Friday, January 29, 2010
It's cold where I live and I miss being outside; I miss the earth.
I miss wriggling my toes through the drass,
running my hands over the leaves
and eating swiss chard right from the garden.
All the marketing buzz these days is about valentines day, and this is one holiday that I'm just not that excited about. Maybe it's because it's all sweet and cutesey and that just makes me want to loose my cookies. It seems a little ingenuine to me to wait until the pre-determined date to say I Love You. And no, I'm not buying my children special valentines day gifts. Just because the marketers would like me to. So there.
Monday, January 25, 2010
See, I made something for my shop which I thought should be framed but the frames are turning out to suck up a lot of time that I’d just rather spend doing actual creative work. So, adios frames! I have a new plan to frame these guys in the embroidery hoop, which, now that I’ve let go of the frame idea (isn’t it hard to let go sometimes?), I’m realizing might just suit them better. Less stiff, formal, more playful which is what I was going for with the stitching as well. I hope to have the final work done on them this coming weekend to show you. Things are just so busy these days on the homefront – good busy, but busy nonetheless.
And here’s a thought: when you price things for sale do you take into account all of the time spent in development? Do you count all the hours spent on projects that don’t work out, all the tweaking that needs to happen before you have finished that first prototype? The time lost that could have been used making other, more saleable things? Hopefully when people buy handmade people think about the artist, and not just the price. I mean, that’s the point of buying handmade, right?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I used a plain T-shirt from daughter's drawer and the sleeve of another shirt that we knew she wasn't going to wear again. Well, obviously. 'Cause now it's armless on one side.
I used a water soluble marker to draw the numbers on the shirt, stitched around the outside of the lines and then cut out the numbers. (it's important to remember to not stitch right on your marker lines). And that's it. Really.
Ailsa's learning to recognize her numbers by sight and only really has trouble with 6,7,8 now, so I thought this would be a fun way for her to remember what those numbers look like. I don't know if it's working but she's wearing this shirt almost every day now, and always with the little blue undershirt underneath. Because that's what undershirts are for, you know.
For a more adult version of this check out the tutorial at Hope Studios. I think I need to make one of these for myself.... how do I make it office worthy?
Also, the thread I used is the most beautiful in my stash. It's silk from here (go to her artfire store). It's lovely stuff to stitch with and the colors are magnificent.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I'm also trying to figure out how to get an etsy mini up there so if anyone knows anything about that I'd be really grateful for the advice.
I've got my ipod on shuffle today. Like the whole thing. I just listened to Monty Python and now we're on to Mozart. Before that was Diana Krall and ocean waves. I wonder how long it will be before we get to Feist and Yael Naem. This is exactly how my brain is running today. Must be a chinook coming.
Lovely, isn't it? It's a sampler stitched by the very talented Corinne at so september (visit her blog). What do I love about it? It's a sampler, but it's not traditional. Sometimes all those band samplers make me yawn, no matter how marvelous the stitches are. My eye just keeps going round and round on this piece, the textures, the color, the design. delightful.
Monday, January 11, 2010
2 is such a lovely age. 2 is about becoming a little kid and leaving babyhood behind. 2 is about figuring out how to stand your ground and make your older sister share, 2 is about getting better at telling other people what you want, and getting it, darn it! 2 is about giving - wet uncoordinated kisses, unending treats to doggies, and stickers and cookies to whoever will take them. And the favourite sidekick when you're 2:
Here's the crown I promised to show you. Handmade out of felted wool sweaters, of course (is there any other material?) I thought leaves appropriate since this little one loves to spend every minute she can get out of doors. She is my biggest garden helper, and I love that about her.
Ahhhh... 2. I love you 2. I want to cup you in my hands and keep you forever.
Of course they got a little bit silly at the party and dolled it all up. Never too many accessories, right? I love this picture. I can just imagine what she'll look like grown up when I look at this picture. I can see her graduating high school when I look at this picture. ok, maybe minus the extra silly hats.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I was inspired by the delicate patterns on a dragonfly wing. Nature has so many ways of organizing herself, I could just stare/gaze forever.
Have you seen the new movie Avatar? It is a beautiful movie to look at. The storyline, on the other hand, is a bit predictable, but I'll leave the review to the critics. There is one scene where the matriarch - I wish I could remember what they called her - was leading everyone in a chant and she was wearing the most amazing white shawl that looked like the veins of a leaf - I wish I could find a picture because it was gorgeous and is the other part of what I was thinking about when I made this treasury.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
It's been wonderful to cruise around blogland this morning and see all the super-secret Christmas projects that everyone's been working on. And in retrospect I'm feeling a little bad I don't have more to show you. Truth is I didn't do a lot of Christmas making this year. And it's the happiest one yet. So, here's the story.