More LYA Goodness

 

 

Mingus in March.

Mingus in March.

 

This view of Mingus was taken a few days ago. I looked up, and was blown away at the sight of that humongous cloud crowning the mountains. Glorious!

One side swap card, and one regular LYA postcard arrived. I love them both! Kat Sloma suggested we get creative with our postcard placement, when showing them in the Facebook group. My placement isn’t grand, but it is very fitting for both postcards.

The first arrival is a sweet and sparkly sea scene. This side swap is handmade by Trang Kang in Texas. I know you can’t see the pearlescent glitter, but it looks as if the water is glistening.  magical! When Trang and I agreed to side swap, she asked me what sorts of things I like. I had no idea that I was going to get a hand-made card.  I have another shell to add to my collection Trang! Thank you!

 

LYA #3, Black and White Meditations #1, David Wolanski. Seashells and Pearls, Trang Kang 2017

LYA #3, Black and White Meditations #1, David Wolanski. Seashells and Pearls, Trang Kang 2017

 

Trang included this beautiful message, written in sparkling turquoise on the back of the card:

May your spirit always be bathed in oceans of sunshine and may your soul contain treasures of peace, love and joy glimmering brighter than all the seashells and pearls.

Now how can you not smile while reading that! Thank you Trang for this beautiful reminder of why I love San Diego, the sea, the sand, and sea shells! And I love the recycled gift wrap envelope. A present! It looked like spring at first glance to me!

Part of the fun of this postcard swap is finding connections between senders and recipients. My connection with Trang is that I was born in Abilene Texas. I love Texas, even though I have only been there a few times. I lived there until I was 6 months old, but I can’t really tell you too much about it. LOL.

The photo card is from David Wolanksi. This is  #3, and the third card I have received from David during this swap! (You can see the first two here.) It is a signed and numbered, Black and White Meditations #1 Limited Edition Postcard series, 7 of 25. Now I have a Wolanski Trio!

David explains:

” I love this photo! I did down in the Mississippi Delta. In a restaurant that was at least 50 years old! Flaws and all!”

Thank you David for sharing your fabulous photography with me! Again! I can just make out the old dining chairs, trimmed with metal brads. I love old things! Places, buildings, homes, trees, books, history.

Midget Dictionaries, Burgess & Bowes, LTD., London. Printed in Belgium.

Midget Dictionaries, Burgess & Bowes, LTD., London. Printed in Belgium.

This was my inspiration for my postcard placement. Something old. I tried to think of the oldest thing I own. What came to mind was my vanity table. About 50 years old, when I bought it in 1984. And a set of travel translation dictionaries I found in an antique shop in Santa Barbara.

I am a sucker for old books. And these are in prime condition.

I think of someone like rose Dawson (Titanic) carrying them with her as she traveled the world in style.  There is no publish date in the books. But I did find some online that are similar from 1933.  A set in a box close to this is for sale on Ebay for £70!! ( I paid less than $20.)

These little books are roughly the size of an ATC. The pages have decorative edges, resembling cow hide. Each volume has 25,000 to 30,000 words and “dialogues for all occasions.” They also include photographic terms!

Thank you David, for sending me on this short journey to learn more about my books. I confess, I had not looked them up before. Now I have visions of Antique Roadshow running through my head! They might be worth hundreds! But no matter. They are not for sale. I might need them on my next world cruise!

 

Photography

Believe it or not, the second time I opened the book, it was to the page above. “Photography”

 

As you can see, changes are afoot here on my site. I have put in about 40 hours in the last few days. Long overdue. Seemed like for every item I crossed off the list, I wrote down two more. I added galleries, cleaned up the sidebar. Created widgets. “Freshened” just about everything.

Still a few details to take care of. But Whew! I think I might take a break for today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “More LYA Goodness

  1. Nelvia

    You are going to become the cloud expert with views like that. I just don’t know how you get anything done. I would be tempted to sit and watch out the windows all day. I bet seeing storm come in across the mountain is pretty spectacular. Loving these post cards and stories.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      It is tempting to sit and stare, LOL :) Just amazes me how much the view can change from one minute to the next. The last storm rolled over the mountains softly. A quiet fog. I would like to be better at clouds. I already have a huge collection in my mountains gallery. Glad you are enjoying the cards too Nelvia :)

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  2. theimpatientpainter

    Great photo and love that cloud! Such a great post Sheila – love the info about the exchange, the beautiful books and the time spent on the blog refresh. So time consuming but I love the new look. Take care

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks you Janet :) So glad you enjoyed the long post, and the new look. Thanks for visiting, have fun creating my friend!

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  3. Dave

    Thanks for the kind words! Two of the cards were from the swap, one was the one I sent out to the folks on my free post card list :}

    The blog is looking good! I like seeing all the Mingus moods too!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      You are welcome David! :) I am so glad you enjoy the mountains. Wish I had a good camera, but I am thankful for the phone camera :) The trees have handwritten addresses. The table has my address label. I LOVE that I received 3 of your cards. I am going to frame them in one frame together. Thanks for checking out the blog changes. Have an awesome afternoon David :) And thanks again for sharing your photography with me :)

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  4. Val van der Poel

    Wow, wow and more wow! I really like the new LOOK and all the new widgets make it easier for people to find you – well done Sheila! You have had a great time lately between investigating your little books (nice visual for your postcards), enjoying the clouds over Mingus – super pic btw., and doing all the work on the blog. What a busy girl!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Val, so glad you like it :) It was a lot of hard work, but I do enjoy the “designing” part. The Computer and coding part, not so much. Had to have some help with that. (Thank you Randy!) I did have fun looking up the books. Not very many listed online. Hoping today I will be slightly less busy, with a brush in my hand. Enjoy your day Val :) Thanks for letting me know what you think about the blog :)

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    1. Sheila Post author

      I didn’t see it when I took the photo, but there he is! I didn’t mention it, but I was wondering if anyone else would see it :)
      Have a super day Dad, Love you :)

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  5. Dotty Seiter

    LOVE the meteorological mountain range ‘behind’ Mingus!

    Thanks for sharing more of the LYA with us, complete with ‘posed postcard’ photos and stories of connection.

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