Thursday, July 29, 2010

New review

I would like to introduce you to a shop I just found on Etsy. This woman has a wonderful imagination and can actually make what she has in her head. I love the colors she uses and some of techniques are simple but none I would have thought to do. She is from Australia and the colors she uses in many of her items are shades of blues and purples, my colors. Anyway if you want lots of inspiration and eye candy, check out her site.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Home again

I am back from vacation and it is sad to see it gone but it is nice to be home too. We were pretty far up onto a mountain with great views from the deck so I had time to do a lot of thinking and enjoying the birds and views. The family wanted to go, go, go all day every day. Because of my leg I was left behind a lot but I enjoyed my time alone.
I almost got caught up with Fibers mag and I did get to go to one large craft fair. I expected to see more variety but it was still a nice show. No felting at all and only one lady who did fiber work. Lots of quilting and applique but mostly machine done. Just not as much hand crafting as I had hoped for. Sad to say, not much was selling. I bet that show cost a lot of money to get into, the convention center was a great place to have it.
Really makes me wonder if a felter can make a living in this economy. Of course the summer isn't the best time to sell felt.....
Anyone else have nice vacations? Discuss them here if you would like to, I am always interested in what other people do to relax.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Tuesday

Why happy Tuesday you ask? Well tomorrow I am taking off w/family and MIL to Gatlinburg. We have a really nice place to stay with a small deck overlooking the mountains which is where I will probably be knitting. Finally went to Dr. and my leg is now infected and I am bandaged knee to toe, sigh so no white water rafting or kayaking for me this trip.
What I will be doing is checking out Arrowmont School of Arts. It is similar to John C. Campbell but it is more geared to fiber art with lots of wonderful sounding classes. If it is as nice as I hope it is and I can save the money, I plan to take a class there next summer. Will report back when I return.
Have a fun and productive week and weekend!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

early July

well I went out on Tuesday night to an event where it was dark and I managed to fall down 4 concrete, metal edged steps and land on my healing foot. I bled abit, refused medical help, was totally embarished and stayed for the entire event. By the time I got home, we had to peel my jeans off. My leg was so swollen and bloody, what a mess to deal with at 1pm when all you want to do is sleep. I made it thru work all week so have keeping my leg elevated and not driving my stick shift for 2 days. Since I can't get much made, I do have a few inspirational pictures for you, just so this isn't a totally wasted post. Will have more pics of real work next time. No the lady in the first photo is not me, I was just amazed by her dreadlocks!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Well I have finally been really busy the last 2 days. I am taking 4 classes online at the same time, not quite sure how I managed to do that. I made the bat head for Battina yesterday and it came out great. This is a bat in a box with wings that move when you crank the little shaft. It looks like a jack in the box only nothing jumps up, just the wings move.
I have been working on a birthday custom apon that was due June 20th but I should have it finished by Tues. Finally got all the ribbon rolls that I could find on my ribbon racks. That corner looks so much better. I am throwing away stuff left and right not that you can really tell yet.
I gathered together all my dyes and put back up the shelve that decided to hurl itself across the room. Have always thought this place was haunted but in a playful way. Got all the dyes put back up. Hung things on the wall that have been waiting a long time to get put up. Unfortunately my studio is such a mess, you can't see what I have done although I know it is better!
Hope you all have a safe and fun 4th. We have a bagfull of fireworks, mostly sparklers. Tonight we get to irritate the old lady across the road who comes out every year to complain that we are going to set her house on fire. We get to yell back and forth across the street at each other, just another family ritual. Anyone else have 4th rituals?