Friday, March 28, 2008

Opening an A New Art Business.........

is overwhelming....actually beyond overwhelming. Yesterday, was spent at the lighting store, ordering lighting fixtures. Expensive.

Going to a paint store to select paint chips and chips and chips....Selecting one color is not easy. LOL! Still working on that. Of course everyone wants to give you advice....and you need it, but, it is best to choose what you love. It is your store. Follow your instincts.

Today, I have to purchase a utility sink, for dyeing fibers and doing metal work, in the back work room. Thinking of bringing my spare spinning wheel there as well. I also have to find a Utility light for the back work room. Ugghhhhhhh!

All the walls are up in my store. I will try to take some photos today. We had to change the design a bit, because the sink could not be located where I wanted it.

Then there is the accounting system for the costs. The filings for business license, business insurance, corporate accounts, master charge equipment, computer links, name of business... still undecided, business cards still to be selected....and they are saying things will be complete enough to possibly begin moving my things in by the end of next week....LOL!!!

I see a meltdown in my future. I am doing everything by the seat of my pants at the moment with the hope that everything in my head will come together in the resemble some kind of business with a theme.........besides INSANITY.

Why am I doing this again????

In honor of spring check out this exhibition of knitted plants at Brown University.

Wishing you all a wonderful spring day,did I mention the daffodils are blooming here!!!

smiles to you,

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

inspirational quotes......for you

When times are tough, we can all use a bit of motivation....spiritual uplifting....words to give us the move onward, upward....against the odds we are facing. I myself, look to words from those wiser, than I for this.....and I give you, the beauty of these words....these verses today.

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
--Henry Ward Beecher

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
--Arthur Golden

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
--Samuel Johnson

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation...The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
--Jacob Bronowski

HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS ONE....handmade is wonderful for those that create as well as those that are the recipients of this positive energy!!!!

It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.
--Vince Lombardi

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.
--George Eliot

Try not to be a man of success, but rather to be a man of value.
--Albert Einstein

and this last quote is the best........Not many can attribute their lives to this....but, surely a
noble goal, for all.

wishing you a wonderful day...
smiles to you all,

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to blog when life is busy..........

and you are way too tired to type........and should be in bed dreaming about...whatever.

Life is so complicated these days, dating and dating....and opening a shop in Doylestown, PA.......and trying to unload my antiques and extraneous stuff... and finding that honest people are a rarity these days.

Been working on business plans, and architectural plans....this is a bit overwhelming....and exciting at the same time. Set up a corporation... THE DOG BEAR PLANET, INC. EIN#'s to get, business machine.........labels, make art to sell.......etc, etc, etc.

yes, those are a photos of the progress...under construction. Hard to believe that one day in the future it will become my place of business. Now why did I decide this was my road to travel?
wishing you all a very happy day,
smiles to you,

Friday, March 7, 2008

Finished off projects.........yippeeeeeee!

Finally finished off something or Nicky Epstein flower scarf is sewn, finished and blocked. This took two days to sew the flowers together. I had to make the border longer and make 7 more flowers to get it to the length I wanted it to be. What a nightmare!

But, am happy with the finished scarf, I love the colors, the feel, the is a bit bulky due to the flowers.

I think I will make another in ivory and make it not as wide.

Here is a close up shot of the flowers. I used angora, mohair, alpaca and handspun wool.

....and the second finished item. A spring sweater with Blue Heron beaded cotton in seaweed colorway. I ran short of yarn and improvised with some berrocco suede in blue. It turned out nicely, since the pattern called for
a contrast trim.

The pattern is the cover photo on the Spring/Summer 2005 Family Circle Easy Knitting Magazine. It was really easy to knit. Finished it in two weeks.

And here is my new KIP project, the Frenchy Camisole by Katie Himmelberg, from the Interweave Knits magazine Spring 2007.

I am using some variegated silk yarn I found in my stash. Not sure whose it is or where I bought it, but I suspect it was an early ebay purchase.

It is on 7 circulars. It is an easy knit and suitable for a take along project.

I am also working on the Dean Crane, candle flame shawl, with some Blue Heron variegated silk yarn which, is coming alone nicely. Will put up a photo with the next post of my progress. This is the KAL for the Bucks County Stitch and Bitch group on Ravelry.

Well that is all for today, I have to get moving, showered, to the bank and up to sign the lease for my new shop in Doylestown. More on that later. This is big and overwhelming, lots to do.

Wishing you all a wonderfully creative weekend........

Smiles to you,

Thursday, March 6, 2008


so who would not fall in love with someone that played this song ,with that same soul and very,very throaty voice?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I am just a big question mark.........

You Are a Question Mark

You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.

And while you know a lot, you don't act like a know it all. You're open to learning you're wrong.

You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.

You're naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.

Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.

(But they're not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)

You excel in: Higher education

You get along best with: The Comma

I guess this has been my big problem....I have been dating men instead of comma's....LOL!!! Now who knows where I can find a very handsome comma, that is finished with his ex?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Celebrities that look like MOI!!!!

This was fun......try it!

and this from another photo: