Wednesday, November 29, 2006

late november, la di da

Late November Crafting
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Some of the products of my most recent toil. More small fabric notecards for Christmas, some of which have been sent to Ferdinand. Also more details of the gift for my Mama.

Have been very excited recently to start decorating for Christmas, but just haven't plunged in, I have been to busy sitting on my heiner and reading blogs and the like. I best get to it, only one month in the season.

Found this little bit of writing titled "stolen moments before bedtime, ghosts"

Teacup Judy lived behind the bureau in the basement by the heater. She didn't care for small children. It was rumored that she didn't bother to haunt them when they invaded the cellar on rainy days. Instead she made the heater rattle louder than usual in hopes to send them annoyed to the upstairs living room for some afternoon shows on UHF. She once worked for a radio program and believed that what she heard through the floor was a soap opera like the one she portrayed as a secretary for a man called Carlyle Davis. She quite liked this and the echo of footsteps through the floor. In the evenings she sipped tea behind the bureau resting on a broken milk crate filled with old shoes. She like to peer out from behind the bureau on the rare occasions when the adults played billards. The only trace of Judy was her teacup which perched high on the windowsill. Neighborhood children would hunker down on the sidewalk and squint against the sun to get a glimpse of its pink flowers lined with gold sitting crookied on its saucer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

be-belated gift

Originally uploaded by zavodk.

Finally sent out my Sweet Mama's Birthday Gift. This is a photo of that gift with her favorite and only grandson poking his head into the shot. I couldn't resist. Happy Be-Belated Birthday Mom.....

Thursday, November 23, 2006

What I am Thankful For....

milo meets grandma
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
I have had a lot of blessings this past week & wanted to share them with you here & what a great excuse Thanksgiving is for doing just that.

My creation

We have found out recently that Chris' Mom Pat and her husband Frank are going to be moving to Maine. It is very exciting to think that we will have family living close by us very soon. On a quest for a house to buy, they visited with us last week while looking just northwest of Portland. It was great to have them here for a visit. Just a little snapshot of what it will be like to have family close-by, lots of laughter, companionship and general sense of contented togetherness. It warms me to think that Milo will have more people in his life that care for him as much as his father and I do, how lucky. Pat also brought along a lovely gift that she handmade for me, & its not even my birthday! She decoupaged a basket/box with a collection of old stamps, most of them Czech with really nifty designs. I have a real thing for old Czech stamps, the art on them are amazing....I should take some more photos, they are just so beautiful. Inside she felted the bottom and put in dividers plus, the inside lid of the basket she made into a pin cushion. Its so fun, I am excited to be using it! Pat was also the one who gave me her sewing machine when she replaced hers a few years back, which I feel has been one of the more inspiring moments in my life....setting me free in way I never knew possible. It wonderful to share a love of crafting with her. Here are some photos of that terrifc box. I am so grateful to be a part of your family, thank you Pat!

Much to my delight, I ran across a copy of the The Hausfrau last week while hocking my wares at Ferdinand.
My spirit automatically lifted, plunged when I realized I didn't have my wallet with me, than soared again, when Ferdinand's Diane said that I could have it taken off the price of my notecards with a consigner's discounted deducted. Sweet! This issue has not been a disappointment, either. The Frau delves deep into "unhipness" The funniest part of the zine for me this quarter is that she knows she is not hip because her most popular issue of Hausfrau has been "Issue #3 The Lice Issue. Just recently I thought we may have had a run in with those detested parasites, at which point I ran for my copy of Issue #3 to reread her advice on how to handle those pesty nits! Luckily we didn't have them, but our shampoo bottles are swimming with tea tree oil, apparently I was a little heavy handed in my fear. Chris has requested an oil free shampoo! Anyway, Yaahhhh I am thankful for the Hausfrau....readers, go to her sight and enjoy the samples, its worth it!

what i love

Chris recently found this kicking recipe for No-Knead Bread This bread is so yummy! This bread was also a terrific excuse to purchase a creamy yellow vintage Corning Ware ceremic covered dish that I had been eying at my local thrift shop for months. When I finally had an excuse to purchase it, I was biting at the bit to get it. I had to bide my time though....finally when I got to the store I heaved a sigh of relief, there is was nuzzled under the shelf. The best part about this dish/pot is that it made the awesome bread even better. Now if only the companion part is still there!!!!

Over at Strange Maine wrote a beautiful piece of prose about why she is thankful to live in Maine. It was so beautiful, Thank you MIchelle...

hold on

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

the scarf and the boy

the scarf and the boy
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Was so excited to make Milo a scarf this year. Last year he probably wouldn't have kept it on but this year is perfect for a scarf. He is actually excited about wearing it. I was inspired by Milo's friend Zane who was wearing a little yellow scarf his Auntie had made him. My next endeavor is a hat....I have been trying to make a hat for my brother Brad for about three years, & this is the year its going to happen.
Recently I found this neat little group called the Art Scouts on Whip Up. I was always a bit chagrinned that I never got to be a Girl Scout. I loved the uniform, badges and crafts........this group would allow me to live out a long held fantasy. So in the spirit of the Art Scouts(although I haven't officially joined, yet!) I asked one of the kind ladies who volunteer at my work to show me how to knit a hat. Barbara was happy to oblige. I have my lesson before work next week on Wednesday. I find it difficult to figure out knitting without being shown. So I hope this works out well, & than I can knit some hats for the nursery at the hospital in turn for her kindness.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

out in the world

fabric cards
Amidst the seeming forever rain we've had lately, I managed to get some crafting time in, and enough to finish 12 of these little fabric notecards, which I am so excited about. Excited enough to try my wares at Ferdinand one of our local handcrafted goodies stores. I consigned all twelve, lets hope they sell! It feels so good to get my wares out there!
While on the trip to Ferdinand I received a call from my friend "Ruby" in LA....
Sweet CONGRATULATIONS RUBY!!!! I have no doubt of your continued success!

Friday, November 10, 2006


some good fabric finds
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Yesterday I was able to make it out to my favorite local thrift shop...where all the ladies know me and the little one. They had just put out a ton of notions and fabric right before I arrived. T'was my lucky day. Yards of delicious fabric and even black ric-rac, my favorite. My favorite bit was the yellow blanket binding. And this here fabric,
Also did some late night crafting and finally finished this corduroy number that is actually reversible. I don't know how I managed it, but it looks pretty good and I even got to wear it today, this here is a pretty bad photo of it, but you get the gist.
my new skirt

Monday, November 06, 2006

Holy Mary

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Recently I began photographing my growing collection of religious art. Specifically Mary statues. This is one of my favorites. I really enjoy the eastern look with the gold and almond eyes. I find her rouged lips to be striking.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

& one for Patricia

Patricia's Blanket
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
This is a photo of Patricia's (Chris' Ma) latest accomplishment. I wanted to showcase a mighty fine work of crochertry.....WOW, what great craftmanship.....thanks for sharing it with us, Pat!