Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Rocks go Round and Round and Round


D got me a rock tumbler for Christmas! He shortly regretted it because our house was filled with the constant sound of rocks rattling around and around. I, however, am quite fond of it! I set up a way to muffle the sound by putting it in a cardboard box and then putting a bunch of towels on top of it. There is still a constant clattering sound, but much reduced. Here are my rocks, before and after the polishing.



(Before!)

(After!)



I love searching for rocks on the beach or on hikes. It's like finding treasures!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The City and The Snow.

Ces and I explored the snowy city on the first day of the snow storm. We wandered through the streets as snowflakes sprinkled the the world.




























Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Winter Scarf For A Snowy Day...or, My Board Game Scarf.

I made this scarf mostly while playing board games with friends. Sometimes I will get antsy during board games. If I have a strategy, it is nerve wracking waiting through everyone else's turn. Who knows if they are going to make a move that destroys my my careful planning? That is why knitting is perfect for for board games. It is nice to have a way to occupy yourself between turns. I started this scarf in the summer while playing 'Power Grid' after a BBQ. I finished it while playing 'Puerto Rico' on the last day of the 'Great Seattle Snow Storm of 2012'.


Scarf in the Snow.

Warm Kitty!

Mue Mue, my little model cat!


Speaking of scarves, look at this one that Kay Francis is wearing.



I don't know if this quite counts as a scarf, but close enough. It looks like it is basically just two dead foxes hanging off of her. Kay Francis is quite beautiful and glamorous but she pulls this off despite the fox scarf not because of it. I love almost all fashion between the 1920's and 1940's, but I just don't get how the whole dead animal thing ever became a trend. It just reminds me of road kill. I realize I am slightly biased because I am a huge live animal fan, but it just seems strange!
These movie stills are from the movie 'Trouble in Paradise.' It is a romantic comedy from 1932. In the 'olden days,' directors really knew how to do romantic comedy's right.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Birdhouse and Sweater, Before and After.

I came home on a windy day and found my birdhouse had been blown to the ground. As it crashed against the hard dirt below, it broke. It was easy to fix with a bit of wood glue. While I was at it, I decided to repaint it too. I hung it up last year in hopes a bird would make a home for it's fledglings within. No such luck. It may have been hanging too close to the bird feeder. No mother bird wants a whole bunch of other birds swooping so close to her little ones.



I fixed my sweater recently too. I got this mustard colored sweater at the thrift store. I loved everything about it except it's gold button clasps. They seemed far too 'old lady' for me. So I snazzed it up with simple brown buttons. Now it reminds me of the type of sweater that a daughter of a fisherman in Maine would wear in the 1940's.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Carolina Pt. 4: Carriage Rides Through an Old City Full of Sea Breeze and Palm Trees


On my last day in Charleston, I got to go on a carriage ride through the city! It was a great way to see the city. Moving through the open air while traversing the city was far more refreshing then seeing the city via a bus tour. The stage coach driver gave us a guided tour and we were all able to learn about the history of the city. Our horse was named Bill and everyone was instantly charmed by by him and his equine ways. When the tour was almost ready and we were near to his barn, Bill started trotting. He was eager to get to his food! I wish I could go to Charleston all the time. It is a beautiful city!



























I came up with a Popsicle stick joke recently:
Q. What is a book worms favorite food-
A. A Li-Berry.

....(cue laugh track.)