This is the first piece I have done for my collage circle. A group of participants in Stephanie Levy’s collage course have formed a collage circle. Every 2 weeks, each of us will mail out a 5x7inch collage to a person on the list. By the end, we will each have 11 pieces from the talented members of the group. Watching the Packer game in frigid Green Bay made me long for Spring. So flowers it was. Challenging to work so small – I usually work a bit larger. Guess I’ll get used to it by the end of the project.
New Home, Part II January 4, 2014
Joined the crazy bunch at the Deuce on Thursday. This piece was an exercise for an ecourse taught by Stephanie Levy. Using warm colors is way out of my comfort zone. I do like it and it now resides on the wall by the kitchen table.
Endangered Species?? January 3, 2014
This small glue stick caused me a bit of trouble today. It is the absolute best one for collage. I have several around the house – so I know I have been able to find them before. Since most of mine are getting low, I set out today to buy more.
Not so easy!! I went to 6 stores this morning. I found glue sticks of various brands – Elmer’s, Scotch and several store brands. No UHU to be found.
So it was back to my old standby, Amazon!! Found UHU easily there – ordered a box of 24 of them…not going to be caught low again!!
In reading some of the reviews online, I noted that many other people are not able to find UHU locally. Good to know it is not just Columbia, South Carolina with glue stick limitations.
Thank God for Amazon Prime!!
New Home January 2, 2014
I created this piece a couple of months ago. I call her ‘My Favorite Things’. The things collaged on her are bits of my favorite things. She has baseball & football tickets, wine labels, cheese label, coffee labels, tea bag wrapper, beer bottle top earrings and other assorted bits & pieces. She has just been sitting in the Black Hole since I finished her. Today she went to her new home. She now resides on the mantle at the Deuce. I think she will be happy there – several of my pieces are up there. I think John likes having them up there – he does not have to see them all the time!! Our taste is VERY different!!
Happy 2014 January 1, 2014
Progress October 17, 2013
In a previous post, I wrote about trying to bring some order to my workspace – the Black Hole. Over the past few week, I have had success. I’ll be wildly courageous and add a couple of photos. The trick to my success was to only work an hour a day. That kept me from getting too distracted by the treasures I found. Also kept me from being overwhelmed.
I actually was able to vacuum the floor! Chloe can come up and sleep on floor. I can walk around without fear of tripping on something. Life is good.
The cabinets in the first photo are crammed full of ephemera – things a normal person calls junk. This includes, but is not limited to: labels, cereal boxes, maps, tickets, brochures of all kinds, old game pieces, old postcards, ledger pages, old book pages, buttons, ribbon, bits of fabric, photo scrap, bubble wrap, tissue paper, corrugated cardboard bits, bottle caps, punchinello, painted paper and random bits of paper picked up up from streets & parking lots on two continents.
The second photo shows more bins & boxes full of treasures. It looks chaotic, but I actually am able to find things in there. Believe it or not, this is a big improvement over the previous condition up there.
Deep breath here…..I will now post a before photo. If you are sensitive to clutter, you may want to cover your eyes now…..
I hope this will help me to move some of my projects from ideas to actuality.
Yarn Stash, Part 2 October 10, 2013
Back to update my long ago post about my yarn stash. In April & May, I set about organizing all of my yarn. My plan was to wind, photograph and list it all in Evernote. Much to my surprise….it worked! I frequently have good ideas and then wash out in the implementation.
I ended up with 5 categories :
Worsted & DK
Bulky & Beyond
Exotics, Fuzzies, Funky & Random Others
When I logged the yarn info & photo into Evernote, I included a photo of the label from the skein. That way I can see at a glance the gauge and yardage of each one. When I wrapped each ball, I also included the label. Deep down in the stash, I did discover several skeins with no label – I was surprised there were not more. Those I just made a guess about what fiber and weight it was. Hope they end up being happy accidents.
After all of that, I ended up with 263 balls of yarn. That does not include the balls in a large glass container I use for decoration in the living room. You would think that all that yarn would be enough…….you would be wrong!
Since then, I have added to the stash. There have been several irresistible online sales and a shop closing sale. I have put all of the new stuff into Evernote, but have resisted the urge to make another count. Pushing 300 balls is as close as I want to get.
I really am trying to make a dent in the stash. I’ll just keep on knitting….
Now if I could just figure out how to deal with the laundry basket full of random knitting patterns and books. I’ll leave that for another day…
Here are a couple of photos – first in current project on needles. It’s a simple diagonal scarf, the yarn makes the difference. It’s a Kidsilk Stripe Haze. Light, airy and gorgeous. The second photo is the glass jar of yarn in living room – I think it makes a great decoration.
Back to knitting, I have a mountain of yarn to use……
Wild Courage October 7, 2013
The past few weeks, I have been taking an e-course from Stephanie Levy. She is a wonderful American artist living in Germany. It is meant to help the students discover the power within to do all of the things they want. It is about letting go of the fear and doubt that can hold us back.
This is really good for me – fear has been too much a part of my life for way to long. Stephanie has also helped show how to focus on the things that are really important and to let go of all the other crap. Not easy, but I am working on it.
I decided that one of the things I want to do is to revive my long dormant blog. So here goes….
I have blocked out some time every day to get more familiar with WordPress. I have been going over the lingo, all the ins & outs of the dashboard and checking out blog tips. It may take a while, but I am planning to barge on.
Still not clear on exactly what path the blog will take. Probably will be a bit of this and a bit of that. Sort of like my life. Knitting, mixed media, art journaling, along with bits of my “regular” life.
This is a photo of one of the pages I did in my class journal –
The journal is the place where I do some of the class projects and process some of the ideas.
I promise to be back soon – with details from my long ago last post. My yarn stash is organized and very large. Constantly working on using it all up.
Lifetime Project April 2, 2013
In the long process of sorting out the Black Hole, I have reached the hardest part. I have hauled out bags of trash, culled my collection of ephemera and made hard choices about what I actually may use someday.
Now begins the real work……..my yarn stash.
I do love to knit and I am always looking for new projects. I am a process knitter, meaning that I only care about the knitting itself. Once the project is done, I don’t really care about it. Knitting is entertainment for me, keeps me busy and provides hours of fun.
I am sorting through my boxes of yarn and putting them in wire baskets by weight. I hope that if I can see what I have, I will not buy more that looks just like some I already bought……..not that that has ever happened. I am also putting all the info into Evernote so I can check out my stash when I get the urge to shop.
In reality – a place I try to avoid – I could probably go the rest of my life without needing to buy more yarn. That is easy to say, not easy to do.
So here are a couple of shots of the beginning. Sock weight yarn was first up. Fifty balls wound and labeled.