Like the monster in a horror film, just when I think my artist trading card group is dead... it staggers back to life to give me a few more thrills. Violet was the theme for the July cards. Here are the cards that arrived a few days ago. The one on lower right is what my cards looked like.
A Bird of the Day? It could work. I got to see my current obsession in concert last night at the Beaumont Club in KC. Adam Young (pictured below) is the driving force behind the synth-pop band Owl City. The only word I can think of to describe his work is sweet. So sweet he even has a song about going to the dentist. Counteracts the sugary lyrics, I guess. But I do enjoy the music, even on the blown speakers they had to use at the Beaumont. The only remotely appropriate thing I can say about Adam is that I wish he was my son.
Months ago I promised to make a tote bag for someone. Thankfully, someone very, very patient. I delivered it to her in an entirely new decade. The fabric is Barbara Brackman's "Morris Workshop", and the leather handles are from Joggles. The label on the handles said they were pre-perforated for sewing comfort, but man I blistered my fingers sewing them on. Wonder how I should have done it? I finally got out one of those rubber jar lid openers and used it to pull on the needle. I think I'd give this bag a C+.
While in New York last month, I bought myself a holiday present at the Handmade Show at 3rd Ward. A fabulous clock by Richard Birkett!
This was one of his more simple clocks, but I just love it. It has typewriter keys, sockets, gears, pieces from kitchen tools and screen doors, regular keys, and a bouncy place to display a favorite picture. Richard doesn't seem to have a website or blog, but I did find a couple more of his clocks here. He lives in Otego, N.Y.