Gratitude Postcards

I carved a block with the international gratitude symbol and printed it in pink, a color associated with gratitude. I want to provide guests at the upcoming Riverside Arts Walk who attend Inlandia’s panel discussion at the library an opportunity to express their gratitude to a writer through a postcard.

Thursday, February 2, 2023
First Thursdays Arts Walk
“The Gratitude Project: Readers & Writers Edition”
with Janine Pourroy Gamblin, Cati Porter, Leila Kirkconnell, Robert Kirkconnell, and David Stone

Riverside Main Library
3900 Mission Inn Blvd
Riverside, CA 92501
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
6:30-8:00 PM
Free and open to the public.

Is gratitude part of what it takes to build a writer’s life? We think so.

In reading and writing, as in life, we don’t often take the time to tell people how much they – and their work – mean to us. Join Inlandia and a gathering of IE writers to learn how to weave together a literary life, and discover ways readers and writers can express gratitude for one another while doing so.


Printing Postcards for Peace

In preparation for my participation in the World Peace Poets Postcard Project, I am working on making enough postcards to send out one card every day in February. Each postcard will contain an original short poem. I am looking forward to a month of receiving meaningful mail in return.

Block for World Peace Poets Postcard Project

I finished carving the block to make the postcards I will be sending out each day in February as a part of the World Peace Poets Postcard Project.

I will write a short poem about peace each day in February and send it out to one of the other members in my group.

I am looking forward to receiving cards back from other poets across the country.

Making your own postcard is optional.

O, Okra Tree! O, Okra Tree!

A fresh piece of okra and some craft paint can create festive holiday cards.

I cut a piece of fresh okra about a quarter inch from the the stem to reveal the okra’s five holes and make a natural stamp with the stem as a handle.
I cut the tip of the piece of okra to make berries and and Christmas bulbs.
I used red and green craft paint with the okra stamps to decorate white card stock cards that came with A7 envelopes.
The okra’s shape led me to create a wreath for one card.
The sound of the word okra reminded me of the song O Christmas Tree, so I followed the whimsical feel of the sounds and made a card captioned “O, Okra tree! O, Okra Tree.

Vegetable stamping is a great craft for kids and adults.