Wednesday, October 28, 2009
As I was preparing to write this blog I noticed that this is my 200th blog post. Wow. I have no idea what I've written about in 199 posts but I'm excited that I've stuck with blogging. I really love sharing what I make and what I'm up to with other people (whoever you are!)
Anyway, I've been spending time preparing for the Holiday Crafty Wonderland. Gathering vintage fabric and coming up with new designs. I'm really, really excited about it all! Today I started making these vintage fabric flags. They're sort of addictive to make and require the use of my favorite new crafty item, Steam a Seam fusible webbing. I plan on making a video tutorial of the different uses I've come up with for it before the holidays. It's one of the most exciting things I have come across in a while!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Lately, I've been adjusting to working from home. I think I like it. It feels so self indulgent. Every day I see the boy go off to work and I get up, check email, do some crafty things, check email again, usually there's some typography homework in there somewhere and then the boy comes home, I cook dinner and the day is over. I can't complain. It is totally different than going into an office, making friendly chit-chat with co-workers, going to meetings and answering the phone. The best thing is that my creative mind is always going and I don't have to send an email during the day to remind myself of something I want to try or get home and knit for 3 hours every evening so I can complete an afghan by Christmas. Oh the afghan. I think it's coming along nicely. See those bobbles? I did that.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This weekend we went to North Carolina to say goodbye to a man that I never met. My husband's grandfather was so loved and had so many lasting and important relationships with the the people who gathered to celebrate his life, that I frequently found myself forgetting that we never got to shake hands or say hello face to face.
It was a such a quick trip and we didn't have time to do much more than eat some bar-b-que at the The Pit in Raleigh and drive to a small town called Havelock for the memorial service. It was emotionally and physically exhausting.
Both evenings we were in Havelock, the immediate family would gather at his house and look through the reminants of his 88 years of living. Photos and newspaper clippings, old suitcases and hotel room keys. He was a pilot so there was a bottle opener from the Concorde and lapel pins from the private airline he flew for later in his life.
On Sunday we were meant to go spread his ashes in the Atlantic ocean but the nor-easter gave us 20 mile an hour winds and his wife, 70-something Satch, wouldn't be able to make it out on the boat. So it looks like we're set to return in the summer and complete his wish, that he'd continue to travel the world even after he'd left it.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It's windy outside and this morning marked the first time in a while that I could hear the rain pounding on the windows of our bedroom. I started an afghan for my nephew for Christmas. It's the nicest shade of Teal and it required me to learn to bobble, a knitting term that perfectly describes what the stitch looks like. Bobbles are those little knitty balls that are common on sweaters your grandma knit you and baby blankets (hence my use of them). They are super fun and the weather is so perfect for knitting right now. I can't wait for next week's craft nite. I hosted the first one last week which went so well. It's going to be a twice monthly event and last week people brought yummy cheese and roasted cauliflower. Delicious!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I'm already looking forward to the weekend. While I will also be preparing for our trip to North Carolina next weekend, I'm going to take advantage of the some of the decidedly Fall activities happening around these parts.
- Trip to Sauvie Island for pumpkin picking, caramel apple eating and corn mazes. We always go to Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island.
- Stop by the Apple tasting at Portland Nursery. It only happens the second and third weekends in October so we must stop by this weekend to taste some of the 65 different types of apples and pears they will have there.
- Crafty Wonderland is this Sunday. There's always an excuse to stop by Doug Fir and shop for locally made goods. I'm still waiting to hear if I got into their holiday sale, so fingers crossed for that!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Newest project for my typography class. I think it turned out nicely. Of course it would look perfect with some creamy off-white shampoo in it but that doesn't travel well on the bus so it's empty for now. Typography is a super fun class and I can't wait to see how it changes my design ability and sensibility. I've already learned so much in such a short period of time and a lot of my fellow classmates are super talented which makes me want to work harder and produce good stuff.
Friday, October 2, 2009
The light in my house was really lovely this morning and even though I'm not a good enough photographer to capture that, it inspired me to take some pictures of the fun "collections" we have around our living and dining rooms. Old books, vintage 7 inch holder, thrifted items waiting to be added to my etsy shop. I love to look around and see the cute little groupings. Our old apartment was so cluttered and even in this place (which is twice as big) I have to struggle to keep the clutter down. Grouping things on shelves and other surfaces helps me do this. I don't just throw stuff out there, I carefully think about what I want the collection to look like. I hope you enjoy these pictures of my home!