Archive for December, 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010


I (maybe) finally ended my new camera body v. new external flash v. new lens conundrum.  I’ll spend you the thrilling details.  I *think* I like it.  We’ll see.  I have to take it for a little more of a test drive.  Some of my pictures are still out of focus but I got a few good shots and didn’t feel like smashing my camera.  So far so good.  Seems pretty sharp.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Loosely translated it’s a neck hider.  I’m still trying to work out this crazy scarf idea.  (No need to explain the look she’s giving me in the picture, right?)  I’m using the turtle part of the neck of a felted wool sweater.  This is at least its third incarnation and it’s still not quite right.  Things I’ve learned: no matter what you say it’s impossible to sell a four year old on wool as not scratchy.  If you line a knit fabric with a woven to make it feel smooth and wonderful on the inside it won’t stretch anymore.  Sigh.  Lessons learned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

THE Find

To make up for the hours that I spent sitting in the MVA today I treated myself to a little treasure hunting on the way home. I think this might be my favorite pyrex yet. Hello, Christmas cookie platter! The lone mug fits well with our slow growing collection of random pieces with blue patterns. And a butter dish! I’m going to try hard to keep this one from meeting the same fate as all the butter dishes that came before it. Why is it so hard to keep a butter dish? Also, a Princess Jasmine puzzle because it’s hard to resist making your kid smile for a quarter. A sweater that I felted for more slippers and a little cowl neck scarf for Chase that I’ve mostly worked out. Very pleased.

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

(No) Snow Sisters

Well, I don’t think it’s going to be quite the blizzard that they promised us.  No snowmen here.  We tried to make the most of our day anyway but maybe a little but of cabin fever set in after dinner.

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Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Happy Christmas

We survived! Hope yours was a good one.  We’ll talk again soon!  Lots more pictures here.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mermaidens!

And I’m officially done!  I did everything I could to sabotage this project.  Everything.  I started by not reading the instructions.  After reading the instructions I decided not to follow them.  Then I committed a series of sewing sins.  But there they are and, at the end of the day, I decided not to hate them.  They kind of don’t look anything like the picture in the book but the girls will never know that.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Baby Blocks

I’m happy to report that they’re done!  I’m planning to let her open them on Christmas Eve.  Last year I let Chase open her pyjamas at night but I don’t think I’m going to get to pyjamas this year so I’ll probably let her open her hat.  Or her mermaiden if I get to it.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Baby Steps

She’s getting there and couldn’t be more thrilled with her own progress.

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A Tuft Of Feathers

Suddenly it’s hard to keep up here.  I’m totally sucked into Damages.  Has anybody else watched this series?  I started seeing these weird commercials that really didn’t tell me much of anything.  After watching the commercials for a few weeks I couldn’t contain my curiosity anymore.  Anyway, now I’m committed.  I guess that’s ok because I’m working on the very last panel of these blocks.  I hope to get them done in time to put them under the tree. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Pretty (Borax) Snowflakes

We made this one yesterday.  I’ve always wanted to try this project but I never bothered because I always thought they would involve more than just water and Borax.   Read the rest of this entry »

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