Jul 30, 2015

The Third Part

I'm still working on my Follow Your Arrow Shawl and am now in the third of five sections. Here is my progress so far:

Follow Your Arrow 2 Shawl WIP
Follow Your Arrow 2 Shawl WIP

My goal is to finish this next week so I can move on to some other knitting projects.

Jul 28, 2015

In Atlanta

I spent a long weekend in the Atlanta area. Here are a few of the photos I took; you can see more on my flickr.

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beautiful eyelashes. weather vane. fish and such. dragons. pop art.

Jul 23, 2015

Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down

Last week I was so excited about my juniper tree I forgot to share the next Craft Book Club read. We are reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood!

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I actually finished the book and have plans to use either the mock Latin phrase: 'nolite te bastardes carborundorum' which means 'don't let the bastards grind you down' or the english version. Now I need to decide if I'm embroidering it or wood burning it or what. Any suggestions?

If you haven't read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood I definitely recommend it! It is a dystopian novel where women have no rights and is told by Offred, a handmaid whose duty is to bear children for a commander and his wife. Read it!

Jul 21, 2015

Wild Garden

My garden is much less pitiful than it was a month ago and is getting a bit wild & overgrown. It's amazing how much vining plants spread out when you aren't paying attention. Here are some pictures of how everything is looking now:

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tiger lily. melons. only marigold survivor. future giant salad. sausage tomato. eggplant flower. not kermit eggplants. more tomatoes. milkweed. tall corn.


Jul 16, 2015

Juniper Tree

Today I'm sharing my Craft Book Club project for Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm! Fun Fact (that I didn't know): Unlike Hans Christian Anderson who wrote his stories, the Grimm brothers collected and published folk tales. The stories I read were pretty strange; they had the standard evil stepmothers and murders/cannibalism, but also incest. My project was inspired by one story with an evil stepmother and some cannibalism: The Juniper Tree.

I went to a nursery and bought an old gold juniper bush, took it home and removed about 60% of the foliage, and planted it in a planter I had on hand. It is sort of a cross between a bonsai and a topiary, I need to get some wire to shape the branches and I still need to remove another half of the plant. So right now it is in it's awkward teenage years, sitting on my porch getting use to it's new home.

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Today I have some more Craft Book Club projects from Wendy! She made a juniper bonsai for her Grimm's Fairy Tales project too! Isn't that panda figurine adorable? I love it!

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And for Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld she made another jellyfish/Huxley airship: