Saturday, March 29, 2008

A fun end of the month. March was busy!

Hi! If you are a subscriber, I hope that you did not mind the wait! HAPPY SPRING!
I am happy to share some of what has been going on here lately.
Adding in a few pictures here and there for fun.

Knitting again this week after a long break.
I knitted the above from embroidery wool that I tied together. All of the pictures in this post are courtesy of a cell phone.
So that explains the noticeable graininess and lack of clarity.

That heart shape at the tip of the nose makes me laugh.

Some wear theirs on their sleeve! Mine is right there in front of my face!

Must be the Venusian in me.

I took these pics of myself back in 2007 during a ride through the lower east side. (Manhattan NYC). DH's new car was so rudely taken the end of Feb. and found last week- totally stripped down. So that ends the chapter of owning a sports car.

Personally I am glad that it is gone. As nice as it was, I did not enjoy having such a luxury item parked out on the street.

Sadly though, the lucky ducks who committed the grand theft, now have or have disposed of hundreds of dollars of personal property and some sentimental items. Things can be replaced.

Life goes on.

I joined a Spring swap hosted by Heather S. B. and although I have not yet taken pictures of everything that I got, I did take pictures of two of the pieces on display. The little duckie was made by "Speckled Egg" it is sitting on the top of the letter "I" in imagine pictured below.

I LOVE IT! I will post the link to the artists' sites next weekend if I can.

(((The "Margie" card is for Margaret Fenney. I etched a piece of copper for her last week and inked out her name on a piece of matboard for fun. She got me started in the art form of etching.)))

And then there is the little tri flag banner draped from my Hotel de ville de Paris chalk board/clock.

The two roly poly characters on either end are vintage/antique German blown glass. LOVE them!

I FINALLY got a new sewing machine!


I had to give up a *lot* of extras in my life to afford it right now, but it is so worth it!

This is a very good thing!

Alma if you are reading this, I got the free form foot, so I can doodle!
The past week has been pretty good.

To be sure, ETSY will be seeing more of me in April and May and I hope you will enjoy seeing what I make!

DH bought me a beautiful bouquet of long stems- yellow roses with a sunset trim on the outer petals. SO LOVELY and they smell SO luscious! I trimmed the stems down and arranged them in a glass.

Here he is standing still for me in the cold as I snap the picture taken today. We had a fun time playing each other at Mrs. PacMan which we both played a lot of when we were a LOT younger! Like 26 years ago! A local spot that has had a race car arcade game of one style or another for the last 10 years replaced it for the relic.

There were several glitches in the game that added moments of surprise and prompts for a good laugh!
After that we walked up to the factory to collect rusty bezels for Sue.

Right now I am listening to music from the 20s and 30s. The lyrics are hilarious. At the moment an orchestral piece called Hallelujah I'm a Bum Again is playing -1932 the Al Jolson version. The music from that era is just beautiful. The tunes are catchy, fun, light, bouncy and airy!

I love listening to 90.7 FM.

SO! I signed up for the Gleaner zine swap with my zine friend Christi Miller of Material Zine fame.

ONLY FOR HER! (ONLY for you Christi)

I am in the process of designing a mini zine so that she can swap them out.
I have no interest in the swap at this time otherwise, as I am backlogged as it is... I think I just want one of hers badly enough!

If you are into zines, hers are fun to watch for.

Below, are two pictures taken through a chain link fence at the factory where I dig for the rusty bezels.

Technically, I bring a dowel and poke through the gate and drag out rusty bits. Some of them are actually in the dirt (off to the side from what you see in the pictures) so I do dig them out.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much FUN working with these rusty and tarnished bezels is! Don't worry, I know what I am doing and I do not handle the pieces without treating them and sealing them first.

The trades that I have gotten for them are amazing.

Mija Marie sent me a gorgeous assortment of goodies that I have stashed away to use in the warmer weather out doors.

Pati Woodard just traded me one of her cool sterling silver soda cap bracelets.

I will post pictures at a later date.
If you are interested in trading for some, let me know!

It is not easy to glean these pieces through the gate with a dowel in usable shape as many are bent and flattened so it takes me several weeks to collect a good 40 of them. Still trying to find an easier way of collecting them. The rotweiler, factory guard dog, is my friend so he leaves me alone when I am there poking through the fence.

If you want a lot, you will have to be prepared to wait a while for them.

They are not for sale, only trades.




Connie said...

Wow Amber- your honey is WAY cute!
you sure had a busy March!......
those bezels are way way cool. i have been experimenting with different types of resin. Surfboard UV resin is not good. UV gel resin is good. so is 2 part resin.....,but fumes are not good, so don't you try them!
let m e know what type of things to send you for trade!

sue simpson said...

Hi Amber...I'm so sorry to hear about your car. I have been thinking about you often. I have put together a box of goodies for you. I hope there is something there you can use. I will mail them out this Thursday. Have a great week!


Linda Lynch said...

Oh Amber, I just love reading your blog~ You make me smile......
Can't wait to see what you do with your sewing machine.

Kelly Snelling said...

i'd love to make something to trade with you for some bezels, amber dawn. i'd also love to be there with you digging in the dirt. that sounds like a load of fun to me!

carylsrealm said...

Wow! So much to look at!
Your flowers are gorgeous and that little chickie is darling! :)

Christi said...

Aaw, I'm so glad you joined the swap! :) I've gone insane and decided to hand-stitch my zine covers. 4 words: beaded three-dimensional polka dots. Yeah, totally bonkers! :)

suzi finer said...

(and I just have a big 'ol ball on the tip of my nose...!!!)

P.A. GIbbons said...

Hi Amber; ah, so the car was found. So sad.

I too want a sports car, but I live in a place where it would not be as likely to be stolen. But I am not getting one...I don't have the $ and it would be too frivolous.

Happy Birthday, enjoy your sewing machine...I did not see if you wrote what kind it was?

xxpootie mcgee

Saints and Sinners said...

oh love them!! I want to trade, I want to trade!!!!!!!please oh please!!!!!

I have tons and tons and tons of stuff, so just tell me what you like and I'll let you know what I have!!!

Heather Elizabeth Brauner said...

You wild Bezel hunter ! Cool rusty stuff. Free motion sewing is so much fun Enjoy . So I'm not the only one who thinks your man is WAY CUTE (wink Wink)...Too bad about your car..See ya Soon Heather.