some lovely things

April 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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This shop was just featured on the front page at etsy, so perhaps she doesn’t need any more publicity, but I just love the artfulness of these crochet creations.  They have such pleasing, organic shapes, that I just couldn’t resist writing this little note about them on my blog.  I especially appreciate the fact that the artist doesn’t feel the need to make her crochet into something useful.  Many of the creations in the shop are sculptures, art.  Crochet is familiar to most people as a domestic craft for making dishcloths and afghans and hats and such, but it also is a wonderful sculpture technique.  In crochet, it is very easy to make a three-dimensional shape, and the possibilities are endless, especially once you free yourself from the need for a pattern.

Uloni on etsy:

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almost forgot

January 31, 2010 at 2:11 am | Posted in other people's awesome crafts, projects | Leave a comment
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I almost forgot to post a picture of my finished custom order squid that I made for an etsy trade!  I am really happy with how he turned out.  See?  Ain’t he cool? (if I do say so myself!)

This is going to Handymaiden, and I am getting a custom whale pendant and a custom snail creation.  And she even wants me to make another squid for her with some of her own yarn.  I love it when people like what I create.  My artistic/creative impulses are primarily for my own need to express myself, but it’s also really nice when someone else appreciates what I’ve made.  We’re sharing a wavelength or something.

Anyway, I highly recommend taking a look at Handymaiden’s two etsy shops.  She makes amazing things with paint and polymer clay.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandyMaiden

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TerraFarma

one of my favorite places

May 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Posted in yarn stash | Leave a comment
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S and I went to Recycle North this afternoon.  We got a bright orange plastic caddy thingy, a picture frame, four skeins of yarn plus a bag of yarn scraps, and a few yards of fun polka-dot fabric, all for four dollars.  I love that place.

And I love having new yarn to work with.  It’s inspiring.  I should unravel that red wool sweater that’s been sitting waiting, because I know it’s going to look lovely when it’s dyed.

Also, the picture frame that we bought still had a photo of someone’s wedding in it.  I don’t know why you would donate a frame without taking your personal pictures out first.  Even if you didn’t want the picture, it seems an invasion of privacy or something to just send it out into the world like that.  Anyway, we put our sexy fat lady in the frame, and now we don’t know what to do with the photo.  It seems fit for some art project, too sad to just throw it away.  I guess we’ll wait for inspiration to strike.

Something I could become obsessed with.

May 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts | 1 Comment
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I love small shiny things.  Buttons, pebbles, beach glass, keys.

And marbles.  I just recently discovered that there are gorgeous handmade marbles on etsy.  I mean, I’m already addicted to etsy enough.  But I really could become obsessed with these pretties.  I really could.

See:

Antique

Lemony Swirls

Moon-amazing

Vortex

Wildflower

It’s amazing what people can do with glass.  Couldn’t you become obsessed, too?

art for an empty wall

September 14, 2008 at 8:55 am | Posted in gifts | Leave a comment
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I have two empty picture frames sitting on my table.  I bought them at a thrift store earlier this week.  They’re waiting to be filled with some beautiful new art, and then to be mailed to my sister, who has empty walls in her new apartment.  One frame for me to fill, and one frame for S to fill.  I’m feeling in the mood for collage right now, I think.  I may have to get those magazines back out of the recycle bin.

philosophy

June 20, 2008 at 8:33 am | Posted in art | Leave a comment
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I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, “earth,” but the middle letters were a different color, so it also said, “art” right in the middle of the earth.

EARTH: like that.

Oh, it charmed me. Such a perfect philosophy! Earth and Art are two ideas very, very close to my heart, and of course they are related just as this bumper sticker illustrated, one contained within the other.

The earth as inspiration for art. Reusing and reclaiming materials for your art so as to show your love for the earth. Connecting all peoples of the earth with the universal language of art.

Yes.

What happens to all the lonely art?

June 5, 2008 at 1:27 am | Posted in art | Leave a comment
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Think of all the paintings that have been made over the years, all the collages and quilts, all the woodcuts and watercolors, all the found-object sculptures, all the handsewn clothes, all the one-of-a-kind ceramic teapots, all the portraits and little twists of wire and beads that somebody made for somebody else, colored pencils, crayola crayons. A few of these things end up in museums, but most of them float through the world of use and re-use, first a gift and then a yard sale and then time in the back of a closet and then a thrift store and then perhaps another closet. Perhaps they’re displayed and worn and utilized between shufflings, or perhaps these items just get passed on and on until they reach some end in a garbage bin. Thinking about this makes me sad. Of course.

There have been plenty of hats and scarves and such things that I’ve knitted or crocheted and worn for a little while that I ended up donating to a thrift store. I always hope that somebody finds these bits of my handiwork and wears them and enjoys them. But I have no way of knowing. And there have been times that I’ve purchased something at a thrift store that was obviously handcrafted, and I’ve unraveled it to re-use the yarn. I feel a little bad about that. But I still do it. I’m playing the role of death, I guess. The end of one thing allows the beginning of something new.

But anyway, I’m thinking about this subject, and writing about it, because I found this lovely little painting at a thrift store today for only three dollars. And I kind of want to know its history, how it ended up there. It’s an act of rejection to decide you don’t want something and to bring it to a thrift store. It’s not as much a rejection as throwing something into the trash, because at least with the store you’re assuming that somebody still could possibly want and use whatever you’re donating. But still, you don’t want it. Rejection. And somebody sat or stood next to an easel and mixed colors and glanced up at his or her subject and then back to the canvas. It takes time to make a painting. And concentration. And skill and practice. So where did this one start? And where has it been? And how many hands have rejected it before I fell in love with it this afternoon?

It’s hanging at the bottom of my stairs now.
picture on the wall

photo opportunities everywhere

February 9, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in photography | 2 Comments
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I reallyreallyreally love taking pictures.  I dream of some day owning a really nice dslr camera and all the related equipment–lenses and tripods and light reflectors and a big black bag and adobe photoshop–and of knowing a lot more than I do now about technique.  Then I could be a professional photographer and make lovely portraits and capture special moments at people’s weddings and sell framed prints in a gallery.  That’s one of my possible dream jobs.  Maybe I’ll turn to pursuing it if my current path doesn’t work out.  Photography runs in my family, after all.  But in the meantime I’m a happy amateur photographer with my trusty little canon point-and-shoot.  This afternoon, after my attention was caught by a frozen/wilted tulip we’d left outside for the winter, I spent at least half an hour snapping pictures, captivated by all the many, many interesting images around my porch.  When I uploaded my pictures to the computer, there were 46 of them just from that one photo session.  It was a good time for taking pictures because it was snowing outside at the time, and the light was all pale and calm and diffuse.  Here are just a couple of them to share with you:

sad tulip
hinge
Where will you hang your dreams?

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