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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: February 19, 2019 05:03:07 PM
Kyle made it home today, the postal worker actually put his box in the delivery bin, which never happens, so I didn't see him there for a bit. But, he got back before the ice storm starts and is now all snug and warm.

And he brought all kinds of goodies home with him!

There is a blood themed shirt and amigurumi blood drop (yes?), some rubber ducky friends, a new crab friend, a commemorative glass from Leawood KS, and souvenirs from the University of Kansas! He also has a cute little construction vest to wear.

And a ton of new reading material (perfect for being stuck in the house during ice storms, haha)


He showed me some of his adventures in his scrapbook, like this trip to the dentist and an encounter with Mr. Creepy Frog


Thanks for showing Kyle a great time, Smeddley!  Dani picked out the wacky pumpkin fabric at Spandex House in NYC, they had it on display near the front of the store since it was right before Halloween. I'm not sure what anyone does with poly-lycra squash print fabric, but maybe she has some ideas?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: February 14, 2019 05:18:31 PM
After spending a few hours at the airport on Sunday, the Monterey trip ended up not happening due to a broken plane and some airline ridiculousness. Since this was a work trip, I was not in the least upset by this.

Now Dani is helping me pack up a box so she can head home - possibly tomorrow if I can make it to the post office at work, since it might snow on Saturday morning.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: turkish rug felting on: February 06, 2019 02:26:08 PM
So for nuno you need to be really gentle at first, for a long time, or the fibers will felt to each other before they move through the fabric. What are you using to roll, how long have you rolled it for, etc? I would try some small samples first to experiment and see what works out the best for you.

With nuno I usually use either bubble wrap (directly) or rug underlay (possibly with initial use of plastic or more likely a polyester chiffon) for rolling. If you are having trouble getting the fibers to migrate, try gently jiggling and rocking the rolled up gauze/fibers rather than full on rolling. You are trying to get the fibers to move loosely without grabbing and locking. Once the fibers have migrated through, you can start to be more rough to get the shrinkage.

Also, you are very likely to still get the wrinkling because the gauze is not going to shrink at the same rate as the loose fibers.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: February 03, 2019 04:15:31 PM
Not much going on here, I may try to take Dani to work next week now that we are open again. I also have a last minute work trip to Monterey right before the end of the swap, so she might get to go on that one too. I won't have a car and will mostly be in a secure office building where photos are not encouraged, so tourist options are likely to be limited.

This weekend Dani helped me clean out some storage boxes in the basement


We worked on a felting project


And today we volunteered at the low cost shot clinic for the local SPCA. Good thing it warmed up this weekend since we were outside all afternoon!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: January 21, 2019 09:38:17 AM
Dani came with me to Newport News last weekend for a basket weaving conference. Yes, that is an actual thing.

Stopping at the VA rest stop east of Richmond - for anyone not from the midAtlantic, "Virginia is for Lovers" and "Maryland is for Crabs". I don't know of any other states that have slogans like that


Viriginia cookies for dessert!


The hotel was in the "fake" downtown area, with a movie theater, shops, and a big pond


We weren't supposed to have phones in the classrooms, but Dani helped me finish my basket homework on Friday night




6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: January 13, 2019 05:25:40 AM
Not a whole lot going on this week with continued shutdown nonsense. The big event of the weekend is snow!

Dani helped set up the snow board in the back yard for snow measurements


Yep, it is snowing


For DC, this is enough snow to cause general freakouts and close stuff for a day or two


If Dani is lucky, I might let her stay inside while I shovel later! Haha.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: January 02, 2019 08:17:59 PM
Hahaha, there has been *plenty* of dental action here too, at least for my cats. Cat #1 had all his teeth extracted in November (stomatitis) which was fairly grotesque and not at all photogenic. Cat #2 has a dental next Monday with near certainty of losing his two remaining canines.

Since almost everything is closed starting today because of the shutdown, and if this thing goes on too long my employer (fed contractor) will run out of funds and stop paying me, Dani is going to be helping me with exciting activities like "cleaning out boxes in the basement" and laundry....
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: January 01, 2019 01:00:56 PM
Dani and I went on a walking tour of monuments and stuff downtown on the last day that stuff is still open. This is about a 5-mile walk.

Starting from Capitol South, we headed to the Library of Congress (which is actually multiple buildings, this is the fancy one)


Next door is the Supreme Court


And across the street is the Capitol


On the other side of the Capitol is the Capitol Christmas tree, which I think is a lot nicer than the national tree. This one is from Oregon and is covered by handmade ornaments from kids. There was a weird gathering of people with Samoyed dogs next to the tree, there were at least 20-30 dogs - I don't know what that was about.


There are a lot. of. sculptures. This one is at the steps of the Capitol


This one is in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden


The Smithsonian castle (background) is just offices, but the Arts and Industries building is the second oldest Smithsonian museum. It is currently being renovated and is closed.


This is the National Mall, facing the Capitol. They did a lot of work on the turf a few years ago so it actually has grass instead of just being a giant mud pit like before.


The Mall runs between the Washington Monument and the Capitol.


The newest museum on the Mall is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I haven't been because they have been using timed tickets for entrance and it has been really tough to get tickets.


The Washington Monument has two colors of stones because there was a 20+ year break in construction and a different marble source was used for the second half.


The WWII memorial has engraved Kilroy graffiti


The Lincoln memorial was the most crowded of the places we visited.


The Vietnam Veterans memorial is tucked away near the Lincoln Memorial and was decked out with wreaths


Constitution Gardens is a bit bare in the winter


This wacky little house is wedged between the White House and Washington monument. It was the lockkeeper's house for a canal that used to run nearby.


The National Christmas tree. See what I mean? Kind of small, really boring. The park service used to have a "yule log" nearby which was a pit full of giant burning logs, but sadly they "improved" the area and got rid of the pit.


A low key day in Lafayette Park across from the White House. Just the usual random protestors, tourists, secret service. and some people doing dance routines for tips.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: December 28, 2018 04:25:04 PM
Dani went on a trip to St Augustine, FL!

Flying down


Palm trees! It was a bit chilly most of the week tho.


Hanging out on the beach (in the cold wind)


Visiting a chocolate factory - this machine has a spigot with melted chocolate pouring out


Checking out the historic lighthouse


We're back home again, and I can't go back to work until the shutdown ends, so we'll see what happens. I think all the museums are going to close after 1 January, so I might try to go downtown on New Years while stuff is still open.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: December 16, 2018 07:56:40 PM
Last week Dani came with me to a science meeting downtown. I only went for one day to give a presentation since going to in-town meetings is kind of a hassle.

She snuck into the meeting without a badge...shhhh!


Checking out the giant poster session - only a small portion fits in the photo, and the posters change every day


These holiday lights were up on our way back to the metro after the meeting.



On Friday we head off to St Augustine for a week with my parents. So we should get in some good adventures in FL, and then I'm going to see if I can squeeze in a trip downtown to see some tourist stuff next month since most of my weekends are free. We'll also be going to a basket making conference in Newport News in January, although I don't think we'll get away from the conference much since there are evening classes and activities.
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