Book Reports

Aimee Ray @ has been in my list of bookmarks for years. Her paintings and little stitched pieces are charming and I sometimes just wander the website on gloomy days for a pick me up. I ordered her new book from her etsy shop and I am delighted. The illustrations are lovely. It really is a book for beginners, but anyone could learn the stitches from her clear diagrams. The book has a “learn the stitches” section with photos and examples and is then followed by dozens of little projects you could finish in an evening or two. When I was 12, I would have checked this out from library every other week all summer long. It will come to embroidery classes with me from now on, I am sure.

I just got this today and although I haven’t done much more than flip through I know I am going to love it. First is that it is spiral bound and will lay flat in the table in front of you. This is huge if you need both hands to do the braid that you are trying to figure out. I have another of her books all about kumihimo and it is the best. In flipping, I discovered a section on the lucet (I have one that I haven’t figured out yet.) I will have more to report as I make my way through.

My father is Pond Scum.

I have permission to say that. He was at a conference in Boston last week and on a whim decided to go on the whale watching boat from the New England Aquarium. They saw dozen of whales. Little whales, big whales, whale tails, and whales spouting water. It is not fair.


A gift for you!

Take one super cute puppy chewing on a shoelace, add a little photoshop and I give you: A puppy embroidery pattern! Print out the line drawing (if you click it will show you a bigger one) and trace on to fabric using your favorite tracing tools. Then embroider! I am planning to put this guy on a t-shirt so I thought I would share. If you do make something using my drawing, I would love to see a photo.

Sad News

U.S. writer Madeleine L’Engle, beloved for her classic science-fiction classic A Wrinkle in Time, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

L’Engle died Thursday of natural causes at a nursing home in Litchfield, Conn.

L’Engle is the author of more than 60 books, including works for both children and adults.

But she is best known for A Wrinkle in Time, which won the 1963 Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature and has never been out of print since its publication.

Somewhat ironically, I just picked up and started re-reading “A Wrinkle in Time” just yesterday. Andy and I found the series on sale at the bookstore recently and decided that it would be nice to have the set. I haven’t read them in many years and I think I will enjoy making my way through them.


I found these today for a steal! They are porcelain dolls of “retro” Kermit and Piggy. Kermit is cheesy, but Piggy I adore. All of the Piggy things I have just don’t seem to capture the right sense of her but this is perfect! Yes, I already have more Muppet things than any one person needs, but how could I not have Miss Piggy meets Hairspray? (Yes, I did finally see it! Love it.)

‘Cause you can’t stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But I never ask why

And if you try to hold me down
I’m gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can’t stop the beat!

New "Kids"

A little inspiration struck… Don’t know if it was state fair or the goats I saw at the farmers market, but I needed to make this little goat. Isn’t she cute? She is a variation on the puppet pattern and just shy of 9 inches tall. Her dress is reversible and will close in the back with a snap. I didn’t do much detail on the dress because I had an issue with the snap-put-on-thingy. Piece of junk. I threw it away. I will look for a better one. So this dress has half a snap. Grumble. I am thinking to do little animals with a small wardrobe – reversible dress, coat, scarf. Maybe even list some extra clothes separately, like a fancy party dress, jeans & a t-shirt.
So here’s my question… Is a goat too strange? I love goats. The 3 Billy Goats Gruff is one of my favorite stories. So I think they are great. What do you think?

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