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“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

November was exceedingly strange.  Here are a few pictures I’ve taken this month of things that happened.

There was this…

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Moving on.

 

 

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“I just can’t” said the bear in the Costco parking lot.

 

 

(I was waiting on a friend in the car when the bear showed up seemingly unaccompanied.)

 

 

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“Rawr” said the dinosaur.

 

 

(The dino was my contribution to a SoKaN event for #901 Rocks – a delightfully fun community craft movement taking the city by storm. These are some of the other SoKaNers’ painted rocks…)

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[And finally, coming home fr0m this mad, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful world to  retreat (not to be confused with retweet) and recharge.]

 

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Mad Catter crashing my tea party

 

 

 

 

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Ever wondered what do with an unsightly tree stump?

I had  a tree stump in my front yard and I thought I was being creative by hollowing it out and planting a flower in it.

But then my sister took tree stump creativity to a whole new level.    Skattur of SoKaN and Recycled by Skattur fame, transformed her ugly stump into a fabulous little gnome house.

 

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You can check out all the adorable details in the pictures on her blog:  Skatturcast’s Blog

Skattur has a new garden art creation: Mushroom Sitters.

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As you can see, they are freakin’ adorable.

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You can find these little guys and their friends TOMORROW

at the Mid-South People’s Pizza Awards & Rock -N- Rumble Showdown.

Skattur will be there 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I’ll be there floating around there somewhere probably being a pizza snob

(Nobody makes a better pie than El-D).

This event is sure to be a blast!

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Come!

Here’s where it’s at:

Battle Arena

3873 U.S 61

Tunica MS. 38676

People toss out interesting things.

And I have acquired the quirky behavior of rummaging around in the things other people pitch out, then stacking one person’s tossed out treasure on top of another’s discarded thing-a-ma-bob.  Fanciful sculptures emerge, which I then throw in the yard.

I blame Skattur.

On Break

On Break

This coming Saturday I will drag them to the St. Jude Craft fair under the pretense of wanting to sell them….

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…but it feels a little like selling one’s children.

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Obviously, I still have a lot to learn about letting go.

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Star-Crossed Tree Huggers

Today SoKaN joined a gang of 80 knittas and hookers to carry out a bombing assignment for the mafia.

Ka-BOOM!

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That’s yarn bombing, of course, otherwise known as knit graffiti, a form of community street art.  And the mafia is the Memphis Knit Mafia.

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the turquoise and red piece on the 2nd rail is my work

This means that as of today my work is officially on display at a museum.  I’m pretty sure this makes me edgy and urban, yet sophisticated and classy, all at the same time (if only in my imagination).

I lead such an adventurous (fantasy) life, especially for someone who spends such a vast amount of leisure time reading, knitting, and putting on shadow puppet shows for her puppy.

People are so durn creative, so now I will present the work of the real artists…

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Ladybugs and flowers and stripes and pink and pompoms! It’s so fluffy I could die.

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Knitted hearts on a string! Be still my heart. I must learn to make these.

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More hearts.

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A super big THANK YOU to Christiana Leibovich for being the capo di tutti capi.

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Our Fancy Upcoming Events

SoKaN will be joining the Memphis Knit Mafia to yarn bomb the Brooks Museum of Art on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.  This project is in conjunction with the Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth Century American Art exhibit.

If you’re not familiar with yarn bombing, you can check out this photo essay from Time Magazine by clicking HERE to learn more about this fine art.  I am thrilled to pieces to be participating in this event. My new favorite thing to do is to talk loudly about this event in public places.  I alternatively refer to it as “my bombing assignment from the Mafia” or “my next exhibit at the art museum,” depending on whether I’m feeling dangerous or fancy.  I do this, of course, because I’m actually just a gigantic nerd that gets giddy over knitting.  But whatevs! I have my contribution to a bench complete and I’m currently working on a handrail.  Wheee!  There will be prize drawings, knitting lessons and food trucks on hand, so join us for the fun!

 Also, we invite you to come see us on Saturday, March 23 support St. Jude at the Annual St. Jude Springfest at the Millington Civic Center, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  There will be 13 Bluegrass/Gospel groups, food & craft vendors, McGruff the Crime Dog,  a silent auction, games for the kids, Motorcycle Dice Run & much, much more.

Where We’ve Been

November 028Back in November SoKaN joined the various other “pop-up” people – performers, vendors, artists – at MemFix Crosstown. This event was part of Mayor AC Wharton’s initiative to bring Sexy Back to Memphis.  Sounds like a good plan to me.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day to perch on a lawn chair and ponder the historic Sears Building. I hope to see the Church Health Center and other healthcare providers of Memphis succeed in their vision of revitalizing the space. My grandmother used to work there and I can’t drive by it without thinking of her.
There was lots of fun to be had — a rock climbing wall, food trucks galore, hula hoopers, doggies , strangely dressed people, and a one man band on a trailer being pulled around by a bicycler. Good times!
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Back in December we did the Holiday Market and Concert in Millington.  xmas craftinessI am always amazed by the talent and creativity on display at craft shows.  Signs and holiday door decorations were particularly hot at this event.

Signs on the left were crafted by Monkey See, Lexi Do.  Some double as picture frames.  Cute idea!

And of course SoKaN had our wares…

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Recycled Garden Art by Skattur

Recycled Garden Art by Skattur

Beady Boop's Baubles

Beady Boop’s Baubles

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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.

The fantastic work of Scott at Tribal Spirits Flutes

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!

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Eventually (like when the semester is over and I’m not running around like a crazy person from state-to-state both literally and figuratively) everything will be on the SoKaN website and I will figure out how to blog over there, which means I’ll stop going on and on about all things SoKaN here (maybe) and I’ll return to my deep, reflective, meditative, and peaceful self.  But until then I must share because it’s all so exciting!

Next Saturday, May 5, SoKaN will be sokanning in all their resplendent nuttery at the 3rd Annual All Things Art Festival in Millington.  Please come!

3rd Annual All Things Art Festival
May 5th 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Millington Farmers’ Market
5152 Easley Avenue
Millington, TN 38053

 

Skattur’s latest totem

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. 

 ~Erma Bombeck

…live and create.  Live to the point of tears.

~Albert Camus

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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.

Here we have the recent works from Origami Swami.

Soda Can Flower

 

Soda Can Ornaments

 

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