Friday, February 29, 2008
The sunset was lovely, though. There were these bright yellow mushrooms.The cute tendrils of wild cucumber were everywhere.
On the craft front: Granny square tortoises from Roman Sock, via the Craft Magazine blog. There are lots of other cute patterns, including a tree frog and a manta ray.
Ta ta for now,
Monday, February 25, 2008
The Antique Pattern Library, via Needlecrafter.com. Here is the site description: This ongoing project is an effort to scan needlework pattern books that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our needlework heritage in our hands. These scans have been photoedited to make them more useful for needle workers, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.
How to make papier-mache beads from newspaper at Craft magazine blog, originally from A Storybook Life
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Honeycomb Vase is Made by Bees, via the Craft magazine blog.
Here are a couple of pictures from the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday. In the second photo, you can see a lavender-blue hue on the right side of the moon.
I love these strawberries and raspberries at Primrose Design. She even shares a pattern for the strawberries! I've never done any cross stitching, but this may provide the inspiration.
I'm hoping that this flex neck scrubber will make cleaning the shower easier. I picked it up at Linens 'N Things (what an asinine name for a store) last week.
Several years ago, I picked up some very pretty Gwen Frostic note cards in the gift shop of the most excellent Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (anyone visiting Cleveland should stop there). I used one of them to cover a candle in a glass container. I really love this drawing.Ta ta for now,
Friday, February 22, 2008
- An embroidered lyrebird (near the bottom of the page). Cool! According to this video clip, the number one Attenborough moment for the UK audience is the scene with a Superb Lyrebird. David Attenborough's awe and love of the natural world are inspiring. Plus, he is such an adorable and avuncular little old man.
- I have a Clover Soft Touch crochet hook, but it hasn't helped the numbness (and a little pain). Maybe this? Or this?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
- Happy Birthday, E!!!
- Many years ago, on February 21st, a certain 19-year old boy that I had been hanging around with for several months called and told me that he liked me very much. I responded that I liked him very much. It's been 17 years, and I still have a tremendous crush on him. To celebrate this anniversary, we went out for crepes after work today. We each had a Mediterranean Crepe with a side of rosemary-garlic potatoes. This is a picture of the Apple Crepe that we split for dessert. Good stuff.
- I hope that everyone enjoyed the total lunar eclipse last night. We did. We did not see a flash of turquoise, but we kind of saw a lavender hue on the right side of the moon.
- A friend at work brought in the latest David Austin Roses catalog. I liked it so much, that I ordered my own. It makes for excellent reading and viewing. I adore the photos, descriptions, and the names of the roses! I want The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild -- it looks like a peony, and according to the catalog, "It is very healthy. It has a strong and deliciously fruity rose fragrance, with aspects of raspberry, peach and a hint of mint." Ahhhhhhh. We have native roses in our front yard, and their smell is a little faint, but it is heavenly -- a little spicy like carnation perfume. Once again, ahhhhhhhh ...
- I enjoy crocheting (mostly granny squares), but no matter how I hold the hook, some part of my ring finger goes numb and stays that way for a long periods of time. In fact, I worry that I've done some nerve damage. Oy vey.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"My heroes are Bertrand Russell, who died fighting, and Democritus, who died laughing (laughing at Plato)."
Finally, just because, I leave you with an Albert Camus quote:
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I finished the dish towel last night. Cute, yes? I used this Vogart pattern from the Hoop Love Flickr group.
Check out these awesome grapevine socks! Be sure to look at all four photos.
I like this butterfly collage on Ali Edwards' blog, via doe-c-doe.
Ta ta for now,
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
- New Doctor Who Regenerates Fan Base, from Wired
- How to Grow a Borax Snowflake -- I made one of these last week. Fun! Sparkly! Next, I'll try to make a glow-in-the-dark borax snowflake.
- Embroidery patterns in the Hoop Love Flickr Group
Friday, February 8, 2008
Today’s entry is about some of the fauna from our January 19-20, 2008 trip to
The herring spawned in
The gulls were chowing down on the tiny (about 1/8 inch in diameter) golden eggs. The food was more than plentiful, yet the gulls were still stealing from each other and screaming their heads off (not a surprise :-)
We also saw a Harbor Seal and a Sea Lion (no photos).
A cute dog at the marina (yes, it was with a person):
Until this day (1-19-08) I had never never seen a Black-crowned Night-Heron (or any heron, for that matter) hunker down on the ground like this. We watched it for a while -- it seemed quite calm and cozy.
We looked for the Orchard Oriole that had been seen recently at the
We saw the feral parakeets. They sounded a little like Acorn Woodpeckers.
At the Presidio, at about 4:20 P.M., we saw the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (a male with just a stripe of rose down his front) that had been hanging out there.
I described our dinner and hotel in this entry.
On Sunday, we looked for the Burrowing Owl that had been hanging out near the Sutro Baths. We didn’t see it, but there were some good birds in the trees (including Pygmy Nuthatches) next to the lot in which we parked.
We did see the Harlequin Duck and Barrow’s Goldeneye (both males) that have been in the Hunter’s Point area lately.
On Wednesday, 1-23-08, we looked for the Townsend’s Solitaire that had been seen in
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
haplology • \hap-LAH-luh-jee\ • noun
: contraction of a word by omission of one or more similar sounds or syllables
Johnny's teacher, determined to stomp out any instances of haplology in her classroom, corrected him every time he pronounced "probably" as "problee."
Did you know?
Try to say "pierced-ear earrings" three times fast. That exercise will demonstrate why haplology happens: sometimes it's just easier to drop a syllable and leave yourself with something that's easier to say (such as "pierced earrings"). American philologist Maurice Bloomfield recognized the tendency to drop one of a pair of similar syllables a little over a hundred years ago. He has been credited with joining the combining form "hapl-" or "haplo-" (meaning "single") with "-logy" (meaning "oral or written expression") to create "haplology" as a name for the phenomenon. Haplology is quite common in English, and often the contracted forms it generates spread into the written language. In fact, haplology played a role in naming the nation that is the cradle of English: "England" was condensed via haplology from "Engla land."
"Haplology" is so awkward to pronounce, that you could commit a haplology just by saying it :-) According to this Web site, "England used to be known as Engla land, meaning the land of the Angles, people from continental Germany, who began to invade Britain in the late 5th century, along with the Saxons and Jute."
I heart words!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
- Yes, we voted! Then, we came home, rustled up some grub, and settled in with said grub to watch Cosmos.
- Sweet sketches/paintings of Dark-eyed Juncos by Floresita.
- The National Museum of Natural History's North American Mammals Web site (connected to the Smithsonian Institution) is "a searchable database of all living mammals of North America." You can search by location, species name, common name, and conservation status. You can even search their special collections for images of skulls, bones, and teeth. Damn, I love reference materials!
- The folks from Consumer Reports evaluate eco-labels on their Greener Choices Web site.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Maybe I should do Mr. Rogers. Or Roy Underhill -- my mom and I watched his show when I was a kid, and I had a silly dance that I did to the Irish music in the introduction to his show. Ah, PBS ...
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Up until now, I haven’t embroidered many practical items. I have a number of pieces that are on vaguely square-shaped pieces of material. If I ever learn to sew, perhaps I’ll make the aforementioned pieces into a quilt. Speaking of quilts, I like this idea from Creative Juice on making a quilt out of old printed T-shirts. I have a bunch of old T-shirts with nature themes that would work well for this project. Anyway, this weekend, I started embroidering a flour sack towel, which is something that is actually useful. I also made a Terry the Terrier (from The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo) felt mascot (it’s not easy stuffing those tiny legs) and a bunch of paper beads.
My husband and I found the new episode of Torchwood a bit disturbing – let’s just say that the characters allowed the ends to justify the means, and the means consisted of torture. Torture is never acceptable.
Well, that’s all for now.