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Rubber Stamped Cards: A Time of Creativity

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Last week I had the privilege of enjoying a writing residency/retreat at Holly House through Hypatia-in-the-Woods. I really worked my days, writing, planning, editing, sorting, exploring, eating, and drinking tea. This list was interspersed with moments of complete quiet when I just stared out into the green forest or wandered to the deck or windows to locate who was chasing and chattering. The entire week was lovely and I feel my writing benefited from being at Holly House. (So did my soul and stress level, but more on this in a later post.)

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I decided to bring my toys. Rubber stamps, ink pads, papers, tools. I set a goal of creativity one different card each night and make 6 -8 of each design. This plan turned out beautifully. The different type of creativity allowed my brain to wander and my fingers to work away from the keyboard. Lovely! And we all know how much I enjoy making rubber stamped cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here they are, 7 designs, 50 cards total.

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If you ever get the opportunity to go on a writing residency or retreat, go! Itโ€™s with every second.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday Mouthfuls: Thai Naan in Snohomish

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Today’s Monday Mouthful is brought to you by Thai Naan in Snohomish, Washington.

Last week I was house sitting for a college roomie. She was off gallivanting around Europe (and beyond) with her hubby while I was enjoying her kitty and having myself a writing retreat. Perfect location! Easy walk to reach downtown, gorgeous and historic neighborhood, lots of room and space to spread out my junk (I mean writing supplies). I recently read that creative people are messy. That explains it, honey. My creativity is definitely based on the area around me covered in chaotic bits and pieces.

Back to the story.

Immediately upon arrival, my stomach started thinking back to a previous trip where said roomie, plus one more roomie, headed out for Thai dinner in Snohomish. Food memory drove me to hoof it down the hill and check out lunch.

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Lunch special favorite discovered and documented. I ordered green chicken curry, which came with sweet and sour soup, brown rice, and phad Thai. So much deliciousness and food for such a great price! This lunch special called me back one more time, plus a separate dinner trip with above mentioned roomie (not the Europe explorer).

If you are in Snohomish, give Thai Naan a try. Eat some food memories.

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Meet Cosmo. My writing partner and neck warmer.

 


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Mer-mazing You! Rubber-Stamping Fun on a Writing Retreat

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One can’t be all work and no play, especially on a writing retreat.

First, there is the cat. Cosmo is quite happy to give me as many breaks a day as I can handle (and then some). Plus he delivers wrap-his-paws-around-my-neck loves, a warm kitty neck warmer, and blankets of kitty fur.

Then there are the windows. Such delightful windows, with a garden full of butterflies, hummingbirds, blue jays, finches, bees, bumblebees, squirrels, other cats, flowers, trees. Not to mention passers-by of uncounted numbers.

Meals and snacks come in handy. As do walks in the historic neighborhood and nearby downtown Snohomish.

And if you know me, rubber stamping provides mental breaks and opportunities for creativity.

This mermaid card was made with rubber cling stamps, watercolor paints, patterned paper, and a bit of glitter glue. She’s pretty cute, isn’t she?

From me to you. You are MER-MAZING! And don’t forget it.

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