I’m a fan

February 7, 2021 – Superb Owl Sunday

I have loved Sandra Boynton’s wonderful sense of humor ever since I first encountered her greeting cards when I was in college nearly half a century ago (and here I pause to wonder “How is that possible?”)

The first of those cards is still around to this very day in the form of a jigsaw puzzle …

I’m also extremely fond of her whimsical and extremely readable board books for grandparents (ahem … I mean grandchildren of course) …

And most recently, her calendar for 2021, of which I bought two: one for my almost-17 granddaughter and one for me (see above). I check it each morning at breakfast to be sure I don’t miss anything …

Last, but not least, I follow Sandra Boynton on Instagram. Which is how I happened on this gem yesterday …

Which just happened to be reiterated by another favorite Instagram-er …

What a hoot!

Monkey mind

January 31, 2021 – Jackson’s fish

I first encountered the concept of monkey mind in Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing down the bones. There I instantly recognized my habit of constantly jumping from one thing to another.

Which brings me to how the last patch in January came about.

I ended the month in the closing pages of Ingrid Fetel Lee’s Joyful, which I first read about over at Hazel’s Handstories.

The last chapter mentioned artist Eva Zeisel and something about the Chrysler Building in New York, which reminded me of Fiona’s recent post at Paper Ponderings.

So I did a Google image searches on the Chrysler …

and Eva Zeisel …

which reminded me I was going to do a patch of Jackson’s watercolor fish …

So I zoomed in and fished around for inspiration …

Which reminded me that I had some painted cloth gifted by Joanne, which went really well with another bit of gifted cloth dyed by Tina.

So I stitched together three pieces of watercolory yellow, orange and pink with two strands of black DMC floss as a nod to J’s crayon lines.

And finally, left the right side of the patch open-ended …

because I remembered that I need to finish the black and white check border to determine what length the January strip of patches needs to be.

Like I said … monkey mind.

Spoiler alert: birthday gift preview

Ellis will celebrate her first birthday one week from today. She has sprouted new front teeth for the occasion …

and is working on walking …

She loves books, so I created one from her outgrown baby clothes …

complete with a peek-a-boo flap a la Pat the Bunny

It is full of siblings …

parents …

and extended family …

with a NanaPopPop thrown in for good measure …

because every birthday is special, but first birthdays especially so …

And while I was too in-the-zone to stop and take process pictures along the way, here’s a look at the stitched spine …

which was great good fun to cobble together.

Last, but not least, for all of you who predicted it would be so very soft to the touch …

you were so very right!