20 11 2011

One of the few things that I have in common with both my mother and my maternal grandmother, physically, is our hands. We all have very square palmed, healthy sized nail bed, hands. Good working hands. So it’s no wonder that the thing we have most in common is our craftiness. Our hands-on-ness, if you will. (God, I love the phrase “if-you-will”) Just look at these hands that do things!

Never mind how amazingly complimentary we are. Versions of red, yellow and blue? Here you go… 🙂 It’s like we planned it.


Old friends

31 07 2011

One of the things that I really remember from my childhood are the amazing adventures of my good friends Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.

We were up at my Nanny’s house yesterday and there were a few of the old tomes out (for the young ones over for the Curry Feast):

I remember reading about cookie bushes, strawberry icicle grottoes, and hot dog trees that grow over griddle rocks with mustard springs. Maybe they were the beginning of my fascination with food? Or maybe the first evidence, since all I seem to remember is the food. 🙂

Our ginger pup

17 03 2011

On March 17th, while other people are celebrating with Guinness, green, pinches, and shamrocks, we celebrate the anniversary of the day that Carmella joined our lives. It’s been 4 amazing years since she ditched the dirty hippie kids at CellSpace and joined our little family.

Carm likes lots of things. She likes the park:

She likes to snuggle:

She likes her walrus:

She likes reading magazines at friends’ houses:

She likes playing with friends in the yard:

And she likes napping, especially with mom, and especially in the sunshine:

She also likes wearing outfits, having parties, playing, making an obstacle course of the backyard (around the tree, under the table and benches, through the screen door, around the coffee table, and loop, at full tilt), and hiking and other outdoor adventures.

She hates having her picture taken:

Happy Birthday Carm!!


Did I mention naps?


My Mom

8 03 2011

Yesterday was my mom’s 62nd birthday. I thought all day about writing a blog post for her and what it would say. And I came up with lots of ideas but none of them felt like enough. Really, I just want to say how lucky I feel to have her in my life. She is a beautiful, talented, supportive, generous, loving, funny person. And I am continually surprised and inspired by her.

Growing up she and dad defied gender roles from the very beginning. He stayed home with me and she went to work in pink, shoulder padded, power suits. She fixed things. She never told me I couldn’t do something. She never told me I was fat. She did tell me it was too bad my nose was so small. 🙂

Here are the folks on their wedding day; it’s a picture that I keep on my desk at work.

She has always been a passionate woman, with artistic hobbies and professions. When I was very little, she was a photographer (she’s never stopped taking pictures). This has been a favorite picture of mine for most of my life:

When she was being the corporate lady, she also took up gardening. We lived in suburbs where ours was the only house without a lawn; she built hills with trees and flowers, rose and geranium gardens, and creeks and patios, and all sorts of non traditional suburb garden spaces. And now her passion is rug hooking and sharing that passion with others. She is an artist, teacher, rug camp director, blogger, and student. Look how cute she is!

Self portraits are always fascinating. I love that her self portraits include the artistic medium she is working most with at the time. It adds something to the snapshot:

In my life today I enjoy time with my mom on a regular basis. We have craft day with Nanny once a month, I’ve started being her assistant at one of the rug camps she directs (come on – Feb 2012 – you know you want to),  and what I most enjoy is how easy it is to hang out together and talk about whatever.

I don’t know that we’ve ever had a traditional mother daughter relationship, but it certainly seems like whatever we have is pretty awesome.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Fiber Arts Camp in Feb 2012

14 01 2011

Come on…you know you want to come hang out with a bunch of crafter ladies with me for a week in Feb of 2012.  Bring anything! The main crew will be doing rug hooking.  I have no idea what kind of fiber craft I’ll be into in 2012 but I’m sure there will be something: crochet, knitting, quilting.

It’s at this gorgeous place:

Steps from the beach.

Learn all the details on my mom’s blog.

Fun & funny friends

11 01 2011

We have a new blogger in our midst!  …and whatnot is by a crafty friend of mine.

Other blogs by friends (and moms) that I love are:

  • Amber &: keeper of cute kitties (and other animals), office antics, and interpretive dance
  • Exquisite Comics: visual amusements of daily life
  • Laura’s Loop: my mom!rug hooking projects, camps & her amazing photos
  • Revolutionary Grammar: salty variety from tech to dress making and all odd things in between
  • The (not so) Little Things: music, feminist commentary that I actually enjoy & funny little internet gems that can cheer up an otherwise cranky making day

I’m still waiting for blogs by Val & the Dr.  Hop to it, ladies.

Happy Feasting

27 11 2010

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There’s great food, great weather (tights with dresses and stomping around in puddles with rain boots on anyone?), and a focus on great times with friends and family. Did I mention the food? Now, food pics in general can be really unattractive. Thanksgiving food pics? The worst in the bunch, I think…But!  Here are a few shots from our Thanksgiving anyway.

The hubby’s amazing pecan pie, made from my mother’s recipe (the best pecan pie):

We had 2 turkeys from our meat CSA, loads of stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce from a can served in slices with the can rings fully apparent, shrimp and crab molds with crackers, cheese galore, roasted tomatoes, meats, candied nuts, cheese breadsticks, stuffed peppers, sausage and eggplant rice dressing, turnip soup, onion dip, ham, preserved walnuts with Roquefort on toast, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, mac n cheese, scalloped potatoes, and pies pies pies.  You’ll be shocked to hear that with all that food we didn’t even touch the second turkey.

The leftovers plus the 6 quarts of turkey stock will be made into amazing things…