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Magpie Yarn

illum_the other day I stumbled onto Stacey Budge-Kamison’s work at Urbangypz.com and I was inspired!  My first project on my finished loom was getting irredeemably frogged, so I busted it down and rewarped with colors – fresh from watching Stacey’s work.

Watching art yarn go from scraps of fibers up to a finished piece was so exciting.  But I don’t have a massive fancy fiber stash.  What I have is a moderate stash of really nice acrylics and blends, as well as a lot of Lily cotton, with some miscellaneous fibers in there (wool, cellulose, and silk).  One thing I learned from watching Stacey’s videos was that one doesn’t need super expensive fibers to make exciting yarn.  A great big old duh moment for me! Continue reading “Magpie Yarn”

books, creativity boost, new projects, writing

OOH, new idea…

I might have mentioned that I also write poetry.  I’ve been looking into self publishing, but I’m consistently annoyed with the available options.  Then it hit me – I have a damn mac.  Why am I not just churning this out myself?  It’s well within my capability to produce chapbooks, and to hand-bind them.  I had entertained the idea of doing them by hand (AHAHAHHAHAHHAA.  No, wait.  AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!)  but I have other things to do.

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….I guess this would be a ‘zine technically, but in a very middle class momlady sort of way.

When I’m in doubt on something, especially something creative, I ask myself “what would my wild woman do?”.  My answer today was that she’d cut out all the bullshit and churn some stuff out.  So here we are!  I have a ready-for-prime-time, edited collection of poems, and even photos to put with them.  I’ll be  printing them out (tiny, tiny batches) and most likely stitching them.  When this ready, it’s going on the Etsy.  You’ll be able to order a fresh batch of poems from your favorite wild woman!

Nuts to waiting, nuts to annoying format gremlins and page limits!  I’m doin’ it for myself!  I also started playing with mockups for tiny (and I do mean tiny) covers for blank books.  These would be about 1.5X2.5 and would be perfect for holding whatever it is you need to write really small and take with you.  Wee books of shadows?  Micro grimoires?  Tiny poems?  If you can fit your thought into it, more power to you 😛

 

 

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Recent doings at Haus of Laz

 

So Busy lately!  There’s 3 new goodies up at the shop, so feel free to check ’em out: ladylazarusdesigns.etsy.com.  I have more steampunk, tarot, and reliquaries than I know what do with!  First is this pretty number, with a delicate handmade chain, and a sprinkling of tiny treasures in the “watch” case.  As a bonus, there’s a little bottle of lavender in the chain:

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Then we have the two tarot beauties, from The Lovers and Strength cards respectively:

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Also found a lovely preserved cicada carapace attached to a decoration in my garden.  I saved it carefully and it’s going to be used in  a piece 🙂

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When I got them ready for their photo shoot and posted them to Etsy, I was left a little bored.  I ended up taking a look at my desk and thought I’d show you who keeps me company when I blog.  Below we see Gladys the Gar-gal, and micro-Chibi Ganesh being all cute!

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I’m a big fan of these…

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  So, a friend and I went in on an order of paper fans and parasols earlier this summer.  Now, at nearly the end of the season, I’ve figured out what I want to do with them!  They were plain white until I decided to “gild” them with paint.  That made them lovely, but impossible to close. The paper is like leather with enough coats.  I decided to make that a feature rather than a bug.  These are no longer closeable fans.

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I made a mini pattern so I could make fans of fabric to cover the ribs to deter people from trying to do the impossible and destroying the fan.  Leatherlike or no, they are still delicate.  They’re going to pretty much be art pieces rather than accessories.  When they’re done, they’ll have discreet hooks so they can be hung when not in use.  If I can wrangle it, I’ll attach some sort of handle to them.  That may require some trial and error.  Lucky, I have a bunch of these to play with!

 

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The gold is my favorite, but I’ve started painting some silvers as well.  I experimented with a variety of undercoats, and I’ve found that painting them matte black acrylic first gets the best out of the metallic paint.  I still need a ton of coats to cover the undercoat as well as obscure brushmarks.  I want these to look like they’re gilded and straight out of the early Renaissance!

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Of course, I’m using tarot to decorate some of these.  The Empress is reigning on one fan, backed by burgundy satin.  I’m nearly done with her, but I need an elegant way to hide the rough edges where the bamboo still shows. I want the fan to be useable as a fan, but also to look good from all angles.  Shipping will be…interesting….with these!  Temperance is going on another gold fan, with recycled white silk backing I took from an old lampshade.  Here’s a peek of the angel:

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep checking back – these are going to be a regular on the worktable, and hopefully a hit with LazMart shoppers 😉

cleaning, creativity boost, deities, destash

Destashing for a creative jump start

cropped-p7230012.jpgHi everyone!  Today I feel the need to talk about the crafters best friend: destash. When I first started making jewelry, I saved everything, thinking it’d be more frugal, and also that sifting through the mound of beads and pendants would inspire me.

AHAHAHA, no.  It took a while for this to kick in.  It does not work like that at all!  Well not with me.  My muse has at last informed me that if my workspace is cluttered, I will be blocked in short order.  I will be inordinately tired, and I will either not be able to make a piece, or I will be stuck in a rut, making pieces I’m not actually interested in.

I was there last night, frowning over my beadboard.  It didn’t occur to me until I had already got down on myself about my lack of production and creativity lately.  That just plain sucks, and it’s something we all do, but it’s also something we should recognize and stop in its tracks.

Since I’ve been reading a lot of Brigid history and lore lately, I thought it was time to burn through this all.  Well, not literally – but symbolism is everything!  If this lady’s in charge of smithcraft, beads and baubles can’t be too far behind 😉  Cleaning up the workspace was something I desperately needed.

It really helped to take a good look at all the objects I was keeping.  Were they helping me?  Did I not like them but was I keeping them out of guilt?  Were they tagged for specific pieces?  How realized were my designs for those pieces?  I had done this a couple months ago on a smaller scale which helped me not be so worried.  At the time I did what felt right and thought, “well, I’ll just make another pass”.

Last night was a really good thing for me.  There were things I bought or acquired years ago I’ve never touched, right next to purchases that are barely 2 months old.  That’s not so good!  With some trash TV in the background for noise, I went through each box.  You know those little plastic dealies with the tiny compartments?  Yep, I emptied one completely.  Made a pile on a cutting board in the middle of my desk for keepers, and arranged those in yet another plastic box. Even recycled another container that was looking worse for wear.  The pull-drawers on my windowsill did not escape: they have been cleared out and re-stocked. Less small boxes for me mean less squirreling away, and less acquiring things I don’t have a purpose for.

What this now means is that I have what is probably several pounds of beads and findings which will be freecycled.  It doesn’t look huge, but that’s a lot of beads!!  I’ve already started to toy with a design using things I found in my mission through All the Tupperware.  Hopefully I have to do this less and less as time goes on….