Friday, September 28, 2007

My latest project...

Since I have posted these pictures just about everywhere I have an account on the web, I may as well post at least one here.

This was my latest project, a wolf pinata for Dominic's birthday. This is one of my favourites to date. You can check out some of the others here:
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2005/09/introducing.html
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2006/03/pinata-time-again_22.html
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2006/10/working-on-yet-another-pinata.html
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2006/11/gabriels-birthday-party.html
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2007/04/tale-of-pinata.html
http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/2005/09/while-we-are-on-topic-of-pinatas.html
Or just click on 'pinatas' under LABELS on the right-hand side there, and that'll take you to them all.

The poor wolf is going to be destroyed tommorrow. So I am going to admire him all I can today.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Up-dated version of my Sister's gift to me:

For Jeanne

I stand beneath the doorframe,
this functional arch that serves as a threshold
separating me from the infinite space
in which you kneel,
hands splayed on the wooden floor,
womb heavy and distended.

The space engulfing you
is an in-between space
that belongs to the dying
and to the child that slips from you,
umbilical cord for an instant
the blue of cornflowers
or of the sky drowning in the sea
off Malta or Cephalonia.*

And I think of all the things
that go unsaid, cannot be said
yet fill the spaces we leave open,
the pauses we wrap ourselves in
as we sip burning coffee
from white Styrofoam cups
and distribute Timbits
among four pairs of tiny hands.

These pauses which,
like the child bursting from you,
emerge from some in-between space,
its silence filled with things
that come before language
before the sounds
we push past throats and lips.

Before words like ‘sister’,
And ‘friend’.

* She's been to Greece since the last version, can you tell?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Haven't been around recently...

... well, actually I have. I've just been too lazy to write.

And I've been having too much fun on Facebook and Flickr. I update my Flickr account regularly with new photos, so that's where a lot of my effort has been going recently.

Just to give you an idea of what I have been up to recently, here are a few pictures, all of which you will find on Flickr (and more):

Going into a sewing shop is dangerous... I might just see fabric I absolutely have to make something out of... In this case it became a tablecloth.

Leftover material and some lace became a dress for a doll...

... and another one for Maryssa

These are the chairs before...

... and these are the chairs after buying material that matches the rest of the room and gets out the 80's

This was another one of those "I was in a fabric store and just had to have this" moments. A very nice horse-printed material that I made into a skirt for Maryssa, because she really likes horses.


I haven't just been making stuff of course. I have also been strawberry picking, apple picking and blueberry picking. I have been to soccer tournaments, festivals and to see my parents. I also got to go to the Adirondacks in Upper New York State, about 2 1/2 hours from here, and met up with Pansy from Two Sleepy Mommies, and her family:

Pansy, Rosey-Posey and Berylla

Jean-Alexandre teaching Posco to play soccer

Gabriel, Gorbulas and Fastolph

Fredegar and Nicolas


That's all for now folks!!!