Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Week

This card was written Jessica's first week in her new home and mailed to me from Ghana.  She had lots of positive feelings about her new job and home, and she wrote "I predict I will be gald I made the plunge."  Having moved to new countries before, I remember being impressed she was so positive.  I often felt overwhemeled the first few weeks, so I was glad to hear my friend was doing great.  She wrote, "I feel like I'm living on the edge and making room for opportunity"  Sometimes our cards are snippets of daily life, and sometimes like this one, they are powerful words.  Lets make room for opportunities in our lives!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sewing Machine

This is a drawing of Lynn's grandma's sewing machine. It was old and apparently made the 90 inch seams of her duvet cover feel like they took forever. Lynn wrote that she was glad to back in the modern age after a recent upgrade, which lets her zip along with ease.
Since I have been wanting some new skirts, sewing is something I have been thinking a lot about recently. I dont have time to sew at the moment, but one perk of living in the developing world is that it is easy to get clothes made. All I need to do is dream up a design and buy some fabric - no new machine needed.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

'thank yous'

With the holiday season over, I've been receiving a few lovely thank you notes.  Its always fun to get mail, and while these may not be the most fun to write, they are nice to receive.  Seeing the fun designs of cards made me file away several ideas in my inspiration sketchbook.  I thought I would share two favorites in this photo. 

sources Crane and Co., Laura Brown, and calligraphy via ISLY
What about you, are you still writing thank you notes?  Also, on a semi-related note this Slate article talks about the trouble we all have coming up with intelligent things to say in such notes, give it a read so you can make a good excuse why you didn't thank anyone this year.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beer Margaritas

A fun recipe from Lynn, one year ago:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Job, New County, New Year!

It has been a few weeks since a postcard was posted on the blog, and to be honest a while since I posted (i.e. sent one) to Jessica.  One reason for this was we were busy hanging out together spending time on another of our shared interests, eating!  When I visited Jess for a too-short-24 hour-stint in Traverse City, we enjoyed Soul HoleAmical, and Patiserie Amie for each of the three meals.  Yummy! Now that your hungry, something for the eyes...

The title of this post is a quote from this card that Jessica had drawn at the beginning of 2010.  She was days from moving to Ghana and was feeling both excited and nervous (who wouldn't?)  The card feels like a good one to post at the beginning of this year because its a time when everyone is setting goals and making changes.  One of Jessica's goals this year is more work-life balance which is good for me, because she promises more phone calls as a way to socialize and spend time not working!  I am not sure if I have goals or resolutions yet, but balance is always a good one.