Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I haven't written much lately, on the book, that is, but I've been thinking and thinking about it and re-reading Susanna Clark's "The Ladies of Grace Adieu." I love the metaphors she conjures up as well as the odd premises of her stories. She's created a faery world that sits just outside our modern comprehension, as if it's in our peripheral vision, evading us as we glance toward it.
Apart from writing, I picked up an incredible beadwork-oriented book the other day called
Beading with Cabochons: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Jewelry. It is filled with exquisitely beaded semi-precious gemstone (and dichroic glass) cabochons, and details of the techniques the artist used to create the beadwork. Utterly fantastic work. It sets me dreaming.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Well, I ordered some plus sized swimsuits today from SwimsuitsForAll.com and lucky me, I got them on clearance! The first one is a retro 40's-ish polka dot cutie and the second is sooo waaaavy and grooovy!
By the way I was in a fender bender on Friday afternoon when I was coming home from having stitches taken out from dental surgery and I rear-ended a dark green humongous SUV, causing damage to that car's bumper and a couple of fender dents to my precious Jeep...When I got home I did feel like crawling into bed with the covers up to my nose and hiding from the world...I didn't realize I had any injuries until a couple of hours later when I was scrabbling around on the floor cutting out pieces of dupioni for the Issey Miyake Futon jacket and I felt a big lump under my right knee...I must have bruised the bone when I hit the brakes. Also have a huge purple bruise on my other thigh where I must have hit the steering wheel. Other than that, I am okay and my Jeep is okay. To quote the lady whose car I rear-ended "Thank God for big all-metal American cars!"
Sunday, February 11, 2007
These 27 pieces of non-tasty fruit are props for a children's production of "The Jungle Book." Apparently they are lobbed by hoards of small child actors at an evil tiger as it leaves the stage. Hence they are soft sculptures filled with the loftiest polyester stuffing so no one gets seriously hurt. Except perhaps the audience which might suffer hysterical blindness after witnessing such an event. After all they are unnaturally neon-colored. The stuff of nightmares.
Friday, February 09, 2007
A few years ago I was heavily into micro-macrame and created a necklace that had some Josephine knots as part of the design. It received some modest acclaim, but I wanted to further explore using Celtic knots in my work. The other day, I happened upon a neat book called Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewelry by Suzen Millodot. Wonderful!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
If you have ever had to create period costumes for theatre shows, you might have found, like me, that period-accurate shoes and hats are the hardest items to find. So I've been cruising around the net looking for 30's hats and have found two purchases. This one os Butterick 6928 from 1936. I'm thinking of using the C pattern.
I am thinking of using hat 1 or 4 from this pattern for one of the other ladies.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Some of the actual costumes will probably be found in second hand stores; some of them I'll either have to sew myself or hire an extremely talented friend of mine to sew for me, since I probably won't have the time to do that myself.
There are three women characters in the play; one is a musician, one is the wife of a rich doctor and the other is a young journalist. Most of the fabric we'll use is already in my stash; I do have to go out and find a nice piece of faux fur for a coat collar for the rich doctor's wife.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
My friend, a propmaster for a children's show at the Village Theatre needed a special prop built - a blue colored stuffed horse that serves as a mascot for a highschool in a musical version of "Midsummer Night's Dream". I thought I would have to blow this pattern up to at least 150 percent of its original size, but they were happy with it being just 22 inches high; here he is partially finished. Still have more of his mane to put in and he needs eyeballs and lids. I used Vogue pattern 7603 which was created as a companion pattern for those 18 inch high snobby looking dolls. I think this pattern would work really well for creating unicorns or pegasi...might make a purple velvet unicorn for a friend's 6 year old daughter...