Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturdays teaparty was curiously progressive in the temporal rather than the political sense. Only a few at a time showed up, which allowed for nice visity-talky, and over the afternoon a pleasant number of friends had come by. Rois and Chance brought over their former living room chairs, to be given a good home here. I feel so "grownup" now with a pair of matching chairs; they are small, in scale with my home, and look like a cross between Norse medieval and mid-century modern. When Bill stopped by yesterday, he commented on how Scandinavian they look, very Carl Larsson...
Chance also helped attach the Ikea shelf unit to the wall in the back bedroom, which is destined to hold stacks and stacks of fabric. It fits very nicely there, and will work even better once I get a sewing table to fit underneath, which will allow me to stop using the living room as my sewing room...
After teaparty time, we four who remained (Ian, Karyn, Jess and I) went over the river to have a tasty sushi dinner. Nothing better than an afternoon of visiting followed by more visiting sushi... Mmmm crunchy crispy dead baby cephalopods on rice...
As I'd mentioned, Bill stopped by on his way back north, ofter dropping off the huge coronet and caps-o-maintenance shebang with the clients. I was glad to hear that they were very happy with the results of all our hard work. Bill and I chatted about projects, and teaching, briefly, then he left to go home, and I went back to my worm bin bag project. I found the plans online here. Spent the rest of Monday building the contraption, I hope my pet worms will like it. The worm-home fits easily in my tiny kitchen, and being closer to the food prep area will make dealing with the compostables simple. There was only one error in the plan supply list, you need more cordage than they call for; a bit of a pain, but not critical. I think that I can do a better job of patterning for the fabric cone that holds the worms, rather than a flat pair of triangles, I think a four-panel construction would fit the framework more neatly, and give a smoother 3-D cone-shape. Must acquire a bit more Ecospun felt and try it out...
This afternoon I wanted to see if I could get over to the Multnomah Art Center to find out about teaching possibilities. Turns out that Multnomah Village is just one bus ride away, about an hour, but no transfers. Along the way I saw the famous Voodoo Doughnuts, and later Food Front (the co-op here I hadn't seen yet, I'll need to go check it out another day, now that I know where it is).
On the way home I stopped at the Rebuilding Center, and found enough narrow flat molding bits to start working on the chalkboard project. Yup, I'm going to put chalkboard on the walls in the workroom, will be useful for teaching, and general note making, memory jogging, picture sketching goodness. I love chalkboards. When I went to Paris, I brought home two doorknobs and a child's chalkboard as souvenirs. You knew I was weird, but how many folks go to a hardware store in Paris? Even my family thought it was pretty weird, but they humored me...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
baking chocolate----0.1 oz per lb of body weight
Me frazzled...I have no cake for my guests. Must go clean up the kitchen and start more baking. And there I was so organised, getting the baking done last night...Sigh
Tea party later today
Friday, September 19, 2008
In some ways I've lived my life always holding somewhere in mind the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it... As a littley kid, duck-and-covering under the desk at school, it would be "the bomb"...as a young hippie it was "come the revolution"... and as time went on a generalised "when the s**t hits the fan"...for years I kept gear packed to grab and go, and clear mental maps of the routes away from the city...
And all the skills I learn, I always think how useful would this be? It is an odd filter to apply to life, perhaps. I'm still working on learning new skills...never liked gardening before, but it seems a vital skill now, for a whole host of reasons.
And moving to Portland was an odd one for me, I love it here, but in some ways Olympia is waay more sustainable. I had to balance out my desire for a new and different life, with my feelings of safety in a smaller town with artesian water and decades of connections.
Someone once asked me why I didn't gamble, when I didn't want to buy her raffle tickets...I replied that I gambled with my whole life...she looked puzzled...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Somehow we ended up at the Bins, which always takes more time than you would expect...We only barely had time for a stop at Mr Plywood before she had to drop me at home and go pick up Wes. I bought the sheet of chalkboard I've been wanting for my workroom. I had them cut it into suitable pieces, and have four extra pieces that I'm not sure what I will do with, yet. I still need to get the wooden molding pieces to attach them to the wall. Hopefully I will be able to find suitable wooden fragments at The Rebuilding Center for completing the chalkboard project.
So it was a day of gathering up components, but not enough yet to move forward on either project! Exhausting, somehow, partially 'cos that flooring is heavy. I'm grateful that Stacey helped me with transport and also helped move the boxes into the house...
I wanted to do a little bit more online research before purchasing the rest of the flooring supplies, and also see if I can find some other options for disposing of the unwanted carpeting. Had I somewhere to store it, it could go to SCA fighters to use for making pells, but I doubt anyone will want a 10 x 9 ft square piece all at once? My Dad suggested possibly FreeCycle, or Craigslist... And I definitely need to get or borrow knee pads before tackling the flooring. I want to get this happening/completed before winter sets in.
I am doing my best not to get too freaked by what is going on with WaMu, my local, just round the corner, bank, where I keep my tiny bank account.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I've been thinking about opening up an Etsy storefront; there are many things that I make, and enjoy making, that don't really fit in the "Fineartisanry" format ( though I've put them on my website for lack of a better home) Like most folks in these modern times, the lousy economy is biting me in places I'd rather unbitten. I'm hoping that is will be a way to reach new folks that are interested in my handicrafting; it looks like the interface will be easy to use, and the startup and ongoing costs seem minimal and appropriate. Do any of you shop at Etsy when you are looking for trinkets and treasures?
So last night I opened my trusty old Photoshop, spent a couple hours experimenting, and made myself a banner for the future electronic storefront. I am no kind of certified electron-pusher, but I do enjoy wandering around in the program and seeing what it can do...I think I came up with an image that gives a hint of my thingmaking "style"
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I am always looking for chairs that are not too tall, since I have really short legs. (Well, they do go all the way to the ground) I asked the attendant if I could just buy the chair and take it home..."Nope, got to wait for it to show up in the store" I know from sad experience that the things I see outside the Goodwill rarely show up inside, usually get put in the big blue truck to go Somewhere Else, probably to the Bins. I really wanted the chair, so I went inside to see if I could beg for it. After much abasement and excited explanation on my part of how very special this chair was to me, the manager agreed to go out back and price it for me.
He came back with the little chair, saying that since it wasn't in very good shape, it wouldn't have been good enough for the store anyway. I paid, and carried it off homeward. I noticed an interesting marker on the bottom of the backrest "Ironrite Health Chair". Being a curious soul, I looked it up and found confirmation once again that my eye is good. The chair, originally designed in 1938 as a companion to the Ironrite Ironer (a mangle for home users), is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Not a bad buy for $4.99.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Starting out, with many pieces for the caps, and the embroidery just begun
Each workshop will be Friday evening 7:30 - 9:30, and all day Saturday and Sunday 10 - 5, and all supplies are included
piece that can be worn as a pendant.
September 26th - 28th or November 14th - 16th or December 12th - 14th
Painted Enameling - $175
In this workshop, you will learn a straightforward way to add fine details to your enamels. The use of painting enamels began in medieval France, (which is why this technique is sometimes referred to as "Limoges" enameling), but is perfectly appropriate for contemporary designs. Painting enamels are mixed with lavender oil and applied to a previously enameled surface. You will be provided with two silver blanks, and you will complete at least one small piece that can be worn as a pendant. (Note: for this class you must not be allergic to lavender)
November 28th - 30th
Engraving for Enamels - $195 + 30 engraving toolkit fee
This special workshop will cover two traditional arts: On the first day, you will learn a simple engraving technique that will add depth and brilliant sparkle to your enamels. Once your graver is fitted to the size of your hand, after ample opportunity for practice, you will engrave a pattern into a piece of fine silver. On the second day you will learn the process of cloisonné, and your engraved disc will become a base for a simple cloisonné pattern using transparent and opaque enamels. You will be provided with all materials to complete one small piece that can be worn as a pendant. The graver kit, required in addition to the class fee, enables you to continue engraving at home or in future classes.
November 7th - 9th
Minimum registration for each class is 2, maximum is 4; small classes allow individual attention and encouragement to every student