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I have been neglecting my SoKaN achivist duties the past few months. You might have noticed by the previous posts, I have been a bit overwhelmed (in wonderful ways).
So much has happened so fast that I feel like my life is going by in dog years. At least six years worth of life have been crammed into the last 10 months. With the arrival of autumn, things are slowly winding down. Several projects are drawing to a close or are now being carried by their own momentum. I think I can return now to being a Good Archivist. And there is quite a lot to report.
First off, back in May (May!) The Angry Russian debuted The Angry Russian’s Birdhouses at the “All Things Art” festival. Here’s an amusing behind-the-scenes tidbit: as The Angry Russian was building these birdhouses, a mama robin built her nest four feet away from his construction site…
Yep. Right on top of the weedeater. As he worked, I could almost hear her tweeting (the oldschool way), ”Dude, you are not doing that fast enough….I got babies on the way here!”
Brace yourself. Here comes a picture of her naked babies…
They’re alive, although you’d never know it from that picture. No wonder (normal) birds build their nests in trees – nobody needs to see that sort of thing! But now you have and there’s no going back.
The Angry Russian made his birdhouses from reclaimed wood that was once someone’s fence.
Then sometime around June or July (it’s a bit of a blur), SoKaN hit ”The Big One,” where SoKaN’s Elitest Jerk peddled her beady peeps and BeadyBoop peddled various beaded accessories.
I didn’t spend much time at that event because by then we had moved to Peace.Love.Home. and I was running around
chasing butterflies doing very important work…
…like cleaning out the barn. The previous owner had left the barn full of stuff, like Christmas trees and scarecrows and chairs and party games and a bunch of chipped dishes and clay flowerpots…so I decided to experiment with a little mosaic work with her (now my) stuff. As it turns out, I excell at breaking stuff.
But my mosaic pot was dangerous to touch and a little off kilter. Kinda like me.
Still, I enjoyed this a lot. Next I want to do make a birdhouse to match my pot. Maybe I’ll eventually set up an off-kiltered-mosaic-stuff garden next to the Greek-ruins ensemble.
And then dear LORD we had Goat Days! The Nutters were selling stuff, or something…I guess, but how anyone could expect me to concentrate on all that when I was surrounded by so much Goaty Goodness is completely beyond me. I mean just LOOK:
I was so completely overwhelmed and carried away by all the Goaty Goodness at Goat Days that I somehow managed to wind up alone and behind the scenes of a traveling circus…
I got kicked out of the circus by a very short man whose picture I did not get, but whose likeness I just rendered for you in Photoshop.
Then, last month, Skattur and I did the Broad Avenue Artists Market Renaissance, which was a cool event organized by local artist, Shaun Barber. It was a “just show up and do your thing” sort of event. There were instrument makers, painters, jewelry designers, musicians, and knitters and nutters, who showed up and did their thing.
Skattur has been creating (and selling) fun stuff like crazy. Here are a few of her awesome bird feeder and garden plate designs - all made from repurposed materials purchased at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
And finally, tomorrow SoKaN will be at the Broad Avenue Art Walk and Art Bark. If you’re in the area, stop by!
And I think I have finally been a Good Little Archivist and covered all my bases. Until next time!
If you’ve recently joined the adventures here at My Little Spacebook, I would first like to extend a warm welcome. Thank you for being here and sharing in this moment with me! Secondly, I’d like to introduce you to the Society of Knitters and Nutters (aka SoKaN). We’re a band of eccentric folks who get together and make stuff… jewelry, knits, garden art, birdhouses, quilts, fun, and memories. We’ve made so much stuff that we have to get together to sell it at times, so we can get together and make more stuff. We like making stuff and we like each other THAT much.
We’ve reach a critical mass again, so this coming Saturday and Sunday the ladies of SoKaN will be selling stuff at The BIG One.
Here’s what’s been going on lately.
Skattur has been breathing new life into the artifacts that people leave behind. She takes cups, vases,and saucers that folks cast off and turns them into birdfeeders that pretty-up gardens. She also turns orphaned plates into art for the garden or the wall…
She’s really good at it…
You’ll find more of her amazing work (as well as her story) on her Etsy page Recycled by Skattur and of course this weekend at “The Big One.”
The Beady Babes have been busily beading bodacious baubles. Beady Boop has been doing this new thing that takes her a really long time to do and to explain. So long and complicated was her explanation of the process that I really couldn’t work out any of the details in my head, but here’s the final results of her alchemy …
She’s also been at work blinging up some ceiling fan pulls with her Kazuri Beads, which are handmade by families of the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya. The sale of these beads help promote fair trade in Africa. It’s her way of crafting with cause. You can read more about Kazuri Beads on their website here. Good stuff.
Our other Beady Babe, Elitist Jerk (who Skattur really thinks should change her name), has created dancing beady peep earrings. They’re really adorable.
She’s also created a line of bottle cap necklaces for kids….
They come in other styles besides peace…for example skull and crossbone if pirate is more your thing.
She’s also made beaded rings…but sadly the Archivist didn’t get a good picture. I guess you’ll just have to come to The BIG One this weekend to see them.
Ok, so what is The Big One? It’s the largest and most popular swap meet in the Mid-South, of course.
It’s held at:
Expo Center at Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
If you’re in the area, stop by the SoKaN booth and say, “hi!”
Also, there was a great post today that made Freshly Pressed on crocheting….check it out:
SoKaN will be at St. Ann’s Block Party with a booth today and tomorrow!
Here’s a preview of what we’ll have.
I’ve turned into one of the Nutters. Skattur has got me stacking things on top of other things now…
Elitist Jerk has turned from knitter to quilter to beader. Her latest creation? ”Beady Peeps”
And Skattur? She’s completely out of control…
St. Ann’s School
6529 Stage Road
The hours are:
Friday, April 27, 5-10
Saturday, April 28, 11-10
Please drop by if you’re in the area.
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
…live and create. Live to the point of tears.
The talent and creativity continues to unfurl week-to-week. It’s exciting to witness.
Beady Boop’s been busily beading….
The Nutter needs a foot for her souless (yes, souless!) sandals. Or maybe your foot just needs adorning with her beadwork.
Meanwhile Skattur has been mastering the art of stacking cute things one atop the other….
The totums will add a bit of Mad-Hatter-esque whimsy to any garden.
SoKaN will be peddling all sorts of interesting wares at St. Ann’s during the Bartlett Block Party, April 27-28. Please come!
The next SoKaN meeting is next Sunday, 3:00 at the super-secret Nutter’s Headquarters.
The website is up, but I’m still having difficulty posting to the blog….stay tuned.