frenchtown fiber

Chris Mundy and Kate House try to make art while navigating the crap life throws at them.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Guerrilla Knitters 

Check this link out, it is really fun! It makes me want to do some Guerrilla Art. When I was in college I had a sculpture class. One of our assignments was to create something in a multiple of at least 100. I took 100 fist-sized rocks and covered them with pink knit fabric. Then I put them in a spiral pattern on the banks of the Raritan River, where you could see them from a bridge. I would walk by every day, and I noticed that people were messing around with them. They were making new patterns and moving the rocks around. That was cool. I live near the Delaware river now. I could do that again.

I want to put up my Christmas tree this weekend. This is my fake-ass white Christmas tree. If you are going to have a fake tree you may as well not even try to pretend it's real, you know? Did I ever tell the story of this tree? If I did, sorry.

My parents are city people, and I grew up with a fake tree. As I got older, that became the height of tackiness. My first husband grew up with a real tree, so we always had one. The year I separated from him, I went out on my own and bought a real tree, and struggled to get the thing home, drag it up the stairs, set it up, etc. I decided I didn't really need to do that anymore. I found a 7 foot fake white tree for $40 the following September. That was 1998. I got it up from the basement last night and noticed that it looked yellow. YELLOW! Perhaps it was the culmination of an annoying week, but this sent me spiraling into a bad mood. Now what was I going to do? I was planning to decorate the next night! (tonight) Joe had a look at it and said it looked fine, that no one would notice. I decided he was right. I set the tree up, the branches are color coded, you know. I think it is over for this tree after this year.

I have so many Christmas ornaments, that I break them out by color and do theme tees. Last year I did pink and gold. This year it is blue and green. I have big mixing bowls full of ornaments in the LR right now. The problem with a white tree is that you need to get lights with white wires. I have them, don't you worry, but we also have icicle lights with BLUE lights. I think I am going to put those on the tree this year. It's gonna be spiffy.

But, that is tomorrow. I was going to go to the mall tomorrow, but I decided that would suck, so I am going tonight. I don't live very close to any malls, so I rarely go, but this year Kate asked for a laptop computer, and there is an Apple store in the Bridgewater mall.


cconz said...

I gave up on tree altogether. I always had a real one (the biggest i could find.) Then one day about 20 years ago. No christmas decorations anywhere please. To bad they don't make fake trees that smell real.

jeanamarie said...

we'll be having a fake tree this year too. It's green but certainly not pretending to be real :)

last year we had a tree on a pot, but after christmas we put it outside. it did not enjoy the intense heat of February, I think we'd would kill it if we hung stuff on it this year!

Doreen said...

Guerrilla Knitters is great!
I have come across them awhile ago.

What is=is... embrace the yellow!
Ha! I am not thrilled about getting a tree this year...but 13 and 18 year olds require it!

I happily relegate any mall-hopping to someone else. I get dizzy if I go near one.

did you go to art college?