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Posted in music, rock n roll with tags on December 2, 2010 by darcyarts

It’s been chilly in the morning out in the laundry room where I ride the stationary bike. I have aids that empower me!

The trick is to get on before I’m fully conscious, while it’s still dark, using only the light of my iPod to reset the miles-minutes-calories counter.

Music makes the 8-10 morning miles possible.

Here is the current recipe:

The Small Faces – Around the Plynth and Flying

Velvet Underground – Mr. Rain, both versions; Black Angels Death Song; Run, Run, Run

Queens of the Stone Age – I Never Came; Burn the Witch

It works.



Sleepy Hallow

Posted in constructions, cute, etsy, film with tags , , , on January 6, 2010 by darcyarts

Habits form so quickly. For the last few weeks I have been sleeping in.

I’m not getting on the fake bike until 8 a.m. No more 6 a.m. fake rides in the dark. The holidays brought a sense of calm and guilt free lazing but I must get in gear for new year.

I love the way things look just before the sun comes up. It’s quiet and I can be still, collect my thoughts.

I’m up at 6 a.m. this morning. I’ve lighted my votive candles to remind me of my connection to the starry dynamo.

This is a beautiful star lamp I got for 50 cents. It is a morning friend, barely bright, soft on the eyes, soothing.

Note:¬† Jane Campion’s Bright Star will be in at Netflix January 26. If you missed it in the theater put it on your list now. It is a pleasure. It’s a good view of what people did before television.

Crafty Etsy girls and tender newbie seamstresses, this film is for you.

After I’ve lit the candles I check into the cyber world and see if anyone purchased my wares. Will my day include stitching a catnip squid, a new whale?

That would mean a trip to the post office at some point in the day.

I start to imagine how I will utilize my energy.

I climb on the bike and have 10 miles in before I know it. My iPod is my faithful companion in exercise. I could not do it without the right music.

Queens of the Stone Age are the best. Josh Homme’s music is very inspiring. I have very eclectic taste. I often start slow and turn to the harder stuff (QOTSA) when I need a push toward mile six.

Today I started with This American Life, then moved on to Johnny Mercer and then Charles Mingus, then for the finish, QOTSA. It was great.

Yesterday I finished my first rag doll. She’s nakee in the first early morning pix but I plan to make clothes for her.

I love her. I don’t think it will be easy offer these up for the Etsy shop. I’ll want to keep each one I create.I’m already working on a second face.

I love faces. This is fun.

Free Green

Posted in family with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by darcyarts

A trip to a local art store turned out to be a score yesterday. Frank had to go in to buy a few paint brushes and some graphite.

Boxes were scattered around one aisle and beside them was a beautiful pile of stiff moss green paper that had been used for packing.

“Are you going to throw that away?” I asked a clerk or perhaps a co-owner.

“Yes,” she said.

“Can I have it?”


GreenpaperKitchenA1I let out a joyous little yip. It was beautiful paper. Why should I be embarrassed to rescue perfectly good materials?

After I dragged the piles of paper to the car I returned to the store and bought to Prismacolor pencils. A Blush Pink and a Salmon Pink. Prismacolor pencils are so creamy and smooth.

This is part of the pile in the kitchen. I straightened it a bit and flattened it which made a lot of noise. The whole experience was somehow very theatrical. These big remnants of wide paper taking up so much room. It was very physical and like dancing to straighten it and make folds.

It’s now stuck it away in the paper, cardboard, packing items storage area.

I’ll use it for wrapping things or maybe for papier mache. I love it.

GreenpaperFromtopMy son Brian visited this weekend. It was very nice to be near him again.

He calls regularly but there’s nothing like the flesh.

He’s got to jump right back into his law study this week.

These last two weeks were the only time he will have off for the next year. Ouch.

BnHaydenAugustThis is B with friend Barrack’s young and very cute son, Hayden. Brian is a natural with babies. His energy is very comforting.

It is day three of going straight to the stationary bike. I was on it first thing. It was 5:45 a.m. I was bleary-eyed and in the dark. I thought that was a good strategy. Since I couldn’t see the meter I had to just ride and forget about it. The door was open. Fresh air came pushing through the screen as I pedaled.

The best thing about this early morning ride is that it is over before I’ve really full woken up. Seven miles this morning but with less arm stretching. I was very achy yesterday after a very busy bunch of arm moves.

What was I thinking?

Today is one of two days during the week when Frank’s class¬† schedule allows me a fairly large bank of time so I better get to sewing.