Saturday, September 27, 2014

Little Things

Happy Autumn! Like most folks in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year is my favorite, filled with birthday celebrations, harvest festivals, and holidays. Late August is the beginning of my busy time and it's usually occupied with holiday/event projects and canning. This year I allowed my gardens to lay fallow, so I bought my produce from Fulton Farms. I don't allow my gardens to lay fallow very often (mainly because I heavily compost my earth and my soil is very healthy), but it's good to give the land a breather - a year to recuperate. In the meantime, I feel naked, or rather empty, like something is missing, like I should be doing something - it's like when you graduate from high school and then the following school year starts, except for you. It's amazing how much of our habits define who we are and an odd sensation when a habit is removed from our routine, even if temporarily.

Despite my gardening homesickness, there are many little things, wonderful things, that make me smile and elicit happiness, including the change of season and...

Frankenberry Cereal:

Kroger's had like six skids of Booberry, Count Chocula, and Frankenberry, the best seasonal cereal on the face of the planet, for $2.49 a box (nom nom nom)!

Roasted Pumpkin: 

I baked a few Cutie Pies in the oven, mashed and froze the pulp; then, I soaked the seeds in a salt brine, dried them out on a towel, coated them with butter, salt, pepper, garlic and onion salt, and gave them a good roasting. Everything else went into the compost pile...

Stinky Eggs, Beer Sausage, and Plum Preserves:

My Eastern European heritage requires of me that all things must be pickled (*snort*) - meat, veggies, fruit, and whatever else I can stuff in a jar and cover with brine...

Seasonal Projects and Decorating:

I made Fall runners for my tables. I have Halloween runners, but let's observe one month (and its corresponding holiday) at a time, shall we?

Thrift Store Treasures:

How about a 1960's Christian Dior suit in a size 14 (*squee!*)? 

Wishing you a wonderful Autumn season and the happiness of little things! Blessings and happy sewing!

Monday, September 8, 2014


In August, my oldest daughter, Sydney, had the pleasure of showing her fabulous photography at RAW: Columbus. RAW is an organization managed by seasoned artists who mentor and promote promising new artists. The organization showcases craft professionals from all genres in more than 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada, and England.

Sydney's specialty is urban and industrial photography and she wanted to frame her photos using industrial material. Her HoneyDo, Elliott, is a welder, and with his help and the help of a family friend, David, they were able to create the frames for her photos from my sketches and measurements...

~Elliott, scoring the polycarb sheets~

~David, smoothing some ruff edges off the framing mounts~

~Framing the photos one by one~
~Framed photos packed and ready to ship~

For the backdrop (or wall), I bought 10 yards of olive burlap and constructed a large curtain, which Sydney laid out in the yard and graffitied with spray paint. An urban effect was certainly achieved - her display area was quite dramatic. Here's a peek of Syd's art show, along with the talents of a few others: 

~Me and Syd~

Lemonsgraph Photography (Sydney's work): 

~Sydney Fleming, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

~Sydney Fleming, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

~Sydney Fleming, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

~Sydney Fleming, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

A & J Studios (Ashley Wright):

~Ashley Wright, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~
~Ashley Wright, photographer (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

Jenai Dominique - Floral Accessory Designer:

Holly Hunt - Hair Stylist:

~BM Photography (all rights reserved) - used with permission~
~BM Photography (all rights reserved) - used with permission~

Phlipped Fashions:

Glamazon Jayne Fashions:

Aftershock Art (Bobbi Jo Gonzalez):

Christine Poindexter - Stylist:

The show was wonderful and there was so much talent at one venue. RAW is a real alternative for new artists looking for exposure - there's no games, no gimmicks, just art and those who support the art community. 

Blessings and happy sewing!