Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I recently posted these gloves, they are made from some hand spun merino I did a while back and a lovely Berocco alpaca (navy blue) and the argyle sock rat above is finally completed and posted. I must be losing my mind to think any one would want to purchase a sock rat. I thought he was going to be a sheep but some projects take on their own spirit and he became a rat.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
What a special day! My mom sent this wonderful package to me.(It oddly just arrived at 7:10). It is full of Charlie Harper cards and great yarns. The red is just in time to make valentines gloves (maybe I'll give them to my nieces...) I was fighting with my spinning wheel when the dog started barking crazy at the mail man. So, forget spinning for now --I have to get knitting. Thanks mom!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
(From the Dhammapada, sayings of the Buddha)
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Both texts appropriated from Its all about Joy. This blog is really worth reading - Megan reminds me of a lot of important things, always just when I need to be reminded of them.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday afternoon I am running on the treadmill watching Oprah’s celebrity Scype show and Meryl Streep says, “Everyone’s experience makes true that which is their own truth.” Now I have believed very strongly that truth is relative. Experience is really the truth which we all seek and basically that there is no truth. You can trick yourself in truth and you can believe what you want to, but that is your truth. No one can judge what your truth is. No can determine that your experience is not true.
Saying that, and thinking about that, I feel so disappointed in myself. I have talked that talk for twenty years but now I realize I do not walk that walk. Instead I look to others, friends, family, even celebrities, for their truth. I look for some path I can follow, I want some answers to my questions and proof that there is a right way and I can do it the right way. I take every comment as criticism. I take every judgment of another as judgment of myself.
Questions, like hailstones, assail you until you find answers. I have so many questions and no one has the answers. I feel like I have more questions about myself and my life than I have ever had before. I am 42 years old and only recently do I (instead of always having all the answers), feel like I am just beginning to start asking questions. I have always had an overconfidence based on my smartness, my ability to do well in school and posses knowledge. But now I realize I am such an idiot. I have so much to learn and I have so much to do.
How do you pretend to be normal, when you are not?
What do you do when you count all your blessings, when you realize you have everything one could want: a loving family, food on the table, a roof over head, a warm bed, nice clothes and a car: but still you want more?
How do you determine your own worth with out comparing yourself to others?
Ususally I can answer these kinds of questions through the process of making art - Obviously I need to make art. Why do I so often forget that?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
If I had more time and money I would wall paper the stairway wall. I found these images of wallpapered stair risers at door sixteen. I had painted the stair risers a while ago in shades of bluegray and bluegreen and gray. I like them that way but they do need some upgrading. It would be so easy to put decorative paper on that surface....
I found the wallpaper above at modgreenpod. They make vinyl free papers and organic cotton fabrics. Not super expensive. And I have posted in the past about Nama Rococo. The red one below comes in a pale gray green (no pic available though). I could totally live with that but at $126 a 25" x 38" sheet, I simply cannot afford it.I know that Nook in Pittsford carries some of MissPrint wallpapers. I see on line that their rolls are 52cm x 10 metres and cost £55/roll. All MissPrint wallpapers are all PEFC certified which means that the paper products they use promote the sustainable management of forests. I like the saplings line, bu it is a little childish for a stair way-This more what I am looking for - something very bold and demanding your attention - It is from MissPrint's Muscat Collection. I just know the rest of my family will hate it though.MissPrint also makes these vinyl graphics (pictured below), which I have been looking at on Etsy and thinking about having made from my own designs...I think I will think about that more.OMG! Did anyone out there know that Target sells wallpaper, and not just wallpaper but wallmurals! They don't carry the stuff in the stores - you can only get online - a little risky, but how cool are these green leaves! For a measley $150, I think it is worth the risk.So, to continue my disertation on wall coverings... I believe I have found THE ONE I WANT
or maybe this one...
and it is on sale for $20 a roll! But each roll is 20.5 " long x 3 "w. That is odd. It says it covers 56 sq. feet, you get two rolls for $20. How does this work???
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am searching Amazon for that book title and I find actual skirts for sale on Amazon. Who knew?
This skirt is on sale for only$4.99 (from Target). I am now remembering the two skirts I did make for myself two years ago. I spent well over $30 on fabric and those skirts and they have since been donated to the Goodwill... $4.99 is looking quite ideal.
This patchwork skirt was what got me thinking about sewing skirts again. I saw it on Patchwork Mafia's Etsy shop.
Oh, I keep forgetting, I hate to sew. And I am not going to purchase the Target skirt. I am not. Well, maybe I will.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I am determined to stop spending money on crap I do not need but just want becaue it is so cute or interesting. If I need to buy something, I want to try to buy vintage, recycled or handmade.
Specific ways I can shop recycled and handmade-
1. recycled yarn
By unraveling sweaters I can get form the Goodwill I can have new (to me) yarn at a very low cost. I have purchased this kind of upcyled/recycled yarn on Etsy but now I am just going to do it myself. Maybe I will even sell it. I am in midst of my first sweater unreavel-ing and I picked a good on to start on because the yarn is doubled up and I not only have to unravel the sweater but then also have to seperate the two strands into seperate balls of yarn. It is nice yarn and I think it is worth it. To purchase enough yarn to knit an entire sweater would cost upwards of $90.
3.Okay I cannot think of any other ways right now - But I will try to continue to post other ways to re-use and recycle instead of buying new and just not buying at all.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Found this posted by Art MoCo. In their words... Boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague is anything but. This first novel is a fanstastic satire of youth in the art world that spoofs artists, art schools, collectors, gallerists, art terrorists and just about everyone else. In addition to being a good read into the world of 19 year olds with attitude to spare, Boring Boring is a visual treat. The typography and graphic design are an integral part of the plot. This clever and funny story is also available as a series of posters. The expectation was that the graphic elements would at best take away from the story, or disguise a poorly written one, but Boring Boring is an entertaining romp with a hilarious cast of characters who keep the plot moving along in several different directions.
Maybe this will be in my pile of books to read this summer.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I wish I was home spinning beautiful yellow and peach merino. I wish I was home baking cupcakes so I could use up the left over icing in the fridge. I wish I was home laying in my cozy warm bed watching As Good as it Gets. I wish I was knitting that lavender baby sweater, I wish was painting soft greens and rich blacks, making lines with a drywall screw in mushy acrylic paint and cutting and pasting random pieces of collage.
I wish I was in my husband's arms.
I wish it was summer.
If turnips were swords, I'd wear one by my side
If wishes were fishes we all have some fried
If ifs and ands were pots and pans,
there'd be no need for tinkers' hands
But just wishing that something was true, doesn't make it so.
At least the sun was rising in a beautiful blue sky as I parked my car (which also means it was not snowing today). I will be home in six hours. All good things.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I found these gnomes while surfing Ralvery (which I finally joined this week - what took me so long?) They led me through the woods to the pattern for the knitted then felted wool mushrooms too! I loved Lucinda's description of the lucky red and white mushroom on her blog on New Year's Day (also love love love her fingerless gloves which emulate them) and they also make me nostalgic because when I was in college I heard John Cage speak on mushrooms for about four hours. (Actually I did not hear all four hours of the performance as I fell asleep for most of the middle of it.)
Saturday, January 3, 2009
These are the two dresses I sewed for Mod Molly. I am working on one or two more and another knit dress and then I have to stop. As Aster said to me, "She doesn't really need all that many dresses." But I find it really hard to return later to specific kinds of sewing and knitting projects. Once I have tweaked the process, I need to complete it before I forget the those tweaks.