first off, i just want to say thank you so much for your kind words on my blog these past few days. you have no idea how much they mean to me! i love each one of them, no matter how simple. just knowing i'm not alone on here and somebody IS listening!
my talented momma inspired me to do some pen & ink-then photoshop'd, which i love! once a doodler, always a doodler. i can hardly manage talking on the phone without filling up a paper with scribbles. sometimes i must admit... it does distract me from the conversation at hand. yikes
yes that is one crazy-red-faced-woman you see before your eyes! or at least i felt a bit crazy by the time i finished running 16 miles in the apartment courtyard this morning. everyone stares at me anyways, being a foreigner, but now i just keep running and running AND RUNNING. i'm sure they were wondering what the heck i was doing. i just kept smiling every lap and before long many of their, to be truthful; hard, unfriendly stares, turned into big smiles and even thumbs up. so cute! my faithful Andy Stanley podcasts (3 of them to be exact!) and those smiles got me to the end!
my time is almost done here in China. one more day at the factory going over pricing, packing up samples and a few other last minute details and then home! have i mentioned how much i love home? my family? toilets that come out of the ground???
oh wait, i must get you a close up of the one there on the right.
oh yes, that there my friends are 1000 Year-Eggs! still wishing i would have waited for you? haha!!
okay, they're not really 1000 years old but that is one of the names for these delicacies. one myth is that they were once prepared by soaking them in horse urine. admit it, they're sounding better all the time!
i had to try just a nibble, they looked so delicious. ha! let me just say... not my fave!!! i think the ammonia/sulfur odor and the creamy rotten green center threw me off a bit.
right now i'm missing me some of this yum bread made by my oldest ditter!
all food aside, at least being here i have a bit more time to blog! my days here are spent giving direction, making revisions, waiting for those changes to be made (they hate when i'm in the way) and eating. sounds pretty exciting doesn't it? not really.
i've slowly been collecting ribbon for different projects and from garage sales. i was getting frustrated with just throwing it in a basket and having to weed thru a big mess to try to find just what i was looking for. i looked online and everything i found was just too "polished" for what i was envisioning. so i came up with my own. it's not perfect but i think it has a lot of potential.
start with a found wood box/crate. the depth is up to you but keep in mind how large your biggest ribbon spools are. my big ones here are probably about 7" so my box needs to be at least 7" deep.
hold your largest ribbon spool up on the inside wall of your box, making sure to give yourself about an inch on the top and back, and mark where you want the hole to go. measure down on the other side and mark it. i measured mine to stick about 1/4" out the front of the box to make sure the light could hit.
dowels come in all different diameters so check to see what your smallest spool hole is before you purchase your dowel. measure the width of your box and add at least an inch on each side.
drill your holes just slightly larger than the diameter of your dowel for easier spool replacement. and assemble.
then cap the ends with old doorknobs, water spicket handles, large wooden beads or just about anything that has an existing hole or that you can drill a hole into. keep in mind that you will need to keep one end removable for changing out your ribbon.
i affixed my box to the wall but you could also place it on a shelf or counter. perfect for your sewing room or space. so many options!! i'd love to see what you come up with if you do one for yourself. or if i forgot something and you have questions please feel free to ask.
check out Janne's colorful version she made after seeing mine when she came to visit a few months back.
why is my mouth always open!!!?? ugh! as you can tell... i haven't been around (the blog) much. it' isn't that i haven't been living creatively or been getting much done. i've been thoroughly entrenched in both. it's just that all of what i'm doing right now is kind of on the DL (down low).
designing our 2010 Allen Designs summer line. which is coming together quite nicely. i'm really excited to show you our clever new product! one hint- it's FUNctional! and 2011 Artfest proposals. it was such an amazing experience this year i must try again! and i'm pretty sure i have a couple winners. i'm dying to show you... but i can't just yet. see what i mean about on the DL.
i'll leave you with some random pictures i've taken over the past couple months.
bottle whistling at porque no?. when was the last time you did this? have you taught your kids?
this is a painting i started a while ago. i began with a layer of Golden Molding Paste to give it some texture.
then randomly spread on different shades of oranges and yellow.
and just kept adding layer upon layer. it's still not done. yet, another unfinished project! i think this painting is inspired by the record 25 days of rain that we had here in the NW this April! maybe tonight will be the night to finish it! hmmm, do i have enough chocolate in my studio to keep me going? i've realized that i NEED chocolate (and diet pepsi) to be creative. they go hand in hand. and that is why i also NEED running! haha!
i'm thinking about adding some words... any ideas?
yes, this is the same Boston Marathon that happened several weeks ago and i'm just now getting around to posting about it!!
the expo and packet pick-up.
the night before. everything laid out and ready to go.
morning of, lining up in Boston Commons, waiting for the buses to take 25,000 of us out to Hopkinton to the start.
a beautiful but cold morning. which was especially nice considering that, once bused out here, you can spend more that 2 hours in these fields waiting for your start time.
i spent this time chatting with my friend Chelsea from CA, who was also running, and trying to decide what kind of race i was going to run. i knew i had missed a lot of runs and hadn't taken the training very seriously. of course kicking myself for it now!! questioning what my body could handle and how hard i should push it.
my friend and running partner Stacey and i at the finish.
i decided i'd start out running to try to re-qualify. which would be 3:45:59/or about 8:36pace.
i was averaging 8:36pace up to mile 20. at that point i knew i was going to really have to push hard (and maybe not healthily hard) to make a 3:45. knowing that i'm already signed up for the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon in June and the Portland Marathon in October i opted to back off and enjoy Boston. from mile 20 on- i slapped hands, looked around, smiled, walked every water station and just tried to take it all in. my finishing time was 3:52:18/8:52pace. i would have liked to have ran faster but all in all i'm excited that i got to experience the Boston Marathon. what a privilege! and a reminder that i can't "wing" a marathon!
the Boston medal is the yellow and blue one on the left. i came up with this easy DYI idea for displaying my running medals. here's one i found online. when i get bored with displaying them i plan to donate them to Medals4Mettle.
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!