Howdy, howdy, my friends!
As you may know, I love keeping myself busy. It helps with the brooding of ye old brains, and makes me feel like I’m being productive, even if I am neglecting other things I could be doing (sorry dishes, laundry!).
So when I started to get sick this past week (I babysit about 15 hours a week, how could I not), I pushed and pushed but finally had to give in and rest (Thanksgiving longweekend, you came at the perfect time). My big project that I’m working on now requires that I sit at my dining table in my wooden school chair, and I was just not up for that. So, I pulled out my box of UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for those not into the crafty lingo, there) and found some things I could work on while lounging in bed while watching the Wonder Years on Netflix in between naps.
I found a bag of cotton granny squares that I had wanted to turn into a rug, but I had put down because I ran out of cotton yarn. Luckily, I had bought a huge skein of it on clearance about a month ago, and I still had some left from the “stuffed animal net” I made for my friend E.’s daughter for her 1st birthday (ugh, I really need to remember to take photos of these things). So I made another stack of granny squares, and quickly got distracted by another thing I found.
Ornaments! My “big project that I am working on right now” is, of course, my yearly holiday ornamentEtsy shop (and made my first sale within a week of opening, FTW), which I have stocked mostly with leftover ornaments from last year. So when I found a bag of leftover 2009 ornaments, I hopped on the opportunity to finish those and post them in my shop. Which I worked on, but did not finish, of course. Bah, sickness.making binge. I cannot say what I’m making right now, but they will appear in due time. I recently set up my
And then Wil texted me and asked if I could make a sculpture of a head. He was writing a short screenplay based on a chapter from Charles Bukowski’s book Women, and in it the guy is returning a sculpture of his own head to the weirdo girlfriend who made it for him.
I enthusiastically began, before knowing which actor would even play the part. I about passed out from the exertion on my sickly bones, but I really, really wanted to make this thing.
I used newspaper and masking tape. I didn’t spend a dime, and I couldn’t use paper maché because (oh yeah, I am shooting on Sunday, and today is Friday afternoon) it wouldn’t have dried in time. It probably took me 2.5 hours to get to the armature above. I told myself that the sweat I worked up was like an artificial fever working the sickness out (please don’t tell me if that isn’t how it works)!
Now, don’t go thinking I worked myself into a frenzy out of a feeling of obligation. NO. I want compliments. That is why I really do everything I do. Forget what I said before. It is all for the praise. So I knew if I made this thing, that Wil’s whole class would see it and give me compliments next Thursday at the bar.
The next day I found out who the actor would be so I did the whole work, rest, blow my nose routine all day and came up with this!
And I couldn’t be more proud. I am in love with it. I gave it a hug when I was done.
We shot today, and everything went smoothly. Wil is editing right now, and I can’t wait to see the rough cut. I’m sure he’ll post it to his website when it is ready.
I have way more to say, but I’m afraid I’ll have to save that for later.
It is about ornaments. Lots more about ornaments later.