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Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Snow, AGAIN!

Thank goodness I have been tagged by the lovely Louise of www.lululollylegs.blogspot.com and have some distraction from the beautiful, but persistent, existence of snow outside. It was fun answering these questions. :) Thanks, Louise! I love your blog, and am honored by your request!

Name four jobs I have had ~
1. High School German Teacher
2. Auntie' Anne's Pretzel Maker on Ocean City, MD boardwalk
3. English as a Second Language Teacher to 7th graders speaking 4 different languages
4. Local Fruit Orchard Stand attendant (age 14)

Four Movies watched over and over again ~
1. Amelie
2. Blue (in French with Juliette Binoche)
3. Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth)
4. Beatrix Potter animated collection (it's all I let my kids watch)

Four places I’ve lived ~
1. currently in Michigan
2. Nevada, Missouri
3. Marburg, Germany
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Four Shows I watch ~
1. Lost
2. Battlestar Gallactica
3. PBS Mystery!
4. The Closer

Four places I have been ~
1. all over Australia
2. Taize, France
3. Barcelona, Spain
4. Puerto Rico

Four people who email me ~
1. my sister
2. Other bloggers
3. my Waldorf-inspired local homeschooling group
4. my local contra-dancing group

Favorite things to eat ~
1. peanut butter
2. Chocolate
3. Thai Food
4. fresh vegetables from my in-laws' organic farm (up the lane)

Four places I would rather be ~
1. At my sewing machine (me too)
2. Swimming in a blue, blue sea somewhere (me too!!)
3. in Germany (anywhere in Germany!)
4. in a Waldorf school, teaching

Four things I look forward to this year ~
1. Watching my children grow
2. Designing more knitting patterns
3. Visiting my family out east
4. Going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan County

Okay, now I am ready to pass on this game! I am tagging Amy of My Merry Way and Emilie of The Little Nest.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Spring Wedding in February

Just to make you all jealous, here are some photos of my cousin's wedding held two weeks ago in San Diego. We had perfect weather-- in the high 60's. I got to be a bridesmaid! It was my second (and probably last) time-- I'm only 30, but almost all my friends are married. Since it was a cousin on my mother's side of the family, I had the added fun of helping to make all the bouquets and boutinierres (sp?). We have a wonderful tradition among the female aunts and cousins in our family of doing the flowers ourselves. Since the mother of the bride (my mother's sister) is a floral mastermind, and I have about 10 cousins helping every time, the flowers always come out gorgeous! What each bride ends up with is flowers just to her taste and waaaay below cost. A fabulous tradition, and one I benefited from greatly myself!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Robin's Egg Blue and a Daffodil Fairy

After many weeks of anticipation, the bulbs we planted in January are finally blooming! We have many miniature daffodils and now a few yellow crocuses as well. Outside, the snow persists--but at least we have sun most days. Inside, we have been busy making more Fairy Dolls inspired by Sally Melville's book, Felt Wee Folk. Much to my delight, these dolls keep C entirely happily occupied during her daily Quiet Times (more for her mother now than for her!) Daily Quiet Time=daily return to sanity for Mommy. During Quiet Time, I have been completing my new pattern, soon to be revealed in its entirety. For now, just another glimpse above. However, the new Blue Felted Robin's Egg and Baby Robin Kits are ready and available in the shop! Have a look via the link to the right. On my second dyeing attempt, I finally achieved a perfect shade of Robin's Egg blue for the wool roving in the kit, and the finished eggs look great.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Various Distractions

Here are four of my favorite distractions! I have acquired a love of knitting with beads, and here you can see my current project. I won't say yet what it is, but some of you know :). I will post more photos when it's finished; the pattern is still under construction. In the middle photo there is a more recently acquired obsession-- spinning. As you may recall, I finally managed to get my hands on a spinning wheel last summer, and here in the photo is my first gorgeous dye result. Pictured are wool roving, mohair roving and alpaca roving, which I am carding together to produce a lovely soft, bouncy yarn. Can't wait to knit with it... Must finish pattern... And of course, my two most important and most distracting distractions, looking their rascally best: C, showing off her new (handknit by me) hat with ponytails underneath, and J, who insisted on having his hair in ponytails too.