Archive for April, 2009
Okay, so yesterday (Friday) was an incredibly productive day. It felt great. I even took a scary step to crossing off one more thing from my yearly list. That list item was to get my bike fixed. Last summer my bike broke, and while, in the past when something went wrong (seat was stolen, crank cracked, entire bike stolen, etc.) I just went ahead, ordered the parts myself and fixed it, or in the case of my bike being stolen, just bought the same exact bike all over again. This time was different. I was sure it was something more difficult to fix, would parts for this bike still be available even? but I was equally terrified of taking it into the bike shop and having the cycle guys look at me and laugh their asses off about trying to get a Huffy repaired at their top of the line Schwinn shop. So much so, that last fall, after lots of shopping, I bought a new bike. It didn’t take long before realizing that bike was a horrible fit and had to be returned. I figured it would be worth the amount of money to fix my old bike, even if the cost was equal to the amount of a new bike because I knew that I would ride it, it would fit and I’d be happy to have MY BIKE back.
Also, getting my bike repaired is pretty important to another yearly goal, walking or riding my bike to work every day for a month. And while I don’t mind walking, it takes an additional 35 to 40 minutes to walk to work, and only 15 minutes to ride my bike. There are no guarantees that it won’t be raining for a whole month so riding with a raincoat for 15 minutes is much more desirable than walking with an umbrella for 40. Although I did allow for rain days to be exempt, I’d be much prouder of myself if I toughed out those days.
So I took my bike in, they seemed unfazed by the brand and even had the replacement part on hand. It should be ready for pick up in a week. Yahtzee!
Now that I have Fridays off, I try to keep a To Do list to make sure that the extra day doesn’t get wasted. Yesterday I was able to cross off the majority of things on my list, way more than any other Friday. I posted to my blog, listed new items, went to the post office, went to the bank, paid a bill, paid another bill, paid yet another bill, did some shopping, and still had time to start a new project, and hang out with Dacia.
As for today. I don’t really have anything planned. Perhaps I should create a Saturday To Do list because it’s already past 10:30 a.m. and other than cooking breakfast and typing this, I sit here in my pj’s and have no foresight into what will happen for the rest of the day.
Have a good weekend. Hopefully I will return tomorrow with glimpses into my new project. Hint, the picture at the top is a bit of a clue.
Remember these pendants I painted from my collages?
Here is what the collage looked like collages
And this is what it looked like before I decided to coat it with resin. before the resin coat
After I coated the front I decided that the back needed a bit of protection as well, after I signed each piece.
O have listed this one in particular to my etsy shop. The other two will follow shortly.
- I have a drawer filled with large pieces of scrapbooking papers, fine art papers, book making papers, origami papers, etc.
- I have one drawer filled with stickers (purchased and handmade), and all sorts of papers with adhesive backs, etc.
- There is another drawer filled with fun things like coin holders, slide viewers, doilys, tags, die-cuts, etc.
- One drawer is filled with pads and books of decorative papers, etc.
- Yet another drawer is filled with vintage papers, clip art pages, book pages, etc.
- But the best drawer is the one filled with only the tiniest bits and bobs of etc. This drawer is brimming with scraps/treasures from all the other drawers. No piece of paper too small.sorry the crummy camera phone pic
“It’s the place you go when your body’s asleep and you can feel the dream starting to come on. I try and get calm so the ideas don’t go away. I let it come slowly. Then as the ideas come I write slower. Which may sound counterintuitive! But you don’t have to catch ideas. They’re like the ocean around you”
It’s a rainy Sunday.
Here is a great song for rainy Sundays or just about any day, one of my favorites.
and if you like radiohead, you might enjoy this coverville episode of radiohead, I’ve listened to it bazillions of times.
On Easter we played more games (Loaded Questions) and of course hilariousity ensued. This time my mom even got in and some real dooseys. “what do you do with chocolate?” my mom answers”coat mebacon” and throws everyone in the round for a loop. My brother’s answer; spread it all over my mouth. You really have to be there to understand.
A trip into the Chicago. Although my plans to catch a special preview of Grey Gardens (I was selected to get 2 tickets) didn’t pan out (theater was full with only 12 more people in line in front of us), I was still able to hang out with my friend Elaina who lives in the city AND we went to one of my favorite restaurants Buca Di Beppo. Mmmm, caprezzi salad, mmmm sghetti with meatball.
Etsy success! A sale, 3 treasuries featuring my work, plus one using me as an alternate, and an admin curated feature on the front page which resulted in 10 new shop favorites, 24 item favorites and over 600! item views. I’m still glowing.
Today my ipod arrived. After the second time an ipod of mine has died, exactly one month out of warranty or the purchased Apple Care plan, I decided to call Apple and hope that they would understand my plight and agree to fix it. And they did, and I am grateful. Thank you Apple.
And then a couple cool links that I found or were sent to me:
April 26th is World Wide Pinehole Photography day.
I wish I had seen this post featuring chalkboard paint, painted eggs before Easter. I think you can find wooden eggs at craft stores. Heck, I just want to paint everything in chalkboard paint. You can see it featured in my artwork here, here and in even in this ring I made.