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AnnaD

@Jeroen wow that is so cool!!!!!!! How much back yard space to you  have? Is the area where it looks like forest with the big trees you have planted, yours? Or do you simply plant in that area to improve the soil, limit erosion, make it look more attractive?

 

I love that you are growing veges, flowers, high altitude plants, cacti and have landscaped with the trees. These are beautiful photos. When I visited Cathryn Tezha Swann another Sedona local, she drove me to Jerome which is not too far from where you are. The desert is such an amazing place and the high country.

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AnnaD

Come on you Secret Squirrels! I want to know what you create, make, have fun with in your spare time! What are you proud of making/doing? False modesty has no place in this thread. Christ I am not even an Artisan and I have posted stuff that I am proud of which didn't particularly tax my talent too much, but I am pleased with it... share your goods... brag away

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Colleen

OK, Anna, I will play. These days I like to take pictures, especially portraits and candids. I also do weddings, animals, and the sky. Before that I painted with oils and acrylics. I think of myself as an honorary Artisan. 

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Jeroen
On 4/21/2018 at 7:17 PM, AnnaD said:

@Jeroen wow that is so cool!!!!!!! How much back yard space to you  have? Is the area where it looks like forest with the big trees you have planted, yours? Or do you simply plant in that area to improve the soil, limit erosion, make it look more attractive?

 

I love that you are growing veges, flowers, high altitude plants, cacti and have landscaped with the trees. These are beautiful photos. When I visited Cathryn Tezha Swann another Sedona local, she drove me to Jerome which is not too far from where you are. The desert is such an amazing place and the high country.

 

Thanks. The trees and shrubs up until and including the Aspen grove in the back are ones we planted. The trees further out are of the forest. I would estimate the planted area is around 1/2 acre as seen in the picture. This was once all barren and now fairly densely packed due to growth over a several year period.

 

I very much like working with the soil and planting trees and plants. It is one of the activities that gives me joy.

 

I have not been to Jerome in a while but I agree it is a beautiful area.

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AnnaD

Thanks @Colleen. Your photos are moving, I especially like the ones of children. The little girl who is crying and the man using the sewing machine. 

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Leela Corman

@Colleen Those photos are fantastic! I love your eye for humanity.

 

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Leela Corman
On 4/14/2018 at 8:31 PM, DianeHB said:

 

@Leela Corman  I have your book Unterzakhn, and every time I pick it up, I can't put it down again until I finish it. Your work has such emotional depth and rawness and taught me a lot about a history and people that was unfamiliar to me. 

Oh, thank you @DianeHB! That means so much to me. I sweated hard over that book. And in the end I can see all the holes in it - there's no Third Avenue El! No one goes to Coney Island! I didn't draw any horse carriages! and so on. It's okay, I know objectively it's a good book, too. The project I'm currently procrastin - I mean working on sort of picks up on similar stuff a couple of decades later, though it isn't a sequel, it takes place in Brooklyn and Germany, and is about a different set of characters. One character does return though. I bet you can guess who it is.

 

I love my scrappy argumentative Yiddish forebears.

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Michèle

@Jeroen I love succulents, and I wish I could grow them, but in winter, our house is too damp and there's not enough light for them to grow. They stretch out and go pale and then fall over. I lost so many succulents, among them two really beautiful species: Buddha's temple and Crassula plegmatoides, and this particular winter in the UK was long and dark. I think I will have to take cuttings of most of the succulents because they are so stretched out, they are no longer able to grow straight up.

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Michèle
6 hours ago, Leela Corman said:

Oh, thank you @DianeHB! That means so much to me. I sweated hard over that book. And in the end I can see all the holes in it - there's no Third Avenue El! No one goes to Coney Island! I didn't draw any horse carriages! and so on. It's okay, I know objectively it's a good book, too. The project I'm currently procrastin - I mean working on sort of picks up on similar stuff a couple of decades later, though it isn't a sequel, it takes place in Brooklyn and Germany, and is about a different set of characters. One character does return though. I bet you can guess who it is.

 

I love my scrappy argumentative Yiddish forebears.

Unterzakhn is on my list of books to read ? I think I will enjoy it a lot - I am fascinated by the early 20th century N.Y. and the setting of the stories of the twins. Looking forward to reading it A LOT !

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Michèle
17 hours ago, Jeroen said:

 

Thanks. The trees and shrubs up until and including the Aspen grove in the back are ones we planted. The trees further out are of the forest. I would estimate the planted area is around 1/2 acre as seen in the picture. This was once all barren and now fairly densely packed due to growth over a several year period.

 

I very much like working with the soil and planting trees and plants. It is one of the activities that gives me joy.

 

I have not been to Jerome in a while but I agree it is a beautiful area.

I can feel the care and love that has gone into planting and growing the trees and vegetables and other plants that you uploaded pictures of.

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SharvariJ

Apart from all them literary pursuits, I've discovered a love for sewing. My grandmother (who raised me) is a seamstress, and I grew up watching her work on her machine day after day. Sewing was a way for her to earn her independence from the patriarchal confines of 20th century India. She wasn't all that educated, but in typical Aries fashion, she started her own business sewing baby clothes so she wouldn't have to rely on her husband for money.

 

I own a small, portable machine too, but I rarely use it, instead preferring to sew by hand. Handsewing requires precision and takes a lot more time than machine sewing, but I do it because the repetitive motions really help with my anxiety. I've started a blog to catalogue my projects. Here's the link, if anybody is interested!

 

This is a teeny tiny pincushion I made from felt. No more getting poked in the butt by runaway needles!

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Leela Corman

@Troubadour just to be clear, is that Slint/Bats comment in reference to my post? ? I *LOVE* Slint so much. "Spiderland" is one of those landmark albums for me, tattooed on the inside of my skin.

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Troubadour

 

5 hours ago, Leela Corman said:

@Troubadour just to be clear, is that Slint/Bats comment in reference to my post? ? I *LOVE* Slint so much. "Spiderland" is one of those landmark albums for me, tattooed on the inside of my skin.

It is Leela. Love those atonal guitars!

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Tawanyh

This thread should be revived and we should continue to share the works we do in our lives (maybe even collaborate) and support each other 🙂

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Andrew

Sometimes, I wish I had maybe one or two "things" I had a mastery of.  My interests are pretty broad, and vary from creation (leather work; cooking a delicious meal; building bicycles; cartography and map creation--I hold a BS in this; woodwork is something I'd really like to dip my toes in), to active(fixing things; I hold a pilot's license; spatial exploration; recently took up fishing--but I've got some internal dilemma on how I feel about catching animals, even if I release them!), to pure study(geography has been a lifelong study of mine, beyond the physical location of things, it encompasses history, geopolitics, urban planning and policy, and environmental protection among too many other things to list).  I attached a couple pictures of bicycles I've built, both indoor photos. The pic with the wood floor is of an electric bike I put together a while back; waaay too much fun!  The other indoor pic is of a bike I put together from scratch.  Found a vintage Raleigh frame, rebuilt the hubs, hand built and trued the wheels, scrounged together spare parts I had laying around to build it cheap, this bike doesn't look like that anymore, it's been painted and partially cannibalized for parts, but I'd like to do a proper restoration to what it would have been when the frame was built in England long before I was born!  I've built other bikes, but don't have any pictures of them.  The outdoor pic wasn't I bike a built but rather purchased whole, but it's my current 'daily rider', I just enjoyed the allegory of a bike lane ending at an oil field!  I'll dig up some more pictures of other things I do and share them later!

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ckaricai

What a great topic. 

 

I worked with books for a long time: library, used bookstore, indie feminist nonprofit  publisher. Now I work for another nonprofit that does Lgbtq social justice work. I prefer to not be in corporate. I wouldn’t fit in. In my secret heart I’d be an archivist in a historical society somewhere. 

 

As for things i make, I mostly knit and crochet. I’ve made scarves, hats, cowls, throws, amigirumi, mittens, coasters, dish towels. I’ve yet to tackle sweaters. That’s next I think. I’m currently working on a blanket. Sometimes I sew, and I like to upcycle things and craft things. I’ve turned old jeans into skirts, and throw pillows. Sewed skirts and leggings from patterns and new fabric. Most recently, I turned an old nightgown into a pillow case and turned shoeboxes into a little shelf thingy for my desk. I practically live in Micheal’s.

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Andrew

@Leela Corman

I really enjoyed the 'wall of sound' you and your band made! Reminded me a little of My Bloody Valentine, or maybe a little of of some of the work Boris and Merzbow have done together. You've certainly got your own sound!

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Leela Corman

Thanks @Andrew! Our guitarist loves MBV. I definitely hear the Kevin Shields influence on his playing. He's found his nastier, bleaker side lately, which I love because my musical aesthetic is Majestic Bleakness and I keep slipping him Live Skull records to try to bring him along there.

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Amanda

I love answering this question!!!

 

I am a stage manager at a Performing Arts Center! Photo dump of some of our shows below! I could post for days! We do concerts, summer camps, graduations, outdoor festivals, lectures, you name it, we've probably had something like it.

 

I went to school for Sociology, even got the degree!  I took a Work/Study job at the theater (it's part of a university) my last semester for extra cash and ended up climbing the ladder to full time after I graduated! It has its ups and downs, and it definitely wasn't in my future plans(I'm saying it like I ever really had "plans"  [Hello Flow] lol) , but now knowing I'm an Artisan-cast Sage, it kinda makes sense that I'd unintentionally end up in the performing arts, even behind the scenes! 😄 I also got my IATSE union card a couple of years ago and occasionally take gigs at places around the city!

 

 

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Evelin

Well, I knit, crochet and cook. And I can stand on my head, but that's not very productive, is it...

Haven't got any crochet examples right now, but there are many lace table decorations at my mother's place... I loathe decorations, but those were practice runs and a great way to treat anxiety.

 

@SharvariJ, my grandmother was a seamstress/tailor, who trained for it in Siberia after she got pneumonia from her labor camp lumberjack "job". She spent the rest of her life as skilled tailor, she could also knit, crochet and needlepoint. My mother never learned to knit, but made clothes for herself and us during the Soviet occupations when there was very little and almost nothing nice to buy from the stores. I was bad at needlepoint, so it seems we lose one skill per generation 😄

I can do the basics of sewing, but don't like it. Also prefer doing it by hand as it calms my anxiety... that's why I knit and crochet as well, although lately I've noticed walking and exercise work even better. But I've probably knitted socks for all the children of my friends and most friends as well. Also mittens, gloves, hats, sweaters for myself and my child.


I'm just gonna put two pics here, the rest will go to my album as I want to comment on some items.

 

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Evelin

Here is some of my stuff.
I'll add my cooking to the compassionate recipes page as I mostly don't photograph my meals... I know, not a modern person at all!

The past two years I also tried to sort out some of my anxiety issues with the help of adult coloring books... too much to photograph, also no good photographing light this time of year at my latitude, maybe some day.

I love seeing what other people make, it's speaks so much of who they are.

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