Friday, September 12, 2014

What Have I Been Up To?

I’ve been a bit quiet here this week (OK, not just this week – but let’s not get involved in details).  I am taking another hands-on workshop, making a polymer clay figure.

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This morning, we baked heads.  And by this evening, arms and torso are ready to go into the oven. . . I hope. 

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She has some issues with her hands, but letting it sit overnight could settle that down a bit.  Polymer clay has less body as it gets warm and the weight of her hands causes the wrist to sag – in places where it should not be able to sag!  In the morning, the clay should be firmer and a bit easier to control.  I can see in this photo that she needs a little more “meat” on that outstretched arm.

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I am soooo happy with that face!  By George, I think I’ve got it!  Tomorrow we start playing with fabric.  Oh boy!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Order from Chaos

There’s a very good reason for this blog being silent for the month of August.  Really!  There’s been a lot of – er, disruption – in my half of the basement.

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This is just the beginning!

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This is what was happening on the other side of that wall.  This and a bit more, in fact.

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Whoa!  That is one heck of a hole!  The purpose of this hole is to provide an egress – a way to get out of the house in an emergency if the stairs are blocked.  After all, I spend a large amount of time hunkered down in this basement, but I want to be able to get OUT!

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This is a badly blurry picture, but I think you can see that not much cutting was getting done on that cutting table! Of course, while everything was topsy-turvey, I decided to see if I could come up with a better layout.

I crawled around with my trusty tape measure and measured EVERYTHING!  Whew, that was a job all by itself!  Then I opened EQ and started drawing furniture/blocks.  Here is what the original layout looked like:

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Cozy, huh?  This phase took even longer than cutting the hole, by the way.  I would draw up some options, and Sarge would tell me why it wouldn’t work!  Then I’d draw up some more options!  By the time I finished, I had every single piece planned to go somewhere else.  Except the TV.  It had to stay attached to its cable, after all.

Last weekend was moving day.  Amazingly enough, we did not kill each other before we were done (close a time or two, though!) and now it looks like this:

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Here’s real life, sort of:

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This shot looks dark because I was shooting into the light from the window.  The lighting is more like the one below.

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And from the outside . . .

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Now everything is put away and work surface are cleared off and I’m ready to get back to making things!

If I can remember where I put my tools, that is!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thread the Needle Day

Today (Friday, July 25) was National Thread the Needle Day.  Who knew?  I didn’t yesterday, but I do now.  The internet is a marvelous thing – just full of useless facts you never needed to know!

But that’s beside the point.  The point is how did I celebrate Thread the Needle Day?  With needle and thread, of course!  Imagine that!

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I stitched some hexies.  This seems to happen just about every day, although not for long periods.  It’s great for sitting in front of the TV but since I don’t watch much TV this project is taking a looooong time!

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I also threaded a beading needle and finished the fringe on this butterfly.  This particular project has been languishing since mid-June.  Today it got finished!

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My doll club took a class on making these boxes to display small dolls – or any art/craft/ephemera, really.  Now that my box is finished I need to decide what to display in it.  My finished dolls are all too large.  I guess I will have to make a new one!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Running Out of Time

Entries for the Hoffman Challenge are due in just under two weeks.  Yikes!  At least I have started, but just barely.

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She’s got one leg stitched and the head is attached.

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I’d better get really busy on the costume, though.  Not something I want to rush.  Since I never seem to plan anything simple, I know there will be lots of detail work. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Journal Update

I haven’t had much to show off the past couple of months, but I’ve managed to do at least one journal page each week.  Here are some of my favorites.

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Imagination, March

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Reading, or Storybook.  Also in March

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April was all about stars.

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Potential, in May

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June has been all about music.

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Sometimes I get so inspired that a single prompt will end up as two or three pages.  I’m doing everything in PhotoShop Elements now, and sometimes even know how to use the tools correctly! 

If only I could say the same for my other endeavors!

Monday, June 9, 2014

TaDa!

A small fanfare because I’ve actually finished a project within a month of taking the class!  The usual practice is not only do I not finish the project right away, I usually don’t quite finish the class!  But, this proves I CAN do it! 

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This is Cinderellie – sort of.  Our teacher proposed what would have happened to Cinderella if the glass slipper didn’t fit after all.  We had a lot of fun imagining scenarios, but in the end, I went for the conventional version.  She kept fighting with me whenever I tried something new, so I let her have her way.  LOL!

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I had a lot of fun making up a little group of mice for her.  I can imagine her surrounded by mice, but there’s no need to get carried away!

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I learned soooo much in this class and had such fun.  I need to keep practicing, though.  I’m at the stage where I have to follow along with what the clay does.  Where I want to be is where I control what the clay does.  Biiiiiig difference!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sticky Situation?

OK, that’s a bad cliché because this post is about glue.  Sorry.

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This is what the drawer looks like that holds all my glue and tapes.  The sticky stuff.  It’s really a mess!  The other day, while I struggled to get the glue in the bottom of the bottle up to the applicator tip, Sarge observed that I should store the bottles upside down.

I had to think about that for awhile.  This morning, I needed a different glue and this mess demanded to be addressed!  Everything had to come OUT of that drawer!

There were some interesting discoveries:

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Apparently I’ve succumbed to “take several – they’re small!”

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This is what happens when you pick up the box of toothpicks/craft sticks/coffee stirrers – upside down!  Several times apparently!

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Now, why would this stuff be in the glue drawer?  Hmmmm.

But in the end, things look so much better and I can actually find the glue I wanted!

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All it took was some quality time with a cardboard box, roll of tape, and craft knife. 

Oh, and the glue I was searching for when this all began?  EMPTY!