Friday, April 21, 2017

I'm a Weaver Now

I've been really obsessing about weavings lately.  You know.  Tissage.  Textiles.  WEAVING.  Finally I worked up the gumption and bought a loom and some books.

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I warped it and started weaving. Eep!

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Rya knots!

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It's so pretty from the back.

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Almost finished!

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Here it is in its new home!

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I told Eddy all that driftwood I gather at the ocean would come in handy! Ha!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Curves are Schmancy

I really like piecing curves, so I decided to do some for our new dining room. Look at those pesky curves.

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Rupert helped.

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I tried some more free motion quilting! Getting a little better these days.

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Here's the top all quilted up. Also more Rupert. Dude loves quilts.

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Here's the backing I chose.

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It looks great in its new home!

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How great is our dining room starting to look!?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paris By Myself

The reason we visited Paris was that Eddy was attending a conference.  That means I was lucky enough to get loads of time in Paris by myself.  It was basically heaven.

In summary, I drank so much chocolat chaud à l'ancienne.

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I also just sort of wandered around and saw whatever I felt like seeing.

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All day.

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Can I just say, I love the Louvre, but the best thing there? Clearly the hot chocolate.

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I also checked out the Paris Aquarium.

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It's right by the Eiffel Tower.

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What? The Ocean? Oui, l'Ocean!

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I also did a fair amount of this type of thing.  (MACARONS!)

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Also so many museums and libraries. The Musée de Cluny had this cute signage around all of their restoration construction.

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Also I went to the BnF and saw some incredible exhibits.

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I visited Sainte Chapelle because it's just my favorite little place.

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And I went to the antique shops!

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There was some weird stuff there.

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Some amazing weird stuff. I had the opportunity to purchase an original oil painting of a sad clown flipping off the viewer and I didn't buy it. I'll have to live with myself now.  Knowing.  That I didn't buy that painting.  Le sigh.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Second Birthday Surprise

Eddy got the shaft this year as far as birthdays go.  During his birthday, the house was being painted.  We went to his favorite Portland restaurant, but we just didn't get to do too many of the special things we normally do.  Namely, make cakes.

So one weekend we headed out to the beach.

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We got all the way out there and I waited until Eddy was good and distracted and I snuck into the kitchen and iced this German chocolate cake I secretly made the day before and lit all the candles. He was surprised!

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Probably he was surprised because it wasn't anywhere near his birthday at all. I'm so sneaky. Also I made him this birthday quilt because I realized in all the years we've been together I've never made a single quilt just for Eddy. Isn't that sad?! I remedied it with crocodiles.

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Just look at those cute crocodiles!  On a side note, do you know how hard it is to lie to your husband for a solid week about what you did while he was at work?!  I told him I was sick, I faked that I was working on "computer stuff," I artfully changed the subject.  That was actually the hardest part of making this crocodile quilt.  

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We also had our usual beach fun (otherwise known as cheese tourism).

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Also we did some super Eddy-friendly things. Like visiting lighthouses.

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Eddy loves lighthouses. Look how wee this one was.

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The weather was absolutely gorgeous!

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And we drove out to a new beach!

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But as always, it was Norman who had the most fun at the beach. He got Eddy to throw things for him.

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He refused to let Eddy throw things for him.

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He basically just ran around all weekend like a majestic dork.

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It basically just resulted in a whole lot of this type of thing.

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Happy surprise second birthday to my Eddy.