I think I have finally settled into a routine back at home. I get to weave every day! It feels nice to return to a regular rhythm in my art studio and at home with my family. The only other big project from the week was to wash a pail full of rusty things. Jim says I’m the only person he knows that washes rusty stuff. I found some of my treasures in Champaign, Illinois, on our trip home from the Madison show. Champaign isn’t as meticulous at keeping all their roads as spotless as Bloomington does.
We discovered a secret gravel alleyway close to Papa Del’s where we found some great rusty things all over the road, including a rusty caster from a chair. When I got home, I also discovered a use for the boys’ jeans that are blown out at the knees and are no longer wearable (that’s my opinion, anyway). They make great drying pads for clean, rusty things! Who knew! Anyway, the rusty pieces will be for a new piece that features a crocus emerging from the rusty ground. I have an orange, needle-felted crocus in hand from an earlier project, so I’m hoping I can bring a piece similar to ‘Spring Treasures’ together pretty quickly.
As I described last week, I had a terrific summer season that depleted me of my finished weavings. That translates into a need to make new pieces for the upcoming Fourth Street Festival. That’s my last summer art fair of the season, held over the Labor Day weekend. I felt very comfortable making some new birch pieces that feature water as I worked in the cool July air. How often do I ever get to report that! I found several yarns that are really good for making sparkly water, which is a nice shade of blue with sparkly material incorporated into it. I found it on our trip to Madison at the Knitting Tree. The owner saw my work at the show and offered for me to come in to scour her place for yarns that might work in my pieces. The previous owner had purchased a lot of novelty yarns, so there was quite a selection to look through. While I mostly use reclaimed and recycled materials and dye and overdye a lot of my own yarns, sometimes I need small amounts of materials to create a specific effect, like sun on the water.
I’m really pleased with how the water on my latest piece turned out. The whole thing came together came together pretty quickly because I had some birch trunks left over from a day-long birch wrapping fest earlier in the year.
My family life has been pretty full too, since the boys don’t go back to school until next Wednesday, August 7th. Last night we went to the Monroe County Fair to see the pigs and rabbits, and I got my annual elephant ear. I had to go through several rounds of “No, we are not getting a pet bunny!” and “Yes, they are very cute!” Not always in that order, but you get the idea. It has been a week of birthday parties, trips to the pool, and zip lining at eXplore Brown County.
We had an amazing day in the park, with 75 degree weather and sunny, with a gentle breeze to keep it perfect. We had the option to do one run backwards, free-falling off into oblivion. That was quite a rush. We zipped over lakes and threw in stones. The people who ran the lines were friendly and fun, making it a very pleasant day.
We went to the farmer’s market before going to Bollywood at Panache Dance Studio on Saturday morning, and I got pretty excited when Jim bought a big batch (three quarts) of perfectly ripe blackberries. Unfortunately, he put them in the freezer for a winter pie. Ouch! Oh, and the last big news—I bought a trailer to haul my stuff to art fairs each year. Grandma snooped it out for us in Bay City, and it’s just what I need. We were planning on buying a used trailer in rough shape so we could personalize it with our own graffiti, but this one is very classy. Hmmm. Did I say I didn’t get a pie?
Until next week,