for the last 3 weeks I've been dealing with my own medical issues
this included having to fast twice for medical testing and then dealing with test results that were not a solution to the "why" of my symptoms and being told that it would all be better if I changed my diet and exercised
that is the kind of "non-answer" that generally keeps me away from doctor's offices and sends me into either being really angry or the "black dog" of depression
there has been some of both here
along with those physical things I've been dealing with the rejection of my art work in three consecutive shows/challenges
which has had me thinking about the word "hungry"
I think everyone knows what I mean by hungry when it comes to food -- "hey, it's dinner time, I'm hungry"
but what I've learned here is that for me the "hungry" that has nothing to do with food is even stronger
perhaps it's still that little kid piece that won't be silenced in seeking attention
or the competitive part of me that thinks my work is as good as any number of other folks and my work deserves to be included and seen
it has been a bumpy ride
that said, I have not worked on a whole lot during those 3 weeks
and there it sits
I'm working on designing something else -- the truck will be there, and I can come back to it when I figure it out - eventually
trying to get back on track working on things is a good thing
Sunday, January 17, 2016
I finished it early in the week and she took it home with her -- it's all ready for a few more years of use -- a good thing!
after picking out the first attempt on the windshield and the chrome trim around it, I did some other work on the hood, door and fender before putting on that new chrome and the "window" behind it
now I'm working on the grill work -- lots of little narrow strips in several different colors, and I'm pretty pleased with that too
moving right along
we've been working on taking down Christmas, and as of last night have only one more tree and a few display pieces left
even though I enjoy seeing all of this during the Christmas season, I'll be glad to be done with the work of taking it down so I can spend more time working on other things
Sunday, January 10, 2016
inside was the star banner with my word for the year lettered and colored on it -- way cool!
it's hung clear at the top of the design wall -- to help me remember what I'm supposed to be doing!
the voting for the challenge winner goes on over here on the Etsy Beadweavers Blog
if you're interested, go over and take a look and vote on your favorite
the point is I make these to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis -- my way of sharing a daily hug!
this quilt was made for my daughter, and the silvery wings had become very thread bare, so she brought her quilt in to "the shop" for the needed repairs
the wings have been replaced (well, I actually appliqued a new wing layer over the old one!) and I have put a layer of fleece on the back and requilted in the necessary places
working on the new binding now, so this will be done soon
at the time, the adorable tractor buttons worked fine since it was an adult person doing the buttoning
now days, he's all about doing it himself (a good thing!), so his mama requested that I switch out the buttons for something easier
these vintage orange buttons are just the thing, and he took it home with him today
early in the week I had a real problem with the trim that is supposed to go around the windshield, so I picked that part out and refocused on doing the door, the fender and the hood
along the way of doing that I've figured out a different approach to that pesky trim piece -- yeah!
marching right along
Fog + Cold = Art Inspiration!!
this is what the tree in my front yard looked like at dawn this morning -- no, it did not snow again last night, we just had heavy fog that created all these little "twig-cicles"
as if I didn't already have a long list of art work I want to do! Mother nature just added another one to my list
Friday, January 01, 2016
Last year is almost blur of activity and places!
Since 2013 I have chosen not to make New Year's resolutions, but to choose instead a word as a guide post for the new year's art.
In 2013 that word was BRAVE
In 2014 the word was REACH
Last year's word was PERSEVERE
And as it has in the past, it turned out that perseverance was needed not only in finding ways to make art, but in life in general.
During 2015, in addition to a lot of knitting for gifts and charity, completing 9 pieces of beaded jewelry, a fair amount of utilitarian sewing and mending and the completion of a queen size bed quilt, I was able to complete eight art quilts - and five of those quilts were accepted into shows.
So what does that reflection on last year's activity bring me to this year?
As I worked on art quilts last year I realized that I need to be more focused on what I am doing if I will ever have enough of a body of work to apply to be a juried artist with SAQA.
That means I need to make some pieces that I am not making just because they fit a specific call for entry somewhere.
I need to make the work -- the venue to enter it will come
And so, I will try to focus on spending more time in studio work, and that work has begun already, as I brought in the new year working on this:
We'll see what I think after I get the truck done
Meantime, my file of "what project to do next" is growing -- I have three more pieces lined up behind this one that I want to tackle
Time to FOCUS!
Monday, December 28, 2015
on Tuesday my daughter and Mr Cute came to spend some time so my daughter could work on some sewing projects -- she brought her sewing machine, but because we couldn't figure out the bobbin issue on her machine without the manual in hand, she did a lot of the work on mom's scary machine -- and survived it!
this piece was my favorite of all of them, and is now hanging on the wall in my office
I took these pictures from the comfort of my front porch -- and I think there may be a piece of art that comes out of them
knitting was a big thing under the tree -- my original plan was to knit the hat that was black with the key board for my daughter, and I ordered what I thought was the right amount of the lovely cotton/bamboo/silk yarn -- but after I knit that one, there was more yarn, so I decided to make one in the reverse for my sister -- and still there was yarn, so I knit the one with the sasiko patterning for my nephew -- and there was STILL yarn, so my brother in law got the wild patterned hat
this year I did BobGoblin, an big ear bunny and Norville the dragon
the remake of the dinosaur costume from two Halloweens ago that Mr Cute had outgrown -- I carefully removed the tail and spikes from the old sweat suit then attached them along with some additional spots to a new sweat suit that I make for him
his mom's challenge will be getting him out of it long enough to wash it!
and the original plan for the truck was to put all of the underside in shadow so you couldn't see the tire on the left had side -- but I just didn't like that whole look -- trouble was the original picture was that way, so I had to create something for that space so it didn't look like the truck was in danger of falling over -- so I drew a cinder block to sit under there -- I like that!
yup, it was a busy, BUSY week!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
it helps me to remember that shining a little light into the dark corners makes the world's monsters a little less scary
the birthday of our grandson, Mr Cute -- this year we could actually have him and his parents with us for dinner on the very day of his birthday
that was fun!
these pictures are my back deck where we had about 2 FEET of snow drifted up -- it is slowly melting now, but there is still a pretty good stack out there
this little hat is for the brother of one of Mr Cute's friends -- my daughter had asked if I could make one for him, and I whipped this up in pretty short order
my original idea for the underside of the truck was to do it all black so you didn't really see a tire or anything under the left hand side, but that just bugged me
so now there is a cinder block on that side holding up the truck -- I like that much better
that job is pretty much finished -- I have a few items in the studio that are not quite finished being stitched, but
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!!