Lizards in the Leaves

Rustlings in the green....imagination, art, whimsy

Mar 31, 2009


From the Academy of American Poets website:

"Each year poet bloggers throughout the country participate in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). An adaptation of National Novel Writing Month, NaPoWriMo challenges participants to write and post a poem each day in April...."

This year there's a pledge thing, but I'm not even going to try that.

I am, however, going to do the crazy thing of trying to write a poem a day for the month of April.
Will this be yet another UFO?

I don't know, but I gotta try!


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Mar 26, 2009

Art with Sophia

Awhile back, Sophia was at my house for the day and we decided to do a project from her deck of Mommy & Me activity cards. This one involved using food coloring to dye paper towels. I remember making some changes, but can't remember just what we did differently from the suggested project.

It was a great deal of fun, we tore paper towels into pieces and dipped them in the dyes, sometimes trying to get oranges and greens and purples by double-dipping them. It worked to a certain extent, though all the colors we got were very pale.

We had a LOT of bits of wet paper towel, stacked on waxed paper sheets. Tried to dry them with the hair dryer, but that blew the paper around. We finally put the cookie sheet on the floor in front of a heating vent. Hours later, all were still pretty wet. Luckily Sophia spent the night, and the next day she checked on them (I had forgotten all about the project) and delightedly reported, "They're dry!"

I thought we'd use the pieces as part of collages, but Sophia (middle name Independence) didn't want to use them, so we did other things. Later, though, all on her own, she began making wonderful minimalist collages on index cards

Here's two:

She loves the tape, and after finishing her collages decided to get a little bit Christo with the kitchen table:

Like a good Zannma and art lover, I figured that her installation would have to remain for awhile, but she wanted it removed when it was time to eat lunch there. At least we have the documentation...

As for my own artwork, I'm struggling mightily to get some things finished to participate in the 2009 International Freeform Crochet Challenge. It's all uphill and I'm not sure I'm going to have anything done. I'm still going to try as the deadline is during the first week of April, so I have at least another week.

Meanwhile, here's something from what I envision as a series called 'Ritual Objects':

Ritual Objects / Wishing Stick, 2009
wool yarn and wool roving, hand-dyed, crocheted, needle-felted, 1" x 10"

Spring blessings to all,

Mar 18, 2009

Remembering Patrick (as if we ever forget...)

Patrick Michael Burkett
January 31, 1986 - March 18, 2006

Little boy....
drawing Spiderman....

motorizing a rubber band car...

constructing robots... (oh, his elegant hands)

playing chess with sister Molly...

loving his big brothers, Ian...

and Shaun...
and sometimes just barely tolerating Shaun....

taking part in the UU ceremony of dedication....

Young man...
first playing guitar....

...playing cool with friends...
just playing cool...

rockin' out....

Rock in Peace, Patrick
beloved son, brother & cherished friend

check out:
Blues For Patty Project
Music created by Patrick's Dad, his nom de sax is Papapatty.
Blue Memorial is a special tribute to Patty and Breezy Nights is original Patty with Papapatty sax added.

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Mar 12, 2009


A quick, mostly pictures post.
Finally started pulling together the vintage buttons, beads, felted bits and wire.
I am calling these "constructions."

Construction No. 1

Construction No. 2

Construction No. 3

Construction No. 5
(didn't get a picture of No. 4 for some reason)

Construction No. 6 (a work-in-progress)


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