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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hippo-Man


And there she sat upon her stool
all heavy and distraught
time passed so slow that it was cruel
her brow furrowed in thought.

When -at last!- the time had come
for her to leave her seat
it made her want to dance and run
with excitment in her feet!

When just as she was going to leave,
you'll never guess what she saw,
a little hippo (this is hard to believe)
with an ice-pack on his jaw!

He had some pliers in his hand
his eyes all filled with tears,
"My tooth, it hurts, you understand,
haven't been to the dentist in years!"

He took my seat upon the stool
and opened his mouth wide,
from his hand I took that tool,
found the bad tooth and pryed.

"Why thank you! I feel much better",
my hippo friend did say.
He tucked the pliers into his sweater
and went quickly on his way.

I stepped oustide into the sun
just waiting for a tan,
becasue all of my work was done
and I'd met a hippo-man!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Medusa


So . . . I plan listing prints of original artwork (done by yours truely, of course), by the end of the week. . . probably sooner. This particular one will likely be the first one up, so I thought I'd preview it here.

I do mostly pen and ink pieces. I like doing tiny, meticulas details for the sake of visual texture, and this is such an example. I call this one "Medusa" - she's my take on the Greek mythological charactor of the same name (although I suppose I could have called it "Gorgon" as well). I wanted the snakes to be there, but kind of secondary, like, "Oh hey, her hair is snakes!"

Any feedback is appreciated . . . drawings on the way . . .
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Ambulance Dude


I was walking down the street when an ambulance started going off. As the siren is getting closer I hear someone going "WEEEEOOOOOOWEEEEEEOOOOOOOWEEEEEEOOOOOOOO" in time with the siren. Not a crazy lookin' guy either. Just a regular lookin' guy blaring right along with the siren, like he was singing along with the radio. I considered pulling myself over to the curb to get out of his way - but while overall I supposed that was kind of on the low on of the crazy scale, and besides, I was in a hurry anways . . .




Feeling accomplished this Monday morning. Did a little spring cleaning, finished up a couple of projects I was working on, played a little Mario Kart (on Wii), and I even get out of the house for a bit . . . a pretty well balenced weekend overall.




One of the projects I finished was a custom piece for a Mother's Day gift. The pendant is turquise, but I liked it partictularly because it had an interesting blue/green swirly thing goin' on. The circle thingys are shells, they have a mother-of-pearl effect, so they didn't photograph as well as I'd hoped. The chain is one of my favs, I wanted to incorporate the swirlys into the overall design, and I really liked how it worked out. The client wanted the piece to have an Florida Keys kind of feel - something ocean inspired and fun, so I build from there.




As for Mario Kart, I've gotten really good at driving with a squid on my face.




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Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Cleaning

I have a baggie of these really really tiny black beads, which over the weekend I discovered that when dropped all over my livingroom rug, blend right in. I thought I'd successfully (painstakingly) found them all - or at least most - and then I discovered the cashe that had been hiding under the table . . . after I kicked the neat little pile that had been sitting there, sending tiny flying projectiles every which way back onto the rug. I spent another 10 minutes with a roll of tape, sticky side down on the rug, picking the rest of them up.

With the beads once again inside the baggie, I sat down in my favorite chair with a nice cup of coffee, grabbed my nylon beading cord, set the baggie on the table, crossed my legs, bumped the table, and to my utter horror, watched at the bead filled baggie took flight, and then exploded, once again, onto the rug.

Sigh.

Perhaps I am simply not destined to use these beads.

Although, picking these things up has brought to my attention the need to clean my floors more often . . . so I guess this technically should count as the start of my spring cleaning.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Beachy Cuff and get the Shell out of here . . .



Okay, so the most recent batch of pics I just posted were things I made useing those snazzy shell and stone beads . . . the first one is one I'm calling the Beachy Cuff. I crocheted it in nylon beading thread and made 10 chains of beads to drape accross the front. really like this one . . .very easy to wear, and it really makes me wish summer would just get here already. Also, I use this design alot for cuffs that i make - specifically when i have cool looking beads that I think would be showcased well.

The other one I made was a for fun kinda thing.I had some shell halves, glass beads, and odds and ends of wire, nylon thread, and a bunch more stone and shell beads. After fiddling around with them for an afternoon, I ended up with the Shell Necklace. The hidden glass bead "pearl" inside the shell was the finishing touch for the seashell pendant.
:-)
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Now Tweeting! And the story of a lumberjack vest . . .


I've been a busy bee lately - I have a brand spankin' new banner and avatar, done by CandyGraphics . . . if you're in the market for either, check her out on Etsy. I've also posted some new stuff on my Burdastyle

accounthttp://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmJ1cmRhc3R5bGUuY29tL21lbWJlci9PcHRpbWlzdGljQ3luaWM= and I'm giving Twitter a try, but I don't know if I can get in the swing of updating that often, haha http://www.twitter.com/optcynshop


Anyhoo . . . so a couple of years ago now, I had a birthday, and on this birthday, my buddy Jeff gave me a large, loud, plaid, thrift-store-find vest. Always up to a challenge, I was determined to, in the words of Tim Gunn, make it work.It wasn't all bad. It had a rather nice quilted lining (which i kept), and it was big, so I had a lot to work with. I split the side seams and took the whole thing in about three inches - on each side. I added a couple of darts at the small of my back to give it a hip-hugging shape. It had a hood attatched, which I liked, but it didn't really fit with the rest of the alterations, so I took it off, and reshaped it useing an old vintage pattern for a hooded pullover I had laying around. I tried to salvage the buttons and button holes (mostly because I hate sewing them on, and i HATE sewing button holes . . .such a pain), but because the vest was so large, I had to do some button adding and button hole rearranging, but in the end, I'm happy with how it turned out . . . it's pretty damn cute with jeans.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Gems" and The Red Dress




So for this blog I plan to post info on what's in my Etsy Shop galleries, as well as fun stuff about what I'm making at the moment,, techniques, and funs stories behind different pieces.




That being said . . . one of my fav pics I've just put up has to be the "Gem" Necklace. The 'chain' is actually thin (I believe 16g?) copper wire that's been crocheted with a tiny hook (a 2.75mm one, to be exact). The 'gems' are acrylic, and therefore, this necklace is very light. It was fun to photograph because it's just one of those pieces that catches the light so well.




And here's how the red dress came to be . . . so my grandma hands me this red, balled up wad of material and says "I got this really ugly dress as Good-Will. Do you want it?" Me being me, I said, "Sure!", probably a bit too enthusiastically. It might have well have been a red and white flowered tent. The neckline have a huge bow-tie thing in the front - which was the first thing to go. I pretty much deconstructed the whole dress, reshaped the 'cut' (not that there really was one to begin with), and tailored it to loosely fit me. The god-awful bow-tie fabric strip I'd cut off became a tie at the waist . . . and there you have it.I really liked the material, and I like the 1940s-ish style the dress has overall, so I'm pretty happy with how it came out.




My mom still says it's ugly :-)
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