Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Best Studio

If we’re discussing dreams and future plans, it would be fun to lay out my ideal workspace; my perfect studio.  I know I would want it to be in my back yard so I could easily go to and from my house at any time, and I could be near my garden.  The over-all style would have to be somewhere between a mad scientist’s lab, and the Addams’ living room with a plentiful helping of my favorite medium: GLITTER! (I’ll say it right now, if you think I’m tacky, it’s A-OK with me; I’m not always like this).

Ah! Don't you just love it?!

I’ll need lots of windows for natural light and ventilation (plus some fans to help that along if I’m painting with oils).  Of course, I’ll also need some good overhead lighting throughout my studio for those all-nighters.  The floor will need to either be concrete (stained and stenciled!), tile, or epoxy, because I know I’ll spill too much to keep up with wood or carpet (plus, carpet is just gross).

Did you know you can have glitter floors?

As far as furniture goes…

Huge table with a metal or zinc (I just found them!) top that can withstand my artistic temperament and is easy to clean.  And a smaller table for my sewing machine.

A zinc-topped table--sounds good to me!

Comfortable (and interesting) chairs without arms for the times I fold my legs under myself… and footstools for the rest of the time.

This seems good. Purple is always interesting.

Lots of storage—rolling metal carts with different sized boxes and jars for various supplies and tools.  Shelves for books (see tools) and more shelves and drawers for material storage.

Looks old, but actually isn't (though, I'd like it more if it was)

It’d be nice to have a little corner with some comfy chairs and a coffee table for taking a break or if someone comes to visit.  A little table for a coffeemaker, cups, and sugar would be nice, too.

And a big sink with drying racks for paint brushes!

Tools I’d need…

Acrylic paints, Oil paints and turpentine, Watercolors

Palates for each type of paint and lots of containers for colors I mix

All sorts of brushes, especially lots of tiny brushes (like 000 tiny)

Library of reference material—costumes, cryptozoology, fairytales, plants, animals, insects

A sewing machine, dress forms, fabric, thread, scissors, pins and cushions, trims, ribbons, lace, buttons, elastic, zippers, measuring tape, a fold-out cutting board

Look! Some have legs! (And I see big tables, storage, and light. Looks like a nice place)

Of course, I’d always have found items (sometimes Goodwill/yard sale-found):  doll parts (a favorite of mine), dead bugs, bones, weird toys and little treasures.  (This is why I need all the storage!)


A quick doodle I did of my future studio

And a little floor plan doodle...

I really wouldn’t need a very big studio.  Like I said, I’d like it to be in my backyard.  Maybe it could look like its own tiny little house


I know I’ll be able to have all of this someday.  My dream studio isn’t unattainable, but that doesn’t make it any less dreamy to me.

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Dear me, please get your priorities straight…

Where is all your time going?  Why is all of your work being completed last minute this semester?  I knew you could be a procrastinator, but this is ridiculous.  Start using the planner you bought–don’t just write in it, actually look back at it, too!  I know these online classes can be easy to forget, but that’s all the more reason to be organized (and, by the way, you did say you weren’t going to take any more online classes, so you knew what you were getting into).  From now on make use of that blank calender on your wall, and that too-expensive planner you knew you needed.  We’ve got a busy few semesters ahead of us, but don’t forget you always have Spring, Summer, and Winter Breaks!

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Pictures of Heirloom Tomato, Radish and Carrot Sprouts

Hey, everyone!  Here are some photo updates on my sprouts.  If you’re growing tomatoes, carrots, or radishes these photos can help you identify your sprouts (especially if, like me, you’re a little unorganized and some tiny weeds have invited themselves into your garden and you’re afraid you might confuse them with your sprouts and pull out the wrong seedlings!).

A small carrot sprout (Patriot's Carrots blend)

This is a small carrot sprout.  When it’s a little bit younger than the one pictured here it will only have the two long, thin cotyledons (embryonic leaves that are not true leaves).


Tomato Sprout (Malakhitovaya Shkatulka Tomatoes)

This is one of my  Malakhitovaya Shkatulka tomato sprouts.  It’s a Russian green tomato whose name means malachite box!


Radish Sprouts (Black Spanish Radishes)

Here are two squished together Black Spanish radish sprouts.  These are a week or two old, so I’ll include a picture of them from when they were a little younger.

Younger Radish Sprouts (Black Spanish Radishes)

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Great Mulch and Compost: Decomposed Leaves!

Alright, so you know you’re becoming a gardening geek when you get excited about some crusty old leaves.  This past weekend we did quite a bit of yard work (and we’re still not done!).  While we were cutting and pulling massive amounts of vines off the house some big clumps of started falling on my boyfriend and me.  At first they looked like big clumps of dirt, but that didn’t really make sense, and upon closer inspection we found that they were chunks of partially decomposed leaves from the vines!  How exciting!

The Leaves!

I don’t have a compost pile (because in my friends’ experiences they seem to attract roaches in Phoenix), so I just kind of crumbled these up into my garden as we found more and more chunks.  According to  Annie Spiegelman in Talking Dirt, composted leaves work as a great mulch, especially in summer and winter, because they insulate and provide nutrients (she also says it’s best to put a 1-inch layer around your plants and have a layer of wood chips on top).  So I’m not doing this the best way I could, but I’m working with what I’ve got for now.

A close-up of those leaves

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Late Afternoon in Spring

A late afternoon in spring has to be one of the best times of the day I could think of.  It’s warm and cool enough to be outside, flowers are blooming, and all the fauna of Phoenix is out and about.  I can sit in the front yard with a book and see little clouds of bugs floating in the light from the setting sun, filtered through the trees of my yard or through our stained glass windows.  (It’s also a great time to take cool pictures).  Soon enough I’ll smell my neighbors’ dinners being barbequed (and sometimes mine!).  As night begins to fall I can look forward to one of the many outdoor activities spring has to offer like watching meteor showers, going to the drive-in, or checking out the First Friday Art Walk (I know, it’s all year) or the Mutant Pinata Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory, which I plan on submitting work to this March!

My Doll Ender

A doll of mine in front of one of our dining room windows

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A Word on The Rocky Horror Show, With Trivia

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: As Seen on Glee”

Excuse me, what?  Since when does Glee deserve to be the thing that makes a theatrical phenomenon known?  Since when is Glee more important and well-known than The Rocky Horror Picture Show?  I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw the above tagline on a flyer for a Rocky Horror showing.  Okay, okay, I know Glee is on TV and it’s a big deal with tons and tons of fans blah blah blah, but come on!!  The Rocky Horror Picture Show has had devoted fans since it opened in 1973!  It’s been showing in theatres for 39 years; nearly 4 decades, people!!  Okay, maybe I’m biased because I’ve been watching it since I was 2 (hey, my mom was a fan in the 70s!), but I think my surprise and disgust is justified.

Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry

For all you Rocky Horror fans like me out there, here’s some cool trivia that you may not have known about that science fiction single-feature:

+The filming of the birth of Rocky occurred on October 30, 1974, the 81st birthday of Charles Atlas.  The actors on set sang the “Charles Atlas Song” in his honor.

+In the original stage production Jonathan Adams (Dr. Everett Scott in the film) played The Narrator while Meatloaf played both Dr. Scott and Eddie.

+They Came From Denton High and The Rock Horroar Show were the first two titles Richard O’Brien used before titling it The Rocky Horror Show.

+The Royal Court’s 60-seat Theatre Upstairs was the first home of The Rocky Horror Show in June 1973.  Because of the show’s popularity it was first moved to a converted movie theatre and then again to King’s Road Theatre (with 500 seats).

+After The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s opening in Austin, Texas, Lou Adler (producer) and Tim Curry were made honorary citizens of the city (complete with certificates) by the mayor who was sporting full Rocky Horror makeup and costume.

+When Twentieth Century-Fox president and chairman Dennis Stanfill saw the trailer for Rocky Horror he responded as such: “Remove those lewd, lascivious lips mouthing the words ‘Twentieth Century-Fox’ immediately!”

+The castle (now known as The Oakley Court Hotel) where some filming of the movie took place, was also used for Hammer Production’s The Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, and The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.  It was also a refuge for General Charles de Gaulle during WWII.

+The origin of the audience participation in The Rocky Horror Show is unknown; some believe it started with the midnight showing at New York’s Waverly Theater.

+Richard O’Brien said he saw The Rocky Horror Show as “something any ten-year-old could enjoy.”

Rocky Horror Cast

Source:  The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book by Bill Henkin.

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A New Discovery

The other day I finally found a use for some linocuts I made for a 2D design class!  Not being a printmaker, I found myself lacking any of the necessary tools to print my awesome carvings, but I remembered that I had some leftover fabric paint or ink, I’m not sure, from my Fibers class.  I grabbed the paint, a sponge, and some scrap fabric and went to work!  It turns out I really liked the result (although, it’s a little messy looking):

My Nosferatu Print on Fabric

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I Miss the 90s

More than ever, I find myself saying “when I was little” and referring to some romanticized version of the 90s. How one can romanticize the 90s I still don’t know; it was a pretty hideous time, and if it wasn’t the era of my childhood I wouldn’t be able to think of it fondly. I don’t want this to be a post about being a “90s Kid” and how great it is/was, which I didn’t even know was a thing until moments ago. Of course I’m biased, but I feel like it was a pretty good time to be a kid. I was the right age for the beginning of Pokémon, Harry Potter, and all of the classic Nickelodeon shows, plus the “Disney Renaissance.” And technology was still cruddy (and expensive) enough that I spent a lot of time playing outside, although I just named a lot of indoor activities. Also, there was still cultural residue from the 80s (which is my favorite era of the 20th century) so My Little Ponies, Labyrinth, and New Wave music are embedded in my treasured childhood memories.  I have to add: I think the girls’ toys of the late 80s and early 90s were the pinkest and girliest toys ever made.  So great!!

Secret Keepins--One of my favorite toys (I had the pink and white one)

It does feel silly to talk about this when I’m only 20. I’m not old enough to reminisce, right? Or does it really matter? Either way, I know I’m comforted when I look back on the last decade of the 20th century, and I get excited when I find any remnant of it in a thrift store or at a yard sale. But like most backwards-glancing oldsters (haha), I find these discoveries are bittersweet; I’m reminded that with the ability to recognize an era is the realization that it has passed.

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Are These Radishes?

Just a short update on my garden:  Last week, on the 27th, I noticed I have some new little sprouts!  They are either Black Spanish Radishes or one of the Patriot’s Carrots.  I’m sure I could look it up and find out, but that’d take the fun out of it.

One of My New Little Sprouts

On a less positive note… Nothing else has sprouted and it’s been about two weeks, so I’m worried they won’t grow!  We’ll see…

*Update!: I cheated and googled, and those definitely are the sprouts of my Black Spanish Radishes.

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