31 October 2010

a few favorite things...

Italian office supplies...

An Indian cattle amulet.
Inside, there's a prayer
for the cow who wore it.

a basket full of my grandmother's lace...

A sea urchin found on Muckle Roe, in Shetland.
A grateful "thank you" to the customs officials
in Sumburgh, Edinburgh, London, and Boston.

A Russian chocolate wrapper...

A box of beetles from Prague...
Tangeriney, the Cat, drawn in the Headmaster's office at Pear Tree Mead,

                the primary school I attended while Mum and I were living in England

        One of my favorite books and one of the best covers of all time.  Given to me
      when I was working with a used book dealer who was kind to insist I take it home. 


...a barn swallow drawn during a brief "Draw One Bird a Day" project.

...an owl jar made by my grandmother. She taught ceramics at the Community Center founded by my grandfather. Ours was the only house around with a kiln and a potting wheel in the basement. I wish I had appreciated how lucky I was at the time and I wish my grandmother were still alive to teach me how to throw a pot.

Happy Halloween!

30 October 2010

had I only known...

A fiber festival is coming to town! I learned this just a few days after purchasing some yarn, (some yarn = more than I need and I have a closetful of evidence to prove it), for a few Christmas gifts I have to start working on. I had read Sandi Wiseheart's post about all the good reasons to attend fiber shows and inspired by good reason #1, which amounted to having fun while spending time with like-minded people, a thing I seldom do, I thought I'd search out a calendar of next years' shows and was thrilled to find one taking place next weekend and only a few miles away! I don't regret the yarns I bought, especially the Araucania Itata which I've turned into such a memorable and patience testing tangle, but how can I resist increasing the inventory with some hand-spun Angora bunny puffs?