Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Bit of This, A Bit of That

Two weeks ago, I went into heavy-duty check-things-off-the-to-do-list mode so that I could spend a worry-free week with my family, including the one daughter who's home from school.  (Sadly, the boy couldn't come home and we've missed him, but dear family friends took him in for Thanksgiving.  We're looking forward to all being together for Christmas.)  Here's a quick recap of the fun, both family and art-wise:

Last November, I reviewed Sue Reno's Surface Design Essential DVD here.  Even in the fall chill, I was able to make some nice cyanotype prints.  I saved the samples because I hoped to do more with them.

This week I had a little bit of time for my studio, so I cut up the letters I'd made and stitched them onto a plain towel I had bought just for this purpose.

Viola!  Now I have a new towel for the season that my husband commented on favorably (always a bonus!).  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the lovely Prussian blue didn't change to brown in the wash as I feared it might.  The detergent I used?  Tide HE.

On another front, I've been preparing cards, calendars and prints for a  holiday NWAG  art sale at a local bookstore.  As I did with the library gallery show, I'm using my photography as the base for my "products".

I've made three sets of 4" x 6" cards, with eight unique images/set.   Here are two of the three sets laid out on the kitchen counter.  A third set coordinates with a calendar I'm printing and is called "Botanical Series III - Leaves".

2015 Botanical Series I - Bouquet
2015 Botantical Series II - Roses
I'd be happy to do a reprint if anyone is interested in buying a set.

And, of course, we've been enjoying lots of family time with dog walks,

Walking along the Hudson in Rockwood Park
our first professional hockey game,

The NY Rangers got trounced, but it was still loads of fun.
and partaking in many of the pleasures of this particular time of year.

One of my all-time favorites: apple cranberry cake/tart
I hope you've had a wonderful start to your holiday season as well.  Thanks for reading!


Karen L R said...

Love the monograms, Vivien!

Vivien Zepf said...

I have to credit you with the idea, Karen, after reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful towels you've made for family and friends.