Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
They also published the interview in its entirety on their blog, Cheap Thrills. Check it out, and while you are there, read about some of the other great DIY projects and goodies they have put together for you!
Like how to grow a pineapple...a pineapple, people!
Yippee! I feel like queen of my tiny felted world today. So damn the torpedoes and pass me a cuppa tea....I gotta get to felting.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I've gone a little crazy with the acrylic felt flowers. But they are just soooo much fun to make! They have a totally different personality than my other flowers do. My encaustic flowers are grumpy, my wool flowers are refined, and these...
Well, these just holler out "Hiya there! Hey, you want some tea? I can put the kettle on. Come on in...it's no trouble. You want a cookie? I love cookies. Don't you just LOVE cookies?"
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
The lining is so nice that I could potentially turn the thing inside out and get two bags in one, if I wanted to.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
They come in a pack of 90, they are totally customizable, and how cute is this, they are on tear out sheets.
I just ordered two sets, in green of course, with my Flickr images of my work. I'm gonna stick'em ALL OVER my Etsy stuff.
Can't wait for them to arrive!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I was in the West Village Friday, and decided that it was time. I had been growing my hair out for two long years and it was time for it to come off. After my friend Cheryl passed away, my friend Diane passed away, and two other girlfriends were diagnosed with cancer, I decided that this was a little thing (a very little thing) that I could do.
I am donating my hair through Beautiful Lengths. Hopefully, it will make some beautiful woman feel a little better. If you have ever considered cutting your hair (it is summer and damn hot! Do you need another reason?) Consider doing it now, and for this great cause. Here is a before and after. (I said I wanted it to look like Maggie Gyllenhaal's)
My hair is laying on my desk, looking very much like a sleeping animal or an amputated body part at the moment. It is a little disturbing, I must admit. I can't wait to send it away tomorrow. At least now it won't need tying up at the felting table.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I was poking about on Etsy, like I do a lot, when I found this featured shop foldedpigs. She makes the most hilarious porcelain. Including this plate:
Which I thought was an incredible coincidence, as I had just been listening to the musical stylings of Jonathan Coulton, who as some of you may know, is the roving troubadour for Popular Science magazine and a musical genius to boot.
Why is this a coincidence, you may ask? He has a fantastic song called "Re: Your Brains" which you can just so happen to listen to below.
I dropped him an e-mail to let him know about this alignment of the arts, and what do you know but the man wrote me back....within 24 hours. How is that for being responsive to your fan base?
I love his music more than zombies love brains......
Ok, well, it smells because it is encaustic. Encaustics, for those of you who may not have seen or worked with them before, are essentially a mixture of beeswax and oil paint, which are sometimes mixed with a resin. This mixture is then melted and applied to a surface. I mix my own encaustics and love painting with them. However, while I am working with them they do tend to get odoriferous. I am sure there are things in the paint that I should not be inhaling, so I open the windows in my studio space nice and wide. My hubby (who wants me to stop calling him that, by the way) always complains and leaves the house when I am working with them.
I used to mix my encaustics and then melt them directly on the canvas or surface using a heat tool. I sometimes still do this, but recently I found a groovy buffet warmer from the 70's. It is all ripply glass and danish modern handles and I LOVE IT. It doesn't get terribly hot, and I can put my pans of encaustic on it to melt without them getting to too high a temperature. Because the surface is glass, any drips I might make clean right off when the warmer cools down. I still use the hot tool for detail work, but I am getting burned a lot less now.
Note: The little pile of Buddha heads in the corner is a trick that I use to get my wax to melt faster for the pans. I pre-melt a pan of beeswax, and then pour it into a silicone mold of a Buddha that I made a few years ago. That way I have small bits of wax that melt fast without having to saw them off the block with a knife.
Encaustics are stinky when you are working with them, but smell like delicious beeswax/honey when they are done. I am all about integrating all 5 senses into my art, and this is just such an added bonus.
And oh yeah, that little guy you see on my encaustic bench is for newly for sale on Etsy...or will be shortly.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
And as you might be able to tell from the scale of my finger there on the left, this felted flower is pretty tiny....
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Ken is a sweet guy, we teach in the same district, we have the same solar contractor (yup, my house is solar too) and he has some great ideas. Let's hear it for the regular folk trying to make a difference.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
This felt will be a flower inspired by a coverlet of my great-grandmother's that I inherited. It was full of these strange grey/blue/lavender rose-peony hybrids that existed no-where but on Grans' featherbed.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Ahem..... Ahem.... Testing...one ....two....three....
Folks, we have to do something. We have screwed up the planet and now we have to fix it.
Now, yes I know everyone is telling us to get off our collective lazy hineys and get with it. Al Gore is telling us, silly celebrities that I don't listen to are telling us, and now yes, now I am telling us...well, you.
Here is a little thing we can do. It is called:
THE TWO MILE RULE
Here it is, plain and simple:
If where you want to go is within two miles, you walk, or bike.
Wow. That is complex. But what if you have groceries to carry? Or paint cans to haul? Or the kitty to take to the vet? Well, then you do all those things in a combo trip in the car. Don't feel guilty, it is ok. That is what your car is for. But your feet are made for everything else.
The hubby and I live by THE TWO MILE RULE. For the last two summers we have managed to get by on one tank of gas. ONE TANK OF GAS PEOPLE! That is the power of THE TWO MILE RULE. We feel great, we spend time together, we don't shop all the time, we don't spend money we don't have to, we see people in our neighborhood, we don't put wear and tear on the car, we don't make carbon, and we get to be good to the planet.
I tell my students about THE TWO MILE RULE and they make fun of me for about a minute, then they think about it. It makes sense. Think about it.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Here are some pretty trees for Denise.
Who just happens to blog here: http://deniseculberson.blogspot.com/
And for the observant of those amongst you, yes, this is the image that I am carving in the previous post. If you noticed you get the gold star today.
You are all doing very well.