Thursday, July 31, 2008

fabric through the decades

yesterday i scored a really neat little footstool for $5. i'm recovering it, so today i took the legs and fabric off and found that it had been recovered a couple of times already. below is the progression of my excavation, from the top layer of fabric to the original. i'll post a pic of my redo soon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

duh of the week

not the first time i've seen a sign like this, but i always think it's funny.

back from the country

pics from the road and of the land. it is really, really, really hard for me to leave this place every time i visit. it is so quiet, and you can see every single star in existence.

Friday, July 25, 2008

short trip

we are off for a weekend visit to fredericksburg in the morning. i just found these pictures from last december, when we went to visit grandma around christmas. i love it there...i could stay a long time. i'm pretty sure the dogs feel the same way. this time we aren't even going into town, we'll just be hanging out in the country. more pics when we get back!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

in the park

i took these photos last night at shakespeare in the park. i couldn't take any of the production because we weren't allowed, but it was a nice one... all's well that ends well. the last play of the season runs in october, so check it out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

the world

check out this disaster waiting to happen. it's being built off the coast of dubai, and it is totally fascinating.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

heat wave

i'm getting tired of the heat. just for one day, i'd like for it to be cold and gray. it's like reverse seasonal depression...i need some clouds and a storm of some kind to give me a happy break from the sun here. also, i think i need a break from the concrete. these pictures are of our back yard in west virginia (in march!). i've been missing it lately.

Friday, July 18, 2008

aquarell color

i recently ordered some really really nice watercolors for the lab (schmincke), and today i filled in the color sheet that comes along with them, because you can't really tell the color just by looking at the cakes when paints get this expensive and concentrated. these paints are so pretty and sumptuous, they make me want to start painting small little landscapes with watercolors all the time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

little natural wonders

this morning, after a rain last night, there were hundreds of these tiny mushrooms in one of my raised beds. i don't know what kind they are, but they make such a pretty little forest.

Monday, July 14, 2008

next workshop

in the upcoming paper nerds workshop, we will make a japanese sewn binding like the one seen below. i made this last week to remind myself of the structure before we teach it this weekend. see more about this and other upcoming workshops on our new paper nerds blog here.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

what a dog

i found these pictures of tony today. he is such a goober, especially in the car on a road trip.

epicurean delight

i love food packaging and design. i think it should all be this pretty. i'm starting a collection, so if any of you have wrappers or packages (or pictures of them) that are neat, send them along. this was the wrapper for two small amaretto cookies. i'll post more of my favorites soon.

a present

my new super cute yoga mat bag that shan made for me:)

greeting cards

in cleaning house today, i came across my sweet little pile of recent birthday cards. i love the images on them. they all make me smile.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

journey to the center of the earth

i am about to go on a date to see this. in 3D! we are super excited. and yes, super nerdy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

acquanited with the night

in oak cliff, at beckley brew house (yummy sweet potato fries), and on the way home through downtown after a short rain. i love the night.

new in the garden

well, we are really battling the major heat, and cutworms, but there are still a few things going strong in the garden. my recent trick of sticking toothpicks around the stems of all the veggies seems to be keeping the cutworms at bay (i refuse to use chemicals of any kind). next we'll introduce ladybugs and praying mantis to try and get the ecosystem back to something more normal (not so mosquito and ant heavy). i'm also trying to encourage more birds to come into the yard, so they can eat the worms and other things. thanks to a couple great birthday presents, the birds should be coming along soon.

we are beginning to compost (everything except animal products), and now actually have cool looking bins (thanks shan!) rather than just piles of stuff in the yard. our soil is a mess, especially after a redo on all the plumbing last summer, so we'll be tilling it in the fall and adding the compost to the beds and the worst part of the yard. i'm bound to lose more weight from all the yardwork!