MOLESKIN ART JOURNALS HAS A NEW MESSAGE ART JOURNAL, WHICH CAN BE MAILED. Since I make all my own art journals, I didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t make one like this one. I created an envelope template & glued watercolor pages into the art journal. It costs about $1,50 to mail the journal. I sealed the envelope with washi tape so the journal could be opened easily without ripping it open. I’ve made 3 of these so far, this Farmer’s Market art journal, one called “Wish” & one with Venice recipe’s for my son’s birthday card. It’s really fun doing quick illustrations with a pen & adding watercolors. I’ve made 4 more blank journals to play around with, too! Oh, by the way the brown paper I used I bought in Home Depot in the paint section – it is thick brown paper used to lay down on floors for construction or painting projects. A roll of it is about 4 feet high, it has 185 feet and costs $10 !
DECEMBER BY-THE-SEA IN SAN DIEGO means yards decorated for Christmas with lights on palm trees & gift-wrapped surfboards, Pepper trees with red berries, Bird of Paradise flowers Magnolia tree seed pods & Star Pine trees reaching for the sky. La Jolla Farmer’s Market has wreaths made of pine, pepper berries, Eucalyptus leaves & chili peppers. I love the big baskets of just-picked tangerines. December in San Diego is when citrus is picked. King Tides of more than 7 feet cause giant waves to break in massive sea fireworks where we all Ooooo & Ahhhhh at the glory of King Neptune showing us his strength & power. Winter sunsets in San Diego are the best because we now have some clouds in our skies & the orange pumpkin suns with amber iridescent afterglow on the sands are some of my favorites. The highlight of this week though was the Osprey that flew directly in front of my car windshield & looked me right in the eye as he flew by. It’s a miracle I didn’t swerve off the bridge I was on crossing the bay. Life is lovely.
LA JOLLA FARMER’S MARKET had big baskets of tangerines this Sunday. I love how San Diego’s winter is the citrus season & the market is loaded with oranges & tangerines of all types. I grew up where a tangerine in Winter was a luxury & finding one in the bottom of my Christmas stocking was a real pleasure. The perfume of a tangerine lets me know that sweet taste is waiting to be released by peeling the skin & taking a bite!