Sunday, November 30, 2008

New patterns: Chuckwalla lizard and Rhinoceros

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sunday show this weekend

This is my second-last show of the year. It is a one-day only event, located at Executive Caterers Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, and it runs from 10 am to 5 pm. I have done this show for the last 3 or 4 years... It is well-organized and laid-out, the ballroom/dining room area of the party center is beautiful, and part of the admission proceeds benefit the 'Drew's Beads' program for the Children's Hospital Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic.
So stop on by if you are in the area! :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Newer carved ornaments

I have been concentrating more on pictures of my papercuttings on this blog, but since I got some good pictures of a couple of my latest hand-carved ornaments, I figured it was time to change that...

Pharaoh hound, Shiba Inu, and Dachshund cuttings finished!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tent decisions

At the end of my last outdoor art show of the year, ANOTHER of my tent cross-braces snapped as I was folding the tent up to pack it away. So I figured I would just have to replace it with a 'real' artist tent for next year's outdoor season. Unfortunately, my financial situation changed enough so that spending $1000 on a Lightdome tent just isn't going to be possible in that time frame unless I find it used and much cheaper. And Lightdome has a sale going on now too that would have been perfect- it is just killing me! :)

I started trying to think of alternatives, then on EZup's website I found you can buy replacement parts for your tent. So I went to the page for the Embassy II and sure enough, those cross-braces were available. For a reasonable price too! So I picked two up and will be trying my hand at tent repair once I get them. Just to tide me over for a little until I can afford a good tent..

A funny side-note- the EZup page for the Embassy's spare parts had a blurb saying that due to high demand many of these parts are back-ordered so it may take a while. Gee, I wonder why? I had TWO cross-beams snap on me in first year of owning the thing- I am amazed ANYBODY buys them anymore!! Another case of you get what you pay for I guess.. but even so, for a couple hundred dollars I would expect to be able to get more than 2 uses out of it before it starts breaking.. Ah well, I will know better than to buy from them next time.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New cat and dachshund patterns

I am on my last cutting from my short-haired Dachshund pattern, so it was time to draw up a new one..

I think this is a good example of how my style and techniques have changed and improved- my last Kimi-modelled cutting was done as one of the first patterns that I designed from my photos several years ago. You can see the difference!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Busy couple days- Newfoundland, Australian Cattle Dog, and Wolf patterns

I have been working on replacing some of my couple-year old dog-breed patterns since my current work is a LOT more complex and a lot better (at least I think so! :D )

Replacement Newfie pattern. I saw this guy? girl? at the Medina dog show. Beautiful chocolate brown.. S/he was lying there with a drool towel draped around his/her neck while his people watched the Working group compete. I didn't put the drool towel in the cutting though.. :)

Also a replacement Australian cattle dog. I have had this photo for a while, I think I took it at the 2007 Chagrin Polo Field show, but I am not positive?

And got a pattern done for the beautiful red wolf that I saw on the trip to the Columbus zoo:

Cuttings finished- Lab and Bichon

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bichon Frise, Labrador Retriever, and Shiba Inu

Time to replace some of my older patterns for the Shiba and the Lab. And I finally managed to get a Bichon drawn up that looked like a normal pet-type coat instead of the shapeless loads of fluff that you usually see on a show dog.. :) I have gotten a lot of requests for Bichons, so this will fill that gap.