On the horizon...

There are several things coming up that I'm excited about...

Robin Dudley-Howes class on Jeanne Oliver's site starts in mid-September.  I love the way this looks, and we've actually made beaded crochet necklaces and bracelets in classes at my library.  This technique is different though, and I can't wait!!  Registration is available here.

Just a few Saturdays away, the Chandelier Barn Market begins...it's located out in the middle of nowhere, but the vendors are spectacular!  We had so much fun there last year.  Hope the weather is just as beautiful on September 10!

I'm currently working away on my Alabama Chanin poncho...I've set the deadline to finish on or before Labor Day, so that I will actually have my Summer 2016 Project finished on time.  I love this piece, and hope that I don't mess it up when I start cutting away fabric.

What have you been up to?


Floating through August

It's been a long, hot week.  Lots of rain, heeps of humidity, and frazzled tempers!  I met friends for lunch at a new pizza place in one of the "cool" parts of town...Franklin Street. Great pizza, and good conversation.  I call my mid-week day off a practice for retirement.

Last night, the local Shakespeare company put on A Mid-Summer Nights' Dream outdoors, along the riverfront.  The Pagoda is just a block and a half away from my house, so dragging my folding chair down the street was not a problem!
Before the play...

Cloudy...but no rain this evening

Torches...did they keep away the bugs?
The play was amusing, but it ran a bit long.  The mosquitoes were biting, and frankly I'm usually in pj's by 8:30 or 9:00!

It seems like the past two weeks have just flown by.  Not much to differentiate one day from the next. I now await a blast of crisp autumn-like breezes.  Please?


Weekend Stuff and July Roundup

This summer is going by so quickly.  I can't say that I'm a fan of summer...the weather this time around is way too hot and sticky!  Since I'm a believer in climate change, I can only imagine that this will be the norm.

Our library's summer reading program comes to an end today, and school starts in just eight days.  Doesn't seem possible!

The highlight of the summer has been the birth of Vivian Rose.  Mother and daughter are doing well. She will be 3 weeks old tomorrow.

I had a short visit with my brother from the Phoenix area, and my parents.  All came to visit with the baby.  We're planning a longer get-together over Thanksgiving this year.

Other than that, July consisted of:

  • Free Art Friday...every week I would place three pieces of hand-made art somewhere around the area, then post about it on three social media accounts for the library.  It was fun, and people really seemed to enjoy it.
  • Mixed Media Club (also at the library) - Big Fun!  At the beginning of the month, we had a class on fingerless gloves, ala Alabama Chanin.  We're still working with donated t-shirts, and having a ball creating with them!  
  • Mixed Media last week consisted of making our own "Gelli"-type printing plates and carving rubber stamps from Pink Pearl erasers.  


Pretty little Vivian Rose

Meet Vivian Rose, born Sunday July 10 at 7:53 PM

I kind of like to play "caption the picture" with this one.  She doesn't look too happy being on the giving end of a camera lens, does she?



...and the living is easy!  No, really.

So many changes are in store this summer.  Going to be a grandma soon, and I'm sure that will be a significant change.  Company coming, by way of Ohio and Arizona...great-grandparents and grand-uncle of baby Vivian Rose will be here shortly after her arrival.  In the meantime, I've been working on a little Alabama Chanin DIY for myself.

I finally decided to order this poncho when the 20% sale was announced.  Since it was an AC DIY project, it came with two of the same color layers--any colors, but two of the same.  I saw (and to be honest, "coveted") a beautiful example of this poncho on Patti Calande's blog, Gather & Make.
I wanted that same color way, so I was able to locate a beautiful cream-colored 100% cotton jersey at the local purveyor of gorgeous fabric, Let's Sew.  I could have ordered the natural cotton from Alabama Chanin, but they only sell full yard increments, and I needed just 1.5 yards...actually just a piece 22" x 54".  At $26.00/yard AC price, I really didn't want to be that spendy.  The Sea Island Pima cotton jersey from Let's Sew is just luxurious!  So soft, so drapy, and yes...expensive...but just a little less expensive than the AC cotton, plus I could buy the length I needed.
Yay! My package from Alabama Chanin arrived!
First stitches, after basting the two layers together.

Inspiration...from the Gather & Make blog
This is going to be the perfect neutral garment piece of clothing for keeping air-conditioning drafts away from me!