Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Library Run

Here is a peek in my library book bag....

A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric
by Kim Kight
160 pages

Someday, I want to design fabric.  When I do, this is the book I want.  It's thorough and very, very practical.  It even includes detailed instructions for both Photoshop and Illustrator.

Paper Flowers
by Michael G. Lafosse
71 pages of instructions, plus templates
With both photos and line drawings, I think I could actually make some of these.  He shows how to make a variety of flowers, including roses, daisies, water lilies, cacti, and tulips. 

Paper Creations: Easy-To-Make Paperfolding Projects
by Guy Merrill Gross
An introduction or origami that includes a wide variety of projects from simple to advance, from traditional to modern to useful.  There are a few patterns I could see adapting for Christmas ornaments, containers, and present-decorations.  Again, it has both simple drawings and photos.

Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces
by Joel Dewberry
128 pages
This book is filled with ordinary sewing projects that you might see in half a dozen sewing books.  The author is a fabric designer, and I think the book was designed to showcase some of his fabric.  Unfortunately, I also thought the fabric was ugly faux vintage except for some wood grain fabric that was actually pretty cool.

Art Deco Style
by Bevis Hillier and Stephen Escritt
240 pages
Just because it's big and square doesn't make it a coffee table book.  These people are obsessed and very, very thorough.  The book examines the Art Deco and Moderne movements within the multiple contexts of history, politics, technology, and location.  The writing is conversational and quite readable and there are many photographs and drawings, although not as many or as large as there would be if it were a coffee table book.  A suitable gift for anyone interested in the architecture, furniture, or art of the era.

How about you?  Read anything good lately?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly Round-Up

This week I....

... had my second dancing lesson with my beloved.  I'm enjoying them very much and learning what I've been doing wrong (and sometimes right) all these years.
... attended the baptism of little Dominic.  Congratulations and welcome to the family!
... had a fascinating interview with the owner of Palace Glass Co. for a freelance article.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Scarf To Make Someday

I really like this scarf mash-up out of old T-shirts from Alisa Burke's Sew Wild: Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media.
There's also a hat design that I want to try.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Grammarian

Dear Grammar Nerd, 

I have a grammatical question that I'm fighting about with a friend.  It may end our friendship.  Could you please save our relationship by telling her that I'm right? 

Is this following sentence a run-on sentence or not?  "Hello Bubba, thank you for letting me know." 

Thank you!

I Don't Have Better Things to Do

Gentle Reader,

I am glad you are finally beginning to contemplate the serious things in life after devoting yourself to frivolity all these years!

You are both wrong, I suspect.  It is a comma splice.

The correct punctuation should be:

"Hello, Bubba.  Thank you for letting me know." 

Hello, Bubba = an independent clause.
Thank you for letting me know = an independent clause

(Independent clause = part of a sentence that can stand on its own as a sentence if it needed to.  For example, if the rest of the sentence packed up and left, perhaps to run off and join the circus, the independent clause would just shrug its shoulders and point out that it didn't really need the rest of the sentence, so there!

Two independent clauses linked with a comma and no conjunction = comma splice

I hope that your friendship will continue, despite the gravity of the issue.  There are more important things in life, after all, like chocolate.

Grammatically yours,
J. Pario

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What the !? (Or is it: What the ?!)

The Interrobang is a combination of an ! and a ?.  It was designed by New York ad executive Martin Spektar because "he was looking for a way to express astonishment, and disliked the clumsy combination of ?!" (page 268). 
 ~ From Just My Type:A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield.

 Here are some variations on this theme:

I really like this.  I wish it had caught on more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tile Testing... in 7 Days

I'm experimenting with making some tile coasters, using reclaimed tiles from the EcoStore.  (The heart tile is a failed experiment.  That's why they call it research!)  The mosaic looks fun, but would look better on black.  The photo tile unfortunately has a problem right around her cute little smile, so that one is also labeled a learning experience.  I'm using this first batch to figure out what techniques will work.

I tried to seal one with polyurethene, and the alcohol ink promptly smeared.  So I added three layers of ModPodge before adding three layers of polyurethane. Then it didn't smear.  (I used leftover polyurethane from one of my dad's woodworking projects, the kind you apply with a brush.  I wanted something I could do indoors.)

Now I'm waiting 7 days before putting the tiles through a series of tests, including grape juice and boiling hot tea.  Once I know what works, I'll do a tutorial.

Stay tuned!