Archive for November, 2007

An Open Call: bookmarks by 15 Jun 2008

Monday, November 26th, 2007

From here: You are invited to participate in an International Bookmarker Art show.

The Plainsboro Library of Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA, is sponsoring an arts festival called Cultural Crossroads.
We are asking mail artists from around the world to submit a decorated bookmarker (or two!) to help us celebrate the connection and community that mail artists create by sharing their work.

We expect many participants of all ages to come see this show, and to make their own bookmarkers as they are inspired by your amazing creative addition. Lots of children from our very diverse community will both see your work, and create their own at our festival. We are thrilled to be building bridges of connection from all over the world to our corner here in Central New Jersey.

Since this theme of Cultural Crossroads represents diversity, we are especially delighted to have an international representation in this bookmarker show.

Please decorate a white bookmarker in any way you would like – drawing or painting, collage, words, or whatever moves you.
If you like, you can incorporate our theme of “Cultural Crossroads”.

Please mail back the bookmark (no later than June 15, 2008) to:

Cultural Crossroads Bookmarkers
c/o Emily Townsend
19 Sapphire Dr.
West Windsor, NJ 08550 USA

We must receive the bookmarkers before the end of June 2008, in order to be included in the show.

We will be selling all the bookmarkers to help us raise funds to build a new library.

Thank you so much for your creative participation – and if you cannot help, please feel free to pass this letter and bookmarkers along to someone who might want to!

Flower and other gardening

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Not only did i replant tomatoes this week, but i cleaned out some dirty dirt* and introduced over 1.5 cubic foot of purchased soil to the containers. The cat planter — with catnip and cat grass — has been completely replanted with the catnip that was thriving with the volunteer tomatoes. A long planter was cleaned out and now has a variety of parsleys and basils that may be spent — or not. We’ll see. The large oregano planter was a victim of the dirty dirt problem as well, and that’s been completely replanted with purple and yellow flowers:

* Pansy, Crystal Bowl Yellow (“Crystal Bowl series-All are clear colors without a face…. The compact plants do not sprawl in the garden.”)
* Viola, F1 Penny Violet Flare (“A series of F1 Hybrid Violas that has been bred to have more cold and heat tolerance. They provide a multitude of large rounded flowers, making a superb show in any garden position. Deep violet with white centre.”)
* yellow and purple lantanas from Kawahara Nursery’s Garden Jewel collection. I think these are Lantana montevidensis — but the yellow one? Lantana ‘Goldsonne’ (Lantana camara)? or Lantana montevidensis ‘Pot O’ Gold’?
* A yellow to purple osteospermum ecklonis from Kawahara Nursery’s Garden Jewel collection. (Cape Marguerite, Blue-and-white Daisybush; “Osteospermum blooms will close every evening, and open up again in early morning.”)

The lantana and osteospermum are perennials, so perhaps the pot will continue to be home to blossoms past this fall. I also invested in a Hippeastrum Red Lion Amaryllis.

I’ve two unplanted window boxes and some spinach and chard seeds. I’m thinking of giving those a go.

About pansies.

*a euphemism. Let’s just refer to it as a cat problem.

Tomatoes and peppers

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Later today i may make some variation of these oven fried green tomatoes. Earlier this week, i repotted the volunteer tomatoes into a container i can more easily move to shelter this winter, and i cut back the long rambling vines, giving me a cluster of green fruit.

Reading this morning, it’s clear that these volunteer plants must be “indefinite” plants with long rambling vines and the production of suckers. I did prune back the “suckers” — branches off the main vine — this summer, but i think any growth to the suckers this season is to be encouraged. In fact, since i’ve cut back the main vine on the three plants, all the current growth is essentially the sprouts from near the roots. I’m pondering whether i should be pinching back the flowers so the plant will focus on vegetative growth and not fruiting. There’s a useful distinction about different pruning theories at How Stuff Works.

One site states, “The tomato plant can die if temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Soil temperatures should be around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer for the tomato to thrive.” This seems to be the advice given for spring planting out; another site simply states that planting should be when “temperatures are consistently above 50° F at night and 65°F during the day.” I suspect they’ll be somewhat dormant, but survive colder temperatures as established plants. There doesn’t seem to be much advice about how one can over-winter tomatoes and get the benefit of growth on mature plants. My suspicion is the second year of growth could be an even better fruiting year because of the established plant.

I also pinched back the flowers on my pepper plant, another perennial. It was a purchased plant, and i’d like to see if i can get another season out of it.

Call for Works

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Call for Works

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Apparently, the JFK mail handlers were a bit at a loss for this naked mail piece.

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall…” a call for participation from a school in France, Collége Maxime Deyts in Bailleul, The deadline is 17th of Dec for a exhibition preview on the 19th. I rather think i should get something in the post byt the end of November if i am to respond to Hele Cyril’s request.

The CD is a very tempting medium.

Call for Works: Crochet/Knitting 8″ square for fire relief

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

From here:

As most of you know, San Diego was recently hit really hard this past week by some ravaging wild fires, a group of knitters has come together asking for help to create blankets for those effected. Here’s the info:

We are asking for 8″ knit or crocheted acrylic squares; any pattern is fine. We will sew the squares together into blankets. You can send completed squares to:

Georgeanne Smith
11664 Compass Point Dr #139
San Diego, CA 92126

Film shot at night

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Film shot at night

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

So, the 24 shot roll of 400 speed film, mostly frames of Comet Holmes, was a complete and utter bust. Definitely under exposed. I look forward to trying again tonight with FAR longer exposures.

When i picked up the disappointment today, i also invested in some new toys: a Sima “QuicKonnect” platform to convert the very nice (but heavy) Slik tripod into the same sort of QuicKonnect head that the light (and somewhat short) Quataray tripod uses.

I also splurged and picked up another quick-release platform from Quantaray, with a bubble level. This will be a slight improvement for the Quantaray tripod.

I purchased a 12 exposure roll of Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800 ($2) and a six pack of 24 exposure rolls of Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 ($10.50). I’ll try the roll of 12 tonight.

One lesson from last night: shoot an interior shot to get a first frame lined up.