Monday, June 6, 2011

Because everyone likes a nice octopus, right?

I was busy writing a long-overdue letter to a sweet friend of mine and I suddenly started to worry that I was going to run out of interesting things to talk about.  The problem was that I had already taken apart several empty envelopes and trimmed them all to the same size and stapled them back together into a booklet, so I was really feeling the (self-imposed) pressure to fill every single page.

Of course this was before my son engaged in a dance-off with a carnie at a rural festival; before my daughter announced she was mad at God for letting her nana's cat get run over on the road; before my husband came home with a recipe for making mini bombs out of stray blobs of mercury; before I played 'make-up bag' with my sister, and before we met the dumbest waitress on the planet (when four people arrive at a restaurant for dinner, and the waitress asks you how many of you would like cutlery... seriously?!)  So it turns out I would have had LOTS to talk about, but that's fine, because who doesn't like a nice orange octopus? 

*sorry about the facing page still being there - I scanned this one instead of taking a picture, and I couldn't figure out how to get rid of the extra stuff.  I COULD tell you what it says, but isn't it more fun to imagine what I wrote? 

And that's it for now.  I have more but I really have to figure out the technology part before I post this stuff. 

Love Shelley!


  1. It's a framer! I love Ollie :) It looks so good on that paper too!

  2. I am jealous that I don't get letters from you - the stories are as exciting as the artwork. Love Ollie - I'm imagining Ollie's story on that other page. You are a breath of fresh air!

  3. I would love to know how I get to be one of your penpals!
    <3 Toni

  4. I want to be a pen-pal too! I LOVE the octopus!!!

  5. Your journal pages are unique, exciting to view, a real pleasure. Love your "Ollie".LOL Wonderful vibe from the post you've written around this artwork you're making.
    Very enjoyable reading.


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