Archive for February, 2007

california friends

Posted in musings on February 23, 2007 by askthesky

remember miniswap?  well, our package was finally received in california by our friends!  i’ve… uh… misplaced the photos i took of what we made, so i’m swiping mom s.’s..

miniswap-1.jpglittle bags i crocheted and lined for each child- gray with felt flower pin for daughter l, brown with felted beads (first i ever made!) made into a wee caterpillar for son and bug-lover r.  stuffed with:

miniswap-2.jpgfor mom s:  yarn, fancy body cream, handmade earrings, baltimore raven tea. 

miniswap-4.jpgminiswap-3.jpgfor daughter l: yarn, crochet hooks and pony beads with instructions for making a chain stitch necklace, baltimore postcard, crab shaped chocolate, hon!

for son r: bug clicker, baltimore postcard, crab shaped chocolate, wooden farm puzzle, homemade bug coloring book (made by my kids on the computer). 

yay!  this was so much fun, i can’t wait for the next one!! 


shop update!

Posted in crafting on February 19, 2007 by askthesky

it’s here, it’s really here!  more to come soon, but head on over and check out the latest

a career in collage

Posted in color love, crafting on February 17, 2007 by askthesky

so.  i have had a little box, sitting in my basement neatly labeled, “h’s school stuff” for 2 years.  each time i looked at it, i wanted to de-clutter it right out of my life, but when i opened it, something stopped me from pitching the contents.   i did this 4 or 5 times before i finally thought of what to do with it all. 

the box was full of lesson plan books, photos, and student work from my 7 years of teaching.  i enjoyed looking through it, and yet it wasn’t anything anyone else would find interesting.  i was conflicted over what to do with all that paper.  it came to me all at once, i don’t know from where, but come it did.  i went out, got the supplies, and got to it.  i finished in one week. 


  • one giant warped canvas, rescued from the trash
  • lesson plan books, student papers, photos, saved from the trash
  • mod podge (purchased)
  • acrylic paints (purchased)
  • paint brushes, swiped from the kids art box

in the beginning, there was canvas. 

the canvas was sad, droopy, and headed for the trash.  it was a very large canvas.  it sat in my living room, behind the bookcase, for months and months, wondering when its time would come. 

there were photos, and lesson plans. 

and, there was a woman with a mission…  (me).  first, i cut/tore the more interesting and meaningful pages out of the books, and decoupaged (can that be a verb?) them onto the canvas. 

next, i added the photos, then i began to paint over it all with the acrylics.  i should say here that i’ve never done anything like this before.  i’ve never painted, or decoupaged.  i just sort of stumbled through, and did what i felt worked.  i went in chronological order from the top left to the bottom right, ending in the corner with the surprise birth of my daughter at 30 weeks gestation.  her photos are displayed on the page from my lesson plan book from the day she was born.  as i painted, i went with my color instincts, and ended up with a rainbow effect, with some female, animal, and flower forms floating around.  here’s the finished product:

and some detail shots:

i’m entering this in whiplash this month- the theme is recycled craft. 



Posted in life in general, musings on February 12, 2007 by askthesky

today…was rough.  i’m still sick, zander’s still sick, and now sage is sick again.  just getting to the post office to mail out our (late) miniswap package was a major undertaking, even though the post office is just one block from our house.  every small detail that could have gone smoothy reared up in defiance and simply did not behave.  this includes everything from the stupid LATCH on neighbor baby’s 600 pound car seat to the person in front of us at the bank who not only didn’t hold the door behind him, but actively pushed it closed after he walked through, knocking sage as she tried to open it for me.  he didn’t even turn around. 

i had some errands i was supposed to run that didn’t get done, and a lot of responsibilities this week that i’m worried about.  the etsy shop update has yet to be done, i have other business related calls to make, swap items to finish, and there’s a new project idea that i can’t get out of my head.  then there’s all the normal household stuff.  oh, don’t forget the winter storm hysteria gripping baltimore right now <cue ultra-intense foreboding 6 o’clock news music>.  in a word, i’m overwhelmed. 

somehow, in spite of all this, dinner time arrived tonight, demanding i snap out of it and make something that my sick kids would actually eat.  hmmmmmmmmm…

i chose:

oh, baby.  how you turned my day around with your sweet, sweet, bunnitude. 

So You’re Having A Bad Day Buns

1 tube refrigerated pizza crust (or defrosted frozen bread dough, or bread dough from scratch, but if you do the last one, your day was not that bad, be honest)

some chopped up nuts *

one(ish) chopped apple

a bunch of raisins

maybe, uh, 2 TBS butter, softened + one TBS, melted

two big squirts of honey

cinnamon (a lot)

orange peel (or lemon, whatever you have), cut as finely as you can cut it, or grated

about 1/4 cup of sour cream

mix the above (minus the melted butter and dough), and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  unroll your dough of choice, roll out a bit if needed, and spread your filling all over.  roll up, starting with a long side, and cut into slices.  Put the slices in a big dish with sides, and brush with melted butter.  bake at 400 for a what seems like too long, or until your four year old has asked you when dinner will be ready 18 times.  they should be golden brown and feel like finished buns feel.  i know it’s more than 12 minutes, if that’s helpful.  then, make a nice icing with some confectioner’s sugar and a bit of milk and vanilla.  drizzle that over the warm buns, and eat your bad day into oblivion. 

*i know, i know, but this is how i cook.  if you want to come over next time i make them and take notes, you’re more than welcome.  just bring your own apron, cause i only have one.  also, bring some eggs, so we can have some protein with our sugar rush.  that would be great.   

miniswap 2!

Posted in crafting, super fun for little one on February 10, 2007 by askthesky

we got our package thursday morning from miniswap 2, and our fantastic partners, the hilbert meads!  there was so much excitement, but we had to wait until sage got home from her pajama party day of preschool to open it.  she asked me seven times on the way home from school if we were going to open the package from those kids on the computer.  check out the bounty:

there’s the front little striped bag, sewn by mama hilbert, and filled with handpainted beads and strings for making necklaces (see below), the pretty blue bag in the back filled with an assortment of green tea (most of which is now gone, s!), envelopes filled with foamy sea creatures just begging to be stuck to fun projects, and the piece de resistance (i’m not sure how to spell that correctly, but i’m letting it go), the little collage on the left.  ms. s. hilbert makes these amazing creations, and thought enough of me to send me this one.  at the bottom, the text reads: soon… spring.  i have to be honest and tell you that i cried a little when i opened it.  the message resounds in a lot of ways for me right now, and it’s just so perfect- i love it, s. 

not pictured (due to having been consumed/used before i got the box all the way open): a big bag of gummi bears, and a wonderful mix CD that lydia decorated.  i found out that papa mead worked with feist, a wonderful credit indeed! 

you spoiled us rotten, guys- we’re so thankful to “know” you!  thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

ode to color

Posted in color love, life in general on February 7, 2007 by askthesky

the yarn harlot today has written what i feel about color and art in my everyday life.  thanks, stephanie, now i can be lazy.  seriously, though, i feel like a nut sometimes when it comes to color.  i am always drawn to the most ____ (fill in the blank- suggestions: bright, muted, variant, etc.) colors in textiles, furniture, clothing, and pretty much anything.  i just love color with an undying passion.  there, i’ve said it. 

this weekend in atlanta, before our conference began in earnest, we hopped the MARTA over to the High Museum, to take in the visiting exhibit from the Louvre.  of course, no photos were allowed, but here’s the outside view of the banner advertising the show:

i had allocated about $30 to invest in something from the museum shop that inspired me.  i ended up with a small Matisse print, a wipe-off  board printed with van gough’s irises, and these magnets:

 sorry, i had no idea how impossible it would be to get a decent photo of these- they’re glass circles. 

i stuck them on the fridge for the time being, until my big bedroom/studio inspiration board is ready for them.  the amount of pure joy i feel as i walk by and see them is worth so much more to me than the $4 i paid for them.  and, one more color love item before we end today- check out this awesome present sage received from grandmommy at christmas:

crayon stands!  oh, how i love them…

i have been hard at work in my makeshift studio this week, working on many different projects, and all will be revealed this week! 

self-portrait with foam plate, 2007

i’m back…

Posted in life in general, musings on February 6, 2007 by askthesky

i had a great weekend in atlanta, thanks to all who asked!  i have a new found vigor for my old business, and it’s making me feel a bit more comfortable with my financial situation, at least in my head.  that’s a start. 

i’m needing to get a new car.  it has to be very affordable, very reliable, and very equipped with important features like a warranty and excellent gas mileage.  here’s what i’ve been looking at:

Toyota Matrix2007 Honda Fit 4dr FWD Hatchback

toyota matrix on the left, honda fit on the right.  they’re like little teeny wagons.  they’re affordable, reliable, etc.  everything that fits my needs.  if anybody has one, please advise.  i’d love to know what you think. 

so, now i need to test drive and see which will fit 3 carseats better.  wanna come with? 

we will return to our regularly scheduled crafty programming later this week.  thank you for your patience.