Saturday, August 30, 2008
she made my day......while sipping on some delicious coffee this morning, our mailman approached the door with a little parcel from Canada. Upon opening the package, I was greeted with the loveliest necklace made especially for me by my dear canadian soulmate. If you look closely enough, the image is of two spools of thread placed side by side...how perfect! From that moment on the necklace accompanied me on a walk, to a party, and is now with me as I rock out to Trio, The Clash, and some Cure. It is approaching 11:30pm, and I just had to take a break from working to send my friend an appropriate thank you. I love you Darcy, and thank you for making my upcoming 34th (eek) a most special one already :)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
When I was a painter, my "bread and butter" income came from a collection of minature paintings I would create on small square wood panels. I decided to try translating that process into felt, and this is what came about by 11pm! Every once in a while you get a project that just feels good. I truly enjoyed making these, and hope to make some more. Being about 4" square, they are just a lovely little size that can hang in those little nooks and crannies around the house :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
where have we been you wonder? well, we are trying to cram in as much as we can before starting our venture with kindergarten and preschool next week. (I think mummy's more nervous than the kids about that one...) Let me capture the last week for you in as few words as possible: 1 trip to the Bronx Zoo, 1 trip to the pool, 1 lovely long nature walk, 2 trips to Saratoga's amazing library, oh! and we musn't forget with that comes 3 less crucial naps for the two year old, 1 spilled hot milk at the front door of Starbucks, another spilled milk directly into a new bag of recently borrowed library books, three missed attempts at the potty (the two year old insists he can do it himself), a gazillion mosquito bites, etc...... I think we have packed enough in.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I am switching gears a bit and am back to sewing some mini wall hangings while working on a commission piece that I am really excited about...I will be adding this one to the shop tomorrow(sorry...I didn't iron out the creases yet). Have a good night!
Timing is everything....hours and hours of fun can be had if you know when to venture outside. In Canada I had it down to the minute...Aidan's favourite pastime was walking to the tennis court every morning to play with shadows. With a suitcase full of animals and a bag full of snacks, we would make the morning walk down the street to begin the daily ritual of methodically lining all of our animals one by one down the sidelines. After finally achieving the desired arrangement, we would just stand back and take in all the shadows that were created (the rhino was always a sure-bet). A photography session always followed (with my five year old being in charge) and snacks were eaten before we cleared the court and started again. I was quickly reminded of this today as the boys became consumed with the shadows on the driveway...though this time it was less lining up of toys and more seeing how they could "eat each" other without actually touching one another......
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Well, I wasn't going to post this new bunny until after a good nap...but since both boys are currently conjuring up all possible ways to protest theirs, I thought now would be a good time for me. (I am having one of those moments....the boys were up their usual early time, and the sharing room situation can cause some nap distress every now and then, with this being one of those moments)
Anyway, I have started tinkering around with some bunnies, and thought i'd do a quick post to see what you all think. I am hoping to post this tonight in the shop after the boys are in a good deep slumber :)
The sewing machine was given a good rest yesterday as we left town for a much needed day trip to visit some old giraffe friends...after a few hours of non-stop running, riding on a safari, getting a little foot trodden on by a baby cow (which was VERY heavy according to the 5 year old victim), and feeding an exorbitant amount of crackers to the giraffes, everyone went home happy and exhausted. I had to catch up this morning getting a bunch of packages sent out, and am now ready to take a much needed nap. (so boys, you BOTH need to nap for mummy today!)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thank you so much to Alliot in Hong Kong for featuring me on her lovely blog, izakoo. It's such an amazing feeling when you discover that someone from the other side of the world is checking in....just an amazing feeling...
I started mummysam just a few months ago, with some admitted nerves about diving into a very unfamiliar medium (still can't sew a pillow...), and the response from everyone has been so encouraging. After taking a few years off from painting to devote 100% times to my wee boys, I feel like I have finally figured out a balance that allows me to be a mum but at the same time continue an identity as an artist. While the last few years have been full of amazing "firsts" with the boys that I couldn't imagine not being home to be part of, there have been those days where I panicked at the thought of my identity only being defined by the word mum. To go from painting 70 hours a week to letting the brushes collect dust was a huge sacrifice that ,albeit very difficult at times, was the right choice for me. With painting too hard to accomplish in the stage I am with the boys right now, mummysam has given me the flexibility to take advantage of those little unexpected moments during the day and get in a little art.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Oh how I have forgotten how much fun and exhausting the determined independence stage can be.... whether it be the cute moments of him pouring his own milk into his bowl of wheatabix, or the extremely agonizing and patience testing times of him putting his own car seatbelt together (not so much a fan of this one). I sometimes get too caught up in having to get somewhere, and have to remind myself to take a deep breath and just let him take his own time getting the task set out completed....even if that means waiting in the driveway for twenty minutes waiting for him to finally "click" the last piece in without any help from mum....oh to be almost three :)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I couldn't resist making a bunch of "mini" houses, some of which will be going to Renegade Handmade in Chicago and the rest I will start posting in my shop tonight. The houses are starting to pile up in all corners of the house...I best tame it down a bit!
I have just put the boys to bed, and am ready to open a bottle of wine and sew all the bottoms to these houses while I watch something completely unintelligent yet addicting.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I can't seem to stop myself.....I spent all morning cutting out and sewing these outlines for more townhouses. My ADD has an amazing ability to get me zoned in on something like crazy, and then out of nowhere something "shiny" will catch my eye and I'm off on a different project. This may explain the plethora of projects throughout the house that are 99% completed....it's a talent of mine. Somehow I have the amazing ability to paint and entire room yet leave a little section in the corner. I move on with ansyness to the next project convincing myself I will get back to it, and two years later that little corner is still crying out to be touched up. Luckily I have dolls, houses, pillows and prints to bounce between....so we shall see how long this kick lasts before that "shiny object" catches my eye.
Monday, August 11, 2008
things are happening so fast.....I have been so immersed in making houses the past few days for a shop order in Chicago and updating mummysam itself, that I am looking forward to kicking my feet up tonight (please let the boys fall asleep early tonight!) and having a glass of wine while devouring some chocolate mixed with blueberries and walnuts...yum...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
well, I did initially retire for the evening at about 9:30pm....after laying there for a while deciding whether or not to just get myself back up, I decided it would be best to crank up the retroactive music and get crackin' (mainly motivated by the idea that the next day would present very little opportunity to get this idea out of my head and all sewn with two little ones at my side) Several repeats of "'til tuesday'" went by before succesfully finishing this piece. It is based off of a painting I had done several years back, and I was itching to see it converted into felt. I think it turned out well, and plan on posting the piece in my shop along with 5x7" prints of it as well. Let me know if you'd like to see it as a print!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My five year old decided it was time for him to set up his own etsy shop, and this is his first creation. Upon adding the googly eyes as the finishing touch, he decided the piece was ready to be sold. (for $1, or 19 coins.....) After naming his company "wheat boy" (the boy likes his wheat), he is working hard at his first collection. If there is a grandma in Chicago interested in buying, please contact wheat boy via mummysam :)
Monday, August 4, 2008
I have been feverishly working on a couple of dolls to create and photograph for the upcoming cover of a book on doll designers coming out this September. It will be published in Japan, and I started working on these after an amazing e-mail informing me that a mummysam doll will be used for the cover and promotional postcards! They are even printing out life-sized boards of my doll to place in the new release section of the book stores.....I am thrilled beyond words and nervous at the same time. Nigel(pictured above) was sewn as a potential cover contender. I went a bit crazy with the detail on this boy, but I think it was worth the late night :) I will post him in the shop today. Have a good day!
O.K, I was up way too late last night madly sewing up a storm. I had a couple of projects to finish up, as well as this felt play board that I have been anxious to test out. I am really happy with the way it turned out, and am planning on tapping into my childhood years of filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with interior room scenes (I was a bit obsessed back then...and for some reason my rooms were all neat and tidy, yet my sister's were all drawn as messy as possible :) )
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I hope I am not jinxing the situation by bring attention to it, but I can't help myself.....I think(o.k, well more like hope) the boys are finally getting to that next level of play where they are actually able to coexist and play well together for longer than five minutes. After setting up our "train" station, and giving all the teddies and dinos their tickets for the ride to the aquarium, the boys immersed themselves in playing for most of the day. (while I was blissfully in the kitchen drinking a cup of tea and enjoying every slow sip). For so long it seems to be the type of play where intentions start great, then the inablilty for the younger one to grasp the older one's ideas causes a ripple affect of meltdowns and frustrations. The little one is finally "getting it" and thus both are enjoying each other's company. I love setting up the scene and handing it over to see where it takes them. Let me just enjoy this moment until I have officially jinxed it......
Friday, August 1, 2008
An absolutely wonderful site named Bloesem featured my work on their site earlier in the week. I was so excited to hear about it through my friend Rubyellen and couldn't wait to check it out. What a lovely compliment and great encouragement to keep plugging away :)