Wednesday, June 25, 2008

An unexpected joy

Today even the postman was excited when he carried this parcel to my house. I realized later that he tried to hint for me to tell him what was in the parcel, but was too polite to come right out and ask me.

MaryKate from La Vie est Belle sent me a Chinese paper cutting. She knows I'm partial to paper cuttings. Wasn't that just so sweet? Her blog is about various peoples, cultures and places. I've learned a lot there and have enjoyed my armchair travels. In 'real life' I haven't travelled beyond North America. I haven't even travelled to the west of Canada so it blows me away that this package came from so far away.

The floral border is really pretty. I've already done a sketch of it to get ideas for my own template. Red and white is such a powerful color scheme. It works so well in precise designs, like this cutting or quilts.

The little dog is my favorite spot. I like his expression.

Love the flowers on the animals' hips.


I gave a speech earlier this year to my Toastmaster's club on the benefits of blogging. I started blogging because it's a job duty of today's artist, however the number one, surprise hook for me was the kind of relationships that develop.

I don't know if it's just me, but don't you think society asks a heck of a lot? We're always "supposed to" look polished, be always completely in control, have brilliant and always mannerly children, have an impressive list of material assets, never have a pillow out of place in the decor, jet set from one exciting activity to the next, cook super healthy meals for our families, be indispensable at our super-achieving job, etc., etc., etc.

It's understandable that some feel obliged to "wear a mask". With blogging, however, many of the standards that society measures us by simply aren't important. You feel like a visit while still in your bathrobe and fluffy slippers? No problem! Barriers fall much more quickly without all these rules and people get close quickly. Many times these relationships are more authentic than what you would have with some people you see on a daily basis be it at the office or the committees. Of course, it helps that you tend to 'hang out' with bloggers with similar interests ;)


M.Kate said...

Dearst Shayla

It ARRIVED!!! I was a bit worried for a short while.

The word in the middle means 'fook', can be translated into many ways, wealth and happiness.

It is surrounded by 12 animals, starting with the rat. Each animal represent an element for the year, eg. I was born in the year of the horse etc.

It is very important to the Chinese because it is used for many feng shui or even fortune telling to a certain extend, prediction of the luck year etc.

I hope that after unfolding, it is still ok :) and that you like it too.

Happy weekend :)

Robyn said...

What a joy! Recieving parcels from the other end of the world and then finding such gorgeous papercuts. I have just been thinking about blogging relationships as well. As you say we gravitate to people with the same interests and sometimes say and share more than we would with our face to face friends. In fact I don't have that many arty friends here. Blogging certainly is an amazing phenomenon.

Tracy said...

What a wonderful package! Fun mail is the best mail! I know M.Kate...she's got such a big, generous heart! Those paper clipping are just stunning--I'm in awe of their splendor and intricacy. Blogland is an amazing place! I've been blogging for nearly two years now, and am still blown away by the sense of community, caring, sharing and frienship is fosters. I began blogging as a way to share my love of handcrafts and wonder life. I never dreamed how this would connect me to people all over the world who share similar interests. And not just similar interest, but also just the wave of life. We may be scattered far, but human experience is much the same everywhere. It's just great fun too! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Julia said...

First off, thank you so much for commenting on my blog, because it led me to yours :) Second the paper cut out is exquisite! So beautiful! And thirdly, I loved what you had to say about relationships in blogworld versus those in our "real" world. I feel like we develop our friendships more easily online as well! I feel so supported by my blog friends, it's such a blessing!

Leah said...

love the paper cuttings!

and i totally agree with you on the relationships formed in blogging.

picciolo said...

what a great post, and what a wonderful gift, the paper cut is stunning
: )