Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

song for the evening

The lovely Treva Blomquist singing her song - "I Could Get Used to This"


deep thoughts - quote by Emerson

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

best anniversary gift

My dear hubby surprised me with a lovely drawing (based upon two old pics of us) for our anniversary.

Sneaky devil, he quietly asked a friend of mine  - the uber talented Harmony Carrigan to make it for us.  I love it!  She also drew a picture of our daughter last year when she was just a month or so old.  That picture is amazing as well.

surviving the craft fair

Well, I did it.  I took part in my first ever craft fair.  And I did learn a few things:

1.) Do not forget the folding chair to sit on.

2.) Do not put cookies in a basket.  For some reason people were wary about digging in the basket to see what I had.  I ended up baking snicker doodles, pecan caramel shortbread, chocolate chip, ricotta cookies, gingerbread, double chocolate cookies and walnut tassies.  Even though they were packaged so nicely, I sold very few of them.

3.) Next time, make lots of pink items.  My pink rose magic wands were the first to go, and I was asked about pink dress up jewelry.  Girlie girlie craft booth = lots of pink items (and to a degree, lots of purple items as well.)

4.) Perhaps invest in making small signs for each item.  I guess I'm still uncomfortable with the "hard sell" pitch.  I always hate it when people press me to purchase things, and I dread being that sort of vendor.  And saying the same schpiel time after time, perhaps the signs could help, and maybe even entice questions from the lingering shopper.

5.) I really, really, REALLY need a space of my own to work on my crafts.  At this time, poor Tom and I are on top of one another sharing an office space at home because the baby took the room which was formerly his man-cave/office.  Alas, I took over our current room AND the dining room table during this whole craft process.

All in all, it was an OK time.  I really had expected to sell more things, especially the cookies and the headbands for babies/little girls.  I now know I over-baked and over-crafted.  Ah well.

I did get many complements for my work, I think most were sincere.  Though strangely enough, most of the complements came from folks who either had girls in their families that were way past the age of my wares, or the only had little boys in their family.  I wonder if I did not price everything correctly.

I'd definitely try another one again.  But first to start a website to sell what I do have left over!







Oh my . . and so many leftovers!  Especially cookies and headbands!












Thursday, October 28, 2010

from the vault - regency poke bonnet

Halloween is right around the corner (this Sunday to be exact.) I love Halloween.  I guess it's the actor in me, but I love finding reasons to dress up and pretend to be someone else.

My favorite costumes are the period ones.  Last year as I was 8 months plus pregnant, my choices were very limited. I whipped up a passable Regency costume and decided to make a poke bonnet from an old straw hat I had lying around the house.  It was the best thing from the costume and not a bad try for my first attempt at millinery. Everything was hand-stitched and hand glued.  The white ruffle insert is actually a separate mob cap I had in my costume trove that I decided to wear that night as well. (We had been out in the rain and damp watching my husband's goddaughter dance at a Halloween event. I thought it best to wear as many layers to keep warm.)

I found instructions and a video how to make the bonnet here:
http://oregonregency.blogspot.com/2010/03/2010-regency-bonnet-workshop.html






I've always loved the Regency period.  My love of Jane Austen, perhaps?  Here's a late night related giggle for anyone out there.




Saturday, October 23, 2010

words to go

I am an arts and crafts supplies horder (I'll admit it). And I'm a sucker for a bargain to boot.  So when I stumbled upon Words To Go - and it was selling for $1.50.  I snapped it up quickly.

Originally stuffed in a small chinese takeout type container, it was full to the brim with 2 sided words and phrases ready to be used in all sorts of artsy situations.  I transferred it to a bigger empty container I had on hand so I could rummage through it easily.  Interesting stuff.

I made my first random "words to go" free verse poem too ( just by randomly picking our pieces while having my eyes closed)

my forevermore destined
i cannot dance the night away
believed in giving
perfection
perpetual, ever glamorous
picturesque rejuvenation



Thursday, October 21, 2010

song for the evening

trip to berlin, massachusetts

Over the weekend we went to visit some friends in Massachusetts.  It was a lovely Autumn weekend, with cool, crisp weather.  A visit to Old Sturbridge Village and some pumpkin picking was on the agenda.  A good time was had by all.













me . .at a craft fair?

Well, I've just been accepted to sell items at a local craft fair. This is a first for me, so I'm a bit excited and a bit intimidated at the same time.  I'm limited to one card table to display my wares, and am planning on doing a mix of my baked goods (I'm thinking cookies mostly) and my princess baskets.

The task at hand now is to decide what to make, how to package it and how to display it.

Here are some pics of my past endeavors:



More baking pictures can be seen here: "Sweet Things for your Tummy"

And some of my princess baskets and items

Princess Alexa's pearl circlet

Princess Josephine's basket

Contents of Princess Alexa's basket

                     Princess Rosyln's flower wreath (worn to the faerie ball)

More pics of princess items can be found here: "Sweet Things for Little Girls"


Friday, October 15, 2010

song for the evening

sketchbook project - stormy weather

I've decided to incorporate various rain related song lyrics into some of my pages.  Here is the latest - "stormy weather"

First I gessoed the page, then played around with some metallic watercolors.  After I had added the lamp black, I was unhappy with the heaviness of the color, so I lifted some of it off with a paper towel.  The result was a lovely happy accident - the stippling pattern in the center of the page.

The song lyrics were stamped with a regular ink pad, then embossed with clear powder, giving the letters a shiny, raised appearance which may not be evident in the scan below.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

song for the evening

sketchbook project - and we're off!

Not sure how I feel about the first page.  But I told myself to just do . . . don't over-think it.  So this is what I have: colour pencil background, clear stamp clouds over that and a few collage elements plus a childhood song lyric.

I think my scanner settings might be off -  I think the background looks a bit better in person than it does in the scan.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

knitting - minus one needle

I've tried to get back to knitting (which was always a nice relaxing past time -  especially for those days when I'd attend cattle calls and be sitting in the Equity building for hours on end chatting it up with other non-union actors).  My husband's grandmother (yay, Rita!) was the one who taught me originally.  She's the big knitter in the family and I have numerous hats/scarves/blankets/sweaters that she made for us.  I can only hope one day to be as skilled/proficient a knitter as she.

(She also continually teaches me to crochet.  I say that because despite her many attempts, the skill has yet to be retained in my brain and muscle memory.  But I'm sure I'll get it eventually!)

I had to stop knitting halfway into my pregnancy because I had the worse carpal tunnel ever! (pregnancy induced).  I was mid way into knitting something for the baby.  Of course she is way too big now to use the hat and booties, but I figure someone I know will have a baby eventually - I'll just keep it for the future.  So I've decided to get back to that project. I'm missing one knitting needle though.  That's frustrating as hell.

I also found this wonderful chunky, soft brown wool, with a scarf/capelet sort of pattern.  We'll see how that goes.



Friday, September 24, 2010

it's here! . . . aka sketchbook project, the beginning

 Well, guess what came in the mail today.  Yes, we were able to scrape the cash together to do it.  I know it's a real luxury at this time at our current financial status.  Can I admit -  I'm both excited and intimidated to start.

Postmark deadline is January 15, 2010.  Let's see what comes of this. . . .

























































Wednesday, September 22, 2010

congrats

I just whipped up another embossed card . . congrats to the next door neighbors whose twins just got baptized.


I used: black and silver embossing powder, gold and silver glitter glue and some chalk pastels.


Monday, September 20, 2010

art journal page. . with all ten fingers!

Finished! (And yes, there were no injuries during the making of this page.)

The quotes included on the page are:

"Women are not the weak, frail little flowers that they are advertised.  There has never been anything invented yet, including war, that a man would enter into, that a woman wouldn't too." - Will Rogers

"A woman should be like a single flower, not a whole bouquet." - Anna Held

"I can't be a rose in any man's lapel." - Margaret Trudeau

Sunday, September 19, 2010

exacting

Hmm . . . working on a new page for my art journal.  I am loving my new x-acto knives.  But, perhaps this is a bit more detailed of a cut out project than I should have started out with.

Baptism by fire, I guess.  Here's hoping I still have all of my fingers afterward.  Ha!

new banner

I thought it was time to change up the banner. So with the help of http://fotoflexer.com/, and a lovely picture from Chowdahfest . . I mean Chowderfest in Mystic, CT a few years back, we have the image you see above.

Here is the original picture.  Fall is around the corner, and this just put me in the mood.

sketchbook project

A artist friend of mine, ( see her website here at http://ahklein.homestead.com/) gave me the heads up on this project she is embarking upon.

Run by the Art House Coop in Brooklyn, NY, the Sketchbook Project is described as the following from their website:

The Sketchbook Project: 2011


"Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.
After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.
Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project."

Apparently you pay to get a blank sketchbook, choose a theme provided and you must fill it by a certain deadline.  Once it is submitted it goes out as a traveling collection.  How cool is that!

To see more about this project and more about the Art House Coop, visit their website here: http://arthousecoop.com/
http://arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject/

I think I may take a stab at this, seeing how I've been pretty pleased with my personal art journal lately.

Friday, September 17, 2010

more from the art journal

A few more art journal pages...

A couple of random pages . . the one on the right contains wrappers from a yummy chocolate shop in Cape Cod.

Another two pages from our Cape Cod vacation

Friday, September 3, 2010

from the vault - a poem - "my reflection"

Another poem dug out from my creative "vault."  I was very prolific with the free verse sort of poetry during all those commutes into the city on the train, can't you tell?


my reflection in the
window
stares at me
in the dark tunnel
we slow
we stutter
we fumble
fingers knotting
breathing heavy
slivers of light
bright in my eyes
we shudder
we shiver
from giver to receiver
from engine to car
we grumble
we rumble
we ache
we twist
we sigh
and in the sky
a lazy cloud trails by
we speed
we chatter
we dart
 in and out
of the artwork
on the walls
scrawled by voiceless fingers
nimble
cold
hard
we push away
we stop
we start
our hearts
not in it fully
never in it really

from the vault - a poem - "i want to write"

I dug around in my old poetry files, and found this . .



i want to write
something prophetic
and poetic
give jumbled thoughts
meaning and depth
to be heard
in the thousands of voices around me
and at the same
time my choices
to sink into the background
blending with the grey mush
i can’t write to be
sympathetic or
kinetic
words really have no
meaning unless someone
reads them or hears them
can i write to feel
to be
to see
to know       that i belong?

cape cod

Took a recent trip to the Cape a few weeks ago.  Here is a small collage of our trip.  I'll post more later.

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