our neighbor is in her mid eighties and has decided that i am the root of all evil. she is convinced that i move shrubs around in her yard in the middle of the night, call her and hang up many many times every day (even when i'm out of town on business- i am dedicated), have gone into her kitchen in the middle of the night (even though the doors were locked & there was no sign of a break in) and have been breaking into her garage (again, no sign of a break in, i must be very good at this) and putting sand in her gas tank. so when she caught me shovelling the snow on her sidewalk a while ago, she decided that it must be community service work for all of the bad things i have done to her.
i tell this story because a) i find it wonderful how the mind works. no way in her world view am i capable of doing a good deed, so she found a reasonable explanation for my behavior and b) i took this photo of my pals the see no hear no speak no evil monkeys who are in the aspen tree on our property line to remind me to do as they are doing. between monkeys, the bagua mirror and the foo dogs we manage to generally keep the negative energy at bay. it just works so much better than getting sucked in and stirred up (which is why when my cell rings "sympathy for the devil" i just know it's the neighbor, laugh and click it off- it works great.)
i got the metal leaf on the centerpieces tonight. consensus at the studio last night was to mix it up. good thing, too, because i ran out of gold leaf (i KNEW i should have checked before i went to boise blue yesterday, but i didn't).
here are the squares with the copper. silver & gold leaf-here i have laid out the transparencies to figure out which works best with what square. i think they're going to turn out pretty well. next step is doing the transfers- always scary! but i did buy more elmer's caulk & the transparencies have been dry for a while, so i'm sure it will all work out. (and they're going to raise $$$ for the local women's & children's shelter, so the art goddess will lend a hand).