Probably not 'Bama bound...

For the past several months, it's been my dream to attend UA in their Library and Information Science program. I'm already in a Masters program here at the local university, but I'd really like to be an "official" librarian. Today was my scheduled GRE exam; I've made myself half sick with the worry about it. Verbal, math, and writing skills all boiled down into numbers. The good news is that it's finally finished. The bad news...I don't think my scores are good enough to get into the program. I seem to be math-challenged...no math was involved in the undergraduate program I was in, and it's been 37 years since high school math...and it was not something I excelled in during the early '70s.

On the plus side...now I have more time to blog!



This is one of my new favorite books...courtesy of the library, of course! I read it from cover to cover, and it has some wonderful ideas for terrariums...I'd like to ultimately convert my 'wardian' case (shown below) into a miniature greenhouse....with gravel, benches and small, lush plants. For now, I'll keep the violets and a miniature rose in it.

I made a tool roll for my jewelry-making tools this evening. I've been thinking about making one for ages. I found a piece of ticking I bought years ago in Liberty, Mo. and thought it would be perfect for the project. It's lined in a tea-stained cotton.



Back in January, I ordered a velvet strawberry from Andrea at One Hundred Wishes. The berry was made by Kimber Van Heukelom...and it started a mini-obsession. I wanted a little collection of strawberries--from the old fashioned emery pin cushion to the glitzy beaded velvet ones.
I found a few patterns online, and a lovely selection of samples...from Crabapple Hill Studio, and from Martha Stewart's website. Here's a link to a pattern for the grouping of strawberries in the first photo.


Craving Spring

What I (we all) need is a breath of spring...can't you just smell the scent of these lilacs?

It's been a long, hard winter. Indecision, passing colds & flu back and forth, work, school, and just the darn ice and cold...it's all been too much for me. I attempted to hibernate, but that doesn't really work in real life.

It's been ages since I've even taken a picture...I really need to get back in the habit. One week 'til Spring... Spring... Spring! Can't wait!