Friday, April 29, 2005


Isn't it amazing how the topics that arise for discussion at a relping meeting stray from the subject of relping? Of course if we believe that life is the "tangled web we weave" I suppose last night's chat COULD fit under the general category as Arachne plays out her threads. I'm thinking my particular set have yielded a puzzle like the bits and bobs at the bottom of the yarn bin. Still usable, perhaps, but needing quite a bit of work to tidy the mess and maybe a good shaking, washing, and some fabric softener in the rinse!

Monday, April 25, 2005

I'm Home!

Hey Relpers! I'm back in Langlois after a long sojourn into civilization(?) south. Haven't relped in more than two weeks and probably won't until I get the home front back in some sort of order. I bet you can guess nothing domestic got handled while I was in absentia.

I did wander into a Beverly's Fabric (and general craft imporium) whilst in the southlands (Thanks, Pangolin!) and the experience was daunting. I could have spent a fortune on fabric and thread and yarn and needles and ribbons and buttons and.... if I'd HAD a fortune. As it was I drolled a lot and tried to focus on my accompanying grand-daughter to keep my mind away from the goodies on the shelves. Brought back material for a blouse and a sense of virtue. (Booh! Hiss!)

See the local team Thursday night?

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Mom introduced me to decoupage this weekend. Actually, she didn't do the introducing, she just knew the stuff to get when we went to the crafts store. (This isn't exactly relping, by the way) I had been saving the little tins that mints come in - my husband has a thing about always having mints in the car, kind of like one of those things his mother did that he now needs to carry on with. This evening I decoupaged decorations onto one of the tins. I saw somebody do this several years ago and turn it into an emergency travel sewing kit. It looks nice.

I've also been lazy-daisying a shirt. Pictures will follow.

As I was typing the previous sentence I heard The Toddler's voice from the other room where she's been sleeping for the past hour. I went in and she looked up at me and said, "Mommy, I'm asleep, I'm asleep." I said, "You are," and popped the binky back into her mouth, whereupon she closed her eyes and was out again (still?). Cute.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

figured it out

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Well I finally figured out how to do this. So I will see how well this works.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Here's my rose

Here's a (fairly) close-up view of the rose after I finished embroidering it. This is from Sabbat Entertaining by Willow Polson:

There's a lot of Wabi-sabi going on in this. There's even more going on in the finished product:

The pillow got a little deformed. I had a toddler crawling all over me while I was trying to finish it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

It's stuffed with rose petals and batting.

It worked?!

The invitation to join your blog worked for me - But then again, I was already a blogger member so I didn't have to go through a whole bunch of kack.

We had our second Bay Area Relping meeting on Saturday. Elle worked on circle skirts for both her boys (don't ask), Jessica knitted a hat with VeryFun Chenille, and I finally finished the &^%$ rose pillow for my mother in law. I will post a picture soon. The relp actually went into the next day as Jessica and I took a field trip to the fabric store and went back home for more stitiching.

Got It!

The second square is now also progressing nicely. I only had to rip it out 10 or 12 times so far. I'll bring the results to Thursday night's Relping session to show off. Hope to see the entire group there!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Subdued the Square!

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It is great knowing I can ask the relping group for help but irritating thinking I can't do it myself. Stubborn (who me?) and determined, this morning I figured out one of the squares. Yes, it was a brain problem and not a faulty pattern. Wanto to make bets on whether I subdue the other square?

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Relping Help

Relper's VillageThe afghan has hit a major snag with me struggling to understand the pattern for 2 separate blocks. I don't know if it is faulty instructions (I've found errors in a couple of other blocks) or my brain being caught in a senior snag. If I can't figure them out I hope the other experienced crochet types will grab their hooks and follow along next session and help enlighten me. Please?

AND... I have additions to the webpage ready to go. Now to get my resident geek to upload them to my website!

Friday, April 01, 2005

I'm in! I'm in!

Ah, technology. After the initial purchase of all this hardware, and the many hours spent trying to learn the software, I can type a message to my next door neighbor. In truth I think it's a miracle, since I'm so sick I can't see my friends in person. This is a test. If this were more than a test, there would be something worth reading here.


Relper's VillageMy last couple of postings have disappeared into the ether. Don't know what I'm doing wrong but here's another try. The Langlois Ladies Relping Society have been invited to join this blog. Hope they don't have as much problem as I've had with it. Technology sometimes gets beyond my "almost sixty" brain!