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Friday, April 27, 2007

in situ

Part of series. Smell-no-evil. I only have this one, however. See-no-evil, hear-no-evil and speak-no-evil are in residence elsewhere. This one was gift from my daughter and son-in-law. I'm still looking for a weave-no-ugly to place near my loom.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

a useful beauty

First daylilies of the season. These were once the inspiration for a swatch swap. The photo is a bit out of focus - the wind was blowing this morning and I was in a hurry to post this.

Similarly, my life is a little fuzzy right now. Ticking off a few small deadlines. Getting ready for a big weekend. Trying to keep my circuits from shutting down due to overload. I'm behind on posting about last weekend's fun. Details at eleven.

This is a fabric I wove in 1993 for a guild swatch swap entitled A Weaver's Garden of Samples. It was inspired by my daylilies. I love their colors and am thrilled annually when they return and bloom for more than a month. Each day a new flower opens and then closes in the evening. The stems are strong enough for basket spokes and the leaves can be twined into cordage. This basket is woven with daylily rope.

Don't ask how long ago this project was begun.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007


The theme of the international festival this year is China. They built a Great Wall and some replicas of the clay soldiers. There was the usual festival stuff - food from everywhere, trinkets for sale and roaming bands of performers. Stage performances that only a few thousand could see at once and smaller ones for more intimate viewing. We watched a troup of belly dancers and I looked away for one moment and my granddaughter had joined the troup and was being spun around by one of the bare footed beauties. Then more children crashed the party. The band got a little tired and finally ended it so we could move on. We took a place nearby to watch some Azerbaijanian dancers and I told M in no uncertain terms that she was not to climb onstage with these dancers as they were likely to be moving very fast and she might get hurt. She said okay dissapointedly. They were indeed fleet footed and with an agenda that did not include audience participation.

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Friday, April 20, 2007


A playboy frog in the style of Heffner. A delightful garage sale find of Rachel's.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

last night

I stayed up last night to catch up and I'll be sorry today. But it's an easy day. The weavers' meeting is tonight. I turn in my entries for the conference and I'll get a little knitting done while I listen to the reports on what is planned. I am so looking forward to this one.

This was the big accomplishment for the evening however. I am making afterburners as Peg likes to call them. Sweetened pickles with a jalopeno kick. You start with a gallon jar of pickles. Throw out the juice. Slice 'em and then begin layering them back in the jar alternating with a sprinkling of sugar and slices of jalopenos. There was pickle juice everywhere. So a bit of mopping was necessary in the process. I used about two pounds of sugar and about 30 ounces of pickled jalapenos. They make their own new juice while they marinate for about two weeks. The sugar is almost dissolved this morning. You have to turn the jar every day. I had leakage this morning - glad I put it in a bowl. Some people use more sugar. For me, I always skimp on the sugar.

The garden around the other tree trunk is finally planted and yet another potted garden is done. I like to combine plants in big pots instead of just one in each. So this last one has a big bromeliad with pups on the side and some varigated lariope and some of the fiber optic sedge grass. I have a feeling that I'm going to live to regret planting that grass but then again it likes to live around ponds so maybe it will be okay to encourage it in my swampy back yard. It's not too tall so at least it won't dwarf the flowering things in the back.
Yesterday, another round of the altered book round robin arrived and it's a collection of cards from recycled food boxes. A lot of very 3-D elements and interesting vintage look. Not my usual style. Should I follow their lead? I have a few weeks to work that out.

This weekend the weather is predicted to be perfectly spring-like. We'll be trying to see the entire International Festival with two kids in tow. And then possibly a sleepover and another grilling event.

Whoa, it's messy in my two rooms upstairs. Looks like I've been burglarized. But actually I was trying to organize one thing and it always winds up being messier than ever with one tiny speck of improvement that only I would notice or appreciate.

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