Tour: Italy

Tour: Italy

Chloé shirts blouse
$735 –

Poncho, kurz, Strick, Metallic
$83 –

MOTHER flare jeans
$350 –

Rag Bone hat

Wine glass
$36 –

Mercury in Retrograde

I know you’ve heard the phrase, “Mercury is in retrograde -again,” yes?

Well, I didn’t know that damn event could eat weeks at a time -a whole month! So as we close February, the last day of retrograde is today. Thank Goddess.

I’m not one who takes stock in astrology. It was always fun to check my daily activities in the newspaper one day later. Also, if ever I thought that Chinese Zodiac animal had any good influence in one’s life, I will attest that it doesn’t. Last year was year of the Snake (I am year of the snake) and it was horrific. Once the year turned, it was as though a weight lifted and opportunities began to reveal themselves ten-fold.

However, I do believe in power of the planets. :) If the moon can persuade the tides, what more can we look forward to?

Back to Mercurial Mercury
So, I just looked up the calendar on the Farmer’s Almanac and they give a pretty clear explanation of this trickster’s exploits. Recognized as a trickster and prone to misbehavior, his cunning will form an illusion amongst the planets -making them seem as though they’re moving backward through the zodiac. Hence: retrograde.

For the skeptics among us, Larry Schwimmer writes in the HuffPo today about the Top Ten Things NOT To Do During Mercury Retrograde. Knowing that Mercury rules technology and communication, you’ll want to do your best to create a strategy to circumvent any agreements or purchases during these dicey weeks.

Other warnings Larry cites are:

  • Don’t make agreements
  • Don’t accept or start a job
  • Don’t try to close the sale
  • Don’t try to initiate a project
  • Don’t travel a lot (I’m looking at you Amy)
  • Don’t buy things
  • Don’t purchase a computer
  • Don’t install software
  • Don’t purchase a vehicle (Amy?)
  • Don’t repair your auto, and
  • Don’t select a roomie

Larry’s characterizations of each warning sound painful! Unfortunately, my friend Amy decided not to read the list, or she’d know that her vehicle would become unruly and problematic when she turned the wheel to pass a semi-truck on icy road. I’ll let her tell you that harrowing story. I just know that she wasn’t screaming “Weeeeeeeee” like Maxwell the Geico Pig as she spun 3 times landing in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic.

I’ve had my fair share of misadventures this month, too. Have you?

2014 Retrograde Dates
Oh, and you’ll be delighted to know we’ve got 2 more of these occurrences this year. In 2014, Mercury will be retrograde during:

  • February 6–28
  • June 7–July 2
  • October 4–25

Enjoy your summer!


Send a Valentine eCard featuring my illustrations!

Did you know you can send eCards featuring my illustrations? True story!

Along with the printed cards I have in my shop and on my web site, I have created a range of online cards that you can send love to your friends -you can get these from celebrations.comAnd they’re free.

Valentine's Day eCards

I’ve added a few more sweet CalligraphyCats and CalligraphyDogs for you to use as single cards to mass invitations.

Enjoy and please let me know which one you chose for your project and how!

Your CreativeGoddess,

Licketh – CalligraphyCat Inspiration

Want to know where my inspiration comes from?

CalligraphyCats V2 - Licketh

It comes from my own kitchen counter.

Rebel Law: Make Your Own Building

Exploring ideas in tiny and mobile dwellings.

After building our TARDIS shed last Summer, I think we have the makings of constructing (or have pre-built) our own mobile shop.

After reading this article on Gizmodo: The Subtle Art of Breaking Building Laws I felt free of zoning constraints.

Your Personal Indoor/Outdoor Space
Take a look at a couple of these gems. Wouldn’t this be great for an artist studio that communes with nature and provides ventilation? So charming!


Or this adorable New Zealand home that allows one to hitch to a truck and haul away (per erosion issue law)…


Then I found a link to TumbleWeed, Tiny House Company. Cue angelic music from above. From pre-built gems to DIY plans, these guys provide the range of motion that any progressive would enjoy.

Then, I found this exquisite little guy: the Mica. At 172 sqft, we could convert this mobile gypsy wagon into a mobile shop to sell our wares. How cool would that be?

Instead of paying a landlord the same $$ that I’d be paying monthly installments for a mobile unit, the unit would be mine. I could also sell the unit instead of not signing the lease. Wow. The options.

Additionally, I dug a little deeper in their site and discovered that Tumbleweed has workshops around the states, including Raleigh in March 2014.

Anyhow, I’ll keep this idea on the back burner. I love the idea, but I’m not sure how cities would go for this type of installment -mobile as it is.

AmTrak: A Mobile Shopping Experience
Many years ago, I had an idea of servicing AmTrak as a mobile shopping experience. Like a circus, artists & shopkeeps would rent a boxcar and the train would take the shops from city to city to expose city dwellers to handcrafted product. If they can’t come to us, why don’t we go to them? Like Cirque du Soleil except without the flame eaters.

It would certainly be fun to hitch or create a convoy of this Mica trailers and create our own event.

Cheers! Lisa

Ink Love – How to Make Your Own!

While I seem to be a bit frenetic when it comes to my posts, I do love a good DIY -especially when it comes to making my own materials. In this case, ink. INK!

Look what I found, a post on how to make your own ink -I kid you not.


  • Black walnuts (found in SouthEastern US – lucky me)
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Gum Arabic
  • Big 8 qt Stainless Steel Pot
  • Stove

Directions can be found here by Robert Haslach

Very cool.

One day I’ll try this, but not today. I’ve got to finish painting my living room.


My Quiet After Show Party Drink

My Quiet After Show Party Drink

After being overwhelmed with developing new leather projects and products for our annual show with Piedmont Craftsmen, I’m taking a few days off to recuperate and line up orders.

Time for coffee.

Dowsing my ice with cold coffee to keep me going this afternoon, I wanted to doctor it up a bit with a bit of chocolate soy milk. Why stop there? I reached for a new bottle of coffee liqueur we bought to retrofit a custom wine tote (same size as a whiskey bottle but I don’t drink whiskey) and topped it off with less than a shot. Of course, while the big silver box is spilling ice cubes all over the floor revealing my alchemy, Bacchus makes his ghostly appearance (he loved ice cubes in his corporeal form) and Andrew steps up and requests one for himself.

Meanwhile, I wanted to craft a  quick and dirty photo recipe for this afternoon splash and decided to have a bit of fun with two of my many neglected iPad apps: Procreate and 100Cameras. Damn, I love these apps.

Primarily, I use Procreate to add my copyright logo on a second layer. I’ve waited a long time for someone to add this layer feature to the photo apps and I’m thrilled I don’t have to open Photoshop just to do this. I also love schmearing colors, giving them an oil paint effect for added emotion.

100Cameras is an app developed by one of my photo heros, Trey Radcliff of If you love great photography and aren’t familiar with HDR, you are in for a treat. Wish I had the time to experiment with this art form. The app: 100Cameras, gives me the ability to apply a quick and dirty overlay to my photos if I wish to take the time to play. It really is a worthwhile app if you want to cheat your way thru the system.

[Remember, this is not a substitute for great composition. ;)]

As for the afternoon kick me up, my personal after show drink concoction is pretty simple.

Fill your glass with ice
Fill half your ice filled glass with Coffee
Add Chocolate Soy Milk and remember to leave room for
One Shot of coffee liqueur
If you’ve got mint for garnish, please do. I didn’t have mint but my tongue didn’t care.


Think I’m going off for an afternoon nap now.



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