Monday, September 28, 2015

55 World Globe Bowls UPDATE

Am I up to my ears in globe-bowls? YUP!


I knew it was a lot of work when I agreed to do it, and like all big projects, I'm wondering why the heck I agreed to do this??  CRAZY!

But I am pleased to say that I have been stepping through my to-do list in a timely manner - in spite of working full time, being a mom, a wife, and having lots of extended-family issues (oy).

9/28 update - All bowls have had their final white-paint coats done on the insides!  Labels are being added and I am working on touching up major damage to the map-surface (some of the globes were missing big chunks of map).  But for the most part, they are done - HOORAY!!
So far I've completed steps 1-14 for all 55 bowls! (YEAH!!)
  1. __x_Do I have enough globes? YES.   (Whew!) 
  2. __x_Do I have enough bases? yup.  
  3. __x__Do I have enough hardware DONE .. thought I did. NOPE.  Gotta go get slightly longer screws.... sigh. I thought I had the right size, but didn't take into account that some of the globes actually have an odd curve at the bottom on the inside of the globes.
  4. __x_Cut the globes in half along the equator. Done.
  5. __x_Fix parts that came unglued or are coming apart (Done 9/11/15)
  6. _x__Clean outside of the bowls (in progress) DONE 09/07/15
  7. _x___Sand the edges and insides if needed (DONE)
  8. __x__Apply first coat of paint to the inside of bowls DONE
  9. __x__Sand the insides to knock off any high spots of paint (paper bowls have LOTS of little fibers that stick up ) DONE
  10. __x_Drill holes through all the bases (hooray! I did it using my $3 drill press I found at a garage sale - it worked like a champ!!) DONE
  11. __x__Lightly sand/de-gloss all the bases DONE
  12. __x__Paint all the bases black (per the customer's request) DONE
  13. __x__Seal all the bases DONE
  14. __x__After letting the bases dry for several days, use glue, washers, bolts, and nuts to adhere bases to bowls. DONE
  15. _ DONE___Apply a 2nd coat of paint to the insides of the bowls (and the washers and bolt-heads as well) 9/27/15
  16. __in progress__Touch up outer map if needed (several of the globes have pretty severe damage to the maps). 
  17. __in progress__Add business labels to the bottom of the bases.
  18. __IN PROGRESS__Let dry for several days before packaging for shipping
  19. ____Package for shipping
  20. ____Ship to client
Now I just need to finish painting the insides of the bowls (about 10 left to do - HOORAY!!), let them dry, finish touching up the outer shells if there is a lot of damage, add labels, and then pack & ship.

It's been a marathon - but it's been a fun challenge!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup Washington - Fabulous Art Show!


If you didn't have the chance to stop in and see the Fine Art Show at the Puyallup Fair (now known as the Washington State Fair) - you missed out on seeing some great stuff!  I have 2 friends that had works in the show (as I did - and I mentioned in the previous post).


Teresa Palmer is a quilter and has only been quilting for a couple of years - but is creating amazing pieces!!  Her quilt won an honorable mention for this year's fair!










Dragon Bowl - Sally Anaya

The other artist is an INCREDIBLE weaver!  Her name is Sally Anaya and is is known throughout the country as an expert in her field!

She's a lovely woman whom I've gotten to know when I joined the Fiber 19 art group.  I watched her work on her dragon basket for over 2 years.  She created the design herself and spent countless hours weaving it.

It won "Reserve Grand Champion" - and rightly so!

Isn't it amazing??!!!

To find out more information about Sally and her art - click on her name or go to http://www.sallyanaya.com/

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Puyallup Fair & Fine Art Show 2015




I had such a great time this year - visiting the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA (known until recently, as the Puyallup Fair)!






This year, I applied for (and was accepted into) the Fine Art Fair which is held during the fair.  Both of my pieces made it in and it was a real thrill for me to go to the fair and visit my pieces on display!!





Of course, I had to take pictures of myself with my paintings.  My two pieces which are on display are: Oh My, Camelia! and "Sweet Lil Tulips".

We didn't just stay in the Fine Art area of course, we had to have the prerequisite fair foods (Scones with strawberries are ALWAYS a hit), ride a few rides (love the roller coasters, hate ANYTHING that turns upside down!), and see a few free shows (the hypnotist is always hysterical!).



I ran into a couple of friend's pieces while I was there too - my next post will be about their artwork (which is fabulous, so stay tuned!)

If you went to the Puyallup Fair, I hope you had as much fun as we did!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

If You Grew Up Near Renton Washington, Maybe You'd Remember This!

Vintage Sears photo courtesy of Anne Garber's Pinterest page.
I grew up in the Seattle area - moving around a bit, but staying within the general area.  One of the things my family liked to do, was visit Newberry's and Sears in Renton, WA. 




I have VERY fond memories of the candy counter at Sears - where a kid with a quarter could buy a little bag of candies...yum!



Newberry's Soda Fountain
Photo courtesy of The Daily Journal.com



Newberrys had a soda fountain (cafe) which was my mother's favorite place to get a hot dog - because they made buns out of folded, toasted bread. 




But my very favorite thing to do - was to play
on the cement turtles outside.  There were little turtles and big turtles.  You could step from turtle to turtle and climb the big ones.  They were there for years, after newberry's left..and even after Sears left.  Then they disappeared.
BUT guess who I found on the grounds of the Renton Highland's Library??  YUP! One of the original turtles!!

Tommy the Turtle - outside of the Renton Highlands Public Library
Apparently someone made a bunch of these (dubbed Tommy the Turtle) and sold them to a mall developer who put them in various malls across America in the 1960's.  

Personally, I LOVE those turtles... and I would happily have them all in my yard if I could!!  Thank you to whomever was the artist who created them!!  You brought a lot of fun to my young life, and happy memories now!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to get a sink into my studio without replumbing

I have a bit of a conundrum.  I rather desperately need a sink in (or near) my studio.  I must confess that my studio is currently a bay in my garage (with bits and pieces sneaking their way into the rest of the garage).

My home is small, my garage is small, and my space is ...well... limited (and that's probably a mild understatement).   My garage has 2 bays (1 side filled with storage for the house and the other side is my studio) and the front part of the garage also holds the washer and dryer, and ironing board.  There is a shop area behind the garage which I am SERIOUSLY considering moving into (and moving the shop out into the garage bay).  But that will take a good deal of work.

So how do I get a sink into an area that has no space?  Could I put it next to the washing machine and share the water lines and drain pipes? Not really - there's absolutely no room for a sink (the washer and dryer are wedged against 2 walls and surrounded by the only real storage we have for the whole house).

Currently, whenever I need to use the sink (say to wash out dyes, rinse out brushes, or clean my hands), I have to open the door to the house, open the door to the basement, and go through the sewing area and guys room in order to get to the bathroom - leaving the opportunity wide open, for me to spill some pretty hazardous chemicals in our home - where our dogs or cat could get into them before I have the chance to clean them up.  I REALLY don't like this arrangement!!
Courtesy of NobleTreasures.com


I've found a sink for $90 at the Home Depot which is a free-standing sink (with legs, some plumbing, and a faucet).   Or even better, they have a double-sink one with a faucet for $130.
Courtesy of RootSimple.com
 And I've found some nifty ways of hooking up water without going into
real plumbing... but that still leaves me with my conundrum...where should it go?? sigh.

I am beginning to think I may have to switch my studio and the shop areas around.  Then I could put the sink right outside of the studio - on our back deck.  It could be easily hooked up to the existing faucet on the deck - the only challenge would be what to do with the waste water (especially if they are full of nasty chemicals).  RootSimple.com put a big bucket under theirs - but they still have to dispose of the water.  I know people who work with clay, have a double-bucket system so the excess clay will fall out of the water and not go down their drain... I wonder if that is something I should to?  Anyways, I'm working on that.  If you have any suggestions, I'd LOVE to hear them!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hair today, gone tomorrow?

me, Aug 2015
Ok, I know this isn't really art-related, but I'm feeling a bit .... confused... about what to do with my hair.

This is my hair (and me of course) now - trying on what are about become my new glasses  (thank you, Costco!).

 I like my hair this length because I can put it into a pony-tail or up in a little bun, or just let hang loose.  I know it's probably not the most modern look, nor is it as flattering as other looks I've had.  But the benefit of being able to put it up, is that it won't get in my way when working on art (see it is a little bit art-related!)

Yes there are blond streaks in it - but only in preparation for putting in streaks of fun colors (historically, I've had purples, blues, and/or aqua/teals in my hair).  I'm not the sort to dye my hair to cover the gray, but I am the sort to enjoy playing with color and my hair is just another canvas!





Me, April 2015 (wearing one of my silk pendants)




 
This was me about 6 months ago (I'm not sure how come my hair grew so much this year.. normally it's super-slow!).   Notice the dark blue and the dark teal in my hair?   At this length, I tend to always have a hairpin to hold it back out of my face.

(still have the same darned bangs-problem though!)











This is me in a similar length - but 2 years ago.  And with only the bottom-edges colored - a grey, I think.











And this is earlier that same year, but even shorter - which I think is actually quite modern and perhaps a bit edgy if I had colored it then.

Hmmm.. I've been throwing streaks and colors into it for so long, that I've forgotten how dark it was! LOL!


Well I definitely love putting colors in it (it's always fun to see what my students will say).  It doesn't shock my family at all, in fact my daughter Hailey, usually joins me in the hair-coloring adventures.

Hailey wants to wait another few weeks before we do our next coloring... but I'll post the results when we do.

Still not sure about the length though.  Should I spend time pondering "does the hairstyle make me appear more artist?"  Oh where is that magic genie when I need one?!?

Monday, September 7, 2015

55 Globe Bowls... tick... tick... tick...



Most of my cut globes
The bases with holes drilled in them

9/11/15 update - have gotten all the gluing done (whew!).  Now on to the sanding of the insides and edges.
And on a different note,
The victims and heroes of 9/11 are in my thoughts and prayers today!



Tick... tick... tick... the sound of the clock.  There is NOTHING like a deadline to make you aware of time!  Specifically, how LITTLE time you have to get your project done!


I've created a checklist for myself so I know what I need to do and when I need to have it all done.  I thought perhaps that would help me feel more organized - and it does... but it also feels like I've put a bunch more pressure on myself rather than alleviating it.

  1. __x_Do I have enough globes? YES.   (Whew!) 
  2. __x_Do I have enough bases? yup.  
  3. ____Do I have enough hardware .. thought I did. NOPE.  Gotta go get slightly longer screws.... sigh. I thought I had the right size, but didn't take into account that some of the globes actually have an odd curve at the bottom on the inside of the globes.
  4. __x_Cut the globes in half along the equator. Done.
  5. __x_Fix parts that came unglued or are coming apart (Done 9/11/15)
  6. _x__Clean outside of the bowls (in progress) DONE 09/07/15
  7. ____Sand the edges and insides if needed (in progress)
  8. ____Apply first coat of paint to the inside of bowls
  9. ____Sand the insides to knock off any high spots of paint (paper bowls have LOTS of little fibers that stick up )
  10. __x_Drill holes through all the bases (hooray! I did it using my $3 drill press I found at a garage sale - it worked like a champ!!)
  11. ____Lightly sand/de-gloss all the bases
  12. ____Paint all the bases black (per the customer's request)
  13. ____Seal all the bases
  14. ____After letting the bases dry for several days, use glue, washers, bolts, and nuts to adhere bases to bowls. 
  15. ____Apply a 2nd coat of paint to the insides of the bowls (and the washers and bolt-heads as well)
  16. ____Apply a 3rd coat of paint if needed
  17. ____Let dry for several days before packaging for shipping
  18. ____Add business labels to the bottom of the bases.
  19. ____Package for shipping
  20. ____Ship to client
Coaster holders
Will I get it all done in time - HECK YEAH! I've got to! - There is no choice.. I made a commitment and I will honor it (even if it attempts to kill me).

As a side note, I ended up with all the coaster-holders (coasters are being used as the bowl-bases).  The coaster holders are modern-looking wood with a bit of metal.  I have ten of them...what to do with them?  Then it hit me (duh).... they are perfect for bowl bases too--- just turn them over!

I have quite a few globe-bottoms that are about 1/3 of the globes... and was planning on (some day) making them into bowls as well.  Perfect!  Here's a mock-up of how it'd look.  I think it's pretty eye-catching.  Hopefully someone will want them. :)
Bowl on coaster holder mockup

I just love it when I can fully use items with little-to-no waste (up-cycling at it's best)!








Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bowls For Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation Charity Gala

WOW!  I'm feeling very honored!  I was asked by a lovey woman named Kalla, if I would be interested in creating 50 world globe bowls (which will hold floral displays) for the upcoming Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation annual charity gala.  Of course, my answer is yes!!

To accommodate her request, I'm scrounging around for as many blue globes (reasonably priced and in decent condition) as possible.  I only need 3 more globes!  
Here's my pile so far (how's that for a lot of globes??)  

Do I feel badly - that I am cutting them up (some might even say destroying them?)....yes a bit.  

But for the most part, these are all slightly damaged (if not heavily damaged), and many of them were already coming apart at the seam.  ALL of them were gotten at thrift stores or garage sales. I will lovingly take them apart at the equator-seam.  Repair what I can (small holes, dents and bits of loose or missing surface paper), then sand them, attach them to bases, and paint their insides a lovely white.

These globes will live on - having new lives which will start the night of the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation Charity Gala.  They will become lovely bowls that will hold flowers the night of the event.  And then from there, I'm guessing that at least a few (or perhaps all?) will end up going home with some of the gala patrons - where I'm hoping that they will enjoy their new lives in new homes.

For those of you whom do not know about the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation (or www.MPCF.ca), they were founded in 2005 by co-founders Michael "Pinball" Clemons and Natasha Borota. Based in Toronto, Ontario MPCF strives to reach the most under resourced individuals at home and around the world."

Their mission is to inspire hope and empowerment through philanthropy while being a conduit for accountability.
Their vision "is to quicken academic excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality and inspire philanthropy."
Their pillars "We believe that Character is the foundation of good citizenship.  Education is the catalyst of success and progress. Health is the foundation of vitality."

"MPCF is proud to support FREE THE CHILDREN in their quest to make our community, country and world a better place."


I am flattered to be asked to create something special which will hold a unique place of honor, and it is a privilege to be able to play a small part in the gala. 

Thank you Kalla for extending me the opportunity to be a part of your worthwhile charity event!  I hope it is a fabulous night filled with hope and success!

Now I'm off to get started on this somewhat monumental task.
Cheers!
Rebecca (Becky) Wachtman