New Cards in my Shop

New Mystery Cards

Amazingly, the heat wave disappeared yesterday! Here I thought summer was already upon us but it was just a little tickle of what is yet to come. The fog rolled in and yowzers was it welcome! I love fog some days. Especially on days that I feel like staying inside and making things.

the mess

Yesterday Bug and I made some more funky pants cards for my shop. I don’t even really care if they sell or not. It’s just fun to sit with my little helper and make stuff. I think since I’ve always recycled her art since day one, Bug thinks it’s normal.

my helper

As fast as I could cut up her masterpieces, she created more—even adding more color here and there to humor me. I hope we are partners making art for a long long long time.

new mystery cards in my shop

I added a little twist to this latest batch of cards. They are called Mystery Cards. Sort of like the Chef’s Surprise where you just never know what you’re going to get, except I promise I won’t hash yesterday’s stale meatloaf into with the mix.

tied up with string

Actually, these cards are kind of fun. On a whim I decided to add a line here and there from whatever song was playing in the background on itunes. I thought it would be a fun prompt for those creative writerly types that might need a little spark to help them send a note.

new mystery cards

It would work for me.

April is the new August

We declare it National Pink Parasol Day!

Since it’s been about 98 degrees in the shade around here, Bug and I decided to be like the rest of the tourist fools and spend the day at the beach. Not an hour here and there like we usually do but a huge chunk of the day. I’d say the whole day but I had to cut it off at naptime. I suppose one could nap under the shade of a huge beach umbrella but I was missing my laptop and you guys. (Hi!)

We declared it National Pink Parasol Day. You didn’t get the memo? Sorry. Well it can be National Pink Parasol Day tomorrow too. I think the hot weather plans on holding. Who knew a pink parasol would be so fun at the beach?!!

sunny shade

Normally, I would forbid such a fragile plaything at the beach but Bug already broke it at home so I figured we couldn’t really make it that much worse. Plus it only cost about $13 at the Asian market. It was a bit of a challenge to stop Bug from carrying it off and poking other kids in the eye but other than her gregariousness and tendency to be a little over-zealous while sharing, the umbrella was a huge hit.

too cool for school

It was also quite effective in shading small areas! Who knew!

wonkey pink parasol!

It was very hot. I’m so glad that I brought my own very large beach umbrella. You’d think for someone who lives at the beach, I’d have the beach gear down pat but I don’t. I hardly ever take an umbrella with us. It’s too wonky to carry. We’re always on our way to somewhere else too when we go to the beach, like the grocery store or Starbucks. Carrying around a full day’s worth of gear is just not my speed. But today we had everything and I have to admit it was nice.

camp

I set up camp with the giant umbrella resting against the jogging stroller. I love that stroller. It’s the best free cast-off thing I’ve ever gotten. It might be rusty and worn but it works. It hauls us and all our stuff to the beach with nary a groan. We leave it outside all year ’round and it never breaks down. It might host a spider or two and the color is a little bleached out but that thing works better than any fancy-dancy stroller I’ve ever seen.

toques are for all seasons

While Bug terrorized our neighbors nearby with her outgoing friendliness, I tucked myself into a book and read right through five chapters. That’s more than I’ve read in almost a year! I never read books anymore. I can only blame the internet. I think I might have to plan a day at the beach every week so I can finally get through the mile high stack of books I have on my dresser. Reading is good.

trotting off

Don't ask.

Letting your kid run her wiggles out at the beach is good too. She’s napping right now and I have a feeling that if I don’t wake her up soon she might nap right through dinner. She is one tired girl. I’d probably be wiped out too but I had a great big iced coffee…’tis the season!

The Evil Smurf enjoys green ice cream.

If this is what the weather is going to be like until October, I think we might have to play ‘tourist’ more often.