Piece #16 – If it can break the truck is that seriously too much paper?

Piece #16 -…if it can break the truck is that seriously too much paper?

I KNOW!!!!!  Do you see me happy dancing?

No, it did not break the truck. The paper was limited to 600 lbs. worth because much more and 


Seriously… Have you ever seen so much? 

I have and it’s in my basement!  Sometimes we just get such wonderful little blessings and other times they are whopping BIG!.

It started with a phone call and a statement like this, “Can your husband be home to help me lift the boxes of paper I have for you?”  It seemed a bit worrisome of a request.  I mean, I am not a wimpy paper lifter…

My husband’s cousin works at a paper printing company about an hour drive from where we live.  Years ago after learning what I do he mentioned that at his work stacks of paper can accumulate after printing jobs are completed. Rarely can the extra papers be used because each job has its own distinct paper requirements.  He thought there might be some nice paper to draw on and would I like some if he got the ok?


Oh the quality!  Thick velum.  Huge pieces, sizes like 26in. x 40in ( big x BIGGER). Smaller pieces of  bright orange card stock!  Thick bright white papers.  It’s the stuff you save  for very special projects.  I used the paper with my private students and took in bunches to school for my art classes.  Time and art projects came and went until I found that I was guarding the dwindling quantity very judiciously.. 

Unbeknownst to me there was a conversation at the family gathering this Easter.  My husband mentioned to his cousin, “Cousin, it looks like Wendy is getting low on that fabulous paper you gave her.”

Said cousin then contacted his boss, and then contacted the president of the company, who said, “YES, you may give your cousin’s delightful wife who teaches art some of the extra paper! “

Cousin then uses a FORK LIFT to get the boxes of paper, some even UNOPENED onto his truck. 


Now, do You know what 600 lbs of large paper looks like?  It looks like ALOT!

Here comes the critical question….

Can 600 lbs of paper fit under the bed?


Piece # 15 – Art inspires art…inspires art…inspires art…Let’s Eat Cake!

Art inspires art…inspires art…inspires art…Let’s Eat Cake!      Yes!  I admit it! I am partial to a special private art student.  He’s incredibly creative, energetic, and full of surprises.  I never escape his endless ideas that require my technical assistance.  He also wants to use MY art supplies!  At age eleven, my son Levi is one of the most challenging and rewarding young artists I get to work with.  


 Have you heard of them?  My niece introduced my son to these delightfully fun stuffed “monsters.”  Bright colors with lots of personality,  of course having only one is not enough.  He NEEDS ALL of the ugly dolls! 

I threw out the challenge that he could make some of his own.  He disappeared into his art area and within a few minutes returned with a drawing of his  interpretation.

After I gave him the thumbs up on his thumbnail sketch, he disappeared again. He emerged with a bright red Model Magic sculpture  named “Ugly Squirrel.”       COOL.       But as with many artists, this one form was not enough.  He wanted to make a stuffed version.

 “Mom, where are the needles?”

Seeing where this interest would lead, we began collecting supplies.  A soft fleece sweatshirt that was too small could be used to make a good ugly doll body.  We found some other colorful fleece scraps.  The stuffing from a faded pillow would make great “guts.”  Levi wanted a piece of my scarf for the tail (it also was used for camel hair – but that’s another story).


So it wasn’t long before Levi decided it was time to “sew him up.” With guidance he made a pattern from paper, pinned it, cut it, and then sewed it by hand.  It was the first time he did anything of the sort.  He then won ribbons for it both at the County Fair and the Youth Art Day competition.

 Can you see the resemblance?

 Well, the inspiration continued! In celebration of Levi’s art, inspired by art, inspired by art….I  made him an Ugly Squirrel Birthday Cake!