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February 26, 2018
Rainy Days--Letters, Netflix, Emroidery from Bayou Quilts

It has been a rainy week here in North Louisiana.  We needed some rain, but not day after day.  After day.  I didn't want to get soaked going to the grocery store,  and I had letters to answer and books to read so the first two days weren't a problem.  The next day, some household chores received a bit more energy than normal.  Yesterday, I indulged in some Netflix and embroidery.  

 Monday is predicted to be clear, but then the rains come again on Tuesday.  Aaargh!  

February Incoming Mail

Melody's letter (below) in September went astray, 
but ...

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February 11, 2018
Be My Valentine from Bayou Quilts

I'm not a fan of "romantic" Valentine's, but I love funny ones or personal ones.

Prim Paws loves mockingbirds, 
but they have dive-bombed her frequently.
I gave Prim Paws a hat to protect her head.

 I don't know where I found this quote, but it had no acknowledged author.
Nevertheless, the idea of the "stubborn heart" resonated with me.  :)

  Another quote I really liked.

A birthday postcard to a friend.

My handwriting is lacking, and I really wish 
I could do a better job because beautiful handwriting
can make a card or envelope shine.
I console myself ...

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February 7, 2018
Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

February offers two letter writing challenges:

I'm not doing either one this year, but I do seem to be in the snail mail mode.  February is a good month for getting things in the mail because February 14 is Valentine's Day.

Other things to celebrate:
Mardi Gras
Chinese New Year

There are some really strange days available to whet the curiosity:
Stuffed Mushroom Day
Wave All Five Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
Toothache Day
National Lost Penny Day
Do a Grouch a Favor Day

I will send some mail to celebrate Valentine ...

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February 5, 2018
Baton Rouge Visit from Bayou Quilts

We went to Baton Rouge this weekend to see Erin, and boy, were we surprised to see the lay-out she'd prepared!  All kinds of snacks--prosciutto, goat cheese stuffed croissants, a beautiful lemon bundt cake topped with blackberries, and more!  I was so impressed and thought maybe we'd disrupted a party.   Fee took a few pictures while I was busy moving from thing to another gorging on everything.

Later, we sat outside and visited. 

Eric brought Max and Mila home, then left came back later with Katerina and Emil so we could see him. Emil was so smiley and ...

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February 2, 2018
Blue Moon, Books, Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

Blue Moon Eclipse
About 5:00 this morning, the blue moon was still bright and full, and I watched until it gradually dropped in the sky and the house behind us blocked the view.  My husband was about to leave for work and offered to drive me (still in pj's) to where we could see it from the boulevard.  We watched part of the eclipse from there.  We stayed for a while, watching the shadow cover the huge moon, but he had to leave so he brought me home before it was finished.  I was satisfied.  I didn't ...

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January 19, 2018
ยป Bayou Quilts


In the aftermath of Christmas and New Year's, when I'd almost recovered from all of the activities and was ready to fall back into my usual quiet routine.  I had plans and energy still going, and was ready for a new direction...but then I fell victim to the same thing other family members have had.  Unlike Amelia and Fee, I didn't feel terrible (so grateful), but fatigue, inability to concentrate, headache.  Sleeping.  A lot.  Thank Goodness, it wasn't the flu.  This has been a terrible year for the flu--really epidemic proportions.  

On Tuesday, we actually ...

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December 15, 2017
Geminid Showers and Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

On Wednesday, December 13, Fee and I went down to the cabin to see the geminid meteor shower.  The stars always put on a fantastic show away from all of the city lights, and we looked forward to the meteors. 

The night was cold, and although there were some thin layers of clouds, the large clear areas provided an amazing view of the constellations, especially of Orion's Belt and the Bid Dipper, which I can easily recognize.

Frequent forays outside (alternating between wine in front of the fireplace) to view the heavens began ...

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November 29, 2017
Stitching and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

Although I've stitched short phrases, after reading about Rosalind Wyatt (in this post), I wanted to try again and maybe stitch something longer.  Stitching on the studio shirt wasn't very successful, so I decided to try on muslin, and...

I'm still practicing stitching words,
experimenting with different threads and sizes of text.  
Small and cursive is harder, 
but if doing an entire poem,  instead of just a few lines, 
small and cursive might be what is called for.  
More practice needed--
it doesn't have to be perfect, but I want it legible.

 Using muslin might be ...

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November 20, 2017
Stitching Words and Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

I started working on one of my studio shirts again about a week ago, but after reading about Rosalind Wyatt's beautiful text in stitch, I was inspired again to try writing with a needle.

I made these little brooches (?) about 6 months ago, 
and enjoyed my efforts with stitched words.

I don't take my studio shirts too seriously, no one else really sees them, and they are great place to experiment or just for peaceful moodling.   The brown check one has been in progress for at least three years (when I'm not wearing it), and is now ...

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November 17, 2017
Mail Art and Needle Art from Bayou Quilts

These postcards all relate the episode of Edgar vs Ugly Yellow Cat
and are continued on the back

Writing with a needle...    The Postal Museum and Rosalind Wyatt

The Postal Museum

And more  
Source:  The Guardian

I was working on one of my studio shirts when I found the first article by The Postal Museum and later found the Guardian article as I continued looking for more of Rosalind Wyatt's work.  Looking for mail art inspiration and found stitching inspiration.

What have you been up to lately? 

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November 10, 2017
More Mail from Bayou Quilts


Another one of the Royal Mail's wonderful stamps!
From Anna, a nice fat letter :)

Here's a larger version of the stamp 

And here is an article about the last Royal Mail Coach--

"... the coach really made its mark during a little-known but extraordinary incident
 involving a runaway lion in the English countryside in 1816."

We had a coach stamp, too, a wild west stage coach,
and things were a little less formal.

and from Penne, a Janis Joplin stamp!
"We don't forgive people because they deserve it.
We forgive them because they need it--because we ...

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November 6, 2017
This and That from Bayou Quilts

Outgoing Mail

outgoing postcards

I think this is the last postcard based on Jacki Long's 
collaged faces I made a while back.  
They were such fun, and I should make some more.

About a month ago, I sewed (not very neatly) some stamps onto cardstock cut to 4 x 6 postcard size. At the time, I intended to do more with the above postcard, but out of sight, out of mind.  On Saturday, I wanted to post a note to someone and pulled it out, wrote the note, addressed and stamped it in a hurry to get it in ...

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October 31, 2017
Funny Pumpkins and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

Every year, Ta Molly's Mexican Restaurant 
hosts a pumpkin contest, 
and employees carve or decorate their pumpkins
and then diners vote on their favorites.

My husband took some pics last week...

These were our favorites.
Which would you vote for?

Last of the outgoing Halloween mail--
I got lazy and didn't make anymore.


Connie found this Nick Bantock stationery, and I love it!

from Jacque

postcard from Hannah

And tonight's the night!

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October 27, 2017
Halloween Mail and Cartoons from Bayou Quilts

Outgoing mail last week

I have some incoming mail to take pics of and letters to answer.
Since I love making Halloween envelopes and postcards,
I need to get busy...
I don't have much time left to get them in the mail before the 31st 

This is how I've felt lately.

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October 12, 2017
Outgoing Mail from Bayou Quilts

Outgoing Halloween Mail 

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October 7, 2017
Laughter Is the Best Medicine from Bayou Quilts

Events in the 6-8 weeks have been depressing, and like many others, I have been unsettled and feeling a combination of sadness and anxiety.  Looking for things that make me laugh has become important.  

This funny twitter battle between staff at the Science and Natural History Museums in London was clever and funny.

On a weekend trip to Natchez, Mississippi, this sign made me feel better about my meal.  

And among the beautiful old buildings downtown and the lovely Victorian homes and cottages, the sight of this house...  :)

What else raises my spirits?

Incoming Mail:
from Penny B.  :)
 from Jacque ...

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