Thursday, May 21, 2009

Watch the magic happen

I've contemplated making a video of the creation of one of my soft sculptures but never got around to it... until now!

I had fun playing around with the speed, for your sake considering many aspects of the project were long and tedious and a lot wasn't even included.

So here it is, the making of a crab spider from start to finish.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Do I really need another one? Of course!

Thrift stores are dangerous places, especially when you can find a 1976 Singer Stylist 533 sewing machine in perfect condition (with the case and manual) for $25Here's a photo of the new addition, next to my trusty 1947 Singer.

This one will replace my "brand new plastic singer", because it can do zig zags! And it's metal, just the way I like my sewing machines. Mmmm I'll have fun sewing this afternoon.

That's right, I debated opening another shop but really don't have the energy to keep up with two. So they're tossed in with my plushies.
Part of the fun is finding funky frames for them at thrift stores, they may have a few little scratches and dents but I think it gives them character. As you can see I've got all sorts of creatures drawn, I really love using sharpies. I'll take custom orders on drawings as well, with or without frames (though the frames will be random, considering it's based on what I can find).

That's my fun for the day... later this week will be getting more info on starting my full time summer job. Going to keep myself busy!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack

Whew what an adventure! It'll take me a while still to get through all my photos and put together coherent posts, so we'll see what happens.

My Desert Ecology class (along with three profs, the directer of the ecomuseum and two herpetologists) went to various campsites throughout Texas, Arizona and California.

Some highlights:
Texas coral snake
SidewinderSeveral other rattlesnake species
Gila monsterFour species of horned lizard
I had the time of my life even with all the dirt, sand, wind, sun, lack of showers, creepy outhouses, cooking/cleaning/setting up tents, and assignments. My class was a really great group of people and we found some AMAZING animals while exploring some great landscapes. I've got scratches all up and down my arms and legs to show for the snakes and lizards I captured.

Now that I'm back I've been unpacking and sewing at hyperspeed, and custom orders are always appreciated :)