Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wall Art

Originally uploaded by Pairaschut
As we all know, Etsy and crafty blogs have rocked our world. I love that over the past year+ I've seen so many great ideas and have been able to share ideas both with other bloggers and with the crafty ladies in my life.

I've been really inspired by the non-knitting art that I've seen out there, and I finally realized that I don't have to wait until I own my own house to start collecting pieces. So now I'm off and running!

This spring I finally took some time to hang up these pieces. Starting with the red one and moving clockwise you have:
-Keep Calm and Carry On print by sfgirlbybay (purchased on etsy).
-Article Pract plastic bag - I love the knitting girl design that decorates all Article Pract bags, tape measures, etc. I had this printed plastic bag (it's clear with the design printed in black) lying around from the shop, and I realized that I could turn it into a piece of art simply by putting a piece of colored paper behind the printed plastic bag. So there you go.
-The man drinking coffee is a cover of Whole Earth magazine that I framed years ago. I love this whole cover for many reasons: that it says Whole Earth at the top, that the man's drinking coffee and holding the cup so daintily, and at the bottom of the cover it says "Coffee Nation The Culture and Economy of a Global Addition" (the idea that we all have something in common).
-Finally the Sheep Picture - that I bought from the farmer who owns these sheep and took this picture! I purchased it at Rhinebeck last year, and I've misplaced the photographer/farmer's name, but I'll try to find it.

I think this wall could use one more picture to the right of the Article Pract knitter. And for some context - these are all hanging above my desk/sewing table (my blue sewing machine is on it in this picture).

I've recently purchased another print by Lisa Congdon and that one's hanging by my bed.

And the great thing about all of this art is that it didn't take a lot of money to put some great art on the wall - which is a reminder that we can start collecting art at any stage in life and with any budget.

Have a great Tuesday*

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Settling the Score

So, before I can get back to some crafty posts (and before the next trip takes place), I wanted to provide the "facts and figures" from our quick jaunt across the northern route from Berkeley to Boston.

The total trip spanned 5 days, included 52 hours of driving over 3200 miles, with quite a bit of fun, and a lot of great views!

For anyone who can't make it through the full post, here's the Cliff's Notes:: We started with a quick stop in Tahoe, then zoomed through Nevada -- gambling any time we stopped for gas. We slowed down a bit when we arrived in Idaho and Wyoming (our new favorite state). Then, we put the car in drive and didn't slow down as we made our way through South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois (hi Obama!), Indiana (where we stopped for a couple of hours to watch the new Indiana Jones), Ohio, PA, NY, and on to MA!

Now for the full sha-bang::
Livin' it up in the new VW:

History lesson - we used the blue VW on the left to drive from Philly to Berkeley last summer. But this year? We were riding in style with the silver VW on the right. Woo to the hoo.

Our first "touristy" stop was at this Mammoth Cave in Idaho. Not the Mammoth Cave, but it was big non the less. It was a great little stop, because we were given gas lanterns and let loose in the cave by ourselves, no guide, no other tourists, nothing. I was basically peeing my pants the whole time because I was just waiting for the scary movie to start and for a crazy murderer to jump out from behind one of the boulders in the cave. We survived.

This trip was particularly fun because I felt like we were constantly driving through history. Point #1 - these old wooden wagon bases:

If it were not 2(am) I'd take the time to write an ode or a haiku to you. The first of many landscapes and skies from Wyoming. That's C riding his bike as we near the South Dakota border.

The Grand Tetons are definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. They just pop up out of no where. We camped in one of the campgrounds in the park, right on the shore of this large lake, and I'm sure at a cloud-free moment, the reflection of the mountains in the lake is amazing. Here, we give you the view with clouds and some rock-skipping:

Then, we hit snow:

And some buffalo. These guys were in a field right next to some hot springs in, are you ready? Thermompolis, Wyoming. What a name. So we stopped for an afternoon stop before hitting up...

MORE SNOW. in June.

Then, if you read the Cliff's notes, you know that it's all driving from here. So the rest of the pictures are from the car. For example, we zoomed past a field of HUGE sculptures. Here's a hammer::

We passed through Chicago-land at the SAME TIME that a little tornado touched down. It was the second time this trip that I almost peed my pants.

We saw some great farms and barns through Minnesota and Ohio:

We were the predators on this trip:

And, what kind of knitter would I be if I didn't mention that on those cold snowy nights, we wore some hats I knit last summer in the chilly bay area. Thank god we arrived in Boston just in time for the heat wave.

As always, it was a truly great road trip, and it was so nice for neither of us to be sitting in front of a computer for a few days.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Well, we arrived in Boston on Sunday and have been busy since, so there's been no time to organize the pictures and give you more sights from our trip - that'll come soon.

In the mean time I was tagged for a meme by The Lady, so here you go!::

First, I've edited the meme to start with a picture of me trying to steal C's marshmallow- this was one of our many pictures from the trip.

Check out this website. Although, I think I'm not that bad.

Breakfast or no breakfast: definitely breakfast, when need be, I can hold off for an hour or two, but I need something... a quick note from the road trip - leftover Wendy's chili makes great breakfast the next morning when you're in a pinch.

Chore I don't care for: I guess that'd be the bathroom.

Dog or cat: Both, although cats are definitely better at taking care of themselves, and that wins them major points in my book.

Essential electronics:
Well my tiny computer has been pretty essential lately.

Favorite perfume:Clinique Happy is a favorite.

Gold or Silver: silver

Handbag I carry most often: The big green bag made by Nikki.

Insomnia:not in this family!

Job Title: perpetual student

Kids: someday

Living arrangements: Living in an apartment with a couple of roommates

Most admirable trait: hahaha, I should let someone else answer this.

Naughtiest childhood behavior: Mom? any comments?

Overnight hospital stay: nope

Phobias: well after the road trips, I'd have to say that I'm terrified of any Deliverance-type situations.

Reason to smile: it's summer!

Siblings: one brother and two sisters, all younger

Time I wake up: We're shooting for 9, give or take a few hours

Unusual skill or talent: Does this count: I draw maps in my head so that I know where everything is - it can be maps around town or maps of my room. It's all there... and maybe that's why I'm in a geography department?

Vegetable I refuse to eat: I would like to say none, but I'm really not a fan of purple cabbage

Worst habit: There are times when I bite my nails.

X-rays: My abdomen when I swallowed a ring, my ankles from soccer, and I think that's it.

Yummy stuff: watermelon

Zoo animal I like most: because zoo animals are different than wild animals? I was born in the year of the monkey.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

travel update!!!

Hello from Jackson Hole Wyoming!

The weather's been a bit of a drag - dark cloudy days sprinkled with rain, but we've been having fun. We spent the past two days driving from Berkeley to Tahoe, through Nevada, and ending up in Idaho yesterday... who's the ho? We spent yesterday afternoon in Craters of the Moon Park. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area (and we received the tip from the Ravelry Travel Forum, yet more praise for Ravelry).

We've both had a great time getting some exercise while exploring new places - C went on a 45 mile bike ride along a beautiful scenic route in Idaho, and I went for a great and strenuous trail run through Craters of the Moon.

Today, we woke up in a National Forest on the Idaho/Wyoming Border and spent a few hours doing research before driving to Jackson.

Now we're off to the Grand Tetons before hopping in the car and zooming to the East Coast!!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Day at the Races

This was "our horse" on Saturday: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2008/May/31/Front-running-Sudan-scores-easily-in-Golden-Gate-Fields-Stakes.aspx

C's roommate is friends with the owner of Sudan, and since he couldn't make the race on Saturday, we were invited to go. This means that when it was time for Sudan's race, we got to go down and see Sudan before he ran, and stand in the owners' circle after he ran! It was a lot of fun, and at the end of the day, I was up $5, not bad for my first day at the track!

Here's Sudan before the race::

And here he is whomping the other horses::

We also had a great time camping in Mount Tamalpais State Park (across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Fran). This is the closest I've come to camping in a rain forest. In the morning, the fog rolled in, collecting on the trees, and dripping on our tent. From inside the tent, I was sure it was raining, but once you're out from under the trees, there's no rain!