Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Autumn Goodness

I've been working on some crochet projects. I made a bunch of motifs for a yarn bomber in Arizona. I'm currently working on making five sweaters for an animal rescue in New York City. The sweaters are for some chickens they rescued recently. I've been making some mail art, though I really should make more. I'm going to try to set aside some energy to make mail art this week. I have some "add and pass" projects I need to work on, too. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

All Good Things

Hi all! I had a fairly busy May and June. I did some crocheting (I even got two orders! Yay!). My favorite is a collar I made for my sister's dog, Hudson. I also made about 25 postcards. I made the postcards at Panera (a cafe) and also at my desk in my bedroom. I usually only make postcards at Panera but for whatever reason I was inspired to make some in my home, too. I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Review of Crochet Concupiscence

I first heard of Kathryn Vercillo through her book, Crochet Saved My Life: the Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet. I’d bought it as an early Yule gift for myself a few years ago, when I was fairly new to crochet. I then found Kathryn’s lovely blog, Crochet Concupiscence
Crochet Concupiscence is a thorough blog, covering a diverse array of topics related to crochet. In addition to the “Home” page, there are currently sections for her aforementioned book, crochet patterns, crochet tutorials, and her wonderful Mandalas For Marinke project (for which I crocheted the mandala seen below). There are buttons on her blog’s home page that take you to posts about crochet art, crochet fashion, crochet tutorials, and crochet patterns. One of my favorite features of Kathryn’s blog is that she includes extensive information about vintage crochet. 
Kathryn diligently updates her blog at least a few times each week, but usually more. There is almost always something new to read on Crochet Concupiscence. In addition to keeping up this blog, Kathryn writes for the About.com Crochet page. She must be one busy woman! I appreciate all her efforts and adore Crochet Concupiscence.

Friday, April 8, 2016

April 2016 happenings

I've been cranking out some postcards at the rate of about three a week. I also submitted a small mixed-media canvas to a mail art show in Japan. I've also been doing some crocheting. Recently, I've made two hats for people I know who are losing their hair from chemotherapy. One of the hats is for my friend Pepe's mom and the other is for the mom of a former classmate of mine. Please note that I'm hosting a mail art call for entry. Please send me a postcard with a word (in English only, please!) written on the front (and decorated however you'd like). On the back, include your return address, my address, and postage. I'll mail you a postcard in return! My address is: Erica D./PO Box 473/Waldwick, NJ 07463/United States of America. I'm going to use these postcards to make poetry. Thank you!

Monday, February 15, 2016

crocheted motifs, oh how I love thee! (February 2016 update)

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. I exchanged gifts with two of my friends to celebrate. Alas, because of the post office being sluggish, I didn't get my gifts before the holiday. That's okay, though! I can be patient (sometimes). I also exchanged Valentine's day cards with people from my postcard exchange club and some of my pen pals.

I've been crocheting a fair amount of motifs. I love to crochet them! Do I have a use for them? Not usually. But they are fast, fun, and easy. What's not to love? 

I made two paintings last week. I also started on another one. It felt good to whip out my acrylic paints again. I so rarely paint. I really should do it more often.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Excitement!

If you know anything about my life, the title of this post may seem like somewhat of a misnomer. However, despite the limitations imposed on me by my disabilities, I'm finding ways to have fun and to be connected with my community, friends, and the world in general. And I think this is exciting! 

Of course, I've been keeping up with crocheting and mail art. Recently, I made an autumn wreath, a cowl, an ear warmer, and a chicken sweater. The chicken sweater is for a chicken rescue in the UK, but the rest of the items I got paid for (yay!). Also, I've been writing letters, keeping my journal current, and writing a few poems. Outside of my usual home life, I've been going to support groups, doing volunteer ESL tutoring, going to church activities, taking a Spanish class, volunteering at an animal shelter, and doing yoga.

Enjoy the pictures of a recent piece of mail art, a jar cozy, and the autumn wreath!

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 2015 Update

I know, I know... I've been neglecting this blog. Nonetheless, I've been making mail art and crocheting a lot lately. I've mostly been making postcards while at the cafe in the bookstore or otherwise away from my studio area. As a result, I have limited materials. I'll include a picture of what my "art on-the-go" kit looks like. I have two pouches I carry around with me: one pouch has just papers (scrapbooking papers, random ephemera, etc) and the other pouch has some random supplies like a glue stick, some markers, etc. As for crocheting, I recently made two guerilla art pieces that incorporate crochet: a mason jar cozy and a rock cozy. I'll include pictures of both projects. Have a good summer, all! Cheers!

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