Friday, June 23, 2017

Tropical Adventures in Paradise

If you're wondering why we're lacking the general pastiness that most Portlanders sport this time of year, it's because we enjoyed an extra-long vacation in Kauai this spring.

We did some snorkeling, of course.

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We saw sooooooooo much wildlife on the beach. Seriously. Here's a picture of three (THREE!) monk seals on the beach with a sea turtle all like, "Hey! Wait for me, guys!" We saw this basically every single day.

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I got rammed in the butt by sea turtles on two separate occasions.  That's how much wildlife we saw on this trip.

We also saw some neat stuff around the island.

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And we took weird pictures with it.

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Yeah, I'm making a weird face because there are a lot of spiders who live near the face hole of this wooden pineapple.

Also, it was almost Easter when we were there, so we dyed eggs.

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In other Easter related news, mom brought these old fashioned chicks for everyone.

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We (I?) sort of became obsessed with taking them everywhere.

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But really.

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Everywhere.

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We even found a friend for them for sale at a toy store.

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Eddy took surfing lessons. Look how good he is at surfing on land!

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Then they walk their boards out.

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Then, turns out, they're real far away and even though you can see them kind of well, your phone sure can't.

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Go, tiny surfing Eddy! Go!

Seriously, though, most of the trip was just tons of great family time.

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Also, did I mention that Eddy got a ukelele?

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He has not put that thing down since we got back. He loves it so much!

Seriously, though, the chicks went everywhere.

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And somehow I want this picture of my brother with a lei on his head to be the last picture of this blog post.

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That's just the kind of trip that it was.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

I've been wanting to make a banner recently for our entryway and I've been toying with some ideas, but I just couldn't settle on anything I was happy with until Eddy reminded me of a fortune cookie we had with a Chinese food dinner on one of our cross country road trips.  It seemed fitting, so I whipped up a fabric banner and started laying out the lettering.

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It was a pretty quick project, just took an afternoon.

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I installed it on some driftwood we gathered along the Oregon coast.

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Teamwork makes the dreamwork, baby!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Eddy's Birthday Crocodiles

I wrote earlier about Eddy's surprise birthday party this year. I didn't share too many pictures of the quilt at the time because I wanted to focus on Eddy's birthday I SOMEHOW COULDN'T FIND THEM NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I SEARCHED THROUGH OUR FLICKR SET.

But I found them now and this quilt pattern was just too cute to gloss over.

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It calls for four crocodiles.

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They each have little flying geese scales on top.

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And can we just admit that this blue gray waves fabric that I found for the background is perfect?

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Striped binding is my favorite.

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For a final touch, I quilted Eddy's name into the borders.

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Happy make believe birthday for my darling!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Reason I Started Weaving

Necessity is the mother of invention.  That sums up why I wanted to learn to weave.  There was a wall near our dining room that was just waiting for something pretty to hang above a piece of furniture and this phases of the moon bunting Eddy and I made together.

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But it took me awhile to develop some weaving chops before I felt comfortable embarking on the ambitious weaving project I wanted for this space. I made this piece in the bathroom and also this one for our entryway. When I was ready to get started, I started with the fringe.

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Next, I did some loops and some soumak stitch.

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Then just more loops and fringes.

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My favorite part is at the very top where I wove in some sequins.

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You can never have enough sequins.

This is what it looked like before I removed it from the loom.

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Then, of course, I had to bury all these pesky loose ends on the back of the weaving.

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Here it is installed on some driftwood we picked up on the Oregon coast over our moon phases bunting.

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And here's the view into the dining room!

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Now that I've finished the weaving I set out to do, I guess I can weave whatever I please!