Posted tagged ‘postcard collection’

New Tarot Cupboards

March 28, 2017

I’m into my tenth day of trying to organize my bedroom. I have one tiny half rack I’m using for clothes in the walk-in closet, and the rest is all craft, art supplies and doll or dollhouse stuff. Yeah, I’ve got MY priorities straight.

These are flat-pack pantries or wardrobes. These are fairly light and hold a lot with the extra wire racks I put on the shelves. I had one extra shelf cut for each cupboard and still they are filled up.

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Now I have to organize and put away the mess at the end of my bed. I have ordered a nice wooden blanket box in a “chocolate cherry” stain but that won’t be here for weeks. My quilts are reeking of plastic after being stored for 2 years or so in a Rubbermaid plastic bin. Never again. I’ve washed the ones I can, but the quilt tops can’t be washed so I’ll try to air them out in other ways.

I can actually get to my decks now and I found I had room to display my tarot bags facing toward the front—so pretty. I JUST had room for all the boxes too. While reorganizing the decks, I got rid of two so I’m still under 400 at 399 decks. I couldn’t fit my postcard collection in the cupboards, so they’ve gone into the closet for now. I wondered while looking at some of these decks why I bought them but I think the Internet has a lot to do with fuelling the purchase of stuff.

My next task is to enter my four new decks in my database. I received the 72 Names of God deck by Orna Ben-Shoshan yesterday and I really love it, it has such depth in information and artwork.

A Revisit and Overview of Database Monday

November 12, 2016

Database Monday is a category where I post about card decks and use the scans from my digital visual database to discuss them, perhaps adding a few personal notes and updates. Memory is a strange thing, I thought I’d done about twelve of these, but when I looked I discovered I had done twenty-eights posts on the subject, starting two years ago.

My last post was on October 29, 2015, over a year ago. Selling our old house and moving across the country, and home renovations swamped me, but several categories on this blog are subjects or exercises I’m fond of, so I made a list of the decks I have posted for Database Monday thus far. I remember duplicating a couple of them last year so I’ve now made a complete list so I’m organized when I start up again.

DATABASE MONDAY: DECKS I HAVE EXAMINED

1) Lord of the Rings Tarot – Oct. 29, 2015
2) The Healing Deck (Zerner and Farber) – Oct. 12, 2015
3) Kazanlar Tarot – Sept. 3, 2015
4) Victoria Regina Tarot – Aug. 10, 2015
5) The Answer Deck – June 22, 2015
6) Javanne Tarot – June 15, 2015
7) Nature’s Wisdom Oracle – June 8, 2015
8) Tarot Francais des Fleurs (tarock deck) – June 2, 2015
9) Bird Cards – May 25, 2015
10) Silenus Tarot – May 18, 2015
11) The Mystic Rubaiyat – May 11, 2015
12) The Art of Japan Knowledge Cards – May 4, 2015
13) The Tarot of Vampyres (Ian Daniels) – April 27, 2015
14) Ancient Minchiate Etruria – April 20, 2015
15) The Essential Meditations Deck – April 13, 2015
16) Birds of China Playing Cards – April 8, 2015
17) British Wild Flowers Card Game – Mar. 30, 2015
18) Energy Healing Oracle – Mar. 24, 2015
19) The Secret Language of Color Cards – Mar. 16, 2015
20) Vacchetta Tarot (digitally coloured and printed) – Mar. 3, 2015
21) Black and White Photography Postcards – Feb. 9, 2015
22) Animal Playing Cards (published by WWF) – Feb. 2, 2015
23) The Circle Deck – Jan, 26, 2015
24) The Transformational Tarot – Jan 20, 2015
25) Buddha Discovery Deck – Jan 6, 2015
26) Bird Signs – Dec. 20, 2014
27) Creature Teacher Cards – Dec. 16, 2014
28) Robert E. Lee: Strategies for Leadership – Dec. 8, 2014

Here’s to further examination of the 398 card decks I own in the upcoming weeks and months. I do like to look at my cards.

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Rapids, Sunspots, and Plentiful Fish

August 4, 2015

Another postcard I found after cleaning my den. This was from my parents in July 1991, and they sent it to me because I was supposed to go to this camp when I was a teenager, but they didn’t get enough people joining from our area so it was cancelled. The story of my life.

MALIBU RAPIDS OUTBOUND FROM PRINCESS LOUISA INLET
“An eagle’s eye view of Malibu Rapids with Young Life of Canada summer camp on the right and Jervis Inlet beyond. Navigate these rapids with caution or at a slack tide.” Cruising in formation at Harbour Marina, Garden Bay.

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My Mom describes in this postcard (written about 15 months before she died), Dad and a friend catching 16 small cod and 2 more pails of oysters. It sounds like a good trip.

A day with a reminder to enjoy things, enjoy life as it can leave pretty fast. Disappointments fade like the sunspots on this card, and flowing through rapids, leaving you with beautiful scenery.

 

 

The Sensation of Life on Earth

August 2, 2015

Yesterday we spent all day leaving the house, taking the dogs next door and chatting with our neighbours, waiting and waiting for someone to show up for a viewing of the house who never appeared. Today we decided after making the beds and other house-tidying measures, that we needed some balance and needed to get back to our lives rather than hovering around worrying about the house.

So we took our morning tea out on the driveway in the shade so I could comb all the hair blowing out of our chocolate Lab’s coat. We really haven’t spent any happy time with the pets for weeks. Then we had oat bran for breakfast and moved to the shade on the grass, and had two more cups of tea.

Enjoying this strange sensation of being out of the house and hearing birds and the breeze in the trees, we decided to eat lunch out there on the card table, and then after lunch the spouse mowed some of the lawn and used the weed-whacker, while I washed the dishes and then came out to draw a long-overdue weekly sketch on the table, that we had moved to the shade under the big maple and oak.

It was like getting out of prison. The wrens have had their babies and were darting about trying to feed them. The dogs lay on the grass and breathed the air, enjoying our company and the great outdoors. We both felt better, it was a much different and refreshing focus.

561. A new Pitcher Plant from the limestone mountains of Sarawak, Borneo
Marianne North, 1830-1890
Oil on paper
Marianne North Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Isn’t that a beauty?

Inside the plant, things tend to disappear into a mottled jumble of colour, but outside the vines twist and reach, the veins of the leaves pulse with colour and energy from the sun, and the mountains envelop all growing things. Reminding me after today to spend more time out in nature, seeing the colours and breathing the air, focusing my eyes on the minutiae of life close-up, my feet magnetized by the Earth.

 

 

 

Cherry Blossoms, Falling

July 31, 2015

This is a little card I received when I traded decks with someone, I’m not sure how many years ago, probably around eight years ago.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS AT ASAKURA (woodblock)
Hiroshige II (Ichiusai Shigenobu) (1826-1869)
Image supplied by the Bridgeman Art Library

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I never realized there was a Hiroshige II. He was the first Hiroshige’s son-in-law and student and inherited the name after his master’s death.

It was a sad day today as my mother-in-law died. It wasn’t unexpected as she had been in the hospital for a week, but it was still sad. She was overseas so we weren’t able to be there, but my husband talked to her online a few months ago at least and spoke to her on the phone as best he could given her hearing loss and dementia.

Cherry blossoms for all the grannies who were once young girls, blooming.

 

 

Turner Plays with Stars and Fluorescent Light Fixtures

July 30, 2015

Another postcard, recently from across the pond, which I finally found shoved in my nightie drawer with all the correspondence I have to catch up on. In a hurly-burly rush I put these postcards somewhere “safe” and then couldn’t find them.

THE EVENING STAR, ABOUT 1830
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775-1851
Oil on Canvas, 91.1 x 122.6 cm
The National Gallery

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I’m never sure with Turner if I’m looking at exactly what he painted. He was known for trying out new paints and formulas, some of which were fugitive, so what we see today is not always what he painted colour-wise. This is a bit murky but it’s supposed to be evening as the sun sets, so I guess this is what he wanted. OR it might be a study for a fuller painting.

I’ve had an epiphany from Mr. Turner: sometimes what you think you want is not what you want.

The spouse and I had a bit of a blowout yesterday due to too much stress and fretting. So today we worked on cleaning the top of the kitchen cupboards and putting new wax paper lining down, cleaning the kitchen light fixtures, cleaning the spice cupboard and the tea cupboard, cleaning the fridge, cleaning acrylic panels for fluorescent lights in the basement, and edging and sweeping the front walk and painting the stoop, all the small things that needed doing. We also cleaned the front door and the screen door windows there and touched up the window paint.

As a reward, I got my inexpensive Chinese Jinhao x750 fountain pen in the mail. I just have to clean it thoroughly to get any machine oil out and then rinse it and give it a spin with Diamine Meadow ink. A nice reward for a day’s work on fiddly stuff.

I shall be able to enjoy the evening star tonight, I can just see it reflected on the sea.

 

 

 

The Impudence of Pine Floors

July 19, 2015

We finished the floors. We are both shattered from effort and tension. Today is Sunday so we are taking a rest. The floor has to cure for 3 to 4 days; we will leave it for 4 days since it’s humid and we want them well and truly cured before moving the furniture back. If I ever see a paintbrush again I’m going to scream.

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While all that was going on, I was throwing out a huge amount of junk from the basement. We had an old steamer trunk that belonged to a relative and it was filled with things from when I was a teenager, plus board games and other detritus. Out it went, except for this, which is a Thermos box I bought to paint and use as an art supply box back when I was 16/17 years-old. I couldn’t part with this one because I painted it one summer when my Mom and Dad were away on a trip and it’s a good memory, but that’s okay I can use it for current art supplies and thus come full circle.

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Today I am using a lovely postcard that I bought three copies of I loved it so much back in the 1980s. I found it with some other postcards in an old chest of drawers I threw out. They’ve been airing out and seem to be salvageable.

IMPUDENCE
Reproduced courtesy of A. & F. Pears Ltd.

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I am not a Mother and generally don’t go ga-ga over babies, but honestly, isn’t this the cutest kid? I can see myself hugging its head while it giggles.

So I’m going to be like this kid today and relax and laugh, catch up on my artwork, do this card as a digital jigsaw, and just forget about the bloody house for a day!