Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women (and men) showed Trump how to have a REAL parade

Friday may have belonged to Trump, or so he thought, but Saturday women showed him how to have a REAL parade.  One that was both peaceful and well attended.  In fact, attendance exceeded all expectations in every city where the event was held.

Here are a few photos I found on the web that were not vulgar, but humorous (or to the point).

They came in droves.  They were both genders, all races, all nationalities, all religions (and non-religions).  They came for various reasons from protecting their reproductive rights, to their fear of the wall, to their fear of being sent back to a land that would persecute them, to their fight for gender identity, to their fight for gay rights, including marriage, to their love of this country, to support for Planned Parenthood, to their dislike of racism, bigotry, misogyny, and hatred, to their fear of nuclear war, to their education rights, to their desire to show that all people are loved, and to their dislike of our new president.   Most of all, they donned their "pussycat"

eared pink caps and demonstrated peacefully in Washington DC, NYC, San Diego, Austin, Chicago, London, Toronto, and Melbourne, as well as smaller U.S. cities like Portland, OR and even my small city Wichita, KS.  They showed what was possible when many voices stand together.   This is human rights at its best.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sort, sort, sort

I decided to participate in a new project thought up by the incredible

Seth Apter who invited us to join him in his year long collaborative project he calls ARTifacts.  You can see his first post announcing it here and his second post sharing his first ARTifacts here.  Since Seth first announced it, I knew I wanted to join the collaborative.  I even knew the book I wanted to create, so Thursday

I decided to sort some of the sewn pages I had created in hopes I would have enough that would speak to me.  I know this looks like a real mess at the moment.

I sorted and sorted and sorted.  I made sure that no two page colors were the same (i.e. next to each other).

That alone took forever.   I created signatures of 48 pages each.  I always put two signatures in a book.  That means there are 96 pages in each book I create.

I kept out pages for a Paris scrappy journal, a seasons scrappy journal, and an art doll scrappy journal, but I don't have enough pages for any of these yet.

However, of all the pages I sorted,

none of them spoke to me.

The good news is, I have enough pages to make SIX scrappy journals from what I have sorted

and I have hundreds more to go through as I sort the rest of these.

Because I stand to work, I needed a day to recoup.  So yesterday (Friday)

I sorted more.  I now had sorted enough to create five more scrappy journals.

Before I gave up, I sorted these, and have enough to make four more scrappy journals.

That makes 15 scrappy journals in all that are ready to be sewn to fabric covers.

These are all that I have left to go through.

These are all I've sorted, and that includes the art doll, seasons, and Paris pages that are in cardboard priority mail containers.  The sorted and assembled ones are in tyvek containers.

I could tell I was in trouble when all that spoke to me were these eight.  I need a total of 24 to make 96 pages.  Yes, I'm a math major, so here's how I got the number.  Each page is folded in half, then decorated on both sides.  Each signature contains 12 of these four sided pages which consist of 48 single sided spreads to write, doodle, or make some type of memories on.

It looks like it will be awhile before I can share my first month's ARTifact with Seth, but at least I'm working on it.  Possibly you have wanted to keep a calendar or journal that speaks to you.  If so, head to Seth's and join in the fun.

Of course, the scrappy journal pages will go

in my sun dyed Rocking Horse journal.  This is the outside

and this is the inside.  Now I just need to create 72 more pages that speak to me.

Thank you for visiting today.  And please don't forget to check out Seth's ARTifacts.