Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Is Fast Approaching

And I'm trying to be prepared (but it's not really working).


I have a wrapping theme worked out in my head but a prototype is in order. I usually o.d. on ribbons but I'm going somewhat "rustic" this year.


I'm also trying to make some (if not all of my cards) because last year's christmas card search was annoyingly fruitless, everything being too religious for the participants, ugly or expensive. I liked an example on Martha Stewart's site so I started on my own variation.


Of course part of the reason I feel late is because I just barely caught Thanksgiving- these being some cookies I made for the occasion.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jewelry: Details Before the Official Unveiling

I picked up this chick in Long Island, my only purchase but she was cheap ($5)
Today I took some detail shots of the jewelry I've completed thus far, I'm not officially unveiling it yet but I think you can get a good idea of the collection from these images. Not shown in whole are shoulder chains and body harnesses, those will come with the "official unveiling".

Extra Long feather necklace in gunmetal with wrapped chain stem

Detail of body harness, pyrite gems

Detail of shoulder chain/harness, real crystal gems from antique hurricane lamps

Two feather charms, one from the necklace above, the other a harness. I'm also making shoulder duster earrings from this design.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weekend Trip to Long Island

I've been neglecting blogging for too long- sorry!

Between work, jewelry making and two weekend trips to Long Island, I haven't had much time at the computer which is probably more healthy for me but we won't go into that.
Instead, I'll add to the already over-saturated world of internet-nature photography and show you some pictures from the weekend.

Will Taking Pictures
I have a small side project of Will taking pictures
Fire pit
This "fireplace" was at the site of a demolished hospital
A trip out to Sunken Meadow State Park
Gorgeous golden trees

Branches that look like they are trying to retrieve their fallen leaves

Spotted more lawn "pimpery", this time a skunk-dog thing
Will in profile
Will in profile

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Surprise- making jewelry

Surprise  (A bank Will got me. Byron is getting ideas.)

I've been taking care of a lot of different things and didn't have time to update over the weekend.

Part of that is because I finally started making some of the jewelry I've been thinking about for a while now. No finished pics yet but here's a snapshot sneak peek at the color/ style.

I don't have access to a studio so I opted not to begin any metalsmithing projects (like I've done in the past), which is ok for what I'm doing right now. It just involves a lot of wire work.

A necklace I made a few years ago, this one is hand cut silver.
We'll see how it all turns out...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Old Sketchbook Scans

I recently finished one of my sketchbooks and since I didn't have time to stitch myself another, I opted to buy a Moleskine replacement. I should tell you now that I'm some kind of pervy paper and word lover, feeling and oogling sketch paper and old parchment, overlays and embossing, script and speckles so it comes as no surprise that I love pretty notebooks.

But I can never use them.    I must save them.

And it becomes so that my hoarding nature frustrates even me, but it's just too sordid, the first line on the first page (even cheating by using the second or third).It's like I have a princess in my tower, pretty, waiting and I don't have the heart to deflower her or behead her and I just let her sit there- forever.

Eventually though, those pretty things become surrounded by the ugly sisters I make just for myself, sturdy plain whores with cardboard covers.And actually, they have been some of my favorites .

Moleskine notebooks have good paper but are plain enough for me to properly sully and rape.

So, to "toast" my new sketchbook, here are some scans from one from a few years back (my latest sketchbook is still too fresh). They aren't formal drawings, more like my version of sketches (I don't make very good "sketches", more like cartoons of what I'm thinking of overall).

I'm like the fish being eaten! Yay me.
Also, I don't usually make detailed plans of what I'll make, instead I record ideas I'd like to apply to life. As it happens though, these pages have some characters I've turned into figures.

I tried to make that skeleton on the right hand corner out of paper clay before I ever tried to make a stitched version but it broke. Also, it was my first attempt with the medium so umm.. it looks amateurish but I'll show you anyway. 
Oh, Hai! I'm broken!

And then of course, there's the front page of the book, which is very telling of it's barebones nature:

The arm is a place marker

Of course, in the end I know it's not about the paper but the meat, what gets filled out and carried on, it's just...I like them to be ugly in hopes some day they may, perhaps become something wonderfully spectacular.

follow her

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another Awesome "Pimped" Lawn

I know it's a day late but I had to share this awesome "pimped" lawn. I love the resourcefulness! I don't know these people but I like them.

awesome front lawn

I just wish their trashcans weren't in the way so I could get a clearer shot.

awesome front lawn 2

A round of applause for them ;p