Hi Molly! Yes, I do know ASL. My daughter is deaf and we have been signing with her since she was about 3 months old. 23 years later and I still learn new signs all the time. I think of it as a work in progress.
Hi Rose, I do collect old photographs, mostly of children and children with dogs. Pretty much, if there is a dog in the old photo I am a soft touch to buy it. I made a little book a long time back called "No Bad Dogs", which features children and American Staffordshire dogs (pit bulls) from vintage photos. The Am Staff was a very popular family pet in the early part of the last century, so much so, that there are many photographs of children posing with the dogs. Right now, I am accumulating vintage photos of standard poodles (preferably white) to make a little book about this wonderful animal. (I have a white standard named Maggie, who is one of the delights of my life.) When I first started doing altered art work I was very grateful to all of the people who shared their photos on the net and made a promise to myself that I would continue the practice by sharing the photos that I find. There are so many great women (and men) out there who share their knowledge, images, time and talents with others in the making of art, I am now trying to pay it forward, so to speak.
Roc!!! I am loving loving loving all of the gorgeous work that you are doing with your journaling. Your blog just glows with color and whimsy, I have a ball roaming around there! Lately, I have not been doing too much art work. I have been busy with the daughter girl and her health issues. And, I have started to do some more research work into the symbolism used in tarot cards. (I dont use them as 'fortune telling' cards, rather I use them as prompts for finding clarity within. The whole Jungian theory of archtypes, etc.)
Thanks to all who take the time to comment on my blog. I really do enjoy reading your comments and hope that you find the photos useful in your art work, or even just as interesting bits of history.