Thursday, April 17, 2014

There is nothing like a Dame.

No, not that dreadful American slang word for a sheila, my friend Carolyn from Victoria is a genuine self anointed Dame, a title she gifted herself tongue in cheek as a comment on our conservative government's recent re-instituting of the honours system!
Political satire aside, it is a time of plenty in Carolyn's garden and her fruit bowl runnneth over with rosy red apples just waiting to be transformed into the yummy things she bakes, boils, preserves and possibly dries! Her recent etegami have celebrated this bounty and I am lucky enough to have one of them.
Along with the card Carolyn sent a bounty of another kind, a cute Japanese envelope, a do it yourself bee (my flowers will love that) and an amazing plywood postcard for me to use.
Thank you Carolyn.

OUR lady of the flowers.

Yes, Yoshiko, she of the delicate touch who can paint roses, that most difficult of flowers, with an amazing deftness such that you can almost smell the fragrance.
Thank you Yoshiko.


Three wonderful cards from Tohru, a man with many interests including collecting pens, making zip guns, macro photography and the gentle art of etegami! Serendipity was the word that came to mind when I saw a photo Tohru posted of a Fairy Wren, a bird that I had carved a stamp of for a postcard so I immediately sent him my version of that cute little bird and was rewarded with a copy of MY card! Wonderful, and we don't speak more than a few words of each others language.
Included in the cards was aversion of Tohru's famous series on the bitter gourd which serves as a basis for exploration of colour and texture, a kind of Tohru version of Monet's haystacks!
Tohru's Wren.
My stamped version.
The gourd
Thank you Tohru san.