Month: April 2016

Spiritual Journal using a Smash Folio

For a year or so now, I have picked a lot of this free Meditation and Health magazine from the many Taiwanese restaurants or stores in my area that I have kept them for so long, adding to the clutter of magazines and thought that it was time to throw them away. I can’t understand Chinese anyway, I said to myself. I then realized later on why I should make characters that does not make sense be an obstacle to my learning and understanding. So, I decided to cut them as I went through each magazine and searched and researched what they were trying to tell. So, here are the pages that I’ve done so far. I also used one of the smash folios that I have kept all these years. They have very nice pages and good substrate to start with. I don’t need to add textures like what I usually do with my mixed media art journals. And in keeping the journal more doable, I just technically do a simple cut and paste, some lettering and write something …

Pier Fishing at Huntington Beach

California’s mild season allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy an all year round ideal fishing conditions. Summertime and Fall season are the best times to catch certain species but the surfperch will stay until the winter. If you are interested in doing some pier fishing in the Southern California area, Huntington Beach Pier is on pierfishing.com list for public piers and is listed under the yellow zone on PVS Fishing website which also lists the types of fish that are safe for eating. The Huntington Beach Pier is a fun place to fish and it is the home to the longest pier in Southern California, so you can imagine why it is so famous for many fishers because from the mid-pier area to the end is the home of most of the pelagic. According to Pier Fishing in California when fishing, it is always best to bring two poles. One is for catching small live baits such as the sardines and topsmelt and the other should be heavier and sturdier for larger fishes like the corbina, halibut, …

Incoming and Outgoing Mails for April

Hello everyone, here’s a little update of all the mail art that I’ve so far received and sent for this month. INCOMING: This incoming mail is from one of my best and favorite pen pals in Malaysia. She sent me these cute tags which I will probably be using on my Travelers Notebook free diary insert. And since we are both Buddhists, she’s made sure to pick up some postcards for me when she visited Cambodia a few months ago. Another beautiful incoming is from my long time pen friend Michelle from Arizona. She is one of the kindest friends I’ve ever met on IG and I am so thankful for the friendship that we’ve built for three years now. Even if I am not sure on how to use this just yet, still I am so in love with the personalized pages in this mini zine. I really truly appreciate friends who send me original works of art and that’s what I enjoy doing too, sending them small pieces of my art. OUTGOING: I …

Incoming and Outgoing Mails from March

Looking back at some of my March incoming and outgoing mails, it seems that I have slowed down because I only managed to send and get a few mails. At the back of my mind, I wanted it to be like this though, to only write when I want to and to not feel obliged to write back immediately. I want this snail mail hobby to be fun and happier because we call it “happy mails” for a reason. And I really don’t mind if I don’t get mails every day of the week. 🙂 But before I get too wordy, let me share already what I have received and sent. More mails from good old friends, from way back when the snail mail community in Instagram first flourished in early 2013. I am just so happy that we’ve maintained the friendships over the years. We send to each other every now and then, does not necessarily follow the “you send me and I reply to you” rule. We send to each other randomly throughout …