Then this post is for you. It’s time for the Spring Fibre Festival organized by Island Knits. It’s happening on Saturday, April 14th, from 11:00-3:00 at the Victoria Public Market. I’ll be there with a selection of needle felting and jewellery. Would love to see you!
What would a post about fibre be without a picture of Smudge helping?
Vacations get me all fired up to be creative, but alas, during the last week of my holiday I fell and sprained my thumb. Sigh. It is, of course, the thumb on my dominant hand. I’ve been getting very antsy about not doing anything creative, but I have come to realize that maybe I need to turn my thoughts to what I can do, rather than focus on what I can’t. I decided this week that it was time for a bit of a website overhaul, and so it has begun. You won’t find any “construction zone” blank pages – I’ll just start making little changes here and there.
Please let me know your thoughts on the changes, and especially let me know if something isn’t working. Hopefully this will be a fairly smooth transition.
Thanks for all your support! Here is a picture of Smudge helping me needle felt (which I can do for short amounts of time).
Every year at my office, there is a fundraising campaign for The United Way and other charities. I am one of the canvassers, and I get involved in different ways. This year I decided to participate in the Tacky Tie contest. We were provided with thrift stores ties, and told to go crazy. The ties will be voted on with purchased tickets, and the two winning ties will be worn by executive.
I chose a clip-on tie so that I wouldn’t have to worry about how the tie would be tied after a lot of unbendy hot glue was attached to it. Turns out this was a really smart move. Here is a picture of the back of the tie (I forgot to photograph before starting to paint on the front), one with the first coat of paint, and one with the final blue (although purple sparkle was added to give the impression of a night sky).
Stages of the tie
Now the fun part… attaching all the tacky goodness. I decided to make a tree, and one of my coworkers had the wonderful idea that I should make it three dimensional. I used gold foil and silver pipe cleaners to build the tree, first cutting a hole in the tie for the string of lights/leaves to come through. I found some reindeer ornaments in the dollar store, so I took one apart, and attached the two halves to the base of the tree. I found that the gold was just too, well, gold, so I added some black paint to the “bark”. It was a little too tiger-y, so I added some muted gold sparkle paint… Success – it became much more bark-like.
The reindeer weren’t standing out enough, so they got a coat of paint/sparkle as well. Another coworker provided me with some wooden animal cutouts, so I tried to turn a rabbit into a cat… it might have turned into a squirrel.
And here is the finished product… It doesn’t bend, and could probably be used as a weapon, but it was sure a lot of fun to make!
Smudge was very patient through the whole process (she only tried to eat the foil once or twice, and only walked over the wet paint a few times), and was “rewarded” by being put into a Princess of Darkness costume. I’m sure she was wishing she had misbehaved a little more if this was a reward…
Smudge, Princess of Darkness
Photos… GOOD photos are so important, and I think they are something that many artists struggle with… I know that I certainly do!
I’ve been reading blogs for tips on building a light box/white box so that photos can be consistent in terms of lighting and quality. I found several using a large cardboard box that would probably have worked well, however there is the problem of storage. I’m quite sure that Smudge (aka the Princess of Darkness aka the cat who is more than happy to “help” with any crafty endeavour) would be thrilled to have a new cardboard box to destroy, er, play with, but that defeats the whole pristine photo environment.
Periodically I check on UsedVictoria.com for those hard to find items, and, as often happens, they came through! I found a portable studio and lighting kit – it has its own lights incorporated into it, and it folds up into a large briefcase-like case. It is the dearest thing! I haven’t taken photos of it or in it yet, but hopefully will do so over the next few days. Stay tuned for some (hopefully!) professional-ish portfolio shots. Fingers crossed!
Smudge in a box