Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday snippets...


...in which our plucky heroine is awake at 3AM, due to thoughtlessly consuming something tasty that probably had tomato product in it*; and since awake, it is the PERFECT time to turn on All The Box Fans! Current outdoor temperature is 62 and will likely fall a degree or two before turning around, and since today is forecast to be over 90F getting some cooler air into the house seems like a good idea...
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In the last few days have been cogitating about how best to reconfigure the sewing/guest room. Lots of input from my online friends over at Stitchers Guild and it is fascinating to me the very various ways to accomodate sewing into a smaller space folks have come up with. I am also grateful to have been offered a folding table designed for sewing machines by one friend (similar to this), as well as a sturdy heavy wooden gate leg table with drawers which will probably be a better workroom table than the current one; at this rate will be well on the way to my goal of a refurbished living space that supports my chosen activities.
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One of my two current embroidery projects in process... (wool yarn and floss on wool fabric) I have been using some of the natural dyed wool for the pony bodies, and the Bayeaux tapestry stitch; the outlines are couching. Below is a closer look at the embroidery technique... showing some finished areas, and some with fill-in partially complete. The leg will get at least one other pass of fill-in satin stitches before the tying down stitches are added.

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Friday was not only my regular acupuncture visit, but I had a chance to help my dear friend sort out her introductory tablet weaving project. I am not that much further along with tablet weaving, just enough to be able to figure out what parts were being cranky for her, and to help with getting the warp and cards set up on her loom. Later that evening, my plan was to head out to Beaverton for DragonsMist Revels, but ended up following the directions on their website, which sent me to the wrong site! I should have been suspicious when the streets were blocked off, there were cheerful but numerous police officers directing traffic detours, and the big park across from the Library and community center was filled with families, and a huge inflatable movie screen for the local movies in the park night... some phone calls led me to the correct site, though, and it was a worthwhile excursion as it was possible to talk to several folks about the coronet bid...

We submitted a bid early this year and had not heard anything specific back, despite multiple emails, so now I know what the various combinations of options were most desirable and can revise the drawings and prices to reflect that (combine heraldic enamel with engraved dragons, combine dragon head joining plates with raised pearls, add a border with stitching holes for padding, etc) The other reason we have not heard from them is that since they are a new Barony, their coffers are not that full, so they are doing fundraising to pay for new coronets... not a bad thing, as artisans like to be paid for their work!

Turned out almost fated that I ended up needing to ride home on Tri-Met, though I loathe doing that after dark... my embroidery caused conversation with the two older lady tourists sitting next to me, which led to finding out that they were, in fact, on the WRONG train! I was able to show them where to wait for the correct train out to the airport, so that they did not end up somewhere in outer Gresham in the middle of the night...
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Saturday night was a good party at Marrakesh, with tasty Moroccan food, and an assortment of rarely seen friends, as well as the birthday girl herself, my pal Aelflaed. Not the best setting for conversation, as the ambient noise was pretty high, and louder when the belly dancer arrived... but it was fun to see various folks be enticed up to dance with her... who knew that T had such an ability to shimmy his hips!! Went back home and fell asleep in a sort of food and social coma, then woke up at 3AM most internally unhappy; I suspect that the tasty soup with veggies and chickpeas had a base of tomato product of some kind, didn't even think of it at the time...
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Today being even more hot and sunny than yesterday, the original plan to destroy the paper wasp nest in front of the garden shed was put on hold, as my pal Jess, who arrived mid-morning with various protective clothing including a motorcycle jacket and boots, decided on examination that the little buggers were way too active already, as the sun had been up for hours. The new plan is to attempt extermination after sunset later this week, as her arriving here before daybreak is not a real possiblity. If I was not so allergic, I would deal with them myself. So instead, she and I had a nice chance to chat, drink tea, and eat some cold cantaloupe... The rest of the afternoon will be spent playing House Tetris, as there will be five people arriving to spend the weekend, and there needs to be places for all of them to sleep...
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*any commercial food product that includes manufactured citric acid (which means pretty much anything with canned tomatoes, as well as assorted other processed foods) is not a happy thing for my internal equilibrium. I mostly eat homemade food, and usually remember to be thoughtful about the few times I eat in restaurants...

2 comments:

  1. The ponies are splendid! I am sad to hear that your tummy got unhappy. What a misery, esp in the heat. Box fans are life savers if you ask me. We got one a few weeks ago and it barely fits into the bedroom window but it makes a huge difference. By the time we go to bed the room is cool and it stays cool all night until right before dawn, as you say, when the temp drops a bit and it get chilly and two cats and two dogs decide it's time to burrow under the covers for awhile! I am following your sewing/guest room plans carefully. I think my studio is on its way to organized. The sewing space is another story, although I have good storage. It's only 15 miles north of me, in my sister's basement. Sigh. I got rid of everything I can possibly bear to get rid of. And the rest is packed in plastic bins ready for seasonal switcheroos (or for when inspiration hits!) But the discussion of tables on SG is really helpful. Stay cool. . .

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  2. Hope the house Tetris works out well :-)

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