Monday, March 29, 2010

Rug Part 2 and the View

It was so clear this weekend that we could see all the way to Mt. Washington (I'm pretty sure anyway). This is the first time I have ever seen it from here. It was pretty amazing.

Here is my 2nd attempt at rug photos. Much better I think. I have about 15 or so rounds done on rug 2 now, too!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Projects

I tried to get a few pictures of the new fish in the tank but the are really speedy. They are albino Corey Cats.

I have been busy cutting fabric strips for the new rug I am working on. I am doing it a little more methodically this time to get a better sense of time and method. This one is going to be more subdued in color. Tan, white and brown with a deep wine red - I have a feeling it will be a little bigger, too.

I have this fun pom pom trim to do something fun for me for spring and some linen for another project using up rug scraps. I'm feeling motivated by spring and light!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Scrap Buster

Now that we have more light at the end of the day I have been peering into my doll house with a photographer's eye again. Eliot has been playing with it more, too. I had to take and put away most of the delicate furniture but he is enjoying putting his figurines and cars in there.

I found this treasure way back when I found that haul of vintage patterns. The Weave-It was in one of the smaller notions boxes. I wasn't sure what I would do with it but I have been interested in weaving in general for a long time. I liked making those pot holders when I was a kid so I figured I would think up a way to use it at some point.

I decided to warp it (didn't follow any directions) to see what would happen if I wove some of the wool scraps from my rug projects. It was a little tricky with this device but I think there is potential for an offshoot project with my little scraps. The wool wove in nice and tight and I think with a proper tool to push the pieces down it could be another interesting rug.

I have a fairly large frame that used to have canvas on it back from my art school days that I think I am going to turn into a simple loom. Isn't it amazing how new ideas come so rapidly when you start working on a new project?

Friday, March 19, 2010


I made a new half curtain for the window in our hallway. It is a long, narrow hallway that is an L shape from Eliot's bedroom to ours. We have two buildings directly to the back so it has been lacking in privacy for a while. The light shining through the yellow makes a pleasant little corner.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our week

The reveal.

I have been trying to get a better picture of the finished rug for days. Either it is being used as a lily pad for the little frog in my house or the lighting is bad. I really like it. It is soft and squishy under foot and brightens up any corner I put it in. I can't wait to make more!

This is basically what we have been up to for a week and a half. Eliot and Kevin have been really sick and I'm trying my best to fend it off - a loosing battle I have a feeling. Between sleepless nights with everyone up coughing and sleeping all around the house, to Eliot's first course of antibiotics our house is in shambles and we are all tired.

But, on a very nice note, the weather is awesome. It was about 60 today and sunny - I went out with Eliot in the yard and did a half hazard raking up of the leaves and he put as many bugs as he could find into his bug box. I also got a few more fish for the tank. I edited several more pictures so I should have more posts up in the few days, too.

Sunday, March 07, 2010


Spring is rearing it's head a little early around here. It was t-shirt weather today! Awesome. Eliot was geared up so he wouldn't 'bump his head' while he was playing.

Little buds are popping. And...I finished the rug! I will post pictures soon.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Updates and outdoors

The fish tank is moving along. It has the driftwood in it and the fish seem to love it. I had to fashion some weights with gravel stuffed inside some old paisley tights to hold them down. I am building up a hill on the right side but I didn't have enough of the good gravel to cover it. So, back to the fish store I go.

We took another trip over to the Audubon this weekend. Eliot had a blast climbing over the huge logs that had fallen down with all of the wind we have had. I had fun taking pictures without mittens on for a change. We have had some warm weather. I am happy with it! I'm planning on a rug session later tonight if I can get Eliot to bed and curl up in front of Hulu - so much for not having a TV.

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