26 Feb

Throw Back Thursday

Eight and a half years ago, I made a baby quilt for my niece using good night phrases in many languages sent to me by friends in real life and from my blog life.

Violet's Quilt

That niece obviously isn’t a baby anymore, and her room has grown and changed with her. Recently, she updated her room to a fun blue scheme, but found a way to continue to incorporate her special quilt.

Violet's room

 

We think the world languages on the quilt coordinate quite well with her world map. I also note a lovely use of purple as a subtle accent throughout the room (and her personal style). I like it! And I’m looking forward to being able to see Violet’s new room in person soon.

As I dug up the photo of this quilt I noticed two things: the quilt (and the rejected first try in the linked blog post) is kinda “Modern” from before “Modern” was such a big thing; and Wow, this is my tenth year blogging!

26 Jun

Colors of Polynesia

Where I used to post about German fests and castles, now it’s all tropical dances and food! Here are some images from our day at the Polynesian Cultural Center here on Oahu. Hopefully made more relevant to my creative journey blog in their arrangement by color. Everything should be clickable for a little bit bigger view. There’s also more on Flickr.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula in plantation era costumes, traditional hula skirt or “pa’u,” Tahitian dancers, Hawaiian dancers.

Clockwise from upper left: Tahitian dancers, Fijian or Samoan dancers (I can’t remember), Tongan drummer, skirt made from the inner bark of the wild hibiscus tree.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula kahiko dancers with feather rattles, Tahitian dancers with I’i hand implements, Samoan fire knife dancer, Hawaiian kahili, or royal standards.

Clockwise from upper left: Taro, Maori woman from Aotearoa (New Zealand) performing the haka as a welcome, Maori man performing another part of the ceremonial greeting, Maori group singing.

Clockwise from upper left: Fijian house for sacrifices, Hawaiian checkers (konane), Fijian tattoo for a king, Fijian outrigger canoe.

26 Dec

Surprise Gift

I’ve been moderately successful in editing my pottery collection. Enough pieces sold via my blog and eBay to pay for the fees and the postage I underestimated. Most importantly, There are fewer pieces in my house. I will admit that the Franciscan set and the wedding china I listed on Craig’s List were too nice to take to the thrift shop so they got tucked away in the corner of a cabinet. In the end, I’ve probably cut my collection by a quarter to a third, rather than the hoped-for half, but that’s better than nothing. One of the pieces that didn’t sell was the cute squirrel vase. It was also too unique to be tossed aside.

It does however, remind me of my friend V, who has/had a lovely collection of white art pottery and is also pretty crafty. So, I decided to surprise her at Christmas with an art pottery pincushion!

According to her email, she really likes it!

She sent me a pretty awesome gift too. The two fat quarters below are her design, which she printed through Spoonflower. I think they look great and can’t wait to use them (I may even have something that the blue/green one will work in). I’ve been eying Spoonflower for a while and wondered what the quality of the printing was like and how the “hand” of the fabric felt. It’s great! Now I just need to come up with a project that needs my own fabric design.

Other things that have lived up to the hype are Stitch and 3191. My mom got me a subscription to Stitch and if the rest of the issues are as good as this premier one, I’m going to be one happy sewer. The pictures are beautiful and the variety of topics and projects is great.

3191 was a gift from my quilt mom, Gerrie. It is filled with the spare, thoughtful photography of her daughter, Stephanie and Steph’s blogging partner Mav. This is the kind of book I’ll leave out and enjoy a few pages here and there when I have a quiet moment. The last chapter of the book has a month by month “summary” of the photo diptychs and some of the comments from the 3191 blog. This section adds so much to the enjoyment of the book as it brings home, at least to me, how it’s not just about Stephanie and Mav taking pictures, but also about us viewers coming to see them and making those pictures a part of our day.

Thank you everyone for the great gifts given and received.