Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Stuff!!!

Got my Gelli printing plate, now I just need to feel like doing something :) Still have that crappy cough and going to the dr tomorrow.I plan on printing the scarves I had at the show - I just ran out of time, as usual.

 Tonight is the Opening of the Exhibit and Facilities at the new League of NH Craftsmen's headquarters. We've been working up to this for a while and now the DAY is here. I will be there for a while, but not as long as I first thought. I'll leave when I start to feel numb.

So, back to talking about dyeing stuff. I am going to get some good clamps soon. I have been relying on cord and rubber bands, but would like something that will do a flatter fold.

While I was getting my plate from Pro Chem, I also got some fabric paint thinner medium, more Propasol and two new green dyes. My favorite green came out bronze last time I used it and poop to it!
I do see me starting some more silk vessels and experimenting with shapes. They look quite good with a flickering fake candle in them. One of the ways I enjoyed doing the scarf dyeing is to just sprinkle it on the soda soaked scarves - made a neat random "cosmos." That's the same way I do the vessels too.
I also need to make some more greens for backgrounds

I started some marsh marigolds during the show and am working on that while I sit around. Now that my hand works :) What a difference too!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Restaurant nightmare?

The other night (after my show) we went to a restaurant (Indian food) but I will not name it to be nice. Here's my story:

We walked in and waited to be seated - normal. Got to a booth, sat for two seconds and moved over to a table and chairs as the booth was too uncomfortable for us (old sore, tired bodies) :)

We ordered food and then both needed to wash our hands. I went into the ladies room and proceeded to wash. The sink sounded particularly loud and as I was getting paper towels to dry my hands, looked under the OPEN no cabinet sinks and the one I used was draining into a bucket. I was then glad I did not need to use the other facilities.
When I got back, my DH went to wash his. Now I watch an awful lot of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares (probably too much) so you can guess what I started thinking. So DH returns and the waiter brings over our lassies (sp?) drinks.
I told him about my sink thing - he then told me the men's room didn't have any soap! (all the waiters are men) and his feet stuck to the floor. EEEWWW!

We forged on thinking that bathroom cleanliness wasn't on this places list. We sipped our drinks (ok, DH glupped his) and as the waiter was just about to serve us, I went to sip mine again and there was a bug in it! They gave me another one. These guys are losing points quickly, like a 4 on our scale of 1 - 10.

We asked for mildly spiced food and it probably was but I couldn't eat one of the dishes as it blistered my mouth and it did make my teeth very white though :)
All in all, we gave that restaurant a 2 and won't EVER go back. As I said before, I watch a lot of those nightmare shows :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

After the Show

Today is the day after the show when my brain relaxes and stops thinking so hard. I feel like mush! BUT......what a great show we had at our new venue! Lots of people and smiles all around. Setting up my new booth area from jewelry to hanging things was different and I am still working out the kinks.
I did find out that my textured walls were too textured to hold the command hooks and two pieces fell off! That was a surprise, but no casualties.
We did notice upon breakdown that it went much faster than expected. The large walls were heavy and a PITA as our truck is shorted than the walls, but I may just use one next year. The twigs were great for hanging and that "system" will probably be used again next year. I may change the color of the back wall to something lighter. Maybe more lights, a taller circular table for the vessels - they were super popular! Things to think about for the next show.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Merrimack Valley Artisans

I just wanted to post the lovely card/announcement of our upcoming show!

Come on over - it would be good to see you!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Check this out!

Sarah, my daughter, just finished this beauty!  The new owner is very happy too!

I have been fighting a cold the past few days and just want to take a nap, have someone cook for me and I was cold enough this morning to turn on the heat!

Got another bag on the sewing machine and one in the living room waiting to be finished and the show in 16 days! TONS of dying to do too.............Hurry up Carol !!!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Things are quiet but.....

I'm not just sitting around :) I have been working on my chenille bag and it is almost finished. But got sidetracked by working on my daughters costume for her belly dancing recital. (sorry about he red eye - forgot to fix that) She made the top part and cut out the belt, but I sewed it together and the gold cording and she added all the hanging danglly things. She looks pretty darn good too. It was a fun show and her improvement every time is evident.