Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day

If you're in Michigan on this Leap Day, watch where you leap:
It's icy out there!

Getting ready for another house project which involves paint chips, carpet samples, window treatments, and light fixtures.  Blog posting is likely to be affected.....not to mention weaving, spinning, and knitting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Pure Michigan....

Today is Paczki day, which is newsworthy in Detroit.  I never heard of paczki's until I moved here 35 years ago.  If you don't know how to pronounce it, there's a pronunciation audio at the last link.  Around here it also called Fat Tuesday.
When I lived in Pittsburgh today was known as Shrove Tuesday and pancakes were the order of the day.  And of course in other places, especially New Orleans, today is the culmination of Mardi Gras (which is Fat Tuesday in French).  Interesting how different places/cultures interpret and express the meaning of the day.  Is it something different where you are?

Odd the things to contemplate while licking the remainder of jelly doughnut from your fingers.

Anyway, dh and I took a little jaunt up north in search of winter:
We found a little bit of winter in Charlevoix.  Just enough for the snow plows to clear the hotel parking lot on Saturday morning.  This area along Lake Michigan is usually heaped up in snow at this time of year.  Not this year.

However it does appear that we brought a little bit of winter back with us.  This morning:
 The birds are not amused.

The Cardinal appears to be waiting for the woodpecker to finish.

Oh well.  Maybe the shoveling will help me work off that last jelly doughnut before Lent begins.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dear Valentine

I made some Valentine's slippers for a couple of special people:

This cookie is for my longtime Valentine:
It's a BIG kiss cookie.

 And it just so happens that the current weaving project looks best with a red weft:
Summer and Winter, treadling one.
Summer and Winter, treadling two.
There's a lot more warp on the loom, so it may be a little while before you get the finished product photo's.
I have to "evict" a certain little furry Valentine from my loom bench every time I get up from the loom for a cuppa tea or whatever.  I'd like to think she's keeping it warm for me.
 I suspect, it's really the other way 'round.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.

Friday, February 10, 2012


been busy with stuff.  Some of it is in the new banner photo.  Will write more next week.