Daily Distractions and Time Outs

Trying to organize the studio and decided that if I just glue everything to something else, it will take up less room.

This is what happened in April.

Glass on Glass – “Any Which Way”

glass on glass
Lost a Few More of My Marbles
glass on glass
Any Which Way © mara lee

 

Recycled Art – Vintage China & Glass

Should post more of my vintage china on the Etsy Shop but then I’d have to find a box for it and that’s not always easy. Especially when you sell weird shaped stuff, like a porcelain elephant planter, that plants died in because of no drainage, and a gorgeous blue vintage china dinner plate that I bought for a buck. Trunk up for Good Luck!

recycled glass art

Somehow these 3 vintage plates ended up together, along with a crystal candlestick and 2 glass bud vases. Think the snack pics added a nice touch. Sort of a Mackenzie Childs vibe … may have to keep this one.

centerpieces

Finally finished a glass on glass window, that I glued a ceramic tile to 6 years ago, and she ended up as the “Goddess of the Boobies”

recycled art
“Totally Out of Place”

 

and …. these 4 little pieces just screamed to be stuck together. For eternity. Unless you drop it.

recycled-art
Have a Heart

Happy Friday!

Peace!

 

Wait For It

I’m in awe of artists that can create everyday.

If I could find that daily inspiration, I’m pretty sure I would too.

Problem is … I can’t force the artist within, I have to coax her, like a lost dog on the street.

For me … there has to be a catalyst and that catalyst has to have friends that want to play nice together.

When they do … Oh, what a feeling ;) … it has to be better than a runner’s high!

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to run far enough to get inspiration to kick in … it’ll come to me when it’s time and still learning that the joy is in the journey;)

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
― Lemony Snicket

Go Glue Something

The HeART of Handmade Gifts II

It takes more time to come up with a mosaic tile design than it does to glue it down.

Problem is the materials (go through your junk drawers and jewelry boxes) change as you go along … some pieces make the cut … others will not. This is not the time to get discouraged.

If I’m on a roll and the pieces are falling into place … it takes me about an hour to glue a single light switch cover.

If I’m not on a roll … I’ve already started gluing something else.

Gluing at Alice's - all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Gluing at Alice’s – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

The gypsy quote is a pendant that I’ve had since high school … and it went from there.

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

added a little iridescent tile and a purple glass heart …

Gypsy Soul - all rights reserved Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved Mara Lee

Going to glue ball and chain to the outer edge, after the grout dries.

Maybe you should too.

All you need is …

  • Heavy plastic light switch cover 69¢
  • Family Mementoes, Vintage China and Treasures that are lurking in drawers, cupboards and closets
  • Buy some fun #tiles and glass shapes
  • Weldbond or E6000 Adhesive
  • Tile Nipper and Safety Glasses

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Project #2

Dragged this 10 panel vintage (yet very sturdy) window back from Orange, California. It measures 5′ x 2′ …  sturdy being the operative word … especially when you’re creating a large glass on glass mosaic for yourself.

*Cleaned it once, twice and a third time. Newspaper and Windex make quick work on vintage window glass.

I shouldn’t have to tell you but I will … when working with glass on glass mosaics … work in a really well ventilated area, wear shoes, safety glasses, have a First Aid Kit nearby and it’s not the project to do with the kids.

This window was probably hung the wide way over an old store front somewhere.

This window was from an old brick & mortar in Orange, Ca. 

First pass … the pieces magically fit into exactly the right spot … sans adhesive.

You don't find inspiration. It finds you.
You don’t find inspiration. It finds you. – Mara Lee

Wish I would have had the courage to glue it down, while I was laying it out.  Seriously … was my first thought … “glue it down now.” and I didn’t listenChicken!

With that said …

Final image once I  get this behemoth glued down.

Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.
Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.

Until then … remember all of those things that you said you we’re gonna do?

You should go do them.

Tuesday

Charlie, our new family member is a rescued Brussels-Griffon-Havanese
Charlie, our new family member is a rescued Brussels-Griffon-Havanese

tues·day
/ˈt(y)o͞ozˌdā/
Noun
The day of the week following Monday and right before Wednesday.

I’ve always felt that Tuesdays are the laid-back day of the week. Can’t tell you why.

Tuesday use to be the slowest day in retail. Not sure if that still stands.

Manic Mondays must cause Toned Down Tuesdays :)

Lovin’ Tuesday.

Leap Already and the Net Will Appear

How to be more creative
If you’re gonna do it … do it. If you’re not then don’t.

Cleaning out the studio and found the great book by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D called The Gifted Adult. 

I was flipping through the lessons of becoming an Everyday Genius and I immediately received an email about the very same book.

Coincidence? I think not!

Whether you check out the book or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it might be the book you want to write, or the business you want to build, or the blog you want to start, or the art you want to create.

Whatever it is, ask yourself the question: Am I willing to work hard to bring that ideal vision to life?

HARD WORK being the operative word(s). That means reading the directions all the way through and working through the roadblocks that weren’t in your original vision. Probably because you didn’t have a plan in the first place … you just saw a cool ending. (deep thoughts … from personal experience with Mara) Think it all the way through, before you throw money at it.

“There is surely no point in being a person of vision unless we have the will to act. Daydreams and inklings about taking our personal mission seriously must be translated into action or be lost in the dust of “could have but didn’t.”” ~ Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. from The Gifted Adult

Could have. Should have. Would have.

– Leap Already and the Net Will Appear or don’t :)

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda

Happy
Happy, Happy!

That Was Then. This is Now.

Sorting through images … I didn’t say organizing … found the vintage rotary phone that I hand-painted 30 years ago.

Well ...
Well …

Haven’t painted another one since.

That was then. This is now.

Another example of inspiration slapping you in the face and then skipping away.

Prayer for blog post inspiration granted.

email ideas
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. ~Anna Freud

BLOG POST REWIND  2010 …

The intense wave of blog post guilt was almost at the breaking point and the day was slipping by.

Just knowing that I couldn’t come up with anything creative, witty, or mildly interesting made me realize that I had hit the proverbial blog wall.

Maybe a banana split will help.

Putting it out there I knew that my prayers would somehow be answered and what a blessing, for my waistline, that they were within moments of my request.

The email angel not only sent me a great post … but one that describes OUR creative life every single day.

Special thanks to Angel Alice for sending it to Rob…not me…but that will have to be discussed!

P.S. This Law of Attraction stuff really works!

The story goes…

Subject: Lost Cat

Thought you might enjoy this as it describes me as an artist. How about you?

Story goes: Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat  and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a poster to help her find her lost cat.

This is their email correspondence… Read from top to bottom….

lost kitty
Missy

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.15am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi, I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing  since then so I was wondering if  you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only  photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old.  Missing on Harper street and my phone  number.
Thanks Shan.

From David   Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon   Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking  news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it  takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From:  Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.37am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

Yeah okay, thanks. I know you don’t like cats but I am really worried about mine.  I have to leave at 1pm  today.

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010  10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Poster

animal sheltersDear  Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats.  Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.24am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah, that’s not what I  was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21  June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon   Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David   Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

That’s just  stupid.  Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the  photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in color please.  Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   10.46am

To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

looking for lost catDear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a  few  years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague   suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I  won’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log into Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.59am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Poster

This is worse than the other one. Can you make it so it  shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing Missy off it? I  just want it to say Lost.

From: David  Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.21am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was  lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have  to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you.  Thanks.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.32am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear  Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I  once agreed to look after a friend’s  cat for a week but after he dropped  it off at my apartment and  explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed  instructions.
Regards,  David.

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.47am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get  that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my  cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know,  but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of  several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of  this. If  anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I  did find a  black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car,  do you want it?”  you can politely decline and save yourself a costly  veterinarian  bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21  June 2010 12.07pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Please just use the photo I  gave you.

From: David  Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.22pm
catTo: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.34pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I  didn’t say there  was a reward. I don’t have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday   21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.51pm
catTo: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Can you  just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten  minutes and I still have to make photocopies of  it.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.56pm
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

lost cat

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  1.03pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:   Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

More Than Slightly aMused

Sigmund Freud
The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy. ~Sigmund Freud, attributed

Going through blog archives and realized how proud and grateful I am.

So many life experiences, over the last 3 years, and I’m still here to talk about it.

Seems that I have conquered the final hurdle of wondering whether people like me or not.

You either do or you don’t.

If sharing my journey alters your choice to buy what I’m selling, we should both be grateful.

I’m just a girl sharing random thoughts.

I have my health, kids, a home, a dog, a job, lists, people that love me and people that don’t.

Decided that my favorite part of blogging is having the journal I always claimed I would keep.

Turns out that it’s really cheap therapy.

Wait for it … wait for it …

The thrift store mirror just sat there (like many of my found objects) but this piece was like having a thousand pound elephant in the room and it taunted me. I suppose I could of hung it up but that would have meant attaching a really strong wire to the back and I never saw that item make the list.

After moving it onto the tile table (and off again) a dozen times, I surrendered to the zero inspiration but hope.  At least I hadn’t broken it yet.

Then two dear friends coaxed me along by gifting me broken remains of their lives … Terri, a one armed porcelain figurine of a woman (Matilda) and Tilly, a box full of heirloom birds that flew out of her hands during a move. Amazed how that inspired me to let go of the death grip that I had on my sacred box of porcelain flowers.

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The pieces magically (as they always do) found their place onto the border and were given 9 months to dry:)

Made a pact with myself that this piece needed to be grouted and hung before Thanksgiving 2011.

Decided on charcoal grout, instead of something much lighter. Prayed about my choice.

Took a handful of the black mud and pressed it into way, way, way to many places to turn back.  Needed a second to compose myself after immediately getting that sick “OMG I picked the wrong grout color!”

Kept telling myself to just “Keep Calm & Carry On.”

Five hours, a roll of paper towel, box of Q-Tips and 250 pounds later (not me the mirror :)

“Paint the frame black” chimed in from the peanut gallery … appreciated the final collaboration that included the much needed help in moving this beast to its rest stop.

Love the standing back part …

mosaic tile mirror
yes ... I could have taken a better picture but this post has overstayed its welcome.

Loving Tuesday!

Cheers!

You Can Take It With You

Took a few mosaic tile minutes today and found a really cool blog called  My Boho Life & their funky 9 foot Mosaic Tile Backsplash.  

I find myself dreaming about having a mosaic tiled backsplash one day:)

Then I ran across this Lowe’s mosaic tile video. Short, sweet and easy to follow …

but …

Did you know that if you measure the backsplash area and cut a piece of 1/2″ concrete backer board into workable sections, you can arrange unique mosaic tile designs, glue the pieces, grout and seal the entire project on a FLAT surface. Wouldn’t recommend a 9 foot section but 3 foot will work.

Then all you have to do is attach the finished pieces, to the backsplash area, using the holes that you’ve pre-drilled and kept free from grout.

Easier on your back plus you can remove it and take it with you, if you choose.

Happy Gluing!

It’s Called An Abyss

toy story 2You know … a great big endless space.

That’s what this is. All of it.

The one constant is our insatiable need to try to fill every part of it, on a daily basis.

Not gonna happen.

Why can’t we just be happy with what we’re experiencing, while we we’re experiencing it?

I think A.A. Milne may have nailed it …

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.


A Blank Canvas

blank canvas
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

It doesn’t matter if you’re staring at the beginning of a grocery list, work/school related report, Facebook/Twitter status, pending art project, or an empty room with four white walls.

It’s blank.

It’s a canvas.

Your brain still has to conjure up a creative list of ideas, tools and motions that are needed to fill the canvas. 

I guess the excuse that I keep hearing from people … “I’m really not that creative” … seems a little silly … doesn’t it?

59 Days 1416 Hours 84,960 Minutes

Today marks the 59th day of the New Year.

creativity quotesAccording to my calculations, over the last 59 days …. with a day job, a restful night sleep, a 30 minute daily walk, play time, chores and errands that would leave you with a minimum of 350 hours of time to create something.  Math never being my strong suit, give or take an hour or two:)

Just saying.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. -Ferris Bueller

What’s In Store?

mosaic tile and recycled crafts
225 Water Street • Jordan, Minnesota 55352

225 Water Street • Circa 1870

Originally, Lebans Harness Shop for 57 years.

225 Water Street re-opened as a variety store and remained as one, for decades.

Now … this beautiful vintage structure is home to 225 Water Street Creative Arts & CCG Productions, Inc.

We’ve been told by visitors that this vintage building has a magical feel to it … we think so too.  This old building inspires me. …scares me too … sometimes!

I feel very fortunate to have the choice of carving 2 days out of the week to concentrate on my passion for mosaic tile.  Yes … I have a day job … starving artist is a truism.

Of course I want people to come in and buy stuff.  Truth be told … I just want to have an excuse to glue stuff to other stuff and coax others to do the same.

As it says on our front door…

All of our visitors bring us happiness … some by coming and others by going.

For now, we’ll be Open on Friday 10-5 and Saturdays Noon-4ish …

Today is our re-Grand Opening.

Tomorrow … Saturday, January 29th … Open from 10am-5pm.

Palm ReadingTilly Evan Jones will be reading palms … a few spots still available. Contact us at info@225waterstreet.com for more info or call 952.492.6442.

Tilly will be back one Saturday a month. Watch for updates … if you subscribe to our blog you’ll get the updates.

If you’re a mosaic tile fanatic or you want to become one … we have really fun mosaic tile materials!

 

In February, we have two BASIC MOSAIC TILE CLASSES scheduled:

Saturday, February 12th • 1pm-4pm | Valentine “Hearts a Plenty “Project

Saturday, February 26th • 1pm-4pm.  $65 per person

PLUS…

225 Water Street is available for Private Parties and Special Events

We’re putting it out there … we’ll see how it goes!

All we have time for today…have a great day!

Promised To Post A Project

Taking a u-turn
Taking a U-Turn

Instead, I’m going to finish the things on my list and we can talk about it in the morning.

Don’t you just love Fridays?!

I do.

Have a good one;)

When Life Smashes Things To Bits

You can glue it back together to make something beautiful with the pieces!

CLICK HERE Back in stock!

Iridescent Stained Glass Tiles are authentic stained glass with a lustrous rainbow-like play of color that changes as the angle of view changes.

Use whole or cut with a Wheeled Tile Nipper. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of each piece and it will stick to any clean (dry) surface. Each piece is approx. – .75 in x .75 in x .125 inches

3/4″ Glass squares are hand-cut … which means the stained glass tile pieces are random in nature and are not perfectly squared. (with the exception of the white iridescent tile which has a clean beveled edge)

Cost: $12.00 per pound + shipping / Live in the Twin Cities Metro Area? Contact us to arrange pickup and save on shipping!

FAQ: How much mosaic tile do I need?

Rule of thumb …  it takes 218 uncut –  3/4″ inch glass mosaic tiles to cover 1 square foot. That’s factoring in a grout line that is approximately 1/16″ inch. If you cut the tile, or add bits and pieces to your project,  you won’t need as much tile as you think.

1/2 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 72 tiles.
1 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 145 tiles.

VISIT OUR ETSY SHOP

In progress…watch for NEW things coming soon!

Hello, My Name Is Betty.

mannequin
The easiest way to keep a secret is without help.

Betty is the resident mannequin, at 225 Water Street.

She knows everything but never utters a word. (Not that we know of, anyway.) Smart girl!

What a life she leads … watching the hustle and bustle of small town Jordan. No wonder she looks so pale.

Maybe she just needs a new outfit!

Stay tuned!


Prayer for blog post inspiration granted.

email ideas
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. ~Anna Freud

As the day was slipping by, the intense waves of blog post guilt was almost at the breaking point.

According to one of my lists, that made my blog post 2 days late.

It’s just knowing that I couldn’t come up with anything creative, witty, or mildly interesting that made me realize that I had hit the wall. Maybe a banana split will help.

Putting it out there I knew that my prayers would somehow be answered and what a blessing, for my waistline, that they were within moments of my request.

The email angel not only sent me a great post … but one that describes OUR creative life every single day.

It’s really okay, if you don’t understand creative folk. You’ll be just fine.

Special thanks to Angel Alice for sending it to Rob…not me…but that will have to be discussed!

P.S. This Law of Attraction stuff really works!

The story goes…

Subject: Lost Cat

Thought you might enjoy this as it describes me as an artist. How about you?

Story goes: Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat  and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a poster to help her find her lost cat.

This is their email correspondence… Read from top to bottom….

lost kitty
Missy

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.15am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi, I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing  since then so I was wondering if  you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only  photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old.  Missing on Harper street and my phone  number.
Thanks Shan.

From David   Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon   Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking  news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it  takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From:  Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.37am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

Yeah okay, thanks. I know you don’t like cats but I am really worried about mine.  I have to leave at 1pm  today.

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010  10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Poster

animal sheltersDear  Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats.  Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.24am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah, that’s not what I  was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21  June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon   Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David   Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

That’s just  stupid.  Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the  photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in color please.  Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   10.46am

To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

looking for lost catDear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a  few  years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague   suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I  on’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto  Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.59am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Poster

This is worse than the other one. Can you make it so it  shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing Missy off it? I  just want it to say Lost.

From: David  Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.21am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was  lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have  to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you.  Thanks.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.32am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear  Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I  once agreed to look after a friend’s  cat for a week but after he dropped  it off at my apartment and  explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed  instructions.
Regards,  David.

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.47am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get  that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my  cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know,  but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of  several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of  this. If  anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I  did find a  black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car,  do you want it?”  you can politely decline and save yourself a costly  veterinarian  bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21  June 2010 12.07pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Please just use the photo I  gave you.

From: David  Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.22pm
catTo: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.34pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I  didnt say there  was a reward. I don’t have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday   21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.51pm
catTo: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Can you  just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten  minutes and I still have to make photocopies of  it.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.56pm
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

lost cat

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  1.03pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:   Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Do you dream of becoming?

Becoming an author
We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. ~Woodrow Wilson

The fascination and fear of sharing our thoughts through the written word has evolved beyond anything I could ever imagine. How horrific it must be for those of us that loathe writing (and typing), who are forced to accept it as a preferred form of communication.

Day in and day out, we choose to sit ourselves down to maintain (or further) our proverbial place online. Unfortunately for business folk, being absent for just a few days can take weeks of hard work to recover an online placement. If you don’t think you lose your spot, think again. Makes you a little melancholy remembering the good old days of Yellow Page advertising, doesn’t it?

So what does this have to do with becoming an author? Absolutely everything!

It’s the only reason I have been honored to author my “Mosaic Tile Using Found Object” DIY book with  Stackpole Books (FYI … just received the final layout of the book the other day. Word has it that it will go to press in a couple of weeks!  Scary fun!

In the beginning of my online education, I admit researching the creation and sale of a mosaic tile e-book and I will even admit that I considered self-publishing my book at $15 per copy.  Looking back, it’s a good thing that I was way to busy learning how to do everything needed to succeed online and … viola’, they found me!  Guess I won the battle for now, in carving out a first place spot in the mosaic tile niche. What was once a hobby is now the better side of a part-time career and as a bonus I can call myself a published author. Beats the heck out of tooting my own horn! Which as it appears, I have no problem doing.

A word to the wise:  If you are not sharing your passion on a daily basis, no one (but family and friends) will know that you have one.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, that means you have to commit to being present “everyday” online or find someone you can trust to do it for you.

If you are not interested in being found or selling anything, please disregard this message.