Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

365 project: January 29th, 2012 Day #29

Rather uninspired picture today, but about the only thing remotely exciting is the shopping trip to find a white shirt for work tomorrow.  And let me tell you, finding a white button down shirt that does not cost $50 is impossible, I swear.  So, I'm stuck with a sort of t-shirt/polo shirt hybrid...might have to find a shirt pattern and sew my own, grrrrr.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

365 project: January 28th, 2012 Day #28

And more yarn....yes, I am officially crazy for buying more yarn when I'm on a stashbusting mission.

Friday, January 27, 2012

365 project: January 27th, 2012 Day #27

The newest addition to my collection of stuff from around the world.  This is an ornamental (at least, thats what I am assuming considering it holds 3 ounces of liquid) tea/coffee set from Afghanistan.  Shopping by proxy with the husband...he sends me pictures of stuff and I choose!  Gotta love it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

365 project: January 26th, 2012 Day #26

Working on getting my dress fabric ironed and ready to cut.  You wouldn't believe how long it takes to iron 6 yards of fabric....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

365 project: January 25th, 2012 Day #25

Rather boring, I know, but this is where I spent most of my day, waiting for relatives to arrive.

Monday, January 23, 2012

365 project: January 23rd, 2012 Day #23

Pizza for supper courtesy of my lovely sister, since none of us wanted to cook, and so, we have Papa Murphy's Veggie Delite.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

365 project: January 22nd , 2012 Day #22

Dad working on clearing the driveway of the large drift that blew in last night

Saturday, January 21, 2012

365 project: January 21st , 2012 Day #21

One of the family's cats, Princess Leia.  She was nice enough to pose for me while I experimented with zoom and flash.  This one was sans flash, since the anti-red eye settings on it made her blink and look evil.

Friday, January 20, 2012

365 project: January 20th , 2012 Day #20

Waiting for spring.  Today was the first significant snowfall here (amazingly it waited until January), and the porch and everything in it received a nice coating of snow.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Can't sleep...

so we have a new title for blog.  Apparently either insomnia causes brain overload, or visa-versa, because I've been lying in bed for the last hour trying to sleep and failing due to my brain refusing to shut down.  Perhaps putting one idea to use will fix that....

365 project: January 19th , 2012 Day #19

Close up of my Kromski Minstrel spinning wheel.  Pictured is the center of the fly wheel and part of the three mother of all posts.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

365 project: January 18th , 2012 Day #18

This is a little garden gnome that has taken up residence in one of our plant stands in the living room until the day comes that my sister actually moves out and has a garden to put him in.  He looks a little more yellow since the light is coming from a table lamp about a yard to the left of him.  I actually had to get the tripod out to shoot this one because of the lack of light even with the lamp on.  There is no holding the camera with a one second shutter speed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

365 project: January 17th , 2012 Day #17

A close up of my current cross stitch project, a kit I bought from Joann Fabrics in Tacoma, WA, as a 'I have nothing to do except sit in the hotel room while the hubby is working' project.

Monday, January 16, 2012

365 project: January 16th , 2012 Day #16

Cutting out patterns...long, tedious, and you don't feel like you've accomplished anything lol

Sunday, January 15, 2012

365 project: January 15th , 2012 Day #15

Stash busting part 2: all that fabric.  Three of the planned dresses, had to go to the local fabric store and pick up more fabric to complete the dresses...seems like stash busting just spawns more fabric buying.  Not to mention interfacing, notions, sewing threads, and all the other clothing construction paraphernalia.   Anyway, sadly, all of those fabrics are synthetic (dang budget anyway) but hopefully everything will turn out well.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

365 project: January 14th , 2012 Day #14

Must study....(and yes, that is Stephen King's The Shining, but it is in Romanian, I swear! LOL)

365 project: January 13th , 2012 Day #13

This post is late...forgot about posting it until I was already in bed, and I wasn't willing to get up to do it.  So, here is a picture of a few visitors to our birdfeeders yesterday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

365 project: January 11th , 2012 Day #11

In honor of the recently departed spring-like weather (it was 50 yesterday!  50 in Minnesota in January!!), my mother's African Violet is blooming quite abundantly.  So here's wishing for spring...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

365 project: January 10th , 2012 Day #10

And stash busting begins...this is the start of a new pair of socks with a vintage wool called Beehive Scotch Fingering in green tartan coloring.  Here's the pattern if anyone wants it: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/KSPATTblackrose.php.

Monday, January 9, 2012

365 project: January 9th , 2012 Day #9

And my patterns arrived!  First on the list is a corset, the Silverado model (the white one in the photo on the top pattern envelope).  Still thinking on colors and fabric and if I want a lined one that cant be altered later....oh the decisions!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

365 project: January 8th , 2012 Day #8

The stashbusting project of the day: slippers for Grandma.  She dropped a hint a while back...apparently the ones I made her a couple years ago are wearing out.  So, new pair :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

365 project: January 7th , 2012 Day #7

So the project today: think of projects for the yarn stash that is slowing growing to rather unreasonable proportions (at least in a military family where, I swear, we wind up moving every year).  So far I have lots of socks planned...mainly because of a bunch of vintage wool in fingering weight yarn.  At the moment, I still don't know what I'm going to do with my handspun (on the left of the picture) and my hodgepodge of mohair skeins (on the right).  Neither are really suitable for socks...the handspun a little too scratchy of wool and the mohair is really way to hairy.  Suggestions would be appreciated.

Friday, January 6, 2012

365 project: January 6th , 2012 Day #6

Close up of a pot that I made my senior year in college, second semester.  The light this afternoon was too good to pass up, coming from both sides (one larger window on one side and the front door on the other).  One of these days I also need to get pictures/slides of the stuff I never had done (5 years on...what can I say, I'm good at procrastination) and get the slides I did have done digitized.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

365 project: January 5th , 2012 Day #5

Sunrise over the cornfields with a view of the local windfarm that went up last year.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

365 project: January 4th , 2012 Day #4

We have some of our glass telephone line insulators. The glass looked quite enticing this morning as the sun came up. They all came from my great grandpa Johnny, who used to work for the telephone company many, many years ago.  And just to let you know just how many years ago, he died a few years ago at the age of 101. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

365 project: January 3rd , 2012 Day #3

And for picture #3, a close up of one of my Christmas presents, a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle.  Wizard themed of course :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

365 project: January 2nd, 2012 Day #2

Picture #2:  My first finished linocut print, 5 colors (6 if you count the white paper).  Comments welcome.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

365 project: January 1st, 2012 Day #1

Day one: A picture of my dad's home brewery in our basement.  It has been quite the adventure the last couple years tasting his stuff...he's slowly learning to stop the fermentation process before ALL the sugar turns to alcohol.  While the first stuff tasted fairly good, a glass would get you tipsy!  Now, with the addition of stabilizers, the wine is sweeter and a little less potent...a very good thing when you're a lightweight like me!