Ceramics, Doubloons, Socks, and Writing, Oh My

Finished Jet's socks and he does, indeed, like them very much.

My Iris bowl, the last I saw, was going for $60! Not bad for a bowl. *laughs*

I bought some New Orleans "recycled" doubloons, aluminum coins minted by the various krewes with the krewe names, themes for the year, and I even got one special one from the Bacchus to match the necklace I'd found in the street. The detailing on them is astonishing.

And I got a picture of a plate I'd done for myself to use a while back and finally got a photo to put up.

This is Jet in his new socks. He got up this morning and when John pointed out that he had new socks he was really happy that Mom had finished them for him. They're a little tight on him just above the ankle and I have a few feet of yarn to deal with that with. So I might be able to without taking them completely apart, but I'm really not liking the Afterthought heels on these, and am thinking of taking them apart individually so that I can actually put them back together so that they can fit.

For all that knitting two socks at the same time is kind of appealing in one sense, in another sense it's damned slow. I don't like the way the 'knit two yarns together to dye them' dictates how the *sock* is knit after, and I'm hating it equally as much on my own socks, so I might rip those and pull it back and make balls out of the yarn like the "ramen" yarn I've seen which was dyed the same way, but the processor actually takes apart the post-dyed yarn and balls it into two separate balls so that they can be dealt with anyway the knitter likes.

The great good thing was that Jet really liked how the colors turned out, and he ended up saying that he thought it turned out a lot better than he'd first thought it would. I'm glad.

And after having read so much about them, I spent $12 (including shipping) and got 50 "recycled" doubloons from New Orleans. They're "just" aluminum coins minted by the krewes and thrown by the folks in the krewe to the crowd as they go by. On the left, the black one on top is from one of the Knights of the Bacchus Krewe, and the purple one is from the Queen of Thoth. The detailing on the coins is remarkable, some showing sailing schooners, the state of Louisiana, some showing whole cathedrals, some showing a scene from Space Odyssey 2001. They are really pretty and shiny and I loved all the colors as well as the detailing. They're from as way back as 1968, but the bulk are from the 70's interestingly enough.

The "recycled" aspect is that they simply ask for New Orleans folks to recycle their doubloons with the store rather than just throw them away. I may give some of them away as they're just fun, to random folks for random reasons. *laughs*

This is the picture of my Iris bowl actually at the Empty Bowls auction. We went to the lunch on Saturday and it was a lot of fun. I got to find Jet's bowl and take it home for my own, since mine was in the auction, and Jet really wanted a little oven with a lid for his 'bowl'. John got one that had a huge MOUTH for the inside and a guy's face on the outside. I bid on a number of bowls as well.

What really kind of gratified me was that this year, the "Buy it Now" price was $75! Which is rather a lot for a mere bowl. *laughs* So it was fun to know that I actually kind of contributed to the value of it, and that the price that was last bid on it was even above the "what it's worth" price of $50. I was pretty happy about that. It did, however, amuse me that they wrote "Columbine Bowl" on the bid sheet, when the central flower looks nothing like a Columbine, though some of the fuchsias on the side might be mistaken for them.

The soups were great! I had a sweet potato crab soup and a clam and seafood chowder that was chock full of good stuff. And then we all had ice cream at the end, as Glacier was doing the ice cream for the event. Since all the food was donated and all the utinsils and everything was donated, every single dollar that came in for the event went to the OUR Center. So that was very good for them.

This last was prompted by George, when he was here, saying that I should do a bowl that was just cherry blossoms, as I'd done this plate just for fun when I was with Jet. He and I went painting last summer, just to have a fun day together and give Dad a break for a day. Jet did a pumpkin candle holder in bright orange, and I did this and we use it every day. I really do like how the black glazes worked, and I do love being able to use a gray that has exactly the same consistency for the far-away branches, and I mixed the red and white on the brush for the blossoms themselves. The sparrows are like the 'fat sparrows' I'd done in the painting a while back but with the glaze I had much better control of how they didn't run. *laughs* And they turned out well, I think.

I do like cheeky sparrows.

I'm limping back into my writing. Just poking at old stories to look for a warm up to get back into the Ukitake family visit, and then throwing the warm ups back on the back burner to just do the Ukitake visit. Perhaps that's what a writer really is... someone that writes no matter how they "feel", and once I got a few words together the flow came back. That was nice to do, especially after the encouragement from just pulling all the drabbles together.
Wow! That plate is gorgeous! I mean, all your stuff looks great, but those cherry blossoms and sparrows are amazing.
That plate does look great! Wow, I think that's one of the best pieces you've done yet.

And I love Jet's socks - they look like fire opals, that range of colors. :) And the rainbow coins are nifty.
The rainbow coins are very nifty!

Jet also likes that about his socks, too, and the fact that nearly every stitch is a different color.

I'm glad you like the plate!!
I love your birds. I especially love the hummingbird and cherry blossoms you did. If I had any money, I'd seriously be tempted to get that one as a tattoo.
I should totally make you paint an adorable hedgehog with some colorful flower for me. :)
I'm not sure whether I'd want to steal the socks, the plate, the bowl, or the doubloons first. ;) All gorgeous.

They are all fun. The lady that, I think, ended up with the bowl was very fierce about getting it this year. *grins*

thank you!!
amazing. those are some very happy feet *grins*

and i think i've just decided that immer should have a doubloon tucked into the lining of his wallet that's been there so long it's kind of worn a circle into the outer surface of the leather. which krewe should it be from, oracle of all things NOLA-ish?

*laughs* He does like them very much.


There are now krewes in Baton Rouge that are known for their doubloons as well. Orion being the one that I first thought of with him... but Orion's only been organized since 1998.

Old enough to wear a circle in his wallet... so not necessarily something he threw and not a krewe he joined himself; but if he got it as a kid on one of his visits, probably a downtown krewe, not an uptown one. I was surprised to find that some of the Indian krewes also throw doubloons!! I *have* an Indian doubloon, and I'm really happy about that; but they're not part of the doubloon database. I think I found a tribe that Immer might have had a connection to... here. *grins* Bo's half from Baton Rouge.

Poke around that site and you can see some seriously magnificent "masks" there. All the members of a Tribe do a completely new outfit every year.

If you want a verifiable doubloon... of a downtown Krewe... Ceaser's a long-established krewe, Argus is a family-oriented krewe that usually parades right on Mardi Gras.
it would be one he caught on a visit as a kid - the fictional st. roche is down around st. mary's parish, and i don't think they had a krewe - although i'm not sure if the guys who make up their courir wouldn't count as one *laughing* i don't think immer was ever in a krewe himself, having been removed to oklahoma around thirteen or fourteen, but his grandfather did take him on the courir...i can see this is going to keep a piece of my brain busy for a while.
And there's something tempting about having Immer having a coin from Thoth. That whole balancing the universe ideal... Sadly there is no Ma'at. But there is a newly created krewe called the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade that were solely formed to get St. Bernard's parish back up on their feet since 2004. The Knights of Babylon is from 1939... so definitely long enough, but they're uptown, I think.

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Columbine bowl... lol A lot of people are clueless about flowers. My own mother couldn't tell a difference between a tulip and a daffodil, and I'm not kidding. What it is is a total lack of interest in detail and variety. To those people, flower is a flower. XD (I also had a gardening-impaired friend who couldn't tell which side was "up" on a tulip bulb and planted a whole sackful of them upside down. LOLZ)
*falls over laughing at the last*

That is really funny and a little sad.

Yeah, lots of people are clueless about flowers. My mother had a masters degree in horticulture, so she kind of passed that on to me in her own way. But she also loves painting flowers because her attention to detail and variety, which is how I got started on getting interested in what is what, but ten years ago I could probably have said "uhm... rose" "daisy?" and that's about it, since I was in an office most of the time.

Now I'm getting into it more... *laughs*
The socks look so awesome and comfy! I can see why Jet likes them. :D

The doubloons are so cool!

And the plate is so elegant and full of life. Gorgeous!
He's now worn them three days straight. O.O

They are! I love how clinky and shiny and solid they are. Turns out that aluminum coinage is fairly inexpensive to make in volume, once the dies are made, the coins can be fairly cheap.

Thank you for the last!
Told you your bowl would be a big hit. :D

Those socks are awesome!! Both my boys love fun and interesting socks. How much would you charge to do 2 pairs similar to Jet's? They wouldn't even need to be done from the same yarn as my boys tend to mix and match their socks on a whim anyway. XD

I love the cherry blossoms and sparrows. It's really wonderful.

Do you know how to do house finches? I ask because I'm always looking for a plate or picture with finches on it for my mom (she hates sparrows). And those colors you used would probably go beautifully in her living room. If we could come to some kind of agreement do you think you could do a commission for me by July? That's my mom's birthday and I haven't gotten her something really special in ages.

Absolutely no pressure though. I know how busy you are.
Hmmm... if you just want wool socks in any color, I'd be happy to do them for $5 US a pair + shipping. I'd need measurement from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel when standing on the tape measure, and the measurement around the ball of the foot, inches or cm.

And if the boys have any color preferences (red, yellow, blues, green, khaki etc.) that would be great as my scrape pile's pretty huge. *laughs* And I'm assuming you'd like the thicker socks so that they wear well, as Jet's are nearly worsted weight. I can't do Jet's dye job again as that was kind of one of a kind; but if you want something uniquely hand-dyed that's not in my scrape, it might be a bit more.

Oooo... house finches. The red ones? Or the yellow finches? They're both really pretty... and while I didn't know them that well, I looked a bunch up on flickr and they're entirely doable.

I think I'd be happy to do a mockup painting so you could see how it would look, then figure out a commission by July. That would give me plenty of time to figure out how much it would be for a plate.

Wow. Thank you for asking! I am very flattered and glad that you asked with plenty of time to do them. That should work out just fine!
All the pretty colors. *grin*

I looove the bowl (love irises) and your cheeky sparrows!

Also the sock colors are lovely; I hope you can find a better way to use the yarn so they're as much fun to knit as to dye.
Mmm... pretties...

yay! I'm glad you like the bowl and the flowers and birds!!

Yeah. I think I'm going to have to relax a little when I knit or something... not quite sure what it is that's making me tighten up with "hurry before the hands run out" or something...

... when I can take all the time I want and stretches and rest and do other things. Or something. The afterthought heel worked out better than I initially thought (as Jet initially thought he couldn't get his feet INTO his socks, but a bit of blocking solved that nicely) and Jet's now wearing that pair of socks for the fourth day in a row. Whew.

Yes, I washed them after day 2. *giggles*

But I'm finding that with my pair of two at a time socks from the dyed, knitted blank, that it's actually easier than I was making it, or I'm just getting more practiced at it so it feels smoother... or something...