Hey, all! I'll be vacationing in Boulder in July, and I'd love to visit some awesome thrift stores or craft supply stores! And actually, any other not-to-be-missed places that I need to know about -- I'll take those too.
I took a good look at my basil today, only to find this:
What is that? Is it growing more roots above ground? Why would it do that? Is it a fungus? Do I need to be concerned? It didn't do this last year. Is this possibly the result of using seeds from last year's plant? Is it because it's been ridiculously rainy here all season? Someone! I'm freakin' out here!
Ok, so they're not that crazy... I made each of these for a different friend/family member who was having a baby.
This one says "Ella Grace" (the baby's name) in IPA, which is the alphabet linguists and others use to write any speech sound in the world. The mother was a linguistics major (as was I), so it was kind of a cute inside joke.
Blurry paisley, for a baby boy.
Barrel of Monkeys monkey (kind of?) for my brother's baby boy. (I'm afraid it might have scared him....)
...or as my friend's mother likes to call it, "Merchandise Exchange Days". I just refer to it as "Trash Pickin' Time!"
Every spring and fall, Norman, OK has their semi-annual "clean-up". People put out all their big trash (furniture, mattresses, etc), and the sanitation people will pick it up, whatever it is. People put out all sorts of stuff. Last year I found a huge stack of manilla envelopes, boxes of vintage fabric and clergy vestments, a folding clothes drying rack, a folding card table, a red vinyl highback chair, some books.... you never know what will be out. The trucks come around to pick stuff up pretty early Saturday morning. This goes on all month, so you need a schedule and map to know what neighborhoods are when (http://www.normanok.gov/utilities/sanitation/clean-up.htm).
This is great fun -- I look forward to these months all year!
I was so inspired by BananaAmbush's Moulin Rouge Pants (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30790.0), that, upon receiving 48 (!!!) Sharpies for Christmas (24 thin, 24 regular), and upon the wearing-out of my favorite pair of jeans, and upon my falling in love with the Monkees thanks to Netflix, I decided I needed Monkees pants.
I will admit right now that they are nowhere near Moulin Rouge Pants quality, but here they are anyway. I love 'em.
There are so many more pics, but I thought 5 was probably about 3 too many anyway... :-)
Oh yeah. Olive green, yellow, orange. And gold. Shiny gold. When I say "vintage", I mean vintage. I was at an estate auction. They tend to try to get rid of things in groups, so even if you only want one thing, you get stuck with a whole bunch of stuff (but all for very cheap). A lady wanted one of the framed art pieces, but she was going to leave the rest, including the framed crewel embroidery! I asked her about it, and she said I could have it. Now it's a purse.
So, this is what we call "totally not a big deal" because it's just a hat, but I'm soooo proud of it, and so happy that it turned out okay, and so happy that I have a Mike of the Monkees hat (when I obsess, I obsess), that I just had to share. Here's my hat:
...and here's what it's supposed to look like:
I basically knew I had to have a hat like Mike's, so I bought some green yarn and went to my local University of Oklahoma Knitting Club and asked for help. And here it is. Knitting, it turns out, is not really my thing, but I'm very proud of my hat.
I'm taking a college class right now called "Linguistic Field Methods". (I don't want to bore anyone with the specifics, but if you want to know what that is, please ask.) Our professor required us each to have a bound journal, not just a spiral notebook. So I thought "Wait, I know how to make those!" and "Wouldn't it be cool to have a personalized one and not just some boring thing with a puppy on the front from WalMart?" The result (using the tute found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10347.0 ):
The embroidery says "Field Methods" in the special linguistics alphabet we use, and "Fall '05".
I pasted a copy of the chart with all the special symbols we use on the first page.
A ribbon bookmark, and I'm totally ready to take a crazy amount of notes. Woot!