nine cool things on a tuesday

“The New Beautiful” by Carla Golembe

 

1. Isn’t it amazing how six months ago, face masks were the farthest thing from our minds, and now they’ve become an essential part of our daily lives? Such an important (and simple) way of showing care and respect for others.

No matter who you are, or what your tastes or needs may be, there’s a mask for you, from disposable surgical ones to different styles of fabric masks in every conceivable color and print, to those with funny pictures or sayings on them, to beautiful pieces of wearable art. With the right mask, you can even make a bold fashion or political statement.

In the beautiful art category, behold these masks featuring the exquisite work of award winning painter, illustrator and teacher Carla Golembe. Been a Carla fan since she illustrated my third picture book, The Woman in the Moon (Little, Brown, 1995), and I can’t get enough of her color saturated jewel-tone pictures, which embrace spirituality, female empowerment, the wonders of nature, and stewardship of the planet Earth. Love the mystical, magical, mysterious quality of her images.

 

 

If you must wear a mask, why not feel beautiful while doing it? Think also of the pleasure you afford those who see you. And of course it’s always great to support indie artists whenever possible. Win-win!

Do check out Carla’s wonderful designs at Fine Art America — all can be purchased as face masks. Don’t be surprised if you turn heads wherever you go . . .

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2.  New Book Alert! Just released August 4 is Jeannine Atkins’s latest collective verse biography, Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math (Atheneum, 2020):

 

 

Learn about seven groundbreaking women in math and science in this gorgeously written biographical novel-in-verse, a companion to the “original and memorable” (Booklist, starred review) Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science.

After a childhood spent looking up at the stars, Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and to earn a salary for scientific research. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing nurse whose work reformed hospitals and one of the founders of the field of medical statistics. The first female electrical engineer, Hertha Marks Ayrton registered twenty-six patents for her inventions.

Marie Tharp helped create the first map of the entire ocean floor, which helped scientists understand our subaquatic world and suggested how the continents shifted. A mathematical prodigy, Katherine Johnson calculated trajectories and launch windows for many NASA projects including the Apollo 11 mission. Edna Lee Paisano, a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation, was the first Native American to work full time for the Census Bureau, overseeing a large increase in American Indian and Alaskan Native representation. And Vera Rubin studied more than two hundred galaxies and found the first strong evidence for dark matter.

Told in vibrant, evocative poems, this stunning novel celebrates seven remarkable women who used math as their key to explore the mysteries of the universe and grew up to do innovative work that changed the world.

I’m ashamed to admit I was only familiar with two of the seven women included in this book — Florence Nightingale and Katherine Johnson. Thank goodness for Jeannine’s ongoing efforts celebrating the accomplishments of brilliant, fascinating, courageous, innovative women. Always a revelation to read about yet another female breaking gender stereotypes (yay for girl power!). And what better way to learn something new than by reading Jeannine’s exquisitely crafted verse? Of course, enough cannot be said about the importance of having strong female role models for today’s readers.

Congratulations, Jeannine! You’ve done it again!

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loving india tresselt’s beautiful fiber art

“Thread by thread, stitch by stitch, row by row—this is how I build my work, and my life.” ~ India Tresselt

Until I visited India Tresselt’s website Yarndance, I knew very little about temari balls, a traditional Japanese handcraft that originated in China.

Temari were first made from wadded up clothing remnants as children’s toys. They gradually evolved into an art form incorporating elaborate and intricate embroidery, and today are considered valued and cherished gifts.

India, a fiber artist based in Vermont, has loved fiber, color, and texture since childhood. She taught herself how to knit, and as a serious knitter for many years, worked in a yarn shop teaching knitting classes. She once stumbled upon a temari book that included a starter kit, and has been making temari ever since. She blends traditional with original patterns, stitches and colors to create these beautiful and coveted decorative objects.

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a perky passel of cool handmade gifts

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Needle felted Christmas mouse by MollyDollyNatural.

 

Ho ho ho and fa la la — time to shop for holiday gifts!

Here are some goodies that caught my eye, all of them created by indie artists. If you’re looking for that special little something, there’s nothing like handmade and heartmade. Click on any of the images for purchasing info.

Let’s get rolling . . . 😀

Solid Beech Rolling Pins for Kids by ValekRolling Pins.
Adorable!
The standard adult size pins come in many different patterns (mustaches, teacups, flowers, etc.), or you can have these personalized with your own text.

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♥ have a heart (or two or three) ♥

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(click for free downloadables to make your own Love Letters from Cupid garland)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts are popping up everywhere. I don’t mind one bit, because I’ve always loved hearts. I usually draw one with my signature, like to collect heart tokens, pins and jewelry, and have a definite weakness for heart-shaped cookies and scones.

Thought you might like these lovely handmade, heartmade things, just in case you’re looking for a special little something for a friend — or yourself :). Just click on any image to purchase. Enjoy! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Valentine Bunnies Original Watercolor by Margie Moore

 

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Dogs in Love Valentine’s Day Necklace by hanaletters

 

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Recycled Hand-stamped Silverware by Bella Jackson Studios

 

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Boxed Set of Victorian-inspired Valentine Cards by LilyandVal

 

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friday feast: 21 cool gifts for poetry lovers

‘Tis that time of year once again to shift into gift-giving mode. Here are some lovely and fun ideas for the poetry lovers on your list, or for adding to your personal holiday Wish List. Click on each image for descriptions and prices.

shakespearetea
Shakespeare’s English Breakfast Tea by Steep Show Teas (Emily Dickinson Garden Jasmine and Poe’s Midnight Blend also available)
craftypoet
Superb poetry tutorial by Diane Lockward (model poems, prompts, tips, interviews)
dickinsonbookpendant
Emily Dickinson “Not in Vain” Poetry Book Pendant by Red Quadrant
cummingsbowl
Handmade letter-stamped poetry quote large serving dish (can be personalized) by LoveArtWorks
emilybrooch
Emily Brooch (oil painting on wood OOAK) by Mrs. Peggotty Arts
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Robert Frost Miniature Doll by Uneek Doll Designs (many other literary figures available)
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Poetry Text Steel Book Ends by Knob Creek Metal Arts
poekadottote
Poe-ka Dots Tote by Out of Print
rumisign
Rumi Quote Stoneware Clay and Ice Agate Sign in Gilders Paste by Hidden Fire Pottery
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Poets Gift Pack (notecards, bookmark, magnet) by artsyletters
shewalks
Shelley Gold-filled Pendant by Pangaea Designs
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Shakespeare Action Figure at Annie’s Tea Time (on sale!)
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Fleetwood Mac “Sara” Glass Tile Pendant by Lyrical Lady
shakespearepurse
Shakespeare Book Purse by Novel Creations
quotetag
Handmade Cummings ceramic quote tag by Kylie Johnson
scarf
Romeo and Juliet Infinity Book Scarf by storiarts
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Edgar Allan Poe Porcelain Soup Bowl by More Than Porcelain
hopependant
Emily “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” Gold-plated Pewter Necklace by Heart Felt by Foxy
Shakespeare Insults
Shakespeare Insult T-shirt at Unemployed Philosophers Guild
haiku
Haiku 2015 Calendar (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
poetryonrecord
Poetry on Record 4-disc Box Set – Grammy-nominated collection featuring rare recordings of poets like Whitman, Cummings, Tennyson, Yeats, Ginsberg, Stafford, Plath, Frost, and Bukowski reading their own work.

 

Do you have any other gift suggestions for poetry lovers? Please share in the comments!

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poetryfriday180Becky is hosting this week’s Roundup at Tapestry of Words. Click through to check out the full menu of poetic goodness being served up in the blogosphere today. Enjoy your weekend!

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