Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brr! Sketches and A Sale Update

Another really cold day here. I think I must have the calendar turned to the wrong month. Mayhaps it is February and not April. Of course, it didn't help that when the hubster got up he discovered the furnace wasn't running and the thermostat announced that it was 57ยบ in here. He went down and restarted it and it is running now.

I find I am sketching flowers in anticipation of walking around outside in my shirtsleeves and barefeet to smell them and take their pictures. I've done a couple of contour sketches that I think look like flowers. What do you think?

I have to remember to draw in ink more often. I like it so much better than the pencil sketch. It seems that the lines are not so tentative as when I am using pencil.


I neglected to give a time frame for the free shipping sale at Faint Heart Art. I've decided to make this good through the end of the month. I've added the two newest journals and will add any other new ones I get made.

I had an experience that reminded me how important it is to be aware of size and shape of things that I am planning to ship. Yesterday I sold the 6 x 6 journal as part of the free shipping promotion and the first thing I discovered when I was getting it ready to ship was that the widest book I can ship in the small Priority Mail box is 5". The 6 x 6 just wouldn't fit, so when the hubster was out running other errands I asked him to stop at the PO and get me a variety of sizes of Priority Mail boxes so that I could get this journal on its way to its new owner. Imagine my surprise when I signed into my USPS account to purchase and print out a mailing label only to find that the medium Priority Mail box costs $10.50 regardless of the fact that the book only weighed 1 pound.

Lesson learned - I will either limit my journals to 5" in width (I actually love the 5 x 5 size) or I will package up the wider journals myself and go to the post office to ship them based only on weight.


I have a busy day planned again today. I am hoping to make some progress on my barn in progress and get another journal started this morning. I am going to my daughter's house to view a free webinar called Anyone Can Draw Faces (I cannot watch a webinar class at my house because hughesnet will punish me for it by cutting me off for 24 hours.) which is supposed to be scheduled for today from 1:00 to 2:00 EDT. I cannot find a link to it right now; maybe you will be more successful with your search. After that I am planning to take Miss 8 out and about while her little sister goes to her ballet class.

Meanwhile, I need to get on the treadmill - I planned on it yesterday, but Little Miss 3 arrived and I just stayed in my jammies all day.

Time to get this day started.......



  1. I really like the line quality in your second flower sketch, too. Are you planning to add color to further your "it must be spring" experience? I'm glad you have sun today. We're still prisoners of the grim clouds and rain.

  2. If you have your calendar on the wrong month so do I. This made me chuckle, thanks.

    Great little sketches, I love poppies.

  3. Yep, those are flowers, all right, and nice ones they are!! As for mailing your books ... what about sending them book rate? It's less expensive (I'm told), tho it might take a tad longer for them to arrive. hugs, nancy

  4. The ink flower is much stronger than the first drawing. You must really like ink!

  5. Vick:
    You can mail them Media Mail or book mail for a reduced rate, especially from Priority Mail. There has been a recent increase that had my husband gasping...he sends out his trade tokens in padded postcard size mailers, used to cost him $ it's increased by .50 cents to $1.77 !!

  6. I received the 'troublesome' book mentioned above and I love it! Very well made ... I can't wait to start using it!
    I have to admit, I have never understood the world of shipping ... I dread post office visits! WEll, unless I am the one receiving, of course! lol...

  7. Melanie,

    I'm so glad you love your new journal. I in no way associate the "troublesomeness" (I just made that word up) with you.