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?


I have done a complete redesign of my blog space. I spent most of the weekend tweaking and fussing and I think it is ready to go. I switched the “engine” that processes everything to blogger, having realized that it really is easier than the cludgy old interface I was using. Thank you greymatter, you served me well.

  • You can still find my old blog entries in the “My Old Blog” link in the right sidebar.
  • I have a pretty new book list that should be much easier to keep up to date.
  • I will have categories that you can click on to see all of my entries about “Lucy” or “enamels”. (You can’t see those really yet, but as I make more posts you will!)

Let me know if you see anything that is broken. After you look at it a few thousand times, you stop seeing things.

EDIT: I see that uploading pictures is not working. grrr. I am working on that.
EDIT 2: Think I fixed that….

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