Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekly Round-Up

Since my last Weekly Round-Up I....

.... had friends over for a game time.
 From left to right-- my boss,  my husband, my prom date from high school.  Yes, when we played The Settlers of Catan I got completely ganged up on!

.... planned a craft afternoon.
..... lunch with friends

.... scored a small pile of very old and mostly broken bricks for free on Craigslist.  Mom helped, bless her heart!  She spent the whole time laughing and muttering about how I take after my Grandma Rose.
... tried on my new skates in!  More on that later.

.... make a black velvet headband in my newly cleaned studio.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Alligator for Lent

In case anyone was wondering, Catholics can have alligator on the Fridays of Lent.

(Why anyone would want to is anyone's guess.)

Belovedest reports that it "is a cross between chicken and pork, and rather chewy."

You heard it here first....


The leeks have come up!

Lavender plants grown from seed are supposed to poke their little noses above ground between 15-45 days after they are planted.  I took this to mean:  "We have no idea.  Just go with it."

We planted ours March 1, along with the leeks.  And finally this week....

and here's another one:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why I'm Glad My Husband Can Make Stuff

This plant stand is on the someday list.

Belovedest and I have been making garden plans/fantasies, and the current arrangement calls for little garden “rooms,” each with a centerpiece.  This would do nicely, and it folds up flat for storage. 

It is from Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects: 29 Projects for Your Yard and Garden written by “The editors of popular woodworking.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From my library bag….

by Diane Maurer-Mathison
160 pages
This book is useful as a survey of the many techniques you can do with paper. It doesn't go into depth much about any particular technique.  You can, for example, find entire books on papermaking or marble or collage. So it is more of an inspiration, a reminder of the amazing versatility of paper, then it is a how-to book, even though instructions are included with each technique.  The instructions are fine, but not thorough enough for me.

Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books
by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino
127 pages
Organized around the fears that might keep someone from making an art journal, this energetic book written by two sisters was charming.  It includes techniques, specific journaling prompts, and lots of examples from the sisters' personal journals.  It was fun and accessible and made me want to play, and while I suppose highbrow, hard-core arts-journal-makers might look down their noses at its fairly simple techniques, it's a good starting place.

Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More
by Sherri Warner Hunter
176 pages
This looks like so much fun!  I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely planning on checking it out again when it is time to make some sculpture for the garden.  It has the right level of detail, plus photos to go with the instructions.  I'm going to try to start with some mosaic paving stones first.  But I really like the idea of working in such a durable medium.  The book also has lots of inspiring photographs from artists with many different aesthetics.  This is definitely on my to do list!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meaningful, Not Expensive. Love you, Mom!

Here a fun and not-too-pricey gift for a little pick-me-up for someone who needs it: favorite photos in a magnetic frames to stick in a locker or on a fridge.  Thrift stores always have gobs of these, and I’ll bet you have photos your friend, teenager, relative, etc. would like.

I made some for my mom, who is counting down the days until she retires in May.  She can put these in her locker at work and hopefully smile when she sees them.

It’s the little things, yes?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Thoughts

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
-- Mother Teresa

This is one of the many, many reasons I go to church every Sunday.  I need it, whether I admit it or not.