What's Going On

Beautiful tall orange flowers in the angle of morning sun, growing wild just off a quiet road.

I love this idea of a personal seal. This one is on a poem on the wall of a restaurant.

I sold enough art journal prompt cards to place a larger printing order and have decreased the prices on all quantities. Customers are sending super duper positive feedback, and I do a happy dance with each order! And I found the post office with the friendliest service.

Our friends introduced us to a little Chinese restaurant a half hour away, and we've visited like 4 weekends in a row and get our Ma Po Tofu fix. At lunch, a couple pushed their shopping cart right into the restaurant without even a blink.

Mid-July, I resumed working out. A three year hiatus is difficult to spell {I originally typed "hiaitus"}. Working out is something I have to motivate myself to do. I work out. I put the minutes on a little spreadsheet on my phone. I take out the index card dividers I've set up with dates, the set of little rubber stamps and the black ink pad and simply stamp the number of minutes for that date. At the end of the week I add up the number of minutes and the number of workouts. Some blood test results were pretty bad, and I haven't been feeling great. So it is time.

We bought an elliptical machine a decade ago. The whole role model thing is amazing, because my daughters started doing the elliptical each evening. I work out while they are in school, and watch Boardwalk Empire, The Dog Whisperer, or Storytellers with Jason Mraz or Springsteen. 

These little coin envelopes are so cute that I cannot stop painting them. I enclose them with the art journal prompt card orders, but I've painted about 1000x more envelopes than I need.

The Daily Paper Prompts are going strong. Prompt #37 was Block Letters. You can post your responses in the new Daily Yellow Facebook group. We're having a good time.

The view from my daughter's classroom window. 

This road just a few minutes from our house reminds me that we don't live exactly in "the city" or "the country" but in between. 

In about a week, Hanna and I will start to share the words we're putting in our swapped stitched journals. This is a peek inside the journal I made for Hanna, with stitched painted papers, scrapbook papers, fabric, etc.

The kids are back in school so the rhythm of the days has completely shifted. It's a long commute back and forth, and I've been listening to audiobooks (via audible subscription) when in the car solo. I listened to Bordain's Kitchen Confidential and now Hamilton's Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, another chef-memoir of sorts. It really improves the driving experience!

In Issue #2 of Less and Jane's Put it on Paper Zine, you'll find my article, "Creative Experimentation" along with a few pages of ideas for creative experiments.