Thursday, August 30, 2007

Taking flight....

My sweet little daughter took her first flight alone. She is really growing up! I was glad it was only an hour long flight to Oakland! I was nervous... letting go. Next big thing, 4th grade!? How does that happen? She can knit now too. Next thing you know she'll be driving... well, I think we have at least 6 more years till that happens...
the long walk...
the fountain
she's going...
(come back, I miss you!!!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The End

The End, originally uploaded by kritty

Tomorrow I go back to work and students come next Wednesday. I pulled out the tomatoes and the sunflowers today... These plants were so glorious. I tidied up in my studio and I'm full of mixed emotions. I did accomplish a little bit this summer... it's never as much as I'd hope, but I'm used to that.
Ah, summer....
glorious summer....
I'm not ready to let go just yet....
last harvest

Monday, August 27, 2007

Muse Monday (numero tres) ~ Penny!!

Vida Artwear, originally uploaded by kritty.

What Would Penny Do?
... that's what I often wonder.

Penny was my neighbor when I moved to Massachusetts when I was 14, but I didn't really get to know her until she opened a store with her good friend, Jan, when I was 17 or so...

How the store / the line came to be: like a lot of good ideas, it got drawn on a napkin one night at dinner and eventually it became a reality. They decided to make clothing, Vida Artwear (formerly Veranda Wear), using Guatemalan huipiles. They use mud cloth, saris, Hmong quilting, knit, ikats... "VIDA ARTWEAR’S endeavor is labor intensive. Its not an easy line to produce. However, we seem to thrive on the challenges. Our weavers and sewing staff have responded to our enthusiasm and to the conditions and compensation which we have provided. They love to see the finished product. We hope that you, our customer, wear any piece with joy!" -P + J

Jan lives in Guatemala and runs that end and Penny runs things from the states. Each piece is a work of art. Each piece is made by so many different artisans and women! It's just beautiful stuff. (Look for it...)

I began to go into her store and just look at her wears!!! There was so much to see and I wanted it all. I wanted to travel! And I wanted to learn more about Penny! She is such a beautiful, talented, hysterical, loving person! If you aren't immediately drawn to her, then 'you just don't get it' and then all the better for me (less to share). I quickly learned she's British, lived in India and met her husband in Kuwait. Intriguing indeed. She loves watermelons, textiles, well, of course her husband and boys, Carmen Miranda, cats, eclectic folk art, vintage, new, recycled.... if there is anything beautiful she will find it and uncover it. She has an amazing eye.

I worked in her store now and then and helped her in NYC once or twice at her trade shows. If I could be her neighbor again, I would in a heart beat. Once Amy had a piece about other mothers on her blog and Penny was one of the women that popped to mind instantly. She is so lovely and loving... I know I took note of her with her family and in her home and thought, 'this is good, this is how I want it to be...' In some ways, I see how she's influenced me.

WWPD? She's my muse, for sure!

I had to include watermelons and these are by Frida Kahlo, one of her favorites!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

sketch crawl - our garden

sketch crawl - our garden, originally uploaded by kritty.

yesterday was the international sketch crawl
We participated this year, and maybe next year we'll actually fund raise too. We sketched in our garden- Quinton, 17 months, Niko, 4, Sofi, 9, and me, 39 and counting....

I was blown away with Niko's arial view. It does map out the shape of out lawn area! I think everyone did a great job. I was surprised even little Q. did it! Thanks for suggesting this CMP group!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Got chewed up pencils?

Artist, Harriete Estel Berman, needs pencils! I got this email today:

I hope to attain my goal of 100,000 pencils by Oct. 15
th. Yes, the total number needed has changed! If you have any questions about this project, please refer to the “Seeking #2 Pencils” page on my website.

I appreciate all your interest and comments about standardized testing.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I want it all!

I'm thinking about making new pillows for my couch...
I never ever should have gone in this fabric store in my mom's town, because now I know it's there! Whoever does their buying has a great eye! I couldn't begin to buy all the fabric I loved!! I mean, I rarely have time to sew as it is. They have all the repro/retro fabrics and all the stuff I oogle on blogs in this sleepy little town. A huge store, with no one in there but a few nice folks. That doesn't happen in LA, if that store was in LA there would be a lot of high maintenance types elbowing you to cut their fabric, etc.
(the two fabrics on the right are Kaffe Fassett. I love his work!! He has fabric?!)

... I don't understand how people can be bored. There isn't enough time in the day to make/craft all the things up in my head!

I got my daughter a little scotty dog print fabric too for her project from Sublime stitching.
I'll post when she's done.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Auction Tomorrow!

: : Ebay Auction begins tomorrow Aug. 19-24th : :

lots of makers donated their work to raise money for bara's mom's medical bills.
Her mom had and aneurysm and was given a 1 in 10 chance of recovering and is making it!! {read more on her blog}
Many artists pulled together to help fund raise to pay off some of the bills that weren't covered. BID!!! Wonderful cause- wonderful stuff!!

molly chicken

anne wood

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hearts-- Found proof!

Amy linked me to Superhero which linked me to this heart challenge on flickr

Post this!

Post this!, originally uploaded by kritty.
If you ever get really, realllllllly bored at a training seminar you might find a stack of Post-its (tm). And then, if you put your post-its in a grid, you might want to make something! If you start making something your neighbors might support you (because they are bored and they're happy you are happy) and they might give you more Post-its. They might also fulfill your special requests, 'black pens', 'pencils'... If you finish one grid after another, the teachers might think you are having too much fun and then they might stand behind you and try to intimidate you to get you to stop. You might not be able to stop because it's just FUN! Then they might complain and get a supervisor to come stand behind you. The supervisor might see you as the less of 2 (or 3) evils and only ask the people with lap-tops to stop what they are doing and pay attention. If you finish all your post-its you still might not be able to stop and you might have to go to Office Depot for more in assorted colors ASAP.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Muse Monday #3~ New Mexico ~~

Can a muse be a place?
Specifically, northern New Mexico.
I'm dying to go back there... I used to live in Arroyo Seco.
I think if I ever went back I'd never leave!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the natural beauty, the people, the altitude, the rio... all of it.
The fact that Georgia O'Keefe also adored it only makes me love it that much more

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I ordered Small Objects

I'm a big fan of Sarah
The Small Object

I think the whimsy of her lines is so sweet and fun!
I'm going to use the stamps at school! I especially love the hedgie!!
I ordered a few of these needle cases and I am hoping to begin making sewing kits for christmas! If these work out I'm going to order more!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Adler's Manifesto : )

You know who is really awesome?
Jonathan Adler!

I popped into his store in Chicago and was instantly happy!!
Great design!
Fun and fabuous!!

below is his Manifesto + Commandments:

We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right.
Unless the husband is gay.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard,
Bonnie Cashin. Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman,
Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses,
raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style:
Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa '72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though
they've never actually won any.

We believe in Aid to Artisans.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques - suits of armour,
worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry
and go pick some actual blackberries.

We believe colors can't clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.

We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.

We believe in irreverent luxury.

Thou shalt embrace maximalism.
Thou wilt find minimalism to be something of a bummer in thy abode. Thou wilt grow tired of an endless sea of beige and thou wilt long for a splash of color & a dollop of pattern! Bargello pillows, Furnace bottles, and rustic modern lamps - these shalt be the accessories that add some panache to your pad.

Thou shalt not deny thyself hotelish comfort at home.
Thou shalt furnish thy rooms with paw-pampering, hand-loomed llama wool rugs, luxurious lighting and our fabulous furniture.
Thy rooms shalt feel like the most opulent hotel rooms in which thou hast ever stayed.
Thou art worth it.

Thou shalt buy an X-Bench.
Then, thou shalt buy another. Thou shalt use them in pairs, perfect under thy console or placed near thy sofa. Thou shalt rest thy feet upon them & so will thy guests. In fact, thy guests might even fight over who gets to rest upon them. Therefore, thou shalt establish house rules about thy X-Benches. Perhaps thou should consider a sign up sheet.

If thy nest needeth zest,
consider thy crest!
Thou shalt emblazon with thine
initials wherever possible.

Thou shalt mix fancy with frisky.
Thou shalt not be overly formal, for if thou art, thou will be sad. Conversely, thou shalt not be overly whimsical, for if thou art thou will not feel chic. Therefore, thou shalt embrace a mix, pairing the chic classical foundation - excellent proportions, classic furniture - with a layer of playful punctuation. Then thou shalt rest.

Thou shalt honor the funsters of yore.
David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Piero Fornasetti, Bonnie Cashin, Bjorn Wiinblad - if thou dost not knoweth them, thou should. Thou can use Google Images to learn more about them and thou shalt channel their fun, idiosyncratic, playful spirit in thine own interiors. Thy home will be fun, happy, and chic.

Thou shalt not commit murder,
unless thou art murdering for a decorative accessory.
If thou should find thyself at one of our stores and seeth the last bird bowl on our shelf, thou shalt feel free to use whatever means necessary to obtain that special something.

Thou shalt not be afraid of orange.
Thou shalt use orange copiously in thy interior, whether it beeth in an orange breakfast room or via the zing of an orange lacquered box. Thou might even consider painting thy front door orange to peak thy neighbor's curiosity. Thou shalt also covet chocolate brown.

Thou shalt play ping pong.
Better still, thou shalt have a ping pong table in thy living room. Then, lo, thou shalt play ping pong with thy spouse rather than sitting around watching thy tv.

Thou shalt not covet
thy neighbor's house.

In fact, after following these 10 commandments, thy neighbor might covet thy house.
So there.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

What to do Wednesday #2 make a rubber stamp

Make a set of rubber stamps
using your own artwork!
Click here to order & make your own set!
I'm going to make some icons / 'teaching tools' stamps to help in my classroom
and a few extra of my own designs to have fun with.
I think it's going to be around $20 for 8.5" x 11" sheet with mounting paper and wood blocks.
You could get a smaller sheet, cheaper.
Art-Rubberstamps links

Monday, August 6, 2007

Muse Monday (numero dos) Kristen


I met her on my first day of college at our dorm orientation. We went around the room introducing ourselves and there she was. First, her name was Kristen (Kritty is short for Kristin), she's from Cleveland (I'm from Cleveland) and she said "This isn't really my hair, I have long hair." ?! LOL - She had short hair. Needless to say, I was drawn to her instantly and she quickly became my best friend, and her real hair grew back (she had had a bad perm and had to chop it off). Oh, the adventures and mischeif. I can't divulge any specifics incase our kids should read this and use it as blackmail. Too fun.

Over the years we've stayed in touch and I've imposed myself on her here and there. Even stayed in her attic for a whole month with my then 3 year old Sofi!!

Kristen is an amazing artist and woman!
She is a source of inspiration.
Muse? YES!
She does everything with passion: creating art, loving and caring for her family, cooking for 20+ even if there is only 3 at the table ;), playing, enjoying nature, etc. Just the most passionate, fun, inspiring, witty human on earth. I can't possibly gush out all the love I have for her in a 'blog'

This past weekend I went flew to Chicago as did 2 of her other friends to surprise my fellow Kristen. We met her in a limo and off we went to the W and took advantage of time together without kids! and all Chicago had to offer. It was an amazing 48 hours. (Did I mention she married a great man, who thought of this great idea!!??)
She was greeted in Chicago by girlfriends...

she was serenaded....
She was shining like the goddess she is ;)...

Our mantra is 'be the best Kristen you can be' and there is nothing like reaffirming that in person!

She has returned to Cleveland, Mary to Athens, Ellen to Ohio as well, me to LA. Remembering to stay 'focused', 'live a little everyday', a 'full life is better than a skimpy one', trust in yourself and your creative vision, and so much more. My friend!! I wish I could see her all the time, but I'll take what I can get, but 4 years is really too long to go without seeing your best friend!
Her worry jars, c. 1993
travel :: health :: home

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Peace Out

! I'm gettin' out of this city !
Check back on Monday for:
Muse Monday
+ MORE!!
p e a c e
o u t

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What to do Wednesday #2 :: {Make a bag} ::

Make a bag, originally uploaded by kritty.

This has to be the easiest bag to make! I read a tutorial for Tiny Happy and I make them whenever I can find enough fabric and the time :)

She adds buttons, nice pockets and stitching around the seams. My machine is too unpredictable for stitching round the seams... I quit while I'm ahead. I used my Sublime Stitching book for the bird on the pocket. Very fun!

I also made a few pouches and sewed some photos on my stuff with this printer fabric, Print 'n Press