Archive for May 30, 2008

I am pleased to say …

May 30, 2008

… that there is not a saleable piece of art left in my house! Not that they sold, mind you. But they did get left at a new art consignment shop that opens next Friday. I hope that they are more successful in moving the Plushies than I was. I bought two new boxes of dominoes today so I can make them some magnets. That’s one of my favorite things to do! Did I mention that I have an online class on making domino magnets, domino necklaces, domino books, and last but not least, CD Fragments? It’s over at Doll Street and is a great value at $35.
… and I have to tell you that I went to a concert last night. My first one in years and everyone there was my age, LOL. Sir Elton John. It was awesome! Kind of a greatest hits tour – his voice is just so warm and rich in person – he thanked everyone for their love and loyalty over the years – it was really touching. And for Fairbanks – where the sun doesn’t go down right now – he closed the concert with, what else, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.
Doing lots of work around the house now that the snow’s gone – we planted the garden, put in a new leach field (oh, fun) and had the driveway paved. Completely redid the dog yard – leveled it off and put down new seed. You should see the dirt that dogs drag in every day, ai yi yi! Way less time for art right now but it’s nice to be outside after the loooong winter!

Tickles

May 26, 2008

Sometimes things just tickle my funny bone … this is one of them … a photo I took today when I took my puppy to get spayed at a weekend clinic ..


spay_day

The socks are done!

May 24, 2008

Had a blast at the yarn shop today – you’d never know we had a sock class going on amid the gales of laughter coming from our table. Our class table ended up being the place for everyone to hang out and knit and we had 6 or 7 gals on and off all afternoon. Nothing like doll classes! But then they aren’t quite as portable are they? So here are the socks .. not very pretty but I learned what I needed to ..

my 1st socks

Collage – step 3?

May 18, 2008

It’s been a really busy weekend! Lots of work got done around the house and somehow I managed to squeeze in time for myself too. I had my sox class on Saturday and I got the heel turned – the big test will be to see if I can do it myself on the 2nd sock! I still have a few more inches to knit on the foot section and then I’ll be ready to learn how to shape the toe – but that’s next Saturday. I have to say the best part of the sock class are the scones that my teacher, Kat, brings. OMG – they are to DIE for!
Today after I got done driving the four wheeler in circles ( I was dragging this ‘thing’ behind it to even out the dirt we put down in the dog yard – we’re reseeding it), I screwed around making myself a few fancy stitch markers using beads and I roughed in the figure for my collage. Need to go back and read the next couple of lessons so I know what I’m supposed to do next.

collage2

The busier I get …

May 15, 2008

collage in workI actually had a few minutes today to get a coat of paint on the collage I’m working on – this is for Linda Misa’s class over at Doll Street. I have to start the scary part next, painting the figure on it. You can see the papers I started with at the foot of the canvas.
We also got a box in the mail with some of Loren’s grandmother’s ‘stuff’ in it, including this hand quilted and cross-stitched quilt …

heirloom quilt

here’s a close up of the cross-stitch …click to enlarge ..
quilt close up
I actually said my younger daughter could have it but then I took it back before she could leave today – I’m so bad. I think it needs to stay with me for a while. It has a few stains and needs cleaning – do you think I could put it in the washing machine safely? I can only imagine how long this took to make!
Then we got this quilt too … oh, my eyes …I don’t know what it is made of but it’s very shiny, LOL.

shiny quilt
Between his mom and his grandmother I have close to a dozen hand quilted quilts – no wonder I gave up quilting!
Now take a look at this .. my husband bought this cloth doll for his grandmother at a bazaar when he was stationed in Japan about 20 years ago … she’s a cloth over .. but cloth over what?? Who knows!
japanese doll
japanese doll
Isn’t she pretty? Unfortunately she is very dirty. I’ll try to clean her with cotton balls/q-tips and water unless someone has a better idea. She was a gift for someone in 1966 according to a piece of paper that fell off the bottom. I imagine she is about 43 or 44 years old.
from doll
We also got another dozen rusty silverplated spoons that I am NOT going to clean and we got this really cool seltzer bottle. I remember when I first came to America my aunt had one of these (but not as fancy) and she would make us sodas – egg creams! Man, I loved those things! The bottle says not to fill it up further than the red line. I wonder what would happen – would it explode?
antique seltzer bottle

We have some really weird things from his family .. including an accordian that lives in my bedroom closet, LOL.

Close up of the box

May 11, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I’m having a nice quiet day today and later the girls and their families will be coming over for supper. Should be fun. Haven’t posted much lately but I have been quite busy. I have been working on writing my next online class – just have to finish one more chapter. I started a new class yesterday down at the yarn shop – learning to knit socks. At first using four little knitting needles was very awkward but it’s getting easier as I go along. I have new canvases to make my collages for Linda’s class over on Doll Street (the last batch had rips in them when I opened the package). Plus I have been working on the clock doll. This is the box she will be built around.

Collaged box

Well, must go – mirgraine kicking in and I can’t see a thing right now except little flashing lights out of the corner of my eyes!

The sweater is done!

May 5, 2008

I went to a knitting retreat this past weekend – lots of fun! We knit and ate, knit and drank, knit and ate, knit and chatted, and knit and ate. We stayed at a rustic lodge,which is actually a restored bunkhouse from an old gold mine. The place was neat but the lighting left a lot to be desired. Next time we’ll have to bring some Ott lights along. This particular lodge is really popular in the winter with the Japanese tourists who come to see the Northern Lights and each bedroom had a bare red light bulb mounted on the wall so you could still see but didn’t interfere with seeing outside. Didn’t do much this time of year as it is already light most of the night but I thought it was a great idea and I might have to get one for my living room next winter!
Although a lot of the women knew each other from the yarn shop, this particular retreat was formed (created? sponsored?) through an online group from the knitty social network, Ravelry. I think it’s pretty fascinating that the social landscape has changed so much – dating, crafting, friends, it’s all so common on-line now. Here’s a photo of Sarah’s son Blake modeling my baby sweater … I am so glad it is done. It has lots of mistakes but I learned so much doing it! Now I have some wrist warmers and a scarf on my needles!


Blake

Photo taken with my iPhone – can’t believe I forgot my camera!