Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
It's supposed to be a rabbit puckering a bit (as the beer is an apricot sour) but my daughter thinks it looks like a skull, with the necklace as teeth. I need to brush up on my rabbit drawing skills. Done in ink and gouache. All of our beer labels have a character wearing an eyepatch, a long-running inside joke from our first batch.
And on the bottles it looks nice and cheery.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The squirrels are always busy planting walnut trees in my yard, but we usually pull them up before they become large enough to require implements of destruction for their removal. I don't even know where the nearest walnut tree is, but the squirrels do. I found a recipe online to make ink for dip pens using black walnut husks. Rather than wait until one of my squirrelly gardner's sapling reaches the twenty feet of height usual before a walnut will starts setting fruit, I turned to friends to get a supply of husks.
|The "Other" brown liquid staged while chemistry does it's thing.|
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Totoro Mittens. Lovely, but too small for Hannah. Note: will only be gifted to a true Totoro fan.
Hat, in cream, reds, brown and green wool. Can't have too many hats, now can we.
Flannel lounge pants of comfiness, an idea suggested by Alan, who liked the pair I made him last year and thought everybody should be so comfy. Light blue with fishing/boat motif.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Turns out that Paul is a spinner too. He was particularly fascinated with all of the different custom wheels and their mechanisms for converting and transferring power. He was also helping a few folks calculate various drive ratios for different wheels & settings. (Reminder: math is everywhere!) He chose some brightly colored wool to continue practicing at home. At this point he says he has no desire to learn to knit or to wear anything knitted. We will have to see where this all goes.
|Paul's selection of rovings. His first "stash."|
|Bamboo&Silk whorls, silk hankies to spin|
|Did I really need another sock book?|
|John Beard and my Mum|
|Silken eye candy|
|If I spin my Silk&Bamboo right I can make something like this.|
|Sheep and Goat's eyes creep me out. Those big rectangular pupils look better on octopi!|
|I have 5.5 lb of this now.|
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|Yeah, I love octopi.|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
|Yellow Dog (if you can call it a dog)|
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
|Checkerspot butterfly - it looks like someone munched on him a bit.|
|Desert Globe Mallow|
|Common Valve Assemblies- (not indigenous to this area.)|
Friday, May 11, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
|Four of Wands|
The four wands/sticks support a festive garland. The card represents excitement and joy coming your way. Again, I used the Rider-Waite deck as inspiration, but as the four stick bugs looked joyous enough, I left out the two happy figures in the middle. They were going to be beetles, but there just wasn't enough room without pushing the busy-ness envelope. You can read more about the card's meaning here.
Friday, May 4, 2012
I think the gears are rolling around to a new position for me too. Of all the things that Whitman College is, inexpensive is NOT on the list, even with some great scholarships. Seven years ago I took a voluntary layoff so that my kids could spend their high school and middle school years with support and supervision rather than with a latchkey. It's been a good run playing chauffeur for all the music lessons, play practices, volleyball and softball games, and the other hundred things she's been involved in. Not that I won't still have opportunities to shuttle her brother around, but a big chunk of my life will be different. I'm excited to see what directions Paul will want to explore as he becomes the only kid at home and steps out from what I'm sure he perceives to be a big shadow.
It's probably one of the crappiest times to try to get back in the workforce here - more layoffs seem to be announced everyday in the paper. I've still got good contacts and I've got a good background, so I am optimistic as I officially announce my intent to get back to work. I've actually committed this twice during the seven years and was named on contracts, but the money dried up or the contract was lost before I even showed up. I have to admit that I really miss working daily with people and having technical things to discuss and problems to solve. It's time for me emotionally, and facing kids in college for the next 7+ years it's time financially too.
I've no intentions at this time of shutting down the Ink Circles business, but there may be some changes to how things get done. Let's face it though, I'm not going to be able to put two kids through college selling cross stitch charts. Fortunately my husband continues to be gainfully employed and this has allowed us to have the wonderful chance to be there while the kids needed us so much.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
|Five of Cups|
The Five of Cups: Loss and bereavement, but not all is gone. There is still some hope, as represented by two cups that are not spilled out. Not sure if this means bad news is in store for me personally.
Inspiration comes loosely from the Rider-Waite Tarot, below. You can read about the full meaning here.
Friday, April 27, 2012
|I couldn't decide whether to draw a dog or a lion so you get this hybrid.|
Monday, April 23, 2012
|I'm hoping a theme gels as I continue inking.|
|Detail of the knotwork|
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I meant tool. I much prefer using a dedicated eraser over the little smudgy excuse they usually mount on the end of a pencil. Now that I've already invested in a gross of refills for my standard Pentel click eraser, I've discovered what I like even better.
When I make Celtic drawings, I do a lot of erasing. Not because I am inaccurate, fickle, or sketchy, but due to the nature of construction. I don't weave those paths around in my head ahead of time. I lay everything out then establish what is over and what goes beneath. Consequently, I have many lines and crossings to adjust, and I've learned not to tempt fate and make them as I'm inking.
I found this gem in a Japanese market in Portland. It's a Tombow mono knock 3.8 and it's absolutely perfect for getting in those tiny spots without destroying all the lines in a two inch radius. I'm in love.
Friday, March 30, 2012
|This be the outside|
|This be the insides|
We've saved a bit of the seeds with thoughts of sprouting them. It's unlikely we could grow a plant big enough to bear fruit as we live in a place that freezes and they do require multiple plants for cross-pollination by bats and moths. However, it might make an interesting potted plant.
|Mmmm, vitamin C and lots of fiber|