Thursday, August 16, 2007

Back to work

Now I really have to get my act together. All of the visiting family have gone home--the last one left this morning. I've made a list of all the commissions and commitments I have, and it looks like I'll be busy until Christmas--except they are all due within the next month! EEEk! I've got to get to work! Except I'ld much rather sit here or play internet poker. What's a girl to do?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Geckos and labyrinths

Finally, I'm back in the swim of things. I'm told that my torn retina is healing nicely, but that it could tear again. ( Oh swell!!). Anyway I had friends over to try out some "sun printing". We had a ball and everyone went home with several pieces to play with. I had wanted to do one with the outline of a gecko, and had cut several gecko's ( at least I thought they were geckos) from craft foam to use as a mask for the paint. They look okay but not quite right. So today I went to the library and found all sorts of pictures of geckos and hundreds of other lizards and reptiles. Boy, was I off base with that gecko's foot! The idea worked so well with the sunprinting that I want to make a much better planned one and work it into an embroidered picture. I also wanted to get the gecko's colour right. No problem there--any colour under the sun is okay!! I bought a book on making embroidered bags and purses on Saturday, and I have a hunch the gecko will appear on one of them soon.

Then this morning I heard from a juried show I had entered. They want one of my pieces, not for the show, but for the catalogue cover and the show flyers. What a thrill!! There is even a chance that I could sell the original picture in a gift shop that will be associated with the show. So now, of course, I want to make hundreds of pictures to sell. What a laugh! I know what it costs to make them, not only in terms of paying for supplies and framing, but also in terms of the wear and tear on my hands. Maybe not such a good idea. So I've spent the rest of the day sitting and puttering and dreaming, and accomplished almost nothing. What a neat way to spend a day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Sometimes life gives you lemons...

It's been awhile, but over the last week or so I've been to emergency four times, and had eye surgery twice. I even had a serious gall bladder attack, despite having had my gall bladder removed five years ago! Believe me, I've had better weeks. Using the computer is very difficult for me--I just can't see the darn thing! So this will be short. I have a big family reunion this weekend. It's out of town, and I'm not likely to get to a computer until at least next Wednesday or Thursday. My sale last weekend was poor, but there was sure a lot of interest in my sunprints, so I'm going to make a few more of those. In fact, I have a commission for one. Anyway, have a great long weekend, and I'll be back next week.