Wednesday, November 18, 2009

creativity update: the home stretch

when i last left you with my creativity count, we were at #78, the ghosty cupcakes from halloween. also that evening, sabin was wearing a halloween-themed ugly doll costume which i slaved over but failed to get a good picture of. you can see her face peeking out of the mouth, rather far away, in the middle of this picture. somehow, that is the only picture and she refuses to put it on again for the sake of a blog photo. i know, her priorities are all skewed, i'll work on that...


#79 - sabin's halloween costume


#80 - the very best pumpkin i've ever carved in all my thirty-twelve years.


#81 - rainbow baby quilt, going to a very special home.


#82 - our latest little fun monster guys. sabin and her friend sewed these (you can see that),
but i'm counting them because i made the pattern and helped significantly.


#83 - a new pillow design, which will go up in my etsy shop this weekend
(it has a partner that's similar, but not exactly the same)


#84 - anna maria horner fabrics + wool = a pretty scarf
this one's for my neighbor (the one who reminded me recently about how sometimes you have to close one door before another one opens) but there will be a similar (tho' even more fabulous because it has embroidery) one in my etsy shop this weekend.

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on the creative front, i'm really excited because i've signed up for a weaving course which starts in january. i talked to the most delightful older lady about it on the phone and i just can't wait. i found a weaving laug like the one at the museum in randbøldal in a town much closer to home. i've also got a lead on a loom, tho' it happens to be in scotland, but husband's a logistics expert, so i'm sure we can figure that out.

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tonight we opened a jar of the apple chutney i made back in september and i am happy to report it is fantastic (that's the very jar we opened, the dark one there on the right)! if you have any apples left from your apple trees, run, don't walk and make this chutney, it's not too late. we had it as an accompaniment to a wonderful chicken gumbo from jamie oliver's new america cookbook this evening, but we will be eating it with just about anything...a roast, a curry, our thanksgiving turkey...it's wonderful! and so satisfying to have made it myself. in fact, i don't think i counted it before, so it's #85.

only 15 more things to go in the year of creativity! i think i'm going to make it.

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p.s. dear blogger, i HATE your new photo uploader. it sucks beyond belief. bring back the easy, good one from blogger in draft. please, pretty please? you know, the one that lets us upload our photos, choose where they go and when and then lets us change them to the size we want without changing the html in 3 places....yeah, that one. give it back! don't make me ponder wordpress....

p.p.s. dear blogger, thank you for helping me very quickly via twitter. and while i'm still not entirely happy with the new photo uploader (only 5 photos at a time? please, that's pathetic), i can now make my photos the 800 wide that i want to without distortion. it's a bit more cumbersome than it was, but it is pretty cool to be able to look up pix that are already in the picasa albums and i'm sure you'll keep improving it. oh, and please send some sunshine.

17 comments:

Janni said...

Looove the scarf (and the quilt) :-)

heidikins said...

All your creative projects make me happy--the colors of the scarf (and quilt, and pillow, and about 38million other things you make) remind me of summer and growing up and all Good Things. :o)

xox

Cyndy said...

You are amazing and I think I would hate you except that I love coming back everyday to get my fix of your amazingness. Lovely.

Kamana said...

you amaze me with your creativity! where DO you find the time?

got the america book by jamie yesterday myself. and am loving it. got the chicken gumbo planned for tonight :)

Christina said...

oh you have been busy, my friend. i love it. i do have a few extra apples, that need using.
xo

Char said...

i can barely get myself home at night, make dinner and go to bed. you're superwoman - i swear that's true.

Visually Oriented said...

ALWAYS remember that BRIBERY works well with kids. And husbands. And brothers..... :-)

spudballoo said...

super super super dooooooper! xx

Sammi said...

i love the dolls.

and omg. i hate that blogger have changed their bloody uploader. now i'll try to use and nothing will happen :/

Protege said...

Wow, the pumpkin looks incredible! I am impressed.
Love all the pictures here, particularly of the jars.;) I bet that chutney is tasty.;)

Molly said...

Ag, putting me to shame! But jolly well done, lovely things as always!

Elisa, The Unlikely Housewife said...

wow, really amazing stuff! I love that pillow!

and hey, hi from another expat :-)

kristina said...

Without a doubt the most amazing pumpkin I've ever seen! So impressed with all your creativity. K x

rxBambi said...

I'm just gonna "ditto" Cyndy. You always amaze me. I think you totally rock :)

rxBambi said...

Oh and the pumpkin is "amazing" (black hole here I come)

B said...

Of course I love the quilt! And the new pillow! You seem to be full of new projects! I'm happy for you!

Bee said...

My daughter made apple chutney for her "Food Technology" class this week and I've been eyeing it dubiously. You've inspired me to give it a go. Also on that subject, when I was in Jane Austen House this week I dipped into a book on 18th century cookery and came across a recipe for Black Apple Butter. Very intriguing; I think that we should try it.

My only evidence of creativity this week has been figuring out how I can (somewhat cheaply) make about 20 teacher gifts for Xmas.

Sabin REALLY needs to be more cooperative. xx