Micro-Action Short and Super Funky Pants

laundry fight an action short by brickwall pictures

laundry fight an action short by brickwall picturesBy now you’re familiar with the funny, honest and informational movie reviews from Sam Kench and the Brickwall Pictures team, but did you know they also make really quick micro-action shorts semi-regularly to add to the current content on their Youtube channel?  Sam and his team put together a minimal story, with zero budget and a bare bones crew just to do more of what they love to do.

black-and-white-wrapped-pantsLaundry Room Fight is the first action short in a new series of shorts they are working on. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to watch more.

Check out those super cool pants made by yours truly, worn by the antagonist. I made a few funky pairs of men’s pants for an apocalyptic film project Sam is working on, but he decided they were too “stylish” for his film. Luckily he was not opposed to wearing them himself – Cool beans!

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Stuffed animals inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

As you all know, S is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. I asked him to recreate one of the official “Reservoir Dogs” movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That’s why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.
We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen‘s character, Mr. Blonde.
Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, we made the cops pigs.
 Here’s my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig’s ear should be. Now I’ve got “Stuck in the Middle with You” stuck in my head.

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

Run Your Buns Off this Labor Day Weekend

run your buns off 2014 banner

run your buns off 2014 bannerOn August 30, 2014 Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop and NH Adventure Boot Camp for Women host the fifth annual Run Your Buns Off road race in Bristol and Bridgewater, New Hampshire by Newfound Lake. In 2013 over 300 runners and walkers participated in the 4.2 mile run and organizers hope to exceed that number this year. Registration is available online at www.lightboxreg.com or you can register in person the day of the vent. For more information or to download a brochure/registration form, visit www.basicingredientsnh.com.

Each year the race committee selects a charitable organizations as its beneficiary. This year, funds from the Run Your Buns Off race will help to support two Newfound area organizations, The Day Away Program and The Newfound Pathways. The Day Away Program, a newly formed program designed to provide a period of respite for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and related dementia patients in the Newfound area by providing a social day program.The Newfound Pathways, is a group creating a scenic and safe 17 mile pedestrian and bike route around Newfound Lake. Due to costly construction, completion of the route is slated at just one or two miles per year. The Run Your Buns Off Committee hope that with their help, The Newfound Pathways will reach their completion date much sooner.

Run Your Buns Off was originally designed to promote fitness, food and fun all in one venue. Did you know there are 420 calories in a sticky bun, and running 4.2 miles will average a 420 calorie burn? That’s why all who cross the finish line will be awarded one of NH’s Best sticky buns.

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration starting at 7:45 a.m. Runners and walkers will leave from Basic Ingredients Bakery located on Rt. 3A in Bristol to “run their buns off” for a 4.2 mile professionally timed run/walk. Individuals and teams of all ages are encouraged to participate. The top 3 male and female runners as well as the fastest team will be awarded personalized Newfound prizes.

Fawn handmade by Amy Lyn of Green Carbon 2112Following the race there will be a party with food, music and a raffle loaded with prizes including 100 gallons of home heating oil from Dead River, a one night stay at the Inn on Mill Falls, a one day boat rental from West Shore Marine, and much more including two handmade items, a moose and fawn, donated by me from Green Carbon 2112.

Moose handmade by Amy Lyn of Green Carbon 2112

Turning painted felt into crazy critters

Art the Elephant and Peanut Circus hand painted and hand sewn from recycled material

I’ve been designing my own stuffed animals for a little while now. It started out by trying to duplicate a little stuffed bunny I had  as a child, and now I have a burgeoning zoo of wild, domestic and mythological animals taking over my living room. A few months ago I decided to take it a step further and paint the fabric to make my creations even more unique.

Below are some samples of my hand painted and sewn art animals. They have all been made using recycled and salvaged felt, fleece and/or denim and stuffed hard with fabric scraps so they stand on their own without a metal armature inside.

Right now they are on display at the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH but are available for purchase. I also do custom work. Just send me an email if you’d like to buy any of the animals below or want one made for you in a specific color. New creations are coming all the time.

There are elephants, an oil spill, and a bunch of tiny nuns at The Gordon-Nash Library this month

Art the Elephant and Peanut Circus hand painted and hand sewn from recycled material

Color Calamity at the Gordon-Nash LIbrary in New Hampton, NH is a multi-media, eco-friendly art show featuring clay Nun-Yas, abstract paintings and 3-D hand painted, and hand sewn art animals


dragon1New Hampton, NH – The newest art show at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH is Color Calamity. This multi-media, eco-friendly exhibit is a first time showing for Bristol resident, Amy Lyn Kench and features small clay Nun-Yas, abstract paintings and original, one of a kind hand sewn art animals including elephants, cats, giraffes and dragons.

“We are very excited to be showing Amy Lyn’s first show, let alone a solo show.” Said Cathy Vincevic, Director of the Gordon-Nash Library and Nash Gallery, “This work is amazing!”

black swans at sunset

Nun Ya Green Thumbs clay sculpture Nun-Ya by Amy LynThis collection reflects several years of inspiration and creativity for this eco-friendly artisan. Colors explode on recycled and salvaged canvases, paper, and fabric bleeding into the oil spill spreading across blacktop, swimming beneath the lily pads floating on a frog pond and spinning and twirling under party streamers. Emotion is the undercurrent that drives Amy Lyn’s brush interweaving words, names and phrases gnawing at the corners of her memory as she buries them beneath many layers of paint erasing the negative to create bright, bold, colorful paintings that exude happy, positive energy.

elephantsIn her most recent work she has combined her love of painting and sewing. She painted on pieces of recycled and salvaged fabric, then turned those fabric pieces into on one of a kind, 3-dimensional, cartoon style, animal art. “They just make my heart happy looking at them,” said Amy Lyn “and I hope they bring a smile to the face of everyone who visits them.”

To see more of Amy Lyn’s artwork and handmade items including clothing and accessories visit greencarbon2112.wordpress.com or follow Green Carbon 2112 on Facebook and Twitter.

Color Calamity will be on display through the end of July 2014 at The Gordon-Nash Library 69 Main Street in New Hampton pieces are located in both the gallery downstairs and the glass display cases on the first floor of the library. All the paintings and handmade items on display are available for purchase.

Hats and stuffed animals Inspired by Seuss

baby flying Horton elephant

This year’s spring musical for the Newfound area of New Hampshire was “Seussical the Musical”. Like the past few years I helped out with costumes and props and offered to help with merchandise for the shows.

I love how wacky and colorful Dr. Seuss’ characters are so I decided, rather than making “normal” sized hats to make tiny hats on headbands, otherwise known as fascinators. I gathered scrap pieces of fabric left over from various costumes and combine them to make some super funky head gear.

Cat in the Hat inspired fascinator

I also made miniature Cat in the Hat, hats. I wasn’t sure how well my little hats would go over with the Newfound crowd. But, I should have known not to doubt my work. Almost all of my fascinator stock was gone before the show even started. My display was looking pretty empty, and at 5 minutes into intermission I was sold out. When the crowd headed back into the theater to enjoy the second half, I packed up and hightailed it home. I frantically cut, sewed and hot glued for the next  16-hours to refill my stock before the matinee. Then, ran home again, between the matinee and evening show to whip up more. It was a crazy two days to say the least.

Seussical the Musical combines a bunch of Seuss stories including “Yertle the Turtle“, “Gertrude McFuzz“, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and more. “Horton Hears a Who” and “Horton Hatches an Egg” figure prominently in the play and I made the little flying baby Horton for the stage.

baby horton hatches an egg

I also made a few more inspired by Seuss stuffed animals.

Gertrude McFuzz inspired blue bird
Inspired by Gertrude McFuzz
Tuxedo Cat (1) inspired by The Cat in the Hat
Tuxedo Cat (1) inspired by The Cat in the Hat
Tuxedo Cat (2) inspired by The Cat in the Hat
Tuxedo Cat (2) inspired by The Cat in the Hat
Kangaroos inspired by Dr. Seuss
Kangaroos inspired by Dr. Seuss

The mom of the girl who played the little sour kangaroo asked me to make her two kangaroos. I asked the costumer what the kangaroos were wearing in the play. When she told me purple and sparkly I knew I had the perfect fabric.

I searched through my fabric stash and found this half-yard piece of purple, sequined fabric I’d had for about 10-years. I have no idea where it came from but knew I’d find a use for it someday. Strangely enough, this was the same exact fabric used in the dresses for the play. How weird is that?!? Below are the kangaroo girls from the play holding the handmade versions of their character. The little baby kangaroo is a finger puppet.

Kelly and Paige who played the sour kangaroos in Seussical the Musical holding the custom made purple kangaroo ad finger puppet
Kelly and Paige who played the sour kangaroos in Seussical the Musical show off the purple kangaroo ad finger puppet

Dr. Seuss inspired fascinators

Cat in the Hat inspired fascinator

I’m a huge Dr. Seuss fan and was very excited to find out the 2014 spring musical for the Newfound area of New Hampshire is going to be Seussical the Musical April 11th and 12th. I’m working on some Seuss inspired fascinators, for the stage and for sale during intermissions.

Below is  my “Cat in the Hat” inspired fascinator modeled by a handmade stuffed tuxedo cat. These will be for sale during intermission.
Cat in the Hat inspired fascinator

 

Here are just some of the Who inspired hats I’ve finished using a mix of scraps left over from costumes being made for the show and my own craft stash. I just love mixing up colors and patterns.

The last two photos are on a little stuffed Horton inspired elephant I made. Mr. Pink (the bunny) was looking a little jealous so I let him model a tiny top hat too.

Tessellation celebration

tessellation quilt

By Amy Lyn

tessellation quilt

I challenged myself several months ago to hand sew a quilt after creating the DIY tutorial: How to Make a Tessellation Quilt. Originally I had planned to make a simple, little block of 4 x 4. But, once I got that put together, I was struck with a vision and just had to keep going.

When I pieced together the alternating light and dark green pieces I first just envisioned trees. But, when I rotated the block to the right, suddenly I was seeing frogs and geckos. Then bam, my head filled with an image and I just had to try to make it come to light.

This quilt is completely hand sewn using only salvaged and recycled fleece. Even the thread I sewed with was vintage. (I have a hat box full of vintage thread on tall cones and wooden spools.)

newfound lake tessellation quilt

Here are a few close ups

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Can you see the geckos?

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CLICK HERE to read the DIY tutorial How to Create a Tessellation Quilt

Recycling every little scrap into something fun

green bear recyco-balls

After making several stuffed animals of various shapes and sizes, I was left with a very large pile of scraps. The small scraps I naturally added to the stuffing pile. But, some were too big not to use for something else, but not quite big enough for any animal body part.

green bear recyco-ballsSo, I did a little experiment and made a bear ball. A big green bear ball because my son’s school mascot is a bear and his colors are green and white.

Gotta say, it was a hit with the guys. Who, rather than play a nice game of catch, decided to pelt each other with it. I was at first horrified, but then very proud of how my hand stitching stood up to that durability test. 

Since the bear ball went over well, I made more. Some are animal inspired, others are little monsters and more just have silly faces.

What do you think, should I add these guys to my shop?

Penguin with Mohawk Recyco-Ball
Penguin with Mohawk Recyco-Ball sewn using recycled fleece and EcoFelt

 

 

Blue Bird's The Word Recyco-Ball
Blue Bird’s The Word Recyco-Ball hand sewn from EcoFelt

 

 

Wacky Recyo-Balls made from a recycled Snuggie
Wacky Recyo-Balls made from a recycled Snuggie
Plaid Smiley  Recyco-Ball
Plaid Smiley Recyco-Ball hand sewn from recycled fabric.
Purple Mouse Recyco-Ball
Purple Mouse Recyco-Ball hand sewn from EcoFelt
Yellow Chick Recyo-Ball
Yellow Chick Recyo-Ball hand sewn from EcoFelt

Dark Chocolate Moose

handmade moose

I’m still working on a short story for this dark chocolate moose. I’m thinking he’s a movie lover though.

Chocolate Moose 1 and 2Moose are such majestic creatures. People travel from around the world to New Hampshire hoping to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures. I’ve been lucky enough to witness moose a few time and every time I was awed by their beauty and grace.

I tried to capture their shape and gentle disposition in my original, handmade design. I had just enough of this dark chocolate, felted wool to make 6 moose and am offering 4 here to a good home.

CLICK HERE to order

Chocolate MooseHEIGHT: 9 inches tall from the tips of his antlers to his hooves

LENGTH: 10.5 inches long from nose to tail

MATERIALS: Only recycled and eco-friendly materials are used to make Green Carbon 2112 stuffed animals. This Moose’s outside is 100% felted wool. His antlers and facial features are made from eco-felt. He is stuffed hard with scraps of recycled clean fabric so he can stand on his own .

CUSTOM ORDER: Want a moose in different size, color, fabric and/or pattern? Send me a message to coordinate your special order.

Below are two of my moose at Twin Designs in Bristol, NH. One is made from dark brown felted wool the other from a piece of vintage fabric in a brown on brown floral print. They have a great selection of moose related gifts to choose from.

two moose