I spotted a 30 pound bag of vintage ephemera on Ebay that I DID NOT bid on. The itch that my 20th century self had for mid-century ephemera has been scratched. The 19th century self has also been satisfied. And soon, very soon, another giveaway is coming to a blog near you. Because It's only right to spread some of my newly acquired collage provisions around.
There is a subtle shift in the collage brain. I want everything to be snowy white, dirty white. Cream lying down next to dingey lined pages. It's interesting to imagine how new ideas insert themselves into the visual mind. Are they lying in there latent until something comes along to give a nudge?
I don't know, I'm just along for the ride. My heart skipped a beat when I discovered the sketchbook/journals of Jodi Green They remind me of topo maps.
My silky grey sky has turned blue again. Not before I collected about 50 gallons of rainwater. Having never done this before, I had no idea how fast the containers could fill up. With the right containers I could easily have collected hundreds of gallons! Most of my succulents are at their prime in the late fall and winter. Nearly everything comes out of dormancy and flourishes.
If you're in southern California; coastal zones bordering the Mediterranean Sea; coastal Western Australia and South Australia; Chilean coast; Cape Town region of South Africa, you'll have first-hand knowledge of this opposite growing season.
elizabeth bunsen says
did you hear me say yummy
xox – eb.
Hi, Mary Ann. I have questions:
What kind of paper do you use? I am currently using 140 lb cold press becuase I like the tooth, but I’m using it in pads, and I think I’m supposed to get sheets because of the compression and the grain. I’ve read that Fabriano Artistico has changed and not in a good way. Also, do you prefer a hot press, for writing? What pen do you use? I prefer a medium or larger, or a roller. esp. with my cold press, but I don’t know about the longevity or acidity or durability in writing over different embellishments. I also like a pen which offers flexibility of width. Do you use more than one kind of pen? If so, do you name your pens? Hats? Do you give them hats? oh, I diverge. But it’s making all the difference.
I’ll wait here for your response. Or, you can respond later. or, if you don’t feel like responding, I’ll take you off my blogroll and no one need know.
p.s. I was kidding about part of this.
I totally love the beautiful, dreamy colors on these journal pages!!! yummy indeed!!
yes, our backyard is aflourish. very hippyhappy with THAT! monrovia dessication is not all for naught.
I’m saving Jodi’s flickr for future ref (in a couplahours), and thanks for that.
ephemera…hmm… i’m short on ephemera, and i’ve always assumed (you know what that means) that ephemera is ultimately personal–what i connect with is diff than what someone else connects with. however…maybe not!
i hope the code i’ve left in this comment has not escaped you. i, however, wonder why i’m clogging up yer comments, since i have no idea what the hell i’m talking about.
karen cole says
Thanks for the great link.
What a nice contrast your “white” journal pages are to the succulents. pretty amazing
Lisa Hoffman says
Why, Miss Jodi is just a Baby, but LOOK at all of that talent simmering and bubbling over there in Georgia! Her ETSY stuff is mighty cool, but what really speaks to me is the fact that a very young and very busy girl can still find time to be SO prolific. God, I’m SO S L O W……
thanks for the new intro. A visit to your Blog always pays off, BIG Time!
Stephen du Toit says
The first garden I ever made was in Cape Town and I well remember how much easier it was in many ways to make a garden through the rainy winter months than trying to keep everything going through the long hot, dry, windy summer! So take a tip and plant some Cape bulbs in your California garden – you probably have some already!
Fabulous pages, great succulents and thanks for the link to Jodi Green. I love her journals as well as yours. It’s great to see all the different styles, I’d hate to have to choose between them.
Toni Brown says
Funny to find your succulent post today, after spending yesterday with my Dad and my stepmom at an arboletum near Superior, AZ, enthralled by the eucalyptus forest, and the curandero trail of such plants as yours. Lovely stuff. Also a shout out to you for always finding such original and creative-butt-kicking links — this journal link today, holy blow my mind!!!!
tyn atol says
Hummm. you’ve got me thinking about building a water tower now…. I think I could do that. Wouldn’t it be great?? Congrats on the ephemera- I just don’t know how you are ever going to leave the house now- just remember, the ponies need you. Maybe some new rope to wrangle with is in that batch of stuff. YEE HAW!!!
look forward to your posts – and image-filled journaling…truth is it’s nice to see another who loves her old paper: foxed, boxed, booked and brailled…the stains, inscriptions, note bene…marginalia!
simply beautiful. It’s rained here the past two days and it’s been warm and muggy too. I hope you’re doing well.
mary cooper says
I love the off white back grounds, especially with the colors you’re pairing them with. I’m so jealous of the beautiful plants, everything here in NJ is dormant for the winter, nice to see the life. Looking forward to seeing more. Mary
susan w says
Is that an old ledger forming the foundation of the journal?
Just practicing for the giveaway. YEah I scored a 19th C album the other day and I felt the same thing Satiety.
susan w says
Why those plants are positively SUCCULENT! I’m always attracted to the little “living stones” succulents.
The ‘white pages’ will be fun to watch grow, I did a single spread with black & white and found it (initially) was harder than I’d anticipated.
There are so many wonderful inspiring blogs and artists “out there”. One could never leave the screen to do anything. How wonderful that the village of creatives just grows & grows.
For visual treat (and an old fashioned kind of movie experience) check out ‘Australia”. So many kinds of breath taking.