Thursday, June 24, 2010

Trying To Tat....

And getting nowhere fast. Well actually after "trying" over and over again for about a week, I'm starting to make some progress. From left to right, you can tell that the synapses are starting to finally connect. The first pile is a mess of failed attempts.
How about a pic of some duck tape roses. I taught my 7 yr old how to make them and he was thrilled. They are a fun for the kids and not too time consuming. Now I just need more colors of duct tape. Excellent Summer craft for the kids (or you) if you're looking for something to do. Even the silver tape would look good! Link here Duck Tape Roses if you want to try them.
And last but not least. My 12 year old son at 6th grade recognition. The main reason I'm posting this picture is because I can never get him to wear pants. He wears shorts year around, even in the cold, but here is proof that under the right circumstances, he is capable of wearing pants and looking good in them! Not that he doesn't look good no matter what he's wearing. I'm so proud of him!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Washcloth

I'm teaching myself new knitting stitches. It's really fun and while I'm forever a crochet lover. I really enjoy the challenge of learning something new. Socks next, right......maybe......

The last day of school is tomorrow. I've spent more time at the school in the last couple of weeks than I have all year. I was a lot of fun! I even shed a few tears during my son's 6th grade recognition. New year he'll be in middle school and he's really looking forward to it. I can't believe how quickly this year went! Here is a picture of the plaques I helped them work on for the school carnival. I really got to know a few of the students in the class. It was a bit of an eye opening experience for me. I'm learning that I can "teach" and that it really is a lot of fun, even when you're not sure about what you're doing.

On a totally different note. I fell down the front steps a few days ago. I ended up with a scraped face, knee, hands and ankle. All in all it could have been much worse. Funny, my youngest saw me fall and in his words "Mom, you tripped over nothing!". This is true, my feet just seemed to tangle on their own and down the steps I went. I'm sure it didn't help that I have been thinking about falling down those steps for a long time. Don't ask me why, it was just one of those random thoughts every time I went down them. Guess what! That thought is gone now. Really weird.
Do you like African Violets? I have this window that has brought out the best in some "rescued" plants. You know, the ones they sell for .50 because they have one leaf left. Look at these babies blooming away. Too Cool!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Durian Cookies & Weaving.....

Durian Cookies (Bagged for Safety)

First thing I want to say about durian cookies is, hmmmm, well they smell bad! I mean really, really bad!!! So bad that it took 3 heavy duty zip lock baggies to block it! Believe it or not the taste is well, oniony. Yeah, I tried, one, and one was enough! I got the boys to try them too, and they agreed, yuck! At least by cookie standards. I forgot to take them with me down to my daughters and she has decided that she wants them. Mainly to keep people from sitting next to her on the bus, lol!
My wonderful Mom and lovely daughter : D

I had a great day with her on Friday. We went to lunch, at an excellent and unique Mexican restaurant (can't remember the name) on Broadway in Capitol Hill and then we hit Pike Place Market. I bought some rhubarb (the plants growing in my yard aren't very vigorous) and some Jicama.
My Elephant bag from Noreen Crone-Findlay's book The Woven Bag. Did you ever use one of the pot holder looms when you were a kid? Well this bag was made with one of those looms. This book has tons of great bags to make using both the pot holder loom and other small looms.

This little bear and his blanket were also made on the pot holder loom. You can find directions for the bear at WeaveZine an online weaving magazine. I learned that I don't particularly like working with nubby yarn for weaving. Maybe I'll like it better when I'm more experienced. However this bear is a quick weave project and fun!

I'm really liking weaving and made a couple of looms out of PVC pipe. Quick, simple and inexpensive. When I get them warped up I'll take pictures of them. First I need to decide on projects though........

Hope you had a nice Holiday weekend. It rained all weekend except for the last few hours last night. I'm hearing that we have a 1 day reprieve from the rain before it makes it's return tomorrow. I suppose this is a good thing since the kids still have a couple more weeks of school, but it would be nice to see the sun a little more often!