Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Hubby had been in the army's hand to hand combat course all week. Wrestling on the floor eight hours a day for seven days. He was black and blue. So he spent most of the weekend laying on the couch recovering!
He was pretty psyched about the course though and delighted in practicing on little me when he got home each night! -"What are you complaining about? It's not supposed to hurt until your shoulder starts to dislocate!"
Saturday was my Dad and Mum's 50th wedding anniversary. We had a nice get together on Yahoo messenger but I wish we could have been there in England with them.
I did get all the FDC's finished and ready to send off. I enjoyed making them but I'm glad to have them done. I had briefly entertained the notion of going into business as a Cachet artist. Making FDC's on a regular basis. But after you've made the same thing 10 times with more to do... it soon gets old.
Yesterday we had a call from our Lawyer in NC to say that the sale of our house down there was going to be finalized on Thursday. Great news but very short notice. We thought we would have to cancel our trip to Virginia in order to travel down there for the closing. So I was on the phone to the Kennels and the realtor to rearrange dates. Now due to a glitch with the buyer's lender looks like it isn't going to close Thursday after all. And it seems that we can take care of everything by fax and overnight mail. So our original plans are back in place and we will be going to see what I hope will be our future home in four days!!
Oh, the anticipation! I can't sleep for clearing and fencing the pasture and planning all the other little enterprises that have been simmering on the back burner for so long.
If it all works out this time next year we will once more have baby goats frolicking around the barnyard and little chicks cheeping in the brooder. My white homing pigeons will be trained and ready to start their career as wedding release birds and the garden spot will be tilled and planted.
So much to look forward to!
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Actually, I haven't been sleeping good at all this past week because I'm excited that we may have finally found the farm we've been looking for! We will be heading off down to the mountains of south west Virginia next weekend to look at the place. Woo hoo! Can't wait!
It's a totally renovated one hundred year old farm house on 33 acres with a nice stream. Very secluded about a mile from the hard top. There's a small barn. It isn't in the best of shape. It's leaning a bit but will serve the purpose of sheltering the goats until we can put up something more substantial next year. All I have to do is throw up a little corral of cattle panels and build a gate.
There's also another building that has power to it that will be my art studio! A real art studio! No more clearing off the kitchen table so we can eat.
Anyway, more about this later. Just hope it doesn't sell before we can get down there to see it.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Glad you had a great birthday Mick!
It's kind of funny, I don't really remember how I got into carving erasers and I certainly didn't know anyone else who did it. One day I typed "eraser carving" into the Yahoo search box and a whole new world opened up. There was the Carving Consortium website and a whole bunch of sites related to mail art and letterboxing. And this name Mick Mather kept popping up all over the place.
A couple of months ago I found Illustration Friday and set up this blog so that I could participate. What a surprise when who should leave a comment but Mick! The world really is a small place.
He's since moved on to other things than eraser carving but above you can see one fine piece of his entitled "Keep Out!"
Check the links in the side bar and go take a look at his blog. Maybe some of you up there in the north will be able to go see the exhibition he's currently working on!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
I've been playing with my new speedball inks and finding them a bit frustrating. They dry so fast! Having never done this before I expected to be able to make about 10 prints at a time. It's more like three! I'm back and forth to the sink to wash the stamps, plate and brayer. Then have to start over.
Above is the very first one that came out halfway decent. You can see the image is a bit thin on the right hand side. So this is something I'm going to have to practice.
Actually this is one of my first carvings and the first time I've been able to print it! It's carved on a piece of 3" x 4" "stuff" I found on a shelf at a craft store about two years ago. It must have been sitting on the shelf for a long time because it wasn't the best quality in the world. The check out lady let me have it at a discount. When I came to ink it with the rubberstamp pad the ink wouldn't stick to parts of it. I tried and tried. Washed it in soap and water, cleaned it with stamp cleaner, nothing worked. So it was thrown in a box and forgotten about. It was quite a thrill finally see it printed.
This afternoon was spent working on the Carving Consortium First Day Cover swap. I have about 7 out of the 18 envelopes printed and some of the hand coloring done. Will post pictures when they are all finished.
I still haven't come up with anything for the Illustration Friday theme "fragile" yet. The First Day Cover has a deadline so that's my primary concern right now. There are a couple of ideas rattling around in my mind though. I just might manage to get something submitted before Friday.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Saturday went by so fast. Hubby had to go into work because a couple of his students failed an exam and had to re-test. I spent most of the morning watching the news about the arrest of the murderer down in Georgia.
This afternoon we went to Michael's Crafts. I bought a boxed set of Speedball inks and a brayer. Up until now I've always used those ink pads sold in the scrapbooking section at Walmart. They serve the purpose but since starting this blog and participating in the Illustration Friday themes I've been hankering to create "real" prints. Can't wait to try these out!
The instructions mention an "inking plate". The store didn't have any so I'm going to have to use whatever's handy. Not sure what will work best though. The ink seems rather thick. I hope I can get it to cover the stamp without it filling in the fine details.
Oh well, it's after midnight so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Thank you to those who have left kind comments!!
I added a few links to the site recently. I always enjoy exploring the links on other blogs- causing me to spend way too much time on here. But heck, there's so much interesting stuff to read!
Not long ago I found the IUOMA site. I love it though I've never participated in any mail art projects myself. It all looks so 'out there' on the 'edge' and my work seems too tame to fit in.
Anyway, I have decided to bite the bullet and take part in a First Day Cover swap with a group of other eraser carvers at the Carving Consortium and I'm really excited about it! I joined the Consortium way back but with hubby deployed for two years I was always too busy to participate much. The FDC is the Northeast Deciduous Forest stamp that was just issued last week.
I didn't know much about FDC's and had to search online to learn more. I was surprised to discover that there are "cachet" artists who specialize in turning out hand painted FDC envelopes for a living!
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
After inking it up to test it I saw that all the 'a's are backwards! Decided to continue on anyway.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
It isn't very big but it sure is saving my eyesight! The base is quite heavy making it very stable and it also has a little wire handle at the edge of the shade so you can adjust it without burning your fingers. I absolutely love it!!
I'm in no way affiliated with Target by the way!
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Below you will find my and Joshua's contributions to this week's Illustration Friday theme Jazz.
The word immediately brings to mind Chet Baker and all the other great jazz musicians, the sax, a haze of smoke, clincking glasses... So I decided to come up with something a little different.
Not sure if she's singing or listening but she is enjoying!