Putnam Arts Council's annual holiday art sale. The year before, I managed to sell a few bookmarks and lavender sachets. This year, I thought I'd get a head start making charms and see if I can produce a few bracelets and maybe some earrings and quilted coasters as well. Here are a few samples.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Finally, over the weekend, I couldn't stand how messy and out of control they all seemed. I started by clipping some goldenrod that had found their way into the mess, then trimmed back the weeping cherry and the azealeas beneath it. Then I tackled the cedars. I'd been thinking all these years that it was just one big trunk under all that foliage, but there were about 6 smaller trunks. I cut off just one or two at first, but then ended up removing an entire plant. Below is my pile of clippings!
Just goes to show you what you can accomplish with a few simple tools, a little determination, and an afternoon of hard work!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I also realized (a little late) that I should have chosen a different sunny spot - the shadow of the house very quickly threatened to overtake the whole piece of cloth - but luckily, my daughter's came home from school and were able to help me move the table further out.
Below is how the cloth looked after it dried in the sun and all the salt and leaves were removed. You can see how the places where the leaves blocked the sun turn white.
Here is a close up of one area where you can see a part of a fern, an ivy leaf, and many speckles from the salt.
More importantly, I learned a few things about sun printing: have more objects than you think you'll need, give yourself plenty of room away from any encroaching shadows, and results might be better if you use paper cut-outs of shapes rather than leaves and ferns that curl up and away from the fabric, making less clear prints. Anyway, it was a nice excuse to be outside in the sunshine clipping leaves and playing with paint!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Happy Monday, eveyone, hope you had a great weekend!
I also finally bought myself a polymer clay conditioning machine (aka, a pasta machine). All this time, I've been conditioning the clay by hand, which is tiring. And when I roll it out, it never comes out even and smooth. I do use clay quite a bit, so I hope to get a lot of use out of this.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
That school bus rolled up the street right on time this morning, signaling the official end of summer. The first day of school happened to fall on an auspicious day this year: my birthday. Since the house was quiet and I wanted to combine some errands with some celebrating, I took myself out to brunch! I've always wanted to indulge in a plate of decadent cream-cheese-stuffed french toast, but for some reason I never did it - til today! This is "frittered french toast" from the Everready Diner in Brewster, and it comes dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with raspberry sauce! Wow! I couldn't even finish it, so I'll have the rest tomorrow.
Another present I got for myself was this set of 36 colored pencils, below. I use colored pencils more often than you would think, and the basic 12 color set just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I don't need a fancy artist-quality brand or anything; for my purposes, these will do just fine. Now I have a variety of shades of each color to use for sketching or on shrink film charms. Sometimes just a little, inexpensive thing like that gives you just the lift you need!
And although the summer is ending, this time of year is also a beginning - another school year and, for me, another year of my life. Maybe it's a good time to revisit and revise the goals I made in January and plan the next few months accordingly. One of the things I really want to get serious about is dropping a few pounds and exercising a little more. I did start the day with some stretches and exercises, but the diet will have to wait until tomorrow - after the birthday cake and frittered french toast are all gone!
Monday, September 3, 2012
As I mentioned in a previous post, Mark and I really got a kick out of the retro "Doo-Wop" style of architecture of many of the motels in Wildwood. Our favorite, by far, was the Caribbean, above, which was right across the street from where we stayed. Above you can see the neon sign which glowed bright fuschia-red at night and the walking ramp that leads up to the ultra-cool lounge above. Below is a view of the pool from the lounge deck. The predominant colors here were yellow and lime green.
On the next block over was the Bel-Air motel, which we could also see from our motel. The aqua louvred doors, bright white walls, and hot pink umbrella kept catching my eye - what a great color palette! (It reminded me of my "Margaritaville" charm bracelet, which you can see by clicking here.)
This morning I dug around in my stash and came up with these fabrics that might make the same fun-in-the-sun statement. I would love to make something with them, but I'm not sure what yet. Maybe a larger abstract piece.
Meanwhile, I'm already lining up some other fabrics that would also work with the fern motif.