I’d like you all to meet number seven. I don’t think this variation needs a lot of explanation. Again, Catania Cotton. Again, Pierrot 29-34. Just when i think I’m finished with these guys, they pull me back in!
Claret makes me happy. And so does Number Seven.
First, I need to give you a little back story. I have a couple of pretty significant issues that have influenced my course of action this week.
Issue #1: Sometimes I’m a copy cat. Every once in a great while, I see something that gets under my skin. I may not act on it the first time I see it, or the second or the third. Inevitably, however, if it’s lodges in just the right way, I will engage in full on mimicry. (It’s the sincerest form of flattery you know.)
Issue #2: Hi, my name is Amy and I’m a compulsive hobbyist. It’s been two days since I picked up a new hobby. And here’s the rub. I don’t need anything new in my life right now. The sewing machine is still out (and I think it’s staring at me) from my sewing “do over”. I have a constant stream of crochet projects in progress with skeins of yarn taunting me from every nook and cranny of my house. I haven’t blogged about it, but I have beading projects in process (that are staring at me accusingly from their totes) in an adjacent room. I’ll stop there lest I begin to look ridiculous.
Okay, now that you’re familiar with my issues, I can tell you about my latest
The Seed is Planted
Blair, who blogs at WiseCraft, began blogging about her sketchbook project a few months ago. She’s exploring the use of water colors. I admire her for her efforts and tenacity, and have looked forward to seeing her progress.
As a pertinent side bar, I’ve had a great interest in painting for a couple of years now. It just doesn’t strike me as a class you’d want to take online. I think there are certain things you’ve got to do in person. My kids are young. I work. There’s just no time right now. But the idea lingers at the back of my mind. So again, I’ve enjoyed watching Blair progress through her journey. She’s talented in so many areas, it seemed natural that she would do something as bold as posting daily sketches. I could never do that. I can’t even draw for pete’s sake. My painting plan has always been to work in abstract so that drawing would be irrelevant.
The Seed takes Hold
Friday, I notice that Beki at artsy-craftsy babe posted her sketchbook. It’s adorable. Beki is ridiculously talented. She knits, sews, quilts and hand stitches some amazing projects, and apparently, she was inspired by Blair’s sketchbook project. She’s done the most adorable watercolor houses in this little book. I began to feel something more than “interested”. I began to feel, inspired…
The Seed Sprouts
Finally, over the weekend I read a post where Blair blogged about the tools she’s using for her sketchbook project. She’s doing watercolors with an assortment of nifty devices. I’m a sucker for implements and tools…(it might even be classified as Issue #3.)
So really, it was inevitable. Monday, I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a small spiral bound sketchbook and some common colored pencils. I lingered longingly over the graphite drawing pencils and watercolor pencils of every hue…then I snapped out of it and got out of there as quickly as I could before I got sucked into other departments.
Here’s one exceptionally good thing. By far, this little adventure had the cheapest start-up costs of any hobby to date. Five bucks. I can live with that. Second good thing? It doesn’t have to be terribly time-consuming. I’m just pencil sketching. I can spend as much or as little time as I want.
I’m still analyzing why this feels like something I need to do. I’ve never drawn anything I considered competent. I’ve always admired those who have a talent for drawing. And maybe that’s enough. It’s a skill I admire. I’m not going to try to do it daily. My goal is at least one bankable sketch per week. I think it’s going to be fun, and I’ll keep you posted!
Wrapped in foil and razor cut
Finally! I can show you the Tunisian Multi-Garment I completed as a result of my very first Craftsy Class, Jennifer Hansen’s “Tunisian Crochet: Revolutions in Color and Style”.
I finally picked it up again in August. And in a few short weeks, I finished the second panel. I was pretty prompt in blocking, but then I started working with the lacing. How did I want to lace these two panels? There are a ton of options. A shoe lace edging borders the each side of each panel. I would lace it, and then unlace it…lace it and then unlace it…lace it and then unlace it….You get the picture.
Jennifer Hansen has such an amazing mastery of drape when she’s designing. If you haven’t, you should check out her website at Stitch Diva Studios. I love her style sensibility. (So hoping she does another Craftsy class on Broomstick lace…)
Now onto my next class! Maybe it’s finally time for one or two in photography? Cuz what I’m wondering right now is, what’s up with the grey foamy on that hanger? Who leaves that in a picture? Oh well…one should embrace one’s opportunities 🙂 Have a great weekend, y’all!
The last two months have been nutty! Too much and too little! As in too much to do, too little time to do it in. (sorry about ending with a preposition….sometimes one has to let the grammar thing go just a little) I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, however. So I’m back! Set the pigeons loose!
My sweet baby angel girl turned eleven Saturday. It was a big day. We invited our two BFF’s over and themed the weekend, “Peace, Love, Spa!”. We even made t-shirts. Our logo was rocking, but our iron on t-shirt transfer let us down…boo….
The t-shirts were just the tip of the iceburg, however. It was a tween dream at my house this weekend. We had Beauty Buckets
We made a sugar scrub that was delightful if I do say so myself. I used a modified version of this recipe that I found on Pinterest. My modifications were pretty simple. I used colored sugar sprinkles to make the pretty colors and flavored extracts instead of essential oils. I also used a coconut oil that wasn’t super-refined, so the girls wound up with coconut-orange-vanilla sugar body scrub. Baby soft skin ? You betcha!
Zebra striped tootsies and an ice cream cake! Does it get any better than this?
brewing, steaming, invigorating
A vessel of ambrosia for mortals
During a business trip last week, I started reading the Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. I wasn’t sure I was blown away by the first book…But apparently I was interested, so I read the second. By the third I knew I liked them. But then, I have a tendency to like teenage adventure stories. You should check them out. It’s approach was a little different.
I‘ve been working on my sewing “do over,” and it doesn’t suck. I’m trying to figure out a way to do a big reveal without actually having to be in the picture. Let’s just file this under the “Coming Soon!” heading.
This one remembered she had a B.B. gun and set about to teach herself how to shoot. Have you ever seen a hot pink B.B. gun? Is it just a Texas thing? Anyway, she also wrote a Cinquain poem this week in class that I think is awesome:
laughing, swimming, running
Totally the class clown
I like the Cinquain form, it’s fun and there are a lot of variations. I think I may have to do a Cinquain for the Weekend…. 🙂