Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Current Events

All work and no play makes MJ a very dull girl. To remedy that, I've got an action packed weekend ahead of me. Friday I' attending TheSummit of Awesome, arranged by the bright and brilliant women of Hello Craft, right here in DC:

"The Summit of Awesome is 3-days filled with business seminars for artists and crafters, hands-on workshops, the D.C. premiere of the Indie Craft Documentary, Handmade Nation, and a Saturday night party....all Summit seminars and workshops will take place in the wondrous and vibrant independent businesses in MidCity (14th and U Streets NW)....home of DC’s coolest indie shops"

At first only 3 day Passes were offered, which conflicted with my other event, so I got tickets for the DC opening of the film Handmade Nation.

That other event?

The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

This is the event I've planned for since I arrived here, sending in my registration for classes soon after I arrived, snail mail, the only way its done...I've been anxiously awaiting my tickets for classes by Nancy Bush and Sally Melville...
waiting and waiting...
checking the mailbox...
making friends with the mailman...
for ever and ever....
finally I sent an email inquiry...
They never received my registration and now the classes are full.

soooooooooo very disappointed.....old school fails me.....

I'm on a waiting list for Nancy's Nordic Color which I deeply and truly wanted to attend and I'm signing up for Sally's Saturday class, so I have at least one class the day I make the trek out to West Friendship.

The easy and instant-to-register Summit of Awesome has exceptional personal customer service. When I found out I could get a Friday Only pass, which includes tickets for the movie premier, I called to ask about a refund for my original ticket. Tina herself answered the phone!
The refund was processed in an instant!
Yay, way to go new school!
See you both places?

If I have the umpf after the sheep show, I'd like to attend the Show of Awesome,
sign me up!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Life in Washington DC

knitting corner

Though I'm not knitting as much as I'd like...I never do...when I have a chance it is done here, with a view of the German Embassy through dogwood blooms.


In general life has been a whirl, of increasing intensity. Big plans afoot.

because of bounding poodles

The poodlicious ones keep it bounding along, amusing and action packed.

I took a break and hit a rummage sale this morning.

$4 score

Score! $4, vintage Frye boots, made in USA, hooray!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Dally in the Gardens

When a sparkling sunny day dawned after days of rain, I took a break and spent the day as a tourist.

Susette suggested the gardens at, Dumbarton Oaks in nearby Georgetown.

A lovely way to spend a sunny day, thank you!

The gardens, were a collaboration between Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss the owners, and esteemed landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand that began in 1921. Including formal and informal, gardens and "outdoor rooms" it covers 16 acres, and includes elements of French, English and Italian gardens the three admired.

The gardens range from formal, near the house, getting progressively less formal the further you travel down the slopes and away down the hill.

Charming paths, terraces and allées take you from one theme to the next.

a place to knit

My favorite, was the Lilac Circle, a small quiet place with comforting tiny spring bulbs and the heavenly scent of lilacs. Here I spent a happy half hour knitting. As I left, I heard a chortle of delight "I found the pretty place!". Looking back, screened by foliage, I saw a tiny garden fairy, arms outstretched spin and twirl in the circle! Bliss. Soon joined by her family, I was lucky to have caught such a magical, joyful moment of pure childhood abandon.

small and private

Garden hours are 2:00pm-6:00pm, the absolute worst for picture taking, but I've got more here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What Glue Stick is For

what glue stick is for
I make my charts the old fashioned way, by hand. I cut and paste a lot.

What software for mac do you recommend? I'm thinking of modernizing my design process.

My pencils will be lonley.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ditty Bag

Well, Julia showed her's so you may as well see mine. I've provided a complete description of the contents on flickr , with notes detailing all.

My dear tools are conveniently housed in a clear half moon shaped bag which once held a cosmetics gift, long-long ago. Plastic yes, but I can see everything, which I like. I go for circles. I'm missing post-its which are usually in there, used for marking where I am on a chart.

People are most curious about the compass...I say it never hurts to know what direction you're going. The bonus? it is spot on for this years Project Spectrum: Cardinal Directions.

tone up

My friend Beth gave me this snazzy "Tone Up" box, perfect for my favorite Clover "pac man" markers.


And where would I be without my chi-chi-chi-chibi? Holding some deadly sharp pointed things and my treasured bent tapestry needle. I scorned these bent needles until Sally Melville showed the the way, and I've never looked back. They make a world of difference in seaming and other tricky sewing.

Cherry Blossoms?

Or are they Apple? They were directly across from the Whitehouse in Lafayette Square which strangely, has a statue of equestrian Andrew Jackson at the center of it.

Lafayette Park has been used as a race track, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and the site of many political protests and celebrations. We were part of a citizen-organized protest to reform the banks, but there were also 2 different groups of Iranians, an Anti-Nuclear encampment and a Buddhist with a drum, just to name a few. And it was raining.

I don't know, I'm a sucker for a national monument. I love seeing all the families and tourists from all over the country and all over the world posing for pictures in front of the Whitehouse, it makes me happy, I could watch them for hours.

The Whitehouse

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cherry Blossom Time

I saw them!

My impulse was to take the bus, but a car with GPS was offered, so what the heck, the lovely voice of Ms GPS would guide me to the spectacle of the Cherry Blossoms. I imagined a leisurely walk along the Tidal Basin and through the parks under the graceful bows of the blossoming cherry trees.

It was fun driving in. Down through Georgetown, with all the wonderful architecture, it was hard to keep my eyes on the road. Past the Washington Monument and a glimpse of the Mall.

Then I saw them, curving around the Tidal Basin. I was under them...the blossoms nearly past, petals fluttering in the breeze like snowflakes...

The next thing I knew traffic sped up and I drove around in wild circles, honing in on parking lots I'd looked up online....only to find access was all blocked off...

I drove in larger circles hoping to find other parking...oops! ...almost into Virginia...oops! ... into an embassy's driveway...Now I was driving in zooming rush-hour, along with drivers hell-bent for home all going the wrong way in the street, which I guess must be fine at certain hours. I found it unnerving.

I gave up.
Tomorrow I'll take the bus, have that long relaxing walk and maybe visit some of the great places you suggested to me. Thank You so much, I really appreciate it!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Working Holiday

Hey All,
I'm in Washington DC for a bit. Any top suggestions? Yarney and otherwise?