Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Handquilting

I never thought I'd have the patience for quilting by hand. Turns out I do.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Home Improvement

Wow, have I really not posted a single thing for almost a month? My blog has gotten a little lame-o since we moved. You know those people who move into a house and spend every waking moment painting and doing yardwork? We used to laugh at people like that, but now...we're those people. I rather like it. I feel like I'm doing my part to reform and redeem my corner of the universe. But it does make for a rather paltry blog.

Well, I painted the guestroom and fun, limey green. It turned out really cute, but I'm not ready to show it to you yet. I need to get my bum over to etsy and buy some artwork for the walls first. Our entire house, aside from that room is white, white, white. The former owners left us some touch up paint, which I needed to use when Mikey drew with crayon all over the hallways.(I tried the magic eraser first--it only worked up to a point, before it started removing the texture from the walls.) So anyway, I found the white paint, touched up the walls, returned a couple of hours later to find that it was the wrong shade of white. Apparently the master bedroom walls are a bright white, and the whole entire rest of the house is a more muted white (not that I even noticed). Not to bore you, but now we have bright white splotches on gentle white walls, and mama is not super happy about it. Well, maybe a wee bit happy because now it means I have an excuse to paint sooner than originally planned. So there's that story.

The other story is that I've been working like a maniac in the garden pulling ivy up. Ugh. What a chore. I decided 3 weeks ago since we weren't going anywhere for spring break that I would dedicate one hour a day to eradicating English ivy from my front yard. Our front yard is separated into two parts by the walkway. There was ivy on one side, but not on the other and it looked stupidly lopsided. So day after day, the boys biked and scootered, and I worked like a madwoman. This past weekend, I finally finished. I should have paid someone to do it, but now I guess I can claim ownership??? I think I should pay myself: $10 per blister, $5 for every charlie horse, $20 per stiff neck. (Then take that money and go shopping here.) If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to pull up ivy, here's my advice--use an ax. I'm not kidding. Once I figured that out, it went much faster.

Still a work in progress, but at least now we have the situation under control.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Edges

My computer keyboard has been acting up lately. It's totally my fault--I've been playing too much scramble on facebook. Don't feel much like typing tonight, so I won't say much.

Pictures from my work table:

This last piece is from my grandma. I grew up in Taiwan, and she lived in Maine. I only got to see her once every three years for short visits. This is one of the few things I have that she made. It's a pillowcase with tatted edging. I don't dare use it, because I don't want it to get washed too much. It lives in the linen closet, and every now and then I take it out to look at it and admire the tiny little stitches. Amazing.