a mostly lovely day


Tonight I needed methodical craftiness to get me going- so I decided to start to work on binding a few mini books which I am hoping to put in my Etsy Shop in the next day or so. I love this kind of creating – I get to play and work with color and it is a calming and orderly process. They are currently resting under much weight to prepare for tomorrow.

Today was an interesting day filled with powerful thunderstorms in short spurts, a visit to a local hot dog stand and a semi frustrating trip to the dmv (or shall I say dds in georgia) where I learned that even though I have been married for almost seven years I need to bring my marriage license with me because , oddly enough my name now differs from my birth certificate- not my passport, my social security card or my current driver’s license, but my birth certificate- oh well- I shall try again another day.

As for the rest of the evening – I play with a collage, watch some tv or maybe a movie and then perhaps have some tea- exciting, eah?- well I am pretty happy with it. Have a lovely evening.

Saying my name outloud


Well, I have decided to take the plunge and put some of my artwork for sell on Etsy. It is a scary step for me, but one I have been trying to get the nerve up to do for quite some time. You see- I keep making things and I only have so much space for such things, but I want to keep making stuff and so it goes and we shall see. To start with I have put up a few paintings, some collage work and a journal that I made. I would love to hear what you think- as all of this is quite new and scary to me.

in love with…


Expecting, by Elsa Mora 

I am in love with this image from etsy seller, Elsita . I have long had a fascination with wings and that is what initially drew me to this, but the more I look at it the more I am in love with it. She also does amazing things with fabric – for example the dress that she is wearing to the Oscars tonight that she made herself. It, like all of her work, is lovely.

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Remembering to Play

Today was a day of play for me- which was so good. My wonderful friend, Shimelle gave me a sewing machine- so today I set to work on figuring out what the heck to do with it. I thought of some things….
I made an apron for Jon, the chef of the family, from my Simple Sewing with a French Twist. I also made the page you see above using bits of scrapbooking material that I collected from the wonderful people that I met at Scrapbowl using what I learned in Shimelle’s Paper Patchwork class. Twas much of the fun.
I played today- and I created the page above to remind me- that, for me, creativity begins with play and that even if I have no idea what I am going for… if I just play- I will most likely have fun and like what I end up making.
So here’s to a day of play. Woohoo!

Crafty Goodness in Washington D.C.

the tracks


in dc

So- um- wow. The last week was a whirlwind of activity for me and so much fun. I had the pleasure of attending Scrapbowl as Shimelle’s assistant last week and it was so much fun. First and foremost I got to hang out with Shimelle- who I have been desperately missing since we moved back to the States from London. On top of that wonderfulness I got to meet some amazing new people (The Get Croppin Girls- Marirosa and Ashlie, Tia, Emily, Kristina, Donna, Margie, Stacy and all of the wonderful women participating in and helping with the classes) and be surrounded by crafty goodness. I love crafty goodness! It was, in short, much of the fun.
So much to process from last week. Thanks to everyone who was involved- it was an experience that will not be forgotten.
Since I did not have enough forethought to bring a camera the lovely pictures above are some that Shimelle took- Thanks for letting me use them:)

Same Thing…

So I just stopped with the journals and the thing a day and I am not quite sure why… but I can’t quite get myself to continue at the moment…. so I am not- and I am going to attempt to not feel bad about it- I am just going to admit that right now it is not happening…..

and then for some reason this song came to mind…. It is Same Thing by Barenaked Ladies and it makes me smile-

What does it mean to wake out of a dream and be
Wearing someone else’s shorts?
I’ve been around the block, at least on my bike
I was prepared for the news but not for
The Third World War
I found me an answer, in a grocery store
I found me an answer in the form of an old man with
a cardigan on, this guy’s got thirty years on me but
he stops and smiles just to say “Hello,
didn’t I see you on TV?”
Must’ve been the same thing
Must’ve been the same thing
Must’ve been the same thing
Charlie Brown went through
I’m in a comic store
Lookin’ for some mistakenly priced comic I could make
A fortune on and in walks the Fantastic Four
I say “Don’t go;
That last issue was cool!”
Must’ve been the same thing
Must’ve been the same thing
Must’ve been the same
things all end
Who asked you anyway?
You’ll have to bend
Who asked you anyway?
I’m in a thunderstorm
Staying out from under trees never holding
Gold clubs, but still seem to be getting
Struck by lightning… must be
Something in my veins
My weathered veins
Must’ve been the same thing

Some Memories of a Long Life

Some Memories of a Long Life

Harlan, Malvina Shanklin. Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911. New York: Mondern Day Library, 2001.

This volume was unearthed by Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the Library of Congress amoung the papers concerning the life of Chief Justice Harlan. In this book Mrs. Harlan discusses the time that she lived with her husband. They married and took up house, initially with his family, in 1854 and she and her husband lived together until his death in 1911. She wrote this account of their life after the fact- looking back on their time together. There are some exceptions where she referenced early diary entries, letters and various reports made on events that affected them.
To me this was a lovely book that gave an interesting account of the day to day life of the wife of a Supreme Court Justice. She addresses many things that you would simply have no way of knowing about the time period. She does not get very personal in her account, but I think that is true to form for the time period. You hear nothing of her children when they are young except to point out when they were present for certain events. Some of the details of daily life I assume were too intimate to discuss.
She offers an interesting perspective of courtship for a woman of her time and also an interesting perspective of the expansion of women’s rights. She views herself as an old fashined woman with little ability of her own when honors are bestowed upon her. For instance in 1908 she was invited to represent Kentucky, her husband’s home state, for the International Child’s Welfare Convention. She accepts the appointment and replys this way:
Ye’d scarce accept on of my age
to speak in public on the stage;
But while I think ye’d better wait
And make a “New Woman” your diligate,
I’ll try to be there, my Governor dear,–
Though for Kentucky t’will not seem quite clear
She’ll be ripresented at all to her mind,
The choice of your old friend is considered kind;
And she’ll do her best (of that ye’ll be sure)
And signs herself, “Yours till death.”

Mrs. Harlan lead an interesting life. In her time she witnessed the Civil War and the beginnings of World War I. She was an intimate witness to many historic cases heard by the Supreme Court. Mrs. Harlan had an extremly interesting perspective because of  her husband’s public life. This was a very interesting book to read; it offers a window through which to peer at this long life of Mrs. Malvina Shanklin Harlan, a very interesting woman indeed.



I confessed this earlier with Shimelle in her I Must Confess Class, but I was reminded of it again today when I read my horoscope at Free Will Astrology and was smiling at what it said…


Virgo (August 23-September 22)

“Success means controlling your own time,” observed actor Rod Steiger. “If you gain control over 60 percent of the time in your life, you are really successful.” In 2008, Virgo, you will have far more power than you’ve had before to fulfill this definition of success. And right now you happen to be in a phase of your astrological cycle when your hard work toward this goal will have maximum impact. The ironic fact of the matter is that it’s an ideal time to slave away in behalf of greater freedom.