Friday, July 13, 2012
After much discussion over choosing the color that looked right in shade and sunlight, I settled on a color. The new properly locking screen door, and my large dog, provided security. I made a cardboard door for privacy, with the words 'Speak "Friend", and Enter' written on it, but only my family recognized and appreciated the "Lord Of The Rings" reference.
So here is the finished project, without the brass hardware that I also refinished. I really love it, and although many people thought I was making a mistake, they have grown to appreciate my choice. I just wish I didn't have to cover it all up with the screen door.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Although I saw the photo of the mis-shapen plants, seeing them in person was a shock. I hadn't thought about how much they would be transported and handled if I was awarded Artisan, and I should have made a contingency for that.
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining, and I have found several silver linings in my cloud. The best is being the recipient of a very kind act by Teri Aaron. Another is the opportunity to back up my own words about the longevity of my plants. And yet another is the chance to re-examine my new designs before selling any plants to ensure they are up to my standards.
Here are a few BEFORE and AFTER pics.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The people at IGMA tried to fix them, and they made a valiant effort I am sure, but the photo I just saw on their blog was a surprise. I had no idea that my plants had been so tossled around. Good news for me is that I can easily rearrange them back to normal. Bad news for me is that they don't look like they should in the photo people will see. Worse news for me is that the plants will be at the Guild Show in Castine, and I can't be there to fix them! So anyone going to the Guild School, or knows anyone going, please pass it on that my plants are a little mis-shapen, but just like a real plant, they can be revived.
This situation reminds me of my High School yearbook picture. I waited too long, totally my fault, to choose one of my proofs for the yearbook, so someone else chose it for me. There were only six proofs and one was clearly the best, so I assumed they would use it. When the yearbooks came out, I found myself staring in shock at the worst of the lot! Someone chose the most stupid, totally unnatural pose, and I am mortified to this day.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Well, that time has finally come with another unexpected pleasure. To say unexpected isn't really accurate as I did apply for IGMA Artisan membership and therefore had a chance. The pleasure is that I was accepted! I submitted five plants, some were redesigned and some newly designed. After weeks of tedious, frustrating, and exhausting work, I was never so glad to see something leave my sight. Yet, the next day I was anxious to get back to designing even more new plants! That plan was nixed by my family, who insisted I clear more than two places to eat at the dining room table. I told them Taco Bell had plenty of empty tables!
For now I will only be making a few plants per month, but I am looking forward to having more time in the Fall, and taking over the table again. While raising four children I ate many meals on my feet, going back and forth from the table to the stove, to the frig, and to the sink. It's their turn, don't you think?
Here is my redesigned Rubber Tree.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I never felt an inclination to have nice china. My Mom had always wanted china, but she was a widow with seven children and no money. I can't remember how old she was when she finally started her set, but I think she was in her fifties. She chose a beautiful pattern designed in 1927 and started buying what she could find and getting pieces as gifts, without the use of the internet! The pattern, Lenox Blue Tree, was discontinued in 1974 but then reissued due to it's renewed popularity after Tricia Nixon chose it for her wedding in 1971. Mom was able to acquire 12 place settings, a few serving pieces, and some extras, which turned out not to be enough when the entire family had a dinner, but still enough for her three daughters to divide.
When Mom died last August and we faced the daunting and sad task of dividing her possessions, I decided I would not take any of her china. What would I do with only four place settings when I would need six just for my immediate family? It would cost me a fortune to buy what I would need for the future. Well, my sister refused to accept my decision and insisted I would still enjoy service for four, giving me all sorts of reason to keep it. I could have an intimate dinner with my husband, dinner with another couple, or a fancy table when only two of my children were around that night. She finally convinced me, and since I also was to receive my Mom's hutch, I would have a handy place to keep it so I would be more likely to use it. That's when I got hooked. I fell in love with the pattern. My Mom must have been guiding my hand because I was browsing eBay one day and decided to see what another few place settings would cost when I found what turned out to be a great deal on a big set. Just this week I was again fortunate to stumble across another great deal on a few more pieces, and my set is now complete.
I absolutely love seeing my Mom's platter displayed on her hutch in my dining room. I absolutely love using the china, and I love that the inspiration came from my Mom. I wish she knew that I ended up doing exactly what she had hoped I would. Who knows, maybe she does.
Who uses this many pieces for one meal?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
When I make plants from clay, I never know what the final size will be, which tends to work out fine for scale since most plants have a range of sizes. I've grown Jades with very small leaves, and some that are much, much larger. Can you tell from the first pic how big these are? Now don't peek at the second photo!
Ok, now you can look. How close were you?
This is a Bunny Ears cactus. I grew some in my real garden, but I was pricked so many times that I dug them up, using heavy gloves, and trashed them. I'll stick with the miniature version, thank you very much!