Thursday, November 29, 2007

Swap Love

Yesterday I got my package from the Craftster stocking swap. I was partnered with a wonderful sewer from Pennsylvania. She made me some really fantastic things. Check it out:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Mini Stockings

I made these little cuties for an ornament swap on craftster.

Pattern: Free Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits
Yarn: random scraps from my stash
Needles: US size 3 DPNs
Modifications: I used these instructions to create a pointy elf, style toe on them.

I love making these ornaments because I can use up some of those left over bits of yarn in my stash. Each finished stocking is about 5 inches from cuff to toe.

Little Shell

Monday, November 05, 2007

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Well, we're back home now. We've spent all week unpacking everything and getting settled back in. Since I've been busy, I don't have anything new to post, so here's an old project I made for a sculpture class a few years ago.

It's made from paper, glue and a little bit of thread. The assignment was to create a scale replica of an object using almost entirely paper.

Here's a couple more pics of it.

Friday, September 07, 2007

A Few Daily Drawings

Here's a few 15 minute drawings:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Catching Up.

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the long absence. I've been up to my ears for the last couple months. Matt's family had a reunion at the end of July up at the Russian River. Then, I finished up summer school at the beginning of August and had about a week before I went to visit my relatives on the east coast for ten days. But now I'm back with the rest of the summer off. Woo-hoo!

The reunion was a lot of fun. My Mother-in-law's cousin owns vacation rental properties up at the Russian River (northeast of San Francisco) and let us all stay there for a few days. Andrew, my brother-in-law, has some pics up on his blog here.

Summer school was great. As always it was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. The kids made some really excellent projects but of course I forgot to bring my camera to school to take pics before they all got taken home. But I do have a few pics of my sample projects for y'all.

Here's my fishy bank.

I had the 4-6th graders make animal banks this year. They're a great project and not too difficult. You start by making the basic shape of the body and/or head out of wadded up newspaper. Then you cover it with clay slabs and shape it a bit until you have the general form. Then you add the other parts (ie. arms, legs or in this case, fins). Finally you add the details (eyes, mouth, etc.) and coin slot on top. When you fire it, the newspaper burns down to ash and you can just shake it right out of the coin slot. The kids made some fabulous ones, such as dogs, clams and even a toucan.

My younger kids made wind chimes. They made the base and all the leaves and I strung them together. I'm really happy with the way that theirs' turned out.

On July fourth, a fire was started over near Zaca Lake (northwest and on the other side of the mountains from Santa Barbara). It's been burning ever since. When I last checked, it had burned over 220,000 acres and it's still going. It's been a concern to all of us, especially as evacuation warnings and orders have been made for areas to the north of Santa Barbara, but it seems as though they'll be able to have it contained and extinguished without loosing any lives or (I think) structures. (Yay, firefighters!) The most noticeable effects here, have been the days of smoke covered skies and ash raining all over the city.

Matt had his very first conference presentation a couple weeks ago in Boston. He and his advisor and another researcher published a paper on computer security and worm detection. It was a crazy whirlwind for him because he left here on Sunday, presented Monday, flew out of Boston that same evening, missed his connecting flight in Vegas and flew back Tuesday morning. Don't you just love the airlines?

Later that week, on Friday, my family and I left for Rhode Island for about ten days. It was really great to see everyone. I met a cousin whom I had never met before and we spent a good deal of time chatting with my Grandma and Aunt Robin. We also saw almost all of my mother's brothers, whom I almost never get to see.

We also went to the beach/park, the RISD art museum and the zoo. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip:

On the downside, Friday night (2 days before we came back to SB) I got a message on my cell phone from Matt's dad saying that he got hit by a car riding his Vespa home from work. He seemed ok, but the paramedics wanted to take him to the hospital for tests anyways. So a few hours later I finally got a call from my rather shaky husband. He was sore and scraped up but otherwise fine, thank God. So at this point we're just trying to figure out all the insurance stuff and what to do since the other guy has no license or insurance and doesn't speak english. :-\

So that's been the last couple months of my life. Now I'm settling in to my last month in SB before heading back up to Davis. I'm hoping to spend a lot more time drawing and crafting and possibly reading some art theory.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I'm a busy bee.

So about 2 weeks ago I moved back to Santa Barbara and in with my in-laws for the summer. (Yes, I know. It's definitely not my first choice for a living situation but they are really sweet wonderful people and you can't beat the rent.) So anyways, on Saturday - a week after I got here - I accepted a position teaching summer school ceramics. Between ceramics and the usual web design, I have been too pooped to really make anything blog worthy lately. But to celebrate my summer job, here are some pics of elementary ceramics projects from a few years back. Enjoy!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Workin' 'n Movin'

Things in my arts and crafts world have been put on a bit of a hold for the last couple of week. Matt and I have been slowly preparing to move back to Santa Barbara and I've trying to get as much work as possible done on a client's site before we go. Matt got an internship with a great company in SB and we'll be staying with Matt's parents and sister. It'll be a bit of an adjustment, but it should be fun nonetheless.

So anyways, for the next couple weeks I'll be posting some older stuff, like this print made by my friend, Jenny Day (who, btw, is getting hitched this August. Congratulations, Jenny!!).

Monday, June 04, 2007

Cabled Fingerless Gloves

Here are some pics of my latest fingerless gloves.
Photography by Tanza

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Week in Santa Barbara

Last week, Matt went to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Berekely, so I took the train down to Santa Barbara to visit with family for a few days. On Wednesday, Matt drove down and met me there for the rest of the week. We also took the opportunity to exchange birthday and Mother's Day gifts. We gave James this Threadless tee that he could not stop staring at.

The mom's both got clapotises made by yours truly. Here's my Mom modeling hers.

While I was there, I made a couple of swap items. Tanya got a pair of cabled fingerless gloves that I forgot to take pics of before I sent them off. (Oops! I hope she can send me pics when they get to her!) And I sent this Common Raven off to Elizabeth. It's my first celtic style border. What do you think? (Sorry for the image quality. I didn't have my scanner and I couldn't get the lighting right.)

Image size = approx. 8" x 10"

On Friday, I went to the zoo with my brother, sister, nephew and my husband. We got there just before closing and almost didn't stay. But it turned out great because most of the animals were out and moving around, waiting to be fed and put away for the night.

The Santa Barbara Zoo recently got a bunch of penguins. They're adorable! I just love penguins.

We also spent a little time on the playground before leaving.