On the Easel

It occurred to me last night that there is so much zucchini in the world and not enough time for zucchini bread. In other words, I have before me so many raw materials and ideas but also a great difficulty in deciding where to start. While on vacation, I stocked up on some beautiful beads on sale to add to the hoard and returned home to a pack of clock parts in the mail from the great and bountiful land of eBay. I also have more squash and zucchini than I have freezer space thanks to my father’s garden. Every year, he sends me home with more produce than I can process (he provides so you know he cares). The zucchini comes with the expectation that it will be partially returned in the form of zucchini bread. After about 20 aliquots of shredded zucchini and four quart-sized aliquots of chunked zucchini for soups and pasta sauces, I still have half the zucchini and all the squash to go. Oh the squash… #farmworldproblems.

Pushing the (mountains of) squash aside for a moment, I wanted to write a quick preview of things to come on the Easel. Here our a few projects and features in the works:

On the personal Easel:
-A Growing Leaves Cowl designed by Meghan Macko in Old Lilac Baby Llama yarn
-Book Review of The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers
-Steampunk and other Jewelry sets
-A character study of the Milner protagonist in my (theoretical) Steampunk novel
-A personal zucchini bread recipe And my experiments with modifying the recipe to support a healthier lifestyle

Collective Efforts and Features in the works here at The Errant Easel:
-An Errant Easel Excursion to the Woodland Arts Festival here in Lexington, KY
-A knit-along workshop in sock-making led by our resident expert D3Z
-A resin casting party for high through-put creativity
-The Errant Easel Book Club’s take on original Sherlock Holmes stories

Keep checking back for updates on these and other creative endeavors. Also, if you have any crafts, books, movies, or events you would like to read about here, please let us know in the comments! We would also love to review your work or event and spread word to our readers!

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Logos and Life

Same outfit...new year!

Well, today began the first official week of school.  The first three days don’t really count – especially since the bells don’t work yet, students don’t know where they are going, and it’s just a hectic repeat of rules, rules, and more rules.  That being said, I don’t think it could have gone any better.  I haven’t been this excited about a new year as a teacher since I first became one oh so many years ago (6 for those of you counting at home).

I’m finding it a little difficult to balance my schedule though, which is proving problematic.  I could put some of the blame on not being hired back officially until about 2 weeks before school started, but that’s only part of it.  I have a tendency to put things off what I think are more important.  As I’ve mentioned before, I used to get so bogged down in things at school, that my life suffered…and then my work suffered.  I try to keep it all as balanced as I can, but that causes some problems from time to time – like now.  I’m in a bit of a limbo as to what I should do about it.  Do I work on jewelry for an hour, then go back to my power point for the class, OH! what about this cool project that I would love the kids to be working on…but wait, they haven’t gone over the terms in the standard yet…and so on, and so on, and so on.   It’s no wonder I’m having nightmares about not finishing anything!

This weekend though, I did accomplish some things.  I made some pendants and earrings – but the highlight, for me, was working on the Errant Easel logo.  Granted, I started off working on a logo for a friend’s blog (Joe, I promise, I’ll get something to you tomorrow), but I ended up working on something for our little blog here.  Actually, I did two different logos.  I like them both, and think they are reflective of what we are trying to accomplish here at Errant Easel.  It was fun trying to figure out how to represent all three of us in a subtle way in one logo idea, while taking the idea of an “errant” easel and having some fun with it.  For those of you not sure of the definition, errant, according to Merriam-Webster means “traveling or given to traveling; a straying outside the proper paths or bounds.”

First off, don’t get me started on “proper paths or bounds.”  What is “proper” anyways?!  To me, a better way of looking at being “errant” would be to view it as straying outside of conventional paths or bounds – which is what I believe we are doing here.

So, here is a sampling of my logo making abilities.  I’ll be working on them some more once a consenses is made between us.  These are really sketched out ideas for now.  I’ll try to be better about scheduling my time, which, by the way, puts me in even more awe of the working men and women who balance not only a career, but husbands and children as well.  I have a fiance’ and I can barely handle it sometimes.  Maybe this is just what I need though – something more to do besides work and home – that’ll make me be better about how I deal with my time during the day?  We can hope right?

Logo Idea Zwei

Logo Idea #1