Sunday, May 30, 2010
Since this was both a long weekend and the week of my dad's birthday, Paul, Jack, Tchazo and I piled into the car and went up north for an overnight at my dad's house. Paul and my dad worked on getting lumber measured and cut so that we can build pea trellises in our garden. The dogs frolicked and ran and peed and foraged. I was busy digging up native plants that I intend to transplant into our yard.
These columbines are $6 each at the garden store, but the grow like crazy all over my dad's property. I took a few of these, since I really like them.
I also dug up some ferns, lily of the valley, snow on the mountain and even got a few plants from the neighbors, too! They gave us hens and chicks, coral bells and a mystery plant they call everlasting.
The dogs were a bit crowded on the way home. Luckily they were so exhausted they didn't put up too much of a fuss.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Well, folks. I finally did it! I have an Etsy store. Here is a link.
Paul says my banner looks like steak. It was actually cropped from the photo above, but now that he said that, I can see steak, too. What do you think: steak or wood?
I am really excited to finally have an Etsy store. This has been a long time coming. Creating things for money has always been an odd thing for me, but I've finally found the right venue at the right time. I love that I can make things as inspiration and time allow. So, please, head over and take a look. As promised, there are stitch marker necklaces, resin necklaces and assorted wrapped and strung necklaces. I have a lot more up my sleeve, including earrings. I'll post here to let you know when the next big shop update happens.
And, a huge thank you to my sister Jessy for modeling my jewelry! You can see many, many pictures of her neck in my shop.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Yesterday I gave my mom her belated Mother's Day gift. We collaborated on an earring display for her. She liked the concept of my burlap holders, but wanted hers to be a little fancier and a little bit lacy. This one is made from an 8"x10" picture frame, a sheet of fancy scrapbooking paper, some double stick tape and a panel of seafoam lace out of Buckingham (a lush blend of alpaca and silk) by Bristol Yarn Company.
This display can be used propped up like a picture or hung from the wall. Although I didn't follow it, there is a similar pattern here.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I am really excited about these stitch marker necklaces. They will be available in many different color combinations.
One of the jewelry techniques I am most fond of is wire-wrapping. It is a tidy and secure technique. I have recently taken to combining wire wrapping with sections of strung beads to create asymmetrical necklaces. The asymmetry thing has totally got me in its grips right now!
One of the most challenging parts of this process has been the photographs. I am definitely pushing my little point and shoot camera to its limits. I know the quality would be so much better if I had an SLR camera, but for now, I am working with what I've got. And, luckily, my lovely sister Jessy has agreed to model for me, so I can convey a sense of scale with pictures of her wearing the jewelry.
As soon as my shop is up and running, I will surely let you know.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I felt like such a meanie, ripping out these newly sprouted plants. Then, I ate one. And, I realized that they taste just like pea pods. Yippee! I was able to thin them and get a few good salads out of it, too. And, if I feel adventurous, there are entire websites devoted to how awesome pea shoots are and the many ways you can eat them.
Shortly after they bloomed, the windy, rainy weather came through and stripped them of the blooms. I hope these ups and downs in temperature don't prevent them from having a good apple crop. I have promised Paul an apple pie from our own apples this year and I hope to be able to deliver on that.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Here are some of my photos from the day (taken from a bit far back in the crowd, but you can click them to see larger versions):
A call to be fully present to the uncertainties of these shifting times
In this Year of the Tiger, we stop to inhale the immense beauty of the world we share.
We exhale into a thunderous UPROAR! an embrace of multitudes joining together with collective strength for the present and future health of this world.
Thanks to Missy and Todd for saving us a spot and enjoying the parade with us.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
"How does this thing open?!?!"
Finally, we added some electrical tape for aesthetics and identification purposes.
Voila! Adult-sized hula hoops!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I am still working on the Bit by Bit Blanket. It is coming along sporadically and slowly, as predicted. With the stitch pattern I am using, it basically requires 2 rows of knitting for every 1 row of length gained.
I am also knitting a version of the Textured Shawl Recipe. I am using the cormo wool from my Spring 2009 share of Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm (now Juniper Moon Fiber Farm) yarn. Because this yarn is all that I can/will get, I needed to make due with the two skeins that I have. I realized when I was nearing the bind-off row that I wasn't going to have enough to be able to knit the edge I wanted to. I sucked it up and ripped it back to almost halfway.
These photos are pre-frogging. The ripping has taken the wind out of my sail for a little bit, so the project is in hibernation for a little while.
In addition to the knitting, I have been making lots of jewelry. I'll tell you more about that later!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
photo from Singer
Paul and I went to a garage sale on Saturday. I met a man who has been an industrial sewing machine dealer for decades. He happened to be selling this Singer Touch-Tronic 2001 sewing machine. I happened to have just enough cash on me (if you don't count the $3 I had to take from Paul). I happen to be in the market for a sewing machine as my cheapy new one from Target hasn't been working and I have been using my mom's machine in the meantime. So, I bought it!
I took it home, looked it up on the internet and found that it was made in 1978. That just happens to be the same year I was born! And, it is "the world's first computer-controlled machine", so says the Singer website. That's pretty cool.
The man at the sale took me into his basement and showed me his arsenal of industrial machines. I had no idea there were so many machines for sewing so many different kinds of materials and stitches. It was a neat little glimpse.
I am hoping this was a match that was meant to be. I've had quite the string of sewing machine duds and I would really love it if this one lasts me for a long, long time.
Also, the internet is an awesome thing. I was able to locate a scan of the original instructions during a search for an explanation about a mysteriously blinking red light. Turns out the red light is telling me that my bobbin is low on thread. Thanks for having my back, Touch-Tronic.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I knit some of these a while ago and have been using them to wash dishes. They hold up quite well at dish duty. And, when they get too yucky, they can easily handle being run through the clothes washer and dryer.