I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Finally, I finished a project

I am so bad about procrastinating. It's a burden when you have set a goal then just don't do it. About 10 years ago, I bought some beautiful handmade paper when we were in San Francisco. I had no idea at the time what I would do with the paper but it "spoke" to me. About 5 years ago, a co-worker, at my last job, was going to visit his parents in Japan and he had mentioned that his father did calligraphy. I asked if he would ask his father to write something for me on this paper that I had. I later learned that his father did calligraphy for the Emperor of Japan.

I thought the calligraphy was a good idea at the time. My friend, Kazuo, brought me back the phrase "long life" written in 5 different styles of calligraphy.

This weekend, I got my act together and I put the frames together, had special UV glass cut, mounted the paper on a black background and put it all together. This morning I hung them over our bed. I'm so pleased with how it came out.

Besides what could be better than having long life wished on you five times every single day. I hope that will be our karma.


Blogger Motherkitty said...

Beautiful. You did a wonderful job and it really, really looks nice. If I didn't know that each print says the same thing, I would think that each was different. You are very fortunate that he did this for you. You can now say you had your own personal calligrapher -- you, the "queen" of LV.

Love, your sis

December 04, 2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Tomas Dennis said...

"long life" "long life" "long life" "long life" "long life"
A picture is worth a thousand words and years.

December 05, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Alipurr said...

Wow. those are soo beautiful. What a beautiful bedroom. You did great! I love it.

December 08, 2006 1:48 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

That really is impressive. I had no idea you were a procrastinater. I have been a member of the club for many years. Too many. :)

December 11, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Wow...those look so nice over your bed. Calligraphy is so beautiful and you did a great job of framing them.

December 12, 2006 3:39 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The finished items look absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I couldn't think of a better affirmation to put out into the universe - it really is like a blessing on your head! Well worth the wait. I'm sure your home is full of beautiful, unique touches like this as your creativity oozes out of you in everything you do. Thank you so much for stopping by in spite of my two week silence. Chag Sameach to you and those you love. xox

December 18, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Keep picturing me as a thin guy, and maybe I will get there. :)

Hope things are going well for you.

December 19, 2006 4:07 PM  

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