Friday, January 29, 2010

Look what I own and youuu don't; paint-by-number Geisha from a second-hand store.

A Night With The (crazy) Artist. In Celebration of The Hat. and my fastly retreating youth - I figure I better start taking pictures before gravity wins.

Withouuuut the hat.

WITH the hat.

Most recent sewing project


The End.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

You really can make just about anything out of felt. I love him in all his buggy-eyed glory. I think I'll put him on my bag or something. This is probably something I'll consider putting on my Etsy site once I make a couple more.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

After about two months of messing around with this thing, it's done! Putting together a collage that works was a lot harder than I thought. Gathering ideas to make it a unique and awesome book was hard too. I must have tried and rejected a few dozen different ideas and ended up with this!

Wow, Coptic Stitching is done and - finally - the books are done two weeks early before the Febuary 7th deadline. Big, big help from Book Arts Teacher who is wonderful and expert in all things book arts! Valentine Book is made up of scrap pieces of paper, pages from an old dictionary, Victorian valentines and about half a pound of glitter. I really do love glitter. Bound together with waxed linen thread.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Following in the Book Arts trend recently I decided in addition to Travels to Japan to make a Valentine book too; laden with saccarine sweetness with hearts and sweet faced Victorian ladies. There are actually quite a few materials involved. First I have the images ( mostly which I found online or from my own collection of vintage valentines) then I used an old dictionary that I cut up to use as a background. Then I also used this wonderful stamp set I just bought from Michaels and finally added glitter. Because glitter makes everything better. When I get everything bound together I'll take more photos. (The Travels to Japan is finished except that I haven't bound it together yet. That Coptic stitch is a tricky one)

Monday, January 18, 2010

This is what I'm waiting for in the mail; Felt Sweets. Everything in the photos are felt; they are almost a work of art in themselves. I can't wait to try it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two more Kokeshi. I'm going to make an ARMY of them.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Aw. Cute girly with random scrawling; the scrawl part was actually a lot of fun. It came from a Victorian Borders book I have.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

As promised, with my camera battery recharged I have exciting new photos. What could it be? It's my Christmas present to me! Finally, after spending so many years loving Japanese culture I bought my own Bento set.

Which includes

Crazy adorable soy sauce (and any other condiment) containers and

Bento box with drawstring tote. Also

Onigiri sponge!! and okay, I admit the manga cook book looks like its for kids (and that's probably a good thing because that's about my level with Japanese cooking) but inside

there are quite a number of easy recipes and my favorite desserts. Now I will leave you with one more funky and hilarious Japanese kitchen item:

Happy face nori punch so you can make HAPPY sushi. If anybody is interested in buying their own awesome Bento go to JBOX.COM

Friday, January 08, 2010

Mmmmnn, my camera battery died along with pictures I was going to upload so instead tonight you get more purty packaging from Tokyo Milk. Will charge battery tonight and have more happy pictures tomorrow.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Well, okay, it doesn't have anything to do with my art, or art really but I LOVE this thing; I bought it the other day at an antique store. I saw it once in a magazine and I've always thought it would look great sitting with my massive collection of books.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

This is the cover of what will be my book arts project 'Travels to Japan'. So far I've only got a couple of parts done but I have the month of January to get it finished (along with two other projects) The first 'page'

Is this. And the other 'page' I've done is

This one. So far, I'm liking it but it's super time consuming and I'm still thinking out layouts for the rest of it.

This artist is Junichi Nakahara, a prolific Japanese artist from the 20's and 30's who also, as you can see,is the forerunner of the anime style. He's one of my new favorite artists.