Here's the curtain that was done over Thanksgiving break. (Thanks Mom, for your sewing expertise!) Made from a vintage tablecloth I got on eBay... a closer look (**click on any photo for larger view**):
The wallpaper is from the former homeowners, a fruit theme, which works out well for me and all my fruity stuff! Here's the kitchen tree, housed in a vintage cookie jar I got at an estate sale:
Decorated with red ball chain, fake fruit, fruit drink containers (from cousin Amber), earrings and decorative pins that I pick up at tag sales, etc. Here's a close-up of a pin:
Snowmen in eggcups that I got at Harrod's when I was in England eleven years ago. I still had coin money left on my way to the airplane home, and had enough to buy these cups. Made the snowmen from wooden eggs and sticks, stuck into drilled holes.
Cookbook area (cookbooks are covered in oilcloth), not exactly Christmas-y, but, eh, since you're here:
And, last but not least, this little area in the kitchen. This stool was sitting out by the side of the road for the TRASH! Can you believe that? I rescued it and have done absolutely nothing to it, save wipe it off.
My parents' house, Thanksgiving morning, after a bit of snow had fallen. Got a lot accomplished in a few short days back in CT-- relatives visited, Christmas gifts bought, curtain & drapes sewed, food prepared & eaten, stitching worked on, and the BBC production of Pride & Prejudice viewed. Drove back today to avoid tomorrow's inevitable glut of traffic.MANY catalogs awaited me in my mailbox, and the house WAS NOT burglarized even though I had said I was going away on my blog. (So THERE, Dad!) ** click on photos to see them larger **
Toysday will not be shown this week, so that we may bring you: OUR SECOND-TO-LAST PHOTOSHOP CLASS ASSIGNMENT!
We designed movie posters (either real or fictional movies). Had to use at least two photographic images, no more than three typefaces (for movie title, film's stars, movie credits), had to use at least one layer mask,and at least five layers.
Here's my effort, my favorite movie of all time: Hitchcock's Spellbound. ( **Click on image to see it full-size**-- may take a while to load, 304k)
I will forever be grateful to the Trumbull (CT) Library for showing old movies every Friday night back when I was a teenager.
Speaking of which, I will be going to Trumbull, CT for the Thanksgiving break, so HAPPY THANKSGIVING all if I don't get a chance to post before that day.
Here's a page from my sketchbook from 1978. I was in Hillcrest Jr. High at the time, although now it's called Hillcrest Middle School. Weird eyes and noses and pointy ears were my thang back then. You can click on the image to see the silliness in a larger version.
I circumvented the whole software situation with the camera that I was blubbering about in the last post, and just stuck the memory card in the scanner.
SO, here are some photos AS PROMISED (you can CLICK on them to see the ginormous version):
This is my Living room. Pardon the mess: I seem to be in the clutches of something creative right now, so this means PILING. The walls in here were formerly a dark maroon, which may be chic, but were depressing for me. The room you see beyond the arch is my studio, and that room has not been painted nor has it been given window treatments (by me) as yet. Again, I'm sure BROWN WALLS are de rigeur and all, but ain't my taste. See those pink lamps? I drew one of them in an earlier post. Can you find the post? The Studio, the end where my drawing table is. The globe was my sister's, she off-loaded it to me when she moved to California. She used it, I KID YOU NOT, to stretch turtlenecks that were too tight. And, WHOOSH, just like that, we're back in the Living Room again. Poster is a signed Chris Van Allsburg print. He was one of my teachers at RISD , and his new movie Zathura just opened last week. The Providence premiere was here in Seekonk and there was a big benefit to fund four Rhode Island performing and visual art programs. He and his wife are very philanthropic, and that is so cool. I was inspired by the October 27th post on Angry Chicken's blog where she was painting wooden matreshka dolls. (Some great links in that post!) I've had a kit of these for several years now, given to me by Santa, and was feeling way too precious about them. ("What if I ruin them?" kind of baloney). So I broke 'em out and started painting them. Here's one done. Here's the smallest of my three bedrooms. Those are felt "pennies" (three sizes of circles blanket- stitched) on that polar fleece blankie hanging on the wall. It took a long time to make all those little buggers, but it was a sort of an addictive/therapeutic project. My sister-in-law made that Bunny doll in the corner, the boy Bunny is on the other side. This is the back entrance to the house. It's a little covered portico? I'd guess you'd call it. The faux quilt is two cd holders with squares of fabric that were spray-mounted to cardboard and then rotary cut with pinking cutter. I got this tin dollhouse at a tag sale and it's gotten a lot more rusty sitting out in the weather. Go figure. Tin & Water = Rust. Hunh. Who knew?
Well, that's all for now, hope you've enjoyed my first foray into digital cameradom.
Another Tuesday, another day of experimenting with Adobe Illustrator with my toys as my hapless victims. In more ways than one, as you'll see below...
Here today for your viewing pleasure is Pussycat(**click on image to see it larger**), my Madame Alexander doll. Photographic evidence when I received this doll show joy, but, truth be told, she was never my DREAM DOLL. (Sorry, Mom & Dad!)
See, I think it was all about the hair.
I wanted blonde. I wanted ringleted. I wanted hair that when you poked on the belly button it grew longer or retracted back into the doll's head. I wanted hair that was partly comprised of REAL WIRE, so that when you gave it 'dos, it actually held its shape.
This doll had SHORT BROWN HAIR.
Heck, I had short brown hair.
Where was the fantasy in that?
Well, I must have felt SOME kind of kinship with this doll, because, when I had an appendectomy in the third grade, I thought it only fitting that Pussycat go through the same trauma that I had. You know. So we could bond through our common experience.
So here' s the mangling that I gave poor poor Pussycat. The yellow marker (?) stain was created to approximate what my belly looked like with the yellow, keep-out-the-infection gunk.
And look at that stitching. It's a wonder Pussycat didn't bleed out a long, long time ago.
Now, I don't necessarily endorse cutting into really expensive dolls. BUT, if they're going continue making dolls with cloth bodies, then they're just ASKING FOR third-grade appendectomy patients to satisfy their scissors-lust.
And can I just say how much fun it is putting dolls on my scanner, weighting their heads down with ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENERS (to get a better scan), and then throwing a sweatshirt and a blanket over top (to keep out the light)???
Yes, I can. And what's more: I just did.
This is actually part Illustrator, part Photoshop. Since I just told you about my cruelty to dolldom, I felt it best to come COMPLETELY CLEAN and share that with you as well.
Here's a double-page spread I did in a book called Modern Marine Engineer's Manual. I got the book at a second-hand store called Finders Keepers(not to be confused with its sister store, Losers Weepers) in Stamford, CT. The theme of this book is Black & White.
These figures were capstans which I've learned are machines for moving or raising heavy weights that consist of a vertical drum which can be rotated and around which cable is turned.
** click on the image to see a larger version**
I embellished the page using Dover Books copy-right-free Victorian images (hats, hair, etc.). The picture frames were made from those little annoying Subscribe Now! cards that come fluttering out of magazines. These happened to come from Country Home magazine. The background pattern is from the inside of a security envelope.
There is such a wide variety of patterns on security envelopes! Here are a few samples:
A fun thing to do with these envelopes is to carefully unglue them, turn them inside out, re-fold and glue, and send out as a funky envelope. There are lots of cool ideas in the book Creative Correspondence by Michael Jacobs and Judy Jacobs.