1.31.2021

The 100 Day Project

 



This is day 1 of the 100 day project.  I pulled the bundle for the New Leaves A-Line dress out, and this will be my project.  I commit to working in the for the next 100 days.


One section of the back had been clipped together, and I spent a little time this morning stitching a cluster of “new leaves”.



This is just one of four Alabama Chanin kits I need to start and finish.  I hope this 100 day immersion will spur me on to finish the remaining wardrobe pieces.

1.16.2021

Weekend Reading

 It looks like it is going to be another gloomy weekend.  Cold and gloomy.  The only relief is sight is reading...I really should have picked a sunny tropical beach read for myself, and of course there is stil time to do that.  In the meantime, here's what we're reading:


This one is for Vivian to add to her collection of strong female characters.  One of my favorites just came out in a Little Golden Book...Frida Kahlo.  Beautiful colors and a highly condensed and sanitized version of Frida's life.  Definitely a good read though!

Yesterday's mail yielded a couple of things for me...In Her Studio, a magazine that makes one want to have a studio, but it is just more satisfying to look at other people's art spaces.  Looking without doing or having the mess to clean up.    The second item is Julia Cameron's (The Artist's Way author) newest book, The Listening Path.  Other reads for the weekend...a plethora of mystery/thrillers loaded on my Kindle.

Even though for lots of people this is a three-day weekend.  Not for me, because alas, I'm the Saturday Librarian, counting down the hours until I can go home!

1.11.2021

The Weekend...


     I cannot remember the last week that I worked five days in a row...full days, mind you!  It was rough.  Really rough.  Cold, darkness, and gloom in addition to the awful antics in Washington DC.  I can't believe we've sunk this low.

     Friday finally arrived, and when I got home the entire fireplace insert/surround had been removed and the bricks were cleaned.  Megan pulled all out and we tried to decide what to put in the big opening since the gas logs are gone (yay!!).  I brought down the Buddha from upstairs, and we filled the space with electric candles, Buddha, a start of a painting (as a background), and bamboo plants.  Different, but very serene.  A good spot to look at and think, or not think.

     Saturday and Sunday flew by, as usual.  I didn't leave the house.  I did watch too much CNN and MSNBC, but finally switched over to Hulu to catch up on soaps, and Sundance for the first episode of the second season of Discovery of Witches.  And then Monday morning arrived...

1.04.2021

January 4


 Seems like there are lots of Frida Kahlo "things" out there.  Books, dolls, and now quote cards.  I love all things Frida.  Strong, courageous, witty...too bad Diego was such a dick.

After an another weekend of WTAF "news", it's good to get back to work, and hopefully one day soon I'll actually know what day it is.  One super good thing about work since mid-March is that music can flow...Spotify every day.  It will be missed when we open back up to the public.

Things at home are popping.  Megan is on a home repair/home dec kick.  She has become really good at doing home upgrades.  We got a barn door slide ready to hang between a cold enclosed sunporch and the house...no door was there, and it gets a bit drafty.  I love the look of barn doors, and I'm hoping this takes care of the drafts.  

1.02.2021

January 1-2

 


Here's a New Year's photo of the kitchen windowsill.  Basil growing in water from last summer's crop.  This is kind of my favorite way to "preserve" basil.  So easy, smells great, and looks beautiful!  I just snip stems of basil from the plants growing outside (in summer), and put them in water to root.  If you change out the water every so often, and keep the water topped up in the container, the basil continues to grow...even as you snip cuttings from the tips.  Great to have on hand to add freshness to salads and pizza!

Sure looks gloomy out that window!  I need a day of pure sunshine to brighten things up.  

Baking and cheese making...

In the "learn something new" part of my life, yesterday I learned how to make mozzarella cheese.  Making and baking French bread w...