Monday, April 30, 2007

Car Trouble

Sunday, April 29, 2007

FIG Meeting

The acronym FIG stands for Fiber Interest Group. We meet every couple of months to show, share and/or ask for advice on anything related to fiber. Click here for an account of the day.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

CBAS Study Group: Coptic Binding

The topic was coptic stitch binding, a non-adhesive bookbinding technique. Click here to read about the day.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Let Me Out, Please

My poor little pooch had to have surgery. This was the best image I could get, he was moving so much, wanting to get out of his cage. When he did, he practically dragged me to the clinic door. He really wanted to get out of the place.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Rainy Afternoon

View from my bedroom window, rain flowing over the glass created the pretty impressionistic view of my dogwood.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Walk in the Woods

Old Headstone

There are many cemeteries with old headstones in the city I live. This one has been in a state of neglect for years and has finally been cleaned up.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Here is the unglamorous side of doing craft shows, breakdown. Everyone is trying to pack up and get out of the building at the same time and, for the most part, everyone is courteous. But, traffic jams can develop and waits to get to the loading dock can be long, hours at some shows.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Count Down

How often have you wondered when the traffic light has been green for awhile, if there is enough time to make it across the street before it turns red? In Washington, D.C., the pedestrian crossing signals count down to indicate the time left. We loved this.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Smithsonian Craft Show

The Smithsonian Craft Show is held in the National Building Museum. I was told by a visitor to the show that Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Ball was held here and that there were horse stables at one time on the 4th floor. When I asked how the horses got up there, I was told they climbed stone steps, especially designed with short risers and deep treads. They are still there and used by all to reach the different levels of the building. The 4th floor is closed, however. It's still a mystery to me why horses were stabled this way.

More Ceilings

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Washington, DC, Arrival

Washington Monument (left): When I was a Girl Scout, my troop spent a weekend in Washington, D.C. and I took an elevator to the top and walked down, 896 steps.
The Capitol (right): The seat of our government.

Coffered ceiling in the subway system. It's the most beautiful and clean underground transportation system that I have seen.

Chinatown gate, very colorful.

Monday, April 16, 2007

More Blue Skies

On the way from St. Paul, MN, to Washington, DC. We have a lot of miles ahead of us and we must make it tomorrow in time to set up.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Beaded Necklace

A passing customer graciously allowed me to photograph her very original necklace.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Free Day

Feeling full of energy when we arrived late, yesterday afternoon, we decided to do all the booth setup at once. Because we did, we got to sleep in late and do a little sight-seeing today. Last year, we visited the American Association of Woodturners exhibit, Tops, Boxes, and Treenware. We enjoyed it so much, we wanted to visit again. The potter’s wheel and the lathe both function in a very similar way, and the current exhibit, Open/Closed, a collaborative effort between the American Association of Woodturners and the Northern Clay Center, highlights those similarities, as well as the differences, between the two techniques. Several of my favorite turner/carvers had work in the show, but I only managed a detail photograph of Jacques Vesery's dish with eggs and feather.

Next stop was the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I loved the red branches of the Red Twig Dogwood at the entrance.

Mostly, we just wandered around. I particularly liked these baskets. The museum is very nice about letting one photograph items in their permanent collection.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Spring Turns Into Winter

Our second day on the road. This was supposed to happen in St. Paul and be over by the time we arrived.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

On the Road Again

Passing through Chicago on the way to The American Craft Show in St. Paul, MN.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Parking Space War

Since a restaurant and carry-out moved next door, my health food store has been having a running battle to keep just three allotted (by the landlord) spaces open for their customers.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Urban Garden

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Running Errands

Union Terminal, formerly a train station, now housing the city's Museum of Natural History & Science, History Museum, Omnimax Theater, and Children's Museum.

The kids at the vet. Only one is mine. The other is a friend's border collie/chow mix and the sweetest girl you could ever hope to find.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Sunday, April 1, 2007