Green Stockings Craft & Design

September 26, 2010

Not Only A New Shelf

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 11:18 PM

But a new shelf with colour!

Two of my favourite craft bloggers are Alisa Burke and Cathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica.

I love both of their use of colour (really, these ladies have an amazing way with paint). And yes, paint. Paint kind of scares me.

I’m really good at those making crafts, like knitting and sewing where I’m working with three-dee (tee hee!) materials to make a three-dee thing.

Painting and drawing are things that have always intimidated me – I kind of feel that I can say at my age that they aren’t where my skills lie. I’ve got great penmanship and can do interesting enough lettering by hand, but the kind of painting that results in reasonably recognisable shapes is only just beyond me.

If I take a good deal of time with a line drawing, I can do a pretty good one. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it is enough to give me a certain amount of trepidation in working with that kind of arty art.

But my motto these days is “just bloody use your damned craft supplies, don’t you dare let them sit around not getting used because you ‘might use them someday’ which is rubbish.” Okay, so maybe that’s not motto material, but I haven’t figured out how to get that all into something concise.

So I just dove in and painted! The victim medium was acrylic paint on the ugly bright white metal brackets on my quite nice used-to-be-a-piece-of-futon-now-it’s-a-shelf which is nice maple-coloured wood.

Alisa Burke especially takes AMAZING photos. As much as I’m inspired by her colourful, messy style, I’m also inspired by the photos she takes of her work and her working.

I don’t have the bestest digital camera, but I like to think I occasionally hit it with a shot or two.

arty shelf bracket

I call it “arty art.”

More photos when it’s up on the wall!



  1. Hi Katherine,

    I’m at work today, and was taking a break and reading the Harlot’s post from Friday when I saw your comment about asking for a list of airlines that allow knitting needles. If you weren’t joking, well, almost all airlines allow knitting needles. You just have to know where to look! : )

    In Canada, we look at the Airport Authority (CATSA) which you can access from the website of any airport you might be flying in to or out of. For instance, I’m in Toronto and I generally fly into Pearson Airport, so when I go on their website I can access the CATSA link, if I look under “Check-In & Security”.

    If you live in America, you can go on the TSA website (also accessible through the website of, say, John F Kennedy Airport in New York) to see what they will and won’t allow on any flight in and out of the the US.

    Usually I’m flying through the States, so I go to the TSA website, print out their list (which allows knitting needles) and put it in my bag with my knitting and then, just before my bag goes through the scanner thing, I’ll let the agent know that there are knitting needles in my bag, in case they think they see something weird. By their response, I generally get a sense of how much fuss they’re going to put up. Most of the agents just say, ‘Oh, okay’.

    Only one time, though, a (probably newbie) security agent told me that knitting needles weren’t allowed, so I whipped out the TSA list from their own website (with date print from the day before) to show him. The newbie called his supervisor or the sergeant or whomever…. sergeant said, ‘yeah, they’re allowed’ – end of fuss.

    Since 2007, I’ve brought needles on (i) multiple flights back and forth from the States; (ii) from JFK to London, England (iii) from US to Bangalore, India (iv) Canada to Hawaii (and on to Fiji).

    The only thing you *do* have to be careful of, though, is the type of scissors in your knitting kit (my nephew bought me a pair of kindegarden scissors with rounded tips and purple plastic handles which airport security seems to have no problem with)(I lost two pairs previous to that before I figured out a pair that would work)and any long tapestry needles that you might have in your kit for sewing up seams, etc.

    Hope you find this helpful!

    Maura “from T.O.”

    Comment by Maura — November 21, 2010 @ 3:06 PM

    • Thanks so much Maura! I’m pretty much only Canada-internal traveller, but that’s still great info. A good friend of mine lost a wedding-present-knitting item that she was planning on finishing on the plane while travelling to Vancouver for the event. The whole thing was confiscated (a few months worth of work), so I’ve been wary. This printing-the-actual-rules thing is a great suggestion.

      Katharine (in Montreal)

      Comment by greenstockings — November 21, 2010 @ 3:58 PM

      • I should mention that this was circa 2002-03 when airport security was insanely stupid after 9/11 and the shoe bomber guy. Glad to hear that at least a little bit of sanity has returned.

        Comment by greenstockings — November 21, 2010 @ 3:59 PM

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