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A Little Bit of Weaving

…pun intended.

Today I joined Etsy Labs and Church of Craft for “Crafting in the Park.” This took place at the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park- Pier 1. Today was gorgeous; the weather couldn’t have been better if someone had placed an order. One of the crafts they were teaching was weaving… on a mini level.

Using a small piece of cardboard as the loom, the warp was created using butcher’s twine (I think that’s what it was) and embroidery thread as the weft. A tapestry needle served as the shuttle.

Once finished (which took over an hour, even for such a small piece), I brought it home, glued on a scrap piece of leather, and attached a pin back. Below are pics of the final product.


So I ended up with a tiny, wearable rug.

How I Asked the World’s Awesomest Woman to Marry Me

When you have an amazing girlfriend, you have to have an amazing way to propose.  There are two versions of my story: what I planned, and what actually happened.

Tell Judith to meet me at a specific Metro station.  Surprise her by taking her to a pie restaurant.  Yes! a PIE restaurant.  It’s called Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and it is amazing.  Bring her whatever slice of pie she ordered on a bright red plate.  When she finishes the pie, the middle of the plate says, “Will you marry me?”  I had already scoped out the place, eaten there to look at the size/type of their plates, and I was going to go there before I met her at the Metro station.  I was going to give them the plate and they would serve her pie on it.  It was all so amazing.


They are closed on Mondays.  I found that out about 2 hours before I was supposed to meet her.

I told her to meet me at the library because she loves it and there are many places to eat around there.  On the way to the library I hatched Plan 2.0.  I found this little coffee shop that sold cupcakes that were just the perfect size to cover the center of the plate.  I would have her grab a seat for us, put the cupcake on the plate, and serve it.  Brilliant!

At the library, I ask, “You wanna grab coffee?”  Judith says, “No, I’m hungry.  Let’s get dinner.”  She picks Zaytoons, a Middle Eastern place.

Plan 3!  She orders baba ghanouj as an appetizer and when it comes, I see that the plate is the perfect size!  Right before she grabs some pita, I say, “Why is your hand all dirty?”  She’s a teacher and has ink on her hands.  “Well aren’t you going to wash your hands first?”

While she is in the bathroom, I grab the Proposal Plate from my backpack and place it under the baba ghanouj plate.  My bright red plate is about half an inch wider, so it gives the white appetizer plate a nice border.

…which she never notices.

After giving her the birthday presents I made, I say, “And I made you a plate.” (These plates are one of the crafts I’ve made for her in the past, so she knew what I meant.)  Nervously, I stare at the red-rimmed baba ghanouj plate.  After a few moments, she says, “Oh, is that it?”  She picks up the appetizer plate and reads my message.

She said yes.  🙂

Surprise Ahead!

Don’t surprise a head.  Heads don’t like that.

Anyway, BIG surprise coming to readers of this blog!  I’m making something this weekend because the GF’s birthday is Sunday.  Of course, that means I can’t put it up here until after I have given it to her Sunday evening or Monday (she’s out of town), but I just wanted to keep you all in antci……………………


I’ll give you this hint: it involves paint and glue and love  🙂

2 Months in the Big City!

It’s been 2 months since I moved to NYC.  Brooklyn, to be specific.  Within a month, I was able to find a job… a sweet job that was right up my alley.  I am a puppeteer at a marionette theatre.  Crazy, huh?  But this job is perfect for me.

Then there’s the cat.  The Girlfriend and I wanted to adopt an adult cat from the pound.  We hoped it would be an overweight cat, to boot.  We got everything we wanted.  May I present: Waylon Fluffings.

Getting his nails done.

As you can see, Waylon Fluffings is one laid back cat.

In my craft world, I have started crocheting lots of the flowers that I had done in NC.  I’ve actually got the pattern memorized, I’ve done it so many times.  What makes me happiest is that I have been able to modify the pattern to make different versions.  This is something I would never have been able to do with knitting.  Knitting and My Mind just didn’t seem to want to be friends.  Here’s my newest variation.  I think I am going to start putting them on headbands, as was imagined by my step-sister.

I am more at peace than I have ever been in my life.  Surrounded by love, coffee, books, and yarn.

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