Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We watched movies and played games. We just finished playing a new game and had a blast.
This is me trying to catch Boo in a photo. Next to imposible, as he hates to have his pic taken.
Here is Sis and Dad playing backgammon. This was her first ever game and she did great.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I would like to announce that I have officially finished my Christmas shopping. And I am neatly done with the gift wrapping. Not that any of this has anything to do with any of my artistic process, or the business. But, as I have three children, who rely on my to make Christmas special, making Cristmas special is far more important than the business.
The problem is... I am getting very behind in what I think I need to do. And when I get behind I start to feel very unorganized. I think I start thinking "if only I were perfectly organized, well then I could get every thing I want done. " That isn't a very realistic line of thought. But there you have it. I can be very unrational when I am under duress.
I know I am forgetting something that I wanted to say. On my computer there is a stash of started blob entries. I will jot down the really good thoughts and save them in notebook and post them on the days when I don't have anything else to say. And I have a stack of internet sticky notes about threes feet high ( or at least several hundred pixels) on my desktop. But that is all on my computer and not on this one. Here I feel like I am staring at that blank sheet of paper in senior english being told to write my ten minute journal entry, and try to make it relevent and witty.
I don't know if you all know this, but I have a fairly severe addiction to books. I can't go into a used book store and come out with nothing. The library is like a candy store for me. I want to read them all. Well, most of them anyway. I have yet to find a non-fiction book that I didn't at least want to thumb through. When I went shopping with my friend yesterday, we went to the used bookstore near our homes. We were shopping for her and her kids. I was just there to offer support and guidence and focus. I bought five books. I wasn't going to. I need to focus on the business, building up inventory, taking photos, posting product, thinking outside thebox. I do not have time to read, aside from the chapter a day to the girls. But there were just so many nice looking books that looked like they would fit in my bookshelves.
I love the smell of an older used book. And the feel. There is something comfortable about a book that has already been read. And one that have sat around someones house for a while, that book has to be good. I am not into antique books. I don't spend time looking for first editions. I don't even care if the books I buy are in the greatest condition. What I want is a book that wants to be read. One that has character and something to say. I often buy on impulse, which is fine, because I usually buy from a thrift store that sells them for a dollar apiece. And at a dollar apiece, how the heck can I say no? Some of my strongest impressions are of rooms full of books. My dad's office when I was growing up, the book store at Pikes Place Market that my grammie used to take me too. Art and books. Those seem to be the two strongest impressions I have in my head.
And that is an awfull lot of rambling for an entry that doesn't have a picture to go with it.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I started my 52 Projects (write about your ufo sighting, and if you really want to know I will tell you). I will be working on my next one tomorrow. The book suggests writing anonomous letters and placing them in books in the library, or in a thrift store. I don't think I will be doing letters, but I have a couple of poems that I have been fiddling with that are good choices.
Speaking of writing, I would love to suggest the blog raincoatflashers. Just take a look, there is some really good stuff there (including two of my peices).
BTW: Random Santa!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I began work on a project for a set of amazing triplets I know. I had a lot of fun looking at all my different paper and deciding which trip's personality was most personified in that paper. Every so often I would come across a piece that just screamed one of them. I am enjoying this process.
I am finding that I am really starting to think in terms of WHAT CAN I DO? How can I make this idea work? I am not really thinking is this art, or is that art? But I am noticing alot more around me. I am also very aware that I am sending out this more positve attitude and know that is a very very good thing.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I haven't posted for a while, for a couple of reasons. We are having some techincal difficulties that have yet to be explained, I am getting overwhelmed with Christmas prep, and the weekends are starting to get out of control.
Great excuses each one, to be certain, but in the end, they are just excuses. I did finish all (and extra even) of my Christmas cards. I will take a photo and post in the next couple of days. I started my tags for all my gifts. I decided that all my under the tree gifts are going to look great. I am hand making all my tags. Lots of ribbon. We will see. I will post a photo when I get everything done.
Like I said, I got bogged down with alot of day to day stuff. I only went down to the studio to check the vase I started. Turns out two things went terribly wrong. FIsrt, my sheet of papier mache was way too thick. This should be an easily solved problem. The second, was an amazingly stupid error on my part. I didn't check to make sure the bottom was even enough to stand on it's own. It wasn't. I may try to "fix it" by sanding it or creating a bottom. A few other surprise IDEAS have gone through my head to solve this. But the truth is I will probably have to make a new sheet of papier mache and start over.I will try like crazy to keep up with everything from now on. I promise.
Friday, December 7, 2007
This photo is the seamless piece that I am working on. I am loving the shape of it. But it is really heavy. And that is my fault, I should have used half as many layers. Live and learn. What you are seeing is my form, (a vase that is slightly "tweaked") and the free form bit. All of this had to be propped up with boxes and a spare glue bottle. SOmetimes I amuse myself with what I can rig up when I have too. I will say that the terrible color of the photo is due to my inablity to take good photos in bad light. My studio is supposed to be the garage and that is where the piece is drying.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Boy, was I wrong!!!!!! I started a bracelet, and that is actually drying. I may need to do a second layer of paper, but I really want it dry before I make that decision. I may have made the bracelet a little on the small side. Normally not a big deal. But this one was pretty complicated and I don't want to make another one if it is only a test run. Epsecially as I seem to have the technical part dealt with. And yes, there were some technical bits to this bracelet. A bit of architecture if you will.
THis is the bowl I started. THe form is quite big. But I want a wide shallow bowl that is very very thin. This didn't work and ended up in the garbage. I should have it figured out by tomorrow.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have my sewing machine in my bedroom. It got booted out of the living room by the Christmas Tree. I work with papier mache at the kitchen, then set it to dry in the garage. I work with the weaving and the felt in the living room, sitting on my hiney on the couch. Most of my paper crafting and the like is done at my desk.
I like that I am using space to do what I want to do. And I am making tons of stuff. I am toying with the idea of making the space in the garage into something of a more "official" studio. I have a long counter ( the height of a kirchen counter, 'cause that is what it was) and several cabinets. But I balk a little because it is winter and even here, it gets cold. And, I am a pansy.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, or Wacky Wednesday as the school calls it, is an early release day for the girls. We use the extra hour to go to the city library. And, really, nothing much happens on Wednesdays. That hump day thing really seems to get me. I am usually just wiped out at the middle of the week.
I was so wiped out that I didn't take any pictures at all today. Fortunalty, I have something like 5000 photos on my laptop. I am sure that I can find something to throw in here today.
I did some work, weaving. Much harder than I thought it would be. I am not even working on a big loom, just a little hand loom, that I made. But it is still physically more work than I thought it would be. I may go back to felt sooner than I thought.
The problem is, I start thinking that if I can figure out the technical aspect of anything then I can apply that to another medium. What else can I weave? Can I weave a different material into what I am working on? If I use a light weight something as warp (or weft, I forget), can I use a heavier something with it? These are questions that I am sure weavers know the answers to, but I don't, not yet, anyway.
No bites on the local posting. But I did have a weird thought. You know how there are garage bands? What about a garage gallery show. More for the artists or crafts persons who are struggling to find a gallery or niche or whatever. If I do anything with that little idea, it will be in the spring. Now it is too cold and my garage is full of furniture and stuff for the dump.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
After the turkey excitement, I got down to work. I took a ton of photos of the stuff I plan on posting on etsy.com, and I actually made a couple of bracelets. And I went shopping for stuff that I would need to get this thing rolling. I went to the dollar store and was taking my time wandering the isle. I found this really neat looking book. "You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-up Girls" by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. Now, I haven't had a lot of time to look at it but it looks like a really fun read. A how to for getting out of your safety zone.
I am excited about finding the book, because I have felt that I have been being nudge in this direction for a couple of weeks. My standard job hunting methods were turning up nothing but odd results. And I was becoming beyond frustrated. I have been creating a lot of stuff since we moved into this house in May. And I have been educating myself in all sorts of different arts. Then last week I had a meeting with a friend and I flipped open my organizer. My handy- dandy organizer with the inspirational quote of the day. The quote that day was "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" Milton Berle. I realized that I was knocking on doors that maybe weren't ready for this opportunity. So, now I am building doors. And right now they are made of felt.
I think I will start posting my work tomorrow.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I am lucky in this, in that my husband thinks we can make this work. I have a studio and an office and plenty of space to work, and ideas galore.
Why did I take the time to tell you all of this? Because I am hoping to use this blog as my giant internet idea board. My space to place my concepts and plans and ideas. Hopefully, I will have readers who will help keep me on track.