Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

“From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW. . . ” Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

One of Icabod Crane’s sources of fearful pleasure was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives, as they sat spinning by the fire, and listen to their marvelous tales of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him. All the while trying to win the affections of the Lady Abigail Van Tassel. The old Dutch Church was one of the favorite haunts of the Headless Horseman, and the place where he was most frequently encountered. Not far from the church, along the Hudson River was a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night. As one strolls past the Old Dutch Church on a dark Halloween night, it is easy to imagine the shadow of the horseman rising up from behind the gravestones, armed with a jack-o-lantern as he gallops along in search of his head; wherein lies the history of the Headless Horseman of Sleep Hollow which began over 200 years ago, and his spirit has lived here ever since.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Article: Orphan Act is Passed

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Rather Disturbingly... Orphan Works is Passed! by Guest Writer Pamela Baker
On August 26, 2008, I added to my blog,, an Article, “Orphan Works-Shelved!”, published by Sara’s “Crafts of Texture” stating that the “Orphan Works Act” had been put on hold by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. As I stated in the Article, “I'll bet you, as I, thought this was a dead issue. Well we, and I just found out that is has been put on hold (again). In fact Congress tried twice to push it through, and both times was held due to the fact that not enough was made known to the public of the ramifications of the Bill”. You can find more details on Diane's Blog at, http://DianeClancy/
Now only one month later, Diane and I just learned from a group, “The Illustrators’ Partnership” that as of September 27, 2008, in a very controversial move, the Bill known as “The Orphan Works Act” was passed by the Senate. How and why?
The sponsors taking advantage of the current crisis in Congress, that of trying to save big businesses, by trying to raise $700 Billion, used this opportunity to bail out “business too big to fail” by very quietly passing “The Orphan Works Act” Legislation. Their reasoning is that it would force “us” (artists, photographers, crafters, illustrators, musician, songwriters, etc.) who use the internet as a marketing tool, to buy into Congress’s copyright law. Which essentially means that unless you buy copyright’s to your own work, that piece of act becomes known as an “Orphan Work” , and would allow anyone the right to steal or copy your work. Their plan is to use this money from the small copyright holders to subsidize big businesses who are currently failing. One example, is that of Google, who stands to make millions from the internet interests it already holds in regards to the millions of imagines it’s site support, and which will now due to this Bill, will ‘orphan” these works.
So it seems that Congress in an attempt to protect the many failing Financial Houses on Wall Street, will use the many corporate internet basis, as the source to regain the billions of dollars being lost daily by these large Corporations. What is means to us as “artists” is stated in a quote by David Rhodes, President, of the School of Visual Arts here in Manhattan, “the Orphan Works bill would socialize the expense of copyright protection while privatizing the profit of creative endeavors. Copyright owners neither want nor need this legislation. It will do great harm to small businesses. We already have a banking crisis. Congress should not lay the groundwork for a copyright crisis.”
The Illustrator’s Partnership in answer to this atrocity, is what they call Plan B: The Orphan Works Opposition. They propose that we contact Congress now to stop the House Judiciary Committee from the final adoption of this Bill. We can do so by following this link:
PLEASE EMAIL CONGRESS TODAY.If you've done it before, do it again!It takes only a minute to use our new special letter.Click on the link below, enter your zip code, and take the next steps.
ongoing developments, go to the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works blog:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with “The Orphan Work’s Act” please take a read here....
Written by Pamela Baker
Posted by Sara's Texture Crafts
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Autumn in NY

There are very few days that exist that one could say I wish it would never end. Friday was one of those days. Although a little cloudy, 2 friends (Wency who is from India, and Muna, who is from Iraq), and myself, ventured out to enjoy the beauty of Autumn in NY. We headed up to Bear Mountain, which is only about ½ hr drive from here to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. It would be hard for any artist to really capture the beauty in nature of God’s creation, as you will see in the pictures I had attached. Driving up the mountain, you come upon many lakes, with the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. What stuck me most was the mirror image of those colors reflected in the waters of the lakes. Although the day was a little cloudy, one would have never known, as each tree brought forth it’s own palette of beauty with the various colors of Autumn; oranges, golds, maroons, reds, yellows, amidst the remaining colors of green still on some of the trees.
Towards the bottom of Bear Mountain, lies one of my favorite and most peaceful places, Graymore, in Garrison, NY. Rich in history, Graymore has a few chapels which date back about 100 years with the most beautiful artifacts within each one. My favorite chapel, St. Theresa, is very tiny within, but with its peacefulness and beauty, I can sit there and just meditate while feeling its warmth within. You cannot walkout without experiencing an inner peace within yourself. My other favorite spot that I love to just sit is at the top of a mountain which overlooks much of the Hudson Valley. Abounding in artistic colors, in the distance one can also see the glimmer of the Hudson River.
Since I cannot take all of you with me to visit the beauty of Autumn in NY around these mountains, I will share a few of my pictures with you, and hope you get the warm and peaceful feeling that the colors of Autumn bring within.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sassy:An Artist of Many Realms

Wool/Viscose Chennille Yarn

Viscose Felt

For someone who takes the time to honor all her Etsy friends in her special blog, “Sassa’”, I thought it was time to honor her and her many accomplishments here at Etsy.
Although known to most of us as Sassy or SassaLynne, her real name is MyFanwy Hart, who lives across the Atlantic in the UK. To me Sassy is one of the most creative and active member’s of a few teams here on Etsy; EtsyBloggers and Bbest Chatters, just to name a few, and yet she still manages to add something new to her shop almost daily; as well as write one of her creative stories on her blog, or highlight daily other artists on her special “Tre
asury Blog.”.

Serendipty Cotton Fabric

I have long admired the beautiful colors she creates in her threads, which can be found in her shops’ here on Etsy: “”.
According to her bio, MyFanwy has been seriously involved in textiles for about 20 years and has been dyeing for almost that length of time. She refers to some of her featured dyed items as from her Serendipity range; meaning “the result of a happy accident”. As any artist who works with textiles can attest, when using your own dyes, the colors you create at times even amaze themselves. With each item from her random dye pots, Sassy’s creations can be described as very special and individual.
As I mentioned before, I would often ask Sassy if any of her threads could be used as yarns for knitting or crocheting. Well, one can now find some beautiful yarns of Cotton and Viscose which are dyed by using a combination of Fibre Reactive Dyes. While her silk and wool yarns are dyed using acid dyes. I have since purchase a few of her beautiful yarns, and in fact, I am currently in the process of knitting with one of her Cotton and Viscose yarns, which is like knitting with silk. Her blending of colors is stunning and I am so excited
at how my knitting project is coming out.

Perle Yarn Threads

This is just one faction of the many talents that Myfanwy has. Among her many different blogs, her various other talents can be found in her many shops here at Etsy. One of her talents which really amazes me is the working with felt. The whole process of how she creates her felted fabric is done with an Embellishing machine. If this isn’t enough to keep her busy, she also finds time to teach courses and workshops in the UK. Sassy teaches various embroidery techniques using some of the embroidery threads which she sells from her other shop in England, “”. For most of us, myself included I couldn’t begin to find enough hours in a day to complete half of what she does. Yet Sassy also manages to find time working on her “Paper Patches” which are cards using patches of abaca tissue which she again hand dyes and prints herself. See her shop:
With all of these projects occupying her time, Myfanwy can always be found chatting in the threads, while highlighting the works of her friends on one of her many blogs. It was quite difficult to choose which of her works to showcase here on my blog, so I will take a little of each to give one a sampling of her many talents.

My project: Wool Viscose Chennille Neck Warmer

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Newest Creations