabolical metal boot thing to bed every night and orthotics during the day, i've changed my gym routine, etc, etc, and though it's thankfully a bit less painful... it hasn't really gone away... in the range of health problems i realize this is very much on the "light" side, for which i am VERY grateful. but it's inconvenient and a bit disheartening. ah well, c'est la vie, non, chers?