It’s been a long time. A lot has happened since I last posted. A lot happened last year. I lost some friends, lost family members, ended a long-term relationship. Saw a few bands, spent time with the friends I had left, tried to recuperate.

As summer ended and the year wound down, life changed again. I finally learned to knit, (for real this time), made some very important new friends…and then I did something a little bit crazy.

On November 6th, I got on a plane and went to Pennsylvania to see a boy.

Everything went just as well as expected; boy was (is) positively wonderful.

I journeyed back home to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, and then on December 6th, I did it all again.

6/12/12 – By Minnesota, land of 13 thousand lakes.

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20/12/12 Leaving PA

20/12/12 Hello again, Minnesota, land of 13 thousand frozen lakes.

Two months later, the whole deal was settled – I packed up and moved out. About time, right Ma?

whoops? I am so far behind in posting photos, I don’t even think I can be bothered to play catch up posting them all. So I think I will just make a couple posts of the highlights so far, and continue on as per usual.

Let’s start with some art. In fact, let’s start with the book I’m doing the art in. WHICH I MADE ALL BY MYSELF (plus this wonderful, fantastic YouTube tutorial).

boom! my first hand bound book!!! I went with a coptic stitch because 1) it’s easy, 2) I love the exposed spine look, and 3) it always lays flat when opened . I also left the covers plain because I was in too much of a hurry to start binding, I didn’t want to wait to decorate them haha. the yellow thread was the best choice, too, it’s so cheery! color of the year!!

first session in my brand spankin’ new art journal. inspiration came fast and hard from a spread by Frances Pickering (www.frannyp.co.uk/galleries_1.php), and this is what happened. this isn’t the first time I’ve ever embroidered into paper, but the first time I’ve used it so directly into the design. it was more of an experiment that went really well, and I will definitely be doing it again. I’m glad I didn’t get rid of all that cotton embroidery thread I had from when I was younger and used to make bracelets out of. without it I couldn’t have made this book, and I guess I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of it, too!

above: collage from an article out of the January1994 issue of National Geographic. I saw the article and really couldn’t resist.

below: the start of another collage that transformed into a background. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know what I’m going to do; now it’s just a matter of finding the right image.

I haven’t drawn or even sketched in so long it’s almost ridiculous. sitting down to fill in this guy felt great!

the blackout poem on the right is from quite a while ago. it was a page I ripped out of a previous art journal, but then I started reading it and this happened. I couldn’t bear to throw it away, but I didn’t know what to do with it, so I kept it in a folder for a few months. it’s been floating loose around my room for a couple of weeks, and today I knew exactly what to do with it. see ma! being a packrat isn’t so bad all the time!!! sometimes stuff is useless, sometimes stuff makes a person sit down for the first time in almost a year to sketch the first man she’s ever sketched. sometimes, good things really do come from stuff.

the text reads:

a mysterious figure

A tall, intense looking man, with burning eyes, he was as thin as death and seemed worried and tense.

She looked at him now, and he caught her eye. Suddenly, she remembered seeing his photograph in the newspapers.

He looked like a man who had been through hell.

“The whole world has been wondering what happened to you.”

“I have escaed,” he said simply.

That was ominous; it sounded as if the Nazis might still be after him.

A bitter expression cam over his face.

“I did not want to leave my country. But if I had stayed, my work might have contributed to a Nazi victory.”

Her dilemma was resolved.

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Blumen Blumen Blumen. Immer weider schaue ich die Blumen an. I am just so aware of the flowers this year, and I don’t know why. Es regnet weiter, und die Welt explodiert in grün und lila und gelb.

I keep a board on Pinterest called “Inspiring Words”.  It’s full of little quotes and statements meant to inspire on various occasions. And right now, I’m really loving this board. So here’s a post, not just for me, but for anyone who needs to remember these most important things.

Become the wolf

Do more of what makes you happy.

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pooh :)

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Anger, sadness, regret. All the same. Move along.

Move along.

Yes it is...

Quote Dr. Who

A few weeks ago my local library had a viewing of art made by high school students from the district. There was some really amazing stuff there, and I had to snap some pictures of my favorite pieces. Some of this stuff is crazy good! And let me tell you, if I had a disposable income, I seriously would have bought that vase; it was so gorgeous.

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left: “Another War to Fight” by C Mueller, grade 10; ceramic.
right: “Raku Vase” by N Martell, grade 12; ceramic.

top left: Untitled by A Thaemert, grade 11; colored pencil.
bottom left: “Night Song” by A Thaemert; colored pencil and charcoal.
right: “Man of Wire” by T Cofield, grade 12; sculpture.

“never let me go” by P Bovits, grade 10; oil painting.