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MAPS Chunky Book-2

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Here is book 2, Maps, in the Chunky book swap with the sketchbookproject Yahoo group.  The first was in October and that was Music.  Uncertain what to do i found the ditty from the song "over the river and through the woods" doing a number in my head.   So I sketched it out not once but twice,  
  over the hills
And through the woods
To family, friends and home
By the time i had completed the first set i was having so much fun and so created set 2, just a little different


Across the river
And through the woods




to our happy hideaway   then I reduced the drawing in PSP and reproduced them, (apologies to Lydia Maria Child,  i think it is in iambic pentameter which is why it can hook into the brain) . My words were written out on scraps, then words and pictures were glued to a fold-out book; apainted strip of Tyvek  was glued to the cover and called The Journey.  the background was a map from Taos NM on the reverse side parts of the USA were glued down( the base was a beer mat).   The t…

A coat for Ella

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Here is the fur coat i made for Ella.  I mailed it today.   Lets hope it fits and is fun to wear.

It is Simplicity 3940. it is a swing coat. The pattern did not call for a lining.  it really needed it as the backing of the fur is a knit, not pretty and possibly scratchy.   Neither is it thick. I lined it with silk dupioni that was in my stash.  The inside is really a bronze color and because there was not enough for sleeves they are burgundy.  The burgundy was a far superior silk but in the sleeves it will not be seen. the coat is a faux fur velour.  The pressure on the pressure foot had to be reduced and the stitch length increased.  This was discovered when the armhole and sleeve would not fit.  otherwise it was very easy to make.  i spent about 10 days making it.  the buttons are square and are really ornamental as the coat is snapped shut.  The buttons have hanging thread as we thought they looked like cat whiskers and after all it is cheetah skin!


This is one of the first images ta…

Chunky Book Swap Music

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The October chunky book swap theme was music.  I wanted to create it in paper and have a fold out.  i printed out a figure of a conductor from something in my files of inspiration.  (It was at this point i decided i really need to spend time, yet again, learning Paint Shop Pro).  i ended up cutting and coloring the figure and scanning it in, then printing it out.



The fold out was painted old sheet music that sucked up the paint.  it folds in to look like a book. the fold out represents the idea that music makes your spirits soar and spread your wings. 
On the reverse side i made a fabric pocket and added the music tag with the information about the swap.


We had to make 11 of these and send them off 10 to Lorena in Hawaii and she sent us one from each participant. 


 This is the front, made before counting my music charms when I went to add them there were not enough for the other 10 cards. 
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The November swap is maps.  Somewhere you had to use a map.  I managed to go off on a tangent then …

My gorgeous Day Of the Dead Book

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After i posted yesterday my friend Liz in Chicago sent this photo taken in "Tlaxcala during Day of the Dead and the whole town square was full of spectacular ofrendas."  So here is a real one!


yesterday i showed a glimpse of my book made in the paper bag swap.  here goes


This is pages 2 and 3.  I made page 2 and Janet page 2 and one side of her inset sticking out.  this goes in the bag opening

Page 4 is janet, don't you love that tortilla maker.  page 5 is the outside of Arlene's bag
 Arlene pages 6 and 7 she did not glue down the bag flap completely so it forms a pocket and has a label pushed in it.  great way to make it and i love hidden compartments and pockets.  The texture of page7 is enhanced with dyed cheese cloth and to the right is a glimpse of her inset into the open bag side.


here is one side of Arlene's insert card.  love those images



Now here is where the scanner was supposed to separate these two but it did not.  the left is side one from Arlene and the r…

Awful week or two

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Over the weekend of October 22 we headed north to Dallas so I could attend the Bead Fest at Arlington Convention Center.  it turns out that the rangers were in the world series so the roads were a night mare.  We learned that this was a baseball game!  The show was lovely but marred by the loss of my canon point and shoot camera.  Once home it was laser eye surgery over a two week period, quick and easy and then I had to do something about the increasing tinnitus and decreasing hearing in my ear. In the affected left ear, the tinnitus was so bad it was drowning out all speech.  iPod ear buds at least allow me to listen to TV but socializing is painful and even ever patient Chris was getting exasperated. I was put on Prednisone to try and cut the inflammation in some area where this all happens although no-one is quite sure where it is happening.  Menieres remains a mystery disease even after 35 years.  At least Serc controls the vertigo and my doctor said that Serc only helps one in n…

Awful week or two

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Over the weekend of October 22 we headed north to Dallas so I could attend the Bead Fest at Arlington Convention Center.  it turns out that the rangers were in the world series so the roads were a night mare.  We learned that this was a baseball game!  The show was lovely but marred by the loss of my canon point and shoot camera.  Once home it was laser eye surgery over a two week period, quick and easy and then I had to do something about the increasing tinnitus and decreasing hearing in my ear. In the affected left ear, the tinnitus was so bad it was drowning out all speech.  iPod ear buds at least allow me to listen to TV but socializing is painful and even ever patient Chris was getting exasperated. I was put on Prednisone to try and cut the inflammation in some area where this all happens although no-one is quite sure where it is happening.  Menieres remains a mystery disease even after 35 years.  At least Serc controls the vertigo and my doctor said that Serc only helps one in n…

busy week

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Yesterday, I made chutney after leaving it overnight to blend the flavors, cooked it this morning.  Regrettable I did not give it a good stir and placed it on the burner to bubble up and cook down .  As a result half of it was stuck to the bottom of the pan and despite filling 6 jars I think it is compromised; that means the flavor is of burnt toffee and vinegar.  We shall have to wait for the next episode of "Death by chutney" 
What a busy week. Tuesday was art day with Deanie in Boerne.  She was working on creating crazy quilt squares  from her stash and i played with paper dyed a month earlier. Chris had a colonoscopy on Wednesday and that meant Tuesday was upside down as he could only have liquids and jelly(jello).  Wednesday, I also had laser eye surgery for glaucoma on my left eye, my right eye will be fixed  in 2 weeks. It is the inherited type.  What an incredible procedure.   
For the past 6 weeks my tinnitus has been so loud that I have problems hearing.   It makes l…

Ring finished

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In the Nov/Dec issue of Beadwork, there is a ring pattern by Nancy Cain. Finding the large focal triangular crystal was a real challenge so the idea of making it was dropped until September of this year when finishing things became an obsession.  Pamela at Bello Modo was a great help not  only does she carry the the crystal she has a great selection of 23mm trivolis.  She then helped me with the choice of beads to make the ring.  Unlike fabric you really have to see the beads to get it right.  It is gorgeous !





  i am really pleased with it but I need more practice.  Tightening the thread is hard as my right hand is not very strong and good at gripping the thread but it is really satisfying to make these little baubles and wear them.   So now to the next one.

Where does the day go?

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It seems to have been a very busy week or two or three.  It is the time for the semi annual medical and since everyone specializes it feels like doctors take over life. it really is not that bad.  The time eater is the world of online.   


Two weeks ago the swap bug hit and I joined two swaps and decided to make a set of birthday cards.  The latter proved to be a gluey mess.  After this battle I switched to the  Day of the Dead swap.  Research is one of my favorite activities for a swap and the internet is brimming with wonderful photos and information of this Hispanic festival.  it is far more complex and interesting than Halloween. My friend Kay mailed me photos of their collection of dancing skeletons and  Mexican folk art.    This was a paper-bag swap.  Amazing how you can turn three paper-bags into an album. I will post it all later when it is mailed out. Next it was to work on the chunky book swap.  Since this swap has 11 participants it required a more organized approach.  The th…

Where does the day go?

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It seems to have been a very busy week or two.  It is the time for the semi annual medical and since everyone specializes it feels like doctors take over life. it really is not that bad.  The time eater is the world of online.   


Two weeks ago the swap bug hit and I joined two swaps and decided to make a set of birthday cards.  The latter proved to be a gluey mess.  After this battle I switched to the  Day of the Dead swap.  Research is one of my favorite activities for a swap and the internet is brimming with wonderful photos and information of this Hispanic festival.  it is far more complex and interesting than Halloween. My friend Kay mailed me photos of their collection of dancing skeletons and  Mexican folk art.    This was a paper-bag swap.  Amazing how you can turn three paper-bags into an album. I will post it all later when mailed. Next it was to work on the chunky book swap.  Since this swap has 11 participants it required a more organized approach.  the theme is music and my…

censored

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Yesterday i felt like a comment I made on-line in one of my groups was censored.  So I decided to make a page for a journal.  i gathered all the material and off i went.  

Then I decided it was an excellent way to  to complete some lessons in Raw Art Journaling andto try out my new printer ( an Epson Artisan 725 Arctic Edition). This did not scan as i expected they became one whole image instead of 5 and I do not know how to get the image to come up the right way without going into PSP.


So now I have to go find the manual and see if it can be done from the scan screen.   I was sure there was a way.
Well the gremlins are waking up and making the words jump around the screen.  Chris just called and is on his way home.  I now remember I was going to empty the washer, make some jello and figure out tonight's menu.   that was before I moved this into my studio and decided to do a post.

Orange week

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This week meant a birthday for me and the opportunity for a couple of friends to go orange, for me.  Sue with this incredible flower arrangement, well really a sculpture that receives no justice from my photography.  I just sit and stare at it as it is so lovely.  happily monster cat has not discovered the vines that trail out.




  Kay came up with a wonderful selection of orange gifts and of course my favorite is the slap watch.  gosh i have such hip friends.





Please note age is not mentioned here as i go into shock every time I hear the figures and have to be revived with Makers Mark resulting in me wondering what happened to the computer screen.


Next year i think it must be an orange food celebration.  This year it was very mundane, steaks, quinoa and grilled veggies as the heat makes cooking a test  by more heat.  The cake was a no bake, made with layers of cream whipped and divided into toffee, espresso and chocolate.  The base was digestive biscuits;  these are what was used in Prince…