Sunday, January 31, 2010

i was eager to start a project out of my new book "quilting for peace," and also excited about the fabric i picked up at the thrift store this weekend. so i just had to try a quick project....

this is the "30 minute shopping bag" from the book, modified to have an interior divider. i used a vintage sheet and pillow case.i'm hoping this will be the perfect bag for running friday morning errands. i wanted something to handle mail, library books, and the occasional shopping trip.
this weekend in thrifting....

a lovely cafe curtain with red embroidery

i just bought the book "quilting for peace," and i'm thinking of trying out the shopping bag pattern with this fabric paired with some linen.

and for a change in style from my usual tastes....citrus retro! i'm thinking the green stripes would also make great shopping bags.

and a quick quilting update....all the rows for the front are sewn

Saturday, January 30, 2010

this is harvey's favorite spot in the house, a tiny space in the spare room/craft room wedged between the bed and the desk. so to make his spot a little more cozy, i whipped up a small dog bed from an old blanket.
he seems to like it.
although i think he is tired of my photo shoot.

i'm next

someone in this house (who is not me) had a birthday yesterday.

birthday angel food cake:
new handmade potholders:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

they tried to make me go to rehab...

yesterday i started my volunteer work at the local raptor center for birds of prey. its a small facility that does both rehabilitation for injured birds as well as education.

there are a dozen or so "residents" that live at the center and help with education. they are birds that can't survive in the wild due to some injury or defect, and that do well in the captive environment. they're on display for visitors, and also go out for educational programs.

my favorite of the residents has to be griffin, an american kestrel that was hatched and raised by people, and consequently thinks that he is a person. in the spring time, i'm told the "circle of rejection" begins. griffin courts all the visitors (showing off his nest box, bringing them dead mice), only to have his best advances rebuffed. lucy, the other american kestrel, sees his displays and answers with her own courtship, only to be completely ignored by griffin.

besides the residents, there are "rehab" birds in for rehabilitation of an injury. they are housed in one of two "icu" rooms with small kennel sized cages, in one of the indoor or outdoor larger enclosures, or in one of the two large fly rooms (a large barn like structure with slatted sides with lots of room for exercise).

volunteer work begins at the bottom, so to speak, with basic maintenance and cleaning. the raptor center breeds their own rats and mice for food, so a lot of the work is taking care of them. i started out in the "rat room", which is this little room with two sets of shelves full of bins that the rats live in. its pretty easy work, just set up new clean bins with shavings and food, take a bin of rats, open it up, and move them over (you just grab them by the tail). i consider all those years of keeping gerbils excellent training.

so certainly not glamorous work, but necessary none the less. as i get more experience, i can branch out into the education or rehab areas. overall i enjoyed it, and i'm very impressed that the center runs with only one full time and one part time staff member. all the rest of the work is done by volunteers.

luckily, there are no velociraptors at the raptor center.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

a birthday gift package for a wonderful friend: a small tote bag and a rice heat therapy bag (for surviving a cold office).

Friday, January 22, 2010

here we go....

my first quilt.

the fabric:
medallion in teal and flowers in the sky from patricia bravo's french riviera, and kona cotton in bone.

the pattern - simple 9x9 inch squares with 3 inch sashing.

progress: all the pieces for the front are cut and layed out. and the first two rows are sewn:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

the new camera has its first big day out - a hike along banta gulch in the beaver creek wilderness area.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


so for people who love to knit, there is this geeky fun thing of that started out as the knitting olympics, and moved on over to the ravelry knitting/crochet site. the idea is to pick a project and knit it (start to finish) during the winter olympic games. that's two weeks. its suppposed to be a challenge. there are teams, and events, and points. i'm telling you, it is geeky good fun.

anyway, if you're still reading this and not trying to have me's my olympic challenge.

i'm going to knit the ishbel scarf size out of this yarn (which i already own). it is a lace project, which i have not done much of, and something i have had an irrational desire to make for quite some time. go team colorado!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

christmas 2009 follow up

now that everyone has opened their gifts, here's a little roundup of the crafts i made this christmas:

jami's owl
(pattern from lollychops)

and jami's simple pin cushion for her new sewing room

mary's slouchy hat for cold walks
(pattern elizabeth from jane richmond, yarn baby alpaca grande)
and some fingerless mitts with the leftovers
(pattern cabled fingerless mitts at tangleonline)

dad's watchcap
(pattern made up on the fly, yarn cascade quatro)

drew's jackyll & hide

mom & bert's little blanket
(modified version of the 3-2-1 throw)

rachael's cloche
(pattern classic cloche from knit one, felt too, yarn cascade 220)

hannah's crazy hat
(pattern bulky baby hat, yarn ironstone fun wool)
jenna's j hat
(pattern turn a square, yarn araucania cotton)

amy's bunny
(pattern snoogem)

grandma hilbert's slippers
(pattern easy house slippers, yarn cascade ecowool)

before being sewn up:

before felting:after felting: