The civilized people have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild before they are accepted by it.
-- Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa I read this book over the summer and really enjoyed it. It is the autobiographical account of a few years in the life of Baroness Karen Blixen who received a coffee plantation in Kenya as a wedding present from her parents. She's a Danish aristocrat, and an observant, passionate woman with a sense of humor.
Today is a dashing day..... it's all good stuff.... volunteering... get paint on the gratitude jars..... church.... board games with friends.....
So I don't have time to upload all the phones from a trip last Saturday to the Lauritzen Gardens or from all the creative stuff I've been doing getting ready for the first of two craft fairs. (November 8! St. John the Apostle in Lincoln, NE-- come see me!)
But I'm still thinking of you, my readers! So more soon--- as soon as I catch my breath!
Someday, I want to design fabric. When I do, this is the book I want. It's thorough and very, very practical. It even includes detailed instructions for both Photoshop and Illustrator.
by Michael G. Lafosse
71 pages of instructions, plus templates
With both photos and line drawings, I think I could actually make some of these. He shows how to make a variety of flowers, including roses, daisies, water lilies, cacti, and tulips.
Paper Creations: Easy-To-Make Paperfolding Projects
by Guy Merrill Gross
An introduction or origami that includes a wide variety of projects from simple to advance, from traditional to modern to useful. There are a few patterns I could see adapting for Christmas ornaments, containers, and present-decorations. Again, it has both simple drawings and photos.
Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces
by Joel Dewberry
This book is filled with ordinary sewing projects that you might see in half a dozen sewing books. The author is a fabric designer, and I think the book was designed to showcase some of his fabric. Unfortunately, I also thought the fabric was ugly faux vintage except for some wood grain fabric that was actually pretty cool.
Art Deco Style
by Bevis Hillier and Stephen Escritt
Just because it's big and square doesn't make it a coffee table book. These people are obsessed and very, very thorough. The book examines the Art Deco and Moderne movements within the multiple contexts of history, politics, technology, and location. The writing is conversational and quite readable and there are many photographs and drawings, although not as many or as large as there would be if it were a coffee table book. A suitable gift for anyone interested in the architecture, furniture, or art of the era.
... had my second dancing lesson with my beloved. I'm enjoying them very much and learning what I've been doing wrong (and sometimes right) all these years.
... attended the baptism of little Dominic. Congratulations and welcome to the family!
... had a fascinating interview with the owner of Palace Glass Co. for a freelance article.
I have a grammatical question that I'm fighting about with a
friend. It may end our friendship. Could you please save our
relationship by telling her that I'm right?
Is this following sentence a run-on sentence or not?
"Hello Bubba, thank you for letting me know."
I Don't Have Better Things to Do
I am glad you are finally beginning to contemplate the serious things in life
after devoting yourself to frivolity all these years!
You are both wrong, I suspect. It is a comma splice.
The correct punctuation should be:
"Hello, Bubba. Thank you for letting me know."
Hello, Bubba = an independent clause.
Thank you for letting me know = an independent clause
(Independent clause = part of a sentence that can stand on its own as a
sentence if it needed to. For example, if the rest of the sentence packed
up and left, perhaps to run off and join the circus, the independent clause
would just shrug its shoulders and point out that it didn't really need the
rest of the sentence, so there!
Two independent clauses linked with a comma and no conjunction = comma splice
I hope that your friendship will continue, despite the gravity of the
issue. There are more important things in life, after all, like
The Interrobang is a
combination of an ! and a ?.It was
designed by New York ad executive Martin Spektar because "he was looking
for a way to express astonishment, and disliked the clumsy combination of ?!"
I'm experimenting with making some tile coasters, using reclaimed tiles from the EcoStore. (The heart tile is a failed experiment. That's why they call it research!) The mosaic looks fun, but would look better on black. The photo tile unfortunately has a problem right around her cute little smile, so that one is also labeled a learning experience. I'm using this first batch to figure out what techniques will work.
I tried to seal one with polyurethene, and the alcohol ink promptly smeared. So I added three layers of ModPodge before adding three layers of polyurethane. Then it didn't smear. (I used leftover polyurethane from one of my dad's woodworking projects, the kind you apply with a brush. I wanted something I could do indoors.)
Now I'm waiting 7 days before putting the tiles through a series of tests, including grape juice and boiling hot tea. Once I know what works, I'll do a tutorial.
Or how to neatly label a baby food jar..
1. Dry the oregano. I left the leaves on the stems. Big mistake. Next time I will get rid of all extraneous material before I dry them.
2. Pick out stems and other stuff you don't want. (Put them in the compost bin.) Vow to strip the leaves off of the stems before drying next year:
3. Crumple the dried leaves into the jar.
4. Labeling the baby food jar the no-hassle way.... Take some cheap name badge stickers. I had them lying around the house because I use them to quickly and easily label boxes. Punch a circle with your paper punch.
5. Write what you want on the label BEFORE applying it to the top of the jar.
If later you need to relabel the jar, just slap another label of the same size right on top.
Dried herbs are more intense than fresh, so use less of them than you would fresh ones in a recipe.
Amazon revenue for September was $3.23. Thanks for making purchases through the blog link--every little bit makes me feel warm, fuzzy, and loved. (Is any getting an image of pink bunny slippers? Yes, that kind of happy!)
Wish me luck--Handsome and I are starting dance lessons tonight....
First, an art show in Omaha on Saturday.The weather was lovely!I’ll
post links to the artists’ websites as soon as I get straightened out which
business card goes with which artist…
It's a beard thing...
Then, hanging out with Anne M., always a pleasure.We sat on her balcony enjoying the breezing,
playing Settlers of Catan, and pretty much being as content as three human
beings can be in this fallen world.
… especially when there is steak for dinner.
Plus Anne bought one of my tiered trays and we got to use it
On Sunday I went with Gen D. and the darling Madeline to a
church fall festival in Wahoo.These
two pics sum it up nicely:
Maddie in Motion – Seriously, this is the least blurry of
all my Madeline photos except for….