Bucket List, July and August

22 July,  2015

Dear Friends,

I’m in the middle of moving from Italy to New York via France.  It’s about as complicated

as it sounds and some things have slipped my mind in the process, like the fact that it’s my

wee brother’s birthday today!   Too late to get a card in the post so he’s getting one of my

personalized e-greetings this year.  He is high on the spectrum of fabulousness, by the way.

Doug 2015

I’m in the middle of sharing tons of things, so here I am sharing my brother’s birthday

with the world.  Happy Birthday, Doug! 

I’m giving away, too – anybody want books in English?  To be collected.

Contact me for my french address if you want any.

The Une Année d’Amitié Bucket List is up to date with my vow to share.  July and August are

sharing the billet.


Peace and Love,



Straw Poll. Help!

I’m working on a logo for an emerging hand knitting yarn company called Ortolano.  You haven’t heard of it yet.  But we’re working on that.  Logo selection is currently down to 2 very similar ones.  Any opinions?

Logo 1, which is actually version 16, is like this :

Ortolano Trial 18 in Hand Stamp Swiss Rough Sans Regular

Logo 2, alias version 18, is like this :

Ortolano Trial 16

Yes, they look very much alike except that lano is upside down in Logo 2.  The mock-up labels for skeins of yarn would look a bit like this (fictional composition) :

Dry Line 5, Ortolano 18  Dry Line 5, Ortolano 16

I really want some outside opinions, so here’s the ballot :

A) Logo 1

B) Logo 2

C) Diane, you’re nit picking

D) Back to the drawing board

E) Shouldn’t you be packing?

Replies by FB comment or by email to poste@uneanneedamitie.com.  Thanks tons.

Peace and Love,


PS Here’s proof all is not in procrastination mode.  Landie is getting ready for the trip back to France.

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The April Bucket


Number 4 on the Bucket List for 2015.  Get into the garden.  I read somewhere recently that working with your bare hands in the soil actually triggers those positive chemicals in our brains that make us happy.  No wonder planting is more fun than weeding.  Hmmm.

So, there’s planting seeds and there’s planting ideas.  Food for the table, food for the brain.  Not only do I feel ready to garden, I’m also working on getting my thoughts together and down on paper.  Equally fruitful as tilling the soil, surely.   If you’re thinking like me, I’ve got cards and postcards ready for you here at The Une Année d’Amitié Card Shop

Peace and Love,


P.S.  Another great photo by Giameos Marinos at http://photographyinpatmos.com/

The March Bucket

Number 3 on the Bucket List for this year.  Fix things.  General stuff, but also self, relationships.  Everything needs an annual revision or update, right?  So I’m attacking the mending pile as well as the stack of self-help books.

Fix Things in March

Feel free to copy and paste the image above onto your desktop for your own personal motivation.  If you’ve got a friendship in need of repair, I’ve got plenty of blank greeting cards for you on my Etsy site. > Click here.<

Peace and Love,