Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wohoo! New Arrival!

It's here!
My lovely new laptop has arrived!
I spent half of the day yesterday and most of today loading up software and files so I can get myself up and running again. It is so exciting because it is ridiculously faster than my old desktop.
I have a bunch of photos to take so I can start to post my latest works, so hopefully i can get started on all that tomorrow. For the moment, here is a picture of an absolutely darling tutu I made for a lovely woman in Australia, and my kitty Ringo decided to ham it up and pose in the photo as well!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Whew! Where did November Go?

I can't believe Thanksgiving is just two days away!
What happened to November??

My new laptop has not arrived yet-I am seriously bummed and irritated because i have tons of stuff i need to do and no computer to do it with. ETA is the 30th so here's hoping!

I have progressed a bit on the workroom rennovation in the mean time. I bought a giant bookshelf and filed away my supply stashes in neat boxes, so things are starting to shape up a bit. In the process i realized i had way more fabric than i thought i did, so a lot of it is still in piles all over the place. I was able to straighen up a lot though, and moved my main work table to the side so now most of the floor is open. I found a ton of little project that i started and never finished, so i am working on clearing some of them out of the way to make more space. Sad to say, i had to throw away the Giant Daffodils that Ate Philly. I just don't have the space, so i am trying not to regret it too much.

I am also going through my clothes to alter and update to go along with the 24 pounds i have lost in the past few months. Yay Weight Watchers! I still have a long way to go, but i am thrilled with my progress so I guess that is what counts!

I have been working on a few new projects here and there, including a brand new wire crown or two, but at the moment I am trying to concentrate on Christmas presents for family and friends. So new pictures will be available once my new 'puter arrives!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Oh there is a desk under that pile of paper....

New computer is on the way!
This is my first laptop so I am excited to investigate my new desk freedom.

Incidentally, this incident has made me realize what a god-awful mess my desk is. Really, it is overwhelming. I have boxed up all my Matrix figures (*sigh* all three movies worth) and they are now living in storage. I also boxed up a few years worth of magazines and pulled out all the circulars to paw thru at a later date for clothing/costume ideas. I will probably box up the rest and re-set up my desk to accommodate the new computer/docking station (since I still want to use my lovely monitor). I was also thinking about getting rid of my battered sewing desk, moving my sewing machine and serger to my main desk and getting a giant set of shelves so I can store my supplies/paperwork, etc. I will have to take some measurements for that, but I had my eye on a nifty set of shelf's at ikea that might do the trick.

I also need to get rid of some of my old art projects from college. I threw away my lovely old piece "Bury the Hatchet" which was a men's suit jacket in black that I stretched over an old canvas with wire shot up the arms to keep them outstretched and a axe sticking out of the back i made from aluminum flashing along with a giant splattered blood stain made from polyester casting resin with red glitter suspended in it. I already dismantled and threw away one of my bride sculptures and my black widow dress. I am keeping the "Shotgun Wedding" dress for now, although that may change depending on space. I am however seriously considering getting rid of my Killer Daffodils of Philly painting, since it is a serious space hog. it is about 4'x4' and it has three massive screen and wire daffodils careening out of the frame over a silhouette of the Philly skyline. It is hanging over my sewing desk, and would have to go if I went with the shelf idea. I don't know, I just hate parting with it since it took so long to make. I would not say it was one of my best pieces, but maybe i could do some work to it to make it a bit better...

I am way to embarrassed about the state of my work room to show any pictures right now, but maybe I will post some after all the moving is done.

In other news, I went to the Geminara Rock and Gem show on Saturday in Exton, and spent way too much money on fun rocks, minerals and gems for jewelry making supplies. I have so many new fun ideas, I just wish I had time to do something with them!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Epic FAIL!

My computer died a sad and final death last night.
I knew it was on it's way out, but I was hoping it would last a little longer-like until I picked out and purchased a replacement. Oh well, I am grateful for the 5 years of service despite the plagues of two failed hard drives, two burnt out power supplies and a busted video card, and the inability for the system to recognize my scanner no matter what I did to it. Fortunately, I had most everything saved to a second hard drive so the only thing I may have lost with this motherboard meltdown was some emails.

SO now I am shopping for a new laptop!
I am very excited about the space saving potential (and if you saw how crowded my work room is, you would be exited for me too) and portability. Not to mention having a processer that does not start screaming when I try to run photoshop!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Deviously Planning

Soooooo, there went October!!!
This was a most amazing Halloween season for me, and I would like to thank all my wonderful customers for their love and support. I lost count of how many wings I made for custom orders, which was just overwhelming for me that so many people wanted to wear my creations.
Thanks so much!

I took the day off yesterday to recouperate, and in a day or to I will hopefully have some pictures to show you so I can tell you about MY halloween (which was awesome despite the rain!).

For now, I am turning my concentration to my AMY BROWN FAIRY COLLECTION, and a potential show I may do in December.
More to come!