2011: an odyssey

we had our last get together in our house last night with friends. it was pretty great. a ton of people came who we hadn't seen in eons. some of my most favorite people in the world. truly. saying goodbye sucked though and there are actually some friends that refused to say goodbye. i can't say i blame them. its rough.

in two weeks the truck comes to take our stuff. a couple days after that we're getting in the car with a few of our most prized possessions and beginning the journey. 2120 miles. its difficult to wrap my head around that number so i spend a lot of time looking at this map. and trying to breathe.

so there's that.

and then there's the just not knowing what to expect. chicago is what we know. we have a few friends in portland - which is great. and shawn did a lot of exploring when he was there so he already knows dumb things like where the grocery store is. and i have to keep reminding myself that we did this once before. yes, we were young and stupid so we weren't all that stressed about it. BUT, we were young and stupid and still managed to survive. we would probably still be in austin if lucy hadn't gotten sick. so yes, i've done this before. i can do it again.

oh my god.

there's a reason i just bought this button for myself.

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my state of mind

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sometimes i forget (another resolution)

i think i, a person trying to make a living at making things, forget sometimes. i forget that crafting used to be about discovery and problem solving and the sheer joy of making things.

this is not to say that i don't love what i make to sell, because i absolutely do. but its well worn territory for me. pick the fabrics, put them together in a way that is pleasing to the eye and start stitching. hunt for vintage baubles, deconstruct and reconstruct. i know how to do these things. i do them every single day. even when i have a new idea, its still almost always a variation on a previous idea. i am good at it but occasionally i really do feel like a one woman sweat shop and want to make something different.

all the crafty people i know spend a good portion of time admiring other people's work. there's a list long enough to wrap around my house of people i have craft crushes on. looking at their work inspires me - even if its entirely different from my own work. the love of process, the respect for their chosen materials - these are the things that get me excited.

ann wood and betz white have been on my craft crush list forever. ann wood's plush sculptures are the things of dreams. so detailed, so delicate and lovely. and betz's cupcake pincushions just make me happy. i have one that i've used forever. i've given them as gifts and everyone loves them. so, when betz post this project a lightbulb went off. i thought about ann wood's spiders and how great the two would look combined. my favorite project of 2010 was born, a gift for kateri.

i sat down with my supplies and had at it. and it was completely fun.

first, let's talk about the spider. i knew i couldn't even approach the awesomeness of ann wood's work but they were definitely my inspiration. even if i could do it, i wouldn't. i am VERY SENSITIVE to the issue of copying and originality. i've seen people whose work i admire enormously hurt deeply.  i've had some experience with this issue first hand. its disheartening. but i digress, yoyos are not plush spider sculptures. i was going to have to put my thinking cap on. after some fiddling and drawing, i finally cut the body pieces out of a beaded vintage glove. the legs were more problematic. legs usually are. so after trying a couple of different things, i went for the simplest option. the head was an afterthought and the bead came from kateri's stash of vintage glass beads.

the spiderweb was fun and easy. i did spend a great deal of time sorting through doilies at my favorite antique store to find the perfect one though. i attached the spider  to the web by simply bending the legs around the lace.

  

i spent just as long as it took to make it admiring it. i was so pleased with myself. and so happy that i'd taken the time out of packing boxes, party prep and life in general to make something. just because.

there needs to be more of this in 2011 for me. i need to remember that making things is fun, not just work and that challenging yourself is ALWAYS a good thing.

we should all always be this happy when we finish a project!

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things i love tuesday

monkey. we had a bit of scare with her over the last 24 hours. this pic was taken in the early stages of an allergic reaction that could have been really, really bad if i hadn't take her to the vet when i did. by the time i took her to the vet we'd gone from puffy face cute to non-responsive, labored breathing and clumsy limbs. it was bad. but she's ok. we're ok. and i can't stop hugging her. i think she thinks i've lost my mind but i don't care.

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artwork in progress

so this happened:

i had to take down all the art.

shawn & i have lived together for almost 16 years. there is art we've made. art our friends have made. art we've bought for one another. art that people have given us. and art we've acquired while traveling. its a lot of art.

and walking through our house, with its bare walls, it hit me like a ton of bricks - this is really happening. the art was part of what made this house our home. it being packed up, loaded on a truck in a week, and going to another house which we will call home. its all happening.

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panic on the street of lawndale (a list)

things that currently have me in a tizzy (and trust me, i know i seem crazy and most of these are easily solved or aren't really problems at all):

  • where will our stuff go? i haven't seen the house, shawn has. he assures me our stuff will fit but what if it won't?
  • how long will it actually take us to get there? will we hit any snowstorms? what if our stuff gets snowed in somewhere?
  • what if portland doesn't find the shamptons as charming as chicago does?
  • what if the address i've been giving everyone isn't right?
  • i haven't been making things but have had tons of ideas. what if i can't find where i've packed the notebook with the ideas i've written down and can't remember the ideas?
  • monkey hates going out in the rain. portland is rainy. what if she won't go out in the rain?
  • am i going to need to buy a second raincoat?
  • what the hell am i going to do on saturday nights?
  • what if i've actually forgotten how to ride a bike?
  • where are the keys? and once they get here what if i forget them?

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sparkletime!

i decided to extend the sale. honestly, i'm hoping to have to pack up and move less. the shop is chock full of sparkles and pretties and it seems a bit unwieldy. i'm going to be shutting the shop down on thursday and when i reopen, after the move, a lot of what's here now won't be returning. so, now's the time to get your sparkle on!

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music monday

i was listening to sound opinions this weekend and they played a song that i was really digging. its the kind of song i could happily spend hours dancing around the house to. normally, i'd rush right over to itunes and snap it up. but no, that wasn't going to work with this song.

its by a guy named clive tanaka and his music is only available through him. you send him $6 and he sends you a tape. what now?

i didn't realize we even had a tape player anymore until i was whining to shawn about this. who knew?

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things i love tuesday

away we go. it may be one of the sweetest movies i've ever seen. for those who haven't seen it, its about burt and verona and their search for the perfect place to raise their baby and start their new life.

i first watched it last year when shawn was away skiing. we'd just returned from portland and had decided that we were going to move there. except for the pregnancy part, the movie could've been us. i may have cried the first time i watched it. ok, yeah, i cried a lot.

it was on the other day and i watched part of it. i still found it charming. i still cried. sunday night shawn & i were going to watch it together but we were just too tired. maybe tonight. i'm guessing i'll cry. again.

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12 hours and a very long list

lists lists and more lists. its 10:00 pm and the movers are going to be here in 12 hours. TWELVE HOURS. and i didn't sleep really well last night so i'm working at a disadvantage. but there is still so much to do. so much to do. so much...

the good news is that the movers will be here in 12 hours. and although its going to be a busy weekend running to and fro, the packing will be over. and on monday we leave to drive a really really really long way to our new house. and that is an awesome thing...

but for now, i'm working on the lists. and then i'll get a little bit of sleep. and then the truck will come. and we'll run around. and then we'll drive...

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and away we go

our stuff is on its way. in 36 hours or so, we'll be on our way. its a little intense.  but really, really great. the next day and a half are going to be a bit of a whirlwind. you probably won't hear from me for a bit. so, i leave you with this picture of shawn & i at our going away party the last time we left chicago. it was so much easier then. but just as great.

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music monday

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