It's a happy morning when: 1) the garage/studio kitties are still standing, meaning the fumes from the kiln didn't kill them! 2) The house is still standing! 3) I pop open the kiln & see this.
Set up for theBeehive Bazaar is THIS Wednesday night. I'm chugging along, slightly, Very panicked.
While projectifying I've been listening to a lot of podcasts. I c/should be a professional podcast reviewer. A few favorites are Radio From Hell (Duh. It's pretty cool to have been an intern with them & like and admire them even more every day since.), Scotland's Funny Bits, the MOM Podcast (relevant, honest, clean)& SNAP JUDGEMENT (riveting). The Quick & Dirty series is pretty cool as well.
I'm also listening to tech stuff about creating a podcast. Something I want to listen too: funny, clean, hosted by a woman. FUNNY; I want more Funny. Stay tuned, more to come soon!
When I've exhausted my favorite podcasts & local NPR is sounding like repetitive, aloof, colorless people I turn on Pandora. Today's station:
~ Caravan Palace
~ Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
~ Snap! (I Got The Power)
When Mlle. Margo was little and liked (loved) to look at my box of buttons I started a big button collection for her, so that she could play without sounding off the millennial parent choking hazard fear/alarm.
Big buttons are hard to find so I created making my own! Find them next week at the fabulous, artistic, craftastic, colorful Beehive Bazaar!
Quick drive to school. Home again to find I never started the drier.
That was a clue: Go Back To Bed.
No doing. Instead of bed: I opened the kiln.
This is what I saw: Disaster. Sigh. Really? Who is going to buy tomato soup roses? No one. These just look so gross. A few years ago the company that made the glazes I used for years simply discontinued the entire line and replaced it with "safe" (no lead) and really ugly colors. This has made working with clay frustrating & has wasted a lot of my time.
The rest of the day has been spent researching & finding new glazes online, finally talking to a great sales person at the Amaco Company.
Today is a cloudy, rainy, cold day. Perfect weather for a gray blue heart.
I actually liked this heart ... then I dropped it. It is about 5 inches and meant to hang in the middle of a funky over-the-window garland. Now it will take a trip to the bottom of a house plant's pot, if lucky an African Violet.
For many years I have loved going to Rona's spin class, decorating the spin classroom gnome mascot is a silly distraction. On Monday I was told by one gal in the class that the Spin room is more festive than her home!
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Here are some of his recent looks for Spring:
I've been teaching embroidery at the lovely and darling Harmony Shop in Provo. Lots of fun, great students and I can't wait to teach again. Some have asked for one on one lessons and kits. I'm happy to provide both.
The following pictures are for my application to the Spring Beehive Bazaar! Felt & clay, clay & felt.
The house, by the way, is well on it's way to being LANDED. This is monumental. It is a new day. I'm really quiet speechless about being organized possibly for the first time in my life.
This past tie dye season was pretty heavy ... once 2 heavy bags of soda ash arrived from
Dharma Trading Co. the fun began!
First up was tie dye for the grand opening of a wonderful new store in Provo: HARMONY! It is beautiful small store that is full of magnificent and unusual yarn and fabric.
It is a place to gather materials and also to gather to expand your horizons. There are classes to take on all sorts of subjects -- from crocheting very hep granny squares to basket weaving to a casual, informative and fun class to learn the basics of embroidery, taught humbly by Moi.
Another favorite part of Harmony is Darlybird -- a store that is a beautiful mélange (sounds sweeter than mishmash!) of practical, colorful, new and vintage, and indeed DARLiNG art materials, gifts and household decor. The online store is dandy as well.
I did 50 knitting/lunch bags for them. They were a smashing success!
If you'd like one I have a few extra and Harmony has a few left as well.
Next up was a rousing round of towels with a enthusiastic group of 8 year old girls: Ooof.
One little girl came dressed in her finest clothes. I thought this strange since tie dye is know to be pretty and pretty messy, potentially. Her clothes were the cleanest, newest and cutest. I have since learned that she plays the piano very well. Ah-ha!
I have learned that piano players like to be neat, and don't mind dull points on pencils. They want things clean, and they simply don't care about pencil points.
I have noticed this for years at music studios during many hours of music lessons. There are never pencil sharpeners and all the pencils are dull. I've wondered, Why not a mechanical pencil? and Where did that pencil sharpener I brought last time go? No matter. Musicians' studios are the Bermuda triangles for pencil points.
Artists don't necessarily care about neat and tidy but LOVE sharp pencils.
Of course this theory washes out like extra dye with my very artistic and messy son, who is ducky with dull pencils and plays about 6 different instruments, while singing.
Back to tie dye:
After the bags and towels I thought I'd clean up some of my past Wanna-Dos. This included several large rectangular table cloths. These are tricky. They need to be dyed and left, no flipping over for the other side, just lots and lots of dye sitting on, and then in, the fabric.
I'll post the finished results as soon as I set up a big enough table -- someday I'll use it for a Thanksgiving feast.
And now, for no particular reason ... Rudi, the WP, (wonder pup.) Rudi is our super sweet mini-aussie puppy.
He constantly surprises us by not being a beagle. On our run this morning the leash slipped out of my hand! I panicked. To my surprise: HE STOPPED. Beautiful beagles would maybe take a peek at their person and then bolt away in delight.
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A while back I was commissioned to create a a small series of washable ceramic pieces for a local restaurant. The results are quirky and colorful. They hang on the utensil rack and can be repositioned for cleaning. Red in a kitchen is tricky ... but these worked. I heard happy reviews from the dish washer & servers.
Fun with food.
I once went out to eat with a fellow that I new from CCAC ... I ordered a burger and when it arrived I grabbed the mustard to decorate it. He blew up, just got so mad when I drew a happy yellow face on the patty. He said he hated when people did that with their food. Guess what? We didn't go out again.
I'm not much of a meat enthusiast so when I make meatloaf I want to show the animal some respect. The annual egg-ortaloaf is a Valentine tradition. Complete with cauliflower lace and heart beets. There are 2 boiled eggs strategically placed inside. (Ooh, kinda green-edged and gross.)
For a recent birthday celebration: my version of a strawberry shortcake.
Please note the MaCKENZiE-CHiLDS serving tray. My favorite kitchen ware.