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Art opening tonight!

A Discourse on Love

Absolutely Art

2322 Atwood Ave., Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Friday, June 6th, 2014
from 5p-9p


A Discourse on Love is an artistic and philosophical discourse on love in Madison, Wisconsin. The mission of the project is to connect community through collective experiences of love and explore the wide spectrum and many expressions that are within it.

A Discourse on Love is a three part project : 100 interviews, monthly community arts workshops, and the finale of the project will be an exhibition featuring over 45 artists each creating new pieces that explore love of all kinds.

The interviews are the foundation of the project – where community arts facilitator Mallory Shotwell interviewed people in the city of Madison. Flyering all over, visiting a hospice, schools, many coffee shops around, and many more locations, she was able to gather wisdom from all backgrounds and ages. Asking philosophical questions on love, it created a discourse where it allowed the participant to explore their own answer.

The community arts workshops invited participants to create either art or an experience together. Inspired by PostSecret, there were dropboxes placed around town, collecting love letters that were written, but not given. This idea was well-received, as there was an outpouring of letters of all kinds. There has also been a storytelling night, Valentine’s Day card making, a day exploring the gifts of love, and a variety show with comedy and music.

The opening reception to the project will be Friday, June 6 at Absolutely Art from 5-9pm. That evening will be an immersive experience that encourages the community to connect and engage with love: its expressions, and its spectrum of experiences. There will be many interactive elements available, including a robot that writes love letters, a listening booth, materials from the many community arts workshops, tables with typewriters and cards from local card-makers to write to loved ones. There will also be events throughout the evening of the reception: performance artists, music, a tarot card reader, and much more. The art will be displayed throughout the month of June.

For more info on the project: please explore the website: or like it on facebook:
For interviews and more information, please contact Mallory Shotwell at

Flower Bling

flower-blingI joined Forward! Marching Band in January of 2013.  I have really enjoyed playing my clarinet again — making music with other people is very satisfying.

This past weekend (October 11-14) I participated in the HONK! Festival in Somerville, Mass.  It was a great experience!  One of the things I realized, looking at other bands, was that I needed a flower for my hat.

Today I made a flower for my hat.

Water spout from milk jug

The bottom of the jug fits over the faucet. The former handle is now the extended spout.

I joined Pinterest recently.  I was inspired by several posts describing creative uses for milk jugs.  I tried out a few ideas I saw — a sturdy lidded box (like for sandwiches), a scoop which doubles as a bath-toy holder, and a just plain box (great for holding rocks).  I also saw a great little plastic water spout to help little kids wash their hands (I am linking because it really does look like a nice product).  One night the two concepts combined in my mind, and I decided to make my own spout out of a milk jug.  Here’s what I did.

First, clean your milk jug, and empty it out well.  This may seem obvious, but as you’re cutting up your milk jug and turning it this way and that, dumping sour milk on yourself is more likely than you may think.

Next, start cutting right about where the top of the handle meets the top of the jug.  Veer away from the handle quickly, heading for the vertical edges to each side.  Cut all the way down to the bottom of the jug, and then cut the diagonal line on the bottom of your jug, connecting those two corners.

Little hands can reach the water.

Then, cut through the handle at an angle (see picture) and trim the top portion of the jug above the handle.

Bring the spout to your sink, and figure out where you want it to rest.  Cut through the bottom of the jug in an asterisk (*) fashion, creating a space for the faucet to poke through.  You may want to cut off a few of the points a little bit if there doesn’t seem to be enough room for the faucet.  Play around with it!  You may also decide to cut down the sides somewhat.  Test it out with your particular desired water flow.


“I can do it myself.”

Crayon/Napkin Fabric Contest

Designed for an 18″ napkin

Oops, I forgot to ask you to vote for my fabric!  Turns out I made it into the top 10 for the first time!  I’m thrilled.

Threadless T-shirt design

Threadless T-shirt design entry

Every forest starts with a sprout

Something linked me to this Earth Day-themed contest, and I decided to enter!  Check out my design, and give it a vote.  Anything higher than a “1” would be appreciated… I don’t think I’ll win the contest, but I had a good time entering, and it taught me a lot about Threadless’s current design templates.


Today I edited this site’s front page, adding links to Facebook and Ravelry. I realized I hadn’t updated my Ravelry queue in a while — so I did that too. I’m currently working on the scarf seen above. It’s about 6 inches wide, and will eventually be about twice as long as it is now. It’s a pretty easy pattern, and it’s helping me become an expert in kfb (a method of increasing stitches, by knitting into the same stitch twice).

Since I last posted, my daughter Kalena celebrated her first birthday! We had a very nice time in a local park.

Coming up in July, I’ll be attending my 20th high school reunion. I’m leaving my daughter overnight for the first time! I can’t believe it’s taken more than a year for this to happen, but in truth I haven’t had any compelling reason to travel anywhere yet this year. I look forward to the trip, but I know I’ll miss her and my husband.

Also since I posted last, the summer issue of Knitcircus Magazine has gone live! We also recently launched the Pattern Shop — now you can purchase selected individual patterns after the issue is retired.

Inspired by Ginga Squid

Ginga Squid Cowl

Cowl with hand-spun yarn — Ginga Squid

I found this blog — currently featuring lots of chunky and gorgeous handspun yarns — through my husband Erik.

He was reading and generally complaining about being bored. Meanwhile I was trying to get some spinning in before Kalena woke! She’s very interested in the spinning wheel lately — I think she likes my rainbow-colored drive band.

Anyway, seeing these yarns makes me yearn for a spinning wheel that can handle thicker yarns.  The orifice on my wheel is just tiny.  I love the peach/pink/orange combo as well.

New Rubber Stamp Rubber Stamp

I decided it would be nice to give people information about their purchase on their sales slip.  I had some old address labels that would work, but they just said my name instead of my business name.  So I decided to carve a stamp.  It’s nice having lots of different hobbies… there are always lots of tools and supplies around when I feel the urge to pick something up again.