Monday, March 14, 2011

Read Me A Story...

A long time ago, my husband and I had the odious task of painting what seemed like hundreds of slats on our front porch.  It was a job that neither of us wanted to do -- but it had to be done.  So, we decided that while one of us painted the other would read aloud and then we'd take turns painting and reading.  We chose an author we both liked and got busy.  It was perfectly lovely painting and listening to each other read.

As I have become more and more involved with punchneedle I've found that once I have the design created and drawn it is just a matter of punching in and out, in and out.  Unlike beadwork or book art or even doll art this is a quiet, routine art form. 

On my last visit to the library I picked up a couple of audio books.  I wasn't sure whether or not I would like having a book read that way but once I tried it, I was hooked.  I've found that I get quite involved with the story -- more so maybe than when I'm reading to myself.  The voice reads the words and I'm listening as I punch and the voice has my complete attention. 

As a lover of the written word, I'm now becoming a lover of the spoken word!

"There is creative reading as well as creative writing". - Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Once again, Penny, you are an inspiration. I'm off to the library! I really need a new "book" and am going to try combining my artistic efforts with listening. Thanks!

  2. Hi Penny
    Funny, Terry and I were just saying that our front deck needs a coat this spring. I usually listen to the radio while I work because with two teen boys in the house, its usually not tranquil enough to work uninterupted. Do you download to an Ipod or to you get tapes to play. I'm thinking I'll have the boys paint while I work in the garden. That'll keep em busy!

  3. Carol - our library(s) have quite a large selection of audio books. That's where I get mine. One warning for borrowed 'books' is that before I put each CD in I clean it (funny how many fingerprints are on each one).

  4. How lovely - you and your husband. My husband reads to me too. I love it. Great doll below too. I'm posting again very soon - nearly ready. Gilly



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