I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at: http://www.stilettoheights.etsy.com
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Decidedly less glamorous...
301....it does not sound nearly as cool....Aw, oh well.
so, the contest is ongoing throughout the weekend all you have to so is comment or buy something in my shop.
SO I know yesterday I was hyping the new rings, stickers, and buttons....I thought they would be here yesterday but it is looking like later today...
anyway I am hoping to have a couple things listed for the sns (Saturday Night Special) tonight but we will see...one new thing I will have is......
sets of blank cards (greeting, not playing), I was up late making these, after taking my time (obsessing) over which images worked together best for 5 card series, they will be posted later today I need to take some photos first. I decided to try a couple sets and see how they worked before delving in for more....I love them, but then again I am a card junkie...like actual junkie, I blame years of working in retail very close to a Hallmark, then going to school in a museum, (don;t get me started on museum gift shops, I love them and all the cards.
ok, so I am getting sidetracked.
look for cards later...probably mid day, possible other accessories might be added late today, I will update the blog if they arrived and are listed.
as for right now, I just want to thank you all for making the blog such a pleasure to write, your comments, emails, and just all around awesomeness make this daily blogging "chore" actually be a lot of fun.
images today are a couple of my newest collages that are available in my shop.
(edit- my fist set of blank greeting cards are officially up in my shop, and also now pictured here in the post)
Friday, September 28, 2007
300!!! and a GIVEAWAY!!
It's my 300th post, yup.....wow, so...ok, I thought it would feel more monumental than it does, but alas...maybe I am still too tired, that's it.
I'm too tired for fanfare.
so yesterday one of my comments said that I should give away a piece of artwork....and you know what.....that is a damn good idea...in fact I like it so much I am going to give 2 things away.
yup, there will be 2 winners, I will give away an 8x8 collage and an 8x10 collage (with other goodies of course).
So this is how it will work....leave a comment and you are entered, or buy something from my shop, and you are entered....I will do the contests separate so the shop and the blog contest will be two different things.
how's that, because you see....I also hit the 1400 sales mark in my shop too....so, there's another little celebration.
I will keep the contest open all weekend, and announce the winner on Monday.
Oh now I am so excited....
so, I know I have been hinting that there will be new merchandise in my shop for weeks now, and I did show you the new button set earlier in the week....well, if calculations are correct the new pieces should be delivered today (hopefully) so they would be available for sale tomorrow or so....
That is why I have given you a little sneak peak of the rings (YES, rings) and the new sticker set...I am also getting hair pins but come one, I need to leave a little to the imagination, I'm not just going to flash all my "stuff" all over town.
how would you ever respect me???
ok, so the rings, are fabulous and there is only one of each design, the stickers come in a set and there are several available.
so, that's the that...so get to commenting or buying...you know, whatever your hearts desire.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Middle Name Game
(idea ripped right out of my friend Steph's blog...because this is post #299, and hell I can;t think of a new idea all the time)
technically this is a tag, so if you like this idea, tag yourself!!!
ok, my middle name is Anne (yes with an E, like Anne Of Green Gables, or probably more fitting Anne Boleyn)
so technically my full Name is Jennifer Anne, but saying Anne as my middle name is just easier.
A- ok let's start with the obvious, A is for art, or artist, which is me, and most of the people in my life I would consider artists of some sort, whether they be musicians, writers, jewelry designers etc. Being creative was always by strongest desire (besides snacking and shopping, but I don't have any of those letters in my name). When I was small my energy and complete focus was on dancing, which later changed to a love of theater, now I am both a visual artist and a sometimes lackluster writer.
N- Nervous, yup...it's not glamorous but it's the truth, I am an awfully nervous person, about everything, from the moment I wake up until I sleep....there is always a little worry in my head. I am very jumpy at times and shriek out when scared, I am a disaster in a car....and if my bubs is late coming home I become a small wreck. I have been like this since I was a child, and my mom would be late from work or Bingo, I would be waiting at our window, half convinced there had been a terrible accident....I know, how morbid.
N- um....my first thought was to say Neurotic here but I don;t want all of you thinking I am a total whack job head case, so instead I am going to say.....Night owl...well I used to be a night owl, now I am old and tired and am usually asleep by 1:00am, I would be asleep sooner than that but you see, I need to read at night before bed, and I love words, words and books, and stories....love them. I read like my friend Tara said "as if books were being banned"....I get very caught up and usually my eyes are all watered up and rolling back in my head before I finally give in, and lose the good fight of being awake.
E- Excitable...yes the same word that can be used to describe a small tea cup yorkie can also be used to describe me, I am very excitable, even some may say...a spaz. For those of you who have had the pleasure/humiliation of hanging out with me in real life know that I am in truth, a small child. I yell, I shout, when I am excited or something is fabulous or outrageous for words, I scream....yup, scream, not very loudly but loud enough....and this can happen anywhere, grocery store, bar, post office, library...yup even movie. I have also been know at comic conventions to get very excited while talking to creators, being a fan girl and such....I have seen a couple get a little freaked out by me, and my excitement and seem to almost (and literally) take a step back from the table, just to try and flee from me, as I go on and on about how "human you made the Hulk seem".
so that's that, feel free to steal this idea and use it as well.....so as I said this is blog post 299, and tomorrow is 300, I am also at sale 1399....so it is "this close" to hitting my milestones, so this might be the very last day for my "Blog Love" 20% off sale...
oh so what are we doing tomorrow for the 300th post???? Well, I planned nothing, but now I will have a little blog party, feel free to leave festive and faux drunken comments at your leisure.
The piece today is a 4 piece collage set, called Becoming Cleopatra, it is available in my shop.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Dear (Insert Name Here)
Dear George Clooney
Ok, I know I have written to you before, but tough luck Chuck…
I just need to say that I am honestly glad you did not get seriously hurt in your recent motorcycle accident, and I am even more thrilled that this bad case of “road rash” you claim to have is not on your face….or any other “delicate” area.
(cough….if you know what I mean….wink, wink)
I guess I am also sort of happy that your girlfriend, whatever her name is, is ok too.
What is her name? Candy, Bimbi, ….oh it’s neither here nor there, I am just glad that her “broken toe” did not stop her from being buy your side and giving her first “official” interviews while being your girlfriend.
Now, I have had a broken toe, and forgive me if I speak out of step (pun) but I am pretty sure you don’t need a big get up of bandages and crutches….
I mean, I had a broken toe and still managed to be in 5 daily and nightly shows of A Christmas Carol, and yes, I did have to dance too….
So, what am I getting at? What am I insinuating about your precious little Bimbi, well that perhaps….just perhaps, she is all in it for the attention.
“Look at me, look at me, I’m with Old Man Clooney”
“Look at me, look at me, I clearly have some unresolved Daddy issues”
And so on and so forth.
She is awfully young, then again, you’re George Clooney for hell’s sake…The CLOONEY!!!! SO I guess you should be with younger women…
But please note for the record, I do not approve of this one, there is something strange about her, like she clips your hair while you are sleeping and saves it all in a jar, and has some strange scrapbook of your whole relationship, complete with custom made rubber stamps and decorative papers.
Or, I could be wrong.
All my love
President of the George Clooney Facts of Life Fan Club
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
ok, before I go into anything I need to make a confession, and it may change how a lot of you think about me.
you see.....last night I watched Dancing with the Stars, which in and of itself seems pretty lame on the outside, but wait...it's worse.
I voted, 6 times, online.
sigh, I voted for Jennie Garth, you see, I knew this would happen, I saw my 90210 Kelly Taylor dancing and I freaked, lost my mind.
It's the only explanation.
And there was Heroes....now I am not going to bore you with the details, but just note that I was glued, GLUED to the tv, which really is not something I like to be...So I need to set limits or really I would probably be watching every hair brained show on tv.
yesterday I made the new set of blocks I have pictured today, and I really think that they might be my favorite block set I have even made. I am trying hard to resist the urge to renew the listing on etsy almost constantly so they remain at the top...I jut want to scream out from the hill tops "look at these", yes, like a crazy person.
right now I am in an odd state of mind, I am very please with what I am doing creatively at the moment, which is good, but at the same time I am finding it very slow online...so a little part of me is panicking, and wondering if the time will soon come that I will need to get a "real job", to today, apart from making things and packaging I am going to try and spread my little wings and get some more exposure.
so what will that mean...not sure at the moment, but I will let you know as soon as I know.
with that I bid you a very fond farewell, this is blog post #297, so I only have a couple more posts until blog #300 and the "Blog LOVE" sale is over.
remember just to mention "blog love" in the message to seller section and wait for a new invoice to receive 20% off.
Monday, September 24, 2007
well. it's Monday..........
Forgive me darlings, if I ramble, if I make no sense, if I fall asleep mid sentence....
you see, I am bedraggled (as opposed to bedazzled, like with the "Beadazzler"), it was a more tiring than usual weekend with the the cheese, and I don;t want to bore you with details or endless "kid drama" but it was a tiring weekend, lots of sweet parts as usual, but then.............then there was the "other parts".
You see the lilttle cheese in on growth hormones which seem to be making her, well....hormonal, so picture the poor thing, crying for no reason, crying, crying, screaming, biting herself, then laughing and smiling, then she's fine....then she cries again.
seeing as she is non verbal and has very little way to communicate there is no way for her to express "what's wrong" if there is anything wrong at all.
so there was a lot of that, which usually happened anytime my bubs and I were both sitting down at the same time, at every meal, at night, and all through the day.
ok, I'm done with the baby blather, or toddler tattling, if you will.
How are all of you? good? fantastic? your lives, are they marvie?
Oh before I forget I have two announcements....I am still having my "BLOG LOVE" 20% off sale, so please write "Blog Love" in the message to seller section for 20% off. I am on post 296, so I am going to 300...woo hoo.
Also, sometime (cross your fingers) late in the week I will be adding some new products to my shop, including...........
a new button set, stickers, rings, and hair pins.
I am so excited, I have pictured today the designs for the new buttons and stickers!!
Time for a little Top 5 List and then I'm out.........
1- The Cello..........oh, a dream lost, I swear I should have learned to play it's so beautiful, yesterday I managed to watch half of Live From Lincoln Center with Yo Yo Ma, and got lost in the music, such a mournful and wonderful noise.
2- Model Student, this book was given to me from Jody, and I love her even more for it, what a ridiculously good book, total fluff, but really fun, a must read for all of you fashionista's out there.
3- The October issue of W....really splendid, way better than September, by far!!!
4- this is when I want to write something about how glorious Fall is, because I love it and it's the end of September, but seeing as it's been almost 90 here for several days and will be almost 90 today, I can't write about fall.....thanks global warming, this is a shout out to all the Republicans and "experts" in Fox news...You see, Global Warming is not just something Al Gore made up to make a movie.
5- The Whiles, they are a wonderful Columbus based band that actually should be famous, like really famous, like the Caliber of famous that is Ryan Adams or Damien Rice, but not the caliber of famous that is Kanye West...if that makes sense.
go to their website and buy their cd, seriously, go now.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Petite Heights- September 23 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
a revelation and the SNS
|You are Bettie Page|
Girl next door with a wild streak
You're a famous beauty - with unique look
And the people like you are cultish about it
well, I sort of always assumed I was Bettie Page, but with much bigger something...maybe I am referring to brains, maybe not.
so it's Saturday and my bubs and the mean cheese just left for the park which leaves me to come up with a plan for the SNS tonight....
now I am having a special 20% off sale for you loyal blog babes, but really seeing as it's sns I should do something extra special....
so.............here goes, instead of 20% off you will get 25% off, just mention "SNS" in the message to seller and wait for a new invoice.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Happy Friday everyone!
as you can tell from the title I am getting into mean cheese mode for the weekend. This will be a big weekend for the cheese, you see....she will be getting her very own used copy of......Fall Fashion Vogue.
Yup you heard it right, la petite fashionista is going to be pretty darned happy, as will we, as you know there are over 800 pages in that puppy, which means it will take her an awful longtime to go through it all, also she has limited understanding so she will not be overwhelmed with the power of "skank with bad eyebrows which is Sienna Miller.
thank you all for wishing me well on my milestones, this post you are reading is #293, and I have a little over 10 sales to go before hitting 1400.
SO that means the "blog love" sale is still on....just write "Blog Love" in the message to seller and wait for a new invoice to receive 20% off.
So yesterday I worked for the majority of the day working on 4 pieces that were about half done. They are 4 8x10 collages, they are a set but not a set. They are all be offered separate but I am showing a photo of what they look like all together.
kinda dreamy, no?
also..............the Halloween costume idea, wonderful!!! I did not even know there was fabric glue. that opens up a whole new world to me.
See, I want to be a damn jungle girl, and I am confidant enough in my body to be able to wear something small....but not tiny.
So, like a mini dress, off the shoulder would be fine....Bra and teeny tiny pants....um, not fine (I found one on eBay, it was an "adult" costume
You know, plus, let's be realistic, I've visited the jungles of Central America and I did not see any Victoria's Secret there...
anyway...my point is I want the outfit to be sexy, yet not look like a day time hooker. It should be appropriate to give candy out to children, but if teenage boys came to the door it should be just a little uncomfortable....you know.
OK, I babble.....it's not like we are going to a party yet...it's just, well, I love the holiday.
Oh, and I forgot to say...in my searches online I found a really cool silver age Batgirl costume, not like the trashy plastic costumes they have at the stores (which in reality are just a black plastic Huntress Costume, and not Batgirl at all......yes, I just realized that by saying this I am crowning myself Queen of all the Nerds).
A Batgirl costume might be a little more useful in the long run, because then I could wear it to comic conventions...and privately, you know if my bubs and I are ever playing "frolic in the Bat Cave" or something.
I know, gross.....sorry.
with that I am going to leave you before I start to go on, and on, and on about my sexy comic book fantasies, lol.
see you all tomorrow...at some point.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
a whole bunch of words and then an announcement
Ca va? Ca va bien.
(hey remember when I was all about how I was going to teach myself French....well, you will be happy to know that no, I did not teach myself French in 10 minutes a day....I am a bad and lazy girl, I should get on that)
so, how are you? I took yesterday off from Studio time to enjoy the day with my bubs, we went out to Dick Blick where I spent, um....ALL my money, even splurging for the giant $30 container of matte medium, just to come home and realize that said giant bottle was never put in my bag, it was paid for, but not with me.
G- Damn it!!! Now we are going to have to trek back out there to fetch it.
Anyway, went to get supplies and then had a leisurely lunch in between going from one giant Halloween Superstore to another.
you see, I am in search for a jungle girl outfit, but they don;t have them anywhere, which surprises me, as the whole "jungle girl" theme is really in touch with the whole, slutty no clothes thing, which is most of the Halloween costumes.
Instead I found a lot of
slutty baseball girl
slutty witch slut
slutty slutty slut
slutty butty slut
and so on..................
I have wanted to be a jungle girl for 2 years now...damn, so far it's looking like another sad year, where I will just have to cave in and be "dark" Mary Marvel, and my bubs will be Batman, or I will go all out and be Little Red Riding Whore, or some other such slutty girl in a hood holding a basket.
Then last night I was going to watch the premiere of America's Next Top Model.....but then, well then we decided to make the long scary trek to Andyman's Treehouse so Keith could play the open mic and so we could spend some quality time with the power couple, Nick and Evie.
so, really...that left no time for creating anything new, I have a lot of pieces that are in various states of not finished but nothing really new to show off, to be all bragtacular about...
(yes, I realize bragtacular is not a word, but it is now).
So, that was my day, so today...........today I get to work, I spend time in my studio and ignore the sinus infection I know I have, I am going to work through the pain, like Rocky or something, I'm hardcore like that.
oh here is some exciting (to me, not you) news, I am almost at my 300th blog post....I know, crazy.
I am also almost at my 1400th sale on etsy (I know, even crazier).
So, part of me wants to have a contest, but I can;t think of one...but you all loyal blog readers deserve s little something for putting up with almost 300 posts of my blah, blah.....
SO here's the special something....
from now until I hit my 300th post or my 1400th sale I am offering all my blog readers 20% off all purchases in my shop.
Just write "BLOG LOVE" in the message to seller section and I will send you a new invoice!!
Until then, enjoy the newest piece in my shop, it's called "Like Flowers Fading Over Time"
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Dear (Insert Name Here)
Dear guy who plays Mohinder on Heroes
(I know I could have googled his name or even read it under one of the many, many photos I've downloaded, but I can't take my eyes of the face)
how are you???? I'm really excited that Heroes will be back next week, not only because it's a good show but now I can see you again.
yeah, I'm kind of a stalker.
you see.....you my dear one are ridiculously good looking...no really. In fact you are so good looking it is beginning to become unnerving, as if you are a work of art come to life, or an alien....or that the baby jesus sent you to earth or something or other...
you get where I'm going with this.
I don't even know you're real name, nor do I want to...I don't care...(I sound like a frat boy hitting on a dumb slut).
I even asked my bubs if he was jealous of you he said of course he was but really he could not be mad, as you are that good looking.
Many months back I was talking with a straight male friend and even he said that you were so hot that you were making him feel "almost gay".
That is quite a power.
well, I've got nothing else to say as I know nothing about you, other than....I hope Heroes doesn't suck this year and I hope you don't die, or get a girlfriend on the show.
Monday, September 17, 2007
what?...my name is???
This was too good to pass up, and I totally stole it from Banana Head Pancake
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)
Smokey Aerostar (ok the aerostar is my bubs' van but I am anti car so his will do)
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Chocolate Chocolate Chip (well, that seems tough)
3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
The Red Chambord
7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
8. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Happy Kit Kat (that is brilliant)
9.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names )
10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
13. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
muffin Willow (this could work for a porn name or stripper name too)
14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),
The Collage Rain Tour
well....wasn't that a brilliant time waster??? I love names, so when I knew I had to try it. Hope you are all having a brilliant Tuesday!!
just me on a cold autumn morning,
first once again I want to thank all of you who have been so wonderful with your comments, and emails of support during this week...during my semi breakdown and back again.
So, you are all wondering about Craftin Outlaws, how it went, was it fun....
Now, I am left wondering do I start with the good, or the bad...I never know, some people prefer it in a specific order, others all will nilly in a chronological order...I am going to start with the bad...
- Kate was supposed to get here on Friday night, staying with me for 2 days during the show time, but.......................instead she gets in a car accident in NYC and cannot come to the show, last I heard she was fine, but sore. Stupid NYC cab drivers!!
- While setting up for the show, I notice that Carla, you might know her as supastarr is set up right next to me, and I am a hundred shades of thrilled, I love her, but then I notice someone who is not Carla setting up next to me, I sheepishly try to tell them that they are in the wrong spot...but they don't care and set up next to me anyway....oh, and they are another collage artist...wtf?
- it's sort of slow....steady but slow...slow enough for me to panic
- at one point I was "this close" to selling my piece The Beekeeper's Wife, the women were fighting over whether or not to put it in the bedroom or living room, it was rather adorable, so then they ask me the price, and I politely tell them it's $100...the abruptly drop the piece back onto the table with a shocked looked on their face....all the while mumbling that it was beautiful, but not $100 beautiful......................................um, what? Really they said that, I tried to explain that it is two pieces each measuring 8x18 inches and that if they were in a gallery that piece would be priced at many hundreds of dollars, they did not seem to care....they just wandered away.
- AT one point when I was wandering around someone came to the table and my bubs was telling them that all my pieces were one of a kind and I had no prints, they went on to tell him that they were not one of a kind considering "all I was doing" was finding pieces out of magazines, all I can say is thank god I was not there, I think I would have burst into tears.
- Money wise.....I made less than I did last year, which is a disappointment as I have a $250 prescription to pick up in a few days...oh well.
- I bought (before the show even started and I thought I would do better) a beautiful new purse from a Vendor names Aqua Cherry....it's fantastic, it is hidden away right now to be given to me as a present, or else I would show a picture....but it is made from an amazing beige and dark brown fabric...it's looks like vintage French Wallpaper....it's amazing.
- My bubs was there to help me the whole day which was just the bee's knees, really!!!! We also got to see some of our favorite real life friends who came out to show their support.
- Megan from MoogansCreations was across from me, and like that was not wonderful enough, she made for me.....a custom "mean cheese" plush.
- I got to see a lot of the etsy people in "real life" and met a brand new glass jewelry person, also named Jennifer, you need to look at her shop, really beautiful.
- Did I mention my new purse....yeah I know I did, but really...it's that good.
- To make up for the mean things those few people said, I did hear a lot of more than wonderful feedback, in fact one young woman bought a collage and I swear she was almost crying, she was telling me she did not know a lot about art but she thought my work was "the prettiest she'd ever seen", and right there....that made the other not so nice stuff fade a way, a bit.
- whiskey drinks on a sunny but cool Saturday in Autumn...yup, sipping whiskey, selling art, and buying new purses....all with my bubs. In some ways, it was the perfect day.
That is how I am feeling now, you see....my world, my little world that I live in now is very safe, I make things I spend a lot of time alone in my studio, the real world being just a hum traffic outside my window. It had been a long time since I had to put myself out there like that, and I will say it did tire me out a lot more than I thought it would.
I spent most of Sunday in a sleepy haze, not doing any "real" creating but some planning for new merchandise for my shop....
I am hesitant to say what is on the way, for fear of a little copy catting going on, but I am really excited...
Anyway so besides some planning of that, I just sort of lazed about the house, I even watched the Emmy's last night because I am a sucker for awards shows....and I am totally obsessed with Heroes and waited until the end to see them win, and they didn't...
wow, this was a whole lot of babble...yikes. Oh and if you are wondering about the picture....it's my latest altered book, it's called "A Sort Of Fairy Tale"
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Petite Heights Sunday September 16th, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
so, I'm "it"
so, several days ago I was tagged by the ever so lovely Jen Vecc, the mission this time if I choose to accept it was to reveal 6 unusual things about myself.....
so, here goes 6 unusual things, the "little kid edition"
1- I am allergic to evergreen trees, so yes...Christmas Trees. This was an unknown allergy for many years. Growing up in NH we always had a giant real tree in our house, that was put up immediately following Thanksgiving, and then taken down after New Years.
So yeah, the tree was up for over a month every year, and every year by the time Christmas would roll around I was sick, sinus infection, lung infection, and so very tired.
Every year...the same, my parent chalked it up to me being "overly excited" about the holiday and what not, the my poor little body was just worn out, that is until the year I ended up in the hospital and there were tests done.
so, yeah now I am a fake tree girl, this year I think we are going to get a giant neon blue tree, like Elvis had in Graceland.
2- when I was little I took all the family photos out of the albums and replaced it with my sticker collection, which was then quickly replaced with my collection of images I cut out of fashion magazines, I remember buying Vogue and Bazaar off the news stand when I was really small, starting at age 5 or 6, I loved them so much!!!
3- In 2nd grade I decided to sing in the school talent show, though I was too shy to actually go to the auditions, I did have a private audition and was accepted (um, they accepted everyone). They had little faith in me as I backed out of the talent show the year before at the last minute due to extreme fear.
I was very shy, most of the people probably thought I was a mute, or an idiot savant, so when the time came I did get on stage, and I did sing, it was "Maybe" from Annie...Annie was huge that year.
anyway, long story short there wasn't a dry eye in the place and I got my first ever standing ovation. I blame this moment and the Brady Bunch episode where Marcia plays Juliet in the play on why I went to school for acting and did theater for years.
(I kid when I say blame....I still love the theater)
4- I went to a Catholic School growing up, yet I was not allowed to make my first communion with the rest of the kids, I had to have a priest do it on my own, I was not baptized as a Catholic and the church did not think of my birth as being "holy"...
like I was a devil baby or some such nonsense, when in reality it was because my parents eloped, but times were different then, and that was a big deal, this was of course before the Catholic Church was overrun by the bad publicity of pedophile priests.
lol, can you tell I'm not Catholic anymore?
5- one summer I spent all of my time writing a play, it was a courtroom drama with a twist ending, when I was done I had my mom act it out with me, I got to play the hot shot lawyer in the play, she got to play the "real" criminal and everyone else...the big twist was that the "real criminal" was actually the star witness for the prosecution, it was so cool.
in reality I know it made no sense, as I remember being small I knew it made no sense, but I needed the twist ending...
SO that is that, all the nit wit, tid bits from me being a little kid. I am now supposed to tag people, but it seems that when I tag people most don't want to do it, then I have guilt because I feel bad, blah, blah...
so, consider this an open tag to any and all who want to do it, you don't have to do the little kid variation that I did, just your own thing.
ok so that's that....Craftin Outlaws is tomorrow, so if you are in the Columbus Area please plan on coming to visit me and saying hi, I enjoy it when people buy my stuff, and or buy me drinks (the pros to doing a show at a bar), for those of you who are far away this means that everything in my shop will be going into edit mode, and may or may not be coming back....so if there are things you just "have to have", get them now.
The photo in today's post is of my latest piece, it's called "My Black Eyed Rival"
Thursday, September 13, 2007
out with the old
so.....I'm done, done stressing and worrying about Craftin Outlaws, I am just going to do what I do and let it go from there.
my goal for today is to finish up with the rest of the "show stuff" and then tomorrow just take some risks and make some stuff just for the hell of it....which means I will probably try drawing again, as it's been a while.
so, yesterday I decided to dye my hair (sorry no photos yet) but now my hair is a dark brown/red...which is fabulous, like comic book girl hair.
I am a Hottie McHotterson
(well not really, but you know)
so yesterday I got quite a treat, one of the treasury lists I made (ok, I've only made 3 total in my life) mad eit to the front page on etsy, I was so thrilled.
And of course....it was a fashion theme front page, so it was thrilling. I attached a screen shot of it so you could all see.
So, that's all I have, I feel like creatively the well is dry, I've used it all up in my mad dash of creativity, I am staring at my art table at the two unfinished projects and wondering....will I be able to finish these, do I have it in me??
All I want to do is layabout on the couch and watch Rushmore...or even dare I say, Heroes...and eat cakes...YES, I said CAKES, plural.
ok, sorry in my head it was funny.
have a wonderful day!!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Dear (Insert Name Here)
Dear Kenny Chesney
(I know dear readers I can hear you groaning because I am writing to a country singer...)
so, Mr Chesney...for a long time now you have walked a fine line with me, teetering on the edge of me just shrieking out "OMG I hate you"!!
I know, you are probably wondering why, why such loathsome venom coming from me, a girl who is way more country than rock n roll....
I love your music, I really do, though I could do with a little less of the "forced Jesus references" that are plaguing the the industry, but that's a letter for another time.
well, let's start with just a little list...in no particular order...
um....what's up with the weird sleeveless shirts you are always wearing? No, seriously, I want to know...I get that you have a hot body and all, but Kenny (mind if I call you that), how do I put this delicately....
you're not butch enough to pull off the sleeveless shirt thing, you look like one of the Indigo Girls.
Now, I get that you are "country" hence the hat in ALL photos, but I think you should still rock the hat, but take it off sometimes and embrace your inner "going bald" part of your life...there's no shame in that.
No onto the large white elephant in the room....RENE ZELLWIGER...yuck.
ok, I know the marriage was short lived (I am thanking the baby Jesus you sing about for that), but still the damage was done, in marrying that scrunchy faced nit wit you gave hope to all the sort of ugly girls out there, making them think that they too can marry a non butch cowboy....it's just too much.
Now, we come to strike three, the nail in my Chesney coffin if you will....
so, a few nights ago you were playing a show in NYC, at Madison Square Garden....and who do you bring on stage with you...Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens.
Are you kidding me??? Seriously as a Red Sox fan you could not have picked two worse people to drag up on stage with you...let me put this in a way you might understand....
how would you like it if you saw Jesus kissing Judas (I think I got this right, it's been a long time since Catholic School).
The only other thing you could have done that would have been more insulting to Red Sox Nation is to bring the frozen Ted Williams on stage and through peanuts at him while wearing a Yankee shirt.
make amends Kenny, and soon.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
4 days and counting
|Your Inner Muse is Thalia|
You are most like this playful muse of comedy.
Life is all about laughter to you, and you're a natural comic.
You make people laugh until their sides split.
And you're always up for some play time!
so I am trying to channel my inner muse and get all the inspiration I can while I am working, but...have found myself easily distracted by...
1- trying to find the video of Brit Brit's bomb at the VMA's
2- I watched f-ing Super Nanny...yeah, that's low
3- taking blog quizzes
4- drinking Starbucks
5- celebrity gossip
6- etsy forum lurking
I did mention blog quizzes, right
|You Are More Like Angelina Jolie|
Bad girl with a heart of gold.
You are smart, sexy, and strong willed.
You aren't against stealing another girl's man...
If he's better off with you!
And last pointless quiz but not least...
|Your Celebrity Sisters Are Mary-Kate and Ashley|
Funky, eccentric, and offbeat
You're not a good girl or a bad girl, just a weird girl
oh now I am off to google that and distract myself some more.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The final sprint
so, first, I really need to thank each and every one of you for being so kind about my semi meltdown on Friday, it really meant a lot that you were all so understanding. I have to say it did make me feel better knowing that I could in fact connect with people over this huge internet and that some people would understand.
thank you.... I know it seemed melodramatic but you see, I was feeling low anyway, and then I noticed my rating on my trunkt profile went down, which means someone rated me low...and then I started to obsess and well...you saw the rest of it.
so.....it is Monday (obviously) and Craftin Outlaws is Saturday, and Kate gets here on Friday...and I am now, not even close to being "ready"....though that being said, I am not quite sure what "ready" really means, I just know I am not there yet.
That being the case, I might be a very bad blog friend and blogger this week. I may not update, though I am surely going to try. I may not be commenting on all your blogs, though I will most likely still get a chance to read them while paint is drying.
so bear with me...please (note the pathetic neediness).
ok so now on to something different. On Friday before we picked up the mean cheese we headed to the PO so I could check my mail, and in it were wonderful treasures. My friend Jody is wonderful, not only is she my magazine connection, she always goes above and beyond, I was expecting in the box of goodies my September Issue of Vogue Nippon as well as a couple other back issues and the September British Vogue...but she also through in....the one and only Alex Richard's book....Back Talk!!!!!
OMG I have been dying actually dying to get her book but money, and time have been a problem, plus getting to Barnes and Noble is a headache, especially when there is a used bookstore across the street from my house, anyway, I digress.
Back Talk is amazingly fun, in my head, they are already going to make it into a movie, it would be the perfect movie for Anne Hathaway to gain a little weight and play the role of Gemma....but alas, she is too old and way too Jane Austen for it now.
Anyway, you all have to get the book and relish in it's delicious characters.
I will give a full critique once I am finished the book.
Jody also sent another book called Model Student....I have not read it but come on, it's about a smart girl who is also a model...=fan-fucking0tastic.
(ooops, sorry for the swearing)
The other lovely surprise I got in the mail was a movie from my friend Tara, it was not just any old movie, it was "The Adventured of Ace Proton", a movie made by her husband.
It was a brilliant homage to the old sci fi serials, I was more impressed that I really thought I would have been, I knew it would be good, but the details the little wonderful details made it clear that the film was made by someone who loved the genre.
now....I am not sure where you can get this movie, or if you can....so this is my plea...Tara, I think you should sell copies of the movie in your etsy shop, the world should see this, it's brilliant.
ok with that, I am going to leave you, I must start a marathon of packaging things so I can get my butt to the post office and then back here to paint until it's time to go to sleep.
the good news is I am working on an altered art book, which is really pretty cool, and I am going to try (stress try) to make jigsaw puzzles....oh and more block sets, lots more blogs sets.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Petite Heights Sunday September 9th, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
from that to this
good morning loves
so yesterday was a rather blah day....I went from a near perfect Wednesday to a Thursday that left me feeling anxious and rather bad.
we all have those days those moments and hours plagued with self doubt and fear...those days when everything you touch turns out not quite "right".
I worked and worked and ended up getting more frustrated and angry than anything else....leading me down that road of obsession and turmoil.
yes, I am being melodramatic...and not being a very good blogger at that.
Sorry...I think I was riding high for so long with the move to the new house, a wonderful creative burst of energy, and all the wonderful things associated that now this is the inevitable crash, the low, it is unfortunate that it is coming at this time, this time when I need to be productive and make this "art thing" work for me as a job, at a time when I need to have things ready for Craftin Outlaws....OK I know I am ready physically for the show I know I am almost where I need to be but with doing a show (which I rarely do) comes all the questions that plague me...
what if I suck?
what if no one buys anything?
what if the tent collapses and water pours all over everything I have and ruins it?
what if my hair looks bad that day?
what if people think I'm ugly?
what if people think I'm a hack?
and so on, and so on.....
I am being silly, right? I know I am, logically I know I am being too sensitive, but the non logical part of me, the part that houses the creative side of me, the emotional side....is all a mess right now.
all raw and exposed, you see sometimes I am a smart, talented, confidant, artist who is more than comfortable in her own skin...and then sometimes I am that girl in 7th grade that everyone made fun of who would eat lunch with her teacher and get peanuts thrown at her on the bus.
you know....that's enough enough bad yucky self doubt for the morning....I am going to do a top 5 list and then be on my way...
ok top 5 things that are wonderful right now
1- root beer floats
2- my friend Steve came over yesterday with a dvd box set of the best of Shark Week....
3- The new issue of the Buffy comic is all about Faith and Giles....like it was written specifically for me to love
4- I know I have the fall fashion issue of Japanese Vogue in my PO Box...I just have to get there to check it.
5- Edith Wharton ghost stories....sigh, I think I'm in love....
Thursday, September 06, 2007
The Perfect Day Off Goes Somehting Like This
So, my bubs had yesterday off from work so we decided to have a "real" day off...we decided to walk into Westerville and roam around the book stores and the antique shops. It was bliss, knowing we did not have to be anywhere or do anything, just walk and roam...
It started with a visit to the "nice" post office where everyone is friendly and they help you, also when there is a long line people don't start stealing stuff off the walls, like at the post office I usually go to.
Then we headed to a wonderful little used book place called "The Book Manor", now you need time to go through the book manor as it really does not appear to be in any kind of order, sure there are "sections" but those seem vague and there are books piled everywhere. I scored a good vintage Nancy Drew (I opted for The Haunted Bridge, rather than the Haunted Showboat)...then we wandered to an antique shop and then decided to have lunch.
We decided on The Old Bag Of Nails pub, because we have gone there for drinks a lot and the atmosphere is great....though much to my chagrin the menu reads like a vegetarians worst nightmare....there was nothing for me to eat.
Needless to say I ended up eating a plate of mozzarella sticks, I could have gone for a salad but you know me and the cheese.
now.....after the meal we wandered a bit more and actually made our way over to an establishment that I have been meaning to check out....now I don;t want to say the name, as I'm positive the owner "googles himself" an awful lot...and that's not all he does to himself I'm sure.
So anyway, I will just say that this is a theme bookstore...right when we walk in I am at once overwhelmed with the smell of cat. You know that mix of pee and funk that happens when there is a cat in a small space.
Yet...............the space was huge it being inside an old Victorian house. But why? Why would a bookstore smell like cat, so of course I don't edit my brain monologue and say out loud, "it smells like cat", and when I turn the corner I see....that there is a GIANT cat laying on the front counter almost hiding the GIANT man who was click clacking on the inter web right behind it.
ugh, it was not a pleasant site...now I really don;t have anything against cats at all, other than being deathly allergic to them, but why??? Why would you have a cat in a store....and why would a big building smell like cat pee so much.
I wander a bit as does my bubs, the place seems cool, but the kitty stink is overwhelming. The carpet is covered in cat hair, there are tumbleweed size cat clumps everywhere....and that's when we see it, a separate wing of the shop devoted to cats...a cat gift shop...and that room...the carpet looked white with cat clumps.
ugh, by then my throat is closing and I am fearing that we will need to rush me to the hospital, so I bolt from the cat haven, bubs on my tail (note the pun), then we are back into daylight and the normal world.
I turn to my bubs and say, I bet he lets his cat just pee all over him, and my bubs agrees and mumbles something about the man loving it...
it's all bad, it's awful.
From there we went in to a couple more places and then headed home to drop off goodies and then head out again to get ice cream so we could have a sitting on the front porch date together. I usually refer to them as "swing dates" but I was afraid if I wrote that you would all get the wrong idea.
So there you have it, a single day.
the photos today are of two collages I have done, based on the Romeo and Juliet ballet, they are listed separately in my shop but they look wonderful together.
OK, enough cat blabber for today....catch you all tomorrow.
PS- yesterday I ate cookies for breakfast, then had cheese sticks for lunch, then had some root beer and then more ice cream with a cookie (as a garnish) last night....yeah, as you see there was no "dinner" on that list, nor anything healthy so I must drag my butt over to the exercise bike for a bit.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Dear (Insert Name Here)
Dear Jennie Garth
So....you're going to be on Dancing With The Stars this year....I have to say I am equal parts pissed and overjoyed...you see, now I am obligated to watch the show, something I really do not need to be doing, right?
But you see, a part of my soul died the day that Beverly Hills 90210 went off the air, no really...dead.
I lived for 90210, and you my dear sweet Jennie...were my favorite.
Kelly Tayolor...even just typing that gets me all geeked up. I loved her, and you. Every week I would watch and just think "I am so, the "Kelly"...though the similarities are not all together striking.
I am no blond, not rich, no nose job, no bmw...BUT....I did have a bitchtastic bff (like Brenda), I say had because we had a parting of ways after she turned into a racist neo con....but that's not the point, I also had a long relationship with someone who was a total snore fest (that would be that no good hippie I married) much like Kelly's relationship with Brandon, um...and then there is my Bubs, he is an awful lot like Dylan....
So you see, Jennie, I felt a connection with your character, and with you...cuz hello....we have the same name too...
So now my point...please don't suck on Dancing With The Stars, because watching you is like watching me....or, it's like watching 90210, I am really not sure which, but please, please....I hope you are practicing now.
I do have faith in you, I remember you had a work out video, so I know you have some "moves", though since then you have had a lot of babies...too many babies actually (but that is another letter for another time)
So I will leave you now, in hopes that you will get your butt into a dance studio and start this thing...we need you to be the ringer this year...I don't want that coveted trophy going to another athlete.
yours in the spirit of 90210
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
warning this post contains complaining
good morning people!!
I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend, and thank you for reading Petite Heights yesterday (oh wait...Sunday).
Sorry for the impromptu blog day off I took yesterday, I am fine (thank you for the emails and such), just needed a day off, life in the public eye is so hard sometimes....blah blah blah whatever, I hope you know I am totally kidding. Truthfully I just took a day off due to laziness and allergies.
yes, I said allergies.
Now, I know....allergies are not really an excuse to not do something, but hear me out....my allergies are horrible at night, so bad that sleeping has become an issue, so....I stay up late with the sneezing and then morning rolls around and I am groggy, and lifeless....also I am sans frappio, I''m out...there is none left, none....and a part of me is dying inside with out it.
(says the sad pathetic frappio addict).
so, where was I...oh yeah, sleepy. So I have been sleepy and unmotivated in the mornings, which has been leading to lazy blogging and no working out.
Also my bones have been hurting a lot lately, especially in my bad leg....aaaggghhh, yes, I am having a little pity party, and it's pathetic, I know.
(did you like that alliteration? pity, party, pathetic...nice)
Which leads me to today...lots of complaining followed by packaging to do etc.
so....though I have been lacing in some ways...I have been wildly inspired in other ways, in fact my new latest obsession is making collages in sets, in fact I spent most of the day yesterday making this piece, that I have shown today...
in fact while restless and hurting last night I almost got up to work, but alas I was too sleepy for work and too sleepy to finish my Nancy Drew (The Bungalow Mystery).
So there you have it...that's what I have been doing.
I am beginning to go into (slight) panic mode, Craftin Outlaws is less than two weeks away, and I am easily overwhelmed with the idea that I don't have nearly enough stuff and the fact that I am petrified that I will not do well. On the plus side though Craftin Outlaws means that a certain NY etsy seller will be our first overnight house guest at the all new and improved Chateau Stiletto.
ok...thank you for reading the senseless (and frappio-less) post, catch you tomorrow.