Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I thought I would post a project I did last year for some good friends. About the time I had picked up my knitting again, they were blessed with a beautiful baby boy and I had always wanted to try a baby hat on round needles. After my second attempt (the first was way too big!) I managed to create this, adding the "S" for Seamus at the end. I really had no idea how to finish the top... I barely understood the directions, so I haven't been brave enough to try it again. I was more tickled by the personalized tag I made with his name and picture on it! (I'm more of a graphic designer than a knitter). It was made with cashmere/cotton yarns and was incredibly soft. By the time I actually finished it, he had probably about grown out of it, so maybe they tucked it away in a keepsake box or something.
I've decided to turn this blog back into what it's supposed to be: my studio blog. Occasionally I will post other inspirations or my kids, but I am going to try to focus more on my work....which is why I started this in the first place-- to feel some accountability to keep creating new work. So stay tuned...
Here are some fabric swatches and a couple photos that I'm getting some ideas from. I am leaning towards yellow on the walls with white trim. It seems bright and cheerful, and my favorite colors together are red, yellow and green...with maybe a spot of bright blue here and there; and brown and creamy tan. Our house is darker inside so no dark colors on the wall for me! I know Martha Stewart ushered in lots of bright, bold color on the walls during the last decade (I have some of those books still!) but I think I prefer softer, tranquil spaces. There's enough excitement in everything else... I need to see something peaceful! So this is my project for the summer... decorating! I'm not sure I like any swatches enough to order fabric...sigh. I already have a handful of swatches for curtains but I can't make up my mind. I guess I just need to jump in!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I just wanted to make notice of two new blogs I found. Both are architects: the happy living blog written by Erinn Wenrich. She lives in Downington (not too far from here) and is moving to West Chester soon. We've actually exchanged emails and she is quite nice. The second is Katie Hutchison Studio --her website. She lives in New England (Massachusetts, I think) and has developed her own online magazine of architectural design. Check out her portfolio and some of the houses she renovated (lots of photos!). I love the East Coast and it is inspiring.
Both blogs/sites are listed there on the right in my "inspiring links" column.
One more note: Look on the right hand bar... I have video now! If you click on the first box and then scroll to the top of the screen, you can watch a mini clip of PBS's series "Craft in America".
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
As you probably know, Martha has created a whole line of craft products [Martha Stewart Crafts] . While I was excited about this development... she is very good at everything she does... there is a part of me that thinks, "Am I too lazy to actually create these things myself?!" Not that all things are put together, but it does tend to take the creativity and uniqueness out of the equation. So we will chalk it up to being a springboard for our own ideas.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Coming off of Father's Day, I give every parent a huge hug for undertaking such a big job of teaching discipline and the ways of life to each of your children. They come before anything else!
[Some of you might have seen that a teenage boy, the best friend of the victim and his family, turned himself in this weekend, here in Lancaster. We have been living in fear of who committed the murders. Yesterday a bunch of friends were reflecting at the pool--fathers, mothers, teachers-- and we realized that all but one of the horrible murders locally in the last several years were committed by teenagers. This, again, is a wake-up call to parents. Please make your child your priority!!!]
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Catholic Register (www.catholicregister.org)
It’s customary for some segments of society to view Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, not to mention Valentine’s Day, as marketing occasions for greeting cards, florists and golf retailers. Cynicism should be set aside, however, as these special days mark important aspects of human relationships that deserve special recognition in this Age of the Individual.
Of the three occasions mentioned above, Father’s Day gets the shortest shrift. Fathers themselves, traditionally inclined to demur to anyone making a fuss over them, contribute to the low key celebrations. And, unfortunately, the very notion of fatherhood has been debased by modern society.
Fatherhood, like motherhood, is defined by relationship. One can only be a father in relation to someone else, that is a son or daughter. Fatherhood is about being both present at and a part of the creation of another human being. For men, it is about as close to playing God as they are going to get in their brief lives. Anyone who has ever been through the birthing room experience as their wives brought forth their child knows the exhilaration, exaltation and sheer joy that arises, even in circumstances that, for the mother in particular, are painful and exhausting.
Fatherhood, too, is about becoming an adult. As St. Paul says, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up my childish ways” (1 Cor. 13:11). Responsibility is thrust upon a man abruptly, sometimes ruthlessly, and the man must grow up very quickly if he is to be a true father to the child.
Modern society, for the most part, teaches a very different lesson to young men. It offers the siren song of perpetual childhood, of playing Peter Pan forever, without responsibility, without the need to be gift for someone else. Our entertainment industries idolize men who treat women as sex objects or babysitters (countless Wendies patiently taking care of their bratty Peters). And it teaches women that they don’t need a life-long partner to share in family life; modern technology has shoved the father aside, allowing women to “manufacture” a child through science.
Our biblical tradition offers another vision of male adulthood: of men strong and true, though not plaster saints by any means. There’s Joseph, the silent caretaker of the child Jesus and His mother Mary; Peter, the sometimes bumbling but courageous servant; Paul, the articulate and cerebral interpreter of Jesus’ mission of salvation to the world; and many others. Our communion of saints presents hundreds of other men – full of flaws and rough edges – who nevertheless responded to God’s call to holiness and became models of true manhood.
On June 17, let’s give fathers their due, even if it is a just a hug. They don’t ask for much, but they are needed more than ever.
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Joseph Sinasac is the publisher and editor of The Catholic Register.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Next time you're looking for a fun family show, just turn on an old Cosby Show program. They are one of the best out there! (and a fun visit back to the 1980's!!)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
On the homefront: I'm still sick.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Luckily Craig has brought me water and tissues, and even ran out to get me food tonight because I was finally hungry and we have no food in the house because I was supposed to go to the grocery yesterday. We figure that everyone knows we're first-borns and don't need a lot of help...we're used to being self-reliant and responsible. Good thing we have each other. Otherwise I could be dead and I don't think anyone would notice until I hadn't sent an email in a month!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The kids crowded into a buggy... we see these going down our street almost weekly!
The Hofmann guys brought their inline skates and board-- Scott found out that our Central Park had built a new skate park that was pretty big! We also ended up at Overlook's skate park which Sebastian liked more. I was just nervous the whole time that someone was going to break a limb!!!
We went downtown to Central Market, the oldest indoor farmers market in the United States. Lots of yummy food down there!!! We learned about Springerle cookies, the traditional German cookies usually made at Christmas time with the wooden forms and picked up some fresh raspberries (Isabel is now known as "rapsberry girl" by me...she practically ate the whole carton by herself!) and tea leaves (and candy...ugh!). There was a tv film crew there, blocking one of the entrances. We found out that that silly reality show "Biggest Loser" was going to be filming the contestants running through Lancaster. That is just cruel: running them by the market and all that good food...and just being in Pennsylvania Dutch Country with all that fattening food!!
Then, as luck would have it, the Heritage Museum was having a demonstration on printing with the old letterpresses (I was in heaven!!!). I guess they only do demos in the museum on market days (Tues., Fri. and Saturdays)...
This gentleman, a former graphic design professor at Millersville University, spent about an hour explaining the history of printing to us and how to use the presses, and answered our numerous questions! We learned where the terms "upper case" and "lower case" come from and "hot off the presses", among others! He ended up inviting me to join their .918 club (just guess what that stands for?!). Caroline thinks I should go...we'll see!