Thursday, October 29, 2009

Coloring in the birds

The ideas has been steady flowing since I have received the box. Artful Chica and I knew we wanted to incorporate the lyrics into the box so I decided to embroider them onto fabric. The first step was to find the lyrics, then find a font. After those 2 tasks were done I set to work at embroidering.

Originally I wanted to do all the letters but after the first line it was not looking nice. Instead I just highlighted each letter with some color.

Then of course I had to add 3 birds. For the color of this first bird I thought of my husband.

The second bird is done and was colored in with colors that remind me of my daughter. The third and biggest bird is the Momma bird and I am using colors that reflect me. More photos to come soon!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Artist Blooms

At some point,I remember PR MOM saying that she did not consider herself an artist,although she is a photographer.
The last few days she has sent me picture texts on what she is working on.
I have to admit that it has been

 wonderful and amazing

  watching our journey unfold.

There is something sacred about watching an artist unfurl her wings


not quit sure if she can fly.

PR Mom

You have the wings
You can fly!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Painting Birdies

One of the reasons that I love the "3 Little Birds" theme is because in our house 3 is "the magic number" because we are a little family of 3. We have had no luck in trying to expand our family, so we have embraced the number 3.

Although this project is a collaboration between Artful Chica and I, I wanted my family of 3 to be involved in some way. So we each took one of the birds that Artful Chica made, and painted.

And here are our 3 little lovely birds that are now a representation of my lovely little family.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


The anxiety of the address mix-up is over! (Which was totally my fault by the way!). Thanks to Artful Chica's son, the package arrived to me yesterday. I almost hugged my postman in gratitude.

Moments later I was ripping open the package and packing peanuts were flying everywhere!

Inside the box was not only our beautiful cigar box, but lots and lots of goodies for me and my daughter, The Phi.

The Phi has a slight obsession with the Geico commercials with the money with the eyes. She calls him "cash money eyes", and of course Artful Chica sent him too!

I couldn't believe that I finally had my hands on the real live box! Photos really do not do the colors justice. Especially the gorgeous blue of the lining.

Also inside was the work that Artful Chica had already done, and our package was being well taken care of because everything got to me in one piece. Even the teeny tiny fragile birds. All 3 of them.

There was a gift for me too. A handmade sketch book. Decorated with Dia De Los Muertos calaveras. It is simply stunning and I think I am going to use it to sketch and doodle my favorite lyrics and quotes.

As usual The Phi was spoiled and not only received cash money eyes, but also got some amazing art and architecture coloring books. A book on Georgia O'Keefe and a letter and wrapped gift.

I had to wait until The Phi got to the office after school, but she opened her gift and found an oh so very cute children's books called "Owl At Home". She adored it!

Thank you so much for everything Artful Chica!

And now the creating begins

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Long ago I sent a package off to PR Mom in California. It never arrived. Inside the box was random goodies,paint,baby birds,bits n pieces,and most importantly: Our Cigar box for this project. We waited and waited and nothing. I had put full faith into the USPS so I did not get the tracking option they offer.

Prior to shipping it,I had taken a picture of it and sent it to PR Mom,she didn't notice then that I had put the wrong address on it. It was one digit off. Days and weeks have tumbled by and Monday she went back and looked at the picture and caught my mistake.

So then we waited for it to return to me. And waited,and waited.

The problem on my end is,I have a rural postal service,
a VERY rural postal service.
I don't get packages left at my door,hell I don't even get mail left at my door. It is a 2 mile-ish drive to the mailboxes to get mail. If packages are something you are waiting for then all you get is a card notification usually telling you,you can pick up said parcel after 9 a.m. the following day. This wonderful Post Office is 25 miles from where I live,and yes it is our only one.

Now the dear USPS must have said to one another,"Lets see what hours Chica works and post those as our operating hours" and they did. Now they are open on Saturday for a whopping 2 hours. Of course those 2 hours could not be in the early morning so that you may go on about your business.


They have given us the luxury of being open 12 to 2. Yes, right smack in the middle of the day. Those mail happy procrastinators now can sleep in and be rest assured that they can breeze in late to mail their "Dear John" letters off before sobering up from last nights debauchery. The line during these hours are almost ALWAYS clear out the door. and since they have 2 separate sets of doors you have to schlep through you end up at some point being the Guardian of the door.

Yesterday the Return To Sender card arrived,and scrawled on it is:
really Postman? I can go after 9 am and you will be there bright eyed and bushy tailed to hand me my package after 9 am on a Saturday?
I really doubt it.
Really I do.

This weekend we are supposed to go to Tucson which means the package will have to..(drum roll please maestro)..

wait and wait and wait  some more 

until Wednesday when I have a mid week day off and I can get in there to fix the number and send it right back.

I wonder If they'll make me pay for another trip back to Cali?