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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quiet Break

I'm enjoying a quiet Christmas break,
equipped with a lovely stack of classics from the library,
enjoying the occasional foggy morning,

and watching for those delightful feather'd critters in the snow.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone here on blogger! We had a wonderful Christmas this year. I spent the eve of the twenty-third at a friend's house, where we exchanged gifts, and those birds I posted earlier (plus a few more) found their new homes. :) Christmas Eve was spent at my aunt and uncle's house with the family, just chatting and watching movies and exchanging gifts. Then Christmas day, we opened presents (of course!) and then went up to my great aunt's. I received some clothes, including a pea coat, (This one isn't the traditional pea coat; it's a bit more modern, but it still has those two lovely rows of big black buttons that have appealed to me ever since I was very litte.) and a bird feeder and a big bag of sunflower seed for my lovely feathered friends. (So far only the squirrels have found the seed that I scattered on the ground to attract the birds, but luckily they don't seem to have found the feeder.) But the biggest surprise was a wireless router. Now I won't be tethered to the wall all day! Thanks, Daddy! Gretchen (our dog) was a bit curious as to what all the hub-bub was, but after less than a minute decided she could care less. Molli, however, had to be in the mix and supervised as we opened all our presents.
Also, yesterday I found a free pattern from Simplicity online to turn a regular brimmed hat into a Regency Era Bonnet. :) I haven't tried it yet, but if you do, be sure to let me know! Here's the link.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Hmm, I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it on tomorrow, so I wish a very Merry Christmas to everyone here on blogger! And here are just a few pictures from the past month that I think I should post before they become too irrelevant. ;]

Christmas sewing. :)

I love having the Christmas tree up; it's the perfect backdrop for everything! :)

We made two flavors of pizelles, the traditional anise (yellow) and peppermint (pink).

Anise pizelles. (I really love the Christmas tree! =])

Monday, December 22, 2008

Red-Winged Blackbird

I have lots to post, but a lot more stuff to get done, too. So here's another Christmas present I made. :) Detail of his lovely tail.
I didn't have solid red, so I used Christmas fabric. The other wing says "Cheer" in big scrolly letters. :)

Ta-daa! My completed Red-Winged Blackbird. :D
Most of the pattern found here; finishing touches from mah head. :P

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Chickadee

Finished! This is the Black-Capped Chickadee I worked on last night and most of today. :) You can't see it in the picture, but he has a lovely notched tail and little brown french knot eyes. I found the basic pattern here, but I changed it to make it...well, a chickadee. I changed the head shape and the beak, added wings, and, of course, those beautiful chickadee markings! I love those little birds. :) It's a Christmas present for a friend, but I almost want to keep it. :P One down, many more to go. I think I'll do something a little simpler for the rest of my gifts...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snowy Morning

I just love waking up to a snow-covered lawn. :)
(Unfortunately, it all melted...again!)
And here's a sneak peek at a work in progress that will hopefully be completed and posted in its entirety tomorrow. :D

Monday, December 15, 2008

Favorite Authors

I have 10 minutes before my next class, just enought time to fill this out. :)
First of all, I was tagged by Anna Christine at Thoughts and Daydreams.
Who is your all-time favorite author and why?
Hmm...that's hard to choose. Fifteen years isn't enough time to decide! haha. And I seem to have been in a book drought lately, and I can't really find anything exceptionally exceptional recently. What a sad fate. :( I do now have a nice-sized list of books I want to read very soon, thanks to Jane and Elizabeth's Book Blog. :) So maybe I'll have one picked sometime rather soon.
Who was your first favorite author and why?
First? That's tough, too. I've always loved reading, but I never really picked out favorie authors when I was younger. I was just browse through the childrens section of the library, plucking various books off the shelves that looked interesting. My first favorite series was probably the Royal Diaries Series, of which I faithfully read every book I could get my hands on. But those are by all different authors. I suppose I'm not really answering the question, am I? lol I did stumble upon Cornelia Funke's Inkheart years and years ago, and I loved that. (As well as the sequel.) As for why, I think I really loved having a main character that was so easily related too. A young girl who loved to read, how much better could it have gotten?!
Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?
At this moment, I suppose so. I might have to go back and re-read her books to be sure, though. It's been so long! Haha.
Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
DMost recent addition? As I said in my answer to the first question, I haven't really had anything I really exceptionally enjoyed of late. I did enjoy some of the novels we've had to read for school in the past year or two, though, which would include Treasure Island, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the Outsiders.
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?
Again with the hard questions! Haha, the most recent books that I've read and enjoyed were the only ones that I've read by those authors, so I don't think I could really include them in my favorite authors.
I tag:
I'm not going to tag six people, as I am still kinda new to blogger, but I will tag Mom, Aunt Maria, and Aunt Ann. :)
Rules:
Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Back on Track

It's been over a week now! I know that if I let myself go for just one day, it'll turn into much longer, and I do try to prevent that, but I just didn't get around to posting last Friday, and it just got pushed farther and farther back. On the bright side, though, I do now have a week's worth of activity to post! Not that it was a particularly exciting week, but I have plenty of little things to show you. :) I was tagged by Anna Kristine, and I will get around to that either later today, Sunday, or Monday. And now that I've said it, I hope that shall keep me in line and I'll have a post to show for it. I do hope to stay on track now with blogging, as well as with biking. I do hope to go for a bike ride later today because I'm afraid I've been slacking with that as well. For now, though, I'm off to work on lots of Christmas presents and some Christmas pizzelles. I will leave you with a picture of the delicious hot chocolate I enjoyed this morning, looking very wintery in its snowman mug and peppermint stick. Thanks, Mom! :]

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Just Per Chance

Photo by Klazane. Click to see larger.
I happened to be browsing around the blogging world today when I saw something familiar. It was an image in a post on Troy and Martha's blog. Apparently there was a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon on Monday night. I happened to be taking the dog out that night, and thought it looked really neat, and took pictures. I had no plans of seeing this conjunction, as I had no idea that it was to happen. It was just per chance.
Photo by Klazane. Click to see larger.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Homemade Butter

Shortly before Thanksgiving, my little sister made homemade butter at Girl Scouts, and we're coming to the end of it. The taste is quite different from regular butter, and it was a nice change. :) It was also very very soft--very easily spread straight out of the fridge. And Lizzy was oh so proud of the butter she made.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Fabrics

Today we bought some new fabrics, and I can't wait to sew something with them! The blues in the bottom two match, and the others match the striped one. :) I hope to make a dress for my little sister for Christmas--the skirt with the striped fabric, and the top with the solid deep pink. And that mustardy yellow is a perfect match, too. I'll have to find something to make with those two...
There's so much to do before Christmas!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Shpiffy Squirrel

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day watching Lord of the Rings movies with my mom, and on a break between disk one and disk two of the Two Towers, I ran upstairs to grab some felt, paper, scissors, and whatnot. I sketched out an idea that had been in my mind for quite a while, cut out the pattern peices, and finished the body by the end of the day. I did the tail this morning, and the face this afternoon, and I'm pleased to say that I'm now finished.
Ta-daaa! He's made entirely from felt, he's about 5" from his nose to the tip of his tail, and he's about 2" high. Oh, and I named him Shpiffy. =] And spiffy he is, indeed.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Handmade Cards

This past week was the anniversary of my grandparents' wedding, and we all made handmade cards. I did the watercolor rose, then the next was my sister's (7 years old), and the last was made by my mom, who wrote a bit more about them here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Coming Christmas

Thanksgiving was Thursday, Black Friday was yesterday, and it seems Christmas is almost upon us. Today we brought up the many boxes of decorations and ornaments from the basement and started going through and setting up everything. We have a space cleared for the Christmas tree, the village has been set up on the sewing machine table, (the sewing will be taking place at the kitchen table for now.) and we're making plans for gifts and whatnot. I was at a loss at to what I was going to do for this year's Christmas presents for friends, as I couldn't seem to figure out what to purchase for several of them, but I think I'll jsut make something for everyone. Not crocheted scarves, like last year, but something made from the heart all the same, just not quite so time-consuming. I have a pretty good idea as to what I'll be doing now, but I'll keep these ideas to myself as to not spoil any surprises. ;]

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Snow

We got a bit of snow overnight last night, and so I thought today would be the perfect day to break out Gretchen's sweater. I crocheted it for her about 2 years ago, and it was a bit big then. Now she's thinner than she was before, so it hung on her like an elephant's skin, but it's still cute, no? Maybe I'll add a bit of elastic, or maybe weave a matching ribbon through the stitches and tie it with a pretty bow as a bit of a drawstring. Mmm, so many things to do!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pink Dress

I really love this dress. It's fairly simple overall, but it just has little things that make me love it. The puffed sleeves, the roses and lace at the waist, and the lacey flowers at the collar just make it irresistably adorable. It was a store-bought dress, but seeing it today just made me want to get a pattern and get going on a homemade dress for my sister. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quiet Day

Today was quite cold (it stayed below 30 degrees Farenheit most of the day) and it was spent mostly quietly, just doing the everyday things, and spending some time warming up by the heater.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pumpkin Pie

I'm not really sure what to say. We made a pumkin pie; there's not much more to say, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I suppose my not-so-lengthy post can be forgiven because of the presense of the photo. ;]

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Finished Cap

This week I finished the cap I was working on for my sister.
(Pattern found here.)
I must say, I am so very glad I started running out of the yellow and was forced to add a large off-white stripe because I'm afraid otherwise it may have resembled a construction hat, and that isn't quite the look I was going for. :P

Now on to the skirt! :]

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Morning Walk

This morning was a very blue morning--not a glum blue, mind you, a bright, cheerful blue. I went for a walk with the dog and saw some beautiful clouds, a few bright mallards, and a blue jay.

ducks
cloudsriversmoke
jay

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lots of Crocheting

I put down my crocheting for the Summer, but now I've picked it back up again, and I have lots of unfinished projects to work on.

-a hat for my sister using this pattern

-a skirt for my sister not using a pattern--just off the top of my head

-a shawl for me using a pattern from a book I got for Christmas last year

And I'd also like to make a pair or two of leggings for my sister for this winter. We bought her a pink pair last year, and she loved them, so I'd like to crochet some for her--probably one pair in a nice cream and then maybe another in a navy or a brown to match some more of her outfits.

Back to work! :]

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Comparison

The same branch in Spring...
And Autumn. =)

Is lovely to see all the changes going on around us as we move into winter. Most of the trees have lost their leaves, we had our first snow last week, the days are getting shorter and morning frost has become the norm. I can scarcely believe that winter is almost here!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Skirt for Fluffy

On Saturday, Lizzy had a friend over, and of course Fluffy needed a new skirt for the occasion. She picked out an old fabric, and we whipped something up really quickly. It's a fairly simple ordeal, with just a ruffle in the front to spice it up. Lizzy did love measing Fluffy's waist and figuring out how long it should be and using Mommy's chalk to make lines. =)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October

It was a beautiful October beginning.
The trail was beautiful,
and we collected lots of colorful leaves.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bike Ride

Today I went on a bike ride before one of my classes. It was one of the first bike rides I've gone on without my camera in a while, and, I must say, I did regret it. I didn't realize my mistake at first and rode happliy along. A young Mockingbird landed near the road and then flitted off as I aproached. Oh well, I wouldn't have been able to capture that anyway, especially on such an overcast day. Then we got to the trail. Although there was still plenty of green, several of the trees to either side were simply bursting with color. Sassafras leaves boasted soft shades of red and orange and yellow. Deep red vines of Virgina Creeper decorated the trunks of many trees. A carpet of leaves clothed the ground. (I really do love the sound of leaves crackling underfoot.) I forced myself to forget about all the wonderful pictures I could be taking and just enjoy the ride. It was truly a beautiful day.
I must go again tomorrow, this time properly equipped for the beauty that lies ahead. ;]

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vintage Sewing Attachments

We dug out an old box of attachments and, boy, did we find a treasure chest! We had gotten them with an old sewing machine at a yard sale a few years ago for only $3! contained many old contraptions that looked like they'd be as hard to figure out how to use as doing the work by hand. (Particularly the ruffler, which is the one farthest to the left in the above picture.)
We also had an old book that explained how to use each one, and dispite complex diagrams and long lists of parts and their functions, they were actually fairly simple to operate.
I am particularly excited about the four hemmers in the kit. I can't wait to easily sew hems with those handy little attachments. I did try out both the ruffler and the narrow hemmer, and was very pleased with the results.
The ruffler was especially fun to figure out, and I love how adjustable it is. It ruffle or plait, scantily or heavily, close together or far apart. And the Narrow Hemmer did a seam fabulously and easily.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Willow

A quick sketch made for the front of a card for Granparents' Day a week or two ago. It's Willow, my grandparents' old grey cat. I didn't do any fur detail, and it wasn't done in charcoal, but overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out. :]