Friday, December 18, 2009

the week before christmas

wedding anniversary flowers, with lovely lily smells; pretty handmade christmas packages; newly sewn ornaments made from screen prints done earlier this year, along with the satisfaction that i finally tried the sewing machine for the first time!

winter garden

this morning i did some seasonal clean up in the gardens and found two surprises. the first was something i pulled out of the ground...appears to be leeks but i've no idea how they grew there or what they really are. the second was this little snake, already dead when i saw it glistening iridescent in the sun. i've been fascinated with snakes since i was pretty small. i can remember once riding my bike down our long driveway in the country, and i came upon what to me looked like a rather big snake with a pretty belly, dead but stretched out on the thick railroad ties that lined the drive, left there by my dad. it scared my pants off, but i think i may have settled down a bit once i realized i could look at it closely and it wouldn't move. and now i still like to look close at these guys if i can...they are so amazing.

Friday, December 11, 2009

art conspiracy 5

took these pics at the art con install this morning. it's an event that makes me happy for many reasons, one of which is the charity it benefits...because what my piece sold for last year (and hopefully will this year) is way more than i could just hand over to a charity in cash. plus, this is way more fun.

since i don't get a chance to produce work regularly, it's always especially challenging for me to create it in this live context where i only have about 2 hours. this piece works better up close i think..and of course involves paper since i am a paper nerd. it's inspiring for me to do this (the second year in a row) and meet tons of other local artists of all kinds, and also makes me self conscious, just a little. i come away encouraged to carve out more time for myself to make art. it's an outlet i don't currently really have due to lack of space/a garage studio, but dream of every day.

Monday, December 7, 2009

paper stars

i've been cranking these pretties out over the past couple of weeks...the number is near 100 now, all with loops ready for hanging. it's rather addictive.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

snow surprise!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

hello again

i've been slacking on the blog because of work and the recent holiday, and because i've felt too pressured to have something really neat to post. so here are some pictures from my thanksgiving. more posts to come sooner rather than later, promise.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

up and coming

below are details of a large drawing we have in the studio by an artist named lawrence lee. he is currently a grad student at my dream school.

word search

best recent search words that brought up this blog (i know this because my stats tell me): "where to buy fuzzy face moustaches". that's funny. can't get them here, but it did remind me of this screen print shannon recently made. it was pointed out that it also looks like the face (hair to mustache to beard, or tie) of a barbershop quartet guy. can you see it?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

what a treat

here are some detail shots of wallpaper we looked at in this house. there are two panels, about 10 x 22 feet each, of chinese wallpaper elaborately detailing flora and fauna. very pretty...but the view from the patio was spectacular.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

come get your craft on

unless we get some support, paper nerds may die a slow death like so many other things in this economy. i have no doubt it would eventually rise from the dead, but the current lag is so disheartening. the last workshop was canceled due to lack of interest/bad scheduling/whatever. we only have one person signed up for the next super rad workshop on the 15th of this month, which is gocco printing- and classes with only one or two people signed up get canceled too. we realize money is tight, but we try to offer classes at a really fair price...and in this age of DIY, our classes are a perfect way to come away with lots of gifts for very little money. so come on folks, please think about attending, or spread the word to your friends. isn't supporting local craft and community worth giving up this month's mani pedi? come attend a workshop soon. we promise you'll have a blast. if you can't attend or aren't interested, write and tell us why- we are always open to suggestions. and thanks:)

Monday, November 2, 2009

new visuals

below are details of objects i wrote estimates for today. obviously, we get a huge variety of things through here. my favorite of this batch is the historical document (not a big surprise if you know me), which is very fragile and covered with brittle silk. it used to be a common treatment to adhere silk to both sides of documents with paste to stabilize them. i think this one was also dipped in wax before it was silked as well, so the reversal should be interesting. notice the signature.

Monday, October 26, 2009

love your guts

a couple of weeks ago, my car blew a head gasket. ouchie. but i love my car, and we didn't really have the option to do anything but fix her, with the help of some very nice friends...ironically, friends that are also named david, and their glorious wives of course. one david and his wife let us borrow their second car so we wouldn't have to rent one while we are fixing suzie (the very unoriginal name of my car, being an isuzu). another brilliant david volunteered to do the work.

so i ordered the parts and we started work this past saturday. it's slow going and she's a bitch of a many things had to come out in order to get the head out of there - so many things that now i know the name of! the pics below are suzie's parts just a couple of hours into the job...currently she looks far more gutted than this. we're waiting on the rain to go away before we can continue work, since the car is stuck in our driveway. fingers crossed she's done in a few more days, and runs a couple more years. and cheers to exceptional friends!

Friday, October 23, 2009

baking on a whim

i'm not really much of a baker. i'm trying to learn, but a cook is not always a baker. yesterday i noticed i had everything i needed to make homemade apple pie, so i made one. it's getting to be "autumn" now here in texas, and the weather sort of called for the smell of apple pie in the house. we bought some vanilla ice cream to go with it (an obvious must), and cut open the pie last night while it was still warm. yum. yes, i've tried cheese on my apple pie, and i've tried chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla at someone's suggestion. but warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream is the best. and crust made with shortening:)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

paper lanterns

paper nerds is having a paper lanterns workshop on sunday october 25 at 1 PM. the lanterns below will be made, along with some other shapes and types of paper lanterns, with and without twinkle lights. just in time for fall parties! sign up today, only $40.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

observer best of issue

paper nerds got a mention in the dallas observer, week before last. hooray! hopefully it makes for a busy holiday season for us. i know, we seriously need to update the blog. we've just planned our schedule for next year, and have some great upcoming workshops this fall, so check back with us soon. and look for new pictures this week.

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