The Litter Box

Blog Tools
Edit your Blog
Build a Blog
RSS Feed
View Profile
« September 2017 »
S M T W T F S
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
You are not logged in. Log in
Entries by Topic
All topics
A Bonus in the Box!
blast from the past!
Busy Day in the Box!
Cats, Catz and Kats
Fashionable Kat
fun with fabric friday
Graph Paper Patterns
grumble grumble
Happy Kat!
I can has topik?
I Made It!
I need a topic?
Jeebus sightings!
Jewelry and Beads
No Topic Today!
odds and ends  «
Project Runway Canada II
Random KatBox Droppings
Rants and Raves
Really Important Stuff
Retro Rules!
Sewing FAQ's
Squirrels in the news
The Fungus AmungUs
The Kreative Kat
The New Box!
The weekly flower report!
Things to make.
this 'n that 'n the other
Throwback Thurdays
Web Insanity
Weird Science
What I Did This Weekend
Works in Progress
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Fun with fabric tuesday!
Topic: odds and ends

I finally got to the quilty store to get some fat quarters for some quick and easy fat quarter projects. I want to make something for my jewelry area -a little velevet mat and attached waste bag for when I'm snipping wires. The velvet keeps the widers in one place and the bits can be swished inot the bag. I also want a little thing to the arm of my chair -a pincushion and pockets for tools and small waste bag for thread snippings.

...and with the greys I also want to make a shark pencil case! So did you hear there will be a new Sharknado movie this summer? It's going to be called "Sharknado! The Fourth Awakens!" I have a soft spot for those awful Sharknado movies. We may not have gotten our Jaws 15 like in the movie Back to the Future, but we do have Mega Shark and Sharkzilla and Sharknado! The shark pencil case is lined in red that takes guts! Shark Guts! yeah....

These are all cute little fat quarters. You get a lot of fabric in a fat quarter! The shop has traditional little flowers, a few noevelty prints of tractors and wolves and stuff like that and lots of solid color cottons. They also have lots of modern, non-traditional up-to-date prints for modern non-traditional quilters. I never liked fussy quilts but I do like the modern negative-space quilts. My grandmother would call them lazy becaus to her the plain solid color looked like you were to lazy to piec together hundreds of little prints. I don't buy solid color cottons at the quilt shop, not when I have Len's so close by and when their plain cottons are so much cheaper. Speaking of Cheap:

These are NOT fat quarters. The dots are a medium heavy cotton canvas and the turquoise is plain cotton broadcloth. One yard of the dots and two yards of the turquoise.  Both came from WalMart. They no longer have a real fabric department, but they do have a whole mess of pre-cuts in fleece, cottons and flannelette for crafts and hobbies. The broadcloth will go with some of the fat quarters up there ↑ and be used as piping on the canas project. The canvas will be used to make an insulated cooler bag to keep in the car so we always have something for frozen and refrigerated foods when we go shopping. And so we have like a big lunch bag for day trips because our old pink cooler is starting to get a little old and is no longer quite so cold anymore.

I also got a couple yards of super soft and drape-y rayon challis for making that white blouse from the May 2016 Burda Style Magazine. I have to rinse away all the blue marks on it and finish sewing on the buttons and then it's done. Right now it's a little weird fitting but after the next wash when it shrinks a bit more it will fit perfectly. 

and that's all for today! 


Posted by lincatz at 10:38 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Friday, 4 November 2011
A shirt for Dave
Topic: odds and ends

 

So what have I been dong the past couple weeks? Glad you asked!  Cat Wars have settled down -at least until Zoey started to show signs she was not yet spayed -she's coming home from the Vet today. and I re-organized my sewing room, thanks to re-roofing the garage.  No, I'm not moving out the garage (although  it would be nice if were heated and the floor was nicer than concrete -and I could make a real jeweler's bench complete with an annealing oven and maybe a kiln) While looking for roofing supplies at Home Depot I had to go to the ladies room and on my way I passed the nails and nuts and bolt row and in that row they have hundreds of small empty plastic boxes that are exponentially cheaper then the same ones sold in sewing and bead stores.  So I got a bunch of these and now all my snaps, D rings, Purse feet, purse magnets, rivets, and other assorted hardware, tapes, trims, elastics and notions are all organized, contained and in their place. Which means the majority are now easier than ever to find. 

I am not a notions nut. I have tools that I use constantly and for many purposes.  I don't have many one-purpose  tools -the kind that fill notion catalogs.  I also use less fancy tools from non-sewing stores rather than expensive designed-for-the-sewing-room tools. For example I use Crayola White or Blue chalk from the toy store rather than expensive chalks from the sewing store.  By having few tools and notions cluttering up my sewing space I have more room for working and I can have my tools right at my machine, where I need them.  

So I just finished a shirt for Dave.  The one up there ↑ It's a plaid flannel with a snap front.  It seems I make Dave a dress shirt, a flannel shirt and a fleece shirt every winter.  The more men's shirts I make the easier thy become.  Even the little sleeve placket is becoming easier -something I never thought I would ever say. This last one I did without instructions and I came up with a slightly easier way by modifying the way I cut and pre-fold the placket.  Here's a picture of the placket with the cuff attached:

The plaid is an uneven plaid with different weave colors in both warp and weft. Rather than the misery of trying to match the miserably uneven plaid I opted to cutting the cuffs, plackets, pockets, pocket flap and the back yoke on the bias.  The yoke was difficult to match exactly so I took a few bold details, like the darker horizontal blue stripe and the bold narrow black and white stripe and used those for the focal point bias seam.  Matter were made more complicated by the presence of a smooth wrong side and a napped right side, so I couldn't flip the fabric over to get the correct match pattern.  The finished shirt looks fine and choosing the bold stripes hid the uneven uneven match.

Now it's off the the brown twill pants for me.  Yes, I know I have failed several times at the brown twill pants in the past but THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT! I am using the same pattern that I made for the mauve shorts, only making the legs long enough to be pants.  And I have pre-shrunk the fabric three times.  And I am cutting and fitting as I go so they are perfectly tailored for me.  And then I will trim away the five inch seam allowances on the inside. And to be safe I got 3 meters of 150cm wide fabric. 

When these are successfully finished (hope springs eternal)  i have some basic grey poly/wool/spandex gabardine/twill for basic all purpose dress pants.  They will have a wide contoured waistband, sit right on the hips and end right at the belly button and they will have a few men's wear details such as welt pockets in the front and back.  There's will also be a powernet panel in the front to help deal with some of the over-fifty lumps and bumps in the tummy area.  I want them to have a straight line silhouette, not too slim, not too baggy. 

And then I have some heavier black cotton wool blend with a slub texture pinstripe. these will need to be lined so I'm going for classic 1930's era trousers with pleats, cuffs, higher waist wider legs and a chic classic elegant look.  

Tomorrow is not a sewing day: tomorrow is re-roof the garage day.  it's a big project and we have nail guns and compressors and shingles and of course 911 on speed dial! Dan is looking forward to working on the roof, Dave not so much.  But it needs to be done so we will try to finish in one day! 

Later!


Posted by lincatz at 11:11 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
The denim demon is tamed.
Topic: odds and ends

I completed all the sewing on my demon denim jacket.  I got the bottom hem band attached, added a buckle to one end and there will be grommets on the other end.  The collar and facings are all attached and sewn to the shoulder seam, the leather sleeve plackets went swimmingly well, and the cuffs are sewn in place with nary a stray thread anywhere.  Now i need to get out the riveting tool, my hammer and my plies to add grommets, buttons, eyelets, rivets and leather lacings for decoration.  It's supposed to be nice and warm and sunny so I'm going to bring out the Workmate bench from the garage and do all my hammering outside.  I hope to have it finished by this afternoon.  Next time I need to think things through before plunging headlong into such a complex project.  i now know four things I could have done to make the whole thing easier. 

My next projects are quite straightforward.  First it's some mushroom hoodies, then it's some madras plaid shirts for Dave.  We went to the mall on Friday and all the stores were filled with madras plaid shirts for guys.  They were anywhere from $20 at Old Navy with plaids that didn't line up correctly, to 95$ with button tabs on the shoulders and flapped pockets at The Bay.  Madras plaid comes from India.  It's 100% cotton, and a fine thread woven into a medium thread count fabric.  It's not a fine fabric, it's utilitarian.  it's designed to be very cool and comfortable in hot weather.  As it is washed and it ages it becomes softer and more comfortable.  It needs to be shrunk before sewing as its shrinkage is anywhere from 7 to 20 percent. 

It's also cheap to buy it by the yard, between 3.99 and 9.99 a meter, depending on width. There's no reason to buy cheap poorly made shirts, or to overspend on pricey brand names, not when a simple short sleeve casual shirt is so simple to make.  There's no cuff or sleeve placket so that saves gobs of time, and I can make them with convertible collars instead of a stand and fall collar, which is more time saved.  I can also use the five thread safety seam on my serger to do most of the construction, that will seam and overcast the main seams in one step, meaning more savings. And for cutting I can do a stack'n'whack cut, placing all three fabric in one stack and cutting three shirts at once.

So it's a win-win situation.  For the same amount as one shirt from the bay, I can make three shirts in little time. 

While at the mall I indulged in a little personal shopping.  I bought some sleeveless and short sleeve tops from LeChateau and Suzy Sheir.   One I got because I thought it would look good with my orthocerus pendant. Yes, I bought clothes.  I tried on oodles of jeans, fitting into everything from a size 10 to a size 15. The tops I bought were everything from X-small to large.  Sizes don't make any sense, I just grab things and try them on. I don't like that all the jeans are skinny, super skinny, or that odd silhouette where they are super skinny to the knees, then they have the exaggerated and awkward flare. They make my hips look five times wider because they taper in toward the knees so sharply. I look like I have turkey legs.  And skinny jeans?  If you have hips, thighs, a butt or anything they look wrong.  And to cap it off they all have that horrible back gap thing going on.  Maybe the problem is that I am spoiled by my own custom made custom fit jeans.  Maybe I've forgotten how miserable it is to find ready to wear jeans that fit. 

My other exciting sewing project has been mending jeans.  Yes, I mend jeans rather than throw them out.  I'm about to take three pairs of Ben's jeans and condense them into two pairs.  One pair is a lost cause. I place some stretch denim under the ripped area and then use a straight stitch and the reverse lever on the machine and go back and forth over the rip in a zig zag motion.  Why stretch?  Because pants rip at places where there is stress, so a stretch fabric will accommodate whatever stress that caused he fabric to rip in the first place.   Why not over the rip?  Because then the frayed edges show, which is part of today's denim styles.  A patch on the outside looks like mommy patched your jeans because daddy is a cheap-ass who won't buy new clothes when needed. One look is cool, the other, not so much

And that's all for me.  I need to get to work on the jacket.  The weather is supposed to warm up to near summer like temperatures.  We might be having a barbecue over Easter weekend. YAY! Will we be paying for this in July? Or is this an apology for last year's miserable summer? Who knows!


Posted by lincatz at 10:01 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Thursday, 4 June 2009

Topic: odds and ends

I learned a new sewing technique from the show "Sewing with Nancy"  The technique is called "serger crochet" and it's done with perle cotton on both loopers and a super wide three thread serger stitch.  My babylock machine has a super wide three thread and guess what? It has no trouble executing this technique. If you do it correctly you end up with a ruffled crochet-look lace.  I guess you can teach an old sewing dog a new trick or two!

I have the paper pattern and the muslin fitting shell cut out for my niece's grad dress.  I spending a bit more time on this one because we both want it to be special.  I'm going to Len's a little later to pick up some black ribbon, a bit more black lace and some gold cord for lacing the front.  It's going to look quite special.  I've already picked out what I'm wearing to her graduation, all I need is a new pair of special occasion black shoes. 

Speaking of black fabric.  Nancy's notions has an interesting fabric for sale, I think it would make some wild and wonderful clothes!  It's blackboard fabric and with a box of chalk or soft pastels you could draw whatever motif you want on your outfit.  Feeling blue? Cover yourself in blue chalk!  Feeling happy?  Draw mr smile all over yourself!  Want to make a statement?  Write how you feel!  A blackboard dress would be fabulous, wouldn't it!

I had to cover all my plants last night.  I planted lots of roma paste tomatoes, basil, lots of red sweet bell peppers and one green zucchini plant yesterday and naturally there was a frost warning.  So out I went with lots of newspapers to keep the frost off.  Now I have to uncover them.  My seedlings are all ready to plant, I have over 100 marigolds, over 150 coleus, several celosia, and a few flats of other bedding plants that I got at the farmer's market.  I now have to plant all these suckers!

Remember Cheap Trick?  That seventies band?  They were pretty awesome back in the day, they really rocked out! I have a couple of their records, on vinyl, and long ago I had one of their album on 8-track.  They've been around a loooong time.  I loved Rick Nielsen's four necked guitar.  That thing must have weighed a ton!  They are still around, still rocking out, still playing live shows, still releasing records.  And when I say records, I mean the big three, CD, vinyl and 8-track.  Yes, they are releasing their new album on 8-track!  How many other bands are willing to do that? Only ones that still have a vintage vibe like they do.  They sometimes call themselves that seventies band.  I didn't know that there were facilities anywhere that made 8-tracks. Here it is from their website: http://cheaptrick.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=10_21036&pc=CTAM64  Do any of those old 8-track players still work?  The band was always sort of goofy, so that's fits in with their sense of humour and their vintage vibe.

One show I often watch is "what not to wear"  There are times i want to throw sharp pointy objects at Stacy and Clinton, they seem hell bent on making all the square pegs of the world fit into boring round holes.  To be fair, they are getting better and going for styles that are now more appropriate to the Make-over's lifestyle and personal style.  However nothing will make me like "basic razor bob" hairstylist Nick.  He knows two styles and everyone gets a variation of nick cut one and nick cut two.  So needless to say I was thrilled to read this article: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009/06/01/split-ends-nick-arrojo-replaced-on-what-not-to-wear/  The show needs a new hair stylist, one with a bit more imagination and creativity.  True, Nick was the creator and master of the razor cut flip, but that style is now quite dated and he's looking more and more like a one-trick pony. I   Every person gets the same speech and the same cut.    Not everyone looks good with a chin length bob, and some of his shorter styles made many of the women on the show look older, not younger.  The chin length bob is the quickest way to look "over forty"  because so many women over 40 wear that same boring style.

Finally, there's a new toy out there called "blingee"  it's for all those people who miss sparkle GIF's.  It allows you to make the ugliest and most outrageous sparkle GIF's ever:

See what I mean?  That took me all of about five minutes!  The site is found right over here: http://blingee.com/

And that's all for today.  I have to go out there and plant something!


Posted by lincatz at 11:46 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Friday, 17 April 2009

Mood:  cool
Now Playing: old 1960's hippy music: lalalala live for today!
Topic: odds and ends

I found a great new food store where everything they sell is 100% GLUTEN FREE!  It has pasta, bread, bagels, muffins, cookies, cereal, ICE CREAM CONES!!!! it's been over 5 years since I've had ice cream in a cone.  They sell the complete product lines of Glutino, Gluten free Pantry, Pamela's, Miss Roben and they sell other supermarket items that are certified gluten free, such as Ragu sauce, all the Kraft salad dressings that are made in their gluten free facility, and others.  And the bestest of the best: The prices for everything are lower than any other health food store in the city.  The regular supermarket items are also a bit less than the local grocery store.  It's so cool, I can grab anything off the shelf, I don't have to spend hours pouring over the ingredient list,  and i can eat it without worry.  The site is : http://www.grandmasglutenfreegoods.com/ 

the store is in a plaza in one of kitchener's strange little neighbourhoods.  It's an area filled with little post war  white clapboard houses with brilliant trims n colours such as Robin's egg blue, pale aqua, pale pink, bright green and red. There are also plenty of little red brick cottage type houses, 12 plex apartments, everything built between 1948 and 1958, including the plaza.  the area is drenched in a state of timelessness, where it never stopped being 1955 on an outward level.  yes the people are all as modern and up to date as everyone, but their homes, their lawns, the appearance of their neighbourhood has stubbornly held fast to the past, embracing all its retro nostalgic charm. The plaza also has held on to its past, it looks like a relic from the fifties with little to no modernization or updating.   There's a Greek restaurant that is a hidden culinary treasure.  There's a pharmacy  with an interior that's like a 1966 movie set.  There's a large speciality fabric and notions store devoted to quilts and quilting.  There's a vintage shop that specializes in mid century and newer items.  There's a batik studio where you pay the guy some money and he guides you as you make a batik piece.  For more money you can have free run in the studio, paying for waxes, dyes and facilities. 

I would have liked to explore a few more of the oddball shops, but I went with my parents and they don't have my sense of adventure and my enjoyment of urban exploration. 

I finished one knee sock.  It's all finished with the toe sewn shut and the loose threads all nicely trimmed.  Here's the yarn I'm using, look for the Pinks with Purple http://www.knittingfever.com/c/yarn/noro-kureyon-sock/#t  It's turning out so well, I might get another ball and make a second pair.

I worked on it during last night's Nerdgasm that was CSI. I loved Hodge's fan fic worthy day dreams, the ersatz Star Trek convention, all the references to classic Star Trek episodes, cameo appearances from so many Battle Star Galactica stars, casting all the lab rats as Start trek characters, and the reaction of the hard core nerds to the modernization of their show (echoing the reaction of Star Wars nerds when George Lucas cleaned up star wars land for The Phantom Menace) -all the way to the show's sly meta-awareness of itself, its audience and what else their audience is into, it was one of the best episodes in a while.  The best was Hodge's "he's dead Jim" call on his flip phone that he wielded a la Captain Kirk.  Hodges and Wendy have such wonderful nerd chemistry, I expect someday they will get married, have a kid and name him James Tiberius and neither will see anything wrong with it.  Best Nerdgasm since the Lab Rats Board Game.

And that's all for today.  it's warm, my yard is covered in sweet violets and their perfume is sooooo strong, I have lots of veggie sprouts on the garden, and it's one of those days when it feels like Life is Good.  A day where the past doesn't matter, the future is too far away, and here and now is all that's important.  It's a day that must be lived in the moment.  If y'all will excuse me now, there are moments calling me.  I'm going to plant some lettuce, rake some leaves and then spend some time hanging out downtown enjoying the sun, the breeze and all the interesting people.  Later!


Posted by lincatz at 10:48 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Mood:  lazy
Topic: odds and ends

Good morning.  It's cold today! of course...it's winter.  DUH!  I don't know if anyone noticed, but I posted a new picture of myself in the "about me/profile" page of my blog and on my facebook page.  And since then I have received several e-mails asking me if it's a co-incidence that I look like Red Sophia from Cerebus the Aardvark. Um...sure. Yeah.  Ask Dave.  or not.  And I don't talk like her either!  I do NOT bold some word and underline others while i talk.  And I TOTALLY don't say rilly.  Really...

Okay, there's apparently more than just a passing resemblance and it was apparently done on purpose even if Dave vehemently denies it now.  But as he says about himself, he's not Cerebus the Aardvark, he's Dave, and to extend that line of logic I'm not Red Sophia, I'm Linda. There is one part that is taken from life: The issue with the caricature of Harry where "The Prime Minister and The Hussy" appears in book stores, and the foppish dandy who is buying it is one of the funniest things Dave ever did, and the joke is so incredibly private that maybe eight people in the world get it.  Here's my explanation of why it's so freaking hilarious:

The book seller is of course Harry Kremer of Books Now and Then. We all know Harry's part in Dave's life.  As i was also one of the town's misfits, I was there all the time too. Everyone I knew hung out at Harry's.  When word got around the crowd that Dave and I were seeing each other speculation ran rampant whether Dave would have me make some type of appearance in the book. No one was in more anticipation than Paul, although no one denied his anticipatory mood more than Paul.  The issue arrived.  Happy Harry pointed it to Paul out saying there was someone he might recognize in it.  Paul asked if it was the one with me and harry told him to look for himself.  Paul spent three seconds looking at it and said, "yes I suppose i should buy it" and ran out the store with only that one book. According to the legend, Dave was there, witnessed everything and proceeded to caricatured Paul as a foppish frilled Dandy. At that time Paul had a uber-trendy new wave suit and tie look going on.  Dave and i had discussed the new wave look and we decided it was nothing more that the latest incarnation of the Dandy look.

And Dave said anyone who thinks that "the Prime Minister and the Hussy" is about us is crazy or missed the other title "cernabus and Sophina: A selfless tale of love that saved a city state" which also wasn't us, he isn't Cerebus or cernabus, nor was I Sophia nor sophina. Or WHATEVER!  Dave was always a little...well...Dave-ish even back then.

Speaking of the past, here's a funny article from the old Cracked magazine of the 1970's.  Back then Cracked was mad's poorer cousin, no where near as funny or as well done.  it was less sophisticated humour and for those whose tastes weren't mature or refined enough for Mad.  Having said that, Every once in a while Cracked not hit home runs, they occasionally hit one out of the park and into the next state.  Witness this blog entry reprinting an article illustrating how Cracked sees the 21st century: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/1970s-cracked-magazine-accurately-predicted-2009.html  It's surprisingly prophetic, bald heads on young guys, computer generated music, and the over 40 crowd all dressed as post modern hippies calling the youth of the 21st century a sign of the coming apocalypse.

Apropos to nothing, here's a picture of a pink iguana: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/05/pink-iguana.html  Pink Iguana would be a great name for an alt clothing line, wouldn't it?  I once had an idea for wanna be geek gangstas who played WOW and Second life all day who wanted a really cool sounding brand name -but the reaction to CELLA DWELLAZ seemed to be mostly negative.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/06/religion-atheism  An update on the London bus project.  So far the response has been positive and the buses will be rolling for a while.  There are 800 buses in total and the fundraising was a total success. However, I would like to once again state that atheism is as much a religion as bald is a hair colour!

And that's all for today.  Oh yes, my project for the week is to attempt to go at least five days without a trip to any store for any reason.  After the shopping orgy before and for a while after christmas, I need a rest from retail. Later!


Posted by lincatz at 12:08 PM EST
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Thursday, 13 November 2008

Mood:  lyrical
Topic: odds and ends

My son Ben has been secretly participating in the national novel writing month, although he didn't sign up on line and he's not submitting anything to anyone.  I think this means he's writing for the fun of it and using NaNoMo as an excuse.  Silly child, he doesn't need an excuse to write, it's something that he should do because he enjoys it!

A couple days ago I dug out my old steel crochet hooks and lace thread and I decided to do a little crochet lace.  I've made several doilies over the years, the largest is a couple feet across, more like a table cloth sized doily, 564 rows!  I also have made many smaller doilies of about 12 inches across.  My finest hook for crochet is a .6 mm.  The finest I have is a hair thin .3 that I use for honiton lace, I can't see the hook without a magnifying glass.  I had forgotten how hand crampingly frustrating crochet lace is!  I'll finish this doily and then wind all of it back onto tatting shuttles.  I enjoy tatting far more.  It's far faster, it doesn't take long to get inches of lace.

Of course i enjoy bobbin lace the most, and now Trillium has a magnifying glass made for honiton lace, it can be pinned right onto the pillow.  Here's the page of the manufacturer with a picture: http://ca.daylightcompany.com/art/product/?id=31 

And now for some good news: the losses keep piling up for crocs to the tune of 148 million!  I guess everyone not camping and over the age of 12 took a good hard look in the mirror.  If there are any questions, we'll let th LOLcat answer them:

Today I hem my coat.  I thought I had it hemmed, the lining is hemmed, the sleeves are hemmed, the hem is pressed, but for some unfathomable reason I haven';t actually sewn the hem.  It actually happened that I wore a dress with a perfectly pressed yet still unsewn hem.  OOPS! I think it's because i got caught up in the skirt.  I have a few details that sort of turned on me, looking different than they did in the test half scale muslin.  I have to adjust some of the hem gores, the way they are now they stick out sort of weird.  I know what to do, but it's quite fiddly and will require some old fashioned hand basting to get it right.  I don't really mind that much, but it can be quite time consuming.

And that's all for today.  I have work to do and it won't get done with me sitting here looking at Fark headlines and OMG! Trailer Park Boys has been cancelled! Oh no!  At Dan's school they had Randy and Mr Leahy MC the school talent show.  That's their schtick, all publicity appearances by the cast are done in character.  I think Randy and Mr Leahy make such a cute couple.

And that's all for today!  Later!  And no more fark!


Posted by lincatz at 12:05 PM EST
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Thursday, 9 October 2008

Mood:  chatty
Topic: odds and ends

My blog editor is still farked up, after they closed the support ticket for it.  Apparently a plain box where you enter text with no HTML support is the latest thing in blog editors.  Who knew? 

my drawing, painting, sketches and notes are all nicely organized.  OK, maybe not nicely organized, but they are in some semblance of order.  It may not be the best order but it's MY order.  A new order...if you will. 

I worked on a couple paintings.  I finished a mushroom painting the had a couple inexplicable white spaces in the middle, I guess I missed them completely when I was doing that part of the painting  I started a painting of some willow branches hanging in mid air.  They weren't really hanging in mid air, but while i was walking they were just in front of me on the path, hanging in front of my line of vision, taking up all the visual space, so i had to draw them like that and now I'm painting them like that.  Here's a scan of the work in progress

Once again, it's worked in gouache on 130 lb strathmore cold press.  I like the texture of the paper, it has a good tooth that adds to the richness of the painting.  The original is 9x11, this is less than half size.  I'm working with brushes in size 0 to 0000, which is about as fine as you can get.  Each little efflorescence on the catkins is painted with the tiny 0000 in four colours, burgundy, white, lemon yellow and pink.  Each catkin took about ten minutes to paint.  The leaves were first worked with a small angled brush and then the high and lowlights were added with the 00 brush. The branches were worked with an 0 and two 00's at the same time, the thick brush had the base yellow ochre and the two fine brushes had the highlight and the burnt sienna on them.  By working three brushes at a time I could get the subtle blending that I like.  Then i took a 000 with burnt umber to add depth to the leave scars on the branches.   It's not finished yet, I have another branch with more leaves and catkins to add, then a misty background to simulate how it appeared on the path in the cool spring rain.

Last night's CSI:New York wasn't too bad, was it?  it wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as Miami, which even if was nothing more than fan fiction written by a kid in grade seven would still only rate a D-.  I think I would have preferred watching "Dirty Jobs" where Mike Rowe spent much of the episode with hands up a cow's butt.  But really, none of those other CSI's matter because tonight is the real thing, where we get to see the return of Sara, so does Lady Heather and the miniature killer, and we find out what happens to Warrick.  I'm assuming he dies and that starts the ten episode story arc where Grissom leaves.  There's a few possible spoiler rumours that Warrick has a kid somewhere and Grissom and Sara go off into the sunset to be mommy and daddy to this kid.  Speaking of spoilers, On CSI:New York The actress who plays Lindsey is pregnant again and this time it's written into the show with Danny as the Daddy.  Last time she just got fat from stress.

Finally, if you have some extra money burning a hole in your pockets, and you like Bob Dylan, get his new album of old stuff. Some of this deleted stuff is better than what made it to the albums!  Bob Dylan is one of the greatest to come out of the sixties and he still manages to sound relevant after so many years.  I managed to score a preview of this set and it is fabulous, well worth buying.  I enjoyed it and will listen to it again and again.  There!  That's my review!

So Tomorrow Dave is off work.  We'll be going to the opening of Oktoberfest for the tapping of the keg and for gluten free pizza from pizza pizza.  Then we're off to the fairway area to comparison shop for TV's and then off to Conestoga mall for a real shopping spree!  Dave needs new shoes and some shirts, Ben needs jeans, I need soooooo much (yeah right) and all the guys have to buy me a birthday present.  At Sunrise they have several different Simon and Garfunkel records available, I want one of those because the first album i ever bought was a Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over troubled water and I might have been all of 12. Here' it is on Amazon.com:http://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Troubled-Water-Simon-Garfunkel/dp/B00005NKKZ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1223559544&sr=1-2  I also got Sounds of Silence when I was 13.  Because Bridge was the first record i bought with my own money that wasn't a children's record, I want its replacement to be the first vinyl record i buy in over 20 years.

(still can't get links to work) (Darn it!)

Monday is Thanksgiving Day.  By request I am holding off on the Boston Creme pie until Monday.  There will be some type of turkey, last year it was so warm we had a turkey barbecue! This year is not going to be 28 with a humidex, so I might make a traditional roasted turkey.  i have enough gluten free bread crusts to make some stuffing, and I'll get some spaghetti squash and some fresh beans, and maybe some Caesar salad.  I love Caesar salad, leafy greens and BACON! Is there anything bacon...oky y'all know the meme!

Next week is the sewing and needlework festival in Toronto and Dave and I will be going there on Saturday.  I'm going to wear the dress I made from the velvet I got there last year.

Speaking of money, from my financial reporter friend comes this link, which is making the rounds of people who work in the business of business:  http://sadguysontradingfloors.tumblr.com/  sad guys on the trading floor, the title says it all.  See people melting down with the market, and read some of the lamest captions ever.

And that's all for today.  I now have to teach Ben how to do laundry. It's time the kid learns how to wash his own dirty undies and jeans.  Little does he know it's usually as complicated as throw in washing machine, add detergent, put fabric softener in the dispenser thing, twist knob,  pull the knob out, and place in dryer when the machine stops making noises.  That the dryer is even easier, turn the knob to whatever it is you are drying, t-shirts, jeans, business casual, and then press the start button.  I've got him thinking it's something really tough and difficult, so this should be fun! I like messing up my kids' brains!  


Posted by lincatz at 11:50 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share

Mood:  chatty
Topic: odds and ends

My blog editor is still farked up, after they closed the support ticket for it.  Apparently a plain box where you enter text with no HTML support is the latest thing in blog editors.  Who knew? 

my drawing, painting, sketches and notes are all nicely organized.  OK, maybe not nicely organized, but they are in some semblance of order.  It may not be the best order but it's MY order.  A new order...if you will. 

I worked on a couple paintings.  I finished a mushroom painting the had a couple inexplicable white spaces in the middle, I guess I missed them completely when I was doing that part of the painting  I started a painting of some willow branches hanging in mid air.  They weren't really hanging in mid air, but while i was walking they were just in front of me on the path, hanging in front of my line of vision, taking up all the visual space, so i had to draw them like that and now I'm painting them like that.  Here's a scan of the work in progress

Once again, it's worked in gouache on 130 lb strathmore cold press.  I like the texture of the paper, it has a good tooth that adds to the richness of the painting.  The original is 9x11, this is less than half size.  I'm working with brushes in size 0 to 0000, which is about as fine as you can get.  Each little efflorescence on the catkins is painted with the tiny 0000 in four colours, burgundy, white, lemon yellow and pink.  Each catkin took about ten minutes to paint.  The leaves were first worked with a small angled brush and then the high and lowlights were added with the 00 brush. The branches were worked with an 0 and two 00's at the same time, the thick brush had the base yellow ochre and the two fine brushes had the highlight and the burnt sienna on them.  By working three brushes at a time I could get the subtle blending that I like.  Then i took a 000 with burnt umber to add depth to the leave scars on the branches.   It's not finished yet, I have another branch with more leaves and catkins to add, then a misty background to simulate how it appeared on the path in the cool spring rain.

Last night's CSI:New York wasn't too bad, was it?  it wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as Miami, which even if was nothing more than fan fiction written by a kid in grade seven would still only rate a D-.  I think I would have preferred watching "Dirty Jobs" where Mike Rowe spent much of the episode with hands up a cow's butt.  But really, none of those other CSI's matter because tonight is the real thing, where we get to see the return of Sara, so does Lady Heather and the miniature killer, and we find out what happens to Warrick.  I'm assuming he dies and that starts the ten episode story arc where Grissom leaves.  There's a few possible spoiler rumours that Warrick has a kid somewhere and Grissom and Sara go off into the sunset to be mommy and daddy to this kid.  Speaking of spoilers, On CSI:New York The actress who plays Lindsey is pregnant again and this time it's written into the show with Danny as the Daddy.  Last time she just got fat from stress.

Finally, if you have some extra money burning a hole in your pockets, and you like Bob Dylan, get his new album of old stuff. Some of this deleted stuff is better than what made it to the albums!  Bob Dylan is one of the greatest to come out of the sixties and he still manages to sound relevant after so many years.  I managed to score a preview of this set and it is fabulous, well worth buying.  I enjoyed it and will listen to it again and again.  There!  That's my review!

So Tomorrow Dave is off work.  We'll be going to the opening of Oktoberfest for the tapping of the keg and for gluten free pizza from pizza pizza.  Then we're off to the fairway area to comparison shop for TV's and then off to Conestoga mall for a real shopping spree!  Dave needs new shoes and some shirts, Ben needs jeans, I need soooooo much (yeah right) and all the guys have to buy me a birthday present.  At Sunrise they have several different Simon and Garfunkel records available, I want one of those because the first album i ever bought was a Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over troubled water and I might have been all of 12. Here' it is on Amazon.com:http://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Troubled-Water-Simon-Garfunkel/dp/B00005NKKZ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1223559544&sr=1-2  I also got Sounds of Silence when I was 13.  Because Bridge was the first record i bought with my own money that wasn't a children's record, I want its replacement to be the first vinyl record i buy in over 20 years.

(still can't get links to work) (Darn it!)

Monday is Thanksgiving Day.  By request I am holding off on the Boston Creme pie until Monday.  There will be some type of turkey, last year it was so warm we had a turkey barbecue! This year is not going to be 28 with a humidex, so I might make a traditional roasted turkey.  i have enough gluten free bread crusts to make some stuffing, and I'll get some spaghetti squash and some fresh beans, and maybe some Caesar salad.  I love Caesar salad, leafy greens and BACON! Is there anything bacon...oky y'all know the meme!

Next week is the sewing and needlework festival in Toronto and Dave and I will be going there on Saturday.  I'm going to wear the dress I made from the velvet I got there last year.

Speaking of money, from my financial reporter friend comes this link, which is making the rounds of people who work in the business of business:  http://sadguysontradingfloors.tumblr.com/  sad guys on the trading floor, the title says it all.  See people melting down with the market, and read some of the lamest captions ever.

And that's all for today.  I now have to teach Ben how to do laundry. It's time the kid learns how to wash his own dirty undies and jeans.  Little does he know it's usually as complicated as throw in washing machine, add detergent, put fabric softener in the dispenser thing, twist knob,  pull the knob out, and place in dryer when the machine stops making noises.  That the dryer is even easier, turn the knob to whatever it is you are drying, t-shirts, jeans, business casual, and then press the start button.  I've got him thinking it's something really tough and difficult, so this should be fun! I like messing up my kids' brains!  


Posted by lincatz at 11:48 AM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Friday, 5 September 2008

Mood:  down
Topic: odds and ends

I corrected yesterday's facebook link.  I think I got the correct public link this time.  Just in case, here it is again: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=6395&l=bbb39&id=1076626334  
And if you aren't tired of all the pictures, here are a few more: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=6428&l=3c528&id=1076626334

This week from Tuesday on has been an utter wipe out.  I had that terrible headache on Tuesday and since then I've been battling an extremely touchy stomach.  Now I'm wondering if I picked up a stomach bug while on vacation.  I think I'll not eat anything today for as long as i can and see if that helps. (Immodiums don't count as food!)  I hope that by next week I feel human again.

Have i mentioned how much I like the band Rammstein?  No?  I haven't?  Well, I really really like Rammstein.  There's something about whatever it is they play that I really enjoy.  It's my new happy music!  Move over Enya and John Tesh, Rammstein is what I play to relax and get in touch with my creative side!  Yes, the same Rammstein that released "Du Hast" and the same Rammstein that released "amerika(ist wunderbar!)"  THAT Rammstein.  Just thought everyone should know what this 47 year old woman like to listen to. I have no idea what it is about German industrial metal or whatever little genre it fits into (I don't give a kat krap about genres) that floats the old Kat boat, but I really do like it.

So I saw the Project Runway Dianne VonFurstenburg episode. Mousy little Leanne is becoming the star of this season.  No whickety, no whack, just solid designs every week.  Her, Korto and Kenley look like the top three, although I will miss the traditional histrionics and drama.  Ahhh...where is Santino when you really need him. 

If I had to make a dress from materials from a supermarket, I might be bold a make a toilet paper dress and spray it with food colouring or kool-aid for colouring.  That would be cool.  Maybe add some paper muffin cups.  What else is in a grocery store?  Little cake sprinkles and those silver balls, drahzees?  Maybe some cake icing in those tubes for embroidery?  That would be cool.  Since it is a grocery store it would be expected that some food items should be used...cake stuff would be far more food-like than all the stupid tablecloths everyone used.  And anything would be better than the "Master Shake"   thing that was auf'ed.  A dress from tiers of muffin cups and toilet paper lightly sprayed with something pastel, like watermelon koolaid trimmed with cake sprinkles embedded in cake icing from a squeeze tube would be really cute!

And that's all for today/  My tummy doesn't seem to like fasting either.  Sigh.  Maybe next week it will be better.  later!


Posted by lincatz at 12:31 PM EDT
Post Comment | Permalink Bookmark and Share
Bookmark and Share

Newer | Latest | Older