Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Innumerable Grasshoppers--Or How I Spent My Weekend Crafting

The Jane Eyre Chronicles: Death of a Schoolgirl went to the editor on Monday. Yippee! I made my deadline! I don't know how my KillerHobbies blog sisters celebrate when they turn in a new book, but I decided to treate myself to a crafts weekend.

I started by finishing up a few projects that were half-done. I finished a "steampunk" bracelet designed by Tim Holtz. I dyed a white bedspread navy blue, sort of. The dye was a bit uneven so I'll have to do it again, but in the meantime, I can see how great that color will look in my bedroom.

On Saturday I took a playday and went to the home of my Zentangle teacher, Debbie Perdue. She and her pal Barb Fuller showed us how to do iris eye folding cards, collage cards, and cards that integrated Zentangle with other designs.

Today (Sunday, as I write this), I visited Beads Gone Wild, where Lisa taught a class in resin. You know resin. You've seen those tables in restaurants with baseball cards or other stuff sunk in a clear finish. You can also use resin to cast small items for jewelry or adornments.

Okay, true confessions. I've been happily killing those honking big grasshoppers and tearing off their wings after they're dead as trophies. I know! I know! I sound demented. But if you could see the damage they've done to my landscape, you'd be ticked at them, too. And I only tore off the wings after someone told me they're called "Georgia thumpers" or "Eastern Lubbers" and they have beautiful wings. Which is true. So I have this "trophy" strip of wings. And I decided to cast one of them in resin with a brilliant lime green piece of paper as the background. Okay, it's not a great picture, but you can see how beautiful the contrast is.

I think classes are a great way to get re-enthused about crafts. Good teachers re-awaken the creative spirit in you.

Anybody want a grasshopper wing?


Liz V. said...

Congratulations on meeting your deadline and on rewarding yourself for a job well done.
Love the zentangles. Now resin. Much to learn.

Julie said...

Grasshoppers! Made me LOL! I feel your pain. In California I embarked on a personal crusade to eradicate as many snails as I could, after they wiped out my carefully nurtured strawberry crop. Escargot will never be on my menu. Congratulations on the book! Your craft weekend sounds great. My celebrations were usually of the catch up on laundry and grocery shopping type. Yours is better.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Ugh, Joanna! My skin is crawling over just the thought of those grasshoppers. Congrats on meeting your deadline!

Betty Hechtman said...

It's always good to get a book in on time. Congrats. I celebrate by doing nothing.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Oh, Betty, but then what would I blog about?