Oh man, what a week. After teaching last week-end, I had plans to get things finished up this week. That hasn’t happened.
We are having Spring and here is the proof- my always blooming on Patriots’ Day daffodils.
Once the news of the bombing in Boston was everywhere, I found it almost impossible to pry myself away from the computer. Finally by Tuesday evening I was able to settle down enough to spend some time in the studio. But all week has been about obsessively checking Twitter and all the news streams. Today has been very strange. The town where I live is not “locked down”, but most of the surrounding towns are. The streets, the sidewalks and the sky are all eerily quiet unless a really loud helicopter flies overhead. Public transportation is cancelled so no bus noise on Mass Ave. And so so much crazy news and no real news at all. I tore myself away from the computer at midday and went out to the garden and turned the compost pile- phew! It was a relief to be out in the sun and doing something physical.
So, here is the studio today.
You know I got about 90% done on 3 lumberjacks (last post) and then I got distracted by the idea of making more of this model of lumberjack. I’d cut out and dyed fabric for 3 more “Big Men” tattooed lumberjacks last fall, but never cut out the rest of their necessary pieces. I did that. And sewed them up and stuffed them. And then thought I’d like to make the thinner guy as a tattooed lumberjack. I’ve got 5 mostly cut out now, 2 sewed, 1 stuffed. And one more thing- I want to cut out some big men lumberjacks, no tattoos. Yes, I have been distracted.
Piles and piles of wool, stuffing, pattern pieces, misc. other fabric piled up over every surface. The studio is not exactly in the state that would lead my brain to calm relaxation. Oh well, that really isn’t my way.
In other news, I am going to be off for a little vacation, leaving mid next week and gone for a week. I’ll be deactivating most of my Etsy shop on Tuesday but thankfully I can still sell my patterns because Etsy has just rolled out instant downloads for pdf patterns- Hurray! If I get any of the fellows finished, I’ll post them before I leave. Otherwise it might be quiet around here for a while.
Fingers crossed that everything will be feeling back to normal soon.
Happy Halloween everyone! Maybe you didn’t even notice but my blog was offline since Saturday. My husband tells me it got hacked, but honestly, I’m not sure what that means though I am sure it’s bad. He had to do all kinds of computer voodoo to clean it up so he spent even more time updating things around here. Thanks Honey! How do you like the new look? There are still a few things that need to be fixed and some things I need to figure out but I wanted to get back online as soon as possible.
We survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage. We lost some roof shingles and got water in the attic. It is fixed now. The power was out for just long enough that it felt like a fun adventure. We were very lucky. A lot of my neighbors are still without power and I’m sure the adventure is getting very old. And the news from the New York area is both very distressing and I can’t tear myself away from it.
I have managed to pull myself away from the news reports long enough to finish one thing- a professorial fox, dressed for Autumn.
Let me know if you notice any blog problems that I might want to know about. I know the early posts (2004 and 2005) are a mess and will hopefully be back at some point. Thanks!
I am in a weird twilight zone between Brooklyn Renegade and San Francisco Renegade. I will be in San Francisco in 2 weeks!
When I got back from Brooklyn, I had a very long to-do list. I’ve been working through computer jobs, travel planning and home sewing. I made new shades for the kitchen-
a nightgown, and a baby gift-
I’ve got a number of projects going on in the studio so I’ll have some dolls to show soon.
I am going to have to start haunting the thrift shops again- I need more fox-colored wools.
I’ve got lots on my mind. The SF show has a lot of little logistical problems that I have to figure out but it is all coming together. I’m excited!
I ought to be spending some time in the garden but it seems to be doing just fine without me-
I know that other parts of the country have been having a difficult summer, but the Boston area seems to be having the perfect Daylily weather. I have never seen them look so healthy and have so many flowers. Everything else is looking good too.
Two of my garden favs- crocosmia “Lucifer”
#92, Betty from Kentucky! Congratulations! And thanks so much to everyone who entered.
and a garden picture so this post will have some color.
I’m off for a quick trip to Connecticut but I will be back to work by mid-week.
I am going to try to get the Generals into my Etsy shop soon.
I am getting my summer plans firmed up. Brooklyn Renegade- I will be in the NY area from June 22 to June 26
and San Francisco Renegade- I’ll be in the SF area from July 19 to July 27. WooHoo, a vacation!
We took our annual trip to Logee’s last Sunday. It always feels like a mini-vacation.
If you believe that I have control over how these faces turn out, you’d be wrong. I use a water-erasable marker to mark out where the features go and draw in a rough sketch. If I had any real control, all the faces would be the same. But, as you might notice, they don’t because I don’t. I start stitching and whoever it turns out that they are, appears!
And I think this one is particularly appealing!
I spent some time in the garden over the weekend. I worked on the compost pile- which is great news because it means my back is MUCH better- Hurray! My favorite gardening toy is my compost thermometer (I’ve probably mentioned that before) and you can see here that my pile was close to 130 degrees F this morning. That’s my idea of excitement!
We were up in Maine for the weekend. Having a son going to school in Portland has improved our life. It is a wonderful town with natural beauties and amazing food. And, only 2 hours north from home!
This group of dogs was waiting patiently next to the Scratch Baking Company, #1 bakery in Portland- and that is saying something!
And lastly, a perfect lighthouse- good inspiration for my next tiny world.
Here is the one that needed his eyes adjusted. He looks much better to me now. It is the littlest things that can make the difference.
I really like his beard.
Yes, that is snow in the background.
The backdrop for the other Santa looks like this now-
This really has been the year of crazy weather in New England.
We put up the bird feeders on Saturday, before the storm hit. I taped a branch to the shepherd’s crook type holder we use. I got the idea from my neighbor friend Mim. It has been a huge success with the birds and me!