28 February 2010

Nomadic sugars . . .

Class time.

Quentin and Katti.

Holly, Nora, and Natalie.

St. Valentine's Day!

A Valentine From Liam

A Valentine From Oliver

Emma Shadowboxin'!

On Monday of last week, I received this lovely piece of artwork in the mail . . . It is the newest work by my bestie, Emma Klingbeil. She is translating her 2D work into 3D work. Take a look!

Sadly I won't be able to keep it. It was sent to me as a test to see if it would hold up in the shipping . . . It did! Sending it back on Wednesday . . . Boo-hoo.

10 February 2010

Snow Oh!

Can't get this classic out of my head . . . And, for good reason, too . . .


It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow


I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow


I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow

Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow

Where it's snowing

All winter through

That's where I want to be

Snowball throwing

That's what I'll do

How I'm longing to ski

Through the snow-oh-oh-oh-oh

Those glist'ning houses that seem to be built of snow

Oh, to see a mountain covered with a quilt of snow

--Clooney, Crosby, Kaye, and Stevens

The Second Coming of SNOW . . .

Well, this is where my car was or at least it was somewhere in this direction . . . Good thing I did all of that shoveling on Monday.

It's been snowing for about 24 hours again. Only this time it's blowing winds of up to 40 miles an hour!

Trapped again! We've been out of work and off from school since Monday and we are scheduled to be off again tomorrow and Friday. Going a little insane. Wondering if someone is going to find me at the end of all of this--frozen--with my cat chewing on my face . . . Sounds a little Grey Gardens, I know.

Shoveling in my pajama pants and ski coat. My house is to the right side of this picture. But, check out the street view behind me . . . Miles and miles of piles of snow!

07 February 2010

A Valentine Hoot-hoot . . .

So, I thought I would share one of the few stuffed toys I am making for my nephews for Valentine's Day. This is an owl made out of a hand-me-down sweater and scraps of felt I had laying around the house. Because of the snow, these might be arriving a bit late, but cute nonetheless!

Snow, Part 3.

What better way to spend the evening after being cooped up in the house all day? A nighttime walk to meet friends for a little sledding. I live about 2 miles from the Baltimore Museum of Art on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Across the street from said museum is a killer hill.

The hill was divided into 4 sled routes, all with jumps at the end. We made our way up and down this hill a few times, with a final 6 person/3 team race at the end . . .

A graceful landing by Robert and Sarah . . .

Here's Robert, ready to hit the hill again . . .

Our group shot at the end . . . In order of appearance, left to right: Lindsey, Sarah, Natalie, Michelle, and Robert.

What a great night!

Snow, Part 2.

So, this is when it all started. I had been with some friends, helping with school work. I left their house around 930pm. And, I parked behind Nate's car. The Explorer is the last car on the lefthandside of the image.

This is how the same shot looked the next morning.

And a little bit later in the day, snow still coming down. It snowed for just over 28 hours straight.

This is how the Explorer looked last night--around 11pm, after the snow stopped and Nate had dug out his car in front of mine. School has been canceled for Monday, although it's a beautiful, clear day today!

Snow, Part 1.

So, this is the front of my house after my neighbor Nate dug us out . . . As you can see to the left, the cars are still covered. Big, beautiful white mounds.

This is a picture of my street. You can see that the snow is piled pretty high, and because the streets are so skinny we won't be getting any help from the plows. But, man! It's so magical! Like someone whipped up a bunch of meringue and dolloped it all over Baltimore!

Saturday morning, this is what I opened up my door to find, with the snow still falling fast and furious . . .

After Nate's morning dig . . .

After Nate's afternoon dig . . .

Costuming Katti . . .

06 February 2010

Back to the Grind.

So, Spring semester started up again with a bang and a slight whimper . . . No rest for the weary!

I made everyone a glittery New Year's mushroom for good luck.

Our book list: partially to have been read over the winter break/partially to read now . . . I'm in the thick of The Corner . . . It's written by David Simon, who wrote and developed the television show, The Wire, and Edward Burns, a school teacher in the Baltimore Public School System.

Defining and redefining community arts -- in case you forgot why I'm here . . .

A map of Baltimore by Nora Howell. Dark, milk, and white chocolate chips, hand melted and applied to Plexiglas.

A friendly, happy wave from Zoe! It's good to be back!

Doug's News!

I am excited and proud to announce that Doug's band, The Scary Mondelos, has been added to The Warped Tour's 2010 summer line-up.

The Warped Tour is a music and extreme sports festival. The shoe manufacturer Vans has sponsored the tour every year since 1995, and it is often referred to as The Vans Warped Tour. The tour started out as a showcase for punk rock music, but more recent line-ups have featured a diversity of genres.

Doug's band is scheduled to play San Antonio, Texas on July 1st.

Interested in coming out to support the band?

Come and stay in Austin and join in on the fun!

East Baltimore Arts Festival . . .

Wide Angle Youth Media students: Evan, Mike, and Quindell

Images taken by Natalie Tranelli, 2010.