Wednesday, January 16, 2008

empty boxes

I haven't written in a while! I got so caught up in the recent burst of carving that I almost forgot I had a blog.
Last weekend we went to Moorpark and searched for two letterboxes - Tiger's Trail of Tears and Miller Park Sunset, both located in the same park. The story behind the Tiger's Trail box is sad -someone was keeping a tiger as a pet a couple years ago and it escaped. It was spotted in Miller Park, near houses and a school. Since animal control didn't know where it came from and whether or not it was tame, the unfortunate decision was made to kill it. It's a shame, and if the owners had come forward sooner, perhaps it could have just been sedated and captured, rather than killed.
We found the box but alas, the stamp was missing. We still stamped in and placed the log book in a plastic bag, since it was in the container naked, and the container wasn't well sealed. We then found the Sunset box...which was open and filled with nothing but rain water! We were quite disappointed. On the way back down the trail we spotted some soggy papers in the brush and realized we had found the remnants of the log book! We pieced it together as much as we could, stamped in, and placed it in a baggie and back in the box. *sigh* A somewhat disappointing search, but a nice hike all the same.
The destroyed boxes got us worrying about our own box, since we had a big rainstorm recently. So we headed back to Newbury Park and hiked up to its location. We found it in its hiding place, safe and dry. So far only two people have found it, I hope it gets more traffic soon!
Meanwhile I'm stressed out because the dog training business is very slow right now and I'm extremely worried about income.
I'm taking an 8-week "intuitive" class on Tuesdays, it's been really interesting. The class inspired my most recent carving - a woman meditating, so I gave the teacher an imprint of the stamp so she could see it. Everyone in the class loved it, I got many compliments, which was nice. Several people would like the image on a t-shirt, so I'm thinking about getting a screen printer. It's something that's crossed my mind before. Hmmm...second business venture?
Alrighty, over and out for now.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

pandora's box

I'm so grateful that I stumbled across letterboxing. I've been carving like crazy lately. After years of pretty much nothing, now I'm back to either carving or thinking about it every day! It's so good to be back in that place. I've even joined a yahoo carving group and the carving consortium and signed up to contribute a page to a swapzine (woo, run on sentence!!). I'm working to push myself beyond the skill level I've dwelled in for so long. I think I'm a fairly decent carver, but it's really inspiring to see the work of others and realize how much better I could be.

Right now I'm carving the first of three stamps that I want to plant as a letterbox series. I've used PZ Kut for a long time, but this is my first try at the orange stuff. I like it, it really holds a line well.

And yeah....I can sense the boredom I'm inflicting upon whoever might be reading this. I have another blog (diaryland) that I've kept for about 7 years, and that's where I write about the rest of my life. I'm sort of keeping this blog just as a way to track my letterboxing experiences as well as other creative endeavors. Hopefully it'll keep me moving in artistic directions.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

happy 2nd day of the year!

I must be coming down with something, there's no other reason for me to be this tired. Yesterday was what I consider a perfect New Year's Day. I spent it parked on the couch drinking champagne, watching the Twilight Zone marathon and carving a stamp. Jim (my husband) worked on a painting. It was pure bliss.

It took me the entire day (and most of the evening) to finish the stamp. I don't know about anyone else out there, but I have a tendency to set myself up for torture sometimes. I'll be sitting there working on a drawing and realize as I'm drawing it that some of the details are going to be really hard to carve..but I continue anyway. Then I curse myself as I'm carving it, wondering why I didn't make it simpler. Yesterday was no exception. I did a really detailed drawing...then to make it more of a pain the arse, surrounded the drawing with a couple lines of lyric from a favorite song. There's nothing more fun than carving small letters, wheeeee!!!
Thank heavens for PZ Kut and Testor knives. The PZ Kut stuff is the perfect consistency for detail - not buttery enough to make it easy to overcut, but not so hard that you wind up pushing the blade too firmly and stabbing into something important. It's definitely one of my favorite materials.
I'll probably go plant that stamp tomorrow...although after all the hard work, I'm a little reluctant to risk losing it. Oh well...once again, what else am I going to do with it? I love to carve stamps but don't tend to create a lot of stamp art, it's weird. Maybe I should get involved in an LTC ring.
Ugh, why am I so tired????
Anyway, Happy New Year.

About Me

Hippieville, CA, United States
This is the story of life after losing the "real" job and the house, trying to find the middle ground between making a living and actually living.