BEFORE I go to the post today I’d like to try to address a few things.  No doubt most of you don’t post any comments at all but recently I am getting flooded with SPAM and in that spam there are just a few probably serious comments so I am going to try to answer those here rather than individually… FIRST I am not as COMPUTER LITERATE as some of you might think… I did say at the beginning that a friend set this up for me so I am just doing what was shown me.  If you have a DROID… sorry can’t help you… I am an APPLE girl and if you are using other forms of browsing I am at a loss to tell you what to do.  My format is from WORDPRESS and you can check them out but as I said I didn’t set this up a friend who knows way more than me did it for me.  Next, I did have a screw up last week and none of the links worked…my bad I didn’t check them and I did find what the problem was and I do think I have it corrected and I will watch more carefully in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again…Some guy wanted to know why I have so much spam in the comments…beats the crud out of me so if you know a cure let me know…

For those who want me to put this on Flicker or FB or whatever social network….guys I am a CALLIGRAPHER , CARD MAKER, BOOK MAKER ETC AND SOMETIME TEACHER…I prefer to communicate to those who are interested….I am not interested in telling the world what I am doing just those who might have a desire to learn and yes, I get that that means I am not going to find as many people but its not a contest for me.

Lastly…. if you really want me to answer a question then send me an E-MAIL TO… I am not going to respond to comments from my spam bucket personally.  If you have a real e mail  and you write to me I will try to answer but in the comments or spam bucket I am only answering those people I personally know.. I am not doing that because I am snobby I am doing it because I don’t know you and have no idea what I might really be responding to. A legit e-mail address with legit questions about the subjects and I will do my best to answer you.  

As for all the spam I just dump it… no time to both write this blog, make art and still read spam much less answer it.. Sorry


Many  years ago (1999) I suscribed to a new magazine by a Ms La Plant called TABELLAE ANSATA…. Later due to health reason she either sold or gave the publishing up to JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER and they eventually changed the name to BOUND AND LETTERED and it is still available to suscribe to and now its all in color and full of both calligraphy , bookbinding and card making.  You’ll love it just go to JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER web site and I am sure it will direct you how to subscribe.  But I digress, back in 1999, I found this pattern in her magazine and I just loved it … I started using old atlas pages from those large paper atlas that you buy and folding them as suggested…I used the maps because I came up with an idea called ARM CHAIR TRAVEL…my hubby was busy at work and I was the caretaker for my folks and we weren’t doing much traveling at the time but my friends were and I wanted to see where they were and what they might be seeing…well apparently most of my friends DON’T SEND POSTCARDS…so I came up with a way to make it easy… I printed up address labels sometimes just my address and sometimes other people’s I thought they might want to send to and tucked them into one of the many pockets in this fold.  Then I also included some commercial stickers or some that I made myself by stamping on labels and stuck them in so that they didn’t even have to write ANYTHING ( I was desperate for mail) and lastly I bought them a little book of postcard stamps or only a few if they were not going to be gone long.  This worked wonderful as long as they were in the states…if they traveled overseas then the stamps won’t work and they would have to buy stamps over there… but still if they had everything else it worked…

AND IT DID…I got cards from my friends with all the fun stuff of their trip in lovely view, this was before smart phones… but still like to do this so I folded this one for a friend who is going to one of my favorite places…KEY WEST..I have stickers, stamps, and address labels all ready to tuck in and then I’ll mail it to ready to go.

After I get the cards I make covers and punch them and put them together in a little mini booklet of that person’s travels… I even a couple of times printed up copies of the cards and made a booklet for the person that sent them too me.  Anyway I love this fold its easy if you use much smaller paper it will be really little and may not have room for all your goodies so try to go with big sheets and rectangle works better than square. You could even use newspaper especially USA TODAY.  Have fun and fold away. You know you can always contact me if you need more help.

When I mail it to them I usually include a short note saying that I’d love to have postcards of the things they see and that no words are necessary…ie a PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…

I put the tag on the front and this is it open so I have another pocket on the back if I have  more to put in.  Hope you like it and have fun.  This would also be great for kids that are going off to camp etc.



I recently found on CYBER SCRIBES ( they are on FACEBOOK) this information regarding the AMPERSAND.


LAST WEEK I sent you to TRICIA SMOUT’S web site to get you to participate in her year long projects.  Her first project was to collect envelopes with a tribute to nature from all over the world ( remember she is in Australia).  I told you that I wanted to participate and so here are two of my envelopes that I sent her.  The slug one is a magazine page that I collected who knows how long ago and made into an envelope.  The seond one was because I just love this stamp and just in case they couldn’t read the first one and sent it back to me… I did the second one. I decide she could decide which one she wanted.  Go back and check the web site to see what her rules are, they are not much, and then get your envelope IN THE MAIL….she asked for them by the 30th of September.  My envelopes are the standard size and they cost $1.05 to mail from the US.

A I R project envelopes

If you decide to use an old calendar page or a magazine page you should probably insert a piece of cardstock or light weight cardboard so that the mail machines don’t eat it.  If its a rather thick calendar page then you won’t need any insert and remember she ISN’T GOING TO OPEN THEM  so don’t make anything to go inside..I used a typed label on the back with my info and an e-mail address.

I also participated in her request for closeup nature pictures and sent them via e mail as she requested.  BE BOLD there is no judging and it can be fun to be part of something on the other side of the world. Here is her website again.

My friend from theVALLEY CALLIGRAPHY GUILD in Eugene Oregon, JUDY BLACK..several years ago had several patterns for making your own funky and plain envelopes using magazine pages or calendar pages…I wrote her and got permission to post them in my blog.


judy’s envys

This is one of my favorites because it is so FUNKY and because you use the postage stamp to seal it shut.  I just love it. Note she is using 8 1/2 x 11 paper. And there is a postage stamp that you can use to seal it shut and its great because it won’t be opened by Tricia but is you use this to mail some mail to a friend better give them a hint how to open it and I usually use a return address label on the back and note that they should either cut the stamp or gently tear it loose from the front. This also works great for writing a letter to someone and then folding it this way and using the letter for envelope also.

These next two are plainer envelopes and just be aware that you pay extra if you fold it into a Square apparently the PO doesn’t like squares… so cut your piece for inside into a rectangle and you are good to go but it must be at least 3 1/2 x 5 ” or again the PO won’t take it… just so you know.  That said if your image is just too perfect not to do it square it won’t cost that much more so go for it.

retangle folds

If you are interested in joining a calligraphy Guild and you are not close to Eugene but would like to get /see the info then go to this web site..VALLEY CALLIGRAPHY GUILD...They have one of the best newsletters in Northwest full of fun stuff and lots of eye candy. CONTACTS TO JOIN ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR PAGE.


HOLLY MONROE...was recently asked by her church to do some lettering on the walls of one of the buildings.. Here is the site where you can see her efforts…stunning so check it out.  I keep thinking I’d like to add some lettering around the ceiling of my master bath maybe this will inspire me.

Have I mentioned recently how beautiful the pacific northwest is in the summer well if I haven’t here are some photos that will convince you.


My Husband has been taking photos of the myriad of birds that have been flocking to our yard for food.  Most of them have been using the fountain on our deck as their personal bird bath as well.

Hummer drinking from fountain

I know you won’t believe that this guy is for real but he is…he was not however, on my deck thank goodness. This is real albino alligator from a Florida animal farm and the photo was found on the Internet.

Albino gator

Ok back to our Deck this squirrel has been drinking from the upper birdbath…there are 2 others in our yard so why this one seems so much better I am not sure.

This is a photo of one of those NUTHATCH birds I told you about .

nuthatch on fountain dragonfly

We also recently had our local Fair in Monroe and I love visiting all the animal barns.. especially the Goat, and Pig areas.

Pigmy baby goat

These were some kind of WOOLY BOOGER goats…not sure what they are called but they crack me up with all that fur and how curly it is..and that’s natural curls. lol

Wooly booger goats

Don’t they just give “having a bad hair day ” a new twist.  No pun intended.  lol

Piglets at the fair

How can you not love baby piggies.

Then on a recent trip to the Flower World I found this pond with Live turtles in it but alas I have no pond and the turtles weren’t for sale.  lol

double turtles

Then I am sure you all know we are have just had the last BLUE MOON for a few years and here are some photos that I got from FACEBOOK .


THIS LAST ONE the guy said it took him forever to get it and I am sure you can see why.

Full moon with Jet

These photos are from the first BALLOON FEST IN SEQUIM..that’s hot air balloons.  I have family that live there and Sequim is located on the peninsula of WA.  TIM O’NEILL took these photos and he has a wonderful web site of lots of photos he has taken and many are for sale in various sizes.  Tim is a retired dentist from CA and a wonderful photographer. This is a link to his web site..TIM O’NEILL’S PHOTOS

Tim O’Neill’s 3 bees

Tim O’Neil’s balloon

Tim O’Neil’s balloons



Well maybe more photos than you wanted but hope you enjoy… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY… hugs WHCT aka kath



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