Take the High Road

Recently, whilst in Venice, I was reminded about how change can effect the things that man makes. Venice is a man made island, and it is slowly sinking under the weight of buildings and an influx of tourists. But in its own right, it is adapting to an environment of charming decay, and they are trying to figure out a solution to the problem. Part of that solution may be to limit the influx of cruise ships that port there and release their populations for a day. That may stay part of the problem, but there are also engineers trying to figure out solutions for the infrastructure. They have “high road walkways” in St. Mark’s Square for when the tide is high and floods the square, as part of a temporary fix as well. In the long run, to keep Venice, it will take a combined effort to make things work so the city/state does not sink.

I think the same thing needs to happen with us in the good old USA now. We need to take the high road, band together, and be part of the solution. Complaining, riots, posting and sharing untruths to social media, and having a tantrum because we did not get what we wanted are part of the problem…not the solution. Let us be better than that. Let us work toward a better world. Do not let us sink.

What brought a lot of this to mind is this weeks’s Diva Challenge (#292) which was a Use My Tangle called Eaxy by Nadine Roller, CZT. It was not the tangle so much, as the medium I chose to complete it in. On my trip to Venice, I purchased several hand made journals, so I selected one of them to work in. It is a lovely red leather with hand made paper, sewn in small signatures.

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I love hand made paper, but it can be a little tricky to work with. This one is a bit soft. I tried some water colors on it for a background.

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And it did not really spread like I would have liked, it just sat there on the page. I had to iron it after it dried…yes, I iron paper. Not particularly pleased with the outcome, but I have a better idea now of how the paper acts.

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Had some fun working up a new sample Christmas ornaments, possibly to share in a class. Cut the shapes from bristol paper with my Brother Scan n Cut 2.

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Just did my basic Zentangle 101 tangles on it (may be a 1st class for a girls scout troop.) After they were finished, I glued 2 pennies inside for weight, and then glued them together and added a hanger. kind of cute.

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The pen in the picture is the Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica. A roller ball pen with nice black ink, in a variety of nib sizes. I find the smaller sizes to work better than the larger ones. The 08 seems to skip a lot. They are not any cheaper than the Microns, but I am thinking they might be better for travel.


I found a new origami video for a 12 pointed star on YouTube that I had to try…it was long, and looked pretty complicated. But, I did have some important points about origami reinforced. Precision in folding is key! This one started out with a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of copy paper, and you had to turn that into a hexagon. My hexagon using her method turned out a bit wonky…so the first one was a complete bust. I cut a hexagon using my Scan n Cut 2, and that one worked out a lot better.

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My new friend Chloe came to visit the shop with her mom and dad…we had some fun chasing her fog and getting some cuddles.

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And…Election Day was not a total bust for me. We went to Palm Springs to take Mike’s mom out for her 83rd birthday. Lulu California Bistro does up a completely adorable cotton candy in a huge champagne glass for special occasions!

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That is all I have to report this week.

Oh, and Hug a Veteran this Friday…

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Remember…the high road.

 

5 thoughts on “Take the High Road

  1. Dear Charlotte, your paper book from Venice is very nice! I love what you have done with the colors and Eaxy! Thank you for giving it a try and i hope you had fun! Your christmas ornaments are also very gorgeous! Best wishes from Germany, Nadine

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  2. Char, I love the brown/blue combo of your Eaxy! What a beautiful handmade book. I’ve been wanting to make zentangle origami ornaments with my niece. Maybe our next craft projects. Mike’s mom looks fantastic for 83! I hope she didn’t eat ALL that cotton candy by herself!! 🙂 I was shocked and saddened by your country’s recent political outcome. I hope many Americans will take the high road.

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  3. Our countries sometimes make bad decisions and, as you say, we have to live with them. I wish all the best to you and your country over the coming months but I am sure things will settle eventually. As for your tangling, it’s great. I always enjoy reading your blog and I love your ideas.

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