Sunday, February 12, 2006

Self portrait

This is a self portrait using a xeroxed photo, a few different kinds of paper, needle and thread, ink, charcoal, water color pencil and maybe some other stuff. I think it looks like something someone in junior high would draw, but I pretty much like it. Posted by Picasa

I've still been making ATCs... here is one of the latest ones. Posted by Picasa

Captain, oh my captain!

I am matting and framing this to give to my boyfriend, James, (AKA Captain Jim) for Valentine's Day. I just stuck his face on someone else's body, all old fashioned cut and paste style.  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year!

I think I look forward to the new year mostly because it means I made it through another holiday season. This one went by without too much stress and I made out like a bandit.

Besides all the wonderful gifts, my boyfriend paid for me to get a new tattoo(s) on New Year's Eve, which I will post a picture of as soon as they quit being all scabby. And if that didn't make New Year's Eve great enough, I got to spend it with six of my favorite people.

I've still been sick, so I really haven't been up to much other than reading, a bit of drawing, movie going and spending lost of time with my boyfriend while he was on vacation.

I made a new batch of ATC's, which include a new Bat Boy card in my series. The quote in the one with the fingers is by Mel Brooks and goes, "Tragedy is when I cut my finger, comedy is when you fell in an open sewer and die."

I'm not much of a rubber stamp person, but I could not resist ordering some from They have Bat Boy stamps! And Divine stamps! I just got my package today, so I can attest to the fact that they have fast shipping, too.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Leaves me alone!

Sheesh. Things seem crazy busy lately. The internet kind of scares me because I see it as a big black hole of lost time.

I have a blister on the bottom of my foot from doing toe-heel-swivel barefoot on the hardwood floor! I'm up to my eyeballs in yarn, trying to finish X-mas gifts! That is if you could see me past the mountain of packages I've been wrapping.

I realized recently that the things I started doing to relax and unwind (dancing, crocheting, knitting, making mail art and ATCs) have sort of morphed into something else, and now they are PART OF THE PROBLEM. And the problem is that there is never enough time in the day.

So, to escape the stress of my other hobbies, this month I decided I should take a drawing class. You know, because it sounded so relaxing. And also because I CAN'T DRAW! Seriously, the last time I took an art class was my freshmen year of high school (17 years ago!) and I was so stoned that year... I don't even remember it. So I scribble like a kindergarten reject, it is true. Anyway, I've only been to three drawing classes and guess what? I'm already stressed out about it. The first class was great, I loved it. Two classes later I am banging my head on the table and wondering WHY CAN'T I DRAW A FREAKIN LEAF?

Of course, drawing a leaf is a problem not only of proportion and shading, but of my dislike for nature. I admit it, if you know me you know it is true, I have issues with NATURE--especially LEAVES. I like deserts and oceansides--places that do not have leaves. Drawing a leaf shortly after having to rake 20 bags of leaves out of my driveway is not relaxing. LEAVES ARE THE ENEMY!

I am afraid to tell my drawing teacher about the problem with me and leaves. I don't think she would understand. Yesterday I decided to forget about the Enemy Leaves. So I drew something that makes me happy--my friend, the shoe...

I feel better now.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

ATCS- I haven't really been doing much in the way of Artist Trading Cards lately, but here are the latest. I did find a new trading community that looks promising: ATCards. And I found out I will soon be getting some cemetery themed cards from a swap I participated in MONTHS ago. It seems that the woman who hosted the swap has a home based business and an employee was stealing her mail and taking it home. The police confiscated the mail, which included hundreds of cemetery themed Artist Trading Cards and held them as evidence before releasing them. What a scandal. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Mail Art

A few months ago I posted my info at this website called PostcardX. It's just random people around the world sending each other random stuff. Remember snail mail? Yeah, it's pretty cool stuff.

Recently I got this great Fabio postcard from Jami in Michigan:

She has no way of knowing how obsessed I used to be with Fabio-- to the point of writing a song about him. A really cheesy song. But you can't really write any other kind of song about Fabio, can you?

I also got an envelope full of cool art bits from Solamito in Italy this week. Here's one card:

Besides getting fun mail, I'm still on the mad organizing spree. I can see my sewing table, bedroom floor and writing desk again. I've missed them. Plus: Making ATCs, throwing a dinner party, X-mas gift knitting, drawing, updating my website ( and homeschooling.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Dance class, homeschool, art class, X-mas shopping. That's what I've been doing. And while I was out shopping, I came across these "Bad Bear Club" figures in a 50 cent machine and instantly became obessed. I kept feeding quarters into the machine, but it seems I can only get the same figure in different colors, even though the display on the machine claims there are 36 different characters. Argh! I've googled high and low and there doesn't seem to be a peep anywhere about these adorable little bits of plastic that I desire. There must be others out there....??  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Nesting and Numbness

I've really been into feathering my nest lately. I guess it is the cold weather causing me to suddenly want to cozy up the house and *gasp* decorate for the holidays. I woke up the other day with the intense urge to purchase a X-mas tree. Right now I am waiting for a 5' aluminum tree to come from West Elm, but in the meantime my friend Sam and I constructed a creepy little dead tree from branches we found in the cemetery across the street and adorned it with the Skull and Heart ornaments I made a few winters past. You can find instructions for those here. I'll post some pictures of the X-mas trees and stuff later. I know you can't wait!

In the meantime, here are some photos of stuff I hung up on the dining room wall this weekend:

These are some of my favorite ATCs I've received over the past few months.

This drawing was given to us by our dear friend, Kevin Smith.

This one has been hanging on my kitchen wall for quite some time now, but I thought it I'd throw it in for good measure:

This painting was done by my good friend and former band mate, Chris Martin. The lighting is pretty bad on that wall, but the painting says, "COFFEE". Ignore the diamonds I haven't finished painting in the background, please.

Finally, here is a Noro scarf I crocheted awhile back. I planned on giving it away, but I'm getting sort of attached to it.

It seems like our family is doomed to all kinds of health hazards this fall. Besides my bout with infections, my housemate Dave got a really nasty cut on the end of his thumb that almost wacked the top of that sucker off. And this morning my boyfriend got his hand stuck in a piece of machinery at work. Luckily nothing is broken, but right now he can't feel anything below the wrist. We won't know for awhile if he has nerve damage or the numbness is simply from swelling. This is really scary in itself, but considering that he is a guitar player (a drummer and pianist, too) this could be devastating. I've been in a terrible funk all day.

With that said, dance practice should be interesting tonight. There aren't a lot of moves we can do with a one handed lead.