Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lost and found

While gazing out the window the other day, I thought I saw a cow fly by. On closer inspection, I realized it was only my imagination…and it was hovering right in front of me beckoning me to play. I blinked and smiled, thinking how nice it would be.

Next thing I knew, we were leapfrogging the tree tops, using spider webs as trampolines and playing hopscotch with clouds.

We lunched on fruit and cheese with the man in the moon and sipped Earl Grey tea with the queen of hearts while the fiddle serenaded us with Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

The mouse taught us how clocks work and the three little pigs discussed the best building materials while over in the corner little Jack Horner was slapping his knee laughing at a story that Alice was telling about falling down a hole.

I blinked again and was amazed to find myself still gazing out the window and wondering why so many of the fairy tales of my childhood were about little things.

I wrote this sometime between October 1997 and December 1999. It was in old notebook tucked away in the studio cabinets and was unearthed during a search for blank notebook pages to re-purpose.  I wonder just what it was that set my mind to pondering littles and fairy tales?

Lotta's most recent blog post, making time, held me spellbound and has me yearning for a time keeper such as hers, which is how the contents of the studio cabinets came to be searched.

I hope she doesn't mind that I almost immediately purchased the download-able calendar pages from MaylemMade (the printable planner bundle actually) and set to considering what I really want in a yearly planner

as well as what type of paper it should be printed on. A long time collector of blank journals...that rarely ever were marked in...I knew that the studio held enough papers to fill numerous planners.

The basic pages are printed and, once again, I'm pondering just what it is I want/need in a planner - how many blank pages vs how many lined pages? Are lined pages even needed? Pockets are a must for holding found things. Is one per month too many or not enough? They will requiring a bit of stitching to add a tad of texture.

And then there's the cover to consider. Sandra Brownlee would tell me to make the cover one that I would want to touch and hold and so it will be. But...rusted or discharged cotton...or indigo via old blue jeans collaged and stitched together? Only time will tell.


  1. ❤️ Le artiste sigh.

    Thank you.

  2. Sounds delightful. So glad I sparked the inspiration. I would like to see your planner in person sometime soon...

  3. J - only an artist could have written that post. Creative and yet quirky. Go well. B

  4. I keep thinking I left a message here and then realised I didn't...but here I am. I loved this post and the link to Lotta's post - stunning and exciting! I hop you are making a beautiful ledger and enjoying it.


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