Saturday, November 5, 2011

We've been invaded

We discovered a pair of communist birds have moved into our home. At first we were mad to have to share our hard-earned shelter with these lazy freeloaders, but they made some really convincing arguments. We decided we had no choice but to let them stay and share our wealth.
Assemblage made by Marcia Wood and Andrew Mertinooke; a communal effort.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Apple Tree Yarn Bomb

I had this idea a couple of years ago and never followed through. I've got some encouragement now so I'm thinking a revival is in order!

My plan is this:
1. Recruit others (and myself) to make knitted/crotchet apple cozies.
2. Collect
3. Wait for apples to grow
4. Find a lovely tree whose apples seem to need a hug
5. Cover as many apples as I can with cozies
6. Take pictures and share
7. ?????
8. Profit

Okay, 7 and 8 aren't really part of it but I felt I couldn't leave them out.
If you're interested, email me at

Free cozy patterns:
I've used the above before, and it works really well. The large is really large if you use red heart, but that isn't always a bad thing. We get some monster apples here in NH
I haven't used this one because I can only crochet squares and rectangles. Anything more complicated comes out a disaster. But I hear it's a good pattern. If you have any other free pattern suggestions, just leave them in the comments.

I can't offer and monetary compensation but everyone who participates will get credit in the final photos.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Here comes the 180

Celebrating our 100th sale was amazing! I'm so happy that so many people participated and that we got to share our tees with more people.
Now comes the hard part. We've had to make a very difficult decision. We've done fairly well for what we've put in to spareGus Ink, but it has come to the point where we had to decide if it is worth continuing. Anybody that knows Andy & I will know that while this business isn't exactly what we planned on, we grew to enjoy it and had some really great times doing this. It is unfortunate that our life situation has taken us to the point where it just isn't feasible. We're planning the close to be in the next 30-60 days, providing we can find a buyer for our equipment. It may be sooner or it may be later, but it is going to happen. We love and appreciate all the support and customers we've had the pleasure to know and sell to.
Thanks again!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Winner of the shirt from SpareGus Ink is AntB! Congrats! Please convo me on etsy to let me know what you'd like!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Time for a Giveaway!

So I said on the facebook page that I'd do a giveaway when we reached 100 sales on etsy. That moment came yesterday afternoon, so here it is!

This giveaway will be for one shirt, any size, any design available in the shop. The majority of our shirts are organic cotton and all of them are Alternative Apparel. These shirts are soft, stretchy and fashionable, not your regular old tee!

To enter:
1. Follow this blog and comment
2. Follow our facebook: and comment *here*
3. Re-blog, tweet, or facebook post this giveaway (one entry for one or all three) and comment here
4. Favorite SpareGus Ink on etsy - and comment here

So, four ways to enter. You've got to leave a new comment for each way you enter so that when I use the random number generator thingie you get as many entries as you made. You can enter until 12am Eastern time on Friday July that's a whole week! Heck yeah!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wishing for Creepies

So lately I've been wanting a stash of old porcelain doll pieces. I find them to be wonderfully creepy, but, it's not going to happen. I've never looked for this kind of thing before, but it turns out a lot of people want this kind of stuff. Ebay is full of expensive auctions for these things. Ah well, reference photos will have to do. It is of course, all for possible art creation. Like everything.

I finally finished a handspun that I started sometime this winter. I've been putting it off since it is almost the last of my fiber and I just can't bear to think there isn't more. I just can't let myself buy more when I never make anything with the finished yarn. I just pull it out and drool every once in awhile. Yes, I know it's a problem...

Yep, making out with my drop spindle full of yarn. I like it, but not as much as some others I've done. It kind of reminds me of dust bunnies with lint.

And then there's cuteness:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art once more

Lately I've been trying to make art more regularly. It isn't easy for me these days, but I really do try. A whole lot of it turns out like total junk. The work that turns out half decent doesn't always get photographed. It's just like that with me, I'm unorganized or unmotivated or insecure. I've decided to try to force myself to use my old deviantart gallery once again, hoping that filling it up will maybe help me get back into creating.

Shabby Apple Overboard Dress Giveaway

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Friday, June 10, 2011


My name is Ferris. I like to climb on things. Can I have a banana?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

giveaway from Poorly Drawn Things

Poorly Drawn Things is having an awesome giveaway:

* Four large Limited Edition giclee prints of the newest paintings: The Scavengers, Masked Mauraders, The Path to Righteousness and The Contortionist
* The Beginning and The End postcard set
* Two sticker sets: The Scavengers sticker set, and retro themed sticker set
* Two surprise gifts from the shop

To Enter: Just reblog this picture, or tweet about it on twitter with the hash tag #poorlydrawnthings. Winner will be announced next Wednesday via tumblr, facebook and twitter.

Check out the blog,too:

Such an amazing, talented artist...making me develop a painting inadequacy complex!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bear Arms

So, this is the only artwork I've done in a while. I haven 't had much time to spend on artistic endeavors but I'm fairly pleased with this one. I was able to work on it while Ferris napped, which is a rare thing to get to do. It's a woodburning with watercolor tinting on a piece of poplar left over from a project. I'm really starting to enjoy making woodburnings with watercolor over the traditional paintings. It started out as a safety thing, less fumes and toxic things around for Ferris to find/consume/breathe, and now it's kind of growing on me.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I get a lot of the insomnia. Ambient light is a problem for me, which is funny since I used to regularly fall asleep with the light on, but that just doesn't happen nowadays. At my rescue is this tutorial:
Goodnight Owl
I love it. Here is my version:

So I made mine with fabric instead of felt only because the meowing creatures in the house will find a way to vomit on everything. It was still easy and simple, though, I was able to put it together during a fairly short Ferris nap. I've already used it and found it so helpful. Ferris also thinks it's hilarious to see it on my face so that's another plus!

Also, I've changed the name of the blog again. Like anybody's watching!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pretty up your switch plates and outlet covers

Ferris took a long nap this morning so I decided to something I've been meaning to do for ages - make the switch plates and outlet covers pretty. I've done this before with paper from magazines, but the ink just doesn't hold up to sunlight and the fading becomes really obvious...something I wouldn't mind except that it happens more with some colors than others, and it just looks all blotchy. This is much neater and easier to do with fabric anyway.

What you need:
switch plate or outlet cover
piece of fabric at least 4" x 5.5" (or larger if you have a double or triple or whatever)
Xacto knife
tacky glue (or your other favorite glue...I like tacky, oh yes)
Small paint brush for applying glue

How to:
Take your brush and apply glue fairly liberally to the front of your switch plate or outlet cover.
Place switch plate or outlet cover on your piece of fabric.Like my sketch? I thought so.
Next, clip the corners of your fabric diagonally close to the corners of your switch plate or outlet cover. This will help avoid bulk in the behind of it all.Next, apply glue to the back edges of the switch plate or outlet cover and fold the fabric over and around.
Then use the Xacto to cut some neat lines in your fabric where the switch or outlet would be. Apply glue to the edges around the holes, and pull the fabric over and around.

Let dry. When it's all set, use the Xacto to stab the holes where the screw holds the switch plate or outlet cover into the wall, install and enjoy!Fancy, eh?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let's See

Many things...

Ferris had his first birthday.

It is amazing to experience the growth of this little being from barely conscious newborn to the little person that he is. I can't think of anything that compares to it. The only thing that could make it better would be a change of scenery. Our apartment just isn't a good fit for our family now, and not just because it's an apartment, but it being in the "city" doesn't help. Manchester is just not really a city anyway as it lacks whatever advantages would usually be found in that type of location and yet has all the disadvantages of living in a suburb to boot. We've hit our saturation point of dealing with all the compromises of living here and just really need to get out.

I've hardly had a chance to draw but I have done some things...

This I came up with for a contest on Spoonflower with the theme of Civil Rights Toile. The civil rights part I have, women's suffrage, the toile not so much. But I like it and have already adapted it for t shirts. It's the closest thing I've done to art recently, anyway, and I'm pleased. Eventually I hope to get the paints out but I fear that once we put up the easel we'll be told to take it down by whoever is trying to sell our apartment. We will see, I can't depend on having the time or inspiration for it anyway.

We've been watching too much tv. It is unfortunately one of the things that calms Ferris. He doesn't watch much but likes the noise. He used to like music more, but I think he likes the sounds of people talking and the things going on. I think I've now seen Toy Story more times than I can count, and what's fun about having stopped my postpartum medication is that I'm a blubbering mess at all the sad parts. In a kids movie! Things are just oh so sad when you're a toy I guess.