My day didn't start out that well. First, my coffee pot decided to pour the coffee all over the countertop instead of into the pot. I cleaned the mess up, and thinking it was just some sort of fluke, made another pot. Well, it happened again, but at least I was standing right there and acted quickly to avoid another huge mess.
Then I come up to my studio/office to check e-mail. I discovered that my external hard drive that holds scans or photos of all my art wasn't working. A moment of panic set in. Luckily, I had backed up some of the scans recently, and eventually I was able to get the external hard drive going. I thought, "Oh, this is going to be a terrible day."
I thought about that for a moment, and it occurred to me that these small inconveniences were nothing at all. I have friends battling cancer or grieving because of losing a precious pet or a family member. It turned my day around as I realized how lucky I am.
Thanks to the internet, I have made so many friends. The world has become much smaller as my world has expanded with friends all over the country and even the globe. I can send a message to Sue in England or to Judy in Australia, and if they are at their computer, I'll receive a reply within minutes or even seconds. When I was a child, it was quite common to have a pen pal in another state or another country. The idea was to share experience and cultures. To me, this new phenomenon of online friends met through Yahoo groups or blogging is like having a pen pal; well, in my case a hundred or so pen pals. Perhaps this is too simplistic, and I always have been an optimist, but I believe if we had more online conversations between people all around the world we would see that we're not that different and maybe we actually could attain world peace. I prefer to think anything is possible.
Here is a piece I made for Kathy's book for the pock-et-FULL round robin. I have been experimenting with crackle techniques lately, and I thought the background on this ended up looking like wood, but it's actually paper.
Finally, aren't these little spools of twine cute? I found them at Michael's. They are part of the Martha Stewart craft line, and she calls them baker's twine. I just think they look cool.
Go send an e-mail to someone on the other side of the world. Ciao!