3.07.2012

Scheduler Remake

Here's my planner::




I like the looks of it inside, but it's way plain for my tastes on the outside. I thought I might get some kind of scrapbooking sticker to decorate the front, but then I was in a big hurry and didn't have time to really search.


I grabbed a bunch of sparkly ones because with the swirly and lace, I figured maybe there was something I could do with it. In the end, I'm not actually in love with it. But little rhinestones like that will fall off left and right so I figure I'll just recover it in a few weeks anyway and maybe by then I'll have a better idea.


Howeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever.... The inside rocks, I think! I got a few handy mini materials so I don't have to dig around in my bag for something to write with.

Because I had already spent a lot of money on supplies (that colored pencil set was 9$! As much as the planner was in the first place!) I didn't want to spend more money on fancy mounting supplies. I was trying to think of a low cost, fast way to to it without just tucking them in there all loose but that wouldn't be permanent. I found some Command Strips in the closet and thought, well, why the hell not?

Without any idea how to mount tiny pencils, I tried a piece of sticky putty like you can use to attach posters or whatnot to the walls and made a thick pad to bury the pencils in. Putting something sticky on top of something sticky felt a little Xzibit too, so that was fun. : D The pencils hold well, but you can still peel them out without residue and without the putty losing shape.


I LOVE the tiny pencil sharpener and eraser in the pencil set! I'm sure the tiny pencils will fit in the sharpener too. n...n And little llama post its. XD Rad. Although you maybe can't see, the little black pencils have a bright green Swarovski crystal on the end where an eraser might normally go. NAICE.

I just love all the tiny sized, super convenient stuff. And the fact that I didn't have to sew cases or pockets when I really wasn't in the mood is the best part. It was probably the quickest customization I've ever done. I'll either have to find a place to attach an ID and debit or sew a little wristlet bag to dump the scheduler in. Something like that.





On a side note, when my sister is in town, she takes the lead on dressing Flora.


I think it's a nice one. : D


And here's my sis. I think you can see the style inspiration. n...n


And finally...


I have been collecting some little bits of things to make a bird cage with. I think it'll be my next project.

3.02.2012

Pysanky Eggs 2012

I tried Pysanky eggs last year with enough success that at least they didn't blow up. Since I still had all of my supplies, I thought I'd see if the dyes were still good. They'd been capped in canning jars and although two or three had a weird scum in them, basically they still worked. I just drug a paper towel through the odd jars and they came out easily and still had a good color to them. (Damn, I'm classy!) Not bad for one dollar dyes.


So, after scoping the internet for a design to try (I'm still terrified of trying a geometric design x...x) I found this poppy design from a place called Living In Season.

I was not terrified! : D




The dyes (I linked a place to buy them above- although if you're in Seattle area you can get them at the University Bookstore.) are really, really, REALLY intense. And, when in powder form, they're even scarier.


In fact, as an example, after I made the four new colors I had this year, the counter looked okay but I knew it wouldn't be...


After running a rag over it, it picked up all the fine powder particles that would have ended up on peoples' hands, dishes, and who knows what else. People will be pissed if you accidentally dye them with egg powder. So my lesson learned has been to wipe -everything- at least twice when dying eggs or making dye. Even if it looks clean, do it twice anyway.


Even the scissors, which looked totally clean, had this on the fine edges of the blades.



The colored bottles would look really neat to do 'pretty photography' with, but I was shooting this at 10pm and there isn't enough light for creative photography in that type of situation. We have houseguests and all that so I just wanted to wait until everyone was in bed before taking up the whole table. A lot of my art is going on late at night which is fine for actually doing art, but doesn't mesh with the 'How To Be a Sweet-Ass Blogger: Taking amazing photos' handbook. Whatevs.

....This is really a crap load of supplies just for one egg. : D



So as I mentioned in last year's post, there's the super cheap kistka (Shown far right) which I don't feel heats or pours the wax well. For not much more (around 3$) you can get the plastic handled ones with the metal cups and varying sizes of tip and they rock way harder.


You can see the difference in control from my example egg- which I always make to remind me of which kistka makes which line. The evil funnel kistka totally wastes your time and makes sloppy lines x...x Not to mention it has a wood handle and I'm afraid I'm going to catch it on fire all the time.



So anywho, here I am doing my egg... minding my own business... it's probably 10.30pm at this point when my kid wakes up (or rather lets me know she NEVER even bothered sleeping cause she's a punk.)


I figure maybe if I let her do one, after it she'll be more apt to sleep. After she got the gist, I just let her have it and to choose her own dyes. Though I did have to encourage her a lighter color when her first choice was green. She chose yellow, pink, and black but I had to sweet talk her into blue because I was still cleaning the black dye.


Even though I carefully supervised her and helped her get the egg into the dyes and made sure she didn't hold the kistka in the flame too long, she basically did it all herself. Admittedly I was pretty proud when she found the wax wasn't coming out and she heated the cup again and returned to work. ;....;


I think that if she took that well to doing the Pysanky eggs, then when we dye the hunting Easter-game eggs she might really love it. It's nice when kids get to the age that you can see them understanding what's going on and actually enjoying it, I think.



Anyway, after her egg, I managed to get her to agree to sleep, as long as she got to do it under the computer desk. Whatevs. : \  I progress!



Oh yeah. I live dangerously : D
 


So, in case anyone's not clear on how Pysanky works, it's like batik. (Or so I hear. Batik is still on my list to try.) You start with your base color- white of the egg or an initial dye- and then you apply wax in areas you'd like to stay white and dye it. I've added additional lines on this egg once it was yellow (from above when it was white) so that when I dye the next color, some yellow will be spared. You continue in that way.


In between the yellow and red I did light green, coloring in the leaves and other green areas with wax before dying red. Then I'll color in the red poppy petals and dye the whole thing black to finish it. You just need to work light to dark, obvs.



After the final dye, you hold the egg in front of a flame and then wipe the melted wax off. From the first wipe I realised I probably should have ignored the example egg I was looking at and lined the green with yellow and lined the red with orange. But it's too late.
 
At least in my experience if you make someone an egg, even if the colors aren't what you'd do next time, they're usually just happy for the thought. So it's not like I'll toss this one or anything.



After the dying and cleaning you varnish the egg, then drill them and empty them (or be brave like Ukrainian badasses and leave the egg natural and wait for it to dry out over a few years and hope that shit doesn't explode.) 




Our eggs are done! I'd like to keep practicing them- not only so I can give them to my friends (the poppy egg is going to be for my neighbor) but because I think it would be nice to make a video about them. Last year that I looked there weren't a ton of videos on YouTube on the topic.


Next I have to suck it up and try one of those geometric eggs and just take a deep breath and not panic. I'm sure all it takes is patience and attention to detail.