Friday, 17 October 2014

I Opened My Mailbox

… and was pleasantly surprised.
You've Got Mail

    In a time when people send emails, text message, PM, Skype, 'like', 'unlike', 'block' and ignore, it comes as a sweet surprise when I open the mailbox and find an actual… yes, an actual… letter.
    It came from the winner of my recent giveaway. It really doesn't take much to make my day and a letter from overseas can pretty much do it for me. Thank you Donna!
    A message that can be touched, smelt, has texture, and you know was actually written on and handled by the recipient. A physical letter is a powerful thing to hold. I happen to feel the same way about books. I've given electronic books a go, but I prefer picking up a paper book. I feel like I'm absorbing more detail off paper - the connection is stronger there, I think.


Thank Goodness For Good Things

    I am always busy with something. I don't like being idyll for long periods. Thank goodness for paint brushes, water colour paints, and my Wacom tablet.
Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Block It In

    Excited much!* I will have a stall, selling my dolls, at the South Sea Roller Derby double hitter. Check out all the pertinent details...

South Sea Roller Derby
* Buffy speak

Auto-Correct Humanity

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

"So put away the G.D. cell phone and talk to the person who is actually in front of you."
~ me

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Magic in a Bottle

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    I love those little vials of magic potions that get thrown about in the television series Charmed. It would be a dream to have one of those sleepy time vials on hand for when I am much too wired and need to sleep. One can only wish, or at least be satisfied with Sleepy Time tea.

    So I was plenty excited when I found a packet of vials in the local $2 complete with corks. I snapped up those vials and quite simply for the fun of it began filling up those corks with fun things - glitter and a handmade treasure map.
Treasure map by Melissa Gaggiano

    You can have a ton of fun with these vials. Put any ingredients you want into them. Though it might be preferable to use things that aren't likely to rot or disintegrate anytime soon. Try sand, beads, minerals, glitter, paper, shells and feathers even [if small enough]. These decorated vials can make easy and fun homemade presents for people. Consider tying ribbon around the vial necks and making necklaces. You can get lots of ideas for vial decorating at this Pinterest link.

Melissa Gaggiano Photography

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Take Me Back, Thursday

Loved the music of the 80s. Here's my little throw back to my childhood era…

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Dilly Dally Doodle

Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Chicken Philosophy

Melissa Gaggiano Photography
Sitting with the chooks
The kind I'd never cook
Blanket of light
Stretches into shades of night
Feathers flutter and flick
Orange fluffy candles lit
Egyptian walk and kiss the ground

I feel warm and cool
I feel tame and calm
Not knowing about tomorrow
For now that doesn't matter
I give my time to the chickens
They give me back some time

I let them graze and wander
The chickens leave me to wonder
Scratch. Dig. Kiss the earth.
A chickens call to love. Eat. Pray.