29 August 2007
27 August 2007
(the wool is something I picked up from a craft store sale bin -- nothing terribly special, but I like the colorway, especially in this morning's early light)
3) The Huge Log Cabin Quilt (HLCQ) is getting constant attention....
21 August 2007
the happy family...
down the aisle....
20 August 2007
Just yesterday, I finished these napkin rings for a friend only two months after the wedding (that's a record for me, Itellyouwhat). They're seed beads with occasional other embellishing glass beads on antique-colored craft wire:
And this is one of the several quilts I have going on right now... this is a mock-up block for a king size quilt I am making for my aunt and uncle in California. It will replace an older one they have, so it's generally the same color scheme and design. This will be quite the project -- wish me luck!
And don't worry, it's the picture that's crooked, not the block!
19 August 2007
15 August 2007
As it happens, I am headed to Seward, Alaska in September to visit a dear friend, and I just happened to have been lazy and not purchased my ticket yet. I love serendipity.
As Karen and I had arrived a little early, we went for a short walk up to the Presidio, where I took this picture:
Then, much to my dismay, the camera--my wonderful, tiny, easy-to-use camera friend--succumbed to gravity and fell to the rocky earth. It was a beautiful place to die -- a view of the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by trees, amongst friends. But die it did. When I picked it up and saw it's dented lens all askew, I knew it was over.
So unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from the wedding, you'll just have to take my word for it.
12 August 2007
Knitmoka snagged my crafty interest with this gift exchange she joined. Homemade, you say? Gift, you say? I was hooked.
Here's how it works: be one of the first three commentors on this post, and I'll send you a homemade gift sometime in the near future (that is, when inspiration and time collide for me). In return, you go to your blog and make the same offer. So, you’ll be making three things and receiving one. Anyone can participate. Not just crafty/creative types. We're talking homemade. Anything.
What if I don’t like the gift I receive? Too bad. Mom taught us all how to be gracious.
What if I’m not crafty or artistic? So? Do it anyway. There are millions of things to be made and some part of you needs to get in to the process of creating something with your hands. It is therapeutic and eye opening. Even if it is a paper airplane.
What about shipping? If postage is a concern, make a card -- that can be the gift. But if you want to carve a bust of the recipient out of pine, go ahead.
What? I have to give someone in cyberspace my address? Well, yeah. So you should probably only sign up here if you have read or known me for a few months, that way you know I am a fine upstanding citizen who wouldn't dream of doing anything untoward with your personal information. You may even get a holiday card after the exchange.
It's all a little silly, I admit, but I still think it will be fun, and I hope you'll choose to join me!
11 August 2007
Went eating and shopping in downtown Mountain View with my Aunt and stumbled upon a great quilt shop, Eddie's Quilting Bee. What a find! A great selection of fabrics, notions, a huge selection of books, and they sell sewing machines too! And they're moving to Sunnyvale! Oh wait, I don't live there anymore....
Am going out to dinner with my Aunt and Uncle tonight, then hoping to meet with Karen, Liz and Marla for a little wine tasting. With Liz and Marla being experts, Karen being new to wine tasting, and me somewhere in the middle, we're sure to have a good time!
07 August 2007
got me feeling silly, and a little dramatic....
Let me see. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, or most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and how abhorred in my imagination it is! -- The Tragedy of Hamlet. Prince of Denmark, Act V, Scene I
These are the two artichokes I grew and scarfed down (not as good as last year's -- I think I let them "go" for too long...
These are some earrings I made for my boss/friend Dr. Eckert (also another pair of small blue and lavender clusters, but I didn't get a picture of them)....
01 August 2007
While he was gone, I volunteered on Saturday with the SCA Mt. Rainier Recovery team (we re-built a rock wall between Burroughs Mountain and Shadow Lake [near the Sunrise Visitor Center]). Nearly all the hikers passing us thanked us for our hard work, and a few asked what crime we had committed to deserve such hard labor.