Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
- Because you shouldn't have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.
- Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
- Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
- Because sometimes less is more.
- Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
- Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
- Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable".
- Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .
It really hit home with me because I seem to be writing that apology on just about every post! I truly love my blog - perhaps more than is clinically advisable - but sometimes life is just a little too full, you know? Sometimes I just want to fool around on a computer game instead of blogging - AKA "vegging out" for a little while. I may steal her tagline, "Blogging whenever I fu*#%ng feel like it since 2006." (I also love swearing more than is clinically advised. Can't do it with the little ears around these days. :-D )Well, I'm brimming with ideas right now and I've got the dining room all cleaned up because we had company Monday, we're having company Saturday, and Rexy's teacher is coming for a home visit next week. Sigh... I'm terrified I'll make such a mess that it will overwhelm my limited powers of tidiness and then Rexy's teacher will see what a terrible slob I really am. I don't think I can hold out for a week and a half though. Already things have slipped since Monday's company. What I wouldn't give for a studio with a door that closes! There's an article in the newest Cloth, Paper, Scissors Studios Magazine in which the writer describes her ideal studio and it's as if she's reading my mind.
Ahhhhhh, the dream...
~~~ an airy, light-filled room with open shelves at one end so that I can see all my supplies (out of sight, out of mind); a counter that runs the whole length of the building (did I mention it was a building?) with 2 big sinks; a long, comfy couch for naps and friends; Several work tables for different media and one big, table-topped, rolling cart for taking work outside when it's nice out - ooh, and one of those super cool, gigantic easels that you see in the art supply catalogs with so many bells and whistles that it practically makes your coffee in the morning; windows, windows, windows - but still plenty of wall space for art and inspiration boards; double french doors that lead out to the open porch/deck/patio (I can't decide) or a really cool, windowed, sliding barn door...or maybe both! ~~~
What's your dream studio?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Hopefully this still counts as a Friday announcement, since it's (barely) before midnight! I guess I should have used a green background with these pics to coordinate with my blog template. Oh, well. I was in a polka dot mood.
Since I was taking pictures of the event, I decided to use the fancy scissors. Oh, yeah. I'm going all out for this!
Okay, I'm not exactly sure what kind of hat it is; but it looks very Napoleonic. Phil bought it years ago for a costume - or maybe just because he liked it, I forget which - and it now resides practically in the middle of our living room on top of a painted-gold(metallic)-distressed-with-black, Easter Island, tiki-head statue. I'm not kidding. He's very attached to it. I just try to pretend it's not there...
He was so shy about having his picture taken while doing this that I agreed that he could just be a hand model. I was playing with the "lighting effects" control on PSE in case you're wondering about the odd spotlight effect.
And so the winner is...Lorraine of Glimmering Prize!
(PM me on the ZNE network with your address Lorraine and I will pop your new painting in the mail to you.)
Thank you so much to everyone who participated! It was fun! I need to have more contests, I think. I hope I will still know you all when I get to 200 posts. It's a priviledge and an honor to know you.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
(Currently on Etsy)
(Currently on Etsy, this is the full view of the above pic)
I also managed to successfully avoid spending all my money at the other booths - my usual problem at these things. It was tough, though. A woman two booths away from me, Kayce of NueToMe and World of Whimm and On a Whimm (3 etsy stores!, she's a superwoman - read her blog), has adorable kids' dresses made from recycled adult sized t-shirts (hard to explain, but very cute), and fabulous soft sculpture crowns and mermaid tails. The crowns were especially hard not to buy. Rexy took to them immediately and wanted to try on every color and every size. But I just kept repeating, "Pre-school, pre-school, pre-school..." to myself until the urge died down. (Unfortunately, we couldn't get the $$$ together and so we're going to revisit the pre-school subject after the holidays.)
Anyway, on to more recent things. I was just visiting our friends at FH Design, Kerry and Rachel, and they had been tagged with a food meme. I thought it looked interesting, so I stole it! It's a list of 100 foods from the Very Good Taste blog. Here's the text from the blog:
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak Tartare
6. Black Pudding
7. Cheese Fondue
10. Baba Ghanoush
13. PB&J Sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot Dog from street cart
17. Black Truffle
18. Fruit Wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed Pork Buns
20. Pistachio Ice Cream
21. Heirloom Tomatoes
22. Fresh Wild Berries
23. Foie Gras
24. Rice Beans
25. Brawn, or Head Cheese
26. Raw, Scotch Bonnet Pepper (but I may have eaten it cooked once or twice)
27. Dulce de Leche
30. Bagna Cauda
31. Wasabi Peas
32. Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bowl
33. Salted Lassi
35. Root Beer Float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (not at the same time)
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried Goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk (unless it counts in cheese)
45. Malt Whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
47. Chicken Tikka Masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea Urchin
51. Prickly Pear
55. Mcdonalds Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty Gin Martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob Chips
63. Kaolin (apparently it’s used in toothpaste)
66. Frogs’ Legs
67. Beignets, Churros, Elephant Ears or Funnel Cake (I don’t think of Beignets and Elephant Ears as being the same thing...
69. Fried Plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
72. Caviar and Blini
73. Louche Absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang Souchong
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a 3 Michelin star restaurant
85. Kobe Beef
87. Goulash (Hungarian)
90. Criollo Chocolate
92. Soft Shell Crab
93. Rose Harissa
95. Mole Poblano
96. Bagel and Lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
Well, there were several things I had to look up – salted Lassi? But I was pretty surpised at the number of things I had had. 63, to be exact. Unlike Rachel, I used to be known as the kid who wouldn’t try anything! (As Karma would have it, I now have a child who only eats about 5 things.)