Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mermaid Thoughts

Every now and then I just absolutely have to make something with a mermaid theme. It might be the end of summer where you live, but it’s still going strong here. Summer is always in my heart anyway and mermaids do not hibernate.

Over the span of a few years, I watched as Kim Antieau wrote her book Church Of The Old Mermaids and was thrilled when it became available this year in both print and Kindle versions. While reading one of her blogs (Old Mermaids Journal), I learned about the delightful 13 Suggestions from the Old Mermaids contributed by friends she calls Sister Mermaids.

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Since I’m pretty much a tactile kind of person and need to have something to actually touch, I made a set of the suggestions in sea shell form but am calling them Mermaid Thoughts.

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My husband drilled holes in the ends of two Lion’s Paw shells so I could tie them together.

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A picture of the shell was used to create my pages in Microsoft Word which I printed on cardstock. One side depicts a saying and the back is a shell image (you can see one of the backs on the top left in the picture below). Binding the pages together doesn’t appeal to me as I like the idea of them being free and wild (like mermaids). Open the shell case and out spill Mermaid Thoughts—just as they should.

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I added a thought of my own, making it an aggregate of 14 cards, feeling I shouldn’t just swim along mindlessly behind the other mermaids but put a bit of me into it, too. It’s presumptuous, but I crowned myself an unofficial Sister Mermaid.


Thimbleanna said...

Haha Junie -- what a fun post. May all your mermaid dreams come true!

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

You have a true mermaid's heart,June... so of course you belong to this ancient and honorable clan. Always continue to swim freely and joyously and follow the path of that mysterious inner song, while still using your gifts for the good of others, as you do so amazingly well. You have such a wonderful ability to reach out and help those in distress, while still showing us all of the grace and beauty within....not only your heart, but our own.

sassypriscilla said...

Wow. How do you come up with your ideas? So clever.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh a gift any mermaid would love xooxoxo Clarice

Jennifer said...


Kim Antieau said...

I love these, Junie Moon! What a wonderful idea. We've toyed with something like this, but none of my ideas turned out as lovely as yours! Actually, the Old Mermaids sayings come from the Old Mermaids in the novel and they're reflective of their personalities. I know some people who've read the book write down the sayings on pieces of paper and use them as a kind of divination. I've done that myself. I love yours! (Actually, you'd like the book, I think. I takes place entirely in Tucson and environs.) I love that you've added your own, too. You are definitely a sister mermaid.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

June, this is such a sweet gift for yourself! It is perfect for your mermaid soul. I truly love it and I do believe you are a sister mermaid.

Lots of links in your post I will now go and explore.

greetingarts said...

You put a bit of you in every project you do, and that's my favorite part! The Mermaid Thoughts are just perfect, love them spilling out there at the end.

Diane Schuller said...

oh you amaze me -- I love the creativity in this. This is truly wonderful June