Can O’ Worms Sandwich


Had the idea for this drawing as I watched a bird eating his lunch the other day, and then when Illustration Friday posted that this week’s theme was “canned,” I thought Perfect!

Lately work has been a series of unpleasant little messes — mostly small stuff I admit, but it seems to add up, and then I find myself crabby when I don’t want to be. I used to subscribe to the Spoon Full of Sugar/Sound of Music philosophy, but to deal with some of the gnarly things that have been happening lately, I’ve developed the Sandwich Technique. I try to do some drawing or art first thing in the morning and also end up the day with something else good. This sandwiches the nasty tasting stuff into the middle of the day, but each day starts and ends on the right note.

I also try to remember this bit of PamZen: Be not angry at the worm. It will only make you feel bad, and besides, the worm probably has it worse than you.

11 thoughts on “Can O’ Worms Sandwich”

  1. love your quote about ‘be not angry at the worm’. it’s so perfect for those certain days and events. can i have permission to use it?

  2. It reminds me of my quilt “Eat Your Peas” that I did in 2004. My girl was holging a can of pea soup with worms coming out

  3. Hi Stacy, I know it’s crazy, but once I thought of the phrase, I couldn’t get it out of my head. so I just had to do the drawing so I could blog it!

  4. I love the sandwich technique. Life is pretty good right now, but with the big renovation going on, I am distracted from my art all day long. Mr C just came to tell me we have to go to look for cabinet hardware today. There goes my afternoon!!

  5. Hi Kathy,
    I guess I don’t have the courage (or stomach) for that. Actually I didn’t think of it….
    That’s an idea that would work well in one of your pieces though. We’re excited to see your piece here for the ThreadLines show – congratulations!

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