Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Looking ahead ...

Some books on "my list" for next year:

Kate Atkinson: Case Histories & When Will There Be Good News
Kate Morton: The House of Riverton
Peter Carey: The Good Thief
Maeve Binchy: Heart & Soul
John LeCarr: Most Wanted Man
David Wroblewski: The story of Edgar Sawtelle

Steven Millhauser: Dangerous Laughter, 13 stories
David Guterson: The Other (wrote Snow Falling on Cedars)
Curtis Sittenfeld: American Wife
Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Sue Gee: The Mysteries of Glass
John Grogan: Marley & Me
James Patterson: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
Maeve Binchy: The novels & short stories I haven't read yet!!!

My husband bought:
2666 By Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Monday, December 08, 2008

Need a laugh today?

See how I can make a simple shape into a seamstresses first laugh of the day? Goodness.

My first try -- lots of puckering, didn't quite get the neck seam right, notice the hands are two different sizes? and, the head and hands, not quite rounded. Maybe a blockhead? I think sewing machines like to create STRAIGHT lines & curving is just going to be coaxed : )

Second try, improved neck and wrist seams. Head with points (can that be hidden with hair!!! LOL.) Those arms and hands don't match the pattern. I'll have to free form another shape and get the hands and arms closer in size.

Because I hate myself, figured I try 'smaller' and here is the result. The head has one point (oops), the arm seam came undone (clipped too much fabric away), and well ... me thinks more practice in order.

The fabric isn't the greatest -- maybe some sort of poly/cotton blend?

My sewing lesson cancelled this a.m. as the heat went out in the building. Stay tuned, I should become more enlightened on Friday.

Think maybe I should attempt a simple rabbit shape? In flannel or something?

Lots to learn, excited to try new things, and my hands are delighting in the much needed rest from hand-doing EVERYTHING.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I'm random this a.m.

I've been tagged by Tammie, A Stitch in Time Blog:
Post the rules on your blog. Write 6 random things about yourself. Tag 6 people at the end of your post. Let each person they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know that your entry is posted on your blog
I've seen this tag on many blogs already - so, I'll skip the passing along!

(1.) I appreciate the friendships gained thru the love of needlework (non-bloggers and blogers) Sharing their projects, skills, and even windows into their lives.

(2.) I rarely view a movie, sometimes attend the Foreign Films at Valpo University -- occationally view a DVD with the boyz.

(3.) My favorite hobbies are reading, needlework, and sketching/drawing (and soon sewing once I catch on to the machine.)

(4.) I enjoy listening to most types of music

(5.) Aside from pbs, I don't view much television (tho try not to miss The Mentalist) Esp avoid violet stuff in books & tv

(6.) I like olives from Spain

I'm pretty boring!! LOL. If any readers have not shared, please do!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Cat Snaps

Nikki: He is laying at the Edge of the desk

Honey: She is also at the edge of the desk

They seem to have found a sliver of sunshine today