Sunday, June 30, 2013

Zippy purses for zippy people

Zippers with metal and cotton are so pleasing,
 especially ones with interesting pulls.

I made some wee purses with short zippers...

and Grem chose the monkey bag (of course!). 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Four-part harmony

a four-headed white lily from our garden

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

covering tracks

Generally I prefer original songs to their covers,
but I think it's interesting when I don't:

Overwhelming Colorfast doing The Beatles' "She Said, She Said"

Feist doing the Bee Gees' "Inside and Out"

Husdon Bell doing Big Star's "Blue Moon"

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

A better bag

My wonderful neighbor, Joyce, showed me some bags she
had made for grocery shopping. I was impressed with her
original pattern design that uses one piece of fabric and puts
the seams on the sides of the bag, making for a stronger bottom. 
I added a strip of fabric around the top for decoration (a
woven pattern I designed based on coral) and gave her my
first copy, though I should have ironed it first!

Thursday, June 20, 2013


wee wood blocks with raised metal
for printing fine lines on textiles

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Faux welting

 Welting adds a nice touch to pillows.  You can make or fake your own by folding a thin strip of very thick fabric into the side seams, giving the appearance of a cord inside, or by simply sewing on top of the pillow after it's finished to plump up its edge. 

Look what Jojo was wearing the day he picked up his pillow!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wire in the Blood

If you need a good show to get lost in, Wire in the Blood is worth a try.  It's not flawless by any means: cases get solved at that incredible tv rate, there are a few shaky-cam episodes for no good reason, and there is a huge main character change after the third season that never really gets explained.  But Robson Green is a great actor, and he makes his character Tony Hill a quirky and brilliant man through all six seasons.  He's a clinical psychologist who helps police catch serial killers before they kill again, which sounds like a million other shows, but isn't.  He thinks out loud and gets into a detached state of brilliant deduction to figure out what the killer and victim were thinking, all the while being an adorably eccentric nerdy human, making it interesting to watch. 

The other morning

Grem's sweet arrangement of peony and lavender sprigs


rainy days at my work table

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Children's books 72.73

These two children's books have 
very beautiful and rich paintings.
  The Fall of Icarus, retold by Gabriel Deblander, focuses on a different part of one painting, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569), on each page.  It's at the part of the story after King Minos was angry that Icarus's father, Daedalus, had given Minos's daughter, Ariadne, a ball of string to give to her lover, Theseus, so he could find his way out of the maze after killing the Minotaur, Minos's stepson of sorts...after Minos had punished Daedalus and left him imprisoned in the labyrinth which he had commissioned him to build on Crete to confine the Minotaur...after Daedalus made wings from wax and feathers so he and his son could escape...after warning the boy to not fly too low near the sea or too high near the sun...and we see the sad end of Icarus after he disobeyed his father and flew too high then fell to his death into the sea...unnoticed by the sailors, fisherman, shepherd, and farmer.

 Wayne Anderson illustrated this story by Christopher Logue, Ratsmagic, in lovely square paintings.  Bluebird is with Egg and everyone including Witch Dole and her cat Scratch wants to know what's inside It.  When Bluebird is kidnapped from the Valley of Peace, it's up to Rat and his magic walking stick to go alone through the Forest of Gloom to the Lake of Sadness to rescue her and her Egg from Witch Dole and the Dragon of Tears.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bask in the Suuns

WOW this is cool
(Warning: those with epilepsy should not watch)