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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Where Have I Been?

Book Master @ Creative felt Gathering
And once again I have been wandering, up plane stairs and aisles, across craft school campuses, down fast food resturants.  Out teaching, I'm been.  And having a mighty fine time of it too! Since the last Blog (which I'm sorry to say was late July), I've driven up to Pittsburgh with my durable cousin Marien to teach Felted Scarves at the Society for Contemporary Craft,  then to the "interesting" town of Gatlinburg, TN, teaching at Arrowmont, leaving for home on Friday night, repacking Saturday and hitting the airport on Sunday for a week in Manchester, MI for the Creative Felt Gathering.  That experience was pretty dern wonderful.
Hats Galore at the CFG in Michigan
Two Fabulous Felters!  

Ellis from Holland was there teaching ( just visited her in the Spring - remember her alien eggs? And the whole felt camp was organized by glass fuser and felter Jone Rakowski.

And then there were a few days home when I slept and did my usual Fall-after-teaching-activity, repainting a room in my teeny house.  This time it was the  kitchen and I only have two walls really finished.  The rest will be covered in the lush, rich orchre paint sometime in October.  I am feeling that I rather paint than cook these days.
all ceramics & paintings down
A off color photo of painted wall
everything back in place
Friend Ikea-Rat helping out on the sidelines
I've been busy in the studio too.  Since most of my summer workshops have been of the Resist Dye and Bookmaking variety, I get a fair number of books, awww, maybe one book done during each class.  I love the new stick and leather loop closure for the Quick Wrap Journals.
Photos taken this morning before bug attack

And here's a cute little coptic book made up at Siever's School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, WI when I taught there mid September.  The resist tool for the doggie is one of those cookie press shapes.
Jane and I are putting up our booth again at the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival - Oct. 2 & 3.  I'll have all these books and as many other books and brooches I can get finished in 7 days! Jane will have her new Fall calendars and lots of new fabulous cards.  Although I just want to sleep in the cooler fall days on the screen porch, I must make more books.  And oddly enough, I am either being cursed by the gods for my laziness or being helped along to finish my books in Studio A by the new inhabitants on the porch...

Yesterday I discovered that my beloved screen porch was being infested, taken over really, by Soldier Bugs - which are stink bugs that don't stink (small mercies, I suppose).  I noticed that super-bug-hunting kitty Scooter was staring at large dark things on the wall and when I looked closer - uuurrrggg!!! A big creepy bug that flew!  I started squishing away with multiple sheets of paper napkins, but I was outnumbered and terrorized.  I had to sleep inside for the first time since March.

This morning I gathered my guts to see what new armies were mobilized during the night and found the porch curtains were providing a safe haven.  I had at that point, determined that I would have to burn the porch off the house and start all over when my wonderful garage/wood workshop renter Jeremy drove in.  "Oh Jeremy", I quavered. "Would you like to squish some bugs for me?"  "Why sure, littl' lady." He replied and so we brought out the heavy guns - a big plastic bowl with lid and dish soap and proceeded to get all 50 or so critters dead in the suds.  Actually, I stood in the doorway and cringed.  What a Pal.  I gave him Book 39 as a reward and he promised to return tomorrow. I promise to work hard and faithfully on my books and brooches from now on.  Come visit us in Brasstown at the JCC Festival!  Everything, including my soul, is for sale!!

Three creepy bugs in plastic prison so I could go online and ID them.