Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Iowa at Dawn

More from the trip...



I was very tired when I took these pictures because we drove through the night. I took (as I always seem to do) the very early morning shift, driving right into the sunrise.

I never mind.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Lake Shore

Here's Milwaukee's Lake Front - my family went down there for coffee so I could see my old stomping grounds.


I have always founds sailboats to be graceful and sublime. When I lived in Milwaukee I had a friend who's family owned a sailboat that was kept at this very marina.


When we went sailing I would always, at least when I was not needed, sit on the pulpit (the very front of the boat) with my legs hanging over and my toes dipped in the water that we skimmed across.


Everything was always so bright and sparkling, the water vast and endless, and everything seemed like a dream to me.

Shirt: upson downes by William Anzevino - UO
Pants: Daughters of the Liberation - Anthro
Shoes: Borrowed from my mom! I think they are Clarks

Monday, July 18, 2011

Week 30 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

I recently found this striped fabric in my stash that I was re-organizing. I had originally bought it in spring to make a summer shift and had completely forgotten about it. The fabric is the lightest, sheerest cotton with a faded red stripe.


Summer is here and I finally made that shift! This one almost doesn't feel like it should count because it took all of an hour and was completed right on time for us to head out the door for a little summer road trip.


As a bonus, I'm leaving you with some pictures of the swimsuit under the shift! It's a 1960's swimsuit that I got at a thrift store when I was in high school. And paired to match it is the mighty Mississippi - we drove over it and then along it, something I'd recommend as the scenic highway along the river is unmatched!


I'll post more pictures from the road trip as I upload them!

PS: I just noticed this is my 25th craft! I'm halfway done with the projects for this! Holy smokes!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Week 28 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

Look! Slippers!


It's been too hot to even think about photographing these wool slippers that I finished just in time for summer. Because the weather has been so warm they've sat finished in the knitting basket while I worked on cooler projects and completely forgot to photograph them...but here they are!


These were a super easy project, very quick, and was made (STILL!) out of that stash yarn I have sitting around. I need a new batch of yarn badly!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea remind me of watercolor paintings. They start out this intense purple violet fuschia and as they die the color washes out and they become even lovelier.


I keep a small vase by my bed with them just to watch them change through the days.


Is anyone else besides me having the loveliest summer in long remembrance? My brain aches from all I have learned and my heart swells with all that has been given to me.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Week 27 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

Whatever happened to my 50/52? Well...I'm still working on it. I'm actually backlogged quite a few crafts, and those posts with be forthcoming in the next few days...and the majority of my crafting can't even be posted until sometime this fall!

Having a job where I sew 40 hours a week does put a little damper on my at home crafting, as well. I'm busy doing crafts for the Governor's mansion, the Denver Art Museum, and various private collectors all day long so when I get home I'm less apt to craft.


This week's craft is a bookshelf that we made here - Jon definitely helped on this project!


We used these two salvaged windows and of course regular cheap pine wood. It looks great in our bedroom and holds twice as many books as the ikea shelf we had did! I am surprised at how it suddenly doesn't look like we are drowning in books any more since they all fit on a shelf. Before we had books not only in boxes but lined up along the floor as well.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

4th of July


We had a great Fourth of July here - fireworks with friends, I participated in a multi-era living history thing at a historic park near my house (yes, I am a nerd), and of course grilling out and blueberry pie.

All in all, it was a very satisfying holiday and I have the sunburn to prove it!


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Pingree Pass in Black and White

These sure took long enough to develop...