Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
A little wishful thinking on my part--Mo has never been the best sleeper. Someone was selling these on Etsy for $30. I was all, "I can make that!" I traced a circle, filled it in with blue watercolor paint, sprinkled it with table salt, and added some stars with white craft paint. It's on Mo's dresser now. Maybe she'll take it to heart.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Lost In Living from Paul Sanchez on Vimeo.
So a long time ago I mentioned a documentary that was in production about four women artists and how they balanced family life with creative life. Remember? Once this lovely movie called "Lost in Living" was released I bought the dvd and watched it over and over, nodding my head as I recognized the challenges and humor and conflicting priorities dance across the screen. In honor of International Women's Day, the creators of "Lost in Living" are streaming the movie for free on Vimeo through 8am Sunday. (Yay!) I am sorry to post another movie on the blog so soon, but this one is really worth the watch whether you are an artist or not. Any working mom, any stay at home mom, any mom will recognize pieces of themselves in the women in this film. I hope you get a chance to watch it. Enjoy!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Mo and I check out about a dozen books a week from our library. And Mo's special tote bag that her Aunt Angie made for her is a real workhorse. I liked that idea so much I made several library totes as gifts for little ones last year. But then I saw this. See that little thumbnail for the color wheel sampler workshop? And I knew I had to make one on the next bag. For some reason I have enough embroidery floss to sink a battleship--weird, right?--so I traced a salad plate and jumped right in. The stitches are not anything particularly fancy or complicated. But I am really happy with how this turned out. And without the word "library" blazoned across the side, it can be a book bag or a sleep over at grandma's house bag or a carry all 38 of my tiny plastic farm animals to the park bag. This will be my go-to 2014 bag design.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Above is a 2005 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie called "The Magic of Ordinary Days" starring Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich. Before you balk at the mention of Hallmark or scoff at the made-for-tv-ness, I assure you that if all television movies were this good, we wouldn't need theaters anymore. "The Magic of Ordinary Days" is well written, acted, and executed. There is no dead wood at all. Every character, every sentence of dialogue, every look--even the popular song the girls sing together while driving ("Smoke Gets in Your Eyes")--furthers the story. The acting is surprisingly subtle and powerful. The actors approach their roles in a thoughtful, quiet way. The lead characters are very different, but those differences are presented in a respectful way allowing the viewers to draw their own conclusions. And it's wholesome (yes, I said "wholesome" enough to watch with your children or parents without cringing, but the story is engaging and suspenseful. I dare you to watch it. It's one of my favorites!