June 26, 2013

June 6, 2013

Filling the Gap

We have a Murphy bed in our guest room.  When the bed is open, there is an unsightly gap of about 5" between the mattress and the headboard/wall.  After we moved here, I vowed to do something about that space.  Some things just take forever to get to!  Once I got started, it took four hours to complete.
At the upholstery store, I bought six foam remnants for $1 each.
Two pieces were glued together using spray adhesive to make one long piece.  Anyone want four pieces of foam?!
My pal Nancy gave me batting left over from edges of quilts she makes.  Wrapping foam softens the corners.  I used a stream of Fabri-Tac glue to keep the batting in place.
I used Fabric-Tac again to keep the face fabric in place too.  Nothing was machine-sewn.  A fell stitch was used to close the silk.  I use a fell stitch more than any other stitch.
The ends are closed like gift-wrap.  It's a little messy, but I don't care.  No one except our Minister of the Interior, "Benzo" Garduño, will pull up the bolster to inspect it.  
It's a bit wrinkled from being 1" too long, but I'm glad it's finished.  Bed pillows go over this now.

June 4, 2013

It's (kinda) All About Me

My self-portrait is finished.  Although an actual picture of me isn't on these two canvases, many details of my childhood are in secret writing, even though most are obscured by layers.

I thought about this project for nearly four years.  My creative process can be lengthy and a project may take ages to conceive, plus there are delays from fear of failure.  Elements piled up in my room and in my head, but the big, fat kick-in-the-butt was when I told my friend Claudia about my idea and (more than once, apparently, because) she said, "Lauren, you've been talking about this for a year."  Oh boy, she had no idea!  Don't get me wrong; it wasn't Claudia's intention to embarrass me -- she's my pal, after all.  Did I have enough materials?  Was I ready to begin?  It was another five months before completion, because I can procrastinate like the best of them.  Earlier posts are herehere and here

Here are stages of the work, plus some of the text which is hidden in scribbles.  I won't reveal all of the words because, after all, it is "secret writing."

spring valley nob hill chinatown library ymca swimming pool tao tao grant avenue sun sing theatre stockton street commercial alley lem’s grocery store cable car barn marina junior high 2nd princess kdia 55 sacramento peacock café ping yuen hung tao yee foo wonton firecrackers curb dog portsmouth square chinese rec center chicken feet melon soup jook chicken feet pau-pau gung-gung cameron house loretta yosh for hair frosty’s sun hung heung hon’s wonton house chinese historical society sam wo gee yuk beng hom yee fairmont hotel huntington park comstock building st. mary’s drum and bell corp -- When I was a little girl my daddy said this little girl looked just like his Lauri; I felt so proud because she’s beautiful

June 1, 2013

More Happy Houses

I have enough children's board books to make 10-12 more Happy Houses.  This page came from The Best Friends Book by Todd Parr and it made me laugh out loud.  Good thing I wasn't thirsty.