Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What We Did and What We're Doing

I played with canes this weekend. We had plans to go to some of the local festivals, but it was rainy off and on and I just love an excuse to stay inside. In between watching reruns of The Match Game and other family friendly shows, I organized a bit in my art area (I still can't say studio). I have had this really nice container for several years, but when I tried to take the label off the top it came off in shredded pieces. I was so disgusted with this that I put the container away. I don't know about you, but I could not use it like that. It drove me crazy. Finally I got a piece of scrapbook paper and affixed it to the lid. Then I made a piece of "fabric" using scrap cane slices and cut out the letters to spell CANES. I glued these to the paper and here you have it. Now, it's usable.

I haven't made many canes, but I have a few in my stash...

Canes can be used in many ways, you can slice them thinly and cover a multitude of items with them. When you cover another piece of clay with slices it is called "fabric". You can even cut the clay fabric into shapes and make silly things like this.

You can slice them a bit thicker, pierce them and have very unique beads. You can use the ends to make the magic Natasha beds that I demonstrated here..

Well, enough already about canes. The holiday is over and we all have to get back in the groove. This requires doing mundane chores such as recycling all our ginger ale bottles, plastic containers and newspapers that my hubby has been holding onto for a while. One was from June 2005.

I notice when taking this picture, that there are some things that should be recycled that are not...

Just kidding, Sweetie, I'm glad you take these work shoes off in the garage. The hubs has always worn white high tops to work in. He says you can see immediately where you are placing your feet. When he was working high atop houses under construction, I was grateful for every safety measure that he took.

While he recycles, I'm taking back books to the library. I usually just read "how to" books and mysteries, but I love those little old books about the South and our culture and funny ways.

This last batch included books by my favorite celebrity author, Fanny Flagg. I remember Fanny from my childhood when she did tongue in cheek record albums about the First Family. (for those of you too young to know what record albums are, let me know and I'll bring you up to speed) I still see her on the aforementioned Match Game reruns. The movie Fried Green Tomatoes was based on one of her books. I didn't like the movie as much as the book, but that's just me. The only draw back to her books is that they make me cry. Sometimes through the entire book. She's the best in my opinion. I would love to meet her.

Here is a "how to" craft book that I like so much, I'm going to purchase. I've already sent DH on an eBay search for it. It's one of those books that never gets old.

There are so many fun things in this book. Some are really simplistic, but the designs and some of the techniques can be made as complex as you choose.

Well, DH just called and said he got caught in a torrential downpour and to be careful. It hasn't even rained here yet, so I best get my tennies on and get moving. I think a trip to the thrift store is in order also. If I find any goodies, I'll let you know. Take care and enjoy your week.


Michele said...

Looks like you're being very productive and organized... good for you! Now maybe I should follow suit... nah! My brain thinks it's still the holiday.

Crafty Gal Linda said...

You've been a busy girl! The craft book looks cool. I like the necklace on the cover.

Angela Recada said...

Sound like you had a nice weekend - I used to love the old Match Game show, too. Were you watching the really old ones with Gene Rayburn?

I hope you have a wonderful week, too!

vivian said...

HI Susan, I just wanted to stop in and say hi.. I'm behind on everyones blogs after this weekend. but I'm back!! I used to play with Super sculpey and fimo all the time and loved it, I havent made anything with it in quite a while.. you may be inspiring me to get some out to play with! I always used it for doll making. have a great week!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I didn't didn't realize Fanny Flagg wrote Fried Green Tomatoes?! I loved that movie! I vividly remember her on The Match Game. Brett Somers was a hoot too! Man, I am older than dirt.

Suzie said...

I love match game time well spent

Annette said...

I just learned what canes are, and you've enticed me to read Fannie Flagg--- but was is the Match Game???

Kristen Hermanny said...

Do you every watch the home shopping network for inspiration on your jewelry??? They had some different necklaces on last night that were hand crafted. I was scrolling through channels and thought of you. We stayed inside most of the weekend. We made it church, and we tried a new restaurant. It was rainy off an on here too. Plus, Friday, at DH's work they announced that they were bought by a rival company for the sole purpose of stealing all their accounts and shutting them down. Our phone has been ringing off the hook for job offers for the DH. But having to watch 120 people find out their job was going to be gone really tired him out. I let him sleep most of the weekend.
GREAT POST, Susan!!! Looks like some productive time!!!

Tina said...

Well, you've inspired me to organize something. I'd better just go and do it cause that feeling when it comes on usually is gone before ya know it.

Liska said...

Your work is stunning. Bless your hubby with his white trainers. I also would be glad for every safety measure my husband would use. Not a nice feeling when you have to worry about them.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Liska x