*wee* Summer Break & Found Poem Collage Video

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Greetings, Art Lovers! TWO Things:

1.) Last week, I was delighted to be a guest presenter for young creatives at Camp Conroy, sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. It was my first time doing a craft workshop VIRTUALLY. We made found poem collages, like the sample I’m holding above. If you need a fun literary art project this summer, feel free to click the link under the picture and you can enjoy a mini tour of my studio, and the lesson I made for the campers, start to finish! :0)

2.) My Etsy shop will closed for a little summer break June 26 – July 2. If you send me a message through Etsy, I’ll try to respond in a timely-ish manner! (My physical studio is still closed for the time being.)

Here’s to good books, good poems, and soul-nourishing art. Stay safe and well, and see you soon!

Library (& Customer) Love from afar…

Greetings, Letter Lovers! Usually my little posts are peppered with photographs I’ve taken, but today I’m sharing a few from one of my wonderful artsyletters customers, Eileen.

One of my vintage typewriter note cards perched on a glorious old Underwood!

One thing I LOVE about being an Etsy seller is the contact made with folks from all over the country, and around the world. Eileen hails from Connecticut, a state still on my to-visit list, even more so after our brief interaction.

She ordered several packs of note cards, saying that she works in a small library and their staff was sending notes to patrons during this time of quarantine. (How great is that?!)

My books with glasses note card
is quite happy on this gorgeous card catalog surrounded by books!

Eileen shared these pictures in her very kind reviews, saying, “I work in a small historic library and during this shutdown we wrote notes to all of our patrons, and these notecards were perfect to use to check in with the patrons to tell them we miss them!” Obviously, thoughtfulness is abundant in Eileen’s literary world. (And maybe her review is one reason I’ve been mailing out several more orders of literary combo pack cards recently! :0) )

Eileen and I exchanged brief notes about our hometowns, as she is hoping to make it to Beaufort in the not-too-distant future when things settle down. (I am hoping so, too, as I’d love to meet in person.) She sent this gorgeous photo of the Bill Memorial Library in Groton, “built in 1890 as a library overlooking the Thames River and adjacent to Fort Griswold, which played a big part in the Revolutionary War.”

Bill Memorial Library

She added, “Our Library is tiny but beautiful, a true neighborhood library.”

I made a little online visit, discovering that founder Frederic Bill had been a schoolteacher, publisher and bookseller, and then a merchant. Years after he had moved on from the business world, he wanted to honor the memory of his two sisters, Eliza and Harriet, with a library. I love this description of his aim, that “in the volumes collected there may be found that which will tend to stimulate a high ambition, strengthen good resolve, cultivate the taste an afford pleasure to all who may read them.” 

A little more website sleuthing suggests that this is the kind of place sorely missed by its community right now, I’m sure. Enticing programs for all ages are the usual fare, including activities for teens and story times for the youngest readers and listeners. Whenever I can make a Northeastern journey again, I will plan a Connecticut detour to drop in to this gem of a library!

(PS – Did I mention how much I love my customers? ;0) Such interesting, generous people – I am always learning from them.)  –Thanks to Eileen for  allowing me to share these pictures, and for the support in these challenging days. 

Happy National Library Week / Library Workers Day!

WE LOVE OUR LIBARIES!

(Isn’t this the COOLest graphic?!)

When I saw this amazingly cool animated graphic to celebrate this week, I wanted to make something to celebrate the national treasures that are our public libraries. I had a few raw brass lighthouse stampings, so I made a couple of bookmarks to let them “shine.” (Click below the picture for a link to the listing.)

And, there’s Hoopla! :0)

I sure miss the open doors at my local branch, which I see every day when I go to my studio. But I’m glad folks are staying safe.

Click here for link to bookmark listing in my Etsy shop.

SO grateful for all the folks who work and volunteer in libraries across the country. We miss seeing you in person right now, but please know you are appreciated! I have the fondest memories of riding my bike through a couple of neighborhoods and around a lake to our town’s library in Maitland, Florida, many moons ago. (Sometimes I still visit it when in town!)

Do you have a particular library you’re grateful for?

Open Studio Hours for March 2020

**Thursday, MARCH 5 UPDATE** – And I thought yesterday’s weather was challenging! Storms are on tap all day today, so I will need to dart back and forth to tend to a nervous wee beastie doggie. I’d like to keep my sidewalk sign in one piece, so I’m just going to use today to get ready for First Friday. See you tomorrow eve!!

Open 12 noon to  4:30 p.m. most Wednesday through Fridays, but please note exceptions for the first half of this month!  On First Friday, the 6th, we’ll be open 
5-8 p.m. with a fun drawing every half hour beginning at 5:30.  
(I will be out of town the second week for a writers/illustrators conference.)  
Happy Spring!!!
(My Etsy shop is open 24/7!)

February Open Studio Hours


Happy February! Hours are a bit limited this month – writing deadlines, an author/poet school visit, and catching up on Etsy orders! If you’re in Beaufort, DO come downtown for First Friday on the 7th from 5-8 pm. :0)

Open Studio Hours – December 2019

HOURS UPDATE for Thursday, Dec. 5 – Catching up on shipping orders; we’ll be open later today for “sunset” shopping from about 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. [Friday, Dec. 6, we will be open for FIRST FRIDAY from 5 – 8 p.m. It’s Night on the Town; you won’t want to miss it! :0) ]

‘Tis the Season!

Short and Sweet Holiday Newsletter!

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