Archive for December, 2009

Busy is a Good Thing

Posted in constructions, cute, etsy, plush critters with tags , on December 13, 2009 by darcyarts

My fingers are nicked and stabbed. My forearms achy from pulling stitches tight but I’ll sleep well tonight.

I’m finishing off my two latest chimps. These are slightly smaller versions. but they require all the handmade detail that make these chimps what they are.

I have to attach their legs and arms, sew hats and monogram them.

I put a little pink heart on the bottom of the left foot with my initials.


I will photograph these guys again when they are finished.

These chimp projects take alot of time and I should not charge so little for the work.

I’ll have to get real with my feelings of self-worth.

Dude, I deserve to pay myself more money.

Over here at the Hamilton Street homestead we are grooving on Udon noodle soup with miso and mushrooms and seaweed. Delicious and nutritious.

I’ve been making scones regularly. I want to be a scone maven. I am the future queen of white trash drop scones, made with sweetened evaporated¬† milk.

I put blackberries in the batch I made today. The seeds are cruddy but they are tasty otherwise.

I’ll try a more subtle flavor next time. Orange maybe.

Frank and I watch The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus last night. It was a very nice trip down memory lane.

Jethro Tull kicked ass. Taj Mahal and Jesse Edwin Davis kicked ass.

The Who slayed mighty dragons with a killer version of A Quick One While He’s Away. Dear, dear Pete.

Keith Richards looked good enough to eat. He obviously loved playing bass in the Dirty Mac with John Lennon, Eric “Whining Boy” Clapton, Mitch Mitchell.

If I could have any stuffed animal for my bedroom I’d have a life-sized Keith circa 1968.

Hmmm. There’s something to work on in my spare time.

My Keith doll  has to be wearing the outfit from the Dirty Mac performance. Yumm.

So many ideas so little time.

Ah, well back to work.

Back in the Saddle

Posted in Art, cute, etsy, plush critters with tags , , on December 8, 2009 by darcyarts

So happy to come home to a flow of orders over at DarcyArts!

Squiddies are going off to new homes this crisp winter. Catnip squids and adorable squids for people are charming the peeps.

I sold my first curly star and I’ve got them waiting to be sewn in pink and purple, too.

I made a couple of green Albi-like dragons early in Dec.

Keep ’em coming, folks!

Lightning Round

Posted in Art, constructions, dreams, family, food, shopping, travel with tags , , on December 7, 2009 by darcyarts

Two quick round trips to San Francisco in the last five days have cured me of my “oh, it’s such a long trip” fear.

Google Maps gave me a really straightforward way to get directly to my daughter’s door in the southern (I think) Mission (near McLaren Park).

San Francisco’s diagonal set up, or at least the Diagonal placement of main vein Market Street/Misson had fucked with my mind for decades. I am making an effort to fix a picture of the layout in my memory.

Finally made it up to Bernal Heights after dreaming of it for months. This is a photo from the back side, the northeast side of the park (I think) looking over the Mission, Portrero, SOMA, towards the financial district in the far distance.

After five or six visits now I am beginning to understand how I feel about the city. My daughter loves it and I am so happy that she is happy in a place where I used to roam. She is far more successful at living there than I ever was. I was dead poor.  Eventually I got a soul-killing job as a file clerk at an insurance agency in the financial district.

Still, I had to get back to the suburban southland before long. Frank was going places I wouldn’t go and the energy and ghosty spirits in the homes in San Francisco were more than I could handle.

I don’t think I ever made peace with the spirits that swirl in the city. Perhaps during an earlier incarnation I died in the big earthquake and fire. Perhaps I can just feel those vibrations still resonating.

I am more deeply suburban and country oriented than I wanted to admit while in the thrall of my occasional, enthusiastic longings to return to city life.

In the past few years I’ve dreamed of the city’s culture and international flavors.

It’s understandable. After dwelling in Redding for 15 years a girl needs to imagine that she might be able to dip into an urban environment once again.

There are so many things to see there. One of the more interesting is the shop Paxton Gate on Valencia at 19th. It’s full of natural and odd, beautifully unnatural things.

There is an Alligoose taxidermy mashup. Lots of but and fossil and nature related art.

I love skeletons and insects.

There is a child’s version of Paxton gate a few doors down from the main shop at Valencia and 19th Street.

Paxton gate has bugs in resin, big roaches handmade in lovely, satin cloth, horse heads transformed into unicorns.

There are lovely handmade silver rings. I was moved to choose one for Frank and one for myself.

I would go there often if I lived in SF.

Rents are still outrageous in the Mission District and every other desirable area.

I would need to win the lottery to put myself on Cortland Street in Bernal Heights. A really really big lottery.

There are wonderful places to eat. ChaYa Sushi is all vegetarian and delicious. Very reasonably priced and wholesome.

I loved hanging out with Je ss and drinking in these wonders after I rode her home Sunday but I was happy to be back.

I made it home in three hours! 80 MPH all the way, safely, cautiously.

Redding and the far north may not be as exciting as San Francisco. When you are young you look for excitement outside yourself. For me now I make my own world where ever I am. I am working from the inside out and I don’t have a crushing need to be recognized.

Anonymity is a pleasure, a luxury I would never forfeit.

I love plenty of space, uncrowded streets, a slow pace, quiet and the ease of fetching goods.

I avoid shopping on the weekends to avoid crowds.

I am not a joiner of groups but a loner at ease with my own thoughts.

I love the mountains that surround Redding, the winter skies, the river, the trees.

Trip to S.F.

Posted in family, travel with tags , , on December 2, 2009 by darcyarts

This morning I get to take a quick trip to the Big City.

Going to pick up my beautiful daughter!