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 ;)