Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Not much different on my desk.
I've been busy with other things this past week...
...and only wrote all over the dream page spread.
Couldn't think of anything else to do to it and got bored with it, to be honest.
So, I am going to move on to the next workshop. Have so many to get through, anyways, right?
Dagan and Leah came by last night. I made bread so the whole place smelled like fresh, warm bread when they arrived--because I know they love it! ;) They got the chair cover on for me--tada!
Yup! I would have had a tough time doing it.
And since Karma had been lying on that one piece, I discovered that cat hair not only shows but it clings mightily to this stretchy fabric! Mightily, indeed. So it turns out I had to Karma-protect the chair with the throw, anyways--LOL!
But now we can pull that off when any of us want to sit down and we won't be turned into fur-bunnies! No lie! It took a long time to get even most of the cat hair off that one piece with a lint roller and I could not get it all. Finally had to pop it in the dryer for a while with my dryer balls to beat the hair out of it! Never got rid of all of it.
Miss Karma, who gets brushed regularly, couldn't imagine why a bit of fur would be any problem at all. The chair was just beginning to feel like home, for goodness sake!
I just wanted to show you what Karma does when I bring out the camera--well, usually--you know how moody cats can be. A couple days ago when we had some sun...
See how she starts to stretch and twist...
...and pet herself on the carpet.
Here she was pawing the carpet slowly...dreamily.
Somebody in the hallway.
Rubbing her head again.
Pretending she's asleep.
Okay...are you done yet so I can really go to sleep?
Karma is not camera shy.
Oh, and before I wrap this up today...several people were surprised at how much the 300# watercolor sheets cost. Well, I haven't actually been shopping for any for years, myself. I think it ran somewhere around $9-10.00 regular price for a sheet about ten years ago, right? So, I snooped around online at my favorite art stores (Dick Blick and Cheap Joe's--and even checked Jerry's Artarama, haven't shopped there for years) and they all pretty much have watercolor paper on sale right now. Now, when you buy the sheets (22" X 30") they usually have a minimum purchase of 5 to 10 sheets because they are a pain to package and ship, I'm sure, and they don't want to do all that for one sheet of paper, right?
Anyways, I almost fell over, myself! Arches is up to $16.46 a sheet for the 300# paper--ON SALE! Cheap Joe's had Arches the cheapest at 5 for $54.49. Fabriano, Lanaquarelle, Saunders-Waterford, and Strathmore were running from about $9-13 a sheet--on sale. Even the Kilamanjaro I just bought at the special price of 5 for $25.00 has now gone back up to 5 for $37.89. Wow!
So, I got an even better deal than I thought I did--LOL! ;) Double whoohoo!!
We're talking the 300# paper, though--and the artist's quality. The normal watercolor paper is 140# and the thinnest paper is 90# (which as you know, I hate because it buckles so much with watercolor, but I found out works pretty well for acrylics). Those run anywhere from around $3.50-7.00 a sheet each depending on sales and brand. Now you know why I never buy watercolor paper unless it's on sale...and why I wanted to try the even cheaper student grade paper for the art journals I made...and what a fantastic bargain the 5 for $25.00 was for 300#--no matter what brand. ;)
On this dark, damp morning--have a good rest of the week! Keep smiling!! :)
"There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount."
Ralph Waldo Emerson