Saturday, March 20, 2010

Love the Creativity

I love it when someone creates something new and makes it look as easy as anything.

This video makes me want to hit the thrift store to get a bunch of old clothes to repurpose them into a Mad Hatter costume.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How to Determine If You’re a Crochet Addict

Unfortunately, I can't take the credit for coming up with any of these. I found these today on the Crochet Spot.

Addictions have a reputation for being bad. Well, if it’s drugs or something like that, maybe it is. But who ever said that being addicted to crochet is a bad thing? I certainly don’t thing so. But if you do, we can make a “Crochet Addicts Anonymous” group just for you. To determine if you are a crochet addict, simply read the symptoms below.

Symptoms of a Crochet Addict
  • You’re proud to be called a “hooker”.
  • You have a room for your yarn, not a shelf or a draw, you have an entire room.
  • When someone greets you they start off by say, “What are you knitting?”
  • You have more crochet hooks and patterns than you can count or will ever use.
  • You have a designated crochet bag that you carry projects in, and the bag isn’t small.
  • You always keep a crochet project in your car or at work, just in case you have some down time.
  • Your hands get fidgety when you go a day without crocheting (as if you would ever do that).
  • You have a play list of music or movies that’s called, “Play While Crocheting”.
  • You memorized when the major yarn stores have discounts and coupons.
  • You crochet with things other than yarn, such as plastic bags, cassette tape, duck tape, t-shirts, etc.
  • You’ve learned to die yarn with Kool-aid and spin yarn out of your pet’s hair.
  • You wear one of those necklace medallions that cuts your yarn for you.
  • Your number of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects) keeps multiplying, and you blame it on your cat/dog/spouse.
  • You are crocheting while reading this post.

What Did I Say?

“He sat down and yelled, ‘You lie,’ at President Obama. But according to a new TV ad, he ‘stood up, when most people have been silent.’ That's the sentiment from voters in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's new television spot - the first of his re-election campaign.” This is taken directly from the article on today.

I want it noted that I called this very thing, on September 17, 2009 in my comments section.

You remember it, doncha? U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out, “You lie,” at President Obama during a speech he gave to Congress earlier that month. “As weird as this sounds, it makes me wonder if Joe Wilson is going to end up being the Republican Boy Wonder or something because of this. ‘Ah, look at him, he stood up to Obama!’”

CNN reporter Shannon Travis went on to write, “The campaign for Wilson's Democratic opponent told supporters that Wilson's new ad shows the Republican "bragging about his outburst again."

If you want to see the spot, you can go to Wilson's website to view it. I honestly feel like this is just the beginning of a possible "Come to praise Joe Wilson" kind of mentality that will soon be starting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Wizard of Oz

Hooray for me...the Wizard of Oz mural for my sister's baby is DONE! All I have to do is wrap up the final canvas tonight and seal the box. As of tomorrow, they will be on their way to Iowa.

The canvas set is more like a mobile mural, and the series is based on the Jim Shore version of the Wizard of Oz. I thought his Oz pieces had kind of a country/folk feel to them.

Since I have to entrust these pieces to UPS, I figured I should have photos of them, just in case. They are a little blurry, so bear with me.

Dorothy was the second one done, and I think she might be my favorite. She's on a 9"x12"x1' canvas.

Elphaba was the first one done and actually the hardest to do. This is actually the second version of her (the first is on the other side of the canvas. I ripped it off the frame and reversed it.) This Elphaba is actually based on Donna Vivino in the traveling Wicked program. Jim Shore's version of the Wicked Witch has a great outfit: the front of her skirt actually shows the four main characters walking along the yellow brick road together. She's on a 20"x24"x1' canvas.

I added the tail to the Cowardly Lion, since I couldn't see it on the sculpture I had a photo of. He's on a 8"x10"x1' canvas.

This photo fo the Flying Monkey was actually taken right before I finished his eyes. He was the last one to paint. He's on a 8"x10"x1' canvas.

Better planning on my part could have enabled me to get the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman (there's not a painting of him) on the same canvas. They had the same shape: very tall and thin. While I was working on this one, my husband thought it looked like the Scarecrow was flipping the bird with his middle finger. The Scarecrow is actually the only one with much of a background. I had planned to leave him on a plain yellow background, but for some reason, I decided to stick him in the middle of a cornfield. He's on a 9"x12"x1' canvas.

Bob Ross, I'm not, and this project was done with a minimal amount of swearing. Most of it was actually done about Elphaba. I'll be glad once these little darlings get to where they are going, safe and sound!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

An Explosion of Yellow

Just a nice surprise to report on from Saturday: I've got blooming daffodils! No pictures of the first four to bloom, as the rain we had on Saturday actually knocked them flat to the ground. However, I was able to save them by cutting them and putting them in a vase in my dining room. :) Yay for me.