Ever since last week I've been excited and eager to share my newest book acquisition: A Weird Unfathomable Ordinary Everyday Life by William Bridges and Dianne Jenkins. I attended an Author Talk at the library last Thursday evening - very spur of the moment, and I'm so glad I spurred myself to go!
William (Bill) Bridges is a retired Writing professor, journalist, book editor, poet...and I'm sure I don't know what all else he's done in his lifetime. And while I'm not sure what all Dianne Jenkins has done in her lifetime, in the pages of this book she is an artist. In 2006 Bill and Dianne began a snail mail correspondence with each other. Their correspondence over the years consisted (still consists, I imagine) of everyday kind of things. Paragraphs telling what their days are like, interjected with simple everyday kind of observations - out the window, or at the beach earlier in the day... Bill and Dianne sprinkled their letters with witticisms and wisdom. The words alone are a delight to read, but Dianne, being an artist, and having enjoyed mail-art for years, turned her letters into works of art. Which, I believe, was the impetus for Bill getting the great idea of turning their correspondence into a book!
The book has many examples of the mail art Dianne sent, and many, many excerpts from both of their letters over the years. It's a book to savor - both the words and pictures. So I'll be savoring it for a while and delighting in their clever, sometimes weird, totally fathomable, everyday lives, and Dianne's very clever, sometimes weird, almost always funky artwork.
AND I've begun to turn my heart toward Valentine's Day. I know it's a few weeks off, but, of course if you're crafting for a holiday you've got to begin early, right? I came across this granny heart pattern on Ravelry and while I don't know what I'm ultimately going to do with any that I make, I'm "all in", "head over heels" in love with making some hearts this week. Pictured here is my first one made in Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton yarn. ILTC yarn is a light (almost sport-weight) worsted 100% cotton - that I normally reserve for dishcloth making, but today it seems perfect for this project.. Love!
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