The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

— Richard Bach

Some Things I Like and Some Defense

I’m going to start with the defense.

It was suggested to me by a certain someone that my last post was not so good, that in it I devalue the work of my friend and client, Christopher Lord. This was not my intent.

I think it is very common for artists of all sorts to be their own worst critics. I don’t see how we can be any different. What do we have to aim for if our work is always perfect?  How can we hope to improve if we think our work always great? I hope that the art I create is never great, for I think that must mean I’d be ready to die — or at least lead a very boring and unproductive existence with little to look forward to.

In calling my last two things “Not My Favorite,” I was neither commenting on Christopher’s taste nor his work. Nor was I saying that the Things were abysmal failures and signs that I should donate my crayons and pencils to the local preschool, and stick to coding database-driven websites. I was simply saying that the two drawings are not my favorites.  Surely even the unnamed can agree that not ALL of my drawings can be my favorites.

That being said, here I present for you Things 34 through 38.  These ARE some of my favorite things.

Thing 34 is a map of Dickens Square in Dickens Junction. Like Things 32 and 33, you will find this Thing in The Christmas Carol Murders by Christopher Lord (which I love, by the way).

Map of Dickens Square

Thing 34

Things 35, 36, 37 and 38, are part of a map that will eventually be posted here and on DickensJunction.com. The map may or may not be included in The Edwin Drood Murders (book two in the Dickens Junction series).

Thing 35 is a drawing of the front of the Hotel Elliott in Astoria, Oregon.  I had hoped to do more drawings of the hotel, but the staff seemed reluctant to let me look around and take photos. I guess I am a shady-looking character and the hotel has all the press it needs!

Thing 35

Thing 35

Thing 36 is a view of Dickens Square.

Thing 36

Thing 36

Thing 37 is the entrance to Pioneer Cemetery in Astoria, Oregon.

Thing 37

Thing 37

Thing 38 is the Astoria Column in, that’s right, Astoria, Oregon.

Thing 38

Thing 38

Well, those are some Things that I like.  Hopefully, they will not be the last of their kind.  And maybe, just maybe, some day I will look back at these and say, “Those are NOT my favorite Things;” because by then my Things will be ever so much better (I really wanted to write “ever so much more better,” but I thought that might be going too far) as to make these seem quite ghastly.

It’s Not My Favorite Thing

Thing #32 is another drawing for The Christmas Carol Murders by Christopher Lord.

It is not my favorite thing.

Scene from The Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #32

I have learned that when you are doing “work for hire,” you have to let go of some of your own ideas.  And that’s okay.  Christopher loves the drawing (and I adore Christopher) and that is all that matters.

You know, while I’m here, I might as well get the last “not my favorite” drawing out of the way, too.

Scene from The Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #33

I don’t think I need to tell you why these aren’t my favorite drawings (or that I am being kind by describing them that way). I prefer instead to just move on.  So, sometime in the next few days, I’ll post the first of several maps — which IS one of my favorites.

Catching Up With Things

I have many things to share.  Some need to be photographed, some were given away before making into the Hall of Things; as for others, well, they give a new meaning to the word stink…

Thing 28 is a sample drawing I provided Christopher Lord when I began working with him on illustrations for his series of cozy mysteries.

Drawing for The Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #28

Thing 29 is sample drawing #2.

Drawing for the Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #29

Thing 30 is draft 1.

Drawing for the Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #30

Thing 31 is the final drawing. A black and white version appears in the book The Christmas Carol Murders.

Drawing for the Christmas Carol Murders

Thing #31

Stay tuned for more Things…  I’m going to try to be a good girl and post more drawings from the book, as well as, some maps from the Dickens Junction website.

Clearly I’m Not Meant for Blogging

Hello faithful reader, my one, faithful reader — Neil? Are you there?

Lest anyone think I have given up on my 100 things, let me set the record straight right here and now.  I’ve been making some _______ , I have. I’ve made so many necklaces and bracelets that I neeedd to make a hanger for these items; I’ve made more potholders than a Brownie Troop can shake a stick at; I’ve converted Neil’s old t-shirts into fitted shirts, skirts and headbands; I’ve crocheted still more fruits and vegetables; I’ve crocheted a set of nesting bowls; I made Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed masks, drink tags, and a sleep mask for my cousin’s bridal shower; I’ve drawn pictures.  The list goes on and on — and I won’t even tell you about the projects I’ve only started… I’ve even redesigned my Detroit History website (please don’t ask about my business site…sad, very sad).

I will post some of these “things” (SURE I will!).  But for now, I wanted to share with you the first photo of the advanced reader copies of my client Christopher Lord’s book, The Christmas Carol Murders. The book features my very own drawings (including the heart-shaped plum pudding on the cover below).

The Christmas Carol Murders

The Christmas Carol Murders

The book will be available in stores on September 25, 2012 — which happens to be my BFF’s 40th birthday (woot to Libby!).

Happy things!

Negligent Blogicide

It’s been a long time.  Are you still here?  I’m so glad that you stuck around.  I’ve been busy — and I know that’s no excuse.  I am sorry to have neglected you.  I promise to be better.

I’ve made Things — I have a back-log (back-blog?) of Things to post.  I have a new prospect that is exciting.  I’m likely to be illustrating a series of murder mystery novels (the first is due out in October and I’ll keep you posted…).

In the meantime, I finished a drawing for my Twitter profile and I’m calling it Thing 27.

Twitter Me This...

Thing #16: Fail or Yarn BOMB

My first real attempt at yarn bombing, um, bombed.  It was poor planning on my part.  I chose the wrong day, the wrong time.  Ah well, live, learn, try again…  😉

I did get a photo before the nice security boys told me I couldn’t leave my “art” on the sculpture.

I guess I’m not very good at “covert.”

Bombed Yarn Bomb

Bombed Yarn Bomb

On a positive note, I think I got my over-ambitious yarn-bombing desire out of my system.  The next effort will not be as time-consuming. And, hopefully, I can get back on track with the rest of my 100 Things.

And…

The cats seem to like the bombed yarn remains (what does a girl do with a knitted and crocheted umbrella cover???).

Franklin and Sashi like the "Bomb"

Franklin and Sashi like the "Bomb"

Thing 27: Wedding Tree Poster

Thing 27 is a wedding tree poster for my cousin Katie.

Thing 27: Katie's Wedding Tree

Thing 27: Katie's Wedding Tree

Things 22-26: Crocheting Around Things

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted, but it’s not because I haven’t been busy making Things.  I’ve made necklaces, bracelets, a digital poster, and more.  But I’ve not had a chance to post my latest Things.

Things 22-26 are little things I’ve crocheted around.  I posted a tutorial for the rectangular cameo in case you want to try this at home. I’ll be posting more tutorials soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these little Things…

 

Thing #22

Thing #22

Things 23, 24 and 25

Things 23, 24 and 25

Thing 23 is in the upper left corner of the photo above.  It’s out of focus.  It’s a chunk of amethyst.  Thing 24 is along the left edge of the photo.  It’s a button. Thing 25 is the tumbled amethyst “rock” to the right of the little blue nugget.

Things 26 and 22

Things 26 and 22

 

Terrible Things

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with other Things lately.  A friend was in a bad car accident and remains in a partial coma after more than 3 weeks (as does his fiance); and another friend’s child is severely ill (HLH, VOD, Typhoidal Tularemia, etc — from healthy to very sick very quickly).

I’m considering opening an Etsy.com store to sell some “things” to help raise money to pay the latter’s hospital bills.  Will I find the time between the secret Thing 16, work, and other Things?

I listened to a webinar today about social networking and learned that you don’t like to hear about negative stuff. So, enough of that.

Here are a couple of shiny new things (#21 and #22)…

Ghanaian Powder Glass Beads and Ribbon

Ghanaian Powder Glass Beads and Ribbon

Starting Thing 21

Starting Thing 21

Thing #21, along with far older Things and Things somebody else made

Thing #21, along with far older Things and Things somebody else made

 

 

Things #19 and #20: Bracelets and Revelation

Things #19 and #20 are bracelets made from very old linen, beads from a vintage necklace, and memory wire. This time, I’ve decided to share the love via a tutorial.  I stuck the tutorial on the Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose portion of Fates’ Guild as I reused old items that didn’t seem long for this world.

Things #19 and #20

Things #19 and #20

As for the revelation…

Damn-it, I’m a crafts-girl and that’s all there is to it.  I started this blog in the hopes of breaking creative block of the artistic — not artisan or crafts-girl — nature.  I wanted to make more art and less craft.  Well, the creative block part is pretty much gone, my head is full of so many ideas that I have a hard time working on my *real* work (like, now, for instance).  Alas, the ideas are more “craft” than art — or are they?  Who am I, really, to weigh in on such a lofty debate anyway?  I can barely wrap my brain around walking from point A to point B, I’m certainly not prepared to argue a philosophical issue.

The fact is, I like creating all kinds of stuff — and I know some craftspeople who have more “artist” in their little fingers than some so-called “fine” or “high” artists.  I’ve seen lamps that are more “art” than some of the paintings and sculptures I see in galleries these days. So, I am proudly sticking the finger to those who might poo-poo crafts.  That’s right, to those who say I can’t be an artist because I crocheted a carrot, I say F*** you (with love, of course)!

XOXO