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


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


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, 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 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:

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
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
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
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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

a song for the evening

A friend had asked for an uplifting song, and I suggested to her this one.  It was perhaps slightly melancholy in sound, but had a good message. ( I think the original intent was the whole religion/God will be there for you . . but I think it can be taken also as how anyone: friend, or family, lover or even stranger, can be there to support another human being in need.)

"After The Fire" - by Amy Grant
Click here to listen to the song -

After The Fire lyrics- Amy Grant

After the fire is over
After the ashes cool
After the smoke has blown away
I will be here for you

After the stillness finds you
After the winds of change
All that is good and true between us
This will remain the same

We turn the page of life
It comes at quite a price

(Repeat chorus)

After your time of wand'ring
Along this lonely road
There will be many voices calling
Mine will say, "Welcome home"

We turn the page of life
It comes at quite a price

(Repeat chorus)

I will be here for you

art journal - pages

I've found some time to work on my art journal.  I'm pretty happy with it's progress.  I find myself usually starting by creating some sort of background ( whether is be collage, paint, stamping), then journaling around or directly over what I have.  I'm finding that I am enjoying revisiting older pages, covering up part of the journaled parts, and adding more collage elements on top of it.

here are a few pages of mine I've liked so far.

My RUSH spread -  originally journaled during my trip into the city/return home after watching "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" in NYC on the big screen.

Collage revolving around the quote :"You curl your hair and paint your face. Not I:I am curled by the wind, painted by the sun." from a translated poem by Julia De Burgos

Just a random collage, from a journal page.  Artwork is from a cover of a card I recycled.  Look at me, being all green!

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