Archive for August, 2011

Slow Dolls

Posted in dolls, handmade with tags , , , on August 31, 2011 by darcyarts

It seems like the right time to cop to the fact that I have been slowed in the last few months by sickness. My blogging has suffered and my doll production, too. We (my doctors and I) are still in the process of identifying the invasive bug and I am resigned to this go, stop, sit, rest, sleep routine in place of my usual plow through eight hours work shifts here at DarcyArts.

It has been four days since I took the last pill in my latest round of antibiotics and I am starting to feel human again. The last two days have been good and I have been productive.

This new model doll came out a thinner, winsome Mae West, dressed in an Empire gown. Her facial expression is oddly reflective of how I have been feeling. I don’t take down time easily though I recognize the spiritual need to roll with it in the most graceful way.

Everything is a process which will teach us something. I know I’ve got quite a few miles on my odometer. I’m not complaining. It’s been a swell bunch of trips.

Soon after entering this life I was laid low by tuberculosis. Luckily, after a lengthy treatment, I joined my grandparents for a bit more isolation from siblings and started drinking in the joys of life. Sunshine, the sweet near-constant light of southern California, a loving, empathetic flock of grannies and grandpas, apple trees ans music, music playing everywhere. That’s the long way to say it’s my lungs again.

Tuberculosis,  reoccurred? Pneumonia? Some strange bacteria that is reluctant to let go? Or the Big C. They are all on the table at this point. Now  we journey through this spotty forest until we see the next field of light.

I’m making inventory for DarcyArts as I can. I’ve got eight donut bodies stitched up.

Today I am strong. The bad-ass antibiotic helped a bit and now that it is pretty much out of my system I’m engaged and full of ideas.

[Dang, the classical station is playing  O Fortuna, Carmina Burana. What’s up with that?]

I’m still obsessed/entranced by fanciful mushrooms and will make them as I can. I will definitely indulge my desire. I thought I was being fanciful until I put the phrase “beautiful mushrooms” into Google. Maybe not.





Got Heart?

Posted in esoterica, food, gardening, nature with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by darcyarts

Clipping fresh sweet tomatoes off the vine this morning I found a pretty little heart.

The heart tomato has it’s punky side, too. So complete in it’s metaphoric suggestions.

Clouds in August

Posted in nature, photos with tags , on August 24, 2011 by darcyarts

Walking out to the garden about 6:30 this morning I was treated to a beautiful morning sky. I quickly went back into the house to grab the camera and took these photos:


Posted in food, gardening, nature with tags , , on August 22, 2011 by darcyarts

The tomatoes are growing so well.

Six containers worth of delicious tomatoes. Better yet some are staggered so they won’t all pop at once.

I’m guessing that the temperature difference between here and Sebastopol is keeping the purple colors at bay. We shall see though. We have many more to ripen in the future. 

They are sweet and full of taste which is why we grow our own in the first place. 

We put them in a pan with olive oil to cook fish. We will eat them on nice bakery bread with a bit of mayo or ranch dressing or have them sliced on a plate with feta cheese. Oh, yum.

A little reserve bud on the sunflower is kinda small and appears to be a bit nibbled on.

The cucumber plant has given us two cukes and there is a third but new growth seems stunted. All the little cuke starts are drying up. Boo.

I’ll add some fertilizer.

It’s such a pleasure to see these things.



Black Alien Squid

Posted in cute, dolls, gardening, handmade, plush critters, projects with tags , , on August 18, 2011 by darcyarts

This morning was spent cleaning up my harvested catnip.

I started a series of Black Alien Squid catnip toys early this year and haven’t got back to them yet. Here are a few photos. I need to be schooled on how to shoot black! Frank is taking a digital photo class. He will be able to teach me.

The little strips of stripes are amusing.

Can I rock that adornment? Later.

The squid on the left in the group photos looks a little guilty.

What did you do?

Homemade Journal

Posted in constructions, handmade, projects, writing with tags , , , on August 17, 2011 by darcyarts

Even though I write this blog and tell tales of my doings I must have a paper journal in which I confess my sad and silliest thoughts.

I had halfway convinced myself to cough up the dough for a fancy store-bought leather bound  journal from Barnes and Noble but my rebellious, DIY-or-bust spirit kicked in and I pledged to make my own.

First I folded and drilled holes in the paper pages, stitched them tightly. Then I stitched the leather pieces together.

Lastly, I glued the leather to the cardboard cover pages and left them pressed under my heaviest dictionary fore 24 hours.


It was easy and clean. I used material from an old coat from the 60s or 70s that I bought years ago at The Attic for a couple of bucks.

I was feeling these colors and looking forward to the feel of the leather whenever I use the book.

I’ve nearly filled my last paper journal with the weave of joy, love and occasional concerns that make up my days.


I’m hoping to make mushroom tops out of that cute pink and brown polka dot cloth. Stay tuned.


Posted in food, gardening, nature with tags , , on August 8, 2011 by darcyarts

The grasshopper nibbled away the biggest sunflower reserve bud and this morning I banished him from the garden.

I cut the big head and set it by the tree where the squirrel gang vacuum up pounds of black sunflower seeds. I think the big sunflower can grow another flower. There is bud remaining.

You can see the discarded shells beneath the big head. The grasshopper was on the head when I moved it and I do not know his whereabouts at this time. Are squirrels carnivorous?

I hope the squirrels will find out that the sunflower head contains a bounty of seeds. They may be a little less than ripe but, hey, these are tough times.

If the squirrels don’t get it the clever blue jays will.

Squirrels have definitely knocked the head about some, to get to their seed stash. They’ve torn a bit of its flesh away and loosened a few petals.

We will see what happens next.

Do you think the grasshopper’s on his way back to the planter boxes?