Monday, January 26, 2009

chairdresser's mannequin

I have this rickety, black ladderback chair that became my muse several years ago. My husband doesn't understand my attachment to this chair, so he puts it in the attic periodically. You can't sit in it, the ash woven seat is broken, the poorly painted black layer exposes the previous layers of paint and it doesn't go with anything else (in his mind).

Rickety chair was adorned in red, rose and pink flannel stitched into serpentine, celosia -like patterns and tousled fringe. Otherwise known as the Strawberry Queen seat and back slip covers, I accessorized it with a little black footstool in a coordinated slip cover (which I couldn't locate to photograph). I featured it at one craft show to inspire people to place orders for Strawberry Queen slip covers for their own chairs, but to my surprise and dismay, people wanted to buy it. I couldn't sell IT with the broken seat and it didn't occur to me then to call it art.

It's NFS, it's my piling station, my photo prop and my muse, and it doesn't belong in the attic, and in preparation for the upcoming red holiday..ta dah!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

still winter

Oh. Yes it's still January. The temperature is going to drop in the next couple of days, after another coating of snow falls. The ground is covered with a combo of ice and slush already. I was compelled to take the camera and the tripod out again to play with the macro option. Getting better.

Now that I've done that I can get back to sewing. Will not be inclined to leave the house, so sewing can be accomplished! Log production resumes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

6 barks

Day 7 of 2009 and I'm finally posting. Happy New Year!

Here's a tour of our trees this morning in the rain. Korean Ash, Pine, Oak, River Birch, the tree I don't know the name of and a ringer--but it works for me.

I took my camera outside and realized I needed the umbrella. Went back in for the umbrella, went back out, took one picture and realized I needed the tripod. Went back in for the tripod and came back out and started shooting to create the tour of trees in our yard. Documenting the significant trees took long enough to freeze my un-gloved button-punching finger, but I'll live. Hooked the camera up to my laptop and viewed the shots. (To discover again that I really have to work on utilizing the macro lens better which I only recently discovered). Cropping and sizing in Photoshop, assembling them into position and calling upon the professional Photoshopper in the household to finalize the file...all took way more time than it would have if I could think of something to write.

But now I have new bark reference for future log creations.