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merimask ([personal profile] merimask) wrote2009-04-27 01:58 pm

Let's try this again...

Okay, so.   The computer crisis is averted for now.  That is a good thing.  It's a lovely day again, which is another good thing.  My daffodils are blooming beautifully.  Here, have some flowers:

I just took this picture...didn't even have to mess with the colors in Photoshop 'cause it was perfect just the way it was.   The daffodils are all over the front yard. 

So yeah...trying hard to calm down & be nicer, since it is SO beautiful today & my computer is limping along again in the usual way & yep.  I hate leaving a bitchy post as my "last word".

In other news; in light of my soul-searching entry regarding the value of my work (is it art or is it craft?), the fact that I spent the entire weekend making these barrettes is really very amusing.

Hahahaha!  I crack myself up.  Seriously, next time I get all "Woe!  I am a hack!", please, one of you just say


and gently remind me that I am a whore.  An artistic, crafty whore but a whore nonetheless.  The ginkgo ones are new and cute

I just plopped 'em up on my Etsy site


If the wind would just stop blowing so hard, I'd go for a nice long bike ride & calm the heck down, & everything would be just FINE.

*le sigh*

EDIT:  The wind, she has stopped!  As if a prayer has been answered.  My own little meteorological miracle.  So I'm off, for a bike ride, maybe two.  Try & stop me!

[identity profile] 2009-04-27 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh. There's nothing wrong with turning art into something lucrative. Just because you can repeat the piece, doesn't make it any less art. :)

We're kind of in that lull between the crocuses and the daffodils. Nothing's blooming yet, but plenty of green stuff popping up.

I'm glad you got your computer working again!

[identity profile] 2009-04-29 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
I guess's funny though because I make SUCH a fuss about leather being a viable artistic medium & then I go & make barrettes! I make me laugh.

[identity profile] 2009-04-27 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Go for a lil walk instead, it's really gorgeous. Heck, it's 30C even HERE. (That's 86F.) As my latest journal entry (well, it's more a photo with caption than a real entry, but it said the necessary stuff) says...I planted a tree today and it all seems pretty decent. :)

[identity profile] 2009-04-29 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
I managed to get out for a ride anyway. I figured out; if I pick a starting place halfway along the trail & head into the wind for half of it, I come back to my starting place with the wind at my back, speed easily to the second half, & fight back against the wind. It's like interval strength training. ^_^

You'll have to take pictures of that tree. I love maples!

[identity profile] 2009-04-27 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Butterflies & Dragonflies!


[identity profile] 2009-04-29 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
It was a very "spring-themed" set of barrettes anyway. ;-)

[identity profile] 2009-04-27 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Hair jewelry is art! :D I love the new ginko leaves. I need another barrette probably like I need a hole in the head, but I desperately want those. Ginkos and maples are my favorite kinds of leaves.

I'm glad that your computer is working again! A non-working computer is one of the biggest stressors for me--I'm so dependent on them and when they don't work I feel just hopeless. And I don't even make money from my work!

I hope you were able to get out today. It is terribly windy. I was inside packing again and had all the windows open because it was too nice outside not to--and if they windows were shut, it got quickly very very hot inside. But the wind was terrible! It was blowing all sorts of things around--not just paper, but including empty boxes and paperbacks!

[identity profile] 2009-04-29 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
Ginkgo leaves are so easy to carve but so elegant. I like doing's very zen-like to try to get the carving perfectly uniform.

The weather is up & down, with cold fronts moving through. It was almost 90 yesterday, then in the 40s on Tuesday, then back to the 60s (which is my favorite biking temp anyway). Means we get a lot of wind. :-/

I hope your moving day (days?) are peaceful, anyway! Nothing worse than trying to move boxes & furniture when it's raining.

[identity profile] 2009-04-28 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Your work is beautiful and I had a lot to say about the value of what we do, as I believe that we can understand it better than some, considering the similarity of our mediums, etc. However I am TOO BUSY, cranking it out for our huge spring festival season. I will get back to it with something profound to say as I have been thinking on this myself for years. So just remember,

"Life is Short...Art Is Long"


[identity profile] 2009-04-29 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
Busy is good, though! ^_^ & I'm glad to know I'm not the only artisan who wrestles with this concept of "art vs craft". It's a fine line you walk when you simultaneously have a job that's creative and also a commercial endeavour.

[identity profile] 2009-04-29 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I love ginkgo leaves. Roanoke has them planted in the small park and I love to watch them wave around.