Friday, August 31, 2007

More Pics

I don't just do pillows and embroidery things, I also dabble in mixed media, altered art and anything else that strikes my fancy at the moment. Here's some fairy houses that are also making their way to the craft shows. These are lots of fun to do using the old photographs, lots of odds and ends (which justifies me going to antique stores, thrift stores and collecting lots of "stuff" -- you know, you can never have too much stuff).

The temps in our area have finally gone down. We spent almost 30 consecutive days at close to 100 degrees, with heat indexes of over 110. The hottest August here since the 1930's. However, I wouldn't know about that as I wasn't around in the 30's (and neither was my mother, so we'll just have to take the weatherman's word for it).
The lower temps have made Maddie a little frisky. This is the door into my craft room. Yes, she is on top of the door frame. Please notice the heavy duty screen wire on the door -- to keep little kitty paws out of my stuff!
The formatting in this entry certainly sucks doesn't it? (LOL) I've tried editing this three times now and I think I'm giving up.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day holiday. I know I'm sure looking forward to it!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy


Here we go -- as promised -- pictures of all the "stuff" I've been busy, busy, busy with. These are all for my upcoming craft shows. I only do Fall and Winter so my shows start in September and run through December.

Pillows, pillows and even more pillows. These are just a sampling. I can stuff pillows in my sleep (LOL). And if you've got a lot of buttons, what could be more fun then spelling out words with them? If you need a helping hand in collecting buttons, check my Etsy shop after Labor Day. To help out a dear friend, I'll be selling little bags of buttons -- I think they'll be mostly white buttons, but as you can see, the white buttons are perfect for words.

Not to change the subject -- but all last week while hearing about the almost hourly recall of products from China, I got to thinking how scary it is to buy something for your children and then hear about a recall from lead paint -- or remember the pet food? A lot of animals died over that recall. If you want to buy American made goods, one of the best places to go is your local craft shows. You can support someone in your community, get a well made toy and/or gift items and buy American all at the same time. Yeah, you may pay a dollar or two more then you do at Walmart or one of the other cheap import shops, but you won't have to be worrying about whether the item will be recalled. Just make sure the crafter you're buying from actually makes their stuff and is not someone who is just importing more cheap junk from China or other countries.

I don't say this just because I sell at craft shows, I say this because we need to buy more American goods. And that's not an easy thing to do. Next time you go clothes or shoe shopping, look at the tags. Everything is made somewhere else. I think tools are a little easier -- I know there are still a couple of American companies making tools. If you're interested, Google "Made in USA" and you'll get several websites with American made goods. We need to start supporting our own country -- it's the only one we have.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sharon B

In case you haven't heard, Sharon B has moved her blog, In A Minute Ago. You can find Sharon here:

http://www.sharonb@wordpress.com

I'm frantically getting ready for my craft show season. My first show is weekend after next. AHHHH!!!! Where the heck did the summer go? I thought I had months and months to get ready for Fall. Guess I blinked or something (LOL)

Anyway, I'll be back on Thursday with some photos of my "stuff" for the shows. I have to post this and put it in writing so I will get in gear and get my things organized and ready to roll for the 2007 craft season. See you soon with pictures.

Friday, August 17, 2007

TGIF

Friday, Friday -- I live for Fridays.
I also live for your many kind comments. I try (I really do!) to thank each and every one of you personally. Thank you for looking at my things (and liking them) and admiring Madeline (yes, she does "fly" -- from the floor to my shoulder, and not necessarily on commend, sometimes just whenever she feels like it). Some of you come through with "no reply" or "anonymous." If you have a blog, I go and visit you and will usually comment there (unless the boss is constantly standing over my shoulder). Speaking of which. . .
There's a big change coming in my work world and of course, it's not a good change for me. So my posts may be a little scarce here for a while -- hope not! As soon as the dust settles and I can give you all the gory details, I will!

Meanwhile, it may be good to lay low for a little while.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

"Nice" Award

Thanks to my buddy Charlene (http://whenthisyouseerememberme.blogspot.com/) I've been given the "Nice Matters" Award. You can read about it on her blog, along with seeing some pretty pictures of her Fall swap block.

I'm supposed to nominate other people for this award. Now I read about 100 different blogs (it's how I get through the day at work (LOL)), and as far as I can tell almost everyone has already been nominated. So to my logical little mind, that means that we're all nice -- which shouldn't surprise anyone because it seems like artists/crafters are in general the nicest people around.



I showed you a little peek the other day of what I've been working on and here it is -- crazy quilted notebook covers. I decided for fun to put one up on ebay and see what happens. Though really, this is something you have to see in person to get the full effect. There's lots of beading, fancy threads, etc., that just doesn't translate well into photographs.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Maddie Madness

It's been very, very hot here lately -- heat index of over 110 degrees. These are called the "dog days" of summer, but this hot weather seems to bring out the madness in Maddie. This is a ladder that I use to hold my quilts (cheap quilt rack). It's propped up against the wall by the front door. Madeline loves to run through the house, make a flying leap and go to the top of the ladder. There she perches surveying her domain. This is also an excellent shot of her little "nubbie" (where her tail is supposed to be -- Madeline is a pixie bob, meaning she has a little stump or "nubbie" of a tail, as opposed to a Manx, which has no tail at all). You would think as hot as it is she'd like to be a nice quiet little kitty curled up by the A/C vent.


Then there's her cube. It's made out of nylon just like a tent. It has three openings. She loves to run and jump through the openings, loves to turn the cube over and over on its side, rolling around inside it. And then there's also the favorite game of hiding inside the cube and leaping out one of the openings (like a jack in the box) to grab the poor unsuspecting person (moi) that happens to walk by not paying any attention.




Here's a little sneak peak at what I've been working on lately. I hope to finish up this weekend. Since it's so beastly hot, what else is there to do but stay inside where it's nice and cool, dodge the rolling tent with the beast Madeline in it, and just stitch, stitch, bead, bead.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunflowers

See my pretty sunflowers? Why are they in a jar? Because the wind is blowing so hard, it broke their little heads off. Even these two small little flowers were no match for the wind. Of course, it's close to 100 degrees here, but that doesn't stop the wind.

Looking at this jar of sunflowers reminded me of being in art class. I loved taking art in school. I could not draw, but that didn't stop me from loving art class until I hit the 8th grade and had a woman teacher (her name escapes me at the moment). She was big on drawing and I couldn't draw. Day after day after day of drawing and she would return my papers with D's on them. I kept hoping we'd move on to something else, but no, she was a drawing person.

Then the day came when we walked in the room and every table had big huge vases of sunflowers on them. Our assignment that week was to draw what was in front of us. We would be doing this for a week -- draw what is in front of you. As the week wore on, the sunflowers drooped more and more and we kept drawing them in their stages. What a long week! In her class, there was no talking whatsoever. Just a long hour of drawing droopy sunflowers.

At the end of the week, the teacher gave a speech to the class about how disappointed she was in all of us. In fact, there was only one person who actually "saw" what was in front of them. Oh great, I thought, here comes another D. But I was the one person! Her complaint: nobody else put stems on the sunflowers for the leaves to come off of. I did. My first A. For dead sunflowers. Of course, her little comment on the paper was to the effect that I needed much more training and practice in drawing -- I still wasn't good at drawing -- but she gave me the A because I did try to capture what I saw.

I was very glad when she left the following year and we got a man teacher who thought art was all about being fun and creative and you had four different mediums to work in. And drawing wasn't one of them.