Tuesday, April 22, 2008

There is Something in the Air... is it Spring Cleaning?

My two biggest passions are books and fabrics. Nancy was blogging about her fabric stash the other day and mentioned that other bloggers were reorging their stashes too. Well so am I. Over the weekend I removed most of my books from my major bank of bookshelves and put all my fabric on the shelves instead. As you can see, I have a good-sized stash. Colossal even. I admit I am a bit of a hoarder, but in my defense I make costumes for theatre productions every so often, so my stash is, by those standards, quite small really...
I still have three shelves of literary books to redistribute, and have devoted one side of my stash to my sewing and embroidery-related books and magazines. The fellows from IKEA are showing up sometime this week to drop off 6 bookshelves for my living room...

Saturday, April 19, 2008


Well, wouldn't you know it. It snowed last night. It's the latest Spring snowfall since 1972 in this neck of the woods. Jynx wasn't having any of this nonsense!

Last night at about 1:30 the full moon came out and shone its delicate light on the snowfall for an hour or so. I caught a glimpse of the snow fairies frolicking in the pale moonlight, but perhaps it was only a dream.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gloves and taxes

All of my friends have been making the most gorgeous knitted things; Tini has her delightfully intricate socks, Karin her wristlets extraordinaire. I am one giant jealous lump! Waaa! I wish I had the time to knit something! I'm too busy with my friggin' taxes, work, etc. So to appease my envious ego, I got out the first pair of finglerless gloves I ever knit. They were made sometime in 1993, and I wasn't clever enough to know how to finish the fingertips, so I just made fingerless gloves. I experiemented with fairisle and made up patterns like a crazy fool. The yarn came from an autumn trip to Asheville, North Carolina, where my mom and I watched the leaves turn vivid reds and crimsons. Many of the yarns were picked because they were the colors present in the trees and Blue Ridge mountains.

Monday, April 07, 2008

How-are-ya Five Oh

Well, the big day came and went.

Friends dropped by to offer their best wishes: Guy (pronounced "Ghee") Hotersund, the third, from Project Runway VI was quite snippy (and fierce) as he sized everyone up!

Mili-tarie Antoinette came by brandishing her rifle to proclaim "Let them eat lead!"

My sister-in-law's gorgeous Art Deco tassel doll in progress.

Linda S. and JoAnn knocked themselves out preparing the house and food. JoAnn's mom helped by making the Art Deco tassel doll bodies. Scraps of brocades, silks and velvets were laid out in pleasing palettes for the dolls' garments. Both "Guy" and I were pressed into service sewing bits of doll clothes on the Featherweight and Serger for other guests. I am still sore from running up and down the stairs at least 30 times, retrieving scissors, pattern pieces, etc. And wouldn't you know it another birthday surprise: Muchas gracias! I nominate:
Sewing Chick