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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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September 2, 2017
Mail and Stuff from Bayou Quilts

Catching up on some snail mail from the end of August.

Annie's lovely envelopes from calendars and children's books always make me smile.

From another Annie (Freezeframe), this wonderful
postcard featuring an old library card!
How many times did I read Little Women when I was a kid?
From Melody in Singapore,
my bookish partner in crime.

I have followed Steve McCurry's blog for several years.
His photographs are always inspiring and topically themed.
Recent themes:  Wanderlust, The Power of Solitude, 
The Art of Conversation, Courage, Friendship, etc.

To conclude August, the theme was The ...

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August 21, 2017
Waiting for the Eclipse from Bayou Quilts

Along with everyone else, I'm waiting for the eclipse.  

"This is the First Total Solar Eclipse in USA Since 1979. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918."

Certainly a rare event and worthy of the attention it has been receiving.  I can imagine how frightening it must have been to ancient peoples who, without any forewarning, saw the sun being blacked out.  Even today with all ...

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August 19, 2017
Going Postal from Bayou Quilts

Incoming Mail

I still have some of the above to respond to, 
and I'm working on it.


I made this postcard months ago, 
but recently Erin bought a new car,
and it was time for it to find a home.

I was in a rush to get things in the mail
and forgot to take a pic of the one I sent to Bryce Eleanor.

But at least I remembered to take pics of the postcards
to Mila and Max.  
One more inspired by Jackie Long.
 :) Yep, these are such fun!

Yep, this postcard is over-stamped,
but I ...

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August 16, 2017
Postcards and Thread Play from Bayou Quilts

Jackie Long makes the most wonderful postcards, 
a mixture of watercolor and junk mail collage.  
I've had fun in the last month making a few postcards inspired by her work!  

I love the labels on Haute Goat's wonderful, creamy goat cheeses
and save them for applying to envelopes.

Stitched three tiny scraps of wool felt together
 (left over from the motto pillow)
and continued thread play and experimenting.
This little "whatever" is about 2 x 2"

And another one...

I need groceries,
but that would mean I'd have to fix dinner...

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July 15, 2017
July Moments from Bayou Quilts

 Amelia, Chris, and B.E. had already left before I took these pics on July 4. 
We had a nice weekend in the country. 
Mila, Erin, Brandon, Max
Snail Mail: Incoming and Outgoing

My latest record for daily yoga was 22 days consecutively.  Then...of course, I missed a couple of days.  Since I've been walking every day for nearly two weeks, I don't feel as compelled to get my yoga sadhana in EVERY day.   

Erin has been so pleased with her FitBit, which gives both reminders and congratulations for successful achievements.  All of a sudden I wanted ...

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June 27, 2017
Procrastinator Extraordinaire from Bayou Quilts

I'm not sure what explains occasional absences--they are not deliberate vacations from blogging or blog checking.  They just happen.  

Keeping up with my mail has also been pretty haphazard.  
 Belated replies 

 I have been good about keeping up with my daily yoga practice, though.  The longest I've gone recently without skipping a day has been 12 days in a row in May.  Then I missed a day, and had to begin my count again.  Sometimes, I only make 4 or 5 days before skipping a day. I'm back up to another 12 days in a row; keeping ...

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May 24, 2017
The Rain Is Gone...for a couple of days, at least from Bayou Quilts

I'm so behind on mail.  A slew of letters await replies, and I need an entire day of catching up.  I've just gotten started on some replies.   

 A couple of thank you postcards


Max and Mila were here this weekend, and B.E. joined them on Saturday night.  I didn't take a single picture and am kicking myself!  (I just found one of Max's library books and will have to get in the mail today.  Excuse for just finding it?  There are books all over this house--on almost every surface.)

We've been having ...

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May 9, 2017
Whatevers... from Bayou Quilts

OK--I've been binge watching Korean Drama again at Drama Fever.  And making more of these "Whateversbecause I need to keep my hands busy.

 I've done a lot of little things like this over the years.  Some get a backing with a pin and become brooches; some I've stitched to one of my studio shirts; some I've given away.  I used some of my stamps for these two, and I'm working on a couple more with quotes.

I'm always drawn to this kind of work and love looking 
at the pins and brooches and ...

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May 2, 2017
Catch Up from Bayou Quilts

I had the first two pics ready to post over a week ago (and in true procrastinator's  style) here they are quite late.  Erin brought Max and Mila up for Comic Con, and Bryce Eleanor couldn't wait for her cousins to arrive.   Max and Mila's costumes are from the Homestuck anime (John Egbert and Mituna) and B.E.  is Eevee of Pokemon fame.  I think both my daughters did a great job with the costumes!   

There were so many cute kid costumes,
but these three were too funny.
Everyone wanted their picture. :)
Later, they won the costume ...

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April 18, 2017
Day Trip and Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

We took a day trip to Blue Moon Gardens and Edom, TX.
Located fifteen miles west of Tyler, Edom is a tiny, tiny town,
but full of exuberance and art!

How tiny is Edom, TX?
370 souls in 2016

The small pics are the one I took,
but I cadged two pics from Arbor Castle

About 6 miles out of Edom,
 you can find Blue Moon Gardens,
a delightful nursery that has plants 
I can't always find locally.

Here is what I went for--
a pygmy Japanese maple.
pic is from Blue Moon Gardens FB ...

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April 16, 2017
small talk and mail art from Bayou Quilts

Sometimes we disregard the importance of small talk, look down on it as trivial.  But is it?  I just read a post by Felice Cohen, who gives a great example of small talk lightening the mood.  People who are good at small talk are a blessing for introverts (like me) who often stand rigid and uncomfortable in a crowded room.  A really good small-talker can take the tension out of a situation, leading the way to the discovery of common interests.  It doesn't have to earth-shaking to make a conversation fun and interesting.

Letters are mostly small talk; written ...

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April 9, 2017
Mail Art and Other Stuff from Bayou Quilts

I've been watching a little K Drama, 
and playing with various threads.
This one is 2 x 2 inches
and kept my hands occupied while watching 
episodes of Hwrang.

Gardening has also been a daytime activity this week.  Weeding, planting.
Getting dirt under the fingernails despite wearing gloves.
Temperatures have varied--a lot.
April 1 was 86 degrees, April 2 was 69 degrees.

Outgoing Mail for National Letter Writing Month
April 1-9:

and six postcards

Incoming from Melody in Singapore
I'd love to visit some day.  :)

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March 31, 2017
Last of the March Mail from Bayou Quilts


 Love the St. Patrick's Day postmark!

Outgoing postcards

Outgoing letters
 Another deli paper envelope that evidently had trouble in the mail.

I had fun finding flowers to copy onto this envelope.

I saved these from Radonica's blog a while back.
You can also find them in her Etsy shop.
LOVE them!

Have a great weekend!

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March 30, 2017
Mail, Reading, and Dragons! from Bayou Quilts

April is National Letter Writing Month
I love Maggie Rudy's mice and her blog MousesHouses.  Since I was a child, I've been fascinated with books and stories with tiny animals and their anthropomorphic lives, and I have never outgrown the charm and enchantment of seeing these miniature worlds.  Of course, there is the iconic British mailbox to give this scene even more flavor!

 Odille Bailloeul's mice receive mail.  

I have a problem with time. Or scheduling.  Or both.  My good intentions of being prepared for National Letter Writing Month are up in smoke, once again.  :)  I already ...

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March 9, 2017
Tuesday Morning Thoughts from Bayou Quilts

I've worked added more scraps and blocks to the studio shirt while watching Netflix and Amazon shows.  Scrappy additions, and I'm not too concerned about being neat, but adding patches while I watch Grimm and other shows, keeps my hands happily occupied.  It gets even sloppier when I'm watching foreign shows with subtitles!

Adding smaller, approximately 1" squares

  Incoming mail from the last couple of weeks

Used some envelopes I found in my stash
for Connie's and Annie's
 found the pic of the Bronte sisters in a magazine
 tracing paper made this one so ...

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March 2, 2017
Mail Art -- from Bayou Quilts

February was a busy month and now there is some catching up to do.

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and I hope everyone at least indulged in a little chocolate.  I made some Valentine letters and postcards.  

Look at that dirty water and that mess!

Postcards, mostly for the grands
I made more Valentine postcards,
but it was too late to send them.
Oh, well--they will work for next year.

 A couple of Valentine letters--

B.E. is in love with Prim Paws, her kitten,
which gives me the excuse to use the little cat-related stamps.

I added ...

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February 7, 2017
Books and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

I've been reading like an addict--which I suppose I am.  Catching up with reviews on my book blog is more difficult than reading the books themselves.  Below are some of my favorites; already reviewed on Goodreads, but the posts for A Garden Carried in the Pocket are scheduled closer to publication.  

Shallow End and The Weight of Night are police procedurals from two authors I enjoy.  The other two are literary fiction--a coming of age story in Grief Cottage (don't think it is a depressing novel--it isn't) and When the English Fall, a dystopian novel about a ...

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January 14, 2017
This and That from Bayou Quilts

The first week in January, we had two days with lows of 18 and 19 degrees and highs in the 30's.  Within the next two days, the temperatures climbed to highs in the upper 70's.  It doesn't look as if we will have a real winter this year.  Spring intermixed with a couple of cold days now and then.  I'm almost as confused as the plants.

A few more letters and postcards went out this week.  I've also been making more envelopes.  Making postcards and envelopes is about all the creativity that has gone ...

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