here they are folks, my Gocco note cards for the swap, do to be mailed by August 21. I had hoped to have them in the mail to all my swap mates earlier, but you all know how that goes. I'm just amazed that I finished them before the 21st. ok, so before you all start yelling at at me, I know it was suppose to be 4-6 cards, and I'm assuming that they were all suppose to be of the same image, but there's a reason behind my insanity. The first image I printed was the sunflower, which I tried to do in two colors. I hated how it came out, HATED IT!!! And although I am including it in some of the envelopes, I couldn't with a clear conscience let that be the only printed note i sent. Knowing how disappointed I would be If I spent so much time on the cards only to receive that in return. So next I printed the sea shell. Soooo much better. Then I found a screen I had burned and never printed (the sewing machine), so I printed that. Then I came across a book of Paisley clip art, and HAD to do one of them. OK, go ahead and say it, I got carried away, what more can I say?? I got into the Gocco groove and couldn't stop. I don't even feel bad abut it. Well, ok, a little bad about the fact that I only have a few bulbs and screens left and I know I'll be cursing myself come December when I'm in need of a Holiday card. But It had been so long since I got creative, aside from a few Journal pages that I had to abandon about a week in because of the lack of time on my hands. And the process felt so good, the smell of the ink, the dirty hands, the whole printing process. When I was in school I loved my printmaking classes, and if one person had told me back then that I could make a living at it I would have continued on my happy way, a starving fine artist. But everyone was so set on the fact that to make it in this business the route you needed to go was Graphic Design, and I was too naive and too poor to think outside the box. So I got my degree in Graphic Design, and never did anything with it. For far too many reasons that I don't dare bore you with. But as long as I can still create on the side, I'm a happy camper (well, wrong word actually, i don't actually like camping). Hopefully more tomorrow, with some photos of the finished product before they go off to their new homes. And maybe a giveaway for those who weren't involved but are still interested in some of the note cards I made. If you'd like to get your name in the drawing, just leave me a comment by Sept 1 telling me what you would have been when you grew up if you had your choice. I will take all the names and pick a winner. Good Luck!
Tuesday morning left me a little saddened. On the back end of a well needed and much enjoyed vacation, we were finally home, missing my morning coffee from the front porch of the Chair Six restaurant and the unbelievable breakfasts that I indulged in every day while I checked my email from the Adirondack chairs placed across the front of the building, looking out over White Face Mountain. (SIGH). Tuesday was designated to one thing and one thing only, something I had put off since I signed up for the swap a few weeks ago. Ever since I had received my list of swap mates I've been frightened to begin the process, some of these women Gocco as a profession, their images haunted me, how could I ever compete with these women?? But I had already signed up, so I took out the Gocco, stored away in it's box, only previously used once before with less than spectacular results. I stared at it for awhile, not quite remembering where to begin, went on line and watched a video and then just dove in. Before I knew it I was surrounded by a 150 cards, all drying in the late afternoon air, and I was so pleased that I sat right down and sewed up some little envelopes to ship them in. I had tried to post the results of my day in a single post twice already, but I ran into some Typepad issues that I haven't experienced since they made the upgrade. I'm going to try again, but if I get hung up, I'll do this in three part, maybe four. So, I will now present to all that care, the Art of The Note note cards for the 2008 swap. It stared with these:
and this is where I will leave off for today. If you would like to see more images of the process and other peoples work (and why I'm so nervous as to who has to get my work) you can see them all here. I'll be back later tonight to post the finished cards and the little envelopes before they go to the post office Wednesday morning. I already received a package from one of my swap mates, and I can't wait to share it with you all, but I think I'll wait until i have more of them. I love getting packages in the mail, don't you, a little mail man love everyday. I can't wait!
Could it be possible that we are already into the middle of August? Could it be possible that my skin is barley beige instead of tan? Could it be possible that I have not found one piece of beach glass this whole summer? Ah, yes, the life of a full time job holder. Had you told me 10 years ago that I would be uttering any of these things I would have shushed you away. I'm only slightly complaining, but I do have to let out a little sigh. Even blogging isn't as easy as it used to be, and that really pains me. We got home on Monday, finally, after 61/2 hours in the car, all of us eager for familiar surroundings. Tuesday was spent cutting, inking & printing. (more on that tomorrow possibly) And yesterday it was back to work, as if I had not even been away. The rest of the summer has already been spoken for, with two weddings, two concerts and seeing those friends that you see once a year and wonder why you don't see more. Here are a a few photos, just because, talk to you all again when I have a second to breathe...
Honestly folks, I've been trying to post since Wednesday. We drove the 51/2 hours up to Lake Placid without much trouble at all, a few patches of traffic in the NYC area, but once on the Thruway it was free sailing. I have to say, the best part of the new 2.0 software for my iPhone has to be the Pandora application, we listened to Grateful Dead Radio and Phish Radio all the way up, with songs I haven't heard in years, because they just aren't on my iPod. Excellent, totally excellent. As soon as we turned off exit 30, the black clouds surrounded us, and then the rain started. It made for such beautiful views, the best way to travel in my book is not below the clouds, or above the clouds, it's the way you travel here in the Adirondack mountains, through the clouds.The minute we checked into the cottage Tim took in the bags while Seamus checked out his temporary home and I checked out our WIFI connection, all seem to be good. We walked up to the corner store to get some wraps and chips and went to bed early, the sound of rain pouring over our heads.It was so relaxing just knowing we were on vacation and the statement "we currently have a limited quantity of the 16GB white iPhone in stock and there is a 2-3 hour wait outside the store" would not have to be uttered for an entire week. The next morning Tim woke early and we got some of the best breakfast I've ever tasted, from the restaurant next door , and as Tim stretched I attempted to post, only to receive this. I then tried to post from my phone only to get a spinning symbol for a half hour. I pushed the computer aside and decided to forget about it. The games were amazing to watch with the mountains in the background , and over early enough to give us time to explore the village. The shopping was endless, the shops went on forever. Home to the 1980 Olympics, this place reminded me of Switzerland. We spent the evening with friends at their house, where Seamus was able to play for hours with some doggie friends, and we were able to relax and have some really good brews. Today we have an 11:30 game, and then we hope to be able to get into this , if they let us take the dog. I will try and post again tomorrow, fingers crossed that I'm able to get my signal. I will leave you with a little montage of the past few days
and I wish I meant eggs. Today was spent scrambling to get ready to leave on our long awaited vacation to Lake Placid. Easier said than done, with today being my 6th day straight at work, I went in at 7:30 and left at 2. While I waited for Tim to come home I did some last minute cleaning, (because there is nothing I hate more than coming home to a dirty house), last minute packing (because there 's nothing I hate more than forgetting something that I can't live without, like my camera battery charger)and last minute hugging, (because as much as he thinks he is, Mac will not be coming). He keeps crawling up on top of Tim's lacrosse bag and falling asleep, so sweet and so sad at the same time. Who knows, he may enjoy his time alone, without the beast pouncing on him every 5 seconds. And besides, the girls are coming over to feed him, clean his box and best of all love him up.
There are other things that will stay at home
but something tells me that the care takers will be eating fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil a lot this week. I also think I should do some last minute remembering of the past week, if for no other reason than to spark my own memory. The weekend was so much fun, but consumed with work and trying my best to come up with an idea for the swap (because the women I have in my group are some of the best Goccoers I ever seen, I just really don't want to let them down.) I haven't had two seconds to even talk about it. First there was Thursday nights show with some really good friends. I can't tell you which I enjoyed more, the company or the show. I haven't seen Bridget and Jim in so long that we could have been listening to the ipod and it wouldn't have mattered. But thank God we were seeing my all time favorite person, Adam Duritz. I can't explain it, but I love this guy, always have, always will. I have been made fun of for years because of my undying love for this man, taking hits like "he looks like Side Show Bob", and "What's he on??". I don't care, I love him, his music and voice touches me like nothing else.
Then there was the Friday night Live After 5, with lots of friends, great music from some of the best local bands around.
As you can see I've been busy. I promise to post while I'm away, I think I have ample time to do so with WIFI in our cottage and no mention of a TV, (maybe the hubby will be making a guest appearance on Beestudio). There is so much to do still, so I better sign off, see you tomorrow where the air will be fresher, the mountains in close view, the dog exhausted from the 5 hour drive and my email turned off. Amen!