Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bye-bye blues

Like, every room in our house is a shade of baby blue. It's not cool. Well, it is cool and that is the problem. I think a drafty house needs warm colors to feel cozy.

Today we prime half the living room! Say bye to these baby blues:

I know my new curtains are a bit too short...they aren't on the correct curtain rods yet. They are currently being functional, though, at cutting down drafts - much better than the lace that was there before:
The ceiling has a darker stripe of baby blue. It's going too. I've convinced Bill that it should be red. He's a bit hesitant, so if you all could gush over the stripe when it's done, I'd appreciate it!

Off to paint!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Anne-Marie's Shawl

When Anne-Marie visited in October, she wanted so much to be like her wicked-awesome-cool big sister that she dyed some yarn with kool-aid and demanded her own Sunday Market Shawl.

Or something like that.

Here it is. Clearly, we have different fashion tastes...I, for example, don't have anything that really matches kool-aid pink.

AM - it will be in the mail soon. Mwah.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


We've pretty much hunkered down for the winter with few plans for housey stuff till spring. We plan to paint the living room before Christmas, but that's about it.

I'll be using the non-working time for KNITTING! I just finished this White-Water Wrist-Warmer this morning:

This is a rare event...I will allow you to see the "back" of something I've made because it is pretty cool:

The cold rainy weather has brought the birds back to our feeders. Scads of gold and house finches, noisy chickadees, Sal the Cardinal and every type of woodpecker you could imagine. It is actually time to refill all those feeders again.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Winter Prepardness - Play at Home!

All our bird feeders have been washed and filled with fresh yumminess. If you are playing at many feeders can you find in this photo? Answer at the bottom of the post.

In addition to enticing neighborhood birds into our yard, we've been getting ready for winter by making curtains and testing the wood stove.

This is the curtain fabric and the design is inspired by curtains I was staring at during a (clearly engaging) meeting at the Indiana statehouse. Perfect for our deep window frames.

We've also been testing a theory that wood stoves are the great uniter in the house. Kitties and puppies will put aside their differences in order to sit peacefully near the wondrous fire. How many mammals will chose to be in the same 5 square feet out of the 2,000 available?

Second it the stove they crave or the pancakes?

Finally, how many feeders were visible in the photo? The answer is...EIGHT. There are more that are just outside the range of the photo (for a total of 10). In November, will we spend more $ on people food or bird food?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall photos

We haven't been doing much work lately, but I hope you enjoy some photos of fall.

Anne-Marie visited last weekend and dyed some yarn with kool-aid for a Sunday Market Shawl.

And Bill's DNA scarf is polymerizing: