Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The first snow!

It's easy to get excited for the first snow. What are those white things falling from the sky? It's as though I've never seen it before. There is a definite chill in the air (specifically an actual breeze blowing through the apartment) and last night I threw on the down comforter for the first time since last winter. Pidge spent the entire day beneath a fleece on the exact center of the bed. How she manages to sneak underneath leaving the rest of the blanket completely smooth is a great mystery.

More progress on the music video and I am really excited about it. So many serendipitous moments where things move on the beat. Our goal is to finish this week so I can get a move on some more scarves. My mom has snagged multiple smaller table looms from her work for me - maybe I can start a class to teach weaving!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Buttons Buttons Buttons

Another day working on our stop motion video. Albert and I spent a few hours working on a shot involving a pencil being sharpened down to a stump, a Muybridge cat chasing mini spools of thread and my hand tapping. We ended up not using it because there was just so much going on, you couldn't concentrate on anything and the lighting from the windows kept shifting.
Our favorite material to work with-- buttons!

Pidge is currently in loaf mode, all feet tucked in looking like a loaf of bread. She is facing the sofa. Her head is approximately 2 inches from it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Crafting with Pigeon

Much of today was spent trying to fix my loom. A little metal arm (in the toughest spot to get at) fell off of its hinge. I've had to cut the warp off of the loom today (ruining a scarf in progress) to get at the broken piece. I was able to pop it back on- though I think this is only a temporary fix. What I need are arms of steel to get this little bitty replaced with a screw. Sigh. This sets me back about 3 hours. I have to thread a new treadling pattern and finish re-dressing the loom. Tomorrow.

Instead, I worked on several commissions for a lovely girl in Baltimore. Three stitched pet portraits- which I will post here when they're finished. Pidge was a big help as usual. Here she is in the fabric...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Rainy Saturday

Pidge spent most of the day sleeping, as usual. When she does have to get up (usually to whine for food), it's funny to watch her carefully step through the explosion of cut paper and trinkets (for the music video) currently carpeting our living room floor. Albert and I have noticed recently that when we leave the back door open going to our attic area, Pidge has a tendency to run through the apartment to the back and start meowing. The theory is she sees this large photo of a cat face hanging above the porch door and is trying to communicate with it. Albert took the photo down and approached her with the photo. She proceeded to walk sideways at it, with the largest poofy tail we've ever seen. Is it even possible she recognized a cardboard cat face as a cat? That would seem to suggest intelligence I wasn't aware she had. However, she is running to the back hallway to meow at something on the wall.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A new bloggy world

Hello there! This is it. I said I wouldn't do it. But I did. I realized I spend half my day on google reader reading everyone else's blogs. So, this can be my alterna-mass email. Self-embarrassment on a more public scale. And embarrassment of my fat brat cat, Pidge- as seen above letting it all hang out.
I'll get right to it.
Today, I fixed Albert's video camera. We spent a few hours working on a new stop motion video for the Spinto Band, only to find that nothing had, in fact, been recorded. Bummer. (Oh- Rachel Lee- you can be my grammatical editor (or forgiver)). Okay- back to the beginning. We've figured out the problem, ate some apples from Green Acres farm (34 more pounds to go) and off we go.
Several hours later- we are in full swing creative mode using buttons, fabric, yarn, cut out black and white photos, leaves, etc.