Art by Erika Taguchi-Newton

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fairy Watercolor "Drifting"

Fairy Watercolor - Drifting

The light was a subtle reminder that she was moving into the unknown. What lay ahead was a complete mystery. Though she was moving at an alarming rate, she didn't seem to mind. She liked it. The darkness beckoned her to continue. It soothed her mind. Drifting allowed her to think as she had never done before. For the first time, there was nothing to confine her thoughts.

She didn't know what she would face when daylight pierced the morning sky. Being on her own hadn't really sunk in. She was still too excited to acknowledge that she was alone. That would come later, along with the hardships. For now, she was content to dream.

I asked my long lost friend, Angela, to write a little story to accompany the illustration. Thanks, Angela! I'm glad we found each other again!

I started a sketch for last week's Illustration Friday theme, but didn't make it. I was so enchanted by it that I had to finish it anyways. I have prints available on Etsy and ImageKind.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Show & Tell: My Vintage Sewing Machines

This was my late grandma's Sears Kenmore Model # 148-12040:
Sears Kenmore Model 148 12040
It is a basic machine, but sews steady and straight. I actually use it as my primary sewing machine.

I found this at a thrift store - Montgomery Ward Signature URR 251:
Montgomery Ward Signature Sewing Machine URR 251
It's missing a lot of parts. The most crucial - motor and foot pedal. But what attracted me to it is that it still has it's original case. I think I will try to restore it over time.

UPDATE: Found a motor and bobbin cover on eBay - working good! Now I'm debating on how to fix up the case. Should I make it look like the original, or should I update it?