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08 August 2009 @ 08:42 pm
Just a hodgepodge of life stuff.  
Well, I got an A in my literature class. Good, dammit. Then I had to decide whether to sign up for a seminar on modernism or one on 20th century Southern writers. I wound up choosing the Southern writers, although it's early in the morning while modernism is in the afternoon. It'll be a lot of reading and writing, which makes me nervous given that I already have a full schedule which I'm a little unsure about, particularly the undergrad research assistantship I signed up for. I'm not sure yet how much work that's going to entail. I've also got a temporary job in the student bookstore and had my first day on Wednesday. That probably won't go beyond the first week of classes... I think. As long as they need the extra help, I guess. It'll be a little bit of extra money, anyway. :/ Which is good for oh so many reasons, most of them depressing and car-related.

Also I bought t-shirts, which I probably shouldn't have although I can always use more options for clothing myself. And I went to the doctor, got blood drawn to find out whether I might be anemic (apparently I'm not), and found out that I didn't really lose all that much weight even though my pants are much baggier now.

Lately I've also gotten more and more interested in learning how to knit and/or crochet. Or relearn how to crochet, at any rate, and learn how to do more than make scarves. I don't know. I'm ambivalent about it, because I've been browsing etsy and so many of the crafty-type things people make are just bad. But some are cool. I'd like to learn how to do cool things, but then I'm not sure what things I'd like to make. Exactly. I don't know. I like stuffed creatures like this, but that seems a bit advanced (although if anyone ever wanted to buy me one of those, I would have to love you forever). I have some limited hand-sewing skills (thank you, grandmother). This is a nice pillow. I don't know, I guess I'd like to learn/relearn some sewing machine skills and all of that, but I'm not sure where to start. Also tiny sculpture skills. Maybe I should just buy some sculpy.

Anyway, if anyone has any links to good references for this sort of thing or any good tips, I'd appreciate them.
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R is for Raygun: Art in revolutionkleenexwoman on August 9th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Sculpey clay is pretty awesome. I used to make beads out of that--all you really need is a paring knife, wax paper, some toothpicks, and maybe a rolling pin or something like that if you're trying to do shapes or millefiori. (If you're doing actual sculpture I guess you'd need...sculpture tools, but the beads were really fun. We got sampler packs of the colors.) Sculpey.com has a bunch of project ideas, and I think I have some craft books in the basement that go over the stuff.

Yay for your A, and yay for Southern Writers class. It sounds fun.
bullwinkybullwinky on August 9th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
I like doing quick sculptures with crayola model magic, just using my fingers. It's like making a sketch almost. I have experimented with carving afterward which yeilds interesting results, and a friend of mine did a mixed media piece using model magic and toilet paper (if I remember correctly) that is pretty amazing looking.

Another friend of mine has a knitting site: http://thread-bear.blogspot.com/

Most of her stuff appears to be hats (which are actually pretty attractive, but not too interesting to me), but she knitted luna lovegood turnip earrings, which are charming. She apparently started out crocheting, maintaining that she wasn't that interested in knitting, but it soon sucked her in. I think she spins her own yarn now. There's a hobby you can waste a good amount of time with.
bullwinkybullwinky on August 9th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Couple quick corrections: She crocheted the earrings, and they are radishes, not turnips. X|
DrWorm: spockin it updrworm on August 10th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
That Fiji Mermaid your friend made is pretty sweet! Do you know if they ripped up the toilet paper and did a paper mache sort of thing, or did they put it on top of the model magic for texture? I don't think I've ever used model magic before, so I don't know what it's like consistency-wise. But I'll have to check it out... it's the stuff that just air dries, right?

My mom taught me the basics of crocheting when I was in elementary school, but we had some pretty epic fights when she tried to teach me how to knit. :/ Knitting is harder. And yes, lol, it does seem like the kind of hobby that sucks you in and takes up all your time. I would like to learn how to make the little crochet animals, though...

Thanks for the links/info!
bullwinkybullwinky on August 10th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I believe it was a paper mache type thing, yes. And yeah, it air dries really fast. It's also easily breakable, so if you like something you make be careful with it. Luckily it's incredibly easy to glue together if something breaks, but still.