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. :)
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.