Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Inspiration or menopause?

I'm sitting here at the computer jotting down some ideas that have come to me, once again, in the wee hours of the morning. Is this really my artist's inspiration or just a hot flash waking me from some sort of weird dream? I have been carrying around a hand-dyed piece for several months now, trying to figure out what to do with it. Elements in this piece, which I will post a picture of later, give viewers an eerie feeling. Eyes and faces appeared in the folds of this fabric when I hand-dyed it. It has several "horse heads" in a row, a hooded man, a sad set of simply eyes, and various other "faces" floating around it. To add to the unsettling feeling of this piece, it is done in dark reds, yellows, and white. This morning about 4:00 am, I woke with a feeling of realization and a vivid mental picture of this particular piece of fabric, finished! One problem that I had with this piece initially was the two-sidedness of it. Most of the eyes and faces were on one side of the piece but the most interesting eyes were on the "back". Wouldn't you know it? Well, after what was either a hot flash during the night or true artistic inspiration, I am now motivated again to finish this piece into one of the very few abstract pieces in my work.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Baby Showers, cakes, and stuff

We had a baby shower here this past weekend! Showers are such fun! Besides the fact it gave me a reason to entertain, my house is sparkling clean now too! Why do we all panic when company is coming to our house? My family stayed with me this weekend but you would have thought the president was coming for a visit. I had three TUIT (around to it) lists for me and one for my husband to accomplish before the shower started on Saturday! After cleaning the house, making sure the guest rooms were company ready, and doing the cakes, I realized on Friday that dear husband hadn't quite started on the yard work I wanted done before Saturday afternoon! That was the only time the whole week I almost lost it! Dear husband is the one sane voice in my frenzied outlook when preparing for company, especially my mother, who is the white glove inspector when it comes to a clean house. He simply looked at me and replied, no one is sick, the nuclear war hasn't started, this is a shower and whatever doesn't get done won't matter when it is all over. You know, I hate to admit it, but he was (as usual) so right. The shower was lovely. The house was clean. The yard was pretty and no one even walked down to my immaculate gazebo anyway. When Sunday morning came and the folks were leaving, my dad remarked what a nice place we have and how much fun he had visiting, even if it was for a baby shower. LOL..... I hate it when DH is right!

I made two cakes for the shower this weekend. With both of them, I used a butter cake and buttercream icing.
This cake was constructed with 2 oval layers and a 6" round layer. Yes, It is an old fashion bassinet. That is supposed to be a baby in the bassinet, my husband thought it resembled a very small pink alien, but no, it is a baby. I constructed the baby blanket and the bassinet skirt with Fondant icing; the basket weave and flowers were made from Buttercream icing.

We ended up cutting the second cake because my daughter didn't want to cut up the bassinet cake. Now what am I supposed to do with it?
Top view of Cake #2.

Sideview of Cake #2.

Being a fairly crafty Grandmommie, I made a couple of gifts for Madison. Her sweater is still on the needles but I did finish her hat. No pictures of it yet because I didn't take one since I didn't have a model. I'll post one with her modeling it in the next month or two. I got a couple of burpcloths embroidered for her. At this point in time, I have a smocked outfit, a quilt, and several more burpcloths in progress for Madison. I want her to be the best dressed little girl in town!

This is one of the burpcloths I embroidered for Madison.