Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wow, I got totally inspired and started making some resin-sealed origami dominoes, and I haven't been able to stop! It's fun to have that feeling when you are working on something. They may not be rocket science, or as deep and symbolic as my latest collage, but darnit, they are fun.
Also, I made a trip to the fabric store today, and with tax money in hand, bought a LOT of fabric. Everything I bought was on sale, so I'm saving my 40% coupon for another day (probably this coming week). Seriously, though, I have a major fabric addiction. I sold a large messenger bag a while ago on my etsy shop, and I still have about 2 yards of the gorgeous chocolate brown corduroy left, so I got some Kona cotton in pink and light turquoise (to use for the linings), and I will make some smaller purses this weekend. As soon as I get done with this post, I shall begin my new adventure in sewing. First I must finish the faux distressed leather laptop bag that I started last weekend. I'm SOOOO happy that Monday is Pres. Day, so I can stay home and create. God Bless the Presidents!
BTW, the collage pictured was a pretty deep, heartfelt, symbolic idea that came to me while driving a few weeks ago. I'll try to write more about it tomorrow, but it's for sale today in my etsy shop. Good night everyone:)
Posted by Ellene McClay at 8:52 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Yeah! We finally got a snow day today. Teachers and students alike rejoice! My daughter (almost 14) is still blissfully sleeping in at 10:30, so I decided to get some catching up done. I never have time to blog except on the weekends, and for the past couple of weeks have had lots of technology issues with my old laptop. Now I have a new computer, and I'm hoping with fingers crossed that my files on my old hard drive are going to be retrievable. Oh well, life will go on if they aren't coming back, but Sasha (aforementioned teenager) only wants to know what will happen to her extensive ipod library. :(
We've been at eachother a little lately, actually me towards her, because I get so tired after disciplining kids at school all day, and then have to come home and do it here. I'm actually just being lazy, because I'm to the point where I want to work on my stuff, and have a life. She is a good girl though, and I'm hoping it continues throughout the next couple of years.
Well, I've had to get my butt in gear for the biggest loser competition at work-a couple people have lost 10 pounds since we started 5 or 6 weeks ago, and I've only lost a few. I know alot about exercising, and how to work out, so I am on the move now, and very sore I might add. We have 13 weeks of students left before summer (I'm not counting spring break) and I cannot wait to have time to do things. My etsy shop slowed down a little, but I didn't have any more items ready to list every day anymore. I need to pump up my inventory. I was worried about not having a set 'style', but I'm just forging ahead with the ideas that I have, and I can't rush art. It has to have time to develop. I'm reading Art and Fear right now, and it talks about that very thing. So my 'plan' has been working pretty well-the one where I work on a certain thing on a certain day of the week. It doesn't really matter if I follow it or not, as long as I'm working on something. So far, so good. I've got a couple of collages that are almost finished, and a distressed faux leather laptop bag that's almost done, and a few ideas for beeswax collage also. (Never done one before, but I bought and adjustable tabletop burner at Walmart for less that 10 bucks, and I'm excited to get started). Most of the research I've done calls for a quilting iron to smooth out the layers, so I may have to invest a little more $$. I'm just wary about buying too many supplies if I'm not going to use them. I love to supply shop way too much. I'll try not to leave so much time in between blogs, maybe I should add "blog" to my daily plan list. Ha! Notice my "extras" section-maybe we need to add another day to the week?
Posted by Ellene McClay at 10:34 AM
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I've been having some success on Etsy, and I'm feeling so hopeful that it's going to keep going. I'm still trying to 'find' my niche in art, and I keep bouncing back and forth between sewing, altered jewelry, and collage. I know it's ok to do different things, I just want a 'style' that people can recognize. The only way to get farther on this quest is to do the work. So tonight I made a plan of sorts, where I just randomly picked a day of the week to do a certain thing. It was very quick, and if it says 'collage' on Saturdays, and on a particular Saturday when I have a chance to work I'd rather work on something else, then that's fine, but at least it gives me a starting point. We'll see how it goes.
Work was better this past week, too. I got really excited doing cityscapes with the 3rd graders, although I've done that lesson a thousand times before. It sort of morphed into a mixed media experience, and it was fun. Love it when that happens, and it's not just about discipline and behavior management, but actually about art-I know- what a concept-art in art class!
Posted by Ellene McClay at 9:31 PM