The Art of the Armenian Alphabet

Celebrating the Art of the Armenian Alphabet In 405 AD, Mesrob Mashdots, a monk, theologian and linguist (artist and genius!) established the Armenian alphabet, translating the language into written form. What an undertaking it must have been! The language gave Armenians their cultural and religious identity. It gave them the means to survive as a people, despite efforts to…

Mushroom Cultivation

Inspiration Where does inspiration come from? What influences us? Why are we drawn (I guess that’s a pun!) to certain subjects? And why do we save certain things? Recently, I decided to reread some books in my personal library. And I’ve kept a few beloved books from childhood. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet…

Smiley face

Art that became an icon. I’ve always loved the original Smiley. This simple face I loved so much growing up became a huge world-wide icon. And it all started with a small job for a commercial artist. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts needed to boost employee morale. So they hired Harvey…

Vintage Valentine Cards

A “blast from the past.” I’m sentimental. And so I’ve kept a few things. Random things. (Luckily, not everything.) These are my vintage valentine cards. Old? Yes. (Let’s not discuss exactly how old!) Charming? Definitely. Funny? Yes. Art? Of course. “I’m hunting for you, Valentine!” “I’ve been looking for a Valentine like you — why…

Why shoveling snow this week reminded me of creating art.

Imagine over two feet of snow. Now imagine a huge plow going down the street. Two feet of snow becomes three-or maybe four feet, a mountain at the end of your driveway. You’re blocked in. No way out. And the snow is heavy. Piled up. And there’s nowhere to put it. So a shovelful at…

Perfume Bottles

Change When we moved to a smaller place, after a long time in a house, I had to get rid of a ton of things we didn’t need. Literally. Two garage sales. Old tins? Bye bye. Disney videos? (Yes, videos.) Gone. Furniture? Craigslist. Clothing? Goodwill. Boxes and boxes of miscellaneous “stuff” donated. On and on.…

My new favorite drink.

Move over Cayenne. For months now I’ve been drinking warm water with lemon and cayenne first thing every morning. Sometimes it’s just too spicy. I tried a concoction with apple cider vinegar. But no. Not for me. Ginger in the cup. I’ve never been a big fan of ginger. Sure I like gingerbread cookies but…

Digital products, naturally.

Digital products, naturally. Some time ago, I found Blacksburg Belle and instantly became a fan. Writing is an art and April Bowles-Olin is an artist. Her writing flows. I look forward to her posts and don’t just skim through the way I sometimes do on other blogs. When I decided to launch my website and…

Leave it to me

Walking with me in the fall requires patience. The whole time I’m walking, I’m scanning the ground for the perfect fallen leaf. This can be difficult while walking briskly, but I do it anyway. Here’s how it goes when I’m with a friend. “Sorry. One sec.” Stop. Bend. Pick up leaf. Scan quickly. Toss or…

Flower power

Let’s start with some flowers. “Yuk. I HATE flowers.” You’ll never hear anyone say that. NEVER. Because everyone loves flowers. It’s flower power. This year my husband planted a small cutting garden. We haven’t had one in years, so I’m really happy that we have one this summer. Zinnias, cosmos, and white snapdragons. I have a…

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