we like to make things! we like to talk about the things we make! yippee!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

yay! the powerbook is back!

wow! it's been some time since i've been able to write, since my trusty powerbook needed a new harddrive and appearantly that takes a whopping 8 weeks to do [i don't believe it actually takes 8 weeks for normal people, but for some reason it took my people 8 weeks...]

anyway. shanna. i'm tired just reading everything you're up to!
lately, i've been working on finishing things up around the house, doing the sorts of things i've wanted to do but that weren't super high priorities. like painting the living room, putting a door on the basement, trimwork in the kitchen, painting the built in bookshelf i built... fun stuff.

i've been reading a tree grows in brooklyn lately, because i realized i had never read it, and it seems like one of those books that everyone should read. well, i was totally right, as it's super good and i'm very much enjoying it. i haven't read a good book for fun in some time, so it's refreshing.

my little etsy side project is also going well. i have been silkscreening in the basement, and i have to admit, preparing the screens isn't at all as difficult as i thought it'd be. it's actually really fun. so keep your eye out for lots new stuff on my flickr page and my etsy shop with my own screenprinting on it. yay!

100 miles by april 1, eh? wellll. every morning, i've begun running janie instead of walking her, so i guess if i'm doing about 1.5 miles every morning with her, and then do a couple real runs a week or a long run on weekends, that's totally do-able. i was hoping to do the broad street run in march, but, despite my stop and go running with janie, i feel incredibly out of shape, so we'll see.

so. that's what's new for now! and i'm so jealous! everyone is spinning but me! eeek!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


It has been a good weekend and now it's time to go back to work, for yet another week of drawing; for love or money. Last week I took a spinning class, (one of my yearly goals) at my local yarn shop. Loopy Yarn - It was great. I think I did okay for my 1st spinning class. I was on a wheel that had two foot peddles like in the photo. It was hard to make it spin in the direction that I wanted it to spin. I think it will take time spent working on the wheel to get it down. I was able to make just a little bit of yarn, but I learned a lot in an hour. I think it would be fun to have a wheel but I may be saving for a bit. They run around 600 bucks... That is a good chunk of change for me. Although some day I would love to add spinning to my growing list of craft skills.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

100 miles my april 1st.....

This weekend has been great. I have had it to my self, for the most part. My husband has been working on an architecture competition. I will have to show you once he finishes, I think it is looking good. So while he has been hard at work, I have had the whole weekend to my self - at home. I am proud to say that there is not a dirty garment in my apartment, which is unusual for me. I don’t really like doing laundry… but now I don’t have to do any more for a while. I have been done some knitting. Mostly on a baby blanket that I started over a year ago for my girl friend’s daughter, she is going to be one in March. My goal is to finish it by her first birthday. Cross your fingers for me. I also headed out to the Salvation Army for a wool hunt. I found 4 great sweaters that are ready to be washed as well as some great fabrics that I hope to make into a spring skirt for my self. We will see…. First I need to find a good pattern.

Friday was a good day. I spent to morning out on site for my project – the Metra Market (train station I am working on). I will post photos when construction starts. Then for lunch my boss Sue and I headed to an opening for Chicago’s Winter Delights Stitching Salon. It was wonderful. The photo posted above is a skirt that every one is working on collectively. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to see what it looks like next week. About 10 people were sitting around this table working on the skirt, you could bring your own work of art to attach or you could kit something there. What is great is that this even is free and it will be going on for the next two months. The good news is that it is only 3 blocks from my office. So that rocks! Next week I am also going to take my fist official spinning class on the wheel! I will let you know how that goes! J

Also… for the new year I have decided that I am going to run 100 miles by April 1st. This was my 1st week. I got 7 miles in! I think it is a great idea… Hey sara will you join me?? You are only 7 miles behind you have plenty of time! After our spectacular finish in September I think we have to redeem our selves! What do you say?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Reading 4 2006

I have always liked to Read, ever since I was a kid, I would go to the library and book stores. Today with the combination of my hubby's books, and mine our little book self is over loaded.... A few years a go I started writing down the titles and the authors of the books I read. This works out well for me since I can never remember the title and the author, to recommend books to others. This year I read 8 books to last years 6.
I do not know how I have out read last years books because I feel like time just slips away since I have moved to Chicago. Leaving less and less time to read. But It is a given that I read for at least 10 min every morning. Commuting to work by train gives you that little time to read while trying to ignore the fact that your head is right next to some mans arm pit. Since our commute is about to get longer I hope to read more then 8 books in 2007 .... I just finished my first book for this year tonight. ("Gift from the Sea" by Ann Morrow Lendbergh this book was a gift from my grandmal and It is a must read for any woman.) Even though I read most of it last year, it will be counted for this year 2007. (Can you believe it is 2007 already)

Okay... So I thought I would list my books for this year, just for entertainment proposes... I have also posted a photo of an art piece which was finished as a Christmas present.

2007 Reading......

"Night" by Elie Wiesel - 4.30.06
"The Lake of dead Languages" by Carol Goodman -5.15.06
"Leeway Cottage" by Beth Gutcheon - 6-16-06
"Night sins" by Tami Hoag - 7.4.06
"The myth of you & me" by Leah Stweart - 7.30.06
"Here on earth" by Alice Hoffman - 8.20.06
"Thirty-Three Swoons" Martha Cooley - 9.16.06
"Good night nobody" Jennifer Weiner - 11.11.06