I've been spending the last few days reviewing images of older work to see if my new work makes sense within the continuum. I realized as I was looking that most of my knitted art is not on my website, so i thought this video might make a nice summary of what I did in terms of performance art , sculpture and public art.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. - Erma Bombeck
Since my new diet I have been spending hours in the kitchen testing different recipes, trying to establish what I like and don't like with my new diet. I love food with a good crunch and since tortilla chips are off of my list, I decided to try making my own baked sweet potato chips. Baking them rather than frying them preserves their nutritional value and allows me to use healthy fats such as olive oil or coconut oil. So i gave it a try in the oven first. I followed this recipe. Tried it first in the oven set at 200 for two hours and burned a couple of batches. Argh. Try again.
Old age ain't for sissies. - A frequent refrain of my Gam
My grandmother also loved to say " Youth is wasted on the young." I always thought the sayings were cute until I started to get older and see the inherent wisdom of them. Old age sure isn't for sissies. The other week I learned I was pre diabetic. Like having endured three rounds of cancer, a heart attack and a stroke weren't enough. I was then later diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and now I am freaking, (slew of expletives) pre diabetic?! Oh hell no! I am not taking that one on the chin. Nope! Not me! Grandma and Great Grandma had full blown Type 2 diabetes, so lucky me seems to have won the genetic jackpot. I am not overweight, in fact I lean toward skinny despite my recent glamour curves and I exercise daily. I've also been an organic eating vegetarian for 30 years. So what the heck? Again, genetic jackpot.
We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling. - Neil LaBute
I don't know about you, but I have dozens of used cd's hanging around my office collecting dust. I used them quite a bit before I bought a flash drive. Make one mistake with burning your CD and you are left with this shiny plastic circle for what seems an infinity. They have to be shipped off to recycling plants that specialize in recycling cd's. Well, rather than recycle. Let's upcycle. The cd makes the perfect base for a woven project. Teachers - this project will help you to teach fractions and geometry in a fun, hands on way.They also make a great bellringer. Just pack up each student's weaving in an individual ziplock to grab on their way into the classroom while everyones gets settled and the next lesson begins. It keeps them busy and out of mischief. Parents - this is a great road trip project! Just think, the kids could get all their holiday gifts made while quietly working in the car on the family vacation. Win-win!
Does artistry always lead to anguish as is custom in much of our Society? I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate this brief talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. In February, I was back in the saddle showing up for my job as she puts it. Everyday I woke early, did my household chores and then clocked in to work on either a design or fine art project. At first it was exhilarating. I had survived. I was BACK! You see when you've had a stroke and your body is left paralyzed, you can't talk, you can barely read, your whole existence seem to disappear at least the world as you knew it, but unfortunately you are left with enough memories of life before the stroke to tease and taunt you. Well, I was back, but only at half level. I was tired all the time, living on coffee and depressed as all get out. Could I chase my genie, that allusive fairy who kept teasing me with flights of creativity. Or was it all over? Had my life stopped in February 2014. Well, I want it known for the record, that it hasn't stopped. I am still showing up every day to do my job as an artist.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. -- Pamela Vaull Starr
Every week I have been glued to the television watching The Voice on NBC. The show gives me such hope. It is inspiring to watch talented artists go out on the stage and give it their all to take a shot for their dreams. I can't begin to understand the nerves of steel they must develop, especially these last two artists who had to slug it out at the end. They both were so graceful and composed despite it all.
Since my stroke, I 've lost a bit of my nerve. I revved up in February with several design projects and an exhibition opening. The stress took me out and it took most of March to recover from the medical fallout. So I am having to learn my new norm which is so weird. I am a middle aged artist whose paid her dues and thought she had cut herself a clear path, but no. I have to keep slugging away to reach my dreams even though I don't always have the energy to get out of bed. But I do, even if it isn't until 1pm and I end up working in my pajamas the entire day. That's okay, it's part of my new normal. You can't give up on the very thing that fuels your spirit.
I often receive requests for my hat patterns to be redesigned for another size head. I am happy to do this from time to time, but I would rather you dear reader gain the skill for yourself, so you may have total control over your knitting. So let's get started.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844
These quick dishcloths are made using basic double crochet stitches in rounds. The rounds increase gradually to keep the circle flat and finish with a pretty scalloped edge to give them the appearance of a flower. These cloths are soft and absorbent. They are a cute addition to the kitchen and make a great hostess gift. Use them as a hand wash cloth and give as part of a spa gift with gorgeous smelling soap and bath salts. Consider helping others and make these to donate to a woman's shelter.
The jewel of the sky is the sun, the jewel of the house is the child. – A Chinese saying
This baby blanket is a larger version of my dishcloth pattern, same principals, but enlarged. I had loved making the dishcloths / facecloths that I thought I’d see if the pattern would make a good blanket. It does! I will be giving this one to my knitting ministry to be blessed and given to a family in need ( and yes, I need to block it!) This project is a fairly quick knit. I consider it a weekend project or an hour at night after work and done by the end of the work-week.
I am thrilled to announce that I have recently joined the design team for Walnut Hallow. What exactly does this mean? I get to work with their fabulous products and come up with fun crafty projects with it for their website.. Take a look. These are my first two for them. It makes for a nice change from all my knit and crochet work which tires my hands. I've been wood burning since childhood. I love the smell and the way a good burning tool will mark the wood. The street number stepping stones were declared very Pinterest by my mailman who loves them. He says it makes it easy for him to find my house. The wind chine makes a soft sound and made good use of my massive vintage key collection. I hung it by my backdoor where it lets me know how windy it is outside while catching the morning light.