Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
But I HAVE to have this fabric!! I mean, it's the Flintstones, for goodness sake. I'm a cartoon freak and I have a Pebbles keychain and I love cartoons and I could make all sorts of little things out of 1 yard of this. Wah! I really am trying to control my spending right now, because I have a big art workshop I'm going to in October that costs a lot, so I'm trying to save for that. But when I see something like this, I find it hard to control myself. It's at this store, Keepsake Quilting, and they also have Yogi Bear and Jetsons fabric. This is pure torture. WAH wah wah!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Okay, so you know that beautiful Obama hope poster a few posts ago? I found this hilarious site where you can make your own posters in the same style as that one with your own choice of pictures. Above are a few I came up with. The top one is my bro-in-law chopping wood, and the slogan is a favorite saying of his. The other two depend on a knowledge of science fiction classics and TV Christmas specials to understand. I have this specialty knowledge. Here's my gallery of pieces so far. It's addictive making them. Then, if you want to, you can order a t-shirt or mug or something with your silliness permanently memorialized on it. I only wish they had a search function so you could look up if people had used certain words yet and what their ideas were. Some of them just rhyme with the word "hope," but others are iconic to the portrait of the person they depict, like the one in the top ten with the TV character Dr. Greg House and the words "not lupus." Because if you watch the show, it's never lupus. Haha, I guess you had to be there, but it was funny.
I can finally show a picture of this, cuz my sister got it and I don't have to hide it from her anymore (she reads this blog). She didn't know it was a table runner but she loves it. It was my largest, most ambitious sewing project this Christmas. I just guesstimated an average table length and made it about that long. She says she'll get lots of use out of it, no matter what it is. She has several cats and communicates with them very well, so I knew she would love the fabric. I wish the artist did one like this of dogs... I also made her those blue kitty coasters in the previous post. The candy coasters were for my parents and my DAD said they were very clever and useful. That's huge. Because my Dad is not Mr. Art/Craft Appreciation, although he's always supportive of my work. I mean, he's an engineer. Mr. Practical. So for him to make a point of complimenting me on my cleverness of making them is really a big deal. And you know, it's always nice when your Daddy is proud of you, no matter how old you are. :)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Little fabric coasters! I saw some at a craft fair and thought, "I can do that!" and I have quite a stash of fabric, so it was fun to pick some out. The top pic is of the backs of a set that has all the same front but I'm not showing what it is because the giftee doesn't have it yet. The other two sets are already tied up and should be in the recipients hands by now. I hope. Anyhow, these were really fun to make, so I've cut up more sets to make some to sell on my Arf fire studio.
Well, I went a blog-huntin' today to find some blogs I didn't know about that are fun and that you should visit if you haven't. And to give this award to. And what do think, but the first one I found that I really liked has a discussion of blog awards? And she has this cool banner she's creating that she's letting people use for free, although I'm going to link it to her blog when I put it on my sidebar. It's kind of cranky and I like cranky because I often am. Cranky. Arf. I still can't type that rifht. Right. So, go visit:
1. Artspark Theatre: she has really cool woodcut illustrations and is a smarty-pants in her discussions and I like smarty-pants people. Even more when they're women.
2. Barb's Craft Therapy: I like therapy, I've been in therapy for many years. And as Barb says, craft therapy is not really less expensive, but it's more fun. I am awarding her for being so fearless on such a momentous occasion as yesterday, inauguration day, as to do an art journal layout. And it's beautiful!
Here's a screen capture of the front page of Artfire earlier when one of my listings came up, the green bird on the bottom. Cool! I was on the front page! I just had to share that. It was exciting.
I have a shop on Etsy but it seems I don't get much traffic there, and it's not much of an interactive experience. Then I saw this ad banner on Swap-bot for an indie marketplace I hadn't heard of before, called Art Fire. So I looked into it, found this fun blog with a review of Artfire vs. Etsy. I decided to plunge in. I hope it's worth it. Here's another review from a current Artfire seller--excuse me--artisan. I like that. And the staff seems to be very responsive to what artists want in an online marketplace. Here's some pros and cons pointed out by blogger Crafty Equine. Then there's this discussion of a bunch of online marketplaces that I don't have time to read. Go read it for me. Maybe I can have a personal assistant do it. My bank called me today and tried to sell me personal customer service for$5.99 a month, and I wanted to slap him. It was one of those "Okay, so we'll sign you up and then if you don't want it you just send your firstborn and your masters thesis in triplicate and we'll simply cancel the subscription!" sells. I just said no.
What was I talking about? Oh, Arffire. Now, see, that's going to be a problem. I keep typing Arf instead of Art. But other than that, it seems good. I don't have a lot of time to market myself, and I'm not looking to find a huge income source, but I do like making things and selling some. So I've got a store now on Arf. Fire. Artfire. There's only one item (my zine) in it at present, but hopefully I'll get more in there soon. I don't know if I should just take the stuff off Etsy now or let the listings expire first...
Oh, oh, and if you, that's right, YOU reading this, decide to join Arf, could you be nice and say I referred you? If you do I might get a free subscription and that would be great. For me. For you, it would be, um, good karma? So if you register, do it thought the link below. Thanks. I love you. No, really, I do. Just not that way.
Register on ArtFire.com
Okay, I finished up some ACEO's that I'd been working on, so I now have enough items to fill a little store window. See it over there on my sidebar? Isn't it cute? And really what you visit is my "studio" which I think is really cool. It encourages me to make more art, so I can fill up my STUDIO. Yeah!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My most excellent friend Chrissy gave me this award because she thinks I'm talented or something and likes my blog. She is brilliant in her own right, so it's an honor to receive an honor from her. Enough with the butt kissing, I know. So, I can't figure out where this award originated from, but you're supposed to keep passing it on and the rules change but currently you're supposed to say 7 things you love...
1. I love my family. Oh, I know, how boring, but it's true. I call my parents about once a week and my mom and I always have each other rolling on the floor laughing. About nothing. Just silly stuff. My father sings in a men's choir and I love to hear him sing.
2. I love my sewing machine and that I can make things on it! It's so fun! I never thought I would be a sewer, and my own mother was shocked to learn of this development (as observant children, we ran and hid when we saw her get out the sewing machine), but I let my inner fabric fiend out and I love it.
3. I love my husband, he is my best friend. We have been through many highs and lows together: An all-day hike through Arches National Park is a particularly fond memory, losing our first baby to miscarraige is a rough one. We try to be nice to each other even when things are crazy, and always work on communicating. Little things make a difference, like saying thank you for doing the laundry or the dishes.
4.I love being a mommy to my little cherub Toddler who is the happiest giggliest baby I've ever seen. I melt when she hugs me or just turns around and backs into my lap and sits down. If I ask her for a kiss, she presents her cheek for me to kiss.
5. I love my art supplies, especially my lazy suzan with all the colored pencils, pens, scissors, punches, q-tips, and paintbrushes on it. Just looking at it makes me feel inspired.
6. I love my art group that I meet with once a month here in MN. We do group projects together, and are great supportive friends of each other, no matter what is going on. When I was in the hospital with preeclampsia before I had Baby, they made me a little bag of art stuff to cheer up my hospital room.
7. Uh oh, I've reached 7. Wow, and here I thought this would be hard. I love this blogging/art community online. It saves me sanity to be able to commune with other artists when I'm stuck at home and not having a good day. I love being able to participate in big online art projects, like the Pink Artist project, that raised over $3k for breast cancer research.
And now I get to nominate some other bloggers. But first, as Winnie the Pooh would say, I must have a think. Which may involve sleeping. Meanwhile, as you wait with bated breath, you can read the previous post about the nutjob Mondrian.
His big turning point was making these horizontal and vertical lines, horizontal representing the male in some abstract (phallic) way and vertical representing the female (let's not even go there). He evidently wrote extensively about his work, trying to explain it, and no one understood what the hell he was talking about. He moved from making these loose black lines in the bottom painting to making the tightly constructed closed boxes in the top painting, trying to bring more and more order to the world.
I always wondered if he measured out his squares or used math in any concrete way to choose how many squares were red and how many were white, because that's what I liked about it, how it all seemed to balance so well, to be in the right proportions. It turns out that was all intuitive. He'd make rough sketches and then refine them and play with the color blocks until he thought it was "right." So that's what made him a "true" artist, so said one of the critics in the show. But he also a nutter! How do you like that?!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I wanted to post this in response, or to echo the sentiment of, Very Mary's recent post about her studio. My "studio" is a small room with way too much stuff in it and it's almost never tidy. I see that Somerset Studios Where Women Create magazine and think "oh, phew, one magazine I don't 'need' to buy." Because my studio will never be like one of those places. First of all, most of those people have bigger studios than my living room garage house. Thirdly, I have a toddler. So other things come first before cleaning--well, before cleaning anything, really. Plus I want her to have a love for art and its compenents. So sometimes I just open up my tub of ribbon and let her scatter it all over the floor. And by floor I mean 2nd floor of the house. She loves it! She'll drape it over her shoulders or mine, and unroll the spools and be fascinated by how long they are. I will never have one of those roller bars on the wall with all my ribbon hanging off it like so much colorful toilet paper. I usually like small pieces anyway, so I don't have a lot of rolls, just a yard here, a snippet there.
So, I just want to say that having the tidiest studio is not my goal anymore. And it works pretty well most of the time. I just have to clear a big enough space to work on my current project. That's all I need. I let the colorful clutter around me inspire me. So ha!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
We've had Cocoa for 6 years now and we got her on January 4, 2003, so we call that day her birthday. She got lots of extra treats today and lovin' as usual. She's 9 years old now and getting a little gray in the face and tummy areas. She's had a tough time adjusting to being dethroned by the baby, but the baby worships her, so maybe she'll appreciate that more later. Baby's favorite word is DOG, she'll just say it over and over and over. And she was instrumental in making sure Cocoa got extra treats today, so Cocoa should be grateful, but not so much yet are we seeing that.