Being Frank

It’s late in the day and the house is dark.

I wish it would rain some more.

I have not been motivated to write this week month and the rain makes me feel less guilty about it.  More cozy, less guilty.

We’ve had a lot going on, but I think the writing slump is because I feel anxious and off my game.

And repetitive.

Did I tell you this already?

I feel the holidays rolling in really fast and I’m nervous that I’m going to miss them.

I always feel like my house won’t be clean in time, you know?

And I definitely feel like there isn’t enough money to do the holidays right.

Of course, these are well worn anxieties, so I’m not sure why I haven’t learned coping skills for them yet.

But I haven’t.

Well, unless you count online Scrabble.  😀


in other news, I started making a friend for Sergio.

This is what he looks like so far:

I’m calling him Frank, because his seedy underbelly is held together by thick, crazy hand stitches.

He looks a little like a monster at this point.

To be truthful, I must admit that this is a pretty normal construction method for me.

I squish and stretch, then ugly-stitch and fiber fill the body until it feels right and holds together.

Since the final clothing is stitched on too, no one sees this patchwork of sewing underneath.

Well, until now.  Why did I post these pictures?

Welcome to Frankenstein’s sewing secrets.  :mrgreen:

But I gotta do what I gotta do.

It’s not a science.  (Maybe a mad science – heh heh.)

It’s probably not an art either.

I’ll let you be the judge of that, but if you share your critique, I might ignore it.

The entire body is wired and can be posed (like Sergio).

Ultimately, I will cut the twist of wire at the top and use it to attach a styrofoam/papier mache head.

I have no idea how I will paint his face.

I also don’t know what fabrics I will choose for his clothing.

The only thing I know for sure about my creatures, is that they amuse me.

I would probably make more if I thought someone would buy them.

But I don’t think that.

I surf etsy and ebay enough to know that my crap wouldn’t smell sell any better than the next girl’s.

It’s all about luck and timing.  Oh, and probably aggressive marketing.

I can’t really control those first two and I’m not so good at sales.

So, there you have it, my not-a-plan.

Truly, I should have started Halloween creatures several months ago.


What else?

Wanna buy a patch of Kansas grassland?

Seriously, my family and I have a few for sale.

No, really, we do.

Send me a note if you’re interested.

Okay, see what I mean about being off my game?

My brain is jumping around.  A lot.

As is frequently the case, when I tell you in an e-mail or on facebook that I’ve updated the blog again, I will feel a brief moment of shame for assuming you give a rat’s behind about this awkward ramble.

Why ever would you?

Except that it’s me, and I am convinced that none among you are strangers.

All eight of you are friends.  Or family.  Right?


Maybe a few more than eight.

Something better in the next few days.

I swear.

Happy Friday.

P.S.  I’m serious about that Kansas land.

You interested?


Make Things – Pay It Forward Art Project 2010 – post edit*

*  I stole this pay it forward art idea from Suzanne.  Find her lovely blog here.

Since only one person (yea Jewyl!!) responded to my original post about this,

I thought you all could use a little reminder.

So, here’s the deal:

The first five (5) people to leave a comment on this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

  1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
  2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
  3. It’ll be done in 2010.
  4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be.
  5. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber.
  6. I reserve the right to do something strange.  :)
  7. In return, all you need to do is post (or forward) this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.
  8. Send your mailing address if you don’t live close to me!

Got it?

Okay, get to writing those comments!


Something Cheerier

This has been a stressful week.  😦

Luckily, my crafty cousin quilted me a purse!  🙂

I love it!

She pieced it together from fabrics I bought at
Beverly’s in San Luis Obispo.

Velcro joins the two handled sides.

With the velcro unfastened, you can see the zippered main compartment down the middle.

Here it is from the side.

Unzip it and you get a peek at red polka dots!
The little square of black fabric is a pocket.

The purse is very lightweight and includes the large main compartment and a variety of interior and exterior pockets.

My favorite feature is the double zipper.  I can bring it together in the middle, or at one of the ends, whatever works best for me.

The purse is really roomy too.  I can fit all my stuff and probably four cartons of Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra ice cream in there!

I saw another purse my cousin made with the same pattern, but getting this one was still such a lovely surprise.  It’s wonderful to see a piece of fabric turned into something amazing.

My cousin is a quilting queen!  🙂

It’s also heartwarming to find a little something in the snail mail when life is so centered on the internet these days.  And to open the package and fine something handmade?  Even better!

I love this so much.

Thank you, Nancy Sue!