Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So I get my days mixed up... sew what?

 The Happy Couple as Spuds :)
Who has time to make this stuff?
 Future Queen of England and I suspect our hearts, age 5
Congrats Kate and William
Okay, I know its wednesday and I should be researching royal wedding stuff, but I'm not.  I wish Kate Middleton better luck than Diana and Fergie. I do, by the way, think she is a lovely girl and will fair much better than her predecessors, provided she survives her MIL, aka Camilla the Hun. What a beast that creature is inside and out, but enough judgement for today. 
 The Not Future Queen of England (divorcees not allowed to be queen)
 No wonder Prince Charles wanted to be her tampon (seriously... he text her that) I'd hide too if I was attracted to this
Camilla's the one on the right, right???
Yesterday I actually mixed up tuesday and wednesdays agenda.  Tuesday is Phood for thought and Web Words and Wednesday is Project update day.  What you got was Web Words and a boastful project update so that leaves PfT.

This week's Phood for Thought: 
"Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value"  Albert Einstein
"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew" Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan- interested in the media? look him up

P.S. My apologies for not crediting the photos, I found them in the strangest places with no credit info. Let me know where they came from and I'll plaster the info in bold (or remove the pics... no problem)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Ventures, A New Adventure!!! aka My Very First Art Show :)

Five Corners Cafe  Old Forge, NY

I have been crazy, insanely busy!!!! Last fall I joined an ornament swap on a blog site called FreshlyBlended.  Those ornaments went over well and have turned into some orders which has led to my first full fledged art exhibit :)  Yep... you read that correctly! I will be having my own one man show at a restaurant in the Adirondacks, called the 5 Corners Cafe (picture above).  This place has beautiful gallery walls and does a roaring business from May through Oct.  I have the time frame June 7 to July 6. Woot Woot!! (I have the July 4th slot and the month of June is full of art events in the village) 

Freshly Blended Swap Ornaments- replicas of the recipients homes

commission piece- home on Put-In-Bay, OH

I am sewing a collection of quilted "paintings" of significant architectural structures specific to Old Forge, NY. I consider myself a textile construction artist. I find it appealing and challenging to take soft textiles and manipulate them into representations of hard building materials. Here's the first piece, Benny's Ice Cream. I have yet to stretch it but essentially its done. 

 The real Benny's Ice Cream
 "Benny's Ice Cream"

I know I've done a crappy job of keeping up with posting lately but at least I'm accomplishing something I've needed to do for years... I've finally found my medium and I'm producing work... yay me! I'm still too excited to figure out I should be terrified, I'm sure that will catch up soon enough. For now I'm just going to enjoy the energy rush.

P.S. I'm going to try to go back to the schedule I set up last fall: Tuesday's web words are "netsta" and "shisping". I think netsta must be a web wise geeky hacker, as in net and gangsta.  Surely shisping is something to do with lisping the word shit or something like it. What do you think they'd mean if they were in our dictionary??? 

P.S.S. Did you hear that arthur... bwah ha ha ha ha

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jonesing Jessica Jones (fabric): Meet Outside Oslo

Jessica Jones of the blog  how about orange has a new fabric line that makes me crazy with ideas! I love her subtle use of vivid colors and the graphics are mid century reminiscent. My whole house is 60's and veddy veddy cool. I can picture table linens, pillows, a bed quilt or wall hanging... the options are endless.

The stylized designs remind me of pine trees or ferns (frond), waves (skiff), spring flowers (wildflower & tulip), picturesque homey fencing (picket), and fresh cut firewood stacked (sticks). All that's missing is the lovely little Nordic cottage they belong around. She's smart though, the cottage would be trite and she is NEVER trite.

There are 2 color schemes, 1 daytime (Dawn Colorway) and 1 evening (Dusk Colorway). The daytime has tangerine, burnt orange, deep toasted orange, light robin's egg, dusty blue, rich grey brown, and creamy white.  The evening round up has rich grey brown, warm charcoal, turquoise, mustard, and creamy white. 

This gorgeous line is being produced by The Needle Shop and is coming out in May for retail sale. I'm sure Jessica will be posting where her goods can be bought by those of us not fortunate enough to have our very own fabric store. Pdf's with inspiring ideas and photos are available for download at the shop. Go forth sewers, quilters, and crafters and dream...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Threads of Insanity aka The Thrill of the Hunt...

Only a quilter will spent hours driving through a blizzard to an estate sale on the other side of East Jebubs Nowhere to buy thread. That's right... I said thread.  

But baby, did I land a stash!  Whether quilting, embroidering, or serging you use a lot, I mean A LOT of thread.  Its extremely expensive if you buy the good stuff. You'd think I was referring to a Law and Order Criminal Intent script for drug running.  Good thread doesn't fray, split, or break easily.  It doesn't jam or jump tension. Its worth every penny and it also costs a bunch of them.

So anyway, back to my score. Normally I'd be one of the first people there to try and secure the goods I wanted however there was some serious snow flying, up to 10 inches had fallen.  In the morning the interstates were all but closed.  Finally things let up about 11am so off I went.  I was lucky that everyone was after the sewing machines and left the thread alone.  

So here's what I got: 
40 spools of assorted metallics.  
60 to 70 spools of Sulky in a rainbow of colors
27 spools of Wooly Nylon serger thread
15 spools of standard serger thread
4 half yard pieces of St. Patricks appropriate fabric
3 specialty sewing feet (that I didn't have) unused/unopened retail value $75 
Some miscellaneous other notions and 5 plastic storage boxes

And what did I pay for this hoarders delight of sewing goods?  $90!  I added up the retail value (including a 40% JoAnns discount for every item) and quit at $500! LIFE IS GOOD! I would never risk wrecking my car or injuring myself driving to a sale, I was just lucky it was all still there. Someday I'll expose photos of the fabric spilling from every storage orifice, nook, cranny, closet, and cubby in our house. My hubs is a saint to accommodate my obsession. For now though I'm still trying to figure out where I'm going to stash my new stash.

About Arthur- the bastard still controls my life right now. Treatment issues, stress, etc. continue to give him the upper hand but one of these days... his ass will be mine.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nationwide Debilitating Syndrome, GSCC, being delivered in US by unsuspecting youth!

BEWARE: I'm afraid I may soon be suffering from a debilitating new syndrome.  Its called GSCC or Girl Scout Cookie Coma.  Brought on by the delicious taste and endless sugar rush, this syndrome results in a calm bliss disabling the desire to do anything beyond eating more cookies. This will no doubt turn epidemic and the only cure is for all cookies nationwide to be consumed.  News reports of hoarding among suburban housewives is rampant with cartels developing in centers of large or dense Girl Scout populations. These cookies are plainly addictive thus encouraging behaviors beyond the norm. 

Beware of those pushing boxes of eleven different types of this substance, among them Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints, etc. You will find them lurking outside any US "big box" store hidden behind card tables.

This scourge comes right on the heels of two other health epidemics, CCO (Christmas Cookie Overload) and VTG (Valentine Truffle Gluttony). There is reported to be a common household antidote for all three of these ills, consuming vast quantities of Boy Scout Popcorn. 

HELP!!! Must find Lemon Chalets...  

P.S. Thanks to my neighbor, Lydia, for delivering my 11 (yes eleven!) boxes so quickly :)  yummmmmmmmmmm