Monday, September 20, 2021

T Stands For Thanks to Two Kathys


 We're meeting for T at my dining room table today.  I'm drinking cold water to honor T time.

I'm thanking two of my dear friends for their kindness today.  I'm sure from the post title and the return address label, you know this is from my friend Kathy in Ozarks.

This is for Lisca, who loves postage stamps.  If I have enough time, I'll see what I can find on this stamp.  Right now, I'm fighting blogger and trying to get this post finished before T time.  I forgot I had an appointment at Cox today at 12:30 and they are across town from me.

I was surprised how easy it was to find this stamp.  It is new and called Raven Story.  Sadly, USPS wouldn't allow me to copy the information, but it refers to indigenous people of the northwest, from southern Alaska, through British Columbia, and into Washington state.  If you are interested, you can read about it here.

It's too bad you can't tell these are gold spots and images on the stamp.  USPS's image is even worse than mine where it comes to showing the gold.

Isn't this truly lovely?  Hand stamped and colored, it impressed me a LOT!

What a sweet sentiment, too.  Thank you so very much, Kathy.  I am truly grateful.  It will hold pride of place shortly.
Do any of you remember my shopaholic friend, Kathy who lives in a town near me?  Kathy no longer blogs, but may be on Facebook, a place I will NEVER go.
Unfortunately, she dropped by unannounced while I was at the History Museum on Saturday.  She left a plethora of goodies, including this 25 piece set of unbelievable books that were copyrighted 1975.  Originally, I considered not even looking through the books, but sending them off to Goodwill (a charity shop in the U.S.).  Then I remembered how Erika uses an old sewing book she purchased and thought I might as well keep them, at least to see if there was anything good I could use in my art.

Imagine my surprise when I was perusing this first book I picked up, it is definitely NOT your average "craft" book.  When I saw this image of the table loom, I immediately thought of Kathy in Ozarks
I envisioned this could even have been her in 1975 using a loom similar to the one shown here.  I hope Kathy will tell us how similar it is to hers she uses all the time in their new home on the lake.  I will edit my post and give her answers to these questions, so you don't have to look for her responses.
This shows another table loom, probably much different from the one Kathy uses.
This page discusses different looms.  The image on the right shows the various parts of the loom, although I fear I cut off much of the legend in the lower right portion.  How similar is this to yours, Kathy?

I had just enough time to peruse another book before I had to take photos and get this post ready.

Imagine my surprise when the next book I opened had yet another loom, this one much different.
You should be able to read about the Inkle weaving and why it is called that.
Imagine how much more surprised I was when I turned the page and saw examples of Inkle weaving.  I could be incredibly wrong, but I thought this looked similar to one of the classes Kathy took at Fiber University in 2019.   Of course, Kathy didn't use a loom like that.

Unfortunately, I didn't understand any of this, but I'm hoping Kathy can.  I don't think Kathy used the same fibers as shown in the book.

Then it was time to put the books away.  I felt bad because the book also talked a lot about hand thrown pottery, which Kathy drank her wine from for T Tuesday this week.  These books may be vintage, but there is some really good information in them if one is interested.  There were SO many different subjects, like paper, clay, metal, jewelry making, weaving, fabric, cast iron, and even macrame.

As promised, here is Kathy's lovely card taking pride of place.  Thank you again, Kathy and thanks for answering all my questions, too.

One final bit of housekeeping is I have finally heard from the sixth person who won one of my ATCs.  When I drew and read her name, I decided to send her some of my handmade paper.  After all, she has showered me with gift after gift after gift in the past.  Yes, it's the lovely and adorable Mia (aka Craftartista).

Although this was not the post I intended to share this week, that one will have to wait till next week.  It's now time to share your own drink inspired post this week.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  






28 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely post, Elizabeth! Enjoy your beautiful card from Kathy, and the books you got from the other Kathy. Have fun with your presents! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Mae Travels said...

The image of your desk with the rocking horses, books, sandwich... is really nice. So good to see your things.

best... mae at

Elephant's Child said...

What a wonderful card and gifts.
And how nice to hear of another FB holdout.

Kate Yetter said...

Lovely card from Kathy. Those vintage magazines are great for mixed media. I have a huge stack from my grandmother but I occasionally tear a page out that catches my eye, whether it be a recipe or a helpful old tid bit.
Hope you find something fun to do with these.
Happy Tea Day,

Jeanie said...

It's such fun to get a surprise in the mail, isn't it? And I love seeing your environment. The Craft magazine looks very interesting!

Halle said...

Weaving is something I really want to do more of. I've only made a couple wall hangings.

Happy T day!

DVArtist said...

Oh that is too bad you missed her. She left you some very nice goodies. FB is not a bad place if you just add friends that are truly your friends. I have never had a bad experience on FB.

Sharon Madson said...

Lovely happy mail and drop offs this week, Elizabeth. I cannot get online with my laptop so I can’t post my blog. I will try again tomorrow. I don’t know why I have the problem. I have done everything I can think of. :(. Happy T Day!

My name is Erika. said...

That's a lovely card from Kathy. And a nice gift for the other Kathy too. Too bad you missed her. Those look like really informative magazines with lots of good info. And interesting with the card from Kathy arriving how these magazines have some interesting weaving in them too. And if nothing else, you might get some great art photos. I've used my $4 book a lot, and these didn't cost anything, even better. Thanks for sharing, and have a super T day my friend. Hugs-Erika

Iris Flavia said...

How wonderful and crazy is this?!
Such coincidences!
Sometimes it´s a bit scary, isn´t it? In a great way, of course!

Oh, I remember macrame.

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous card and gifts. xxx

craftytrog said...

Those books sound interesting, lots of lovely collage material!
Happy T-Day!

J said...

Morning Elizabeth,
I enjoyed your post about the looms, my Dad was a knitter, used to run multiple machines at once, all electronic of course, checking needles, thread etc, kept him fit I can tell you.
The craft books look interesting and I'm sure you will find a use for them in your art journal.
Happy T Day
Jan S

Mia said...

I am not on Facebook either, Elizabeth. My blog is enough for me.
The loom reminds Kathy, it is true. It is a beautiful loom, I do not know how to use it, but my mother had a similar one when she was young.
Thank you for the lovely ATC and the precious handmade paper. I really appreciate it and be sure that I will use it. THANK YOU, my friend. Kisses!!!

CJ Kennedy said...

Always nice to get lovely happy mail and the craft books are awesome. Happy T Day

nwilliams6 said...

What a fun and creative card from your friend Kathy and how fun that her books reminded you of our sweet Kathy too. Old books can be super fun. I bought some old coin books at the thrift store yesterday. My husband thought I had lost my mind. He said: "you bought out of day coin books and they won't be helpful at all." I bought them as a joke, but the coin pictures are cool and I plan to use the in my collages just to spite him - lol!

Happy T-day my friend! Hugz

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely cards and gifts from friends. Interesting weaving looms. I would love to learn to use those looms, looks complicated to me. I have a Facebook account but seldom visit these days.

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fabulous card! Loving the Fall vibe and so lovely of your friend to gift you all those goodies 😀. The weaving reminded me of Kathy too! Loving that postage stamp, I bet the gold really sparkles up close. Wishing you a happy T Day! Hugs Jo x

Divers and Sundry said...

Soooo cool! Weaving attracts me, and I've bought a large size of the potholder loom from my childhood and am making some potholders for Christmas presents. I'd love to try the inkle weaving. I wouldn't have room here for a large loom or even a table-top loom.

This is a fascinating post, especially as you include folks I feel like I almost know :)

(Facebook is the only contact I have with people from my past. There aren't many of them, but if I'm not on FB I don't "see" them at all. I've also met some like-minded politically-minded folks there. And the public park closest to me has started a FB page on maintenance and improvement plans which I'm excited about. I've tried Twitter and still get some of my news there, but I've never been able to connect with a community there.)

Happy T Tuesday!

Olde Dame Holly said...

Some of those old books have a lot of valuable information in them for those who do handcrafts! The two Kathys are generous!

kathyinozarks said...

Thank you for nudging me to get linked up-I got busy with something else this morning, last night a big storm, and totally forgot about linking up. (smiles)
I had allot of fun making up several fall cards-I did another batch yesterday afternoon and mailed them out today. So happy you enjoyed yours-I love those raven stamps-I buy my stamps online from usps shop as they always have the latest stamps and these rural post offices never have a good variety-I am going to purchase another sheet of those ravens. Next month the are coming out with the cutes otters in snow
These are fascinating craft magazines!-I am not familiar with that first set up-I have never seen the heddles and harness's set up in a box like that. Would be interesting to read the article about that one. My loom was actually a table loom too but it also had the option of a conversion kit to make it a floor loom-so mine looks like a regular loom. Those other photos of table looms is what I am familiar with seeing. I had bought mine back in the '70s and I love the 30" width
The inkle looms are fascinating-but for me there is too much math-haha-could never get that hang of one of those. The pioneers used those to make trims, belts etc.
thank you for sharing these magazines-sorry I couldn't be more informative.

Cloudia said...

You're amazing ❤️

Sandra Cox said...

All kinds of goodies. Love the card and the treasurers on your tabletop.

Carola Bartz said...

That stamp is beautiful and immediately reminded me of the First Nations. Such gorgeous art! Those looms are impressive. I once saw a Native American woman working on a loom, I was intrigued by it, but I am sure I would never have the patience to finish a single piece.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely post and a wonderful card and gifts.

All the best Jan

Lisca said...

Oh yes, that is a gorgeous stamp! I went on to read about it to. Fascinating to learn about these native American legends.
What a beautiful fall card. Ad a nice thought to to send you one.
What a great series of craft books! They look very dated but the information is great. I loved seeing those looms and I have already read Kathy's comments too.
I'm sorry to be late again, but as you know, we are away on a Tuesday and I can't get to my computer.
Happy belated T-Day,

Spyder said...

Sorry I'm sooo late, it's been a really busy and a very odd week, so I've joined you up with WOYWW as I'm late there too! Lovely fall card and I love the puppets, I loved puppets as a child, and would give puppet shows at school. Great Fun! Happy T day

Empire of the Cat said...

How lovely to get happy mail! I love that stamp. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx