Archive for 2011 March
The more they stay the same. Exactly a year ago today, it was rainy, we were thinking about Eamonn’s upcoming birthday, the boys had just gotten hair cuts, and we were reaching the end of Spring Break. Today, it is rainy, I am thinking ahead to Eamonn’s birthday, the boys got hair cuts a few [...]continue reading "The more things change…"
I finally got back to a project I’d started back in October or so: my second Sassymetrical. Sort of. I made my first, much in the spirit of the original pattern (i.e. same general shape) but with some modifications to deal with the different gauge of my yarn and the different curves of my body. [...]continue reading "Sassymetrical, but not really"
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to concentrate my cleaning efforts on the most public places of the house – the living room, the kitchen, any of the places that I can’t really hide, if somebody drops by. When I have the time and inclination to clean, I always start with [...]continue reading "Project: Simplify, week three"
Happy Spring! The end of last week was a beautiful preview of things to come around here – seventy degrees, breezy, and lovely. It’s the kind of weather that inspires a girl to finally make good on her promise to crank out a new skirt. It’s the kind of weather that makes one want to [...]continue reading "Spring Wrap Skirt"
This week our mission was paper clutter. Oh, man, do I have my fair share of that! There’s the kitchen table, which attracts mail and school papers. There’s my desk, which has been host to a growing pile of who-knows-what for something like three years. There’s a corner of my kitchen that I have set [...]continue reading "Project: Simplify week two"
…you generally have to do something worth blogging about. If I’ve been exceptionally quiet around here at any time, it’s usually because I have a shortage of leisure time in which to do anything creative or interesting. Or maybe I have had leisure time, but I’ve spent it watching British mysteries and knitting another five [...]continue reading "In order to blog about something…"
Hmmm, I seem to recall promising to award a gift certificate to a random commentator on this post. While the level of participation was a little disappointing, I’m still pleased to award the gift. Congratulations, Norma! I hope you enjoy it. Check your email – I sent you details on how to redeem your prize. [...]continue reading "A little bit of randomness"
I hope by now you are running your fingers through a big bowl of buttons you made yourself! I also hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about polymer clay. Some of you have asked questions about the process I use to make the buttons I sell. While it is beyond the scope of [...]continue reading "Beginner Button Class – Taking it to the next level"
I’ve decided to play along with Tsh at Simple Mom, and join Project: Simplify. I’ve had decluttering on my to-do list for some time, but there’s always some reason not to do it, and always an easy way to talk myself out of it. Tsh provided just the push I needed – she’s made it [...]continue reading "Project: Simplify week one"
So here we are at Week Five. We’ve learned how to make four different types of buttons, and we have a small pile of “scrap” clay leftover from the last two lessons. Today I’ll show you how to use techniques we’ve learned in class to turn those scraps into a nice little pile of bonus [...]continue reading "Beginner Button Class – Using your leftover scrap clay"