I am trying to photograph and post vintage finds in my Etsy shop, SecondSeed. This is the best time of year, for my shop anyhow, to sell vintage objects. I had a request for just a number three typewriter key - these are three different ones. The middle one is actually glass framed in a metal ring. I do love the plastic ones myself. I want to make a another set of flowers with the keys as the center. I think I will use vintage color maps this time for the petals.
The new amazing sewing machine is in the shop- under warranty, which is good, but 16 days with no machine is not so good. I'll be knitting and hand sewing until then - maybe some new inspiration will come of it. I have the machine (pictured above) in the basement - but it needs to be wired to a plug. If only I knew an electrician with some time on his hands. What do you think Allen?
I am going to complete two or three more this week and then move on to something else. I have two damaged fingers from pushing the needle, I am crossing my fingers that the article in Stuffed Magazine creates sales...You can find this one in my shop - www.secondseedinstitches.etsy.com
Aster took this above pic of some candies she got from Santa. Below is Allen with his vintage cozy and below that is Gage in a new shirt and hat.Aster and I got a photo booth set up and this is a pic I took and played around with in Photoshop. I have decided it is nuclear winter and this poor deer is the only survivor.
And below is my pathetic attempt to make a stuffed animal last minute for Aster. I realized on Christmas eve that I had no stuffed animal for her for a christmas present and I did what I could with what I had to make her one. He is not really complete, as he has no back legs.
6 medium navel oranges 6 cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling 6 cups water
Using a paring knife, make six shallow cuts in each orange from top to bottom, cutting through the rind but not into the fruit. Use your fingers to gently loosen the six sections of rind off each orange. Use a longer, sharp knife to carefully slice off any extra white pith. Slice rind sections lengthwise into 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch strips. Place strips in a pot, cover with cold water, cook on high heat just until the water starts boiling. Drain & rinse rinds, return to pot, cover with cold water again, repeat the boil/rinse/drain steps, set aside.
Combine water & 6 c. sugar in a large, wide-mouth pot, cook over medium-high heat until mixture is boiling and sugar has completely dissolved. Carefully add sliced rinds into pot, turn heat down to medium, leave on a rapid simmer for about an hour, until rinds are translucent. Remove pot from heat, use tongs or a slotted spoon to fish out all the slices from the syrup & arrange in a single layer on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet or old newspaper. Pat a couple of paper towels on top of rinds to lightly blot up any excess syrup, but don't go overboard. Dredge slices in extra granulated sugar until well coated, return to wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
I delivered some flowers to Thread on Friday. They are made out of book pages and type writer keys and have felted wool leaves. Mike took this cool photo of one - I just love it. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THREAD AND SHOP! I found so many amazing, underpriced, very unique gifts for friends, family and myself! I just love this store and its owners.
He is sitting on a branch on the left in the pic above. See the little red speck on the top of his head? The yellow underside is amazing in the winter light. And he is all speckled on his breast. You would think he was showing off to me.
I was so excited to see him! Although I do love the Sparrows too. They are like dandelions to me - so pretty, but too many of them does get annoying.
This is one of two custom Foundlings ordered for a brother and sister. I have to force myself to finish the second one - I dislike custom orders, they take all the fun out of the creation of these guys, but I shouldn't complain, they will be loved.
I am not exactly keeping up with my one foundling a day goal. But I am working diligently on them. Blossom gave me a lot of joy as I thought about Spring and flowers all the time I was making her. I also finished some other projects and have been knitting. As my mom often asks, "Why does Christmas come at the busiest time of the year?"
I am busy making Foundlings and really enjoying myself as each little face develops its personality. I will have two of my Foundlings featured in the January issue of Stuffed Magazine! These two little guys haven't been sent home from there trip to California yet - but they will be for sale when they return. Some of there friends are in my Etsy shop waiting for adoption. Say hello to them out at Secondseedinstitches.etsy.com.
I have been working and teaching a various places and trying to keep up with my own business, and sadly I have neglected this blog (among other things). I have two more art venues coming up. Second Storie is Saturday, November27th, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 28th, 11 am to 4 pm at The Visual StudiesWorkshop auditorium and Hearts and Crafts is on December 12th at Javas Coffee Shop on Gibbs Street. I have been making as much as I possibly can for these last holiday sales. I hope you can come see me and the many other amazing artists.
I go to a few Estate sales when I can. There is an awesome website called estatesales.net that lists the dates and times, maps and pictures for the sales. I have noticed some particularly amazing photos on this site- these are unchanged by moi - these are the exact snapshots that the organizers take to showcase the items in the sale. I think this first one had a lot of influence on my recent collage work. I may frame this one and hang it in the living room. I just love the set like appearance, the colors and balance, and I especially like the blinds reflected in the TV.
I am actually keeping this first owl for myself. He is all cashmere and probably the best shaped owl I have yet to make. The others are posted and for sale for $55 on Etsy, both in second seed and in secondseedinstitches.
Aster raked the leaves on Sunday - just to take pics. I think this looks like a Loreal Paris ad.
I have decided to quit Anthropologie. I really like working there, but I feel like I cannot keep house or make dinner or spend any decent enough amount of time with my family. Since I mostly work nights there - that was the job to leave...
only a few hours after I e-mailed Anthropologie my resignation and two weeks notice - a manager at Naartjie quit and I was promoted to replace her. So now I have to work two nights at Naartjie. I also teach on Thursday Evenings and I am simply tired of not being home for dinner. I have been living on root beer and pretzel hotdogs while all I think about are wonderful healthy meals. I need to get organized to make a number of dinners on my free days to be able to pull out of the fridge or freezer last minute. Today is one of those days - I don't have high hopes.
This Friday offers numerous wonderful exhibits. VSW presents artist and poet Jen Bervin to speak at the Black Mountain North Symposium at 2:30-4:00 PM at the Memorial Art Gallery. The Black Mountain North Symposium is a three-day conference and festival of the arts in Rochester, NY. It celebrates upstate New York’s experimental arts, whose lineage is partly traceable to the migration of artists and scholars from a radically innovative school situated in the hills of North Carolina from 1933 to 1957. Jen Bervin's work is so lovely, I assume she will be speaking about her new book The Desert. This book is made by her (hand) machine sewing over the text to reveal a found poem. (She made an edition of 40!)
I have never felt this way about my own work, but, yes, I am head over heals in love with the collages I have been making for the Record Archive exhibit.
I am only just completing the last of them and the show opens this Friday. I will deliver the work on Tuesday and hope to keep making a few pieces to bring in later in the week. The picture of the studio shows the work I am still attempting to accomplish in the two or three days I have left...
Hearts and Crafts at Java's is tomorrow and I work on Monday but I should be able to get into the studio and get moving. I have 15 painted canvases with collage as well as a number of pieces on paper and blocks (I posted images of those blocks earlier)... For those of you cannot be in Rochester to see this work, well, I feel badly for you. It really is a stupendous group of pieces and I am obviously very proud of myself although I truly feel that the work just needs me around to glue and cut...
Here is a preview for of some work I have created that will be exhibited at Record Archive. I will also have some new prints of new work for Artist Row on Sunday. Come and see me and many other amazing artists at the Pubic Market! These are 5 x 5 inches. I have been playing around with ideas of gender and empowerment. I wish I had more time before the exhibit opens because I really like the direction the work is taking.