The last little bits of summer + this Sunday.

Summer was just a really long blink for us.  I can sum it up in two three four words:  broken, arm, snow, cones.  I like to save 4-5 rolls of film up to send them out for processing, but since I have not been shooting as much lately, I couldn't contain my urge to have this roll of Kodak Portra developed at the Walgreen's down the street.  It's nice to remember how I was able to find the time to relax a few months ago.  I shot these with my Pentax ME Super.

I just got home from a very early morning photo-excursion/adventure, and it truly was an adventure this time, as I decided to stop at a flea market in the ghetto.  I say ghetto all the time-it's a slang word that gets a lot of use around here.  Ghetto=very poor area of town yet full of character(s) and color.  I usually don't stop at flea markets here in El Paso, because there's hardly anything good being sold (aka junk), but the piles of shoes and toys/stuffed animals are pretty interesting to look at.  Also, local farmers sell their produce.  I almost bought some zucchini squash, I was close...but then I saw this scary clown doll, took a Polaroid of it, and ran away.  Just kidding, I didn't run away, but I did leave.  

Polaroid Spectra, Polaroid Image Softtone expired film.

Polaroid Spectra, Polaroid Image Softtone expired film.

Polaroid Spectra, Polaroid Image Softtone expired film.

This is how much stuff I have going on.  It's time to clean and organize.  Creativity has come to a complete stop, as it does when everything starts piling up.


Busy, busy...

I am still wrapping my head around the new school year, for both me and Bee.  Dentist and doctor appointments, reorganizing, storing, and getting everything in working order has taken a little too long this time around, I admit.  Transitions, including the wrapping-up of old projects, and the commencement of the new and exciting have taken over.  Long, drawn-out issues are getting resolved, and major decisions are naturally (finally) falling into their rightful place.

I am so happy to say I have finally started on my 3D drawing project.  I have been procrastinating, trying to teach myself how to make patterns from existing articles of clothing-measuring, cutting, altering, adjusting, pinning, draping, and all these other mathematical seamstress genius-type things.  I have a long way to go.  Starting was the hardest part.

Sketch of my plans, the first sketch, that is.

The first layer of hand-stitching around the scalloped bottom edge.  I will probably go over it with my sewing machine if  I feel it's taking too long.  I wanted to do everything by hand, but time is of the essence, I have to be realistic here.

I am going to make a more basic duplicate pattern of these vintage gloves.  I need several (20? minimum) pairs.

I know I have a ton of work to do.  I also have a printmaking class that is not going to let me rest.  We just finished lessons on screen printing.  I am not the biggest fan of it, to be honest.  Here is my first hand drawn (with drawing fluid, directly onto the screen) attempt at it.

Here is a sketch I thought of doing for the photo emulsion technique.  I didn't use it, but maybe for something else. 

Other than all that school stuff, I'm just trying to maintain at home.  Making sure Bee eats home-cooked healthy meals, laundry, keeping the house clean, all these domestic duties are so time-consuming, I'm finding it super-difficult to get more than 4-5 hours of sleep per night.  I think it's going to be like this all semester.  Yikes.

Bee got the cutest new glasses!  I love them.  Here she is (this very morning) drinking a blueberry green smoothie.
Polaroid SX-70, PX 70 Colorshade Impossible film.

Steaming Bee's dress for church, an PZ 680 Colorshade Impossible Spectra shot!! 

I have to share this one most important time-saving recent acquisition: a Jiffy Travel Steamer. (Pictured right there in the Polaroid above.)  It's so awesome, I can't believe I am already 34 years old and haven't taken it upon myself to buy one of these!  Between that and my new Swiffer Wet Jet, I have been maintaining okay.  I am keeping calm and carrying on, trying my best, although the never-ending messes do get me down a little.  I promise to at least post once-a-week here.  After all, it does help put things in perspective.  Have a great week, my friends!