A Flight of Sparkle

Wow it's been a minute since I worked on this website. Life got really hectic over the past few months. I spent a lot of my time with a good friend who died of brain cancer. It was painful, beautiful, fascinating and transformative. My heart is broken, but it's healing in a pretty magical way.

Here I am, on this side of that, now. It's time to focus again. I read Elizabeth Gilbert's latest, Big Magic while we were at the lake this summer. I love the way she talks about ideas and creativity, being courageous and unattached to expectations in the pursuit of creative endeavors.

My latest project was to host a sparkling mineral water tasting with a few pals. It was called A Flight of Sparkle. I got eight waters from various countries: the UK, Norway, Italy, France and Germany. My pal Abby loaned me her "party glasses", and people partook. 

I learned that I don't like Perrier nearly as much as I thought I did. And Gerolsteiner isn't the worst. I liked St. Geron and Hildon best out of this group, with Pellegrino and Ferrarelle being totally delightful and widely available. The others were too harsh for me. My favorite sparkling mineral water is Badoit

This came about because, one day my friend and I were talking about different mineral waters. He said, "You should have a tasting and call it A Flight of Sparkle," so I did.

I handmade the invitations. I taped off the watercolor paper, and cut out a mask for the sparkles then painted the paper with green and blue watercolor to delineate sections. Then I folded the envelopes, sewed on the button, sewed the side seams closed, and melted sealing wax over cooking twine with the tip dipped in candle wax, and tied them closed. The details were on a separate card tucked into the top pocket of the envelope. They were mailed in black envelopes with planet stamps that have black backgrounds, and the addressee was written in neon pink gel pen.

As far as the social club goes, so far it's five people who came to one thing one time, and me. Next up is the long awaited lunar calendar. I am very close to done so it's a good project for me to pick up next. I know exactly what needs to be done, well, there are still design decisions to be made, but I'll do those while I'm laying out the phases and transitions. If I love it, I want to get it screen printed. I know a guy ;)

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