The Northeast Street Rod Show…

was a blast.  Wow, they don’t make them like they used to.  My husband, Jeff and I spend last Saturday out at the show.  I want a classic car.  These are truly works of art and talking to people who know so much about cars was wonderful.  The only thing I really know now is I can tell when the suspension has been messed with.  The scale looks off a little.

Anyway…here are some beauties we got to see.

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend going to the show next September.

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Northeast Street Rod Nationals

http://www.nsra-usa.com

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I guess the prairie is on my mind today…

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Shawn Colvin’s “Steady On”

…Cause he seemed like a miracle
I ate it up like cereal
But it was something like shrapnel

Steady on!

It’s like ten miles of a two-lane
On a South Dakota wheat plain
In the middle of a hard rain
A slow boat or a fast train
I am gonna keep my head on straight
I’m gonna keep my head on straight

Steady on!

It’s been 5 days since STRUT and…

I’ve just hit that big post-event/project let down place.  This really confirms to me how much I love PROCESS.  I like the middle. The finishing and ending…not so much.

This week I gained some insight into why that just might be the case.

  1. I’m from middle America—South Dakota.
  2. I’m the MIDDLE child in my family.
  3. I’m in MIDDLE-pause.  I like this term better.
  4. I’m acutely aware when things are out of balance in my life…a MIDDLE path.
  5. I like things EVEN STEVEN.  I don’t like to owe anyone.
  6. I’m also a LIBRA…scales, balance & justice…that mumbo jumbo.

Now I understand better why some sadness creeps in after I finish a big process.

“We dance around the ring and suppose,

but the secret sits in the middle and knows”

—Robert Frost

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STRUT—part I

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Here are some images from last night’s STRUT fashion show in Burlington, Vermont.  These are the more candid shots of getting ready and going through rehearsal.  We had such a great day and hanging out together was really fun.  Thank you to all who helped make the show happen.  I won’t name you all, there are too many of you who supported Elizabeth and I produce our collection.  You know who you are.  Many thanks.

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The devil is in the details…

now that all of the pieces are created.  It’s time to look for subtle threads (literally & figuratively) that unite the collection. I love this part almost as much as pizza & champagne when we’re all done. I really like that part.  Elizabeth Bunsen’s dyed fabric, my work in scrap leather and photography and Jane Frank’s jewelry is telling a story just as we had hoped from the beginning.  Storytelling through this collaborative work is maybe the best part of the whole shootin’ match in my estimation.

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The details are details. They make the product.

The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life.

                        —Charles Eames

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This week in my studio…

I furiously got rid of stuff that was keeping my mind a complete mess.  I couldn’t even prioritize what I needed to work on first.  I spend one hour cleaning out and booked an appointment with GOT JUNK.  The minute they drove off I could breathe again.  The guys were great and both artists in their own right too.  Apparently GOT JUNK sites have a lot of materials, metal, wood and other things to scavenged.  I gave lots of things away and unearthed a few items I unfortunately would’ve purchased again because I didn’t know where they were.  The clean out felt awesome.  These are not very good before and after photos, but I think you’ll get the idea.

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Yesterday, I got to the studio ready to work on my designs for STRUT and all 4 of my sewing machines didn’t work—broken belts, jammed up and one vintage and one, a 1950s SINGER I acquired I couldn’t figure out how to get the bobbin to thread even after I read and reread the manual.  Reading manuals is not one of my strengths. It’s like reading Japanese or Greek or writing code to me.  I called my sister to tell her that I actually had to laugh at the absurdity of having all machines fail on me when I was busy sewing. I was grateful that I could find the humor in the problem.  What else could I do, really?  What was the universe trying to tell me.  I then headed out to one of the most loved repair shops in northern Vermont…Smitty’s in Essex Junction, Vermonthttp://www.smittysews.com/

I was so grateful for the service.  SMITTY and his wife are truly Vermont Treasures.

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In an hour and half I had two of the machines in beautiful working order. I’m sewing leather and my sewing machines are taking a beating.  If anyone ever wonders what to get me for a gift, it’s leather needles.  As a bonus, I got to have tacos with my daughter, Willa while I waited.  There’s always a bonus, if we’re paying attention to everyday hardships if we dig deep.

 By 2pm I finally was able to get to work and nearly finish one of my pieces for the show.  I love to work with the tension of tough and soft materials.  I think the leather with the softness of the ecodyed silk from Elizabeth Bunsen is an interesting contrast…just like life.

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Sometimes things are hard and sometimes things are delicate and sometimes we just have to laugh at it all.