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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. – Oscar Wilde

We had a rather busy weekend. On Friday evening we – me, Marc, and my in-laws – took Lily to the carnival. At first I was hesitant to allow her to go on the rides by herself. I was so afraid she would try to climb out, or start crying, or fall out (all those rides are deathtraps as far as I’m concerned!), but Marc and his mom eventually convinced me to let Lily try it out. And of course she did just fine. She was so funny though – she would not move at all while the ride was going, except once in a while her eyes would move in our direction. She went on this little “boat” ride and then a car ride, and she went on each of those twice, thanks to a kind stranger who walked up to me and gave me a couple tickets. As soon as we took her off one ride she immediately wanted to go again, so I guess she liked it. The last time she went on the car ride she was more animated and even moved a bit and smiled, just a little.

Here are some pictures.

Riding Donald Duck at a carnival, June 2008.

Riding Donald Duck at a carnival, June 2008.

Lily in the pirate ship, June 2008.

Lily in the roadster, June 2008.

Lily in the roadster, June 2008.

Saturday we went to Longwood Gardens. I’ll have pictures of that tomorrow. I also worked on my freeform peyote cuff Friday and Saturday night, so I’ll post a picture of that too. I got a lot done, which I’m happy about.

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To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. – Woody Allen

Last Friday I worked a little bit on the freeform peyote-stitch cuff that I started for my Freeform Peyote Stitch tutorial. I did a bunch of rows and wrote down a couple tips, which I will add to my tutorial at some time. And then I had some popcorn and watched Dr. Who. I love Dr. Who (the new one anyway). It’s a bit silly at times, but I enjoy it.

On Saturday night I had the house all to myself. Marc was away, my mom took Lily, and Julian was at his dad’s. oh joy! oh rapture! I was in heaven. I had some wine, played my music loud, and worked on my green carnelian piece for about 3&1/2 hours. And I loved every minute of it. I was able to add the rest of the cabs to the desert half, and I even started the bead embroidery around the cabs. The other half is going to be a solar system.

As far as this week goes I haven’t had time to work on anything creative. Tomorrow we may try taking Lily to a local carnival. We’ll see how that goes!

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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself. – Henry Miller

Here are some pictures from Lily’s second birthday party, on June 7. I think everyone had a pleasant time. We hardly had any food left over, so I will take that as a good sign. Marc made a lot of the food himself – grilled vegetables and shrimp, bruschetta, and chicken wings.

This is Lily and my Mom, enjoying some of my Mom’s fabulous homemade ice cream cake.
Lily and Mom-mom enjoying birthday cake.

Here is Lily opening a present. My niece Gwen is in the background. She turned two in March.
Lily opening presents.

Opening a present with Daddy.
Opening a present with Daddy.

More presents.
More presents.

Remember that frame I was working on? The one that was supposed to be a Christmas gift, then a Valentine’s Day gift? Well, it’s finally done! Yay! I am so very glad to have that project out of the way. It finally decided to be a Father’s Day gift. Here it is:

Embellished frame.

The picture is from last Thanksgiving, which would have been much more appropriate as a Christmas gift, but whatever. I’m pleased with how it turned. The only problem I had was when I glued the picture into the opening. I used Diamond Glaze, because it is very strong, but it’s difficult to control how much is squeezed out, so I ended up using too much and it ran through to the front. Diamond Glaze dries to a clear shine, and you could see shiny spots all around the picture, which I did not like. So I decided to run a line of glitter glue around the front and back of the picture to hide it, and that worked perfectly. I think the glitter glue added just the right final touch. A project is never complete unless there’s glitter glue on it somewhere.

I will have to take a photo of the back. There’s a peg sticking out from the bottom on the back of the frame that makes it difficult to scan that side.

I suddenly realized around 9:00 on Saturday night that I had neglected to buy Marc a Father’s Day card from Lily. I quickly threw this one together.

Father\'s Day card.

Father\'s Day card - inside.

I did it in about 40 minutes, which for me is lightspeed. This sort of thing usually takes me hours, but I knew I had to make it simple to get it done. I think it turned out cute, all things considered.

Keeping in mind that one of my goals for this year is to learn how to solder, I have been compiling a list of the necessary tools and supplies. I find all the different types of solder and flux to be highly confusing. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I want to make sure I buy the right types, but I also know from experience that when I branch off into new territory I end up buying things that either I end up not needing or are just the wrong thing, simply from a lack of experience. I’m also planning to start making my own charms and jewelry components by cutting out pieces of sterling silver sheet and stamping them with words. Which of course has its own list of tools and supplies. It will take me a couple months probably to save enough money, but I am absolutely determined that I will learn to solder this year. I wanted to do it last year but of course never got around to it. My first projects will be microscope slide pendants, which seem pretty simple for a beginner.

I finished reading Somerset Workshop 3 and I loved it. I can’t wait to try out some of the techniques and incorporate them into my own work. I especially am eager to try out Rachel Emilie Jackson’s “romantic painting” techniques for making paper look aged. One of her projects was a handmade book from printmaker’s paper, with a ballet theme. I’d like to make that, except with a seashore theme. Here is her book:

Swan Lake, by Rachel Emilie Jackson.

I believe I said in a previous post that this issue of Somerset Workshop contained an article on using beeswax, and I wasn’t particularly interested in beeswax, but you never know. Well I still wasn’t interested…until I got to the part where the author, Olivia Thomas, mentioned that you could add embellishments into the wax while it was still warm. Embellishments like glitter and beads….Needless to say I’ve added the requisite beeswax supplies to my ever-growing never-ending list of art stuff that I want.

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I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. – Walt Whitman

On Saturday we went to Hong Kong King Buffet for my son Julian’s birthday. We have eaten there many times but not within the past few years. The food was yummy, just as I remember it. Everyone (us, my mom and stepfather, my sister and brother-in-law and my niece, and my grandmother) enjoyed the food. We let Julian choose the restaurant, and he went with this one for the all-you-can-eat crab legs.

Saturday night I actually got to work on my green carnelian piece again. I added two more cabs and started a third. I’m very pleased with how much I’ve gotten done between last Saturday and this. There is hope after all!

This week promises to be busy with preparations for Lily’s birthday party this coming Saturday. It’s hard to grasp the fact that two years have gone by since we were blessed with a little bundle of joy, who immediately upon arriving home threw our lives into turmoil, servitude, and poverty, and now rules over the house like a little Catherine de Medici.

She’s adorable when she’s sleeping.

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Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. – Abigail Adams

I finally got the magazines that I ordered from the Post Script sale.

I am not impressed with the Stamper’s Sampler Pin Issue. I don’t know what possessed me to buy this in the first place – I don’t even wear pins! There are no techniques or instructions given which would be ok if the pins themselves were inspiring. Unfortunately I don’t like most of them – they are too cutesy, or too large, or ugly, or stupid, or simply not my style (I hate to be so critical of other artists’ works. I’m sure someone out there loves these pins. I however am not that person.).

I immediately opened the Somerset Studio magazine to the artist papers/clip art….only to discover that I already have them, and therefore already have this particular issue. Perhaps I should take some time to organize my magazines.

But the Somerset Workshops and Sew Somerset do not disappoint. I already started reading one of the Workshops. It covers techniques on creating romantically-aged paper, using beeswax, sewing on paper, and shrink plastic. Of those I am least interested in the beeswax, but you never know. This could be the article that has me running to the kitchen to melt some wax.

The other Workshop covers clip art & paper ephemera, altered transparencies, creating embellishments with polymer clay, and painting techniques. I haven’t looked at the Sew Somerset too much yet, but it contains plenty of neat-o stuff from what I’ve seen.

ok, I’ve got to go watch the new episode of Next Food Network Star, before it gets too late!

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