Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thank You Cards for the Coaches

It's been awhile since I've been in card-making mode (see last year's Coach card), and being the paper nerd that I am, I volunteered to make two thank-you cards for the girls' basketball coaches. I sorted through my stash--scrapbook paper, hole punches, and glue--and told Alexa to blast Sam Hunt for some good times. This morning I put on the finishing touches and crept out of my basement studio with two cards, just in time for the awards/pizza party.

Ta da!

Coach Dan
(Atlas by L. Renard from Hammond's
World Atlas Classics Edition, 1958)

Assistant Coach Sebastian


"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." ~ Mary Lou Retton

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back. Play for her.” ~ Mia Hamm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fabulous Five: Lucky or Unlucky Blackout Poems

Here are five blackout poems that one could consider lucky. Give the black cat and the umbrella (opened in the house) a second chance. Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick's Day. May good fortune find you.

He ignored the thought of impending doom.
"I told you. I feel lucky."

Never once had wrecking his heart
made him want a cat.
Things change.

One time a chance kiss happened
and new beginnings broke out.
"This is unreal! It's silver."

He connected to the universe.
You there? Text back a message.

The rain rolled down her cheek
and fell into a dream.

"You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it." ~ Jimmy Dean

Monday, March 13, 2017

Etsy shop: ESPIALDesign and Art for Heart Donations

I enjoy doing these blackout poems--which I affectionately refer to as BLOUTS--so much that I have a decent sized collection brewing. Here's the latest:

Officially starting another observation of the wall.
It was an exercise in staring.

So...what to do with them all? Why not sell 'em? I tucked them into cellophane envelopes and then uploaded them to my new Etsy shop. The proceeds will be equally divided between the American Heart Association as an on going effort toward my Heart Art Challenge and publishing costs for book #3. Check out a sample of the goods:

Check back for a running tally of the donations here.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Green Books - A March Reading Challenge

I've got TBR piles all over the place: library books, e-books, new paperbacks, and old hand-me-downs. Writing, marketing, cooking, romances, and kid lit. How does one decide which one to read next? That's right...

Green book challenge, coming right up!

Last year, Green Books for March 2016, I read six out of seven on my green list. Not too shabby. This year I found six green books within reach. Below is the list of *potential* reads. I say potential, because I probably won't get to all of them, but they're pulled from the dark depths of the stack to make an appearance at the top once again.

Green Book Pile

Matched by Ally Condie (YA Dystopian) Used from the thrift shop
Up in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen (New Adult) New book from Amazon
Pack of Dorks: Camp Dorks by Beth Vrabel (Middle Grade) New from Barnes & Noble
Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker (Romance) Used from the thrift shop
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Romance) A giveaway from the RWA conference

...and not in my picture above but still green is Squish: Captain Disaster by Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Chapter Book Kid Comic) Borrowed from the library

Other Reading Challenges

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Currently: A List of Lucky Things

Currently, it's March! I can finally relax with all the hearts and love stuff and start thinking about hard work and fortune. Bring on the good luck, I say. I'm not Irish, so I don't celebrate St. Paddy's day, drink green beer, worry about mischievous leprechauns, or chase rainbows. I do try to wear green in case there's a hold-over who thinks butt pinching is okay. And yes I know, St. Paddy's day isn't until March 17; I'm just sharing.

That's right...should not.

Okay, so back to the lucky stuff. I went on a search and gather mission to see what I have tucked around the house...and of course, I had to make a list.

2.) Lucky cards (8)
3.) Jade turtle
4.) Iron piggy bank
5.) A Great Blue Heron
6.) Ladybug
7.) Wishbone
8.) Elephant
9.) Lucky dice (7)
10.) Lucky coin
11.) Fortune
12.) Horseshoe nails
13.) Iron key
14.) Arrowhead
15.) Color green

But, HOLD THE PHONE. I just read that it's the year of the "fire" rooster and according to Chinese astrology, I'm a rooster, this is my birth year, and luck MAY NOT be on my side. Say what? My whole lucky blog post is getting shot out of the water.


Time to reverse this...back to the basics. "Magic 8 Ball, will 2017 be a lucky year for me?" [Yes. Definitely.]

Okay, good. Carry on.

"Luck is believing you're lucky."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Heart Art Challenge: Finito!

Day 28: It's the last day of February, and I have to admit that I'm sorta happy about it. While the Heart Art Challenge has been eye opening--helping me to look for the positive, share it, and have fun--it's also been a distraction from some good writing time. I've been off my game for months...worrying about all kinds of things. But I'm ready to move forward and get back to it.

Here's my last project for the Valentine's month:

My Heart

"I forgot to add a bunch of stuff to my heart, but thankfully there's always room for more." ~ Stacia Leigh, quoting herself.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Heart Art Challenge: Day 27

Day 27: Earlier this week, I was at the library and right away Mindy Kaling's book drew me in. It's my favorite color and she's funny and cute, so I thought the book might follow suit. When I saw the big heart on the back cover, I grabbed it since that's what I'm about this month. I made it to page 80 before turning in for the night, but I couldn't find a bookmark. I guess I've started so many good reads that my stash was depleted. Snap! Great idea...

So this morning, I struggled through my Heart Art Challenge by trying to fold a heart using this Origami project from Pinterest. But I couldn't figure out what step 4 was telling m. I tried another version and it, too, had me scratching my head. Huh?

Origami Fail

Back at the drawing board, I used my old bookmark pattern and reworked the square into a heart shape. For a great tutorial, check out Tally's Treasury blog on how to make the corner bookmark along with creating the pattern. Here's how it went:

New heart pattern next to original.

Fold one triangle to the side.

Put glue on top of one folded triangle,
then fold second triangle over and stick down.

A heart with a triangle pocket.
Flip over and decorate!


It works!
A BIG bookmark reminding me of my favorite things:
books, love, hearts, and coffee.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, 
I go into the other room and read a book." ~ Groucho Marx