Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, a couple of friends took us to Mark Hewitt's kiln opening. I have been out to see Mark's work on several occasions before, but never for a kiln opening. It is well worth going to see if you are near Pittsboro, NC. He lives on an old farm and has used the old buildings for his clay works. It is such a lovely setting. John and I did buy a couple of Mark's apprentice's work, A. Matisse, the great-great-grand child of Henry Matisse. You can check out Mark's website at www.hewittpottery.com
John and I did work in the studio over the weekend. He was able to throw several nice pieces. I, however, was moving a lot slower and was only able to complete one coiled piece - but it was 16" tall. It takes over 150 very thin coils to make a piece that size.
Our shelves are starting to fill up. We are getting ready for our show in Chapel Hill on Oct 4th. Time is passing too quickly, we need to fire, glaze, and fire and we still don't have the new kiln hooked up.
Also, I want you to take a look at this weeks featured artist: Annrose. You can read about her on
http://shopswithlesssalesartfire.blogspot.com/2009/08/annrose.html or you can visit her shop at www.annrose.artfire.com
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Being married to a person who is an artist and a scientist, you begin to feel comfortable having things like Mr. Bones hanging around your house.
Mr. Bones is always present in John's Anatomy and Physiology classes at Meredith, but he also goes with us to the ArtCenter in Chapel Hill for our Anatomy and the Arts classes (life drawing classes with anatomy thrown in).
Some times he just hangs out in the garage until he finds out what his next assignment is. This does give us some weird looks from the neighbors. And I love when a delivery man has to put something in the garage. I just tell them Mr. Bones is one of my exes.
John drives the van usually and I drive the Mustang usually, but tomorrow I needed to take the van and a load of stuff to the studio. Mr. Bones is so happy he gets to ride in the Mustang tomorrow!! He can see much better sitting in the passenger seat, rather than laying in the back of the van. Can't you see his big smile?
Friday, August 21, 2009
But, I think that he has taught me a lot. I am never afraid to rip something apart just to see how it runs or try to fix something myself. I love tools and all types of machinery. I have taken an electrical class, welding, and a machine tech class to name a few (which I loved).
Well, my sewing machine has been broken for about two years - just sitting on my desk. I checked into getting a professional to look at it, and they said it would be around $200-$300 just to look at it - without guaranteeing that it could be fixed. This sewing machine is a nice one and I wouldn't want to have to go out and buy a new one, so last night I tore it apart!
I definitely learned a lot about how a sewing machine works. I was starting to get a little frustrated, just because I didn't have a mechanical schematics or anything to work with. I can follow any kind of directions, maps or schematics, but there was only the user manual. I am not sure how long it took (more than a service shop would have ever spent), but finally around 11pm last night I got it working!!!!
It was so late so I just went to bed. But, this morning I put it all back together, adjusted all the settings back to where they should be and tried it out. It worked great! I guess you could say I am proud of myself, but again I owe it all to my Dad and the things he taught me.
Oh, and of course there was a little tiny screw left when I was finished putting it back together. I guess I can figure out where that goes next time!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It is a $50 gift certificate to Novica. http://unique-gifts.novica.com
And check out this yoplait gift bag give-a-way!!!
I also just won an apron from Heather at FabulousFunFinds!!!
AND I just won a set of stationary from Nfall2rt* Design Studio!
now I am off to enter some more contests on the great blogs that are out there!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I am not sure how many of you have heard of David Sedaris, but if you are from the Raleigh, NC area it is hard not to. David Sedaris had a regular spot on NPR called This American Life.
I just finished reading When You are Engulfed in Flames, a #1 national bestseller. Most of his books are actually a bunch of short stories. This makes them very easy to read because you can pick it up and start any where you like. I am not sure which chapter I liked best, but I think it is April in Paris. He just reminds me that I am not the only crazy one out there. We all have little things that make us different.
His writing may be a little "crude" for some people - he says it like it is and doesn't care what others may think about it. But I do suggest taking a look at some of his work, you can't help but laugh or maybe cry, but it is all good stuff.
This is his official website: http://literati.net/Sedaris/index.htm and a little blurb about the book.
Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times).
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Also, a fellow blogger - Blase' www.blaseimho.blogspot.com came out to the river for a visit. He got a tour of the studio and then we took a hike down to the river. It was really nice except for it being so humid! It is always cool to meet someone in person that you have only known threw the internet. And we always love to have company!
A couple other blogs to mention:
I want to thank Nancy www.nfall2rt.blogspot.com for chosing me as a winner in her latest contest! I won tons of cute notecards and envelopes. Be sure to check out her blog and also her Etsy and Artfire stores (links on her blog). Thanks again, Nancy!!!
Also, one of my guilds is having another contest: http://shopswithlesssalesartfire.blogspot.com/2009/08/wheres-waldo-august-contest_15.html Vabeachquilter is the sponsor this month!!! She has some great items, so take a look.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I started to sew when I was very young, maybe around six or seven. My grandma came to visit us and we spent a good part of the time sewing pin cushions. They were shaped liked bunnies and chicks (it was around Easter when she visited) and they were made from scraps of material and felt. She had a neat tool that made pom poms and I wrapped them to make the tails for the bunnies. That has been my pin cushion ever since. It still sits beside my sewing machine!
Then maybe two or three years later, I went and stayed with my grandma for the summer. She set me up a place in the living room with a table and her sewing machine. I spent the entire summer making stuffed animals. My favorite was a snake that was about six feet long, that I made out of blocks of material. The mouth even opened and was lined with pink satin.
When I was thirteen I went to a boarding school (at the time we lived in PA and the school was in SC). I remember that I showed up with one dress folded up in my suitcase. I was rushed into the ladies room and was made to put the dress on (I didn't know). I wore that same dress for a week until I could get some more. My Mom bought me a sewing machine and I started to make all of my clothes. I had a couple simple skirt and top patterns and made tons of outfits. I even made a white dress-suit for graduation.
I have also made dresses for my daughter and Halloween costumes for both of the kids over the years.
I have since given the sewing machine to my daughter and she has made some clothes and lots of bags and purses. However, my sewing machine died on me so I used that same sewing machine to make the quilt for my daughter. It still works great after all these years.
It is amazing how things go around in a circle.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I wanted to give everyone a link to the blog that features Liquidambar. Please take a minute to read it and leave a comment. Also the ClayFire Guild needs followers, so if you are interested in pottery check it out. Thanks! http://clayfireguild.blogspot.com/2009/08/clayfires-featured-artist.html
Monday, August 10, 2009
I finally was able to get them all listed on Etsy. Here is one link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29117658
The second thing that I made today was a fabric bowl. This is the first time I tried this pattern. I started pretty simple, but I have lots of ideas for more. (Thanks, Mom, for the fabric!)
The other thing that I wanted to mention was that one of my guilds put this list together and I wanted to share.
A few of the great stores at ArtFire:
Cards & Gifts - www.valmade.artfire.com
Cards, Gifts & More - www.bullygrrl.artfire.com
Crocheted crafts - www.crochetedlittlethings.artfire.com
Crocheted creations - www.rosetreecreations.artfire.com
Crocheted handbags & gifts - www.franciebagsetc.artfire.com
Crocheting, Knitting, sewing - www.nothingbutstring.artfire.com
Handbags & totes - www.radicalrecrafter.artfire.com
Hand dyed & spun Fiber - www.fibercycle.artfire.com
Hand painted Fabric crafts - www.studiojules.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.jewelrybyfyfe.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.ilmare.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.jewelryworksbykim.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.beadyourhabit.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.annrose.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.silver-soul-designs.artfire.com
Jewelry - www.twitterbird.artfire.com
Jewelry, candleholders, décor - www.exquisitestudios.artfire.com
Jewelry & Gifts - www.Gwynstone.artfire.com
Jewelry & Wine charms - www.gristmillcreations.artfire.com
Origami décor - www.origamibysisi.artfire.com
Pattern dyed Fabrics - www.5oclockcrows.artfire.com
Pens, baby items, jewelry - www.onpensandneedles.artfire.com
Pottery & Jewelry - www.liquidambar.artfire.com
Quilting - www.vabeachquilter.artfire.com
Unique Gifts - www.bragginrights.artfire.com
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This was the order in which we measured:
Mary Ellen & Paul: 8' 4.5" - 3rd place
Kitty & John: 7' 10.5" - 4th place
Kira: 7' - 6th place
Cricket and Paul: 21" :-) - and just glad to still have a stalk left after the deer.
Simone & Danny: 7' 4" - 5th place - Simone organized this!
Vicki: 11' 6" - Winner!!!!
Skip & Anne: 10' 2" - 2nd place
The picture is hard to see, but they are measuring John's and my sunflower. Actually, I should just say, "John's", he did all the work and made sure that it stayed watered. It is in a pot on the second floor balcony so the deer won't get to it. We had tried once down in a flower bed and that lasted about two days. (That is why we have a deer named "Sunflower".
Vikki's sunflowers were amazing! We all think that the power lines had something to do with it. The stalks were about 2" in diameter and the heads were a good 14" or so across and they all were over 11'!!!!
The last picture shows us having a good time at Skip and Anne's house. (that is Anne on the left - and John and I are on the right.) Thank you Anne!
I told them that John and I were taking notes and that we would be prepared for next year!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Trying to clean things out, my Mom asked if there was anything that I wanted of hers. I told her that I wanted a plastic seagull that she had on a top shelf out in the garage. She couldn't even remember it, but to me it was a symbol of her. When I was a pre-teen my Mom went through this "White Bird" stage. That was her favorite song, plus she drove a white Thunderbird, and had white birds all over our apartment. This plastic bird I wanted is more than just a trinket, it sums up a whole time period of my life spent with her.
I was thinking what would people (my children) remember about me and there is one answer - a 64 1/2 Candy Apple Red Mustang Convertible! I don't know why I love them so much. I never knew anyone that had one (that old), but I have always wanted one. The closest I have been able to get is my 1995 Mustang - it is red, but not a convertible, but the only thing I can afford. Probably weird for a female, but I even have toy cars sitting at computer and of course there is the red Mustang!
For my birthday this past week, my son made me a model. He spent about a month painting it and putting it together. I love it!!!
I know all of these are "things" and that other good stuff will be remembered, like the fact that they are loved and all of that mushy stuff. But, I bet that every time they see one they think of me (whether they want to or not).
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