Friday, September 30, 2011

Project 1- Book Doll

From My Blog

The book doll comes in two sizes 3" X 5" and 5" X 7". Both sizes come in white or you can get a green one in the smaller size. Each book comes with 40 pages inside

The doll is fully customizable. You can chose the colors of the clothing and the hair. I will even use your face for it if you send me a photo.

I am offering it to you for the small fee of $5 per book. Please sent inquiry to me which includes any questions, your specifications, name, address and I'll get back to you within 24 hours

Edit Jan 4, 2014- I am updating and tagging all my posts. This was my first project for the 101 in 1001 challenge.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time is Fleeting

On October 7th I will turn 51. If you had told me a year ago that I would be living here I would have told you you were crazy. It has been a crazy year. I moved into a room, out of a room, shared an apartment with my daughter, stayed at a back-packers hostel & a women's shelter then finally here in this room. I lived in three cities during that time Peterborough, Toronto and Hamilton. I didn't stay long in Toronto only about a week while I got ready for my move to Hamilton.
The reason I bring this up is because I begin my new year on my birthday. It is a habit I have gotten into. I evaluate the year past, consider what I want to accomplish in the year to come  and draw up a rough plan to accomplish my goals. It is a way of renewing the promises I have made to myself and decide if they are still valid. It also rather forcefully shows me the places where I have to re-work something because it didn't happen.
Where I live there is no excuse except my own laziness for not getting in some daily movement and other things (social connections) that are priorities. For most of this past year I have heard an echo of the doctors warning to me at my last physical. If I don't lose weight I will be dead by the time I am 55. That is scary but it hasn't been enough to keep me consistent. Some how between this October and Next I must find a way to be consistent.
More of this on the day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Knitting in Progress

This is the first comfort doll I've made using the pattern. It is unfinished of course as I still have a few rows to knit. It is a bit blurry but you can still see the general pattern. I will upload an image of the finished doll once I get the stuffing

From My Blog

This next photo is of the first scarf I am making. I am hoping to get all 12 from this one skein of yarn
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Day 6

Remember that list of things I wanted to do on the 17th. I think I should have set the schedule for a week instead of a day. OK to review:
Book Doll
Paper & stick doll
Comfort Doll
Prompt Journal
Artist way Exercises

I finished the Book Doll on Sunday. I tried to do encaustic for the face but it just didn't work out.
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Today I finished the Prompt Journal.
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Here also is the newest member of my family. Her name is Fluffy
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Sorry about the quality of the photo my hands shake sometimes

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Other stuff

With the Movies A-Z I will be up to "R" by the end of the night. At an average of three or four a day. The next time through I think I want to keep track of what I have watched and my opinion of them. In the first time through there were a couple I didn't like and a couple I didn't think I would like but that I did enjoy watching. I have erased the ones I saw and I don't remember them all so I am not able to do a review of any of the first batch

On Monday I will begin on the second week of the Crafters Devotional as I have already completed the first week.

Tomorrow I plan on spending the day working on a few of dolls. I will be making three I think. The book doll, the stick & paper doll and the first of the comfort dolls for charity.

If I complete all that in a reasonable time I will also begin the first of the scarfs. Since I'm planning on doing them in a very simple knit stitch only they will be fairly easy and fast.

Before I do any of that I will do my morning pages, do one or two of the Week 1 Artist Way exercises and try my hand at a Abcedarian poem.

I  will also working on a couple of things from Visual Chronicals

101- Day 3- Art Journal- Make 365 Art Pages

Warning: Photo heavy.

From My Blog
This is the Journal I'm working in first. It started life as a black and white composition book from the dollar store. The outside is covered in an old mac-tac I've had for awhile. For those not familiar with it, it is the sticky paper they used in the 1970's to cover cupboard shelves with so cleaning them would be as easy as replacing the paper..

From My Blog
This is the cover page for it. "Create Art Fun" is my motto for the year.

In three days I have finished two, two page spreads. I began one other before my start date but it still needs it's journalling. At least that is what I think it is missing. All I know is that it feels incomplete to me.

From My Blog
This is the first one I did. It is representative of the monster that tells me I can't make anything worthwhile because I am clumsy and untrained and a few other not so nice things. The idea for it came from Julia Camerons' Supplies book and was a direct result of my looking for the voices from my childhood that told me that I was just a dreamer from the exercises for the first week of the Artist's Way

From My Blog
This one is a spread designed around one of my favorite quotes. Other than the missing "S" at the end of laughs I think it turned out pretty good. Though looking at it now I realize I place the flowers in the center the wrong way. They look more like a frown than a smile. Guess I'll have to figure out a way to fix that

From My Blog
This is the one that is incomplete. I know it needs something else but it just is not clicking for me yet. I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. Any suggestions gratefully received

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

101 - Day 2

1) First thing this morning I did the weekly reading in the Artists Way and did three out of the 10 exercises.

2) During the process I completed one  two- page spread in my Notebook Journal

3) After I finished the work on The Artist's Way I painted several more pages so they had a background. I also began another page in the Journal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life As I Know It- September 24, 2011

My life as I know it today:

An introduction of sorts, I am half a century old in 13 days I will be half a century plus one. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-aunt and cousin.

To begin at the begining I am the eldest child of five, I was followed by two brothers and then by two sisters. I became a mother before I became an aunt, giving birth to two children while quite young. My two were followed a few years later my a girl, three boys then a pair of girls.

I am now great-aunt to three as of yesterday and grand-mother of four. I have over 200 cousins that I know of and that is only first and second cousins I have no idea how many third cousins I have. Oh and I should say that is only my fathers side of the family, I do not know how many from my mothers side.

My life has been anything but easy, though I admit remarkably free of jail time and hard drugs. In that I think I just got lucky. My doctor says its because I turned my anger inward and hurt myself rather than striking out at what is called society. Be that as it may I still claim that I got lucky.

Where to go from here, should I tell you about luck or about the anger. I think you are probably more curious about the anger as that is something you can relate to, luck is spotty and more often bad than good for most people. I have been fortunate that mixed in with the bad I've had all kinds of good.

Back to anger. If I were to sum myself up in one word I would call myself a Survivor. Incest survivor (4x), mental abuse survivor (3X), physical abuse survivor, (thankfully only once). Alcoholic, smoker, sex addict. Been married three times, once by the church (7 yrs) and twice as commom-law (5 yrs and 13 yrs), yet the most devastating relationship I had only lasted two years. I know that makes it commom-law but I refuse to call that man husband ever! I will explain that in a bit. So I feel justified in calling myself a Survivor though both #3 and the doctor say I may have survived but not well.

It matters not what they think it is what I feel, I am a Survivor not just a survivor.

The sexual abuse began quite early in my life, I was about three when the first incident happened. There was another around age 7. The others occured after my 11th birthday when my body began to mature. The last incident occured when I was 20 and I left my mothers house for good. I call them incest because all but the first was one of my mothers brothers. The one when I was seven was her father. That I hardly know my mothers family is not surprising when you put that into the equation.

My parents were my first mental abusers, they did not realize that that was what they were doing but that doesn't make it any less real. The second one was the man I refuse to call husband and in two years he pushed me into a mental breakdown and it was intentional on his part. The third one was the one I married and his mental abuse came in a different form. He called it lonliness and devotion, I called it stalking. I couldn't even go to work without that man turning up sometime during my shift. The last straw was when I went for my first and last ladies day out and he followed me to my sister-in-laws house.

Living with an alcoholic father that I would have alcohol related issues was inevitable. That it took my mothers death for it to become a full blown addiction is a blessing in disguise. Why? Because it was easier for me to control and eventually stop since I was more mature when I began.Still I drank from the time I was old enough up to about 10 years ago.

Both my parents smoked but it wasn't until I was well into my 20's before I began to smoke. Again since I was such a late bloomer, (so to speak), it was easier for me to eventually stop. I had one relapse and it took me five years to stop but I did it. Ten years from beginning I was smoke free and have been so for fifteen years.

Which brings me to the sex addict... Up until just now I would not have called myself that. In the beginning I had sex and love all mixed up and thought you needed one to get the other. Eventually I was able to seperate the two. I still took sex when ever I could find it but I knew that sex would not earn me love. It really doesn't work that way. I am cured, I suppose, but the cure came through chemical means not self-control. Between the change of live and the depression medication my libido has been successfully stifled.

Ah depression so much a part of my life that I didn't even put it in my list. I have been chemically depressed since I was around 13. It seems that when my body began develping something got short-circuted in my brain and now I need my daily pills to keep the brain chemistry working the way it is supposed to. Even so I still have days and sometimes weeks when it is all I can do to stay awake and functioning. Trust me on this, even 10 cups of coffee can't get me up and moving on my really bad days.

So far you have read about everyone except the last man, the one I was with for 13 years. With his help I stopped smoking, stopped drinking and even stopped chasing sex since he was always there and ready when I needed it. Also because I knew he loved me and still does even without the sex. He is still an active partner in my life we just don't live together any more. We seem much better as friends than we ever did as a couple. We were friends before we became a couple and we would not have become a couple if he hadn't been so good in the bedroom, (at least in the beginning).

I have not mentioned my children or grand-children in any defined way yet. I am getting tired and I think you may be too so I'll wind it up for today

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

101 Specifics: #6 Poetry

This one gets it's own entry because of the list below. Each item represent a form of poetry. They are in no particular order but they are all forms I want to try.
  1. Abcedarian
    A poem having verses/words beginning with successive letters of the alphabet.
  2. Ballad
    The first ballads appeared in the 15th century telling a story. They were often in the form of popular songs and have simple rhyme schemes and regular rhythm. They are iambic and some have a chorus or refrain. Popular rhyme schemes are a b c b; and a b c b d b
  3. Ballade
    The Ballade is a French form composed of three stanzas of eight lines and an envoy of four lines, with the last line of each stanza a refrain. It is usually iambic and the most common line lengths are eight or ten syllables. The rhyme scheme is ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC.
  4. Blank verse
    Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.
  5. Burlesque
    Burlesque is a story, play, or essay, that treats a serious subject ridiculously, or is simply a trivial story
  6. Canzone
    A medieval Italian lyric poem, with five or six stanzas and a shorter concluding stanza (or envoy).
  7. Carpe diem
    A Latin expression that means "seize the day." Carpe diem poems have the theme of living for today
  8. Cinquain
    The traditional cinquain is based on a syllable count.

    line 1 - 2 syllables
    line 2 - 4 syllables
    line 3 - 6 syllables
    line 4 - 8 syllables
    line 5 - 2 syllables
    The modern cinquain is based on a word count of words of a certain type.

    line 1 - one word (noun) a title or name of the subject
    line 2 - two words (adjectives) describing the title
    line 3 - three words (verbs) describing an action related to the title
    line 4 - four words describing a feeling about the titlem, a complete sentence
    line 5 - one word referring back to the title of the poem
  9. Classicism
    The principles and ideals of beauty that are characteristic of Greek and Roman art, architecture, and literature. Examples of classicism in poetry can be found in the works of John Dryden and Alexander Pope, which are characterized by their formality, simplicity, and emotional restraint.
  10. Couplet
    A couplet has rhyming stanzas each made up of two lines. Shakespearean sonnets usually end in a couplet
  11. Elegy
    A sad and thoughtful poem lamenting the death of a person. An example of this type of poem is Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."
  12. Epic
    A long, serious poem that tells the story of a heroic figure. Two of the most famous epic poems are the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer and the epic poem of Hiawatha
  13. Epigram
    A very short, satirical and witty poem usually written as a brief couplet or quatrain. The term epigram is derived from the Greek word epigramma, meaning inscription.The epigram was cultivated in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by poets like Ben Jonson and John Donne
  14. Epitaph
    An epitaph is a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument written in praise of a deceased person
  15. Epithalamium (or Epithalamion)
    A wedding poem written in honour of a bride and bridegroom.
  16. Free verse (also vers libre)
    Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern or expectation.
  17. Haiku
    A haiku is an unrhymed 17 syllable poem of Japanese origin. It usually has a seasonal reference.The structure is:

    line 1 - 5 syllables
    line 2 - 7 syllables
    line 3 - 5 syllables
  18. Idyll, or Idyl
    Either a short poem depicting a peaceful, idealized country scene, or a long poem that tells a story about heroes of a bye gone age.
  19. Lay
    A lay is a long narrative poem, especially one that was sung by medieval minstrels called trouvères.
  20. Limerick
    A short sometimes bawdy, humorous poem of consisting of five anapaestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of a Limerick have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.
  21. Lyric
    A poem, such as a sonnet or an ode, that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet. The term lyric is now generally referred to as the words to a song.
  22. Acrostic
    A verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or a message
  23. Narrative Poetry
    Tell a story in poetry alone.
  24. Pastoral
    A poem that depicts rural life in a peaceful, idealized way for example of shepherds or country life.
  25. Quatrain
    A stanza or poem of four lines.
    Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme.
    Lines 1 and 3 may or may not rhyme.
    Rhyming lines should have a similar number of syllables

  26. Rhyme
    A rhyme has the repetition of the same or similar sounds at the end of two or more words most often at the ends of lines. There are several derivatives of this term which include double rhyme, Triple rhyme, rising rhyme, falling rhyme, Perfect and imperfect rhymes.
  27. Rhyme royal
    A type of poetry introduced by Geoffrey Chaucer consisting of stanzas of seven lines in iambic pentameter.
  28. Romanticism
    Nature and love were a major themes of Romanticism favoured by 18th and 19th century poets such as Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Emphasis was placed on the personal experiences of the individual.
  29. Senryu
    A senryu is a three line Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku. It is unrhymed and the subject is based human nature. It is usually satirical or ironic.

    •line 1 - 5 syllables
    •line 2 - 7 syllables
    •line 3 - 5 syllables
  30. Tanka
    Tanka is a form of unrhymed Japanese poetry, with five sections totalling 31 onji (phonological units identical to morae), structured in a 5-7-5 7-7 pattern. There is generally a shift in tone and subject matter between the upper 5-7-5 phrase and the lower 7-7 phrase.
  31. Terza rima
    A type of poetry consisting of 10 or 11 syllable lines arranged in three-line "tercets". The poet Dante is credited with inventing terza rima and it has been used by many English poets including Chaucer, Milton, Shelley, and Auden.
  32. Sonnet
    The Shakespearian sonnet, also known as the English Sonnet, is written in fourteen lines of in iambic pentameter. It uses alternative rhyme connecting different images and a final couplet forming a conclusion. The Shakespearean sonnet is flexible in its volta, or turning point, (Shakespeare often used line 9), and has a rhyme scheme of abab,cdcd,efef,gg..
  33. Climbing Rhyme
    Burmese poetry has a long and distinguished history. Classical Burmese poetry comes in many lengths and forms, but most of it is characterized by a repeated sequence of 3 internally-rhymed lines consisting of 4 syllables each–a pattern that has become known as Climbing Rhyme. Most Burmese patterns employ a scheme of internal rhyme: the same rhyme appears in the 4th syllable of line 1, the 3rd syllable of line 2 and the 2nd syllable of line 3. This is called the 4-3-2 scheme; its characteristic stairstep gave rise to its name, climbing rhyme. The last syllable of line 3 begins a new series of rhymes, continuing the 4-3-2 pattern.
  34. Dodoitsu
    The Dodoitsu is a fixed folk song form of Japanese origin and is often about love or humor. It has 26 syllables made of of four lines of 7, 7, 7, 5 syllables respectively. It is unrhymed and non-metrical.
  35. Ghazal
    The ghazal (Arabic: ghazal, Persian: ghazel, Turkish/Azerbaijani: gazel, Urdu: gazal, Bengali/Sylheti: gozol) is a form of poetry common in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Urdu and Bengali poetry. In classic form, the ghazal has from five to fifteen rhyming couplets that share a refrain at the end of the second line. This refrain may be of one or several syllables, and is preceded by a rhyme. Each line has an identical meter. Each couplet forms a complete thought and stands alone, and the overall ghazal often reflects on a theme of unattainable love or divinity. The last couplet generally includes the signature of the author.
  36. Pantoum
    In a traditional Pantoum:
    • The lines are grouped into quatrains (4-line stanzas).
    • The final line of the Pantoum must be the same as its first line.
    • A Pantoum has any number of quatrains.
    • Lines may be of any length.
    • The Pantoum has a rhyme scheme of abab in each quatrain. Thus, the lines rhyme alternately
    The Pantoum says everything twice: For all quatrains except the first, the first line of the current quatrain repeats the second line in the preceeding quatrain; and the third line of the current quatrain repeats the fourth line of the preceeding quatrain In addition, for the final quatrain, its second line repeats the (so-far unrepeated) third line in the first quatrain; and its last line repeats the (so-far unrepeated) first line of the first quatrain.

    Thus the pattern of line-repetition is as follows, where the lines of the first quatrain are represented by the numbers "1 2 3 4":

           1  2  3  4          - Lines in first quatrain.
           2  5  4  6          - Lines in second quatrain.
           5  7  6  8          - Lines in third quatrain.
           7  9  8 10          - Lines in fourth quatrain.
           9  3 10  1          - Lines in fifth and final quatrain.

    In this example, we have 5 quatrains. You could have more. You could have fewer.
  37. Than-Bauk
    A Than-Bauk, conventionally a witty saying or epigram, is a three line "climbing rhyme" poem of Burmese origin. Each line has four syllables. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line.
  38. Jintishi
    The jintishi is a Chinese poetic form based on a series of set tonal patterns using the four tones of Middle Chinese in each couplet: the level, rising, departing and entering tones. The basic form of the jintishi has eight lines in four couplets, with parallelism between the lines in the second and third couplets. The couplets with parallel lines contain contrasting content but an identical grammatical relationship between words. Jintishi often have a rich poetic diction, full of allusion, and can have a wide range of subject, including history and politics. One of the masters of the form was Du Fu, who wrote during the Tang Dynasty (8th century). There are several variations on the basic form of the jintishi.

  39. Sestina
    The sestina has six stanzas, each comprising six unrhymed lines, in which the words at the end of the first stanza’s lines reappear in a rolling pattern in the other stanzas. The poem then ends with a three-line stanza in which the words again appear, two on each line.

  40. Villanelle
    The villanelle has 19 lines, 5 stanzas of three lines and 1 stanza of four lines with two rhymes and two refrains. The 1st, then the 3rd lines alternate as the last lines of stanzas 2,3,and 4, and then stanza 5 (the end) as a couplet. It is usually written in tetrameter (4 feet) or pentameter.The structure is:

    line 1 - a - 1st refrain
    line 2 - b
    line 3 - a - 2nd refrain

    line 4 - a
    line 5 - b
    line 6 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)

    line 7 - a
    line 8 - b
    line 9 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

    line 10 - a
    line 11 - b
    line 12 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)

    line 13 - a
    line 14 - b
    line 15 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

    line 16 - a
    line 17 - b
    line 18 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)
    line 19 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

  41. Rondeau
    The rondeau consists of three stanzas, a quintet (5 lines), a quatrain (4 lines) and a sestet (6 lines). The first phrase of the first line usually sets the refrain (R), but sometimes the refrain can be the whole of the first line. The structure is:

    line 1 - a (R)(normally the first phrase is the refrain)
    line 2 - a
    line 3 - b
    line 4 - b
    line 5 - a

    line 6 - a
    line 7 - a
    line 8 - b
    line 9 - R

    line 10 - a
    line 11 - a
    line 12 - b
    line 13 - b
    line 14 - a
    line 15 - R
  42. Rondelet The rondelet is a french form consisting of two rhymes contained in a seven line stanza. Line one is the exact same as the 3rd and 7th lines. The structure is:

    line 1 - 4 syllables - A (the same as line 3 and 7)
    line 2 - 8 syllables - b
    line 3 - 4 syllables - A
    line 4 - 8 syllables - a
    line 5 - 8 syllables - b
    line 6 - 8 syllables - b
    line 7 - 4 syllables - A
  43. Triolet
    A triolet is an eight line poem or stanza with a set rhyme scheme. Line four and line seven are the same as line one, and line eight is the same as line two. The rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB.

    line 1 - A
    line 2 - B
    line 3 - a
    line 4 - A (line 1)
    line 5 - a
    line 6 - b
    line 7 - A (line 1)
    line 8 - B (line 2)

  44. Ode
    Odes were first developed by poets writing in ancient Greek, such as Pindar,[72] and Latin, such as Horace. Forms of odes appear in many of the cultures that were influenced by the Greeks and Latins.[73] The ode generally has three parts: a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode. The antistrophes of the ode possess similar metrical structures and, depending on the tradition, similar rhyme structures. In contrast, the epode is written with a different scheme and structure. Odes have a formal poetic diction, and generally deal with a serious subject. The strophe and antistrophe look at the subject from different, often conflicting, perspectives, with the epode moving to a higher level to either view or resolve the underlying issues. Odes are often intended to be recited or sung by two choruses (or individuals), with the first reciting the strophe, the second the antistrophe, and both together the epode. Over time,differing forms for odes have developed with considerable variations in form and structure, but generally showing the original influence of the Pindaric or Horatian ode. One non-Western form which resembles the ode is the qasida in Persian poetry.
  45. Clerihew
    A clerihew is 'a humorous pseudo-biographical quatrain, rhymed as two couplets, with lines of uneven length more or less in the rhythm of prose". The name of the subject is usually at the end of the first line (sometimes the second line) and is well known. The humour of the clerihew is whimsical rather than satiric.
  46. Diamonte
    The diamonte is fun and easy to write. The purpose is to go from the subject at the top of the diamond to another totally different (and sometimes opposite) subject at the bottom. The structure is

    line 1 - one noun (subject #1)
    line 2 - two adjectives (describing subject #1)
    line 3 - three participles (ending in -ing, telling about the subject #1)
    line 4 - four nouns (first two related to the subject #1, second two related to subject #2)
    line 5 - three participles (ending in -ing, telling about subject #2)
    line 6 - two adjectives (describing subject #2)
    line 7 - one noun (subject #2)
  47. Kyrielle
    The Kyrielle is a French form written in quatrains. Each quatrain contains a repeated line or phrase as a refrain. It has a meter usually composed of eight syllables per line but it can be varied. There is no limit to the number of stanzas, but three is generally the minumum.The normal structure is a/a/b/B, c/c/b/B, d/d/b/B. with B being the repeated line. A varied structure could be a/b/a/B, c/b/c/B, d/b/d/B. etc.or even a second line that did not rhyme at all. a/e/a/Z etc.
  48. Nonet
    A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc... until line nine that finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

    line 1 - 9 syllables
    line 2 - 8 syllables
    line 3 - 7 syllables
    line 4 - 6 syllables
    line 5 - 5 syllables
    line 6 - 4 syllables
    line 7 - 3 syllables
    line 8 - 2 syllables
    line 9 - 1 syllables
  49. Quatern
    A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fouth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

    line 1
    line 2
    line 3
    line 4

    line 5
    line 6 (line 1)
    line 7
    line 8

    line 9
    line 10
    line 11 (line 1)
    line 12

    line 13
    line 14
    line 15
    line 16 (line 1)
  50. Rictameter
    A rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same with the syllable count as follows:

    •line 1 - 2 syllables - same as line 9
    •line 2 - 4 syllables
    •line 3 - 6 syllables
    •line 4 - 8 syllables
    •line 5 - 10 syllable
    •line 6 - 8 syllables
    •line 7 - 6 syllables
    •line 8 - 4 syllables
    •line 9 - 2 syllables - same as line 1
  51. Tetracty
    Tetractys should express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise using 20 syllables. They can be written with more than one verse but each subsequent verse must invert the syllable count. There is no limit to the number of verses. The structure is:

    line 1 - 1 syllable
    line 2 - 2 syllables
    line 3 - 3 syllables
    line 4 - 4 syllables
    line 5 - 10 syllables
  52. Tyburn
    A tyburn is a six line poem with a set syllable count.The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines as the 5th to 8th syllables. The structure is:

    line 1 - 2 syllables
    line 2 - 2 syllables
    line 3 - 2 syllables
    line 4 - 2 syllables
    line 5 - 9 syllables
    line 6 - 9 syllables

101 Specifics: #5 Fitness

Weightloss pyramid.Image via Wikipedia21 out of 101 of my goals are related to my pursuit of weight loss and physical fitness. I did not know that until I wrote them here. It makes perfect sense though when you know my doctor gave me five years to live if I didn't lose weight and that was a year ago. In that time I actually put on more weight. These goals are absolutly critical for me to complete if I want to live to a ripe old age.
To make you understand just how critical, Here are some numbers for you: I am nearly 51 years old, I am five foot one and weigh 224 lbs the last time I checked .My number on the BMI scale is 42.3. Since a BMI of over 30 makes you obese that puts me into the Morbidly Obese category which is short form for " Wake up, Death is at your door."
  1. Improve my posture & balance
  2. Take a yoga class
  3. Learn Tai Chi
  4. Run in a Charity run
  5. Walk in a Charity walk
  6. Run a 5k race
  7. Lose 50 pounds
  8. Complete the 200 Sit-ups Challenge
  9. Go bowling
  10. Do yoga every day for a month
  11. Learn how to ballroom dance
  12. Learn to burlesque dance
  13. Get to my goal weight
  14. Take ballroom dancing lessons
  15. Go bike riding on the beach
  16. Do the 100 pushups challenge (
  17. Learn to pole dance
  18. Take a hip hop dance class
  19. Learn to salsa dance
  20. Do the 200 squats challenge (
  21. Dance in the rain like no one is watching

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101 Specifics: #4 Knitting

Nelson Knit-out in the ParkImage by Grant Neufeld via Flickr
  • Knit a wardrobe for my fashion dolls
  • Knit 12 scarfs
  • Knit 12 toys to be donated for Christmas boxes
  • Knit a sweater for myself
I chose the number 12 because that gives me a month to knit one item. I have no paticular patterns in mind only one rule. I use partial skiens before I reach for a full one. Scarves are especially good for this since if you use a bunch of co-ordinating colors people don't notice the pattern
The toys I have in my mind are dolls, I haven't decided rather I want all animals, all people or a mixture yet.
The sweater I don't expect to start for some time as I am still only a beginner, an advanced beginner but still only a beginner
One of the things I have volunteered for is a group of Charity knitters so I will also be meeting my volunteerism goal

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101 Specifics- #3 Fashion Dolls (Like Barbie)

Three first editions of Barbie dolls from 1959...Image via WikipediaI actually have seven female fashion dolls and one male doll. All but the Male and one female are blond. They are all in good shape except for needing their hair brushed. The males hair is part of it's body but the females all have long flowing tresses as per Barbie.
  1. Knit a wardrobe for my fashion dolls
  2. Create a stage to display the fashion dolls on
  3. Make stage setting elements for the fashion dolls
  4. Alter at least one Fashion Doll
The wardrobe I have in mind is not a simple every day wardrobe. I am planning on making seasonal and holiday inspired clothing to begin with.  I plan to make them part of a  year round display. Once that is complete I am going to begin experimenting with element inspired outfits, various historical costuming and finally some clothing inspired by other countries basic costumes.

I am thinking a small 12 by 12 piece of wood with stands for each doll but I am wondering if I might not want to make it a bit larger say 18 x 18 to accommodate settings for the various costumes. I do not want to glue the stands down as I want the ability to put the dolls in different places and positions for certain displays

When I first thought of this I was thinking black cats and pumpkins at their feet for Halloween and a tree for each season and stuff like that but since I am fairly good at miniatures I may make a full stage setting (think theatre) for each set of costumes. This could turn out to be a very time consuming project but it is something I have wanted to do for awhile.

Finally I want to take at least 4 of the seven and alter them for the elements and season settings though I am not sure how I could accomplish both on one doll. I may actually have to go to Value Village or the Dollar store and get a few more. I would like more than one male any way.
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101 Specifics : #2 Make 365 Art Pages- fill up all three of my current art journals

Cover of "Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear ...Cover via AmazonI currently have two altered books and a notebook which have a few pages done in each. The goal is to fill them up with my art work. Art Journals  help in many ways. They become a visual record of your mind, they can also hold templates for larger pieces you would like to make and finally they are a space to play in.
I have numerous books to serve as references and starting points. My secondary goal is to try at least once each project in the books.
Here is the List for you should you decide to follow along with me. Each book is linked to its page on Amazon.
This is only a list of physical books I own. I also have several in e-book form and there are lots and lots of web sites out there if I need more help to complete all three books.
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101 Specifics: #1 Create 52 dolls of different materials and designs

Making a yarn doll: finished doll if left with...Image via WikipediaThese are my current ideas. I am open to other ideas. Also if you have a pattern or know where I can find one for the macrame doll, woven doll or carved doll I would greatly appreciate it.

  1. Book Doll
  2. Cornhusk doll
  3. Spool Doll
  4. Twig Doll
  5. Hankercheif doll
  6. Knit doll
  7. Crochet doll
  8. Pillow Doll
  9. Clay doll
  10. Animal doll
  11. Flower pot doll
  12. Apple Head doll
  13. Rag Doll
  14. Sock doll
  15. Rag Doll 2
  16. Quilted doll
  17. ReBorn Doll
  18. Altered Barbie
  19. Porcelin Doll
  20. Topsy Turvey Doll
  21. Paper Doll with wardrobe
  22. Jointed Paper Art Doll
  23. Cloth Art Doll
  24. Upcycled Doll
  25. Pinecone Doll
  26. Cloth Doll
  27. Paper & Stick Doll
  28. Spoon Doll
  29. Clothespin Doll
  30. Garden Glove Doll
  31. Woolen Doll (felted Wool)
  32. Paper Mache Doll
  33. Czechoslovakian Doll (cone & ball)
  34. Paper Roll Doll
  35. Broom Rag Doll (whisk broom base)
  36. Odas (Sacred Doll)
  37. Jumping Jack Doll
  38. Origami Doll
  39. Wax Doll
  40. Notion Nanny (cloth and found material)
  41. Bread Clay Doll
  42. Terracotta Doll
  43. Wire Doll
  44. Bead Doll
  45. Wooden Doll (carved?)
  46. Woven Doll (reeds?)
  47. Macrame Doll (? need to find pattern)
  48. Plastic Bag Doll (made from plastic bags & intended to hold plastic bags)
  49. Tea Bag Doll (real teabag)
  50. Miniature Doll (1/12 size)
  51. Poseable Doll (pipe cleaners)
  52. Yarn Doll
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101 things in 1001 days

Check out the page with my list. I will be putting some progress reports here once in awhile but plan on doing a weekly update at the Day Zero Project web site. The link will take you to my project page at least it should.

I have also added the link to the Day Zero Project page to the right. Now all I gotta do is actually do it. I have set my start date for Sept 14, 2011 so I have a little time to check out the exercise programs in particular as aside from Couch to 5 K I haven't heard about them before. BTW those links will also be added to the right tomorrow.

For tonight I think I'm headed to bed. It is after all nearly 2 AM