Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Am trying so hard to work on a knitted scarf. Shouldn't be as hard as it has been for me - it's a simple pattern, but I keep screwing it up. I have started it over many times. Each time I make a mistake, but I start over.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Finally figured out that the new resource for how-to's is YouTube. No longer will I have to search my dusty bookshelves for the directions on a specific project. (btw - LBS people, this is what we'll be doing soon but with needles.)
Today's quote comes from Alan Cohen: It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and the seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Found these seed pods outside the Alterra Coffee shop. Hard to get it in focus when the wind's blowing!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Been working on housey-stuff and I have come to the conclusion that I hate paper! Well, okay, I love paper, but I hate recycling it and getting it in the first place. I also handle so much at work. Have you ever pulled out a file of paper that's just a couple of years old and noticed that it smells?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I saw just a little bit of the Craft in America (Season Two) on PBS tonight, but what I did see looks very interesting.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Beethoven : Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : II Allegretto - Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Sunday, September 27, 2009
by: Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)
- THE golden-rod is yellow;
- The corn is turning brown;
- The trees in apple orchards
- With fruit are bending down.
- The gentian's bluest fringes
- Are curling in the sun;
- In dusty pods the milkweed
- Its hidden silk has spun.
- The sedges flaunt their harvest,
- In every meadow nook;
- And asters by the brook-side
- Make asters in the brook.
- From dewy lanes at morning
- The grapes' sweet odors rise;
- At noon the roads all flutter
- With yellow butterflies.
- By all these lovely tokens
- September days are here,
- With summer's best of weather,
- And autumn's best of cheer.
- But none of all this beauty
- Which floods the earth and air
- Is unto me the secret
- Which makes September fair.
- 'Tis a thing which I remember;
- To name it thrills me yet:
- One day of one September
- I never can forget.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This is an excerpt of a film made by an old classmate at UWM, Cathy Cook. Makes me want to make films again. Wisconsin Public TV did an interview with Cathy earlier this year.
There's something to be said about films as an art form - they exist only when shown, when stored they are pure potential. In order to experience someone's work, one must take time - literally - to see the art.
I've been thinking a lot lately about art forms that exist in time - such as film and music. In music the art exists while not being played as a piece of paper. In film, the art exists in a can while it waits to be seen. I suppose that poetry and writing also fall into this category.
Cathy also talks about what she learned from Lorine... "I learned from her what she had to put aside or move around in her life to make room for poetry..." hmmm. Making room for art. Something I must learn to do.
Today's quote comes from Eckhart Tolle: All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
What a sad week for the entertainment world and for all of us.
I remember my mother taking all 4 of us children to see the Jackson 5 when I was young. My parents bought us Jackson 5 albums and let us hang a poster in the living room. They were so awesome (and still are.)
Maybe Michael Jackson will find the peace he never seemed to have in his life.
Today's quote comes from another person who we lost too soon - Gilda Radner: I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Have you heard of Wordle? It's a great site that will take words and make them into pieces of word clouds like the ones you see above. They are based on my blog, but of course!
Take it for a spin! You'll have fun!
Today's quote comes from Eric Hoffer: Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Peapod made in Mary Hettsmansperger's Color on Metals class. Loved the class, love taking classes with Mary! Learned so much and played so much.
Quote from Picasso: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
The sound of a steam locomotive. I live fairly close to the railroad tracks and most of the time the horn is a sound I ignore, but this sound I love.
My family used to take the Hiawatha from Milwaukee to Minnesota for Thanksgiving. It is a fond childhood memory.
Another quote from today comes from Seneca: Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I do not understand why toilet paper manufacturers use animated bears and puppies to sell toilet paper. I think it's so stupid that I won't waste (pun intended) my money on their products. Does anybody care what kind of toilet paper animated bears prefer? I think we should bring back Mr. Whipple!
Today's quote comes from Abraham Lincoln: What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
(More on the Bead and Button Show when I get a chance to take some photos!)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I have taken two classes so far this year - the first was Mabeline's Tiny Embraces bracelet. It was a cozy class - only a few of us - and I was the only one not to finish during the class time. Oh well. I'm going to finish tonight. I enjoyed learning the pattern and meeting Mabeline. I think that her designs stood out in the catalog this year.
Today's class was Color on Metals taught by Mary Hettsmansperger. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and made many pendants. It was the polar opposite of Mabeline's class - no mistakes that couldn't be fixed and involved using a torch. I was happy to learn a torch all day - feel more comfortable using one now.
When I get a chance, I'll take pictures and post them here. So far, this Bead and Button Show has been the best for me and we haven't even been shopping yet!
Today's quote comes from Anawanitia: Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Today's quote comes from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: . . . from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- to be creative, even a little bit, each day
- to take time to smell the roses
- to remember that creativity removes me from the world and its worries
- to push myself to grow creatively
- to work on the challenge from our bead society
- to not compare my work and creative ideas against anyone else's
- to silence the internal critic (tough one)
- to organize those naughty little beads
- to find inspiration everywhere and act upon it
- to remember that I am not defined by my vocation
- to remember that I am flawed and so is everyone else
Today's quote comes from George Elliott: It seems to me that we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger after them.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Anyway. I am happy to have completed this! It's a little more complicated and shiny than I usually wear, but I like it - not practical to wear to work, but now I have something to wear to Bead and Button.
I'd also like to say that Kim is a great teacher and her written directions are easy to follow - I usually learn best by reading, but I bead best when the directions are pictoral and hers are wonderful (both the written and the images.)
Quote for today comes from Henry Ward Beecher: The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.