Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Plotting and Planning

It started with snow. More than a skiff. The kind that you have to shovel to find your vehicle before going to work. The kind you get stuck in--more than once.

It ended with an email from kikki: "How are you enjoying the snow?" What? Enjoying the snow? Not at all. So I started dreaming of Argentina instead. Warmth, shoes, tango. Did I mention the warmth. Or the shoes.

The decision is made. This year for sure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Encrusted Beading

I wonder if the rules for cooking also apply to fabric art exchanges? You know the one--don't try out anything on company that you haven't first eaten yourself. I think that ensures you don't poison your guests. Or have them clamoring for a recipe you made up as you went along.

When I received Mary Anne's corpse in the mail, I stared at it for days. In reality, more than just days. It's simplicity left me a bit clueless. Well, extremely clueless. Thoughts of what to create ran around in my head--probably thoughts closer to panic.

Staring at it, I realized a had a bag of cabochons my grandmother gave me floating around somewhere. One piece, a beautiful ebony black, looked perfect for the shape of the square I had to work on.

But Mary Anne's guidelines specified that she wanted a lighter colour in the centre. I drew out a design in my Studio Journal using the dark cabochon and added squiggly lines around it. Placing the white cabochon on the drawing netted a similar result, so off I went. To Michael's to buy beads.

This is the first time I ever did encrusted beading. Knowledge and finished result weren't even near one another, so I kind of figured it out as I went along. The photo was taken before I upgraded camera's, so unfortunately is quite blurry.

Hum, that was fun. Now I can try it out on the guests.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Not Really a Resolution

I don't do New Year's resolutions. I posted about it here and on my other blog here. Why make a promise to yourself that you will only break in the end anyway. Besides, if you think there is something that needs changing or fixing in your life, why wait until January to do something about it. Like Kevin Johansen says: "Timing is the answer to success, Do it now."

So instead of a resolutions, I picked one word to live towards for the years. This year, I want to be fearless.