Anyway, so Monday was my birthday, and I had a fabulous day, with a day trip ( = 4 hours of stitching for me! Yay!) and trying on a ton of fabulous clothes (mostly other people's expensive rejects) and just in general getting to do exactly what I wanted all day long. It was so much fun that I did it again yesterday. Not the road trip part or the trying on clothes part, but the being Queen for The Day part. And now summer's over and I've got all this stuff I want to do and I thought I'd show y'all some of it. You know: in part to keep myself on track. If I say, "Oh, hey, I'm going to do this!" then I *have* to do it.
Or, you know, I could sneak back in here and delete this blog post and deny it ever existed.
So here's some stuff, and one of these things might actually be of interest to you. First, the stuff that might not be:
Here's the pile of stuff that I'm dyeing green today. There are a couple things I bought Monday that I'm excited about turning greener. It's lots of fun for me when I start with a pile of stuff in different colors because I never know exactly what will happen and how stuff will look when it's all done. Sometimes it's a wonderful surprise, and sometimes it's a huge WTF???
OK, dang it: it's CUTE, all right? There, I said it: I like it because it's CUTE. Gah.
It's driving me nuts. I printed the dream on the jumper thing and started stitching, and it all started rubbing off even before I put the needle through it. I had to just kind of feel my way along, which works lots of times but not so much when you're going for legible text. Plus the linen is coarse, and the pencil lead gave me fits: if it's sharp enough to give me a fine line, the point catches in the weave and distorts the letters (as you can see, below). If I dull it enough so it doesn't catch, it makes a line that's so thick I can't print the letters in the space I have for them. I tried the pencil, a fabric pencil (even worse), fabric chalk (even worse) and soap slivers (ditto).
Thoroughly frustrated, I went to Michael's and spent—omigod!—$23 on this stuff:
So right now I'm going to put in that load of acid green, and then I'm going for a walk. Alone. By myself. I'll probably be chased by wolves or something. (There are some aggressive new pits in the neighborhood that chased The EGE this summer while he was running, much to their chagrin because The EGE doesn't play that. So now they glare at us over the fence and vow revenge. Probably on me, when I'm by myself. They say, "We know you're his minion, and you will pay.")
And then I'm going to try to photograph the various projects: ones I've finished in the last week or so, ones that I'm working on, ones that I've got lined up to start. There's also the work calendar to set up—this is a tough time of year for setting up interviews because everyone's so busy with end-of-summer vacations (several of the artists I need to talk to are on vacation on various continents) and getting kids back in school and starting to travel again for art retreats. Once I get the calendar set up, though, it feels like there's A Plan.
And that's *my* plan for the day. Hope to have more to show you soon—XO