Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Chairs of Bisbee Part 6

The deadline for Chairs of Bisbee is drawing ever closer. And, I am still changing my mind. The Zebra Chair is actually looking more like I originally concieved it than it has at any point in the process so far.

On the seat I changed the blue to aqua, the red to magenta and the green to kiwi. The rungs at the back of the chair have returned to black and white zebra print. And, three of the four legs have been painted, in kiwi, magenta and aqua.
Lots of touching up to do...and some second coats...

Tomorrow I attack the Mermaid Chair (Beach Chair?)

I just watched

Monster. Another really powerful movie. A bit over the top in graphic violence.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Weekend in Paradise

Well, perhaps it was not paradise, but the next best thing!

I spent last weekend at the beach in Mexico with 12 friends and it was perfect! The weather was perfect, the place we stayed was perfect. Great friends, great food. A wonderful place to relax.

I was very intrigued by the light, especially at early morning, and by the architectural details that surrounded me. So...I don't have any pictures of my friends or of the fabulous shrimp we had for dinner. But I have lots of pictures of rooftops and stairways and ceilings and such.

The images shown here are availabe as cards, journals and magnets in my cafe press store. And, they can be put on other merchandise, by request.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Chairs of Bisbee Part 5

Live and learn! Well, I learned that I should have painted the rungs on the back of the chair with the colors BEFORE I painted the black zebra design. So I am going about it a bit back assward. But, you can see the colors now.

And...it is time to reveal the second chair!!!

This chair is going to be called BEACH CHAIR or MERMAID CHAIR.

Let me just tell you that it feels like there is lot of square footage on a chair, especially when you are painting it with brushes that are 1/4" wide, and even more so when everything has several coats.

Tick Tock Tick Tock...NOVEMBER 5 is approaching!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I just watched...

Boys Don't Cry. Powerful and painful. I highly recommend it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Chairs of Bisbee Part 4

Work has begun on one of my chairs. This one is WILD ZEBRA.

The inspiration for WILD ZEBRA is a bracelet made of zebra print material (some kind of plastic). The bracelet has been dismantled and the tiles that made up the bracelet are now across the top of the chair.

So far the seat and the rungs consists of the black stripes of a zebra's back.

You can see the second chair in the background. Other than a coat of primer nothing has been done to it yet! November 5th is fast approaching!! Stay tuned for the continuing saga of Chairs of Bisbee!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

The most important book I have read this year

The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be is the most important book I have read this year.

I mostly read fiction. Even more specifically I read mysteries. I do read non-fiction as well. Mostly science and archaeology and anthropology and sociology. Sometimes I read a political book. I almost never read a self help book. I have read some self help books over the years, but I have never read one before that spoke to me the way The Success Principles did.

I read this book several weeks ago, and took a lot of notes while I was reading it. Jack Canfield goes through 64 Principles. It is a lot to remember, so I am glad I took notes! Most of them spoke to me. A few did not. For many of the Principles there are excercises or questions to answer.

As an example the first 5 Principles are:

1) Take 100% responsibility for your life
2) Be clear why you're here
3) Decide what you want
4) Believe it's possible
5) Believe in yourself

None of the above are difficult. But they do require some thought, some focus, some visioning.

Perhaps this book resonated for me because I was ready to hear it's message, or maybe it is a self-help book for people who don't like self help books.

I am on a journey. And I know lots of people who are on their own personal journeys. This book might make a difference. It has for me.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Chairs of Bisbee Part 3

It was starting to look like there was never going to be a Part 3 of Chairs of Bisbee. But, here it is!

My wonderful friend Kathleen brought me a chair (and ottoman) about a month ago. It was the first piece of furniture her husband Curtis ever owned. Quite frankly the chair was just too nice to use for an art project. I quite like the chair and only need to replace the cushions to make it a thing of beauty again. (No offense to the cat, but the cat hair just isn't doing it for me.)

So...finally I ventured to Sierra Vista to check out what the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul had to offer. (I checked the local thrift shop 3 or 4 times in the meantime, and they had nothing that was appropriate.)

Salvation Army was a total failure. (I am at this point willing to accept nearly anything that is not upholstered.) St. Vincent de Paul had ONE chair that was all wood. And now it is mine!!

Yesterday I took both chairs outside for a good soap and water scrub. They are drying overnight outside. Today they will get a coat of white spray primer. Monday, the art will begin to happen!

And, just as a reminder...here is the first chair...they are actually quite similar...the first one being somewhat larger than the second.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Project Runway

Favorite line from the most recent episode of Project Runway.

Tim Gunn at Laura's home.

"That is a good looking tortoise."

Friday, October 13, 2006


Here at Hanje Richards Design, October is "increase the mailing list" month.

If you would like to receive my monthly newsletter, there is now a signup on the right-hand side of this blog.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006


My friend Peggy asked me (way back at the beginning of September) if I was going to make any Christmas dolls. I have been mulling the idea over since then. Part of me really did want to make something special for the Holidays. But another part of me was really concerned about how I would make Holiday Dolls that would have my style.

So, mostly I didn't do anything about it. I looked halfheartedly for some holiday supplies. All I could find was Halloween decorations.

I looked for some nice holiday fabric, but nothing was really speaking to me.

I finally found exactly what I was looking for in terms of embellishments last week, and this week...i applied my creativity to the materials at hand...and low and behold, HoliDolls were born.

So far I have created Christmas Holidolls and Kwanzaa Holidolls and Solstice Holidolls. Stay tuned. I am really excited about them. They are fun and can be used as tree decorations, package embellishments, fridge magnets, and they make wonderful stocking stuffers.

To see the Holidolls you can go to my Ladyartichokeheart Etsy Shop. And to see the rest of my dolls, you can go to my DollADay Etsy Shop.

Monday, October 09, 2006

I just watched...

Another golden oldie...well, okay...it isn't THAT OLD...but not exactly new either...

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I loved the book when I heard it on tape a few years ago and I loved the movie when I watched it this weekend...

The characters are quirky, the setting is lovely, the story is engaging...good stuff.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I just watched...

Iron Jawed Angels is a wonderful movie about the women's suffrage movement in the early days of the 1900s. We need a new Alice Paul in the early days of the 2000s!! What ever happened to that equal rights amendment??? I never hear anyone speak of it, and it saddens me so much that over 50% of our population continues to live without full and equal citizenship in this country.

A wonderful cast, and I loved loved loved the costumes. Especially the hats!!! If we can't get a movement going for equal rights for women going again, perhaps we can get a movement going to make hats popular again.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Project Runway Reunion Show

How many ways can we say "delusional?"


Well...three at least!!!

The Project RunGay Guys do a spectacular job and say it all so beautifully...I won't be too redunant here...but...

Magnificent (As Always) = Tim Gunn
Deserving Winner of the $10,000 = Michael

What am I going to do after the two part finale? What will the Project RunGay Guys do?

This is not my favorite season of Project Runway, but I am head over heels hooked and I want more...more...more!!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

From Paper Dolls to Polymer Clay

After making some paper dolls, I was inspired to try making some dolls out of polymer clay.

I currently have lots of these dolls for sale at my etsy shop: DOLL A DAY One of the challenges is to make each of the look differnt, to make each one have her own personality. Sometimes that inspiration comes easily. I know the name and what she is going to look like before I even start. Other times, it is a matter of exploration, and sometimes finding out what her name is can be the hardest part.

I do use molds in the creation of these dolls, but even at that, I try and make them as individual as possible. Buttons and ribbons and fibers and paint and glitter...all sorts of things go into making these dollies...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I just watched...

This movie was brilliant. Philip Seymour Hoffman is exquisite as Capote. Totally fabulous!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I just watched...

The Weather Underground. Documentary. Excellent.