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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Llamas baby!

Wow, it seems like every time I sat down and tried to add a new post, something else came up.'s Thursday evening, and I am wiped out. This has been a ridiculously busy week and it is not showing any signs of letting up. As part of my job, I take care of getting student artwork to various shows that come up during the year. As I mentioned in my earlier post, 2 students from my school won some major awards at one of the bigger high school art shows on Long Island, and the reception this past Sunday was wonderful (hot and crowded, but great!) Now this week brings 3 more art happenings, a local gallery hosts a show for surrounding high schools, that had to be delivered on Tuesday. Today we actually had work picked up for us...we had participated in a joint project with a local park called the Common Ground, which is short is a reflective garden dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11. This project involved the ceramics teacher whose classes made nature-inspired mosaic stepping stones (24 of them from scratch! not with pre-made tiles), the painting teacher whose classes created famous art scenes (like Starry Night and Christina's World) on industrial garbage cans, and the technology teacher whose woodworking classes created bird and butterfly houses. So all of these items were picked up from the high school today to be installed in the park. Lastly tomorrow I have to deliver 15 artworks to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, for the Second District Congressional Art Show, hosted by our local Congressman Steve Israel. And of course this weekend brings with it the opening receptions for both of these shows. I will need a vacation very soon.

So last Sunday I went to a llama shearing at my LYS. Tabbethia (in the blue behind the llama) taught my spinning class earlier in the year. She owns a farm where she raises and shows (among other animals) llamas. She brought two of her award winners to shear behind the store.
That's WMF McLellan (Mac).
And this is:

MHF Double Take!

Now I grew up in Brooklyn, and the closest I've ever been to a llama was probably in a zoo, but...

here I am with Tabb and Mac! He's so soft and really friendly (and sort of smelly), but it was so cool to see her shear them. I will post all the pics soon on Flickr. I guess that's it for now...I will try to post some more over the weekend. It's supposed to rain so we'll see.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Joining the blog world

I finally figured out that I should have a blog, not for any great, important reason, but hey why not? I'm hoping it will give me chance to record some thoughts not elsewhere noted and post some fun pictures and whatnot.'s a gorgeous Saturday here in NY and my DH is outside clearing up some of the debris from the storm we had last week. Notice I'm inside, on the computer (I'm supposed to be doing laundry, heh!) I just got back from my sock knitting class at Rumplestilskin Yarns. This is the second class I've taken and I feel pretty confident now about following a pattern and all that. Up until this point I've been just a simple knitter (scarves, blankets, etc.) except for occasional forays into more difficult stuff like a bag from Pursenalities (that I still have to felt!). I also recently learned how to spin, which leads me to the third coolest thing that happened to me this week (I'll detail the other things in a few). I took a spinning class in January and it's loads of fun, but the spinning wheels are heinously expensive when you purchase them new, so I have been haunting e-bay for a used wheel. I've bid on at least 6 wheels in the past 2 months, but to no avail....until today!!! I finally won an auction for a reasonably priced Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel. YAY!!! I'm so excited because I have lots of awesome fiber that I ordered from some etsy shops like Funky Carolina and Sereknity, and now I will be able to spin as often as I want! So one of the other awesome things that happened this week is that 2 art students (11th graders) from my department received the wonderful news that their artwork had been accepted into a juried art show sponsored by The Heckscher Museum, and beyond that one of them received a monetary scholarship award, and the other a special achievement award for his ceramic sculpture. The opening reception and awards ceremony is tomorrow, so I'll update some more with photos then. I should go get started on the laundry but before I sign off for now, I have to make mention of the fact that I'm listening to probably one of the greatest albums (IMHO) ever: The Wild, The innocent and the E Street Shuffle. There are no words to describe how stunning the music is. Before I die I want to learn how to play the opening piano part on "New York City Serenade". Later.