Archive for July 2010

Moving on, with lessons learned

July 25, 2010

I’ve blogged about my IATSE 618 logo project several times.  I am feeling the need to get the final project out of my head, so I can move on to something else. I tried several new techniques, most of which turned out rather well:  New stencil paper, arced tape lines, stencil numbers and letters.  I’ve learned a few unexpected lessons along the way as well:  Don’t over-burnish the tape, ’cause you’ll get dimples; the stencil numbers are rather sticky and the wood needs to be cleaned after use; and most importantly, measure the length of the nails used in the sawtooth picture hanger.  I couldn’t fix the last problem, and have been angry at myself for this simple mistake for quite awhile.  It’s time to move on.

Not that I won’t come back to it, but I think I need to mix it up a bit.

Fourth of July Weekend

July 8, 2010

My husband and I — along with a new lens for the camera — decided on a last minute trip to Chicago for FitzGerald’s American Music Festival. We both wanted to see the Blasters with special guest/original member Dave Alvin.  My husband assured me that I’d enjoy the rest of the acts, and I trust him.  I rearranged my work schedule and off we went.  I was not disappointed.  Two nights of the festival, three different stages, good fun, plenty of waitresses and a Cubs game to fill the time between days.  We even had paper napkin fireworks! If you want to hear more about the festival, check out this review or this one.  Trust me, it was a great festival, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return.  My new lens served me well, too.  Take a look.  Oh, and this is just a small sample, check the reviews above or here for more pics.