Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Zooming June zzzzzzzzz......

Good day! I confess that I don't have anything to add on the creative front with pictures of things I have created. I am working on a custom hula hoop and writing in between being over stretched from work.

I work in a bookstore and I am getting ready for Harry Potter, throwing other parties and doing tons of training. I vow to have the biggest & best Harry Potter Party ever! So, if you are in Minnesota it would be worth it to come to the Borders in Minnetonka.

I am so excited! We are throwing a Grand Hallows Ball and I am going to be a death eater. It will be fun for all, guaranteed.

I am also hoping to get Stephenie Meyer in for a Vampire Soiree in the beginning of August to celebrate the release of her book Eclipse.

Writings---I am working on a little picture book about a girl who decided to make a hula hoop and how she brings her neighborhood together through it. I wrote the story when I should have been crocheting. I hope to get it printed and hand bind it after I complete the illustrations. I will keep it small and post parts of the edition on my etsy shop.

I am also going back into a longer young adult novel that I started as a result of needing a short story to apply to grad school. Well, I got into grad school for writing, I just have to be sure its really what I should do right now. I plan on finishing this story by the end of 2007 and maybe I'll get someone to publish it...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Poem and a Quilt

Okay, so I know the image is a bit fuzzy, but I can't help that right now. I still wanted to post this latest completion. I actually wrote the poem and completed the quilt in the same day! I know that sounds ridiculous and it will probably never happen again, especially since I had other things I should have been working on.

Since you can't read the poem I'll type it out here:

A contemplative comparison of tree
and man would present similarities
of seasons and experiences hidden
in maturing girth.

But a tree cannot love
or know its young.
It lives for man,
not man for the tree.

Leaves, branches, and stump,
the tree brings joy to the man,
though he is glad that
he is not a tree.

Monday, June 11, 2007


The Long Awaited Return-- or so I'd like to think... but anyway here's a summary of what has been going on. I was at Craftstravaganza selling some fun stuff on April 28th. Here's the site if you're interested- . I brought quite a few of the items that are listed in earlier entries here, but there were some cup cozies that never saw the flash of a camera. I sold out by 2pm that what a day. I was down to my last cup cozy-the bee cup cozy- when Vanessa from Etsy came around with a video camera. She interviewed me and then apologized for buying my last item.

What you'll see in this post is what I displayed for the art show I was in at AZ Gallery in St. Paul on the 26th of May.

The main piece was my Gigantic T-shirt Amigurumi Octopus named Henry! The t-shirts were collected at work from generous people who thought giving them to me to create an unknown thing would be okay. The yarn was cut in spiral through the body of the shirt and in strips through the arm/neck region. All sections were tied together and crocheted into the masterpiece you see here. I had to go searching for a large enough hook to complete the task. I am lucky that Lion Brand just came up with a size S hook or I would have had to make my own. I was procrastinating enough as it was!

The next bits are Tin Critters with drawings on handmade paper on the tins and a crocheted buddy to keep it all safe. They also function as a key chain for broader usefulness.

I am currently making a custom hula hoop for someone and as I was sitting in Caribou working on it one morning this week I decided that I needed to write a story about a girl who makes her own hoop using what she could find in her neighborhood. The hooping unites the neighborhood in unexpected ways. The book also serves as a tutorial so that if you wished to make a crochet covered hula hoop you would have all the information you would need to do so. I plan on having the mini picture books up in my shop in the next couple of weeks.