Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Spinning my Wheels

I spent most of the day in my stamping room, and the only thing I have to show you is something I finished yesterday! I'm nearly done with a few things that I worked on today, but one I want to submit to a magazine, and the others... Well, I'm not happy with them yet. Plus they're not really finished. Even if I hate them I will probably post them for your reviews next time.

The piece above is something I made in response to a challenge on the Ranger Ink Link group. The theme is harvest, so I got to thinking about my genealogy work and what it means to me, and came up with this piece, which I call Harvest Your Memories. The women in the art are my great grandmother and her sisters; the photos were taken in Russia in the early 1900s. I really enjoyed making this piece, playing with my new Distress and Adirondack inks and thinking about my ancestors. Maybe one of the reasons I feel so blah about today's creations is that I am using either purchased collage art or free downloads from the Internet. Hmm, I'll have to think about that...

Yesterday I took a little dip in the frog pond; spotted a misplaced increase in the knee sock and ripped back about an inch and a half. It took me all day (well, in between bouts in the stamping room) but I finally got back to where I'd been when I spotted the boo-boo. I am now more than halfway done with the calf increases. If I keep at it, I feel confident I can get these socks packed up and in the mail to my niece by the end of this month (uh oh...did I just tempt fate with that statement??).

Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It is a day for reflection and soul searching. Many people fast, and many also spend much of the day at services in the synagogue. I wish for my friends who observe the day an easy fast, and may we all be sealed in the Book of Life.


Joansie said...

Great job! I love seeing pictures of your ancestors, especially the women as you can you imagine how strong they had to be to survive those times.

Jill L said...

love the card -- it reminds me of the triptic (sp?) that I say it Italy last year. Love the photos!

Sandy said...

These arches are beautiful. I like your thoughts of harvesting memories. I think you are really connecting with these family members through your art.

Don't worry about the knee socks. I think you will get them done soon.