Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Photo above - the house in NC.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Stepping back a bit, you can see the general shape, plus the unique (to geraniums) look of the leaves, too.
We are still in desperate need of rain. This is a view of the west end of the house, looking up from the pond. You can see how scorched and dry the hill looks. We have all new plantings below the deck railing, and Gerry has installed soaker hoses to make it easier to give them a good drink. (Yes, that's me at the railing.)
Gerry took this photo of the table in the shady glade. Doesn't this look cool and peaceful?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Here's a shot of both sides of the book, though it's not complete:
Side two of the spread:
Book as background...
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Even though we water regularly and maintain our plants well, there's just something different about real, honest-to-goodness rain. This morning, everything looked fresher and plumper and, well, happier!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Now that we're done decorating and have moved back in, the closet houses some off-season clothing, but mostly it's filled with storage bins, file cabinets, and office supplies. I store printer paper there (my computer desk is closest to this closet) and some spare purses on the shelf. As you can see by the photo below, Cosmo also thinks Gerry had a great idea.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Last night I used Dye-Na-Flow in three different colors to tint the cotton crochet lace at her wrists. There's also a bit of lace under the wrap, at the bodice, but you can't really see it here.
Don't you just love the way the building is dwarfed by the tree/shrub next to it in the second photo?
And this one is another of my favorites because of the no-longer warm and comforting hearth:
Love that weathered wood. Oh, the things I'd love to do with a stack of that weathered siding.
Friday, July 13, 2007
My husband wanted to compile a photo book of all the empty places. We have a huge file of those photos...maybe we'll still put it together someday. These are just a couple of the many in our files.
They make me want to imagine a family for them...
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I came across these jpg files on my computer...something I had done a while ago using http://www.typogenerator.net/ to make and save the images. My thinking was that I might use them later for backgrounds or possibly print on fabric and use the fabric in dolls and other art. All you have to do is go to the link above, type in a word or phrase you'd like to use, and the typo generator does the work -- tying together the words with images found on the net. Note the word "radiant" in the piece above. It rather ties in with my thoughts and posting with the self-portrait doll, no?
It was fun to work on these, using many of the phrases I have as part of my affirmations.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Arms are wrapped with beads, and the legs are clear acrylic straws with beads at top and bottom (like joints) with fine shoecharms at the end. (The legs can be hard to see -- they are poking out beyond the fibers). In one photo, you will notice that under the skirt, at the belly area is a face...gut instinct. (Yes, that's my face at the top, adhered to a button, and surrounded with gilt and a copper-colored crown.)
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
While I was trying to decide which one to work on, I perused the two most recent issues of Cloth Paper Scissors. I was reminded of something, when it comes to my favorite mixed media pieces -- I like the ones where the artist uses supplies and images with exuberance. I like layers and texture and multiples and surprises.
I don't do that; I'm stingy. Don't get me wrong - when it comes time to send a goody packet to another artist, I stuff it full. I cut off lengths of my favorite ribbons and tuck them into the corners. I take a bunch of paper flowers from India, and split it down the middle with another artist/crafter, and find great joy when I see that she has used them with exuberance.
I admire exuberance. I don't like stingy art...so why am I stingy with my materials when I create? I do not lack for materials. In addition to haunting local art and craft shops, and online sellers like Joggles, Sky Blue Pink, and American Science & Surplus, I'm a regular participant in "squishy exchanges," in which mixed media goodies are traded between those of us who enjoy playing in this stuff. I send and receive a lot of squishies. I also beg for broken jewelry from friends and relatives, and I save all the fake credit cards, CDs and cases from AOL, and every bit of used postage that come through my mailbox. I buy beads, fibers, fat quarters, and vintage buttons by the lot on eBay. There is no lack in my treehouse (note but one wall in the photo above).
My inner critic is alive and well. Attempting to follow along with an altered book tutorial, I find myself displeased with the layout and materials I've chosen. The few I've stuck down are in the center and look like they don't like each other. I take a tiny piece of one small portion of pretty paper from the drawer -- the drawer that contains about 200 pieces of pretty paper -- and test it at one corner of the page. Nope. I'm immobilized, for what will Wendy (the author of the tutorial) think of my poor attempt at following her guidance?
Well, first of all, Wendy won't see it unless I show it to her. Secondly, if I use up all of the pretty paper and never find another piece like it, it's not as though I don't have plenty of other options, nor do I lack willingness to go look for something new. This has to be some strange mental state brought on by being the obedient child of a mother who was a COD (child of the depression). Side note -- my mother could scrape a mayonnaise jar cleaner than anyone of the face of the earth.
Whatever the cause, I have set my personal challenge for the month of July. I will USE my stash of goodies. I will use said goodies with exuberance and joy. And whatever I screw up is my secret! (I guess that's a different kind of independence.)
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I've used up a few of the herbal soaps already -- they were just too delicious to resist. Still, look at this *abundance* of fine soap. I feel like a pirate with a chest of gold dubloons!
Much as I love swapping with other soapers, and experiencing new soap formulas and specialty oils, I also am lucky enough to swap soaps and lotions for dolls. Thanks to the interest of other dollmakers, I have some fine dolls in my collection, some top notch patterns and face molds, all traded for soap. Here are just a few I've received in payment for my soap-babies:
By the way, I have all these soaps in a basket so you can see the wealth and variety. However, all of these soaps WILL get used, and I would expect that those who get my soaps also use them. If you ever buy, trade or beg a soap from me, and then I find out that you are keeping it on the back of the toilet because it's "too pretty to use; I want to save it" I will personally send the hard-water gods to your house, and life will never be the same. Soapmakers will tell you that they put a lot of time and effort into developing the right, nourishing, lasting, gleaming formula, and the very idea that you would "save" it on the back of the toilet like some sort of house dust chia pet is disgusting.
Buy and use good soap. To borrow a phrase from L'Oreal, you're worth it!