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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cross Blogging

Just received notice that this great new blog in MA (my former habitat) posted an article on me. Thanks, Marcia! What a wonderful thing to come home to.

Just got back from a great great few days in Asheville, NC, (a few pics coming soon) with my mom and I'm getting ready for a birthday party this evening for Bernard Kaiman, the nearly 90-year-old force of nature in international folk and Scottish country dance in this region.

Work, as you might imagine, is still taking a backseat until tomorrow, when I will plunge in up to my elbows and wallow in fiber! Mmmmm, lovely!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Time out with Mom

Hey. I'm fitting in a little work here and there (like getting my taxes ready), but my Mom is visiting and the kids are home for Spring Break, so not doing a lot of creating (except in my head). Soon I'll be working on a landscape, though, so stay tuned. Also, will be visiting Glorious Asheville again soon, so should have some lovely pics to share then.

Hope your March is behaving like a lamb. We're enjoying our first Tennessee Spring immensely!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I Beat the Deadline!

Wending Onward
(c)2009 Cindi Huss

I made this 18" x 18" piece for the Surface Design Association's member exhibit, Surface Matters. This and a plethora of other surface design/fiber exhibits will hang at galleries in the Crossroads Art District in downtown KC, MO and will open in conjunction with the SDA's biennial conference (at Kansas City Art Institute and the Marriott Country Club Plaza) and run through the summer.

I finished it yesterday. Had a couple of very late nights (the latest was 4 a.m.), but it's done and sent! Woo-hoo! Here's a detail:

This hand-dyed bas relief includes needle felting and extreme quilting.

How did I pull this off? Through the understanding and accomodating attitudes of my wonderful family, especially my husband Bob. Jeg er så glad i deg, elskede.

Unauthorized Substance Tax--Hmmmmm

So since I'm new to Tennessee I was researching the various means of filing the various taxes I have to pay here and among the list of taxes I could read about was:

You can imagine how that might pique one's curiosity, so I clicked on the link and found out that taxable items in this category include:
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Methamphetamine
  • Untaxed liquors and spirits (AKA moonshine)

So you can order tax stamps anonymously to put them on your packages of illicit drugs and alcohol so that when you're arrested they can only charge you with possession and sale, not tax evasion.

The information says that paying the tax does NOT make it legal to possess these goods. Duh!

Who owes the tax? Dealers, specifically defined as "any person who possesses one or more marijuana plants or more than 42.5 (not 42 or 43) grams of marijuana, seven or more grams of any other unauthorized substance that is sold by weight, or any illicit alcoholic beverage."

If I think about it, now the songs about revenue or excise men make more sense, but really? Anyhow, found it interesting, ridiculous, and, due to my fairly prudish past, unusual, so thought I'd share. Really has nothing to do with dancing or threads, but this is my News of the Weird of the day.