Posts Tagged ‘Varuna Darensbourg’

What an interesting day.  So many things happened, including being shaken a bit by the earthquake that rocked off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The rumble started small then got louder as bookshelves swayed.  It took the cat an hour or so before I could pry her from under the bed.  I’m sure me carrying her to her freshly filled dinner bowl helped to keep her out of hiding for a bit.

I wanted to share a picture of the label of my favorite hot sauce, Gringo Bandito.  I would have shown it in action but once again, the bottle is empty and a FULL bottle is a thing of beauty but I can never seem to take pics because we go through it so fast! Varuna & I had this at a friend’s house and we got hooked! Be forewarned you may get addicted if you try it!  Seriously I LOVE this stuff!!!   Someone quick, pass me the Gringo Bandito!!!!!! We are out right now and I am having withdrawals!!!!! Why don’t they carry this at CVS?  It would make life so much easier!

We fly through this stuff and sometimes need to pace ourselves so we don’t run out so fast!  Yum!

It is Sunday and that means it is time for a Craft or Bust update!

*On the crafty front this week, I have been very productive of partially finished projects.  I entered a local photography competition.  You can see the photograph I entered here. Not sure if there will be a people’s choice but I will keep you all posted.  The link directs you to my on-line gallery because the competition site isn’t updated yet.

*Working on my second handmade journal.  I am about half-way through with this one.

*Replaced the waistband and repaired all the seam rips in a patchwork style skirt that I wanted to wear to an Easter Service.  Every time I thought Iwas done repairing it I would find more holes.  Once I couldn’t find any more I had Varuna check with a fresh set of eyes for me(I had been at it for quite a long time at this point) and he found two more small ones.  Thanks Varuna 🙂

*I have been photographing things that I want to put into my ArtFire shop.  I should have the opportunity to do some computer work for the shop the end of this month so I am trying to prepare all my photographs now.  Thinking of listing this in my shop too, as a vintage item.  It is a cast iron bank from Electrolux.

*I picked up an unfinished acrylic painting that I started on plexi glass.  I applied the next layer of an acrylic medium and it is a slow drying process before I can work the next layer.

*Doing my best to work from my stash.  Still clearing out my space by giving away, donating or selling things that I no longer need.  I have made progress inside my home and a little bit in the garage too.  There is still much more I want to clear out.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?!

*Ripped back my hat again….thinking I just need to commit and finish out the yarn and call it done next time.  Suggestions?

The ball of yarn to the left of the hat is what I have left to work up.

*Started to work up the hand spun yarn that was orange and blue.  Remember this one? Well I am knitting it up.  I started with US 17 (12 3/4 mm) needles and frogged it.  I am now using Susan Bates size 35 needles and liking the results so far.

Since I will be using up my stash of art/craft/yarn supplies I know I will have some jewelry coming in the future, perhaps stitch markers as well.  I have had some requests for more Buddha heads too.

For those that missed the last post, Varuna finished his book.  Check it out on his blog.


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One my walk to the library I had two different vehicles stop me to ask directions.  The first wanted to take some ladies to dip their toes in the ocean, I didn’t ask where they were from as they were stopped in the street to talk to me.  I directed them to the beach near the Pier because I thought that would be a pretty place for them to see.  The second vehicle ironically asked me for directions to the library.  I laughed and told them that was where I just came from and held my armful of library books up.

  • I entered one of my photographs into a competition, but I am still waiting to verify that they received my submission.
  • Varuna, my awesome husband, kindly did another print for me from his lino cut so I can use it on my next journal cover. Thanks Varuna!!!
  • If I do say so myself, Varuna is one extremely talented guy.  He just finished self-publishing his own book featuring his artwork.  You can read more about it on his website by clicking here.

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As I have mentioned before, I have been making use of the local library system and finding all kinds of interesting books on various topics.  One of my latest  is Mixed Mania:Recipes for Delicious Mixed-Media Creations by Debbi Crane & Cheryl Prater. In this book was instructions to make Debbi’s Fabric Journal(p. 71).  I followed the basic guidelines and began to gather the materials for making my journal.  I used only materials I had in the house and made due with what I could substitute for what I didn’t have an exact match.  I looked through some of the clothing I had set aside from our closets as no-longer-needed and picked my colors.  I also dug into my scraps from quilting and threw some of that in there too.  The pages are 100lb watercolor paper that I already had in the house in my supplies.  The print of the woman’s face is a stamping from one of my husband’s linoleum blocks(thanks Varuna<3) that was printed in fabric paint and heat set.  So with out further ado, here are some pictures!

I remember being fascinated with handmade books when I met a woman that made them in 1998.  I think she thought it was boring work to watch, but I happily sat for a few hours and watched her as we casually chatted while she worked.  I remember her binding had a more complex stitching pattern than this project.  I think I need to get some more books on making books because I am certainly seeing more handmade books in my very near future!

Craft or Bust Update: I thought this week was going to be a complete bust because I was feeling a tad under the weather but then I sprang back to life and created this handmade fabric journal!

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Who is this costumed couple? Mr. & Mrs. Darensbourg

It is Varuna & Michelle Darensbourg! This special moment was captured by Steve Magana(thanks Steve!). I will be busily working away on the computer this week.  Not only do I have many updates regarding the Netherworld Art Show but I also have a few changes in store for this website. I have a large new body of work some of which I will be making available on this website as well as adding different images to my Fine Art America on-line gallery.  I just returned last week from a photography trip traversing New England. So for those that love photographs from New England, particularly this time of year, you are in for a treat! The timing of my trip seems perfect as I just heard they had snow, wind, and rain  there the other day knocking down many of the leaves!  I was able to capture the quintessential New England Fall Foliage.

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As I slowly free space up on my computer, I get closer to October 16th.  That is the day or should I say night that marks the Artist reception of The Netherworld Art Show.  The show is taking place at the San Clemente Art Supply’s Green Flash Gallery. The shows are up and down in a flash…literally!  The show opens on Friday the 16th from 6PM-11PM featuring a catered artist reception. Additional hours for viewing will take place on October 17th from 10AM-5PM and then the show comes down. With the show being the main thing in my life and on my mind right now, there will be many blogs about the show and updates between now and then.  Only two weeks to go! Sneak Peak at the Emerald UniverseI am figuring out the final touches on my costume for the reception.  Maybe not as crazy as some of my costumes of the past but still a fun one. No frozen pieces of ice hanging off my face and hair!  I might post a few sneak peeks of my costume before the Artist reception…..maybe…..  Hope you can join us that evening!

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Varuna was asked to be a guest speaker at Laguna College of Art and Design. He re-gave his Senior Capstone Thesis Presentation. You can read about that at his blog. I went along for the ride and brought my yarn and crochet hook. Here is the result…

Preemie hat #4

Preemie hat #4

I put this one on my hand to photograph to give it scale. Keep in mind I do have fairly large hands. This is the smallest hat I have made so far. I have been making a variety of sizes. This one I know is definitely for a preemie. Some of the others might be considered better size for a newborn. Hat # 3 can be seen here.  I have been working on another knitting project that is quite large, as far as my knitting projects go, so I have been happy to break it up by throwing in some crochet.


I had just finished attaching the pom-pom when he came back to meet me.  The timing was perfect.

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