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    Fun with maths - Aug 4th, 2011
    [Please note that the ‘S’ at the end of maths was intentional, and not an error. It’s part of my attempt to use that funny British English stuff, since that’s (almost) home. However, I’m not quite ready to add the ‘S’ to words such as toward, forward, and backward. [more...]

    Pieces of noon - Jun 8th, 2011
    Once again, I’ve become lax in my efforts to reclaim my lunch hour. In fact, the last time I made a deliberate effort to do so was back in March! OK, in fairness I have taken a couple of lunch-time trips to Moscow for optical appointments but that’s just not the same. But I digress… [more...]

    Monday swirls - May 23rd, 2011
    It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting couple of days. From an out-of-the-blue emotional crash on Friday, to marking the anniversary of my marriage on Saturday, to a long day of preparing for The Big Move on Sunday, I’ve just been feeling battered. [more...]

    The fairy’s new digs - Mar 31st, 2011
    My foster daughter got a fairy garden set for Christmas that included a little fairy cottage and toadstools for her to decorate along with loads of other sparkly and wonderful things to make the fairy’s home and surrounding garden a place of wonderment. [more...]

    Lunch with Claudia - Mar 11th, 2011
    I’ve been quite lax in my determination to take back my lunch hour so decided that I’d take some me-time today because the stress of the world has been getting to me and I needed the respite. So I had lunch with Claudia Fitch at the WSU Museum of Art. [more...]

    Swirly tree Ts - Feb 26th, 2011
    Right! Remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago about a project I was working on for His Majesty? Well, I can talk about it now. Yay! [more...]

    It may never be done… - Feb 25th, 2011
    Shortly after moving into our new home, I started working on a queen-sized afghan using the bits and scraps of other projects. Paul and I were looking forward to having loads of handmade afghans and quilts to keep us warm. [more...]

    It’s done! - Feb 25th, 2011
    When I began stitching my foster daughter’s Christmas afghan back in October, I really thought I would be able to finish it. But with the holidays came a bit of depression, which—added to the fact that I could only stitch when she was sleeping—meant that the project was slow going. [more...]

    Swirls by commission - Feb 17th, 2011
    I am working on a secret project, which means that by Royal Decree, I am unable to tell you what it is. Or even that I’m working on it. However, I don’t think that this picture will give enough away to cause my banishment from the kingdom. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    Too much - Feb 9th, 2011
    Sometimes I try to do too much all at once. And sometimes, that means that my coffee table suffers and becomes covered in half-finished projects. [more...]

    Friendship bracelets - Feb 5th, 2011
    My foster daughter was given a friendship bracelet making kit for Christmas. I remember thinking it was a silly thing to sell as a kit. I mean, all you need is a bit of embroidery floss and a safety pin, right? But she seemed happy about the gift, so I wasn’t about to tell her what a silly thing it was. [more...]

    Ripples - Feb 4th, 2011
    So, this is my foster daughter’s Christmas present. Not for next Christmas but for the one just past. Can you believe that I’m still working on it? I seem to be a bit slow in making these ripples. [more...]

    No sleep for the artist - Dec 24th, 2010
    My foster daughter has just brought me a lovely drawing that she made last night when she couldn’t sleep. She proudly proclaimed that she hid her signature underneath some of the sketching so that I could scan it and share it online (because she knows I won’t use her name on my blog). [more...]

    Not finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yesterday I shared the finished scarf for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. Today, I’m sharing the unfinished afghan! [more...]

    Finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yay! It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally finished the purple scarf I was crocheting for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. The afghan may not be ready in time, but better late than never. Right? [more...]

    A cartridge in a bare tree - Dec 15th, 2010
    Growing up, one of my favourite Christmas decorations was a small twiggy, leafless branch, planted in a little pot and standing 6-8” tall. Hanging from one of the little stick-limbs was a spent bullet casing. [more...]

    Twee tweety tenement - Dec 9th, 2010
    I was give a little bird house the other day by my foster daughter. She came home and rather unceremoniously handed it to me on her way to her room, whilst I was in the middle of a conversation with the woman who’d driven her home. [more...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Feeling dotty - Nov 9th, 2010
    I’m still struggling with the sadness that came over me yesterday. Not in an “I’m still sad” way but in a “Big episodes of grief really wipe me out” way. So I decided I’d take it easy and doodle for a bit after dinner. [more...]

    Just a doodlin’ - Nov 5th, 2010
    I love to doodle. So today, as I sat waiting for a meeting that took forever to get started, I found myself doodling a bit. The meeting’s theme of social media use seems to have come across in my doodle, too. [more...]

    Blue hearts - Oct 28th, 2010
    So there was a great big, blue 2,800-pound bronze heart sculpture on campus that I totally love. I noticed it on my first trip to WSU for a job interview and was instantly drawn to it. But it wasn’t long until I started to hear about the great controversy surrounding it. [more...]

    Trees - Oct 27th, 2010
    Just for you, some pretty trees that I drew this evening. Yay! [more...]

    Copy bird - Oct 27th, 2010
    In the evenings, you will quite often find me and the kid in the living room not talking*: Her on the love seat reading or drawing; me on the couch crocheting, blogging, or—most recently—sketching and drawing. And you can bet that at some point she will come over and start snooping at what I’m doing with great curiosity. [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 2 - Oct 24th, 2010
    Yay! One week later and our fabulous papier-mâché pumpkins are done! This was a fun and inexpensive project and requires absolutely no talent what-so-ever. Plus, most of the supplies are probably things you already have in your home which makes it even easier. (Supply list below.) [more...]

    Papier-Mâché Pumpkins - Oct 24th, 2010
    Halloween means pumpkins and pumpkins mean fun! My foster daughter and I managed to fill two weekends with fun by making papier-mâché pumpkins. Read about the making of the pumpkins here and here. (Most of these photos were taken by my foster daughter.) [more...]

    A bit sketchy - Oct 24th, 2010
    I signed up for The Sketchbook Project a few weeks ago. It’s a great art project from the Brooklyn Art Library where thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited on a cross-country tour at galleries and museums. After the tour, they will all be part of a permanent collection at the library where they will be available for the public to view. [more...]

    On a happier note - Oct 21st, 2010
    To counter last night’s less-than-happy post, here’s something I’m super happy about! [more...]

    Paper flowers - Oct 20th, 2010
    As part of my self-actualization rubbish I regularly search for creative inspiration. One form of inspiration I turn to often is writing prompts, which help motivate me to write (and think) about things I might not have otherwise. [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 1 - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! We’ve been busy making papier-mâché pumpkins for two days now. I’m using a new technique (no balloons for this gal!) and it seems to be working out pretty well. I had to buy some orange paint, but other than that everything is either recycled materials or general household junk (staples, duct tape, flour, etc) which is pretty cool! [more...]

    Fired! - Oct 7th, 2010
    A week and a half ago the kid and I went to Wild @ Art to paint ceramics but we had to leave the painted pieces behind so that they could be put in the kiln and fired. And today I went to pick them up. [more...]

    Scarily unexcited - Oct 5th, 2010
    Halloween is less than four weeks away and I am anything but excited about it. In fact, there is this niggling feeling of apprehension about what once was a favorite holiday. If I had my way, the day wouldn’t happen; the kid wouldn’t trick-or-treat and I would turn off the house lights so that no one came to the house for treats, either. [more...]

    Crafty chick - Sep 26th, 2010
    I’d like to tell you that I’m completely over my blue mood, but that would be a lie. I have, however, been having an enjoyable weekend despite it. [more...]

    Relearning the art of childhood - Sep 26th, 2010
    A while back I picked up a piece of bond paper and a box of crayons to illustrate a silly little image to go along with my goals posting. A few days after that I grabbed a couple more sheets of paper from the printer then borrowed my foster daughter’s colored pencils to illustrate each individual goal. [more...]

    Thanking the anonymous - Sep 22nd, 2010
    When I arrived home from England last week there was a happy surprise waiting for me in the post. It was a simple gesture: A short note and some cash directing me to do something nice for myself as a way of ‘paying forward’ the loving reach of a foster mom a couple of generations ago. [more...]

    God’s Eyes - Sep 19th, 2010
    On the drive home from the airport Friday evening, I started to think about Ojo de Dios (God’s Eyes). I don’t know what brought the thought to mind, but I’m sure it was a winding road of completely unrelated subjects. (A regular journey in my crazy little mind.) [more...]

    Being silly - Sep 16th, 2010
    Right, I promised a more cheerful post the other day and I’m pleased to say that I don’t even have to be fake cheerful! You see, a few weeks ago my friend in Scotland sent me a link for an online art course called The Art of Silliness2 and yesterday was the first day of instruction. Yay! [more...]

    Art? - Sep 1st, 2010
    I wish I was an artist. You know—a really good one. I wish I could draw things with ease and make them look pretty. In my mind I can see myself standing there with a paint palette creating these amazingly-beautiful landscapes or amazingly-accurate portraits. [more...]

    A stitch in time - Jun 20th, 2010
    Well, I was meant to be starting my summer holidays this weekend but have decided to put them on hold. Which is a good thing because the weather certainly doesn’t realize it’s summer and there’s lot of work to be done at the office. [more...]

    Happy birthday to me - Feb 21st, 2010
    Today is my 36th birthday and to celebrate, I’ve opened a bottle of bubbly and I’m feasting on caviar, wild salmon, and Alaskan king crab. The house is empty, save for me and the cat. There is soft jazz playing in the background and I’m admiring the way the light glistens off of the lovely ring I’m wearing; a birthday present I purchased for myself at Macy*s. [more...]

    Still stitching - Feb 20th, 2010
    I started crocheting this baby blanket last February. I’m still a beginner(ish) hooker and wanted something simple and small to work on while Paul and I traveled to England for a Ryan family reunion. [more...]

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