I’m still making things! Swearsies!
“Apparently I missed an entire year of posting.” – An old blogger saying.
I made a few things in 2016, I promise.
I decided to start trying to combine the acrylic ink and thickened fiber reactive dye applications on my illustrated scarves. These are the materials I have, and I don’t really want to have to spend a bunch of money on realio trulio silk paints and dyes that require three hours of steaming. Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of work by professional silk painters, and while it is all very beautiful, it isn’t necessarily the direction I feel my artwork would take.
Thinking about how the scarf lies on the body when worn, I’ve been considering the imagery of opposites or enemies falling at either end, coming to face one another on the body. That’s where this came in – thinking about Rikki-tikki-tavi’s battle with Nag.
The figures are painted with Tsukineko ink and the green background was painted with thickened fiber reactive dye.
I know I’m fairly alone in my love of the blotchy, running parts, but oh well.
Easter weekend, Alice spent the night at my mom’s house, and my husband’s band had a show in the Virginia Beach area, so I had the house to myself. I spent the day eating sandwiches and sewing the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress.
Fabrics: Cloud 9 Monsterz Spotlight, Liberty Bloomsbury Collection Dorothy Pastel (and you can’t see it but there’s hand dyed pink cotton sheeting on the inner hem)
I had made one of the Oliver + S bucket hats for her before she turned 1, which she obviously grew out of. So in June I copied her new size pattern and made another one.
Fabrics: itsy bitsy spider from Nursery Versery by Heather Ross for Kokka, purple stripe dot from Jo-Ann overdyed yellow
She’s a lot more willing to wear hats this year.
My favorite thing about Linus’ website is when someone new signs up as a follower, and then proceeds to go through the whole post archive and hit the like button on every single picture.
Tumblr recently did a couple of things:
1. They shifted the stats to the dashboard (instead of having to click on the “Tumblarity”). This is a little strange because now the follower count is RIGHT THERE. I kind of hate looking at it, because I get a tiny pang of sadness if I lose one – even if I have no idea who it is and I wasn’t following them anyway.
2. Messages. This is kind of awesome, because I’d set up a Linus email account on squishythings.com but couldn’t get it to work with Mail – I assume this is because I already download one squishythings.com account to there, and it didn’t like it when I tried to do two (did not care to investigate). But really I got about four messages in it ever, so it didn’t matter. (Luckily 1and1 just revamped their webmail from THE SUCKIEST EVER to THE SECOND SUCKIEST EVER so it’s been easier to manage.) BUT, then the Messages happened. Now I get requests and questions right there! It has been excellent. And a couple messages have just been about how people love Linus, which makes me feel WAY better about all the time I’ve spent on it. phew.
3. They just opened a Directory of popular stuff, and included Linus in the cute section. So now part of my concern of #1 has been a little bit decimated – the number has gone up a rather large jump in just a couple of days. UNSETTLING!
I am surrounded by unfinished projects. The sadness is vast.
You know at the end of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure where he wants to leave the drive-in, and Dottie’s like, “Don’t you want to see the rest of the movie?” and Pee-Wee is all, “I don’t have to see it, Dottie.. I lived it.”
That’s how I feel about The Big Bang Theory.
The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb
Craft, Inc. – Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business, Mateo Ilasco
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (reread)
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art, Lewis Hyde
Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut
Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad
The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
(Read all the poems and a couple of the stories last October, haven’t moved on since)
Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen (no zombies)
the Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis (crammed into one volume in reading order; technically a reread but I was very young and don’t remember much)
Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan
Master of Reality, John Darnielle (33 1/3)
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
To Have and to Hold: an Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, Philipp Blom
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Napoleon, Gideon Defoe
Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware
The Science of Harry Potter, Roger Highfield
Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums, Stephen Asma
I don’t know what to read next.