Monday, February 29, 2016

February Wrap Up

February is done.

I can't believe how fast it went by. Even with an extra day. But the month is in the history books. Here's what I did:

  • 2 Books read
  • 15 days of Writing- down by 6 days
  • 4 business quilts longarmed
  • 3 personal quilts done
  • 2 art shows, attended
  • 19 World of Wendy Lu blog posts
  • 3 Wendy B Quilts blog posts
  • 13 Netflix movies/series
  • 29 Faces challenge- drew, painted 29 faces
  • 2 projects done- bat ornaments, bunner door hangs
I started a huge project today. I was busy designing patterns. I hadn't done that in a long time and at one point got a little frustrated but I continued to work at it. Will be at it again tomorrow. Etsy shop opening has been delayed until this new project is well underway. Sorry about that but I want things to be very nice.

Not bad. But there is always room for improvement. I feel fine. I'm ready to get back to creating many things. I missed creating things. Now I've got a brand new month to see what I can do.

Done

29 of 29 Faces. I did it. I finished an online challenge. I didn't get to use new or other media but that's okay. I stuck it out and finished. Ahead of time because I did this one last night. I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking it out.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Snail Mail Art with Faces

I finally finished a project that I had started some time ago. I asked friends if they would like to receive a piece of art in a letter. Eleven responded and I finally got the last three pieces done. Two are faces so I used them as part of my 29 Faces. I really like doing small pieces. I may have to do more. My friends seem to like them.


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Monday, February 22, 2016

Art Show

Last week I delivered my bats and bunners to a local shop, The Fiber Company. Usually when I go downtown, I visit people who are in the general are. A friend who owns a bead shop, Studio 2. Haven't seen her in awhile and we're going to plan a play date. Work with some polymer clay, metallic paint, and make some molds. Then I went to Earthbound Arts and talked to another friend I haven't seen in a month of Sundays and we got a chance to laugh and talk shop. I had fun. They both told me that they enjoyed seeing my posts on Facebook, what I was working on. I was a little shocked because I didn't think anyone was paying attention. It was nice to know that someone was. Now I'm going to have to step up on the creating thing.

That Friday evening I went to my first art opening in, well, I don't know when the last time it was that I went to one. A friend was having I guess her first real art exhibit. I followed her through grad school. She started out in clay and is now doing mixed media using found natural items, paper based clay, and handmade paper. Again, I saw people I hadn't seen since the dawn of time. It was a very nice exhibit and you could actually touch things.





My friend Nicole Uzzell.


This was one huge basket made from local vines. So big, I wanted to put in roving, wool, pillows, grab a blanket, a glass of wine and a book. I could get so comfy in that.


This is a hanging piece that started out as sweatshirts and t-shirts. She cut them up, added clay, paper pulp, and glue. It was wonderful how the light showed through, casting shadows. The pieces moved and when they hit each other it sounded like a wood wood chime. Very cool. It would be great hanging from a tree or porch during Halloween.


Parts of it looked like bone, sinew, and tendons. Yeah, that sounds creepy but this is me you're reading about.


And this one was funny. It actually spun around. Also casting shadows. It was a lovely exhibit and I got a chance to get out of the apartment and studio to recharge my creative batteries. I will make it a point to go to more this year. Being free also helps.

29 Faces - Home Stretch

I'm keeping up with this challenge. And it's almost over. Here are the latest ones. Still channeling Amedeo Modigliani.



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Friday, February 19, 2016

My Work Table

It's been awhile since my work table looked like this. It was scary and exhilarating and fun at the same time. I hadn't felt that in a long time. How long? Three years long. Eek! Yep, I looked back. Way back. I'm grateful for my blog because I was able to go back and see when I was the most productive. What did I do differently? The time when I had a regular job, I got home, ate, and got busy. I designed and made things. Cool things and for whatever reason I lost that. Well now, I'm working my butt off to get it back.


I've made these critters before and I thought it would be the best small project to do to get back into the groove of things. Bad Wendy and the monkey were trying to poo poo my efforts. I told them to find a corner and be quiet. Sometimes you can't rush the really cool things you want to do after being away from it for so long. When I found out how long it had been, I cried. Three years gone; not creating anything. I mourned. Creating is like breathing but I guess I was underwater during that time. Now I've broken the surface. Doing the doggy paddle. And that's okay. Or maybe I was knocked out like Sleeping Beauty and Good Wendy threw paint brushes, paint, and maybe a sewing machine at me and I woke up.

For the past couple of months, I thought to myself that I've got to get back to making things. I've got to get that spark back. That it's okay to start back up, small. I gave myself permission to start small, with something I was familiar with. And now I'm ready for the next thing.


My St. Patrick's Day bat ornaments. I love bats and these make me happy.


And my bunner door hangs. I like them too.

There were plenty of times during the creation of these little guys where Bad Wendy was trying to get me off track. And I worked very hard at being in the moment. One stitch at a time. One little piece that goes next. I was so tired when I got done. My brain screamed at me. "What the heck do you think you're doing?" I answered back, "I'm using you." Maybe someone will buy them. Maybe not. But the creative floodgates have been opened. At least a bit.

One day at a time. One project at a time. One step at a time.

More Faces!

Who knew. I may just finish this challenge after all. I decided to channel Amedeo Modigliani, one of my favorite artists.



#29faces

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Battle Continues

This past weekend wasn't a good one at all. Along with the crazy weather, I just couldn't get anything done. I did work on bat ornaments but that was it. No writing, no artwork, no dolls, no quilting... Zippo. I don't know if it's because things are going in a different direction or if I just needed to rest. Or because of all the rotten news I've been getting. The wife of my last uncle was buried this past week; my mom's last good neighbor passed away (she and her husband were the first people my mom and I met when we moved into our house, they were great neighbors); and my last aunt is in the hospital. My mom came from a large family. She is number thirteen of fourteen. The last girl in the family. I guess it hit me. They're gone.

I grew up in a wonder and wacky and talented extended family. Now that I look back, I am so grateful for having been a part of that. That huge thing. From the problems, hang ups, marriages good and bad, being there for each other, getting together for birthdays or just whatever. How we would all get together when someone visited from out-of-state. The cookouts, relatives playing live music, the laughing, and dancing and storytelling. The hugs. The life lessons. The encouragements they gave to me as a child.

I truly miss that.

Are they watching me? Rooting for me to keep going? Are they together making music, laughing, and dancing? Waiting for the time when we're all together again?

Maybe I should get back to writing my memories of them down. The stories that they've told me. Before I forget. I guess this past weekend was for me to take time to stop, remember, and thank them. It's not time for me to give up just yet. They wouldn't want that.


Bat Ornaments

Last week I got some bat ornaments started for St. Patrick's Day. I'm a bit ahead of schedule. Better not smile too much.


Somehow I ended up with more heads than bodies. Oh well.


29 Faces

I caught up with my 29 Faces. Sort of. I'm back to being down two. The challenge continues. These were done with a fountain pen.




I also like adding little stories to go with them.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

29 Faces

Finally got a chance to catch up on my faces. Not really working in a challenging medium. Maybe over the weekend I can paint one.




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Hump Day

I don't know if that's good or bad. This week has been challenging and I've wanted to just go back to bed each day. A breakdown did occur and it's taken a few to get back to being normal. Somewhat. But I did rally myself to actually work on something. I put away fabric and scraps that someone gave to me. I put together a preemie quilt top. And just about caught up on my 29 Faces.



Enough fabric to start seven more preemie quilts.


It finally got cold. Way cold. We'll be hitting teens soon. For us it's a big deal. I don't mind the cold. I love layers of clothes and a good load of blankets. I can finally wear pullover sweaters and sweatshirts that I normally wouldn't be able to wear during winter.

I'm still working on those bats.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

29 Faces

I am behind. What else is new? I may be down but I am not out. Here's 3 and 4. Number 3 is Buckey who likes ducks. Yellow ones. And Number 4 is Dovey who has a dilemma, to shave or not to shave. Probably not. Both are done with mechanical pencil.



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Patterns

Oh my gosh! I got these patterns that were on sale. I love Downton Abby, the Regency Era, and costumes, period clothing in general. On my list for the year is to start making me some items to wear. I didn't really play dress up when I was a kid but I want to do it now.


Getting Into It

February, that is.

Last week was busy with quilts. This week, I get a little reprieve from longarming. Doesn't mean that I won't be working on quilts and other projects. I looking for ways to bring some color into the studio, so I set up my thread tree.


I started going through the bags of fabric my friend Lisa gave me and I've been finding some really cool pieces of fabric. Enough to make two preemie quilt tops and start six more. That helps me out a lot. I like doing them and it's my way of giving back to my community. It also gives me an opportunity to practice some custom longarming.

Today is bat ornament day. I will be cutting them out, turning the heads for stuffing and get ready to do some bunny ornaments for St. Patrick's Day. Those items will go into a local shop. The writing is on schedule. I work on things when I can but still working on doing it five days out of the week. I'm going to make the most of this little lull. Will have more pics soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Almost Forgot

My second batch of snail mail art. Things are starting to arrive at their destination and so far, everyone seems very happy. A mash up of St. Patrick's, voodoo doll, and aliens.


29 Faces

Being a glutton for punishment, I'm attempting the 29 Faces challenge. A face a day in February using new media or familiar. Here are my first two. Both are done with mechanical pencil.



One Down, Eleven To Go

I'm late on a post. Lots of things going on. Good things. January was slow in the longarming department but it has picked up right now. Finished a quilt today and got another one on the frame.


I went to my first quilt show of the year and had a blast. Bought some things; patterns, a book on fancy stitches, specialty thread. I've got a few projects in the works. A friend cleared out her sewing room and gave me lots of fabric and scraps. Amazing. Two boxes, 2 bolts of a few yards of fabric each, 6 full bags, and a pretzel container full of scraps. I also got a half-done Hawaiian applique wall hanging. Yep, I'm weird enough to attempt to finish it.


Last month was okay. Here's what I accomplished,

  • 2 books read
  • 17 days writing
  • 8 business quilts done
  • 5 quilts for me done
  • 1 Sashiko piece done
  • 1 day trip to a friends bookstore
  • 1 pair of knitted socks done
  • watched Netflix 9 times (caught up on several series and watched movies over those times)
  • progress on 1 doll
Not the greatest but I did it. Last month I wondered why I wasn't getting anything creative done. It was really bugging me. So I did what I normally do. I analyzed the situation. I looked back to when I was the most productive. That's the great thing about having a blog. You can look back when things were hot. That's when I even had a regular job. The thing that I found out was that back then, I had very specific lists. Now, I looked around and had tons of ideas. Sketched, written on tiny pieces of paper, lined paper; I'm surprised nothing was on a facial tissue or napkin. At least I had everything in one spot. Nothing was properly written down. My ideas for dolls, Halloween, other things I wanted to make. I knew I would have to go through that stack and see what was viable. That didn't take long but now I need to go through the six separate piles and do some serious sketching and make lists of what I want to make. Because I am so ready to make something.

I know I'm up to some procrastination by not diving into each pile. That makes things more real. Gives me deadlines. Well, I've got a bigger deadline. I want to reopen my Etsy shop March 1st. The month is still young and I think the biggest accomplishment is knowing what has been holding me up. I'm excited and yet...

Fear level is code yellow.

Yep...

Starting over. I've been sick all week and haven't been able to get to anything. I hate being sick. And it has taken everything out ...