Monday, November 21, 2011


   Splash!  at MIT--celebrating their 150th anniversary!  One hears about MIT all over the has a mystique, a colossal reputation--and ideas have been born here that affect events, and people everywhere.  This weekend my kids attended their Splash event for two days on campus which offers classes on everything from crochet to string theory...literally!  It demonstrates the essence of that which is MIT and the community it fosters.  The atmosphere is electric...and infectious, inspiring, motivating, and just about every positive adjective I can think to write.  If you want to be wowed for a while, check out this link to the museum exhibition and browse the objects the curators chose to celebrate!  Here's the fam...walking down a hall of the Infinite Corridor...someday they hope to be full-time students!
   It's been a busy few weeks for us and I've not had as much time to create with paper.  I have been painting the new house, unpacking from the move, coaching two robotics teams, and helping with the kitchen remodel.  I do make a card each week for our piano teacher, and here's one from last week...a nice little Thanksgiving thank you:
[copper embossing, and metallic paper for a layer behind it]

Friday, November 4, 2011

Power to the People!

   Out on the other side of the October snowstorm that still leaves many of my friends and fellow New Englanders without power!  I snapped this last Sunday morning before we went to dig out.  People around here haven't seen this kind of weather in years...and our lonely fall tree didn't know what to make of it.  We were lucky so much of our landscaping survived.  There were downed branches everywhere, and it was bizarre trying to drive on the roadways with no traffic lights.  The cities and towns were dark, and it was sobering to realize how much everyone depends on power.  Halloween trick-or-treating was rescheduled to mid-November in many places, and we're just trying to catch up on Autumn in the northeast!  [which reminds me, I need to replenish the candy stash for tomorrow't withstand the caloric demand of our cold bodies in the 20 degree overnight temperatures with no heat.  That's our story and we're sticking to it!]  Here's a few more snaps of all the dense, wet snow around our place:

   After three days without power, my husband returned home from work [they never lost power there!]  He walked in and announced that he'd seen power on in the lower half of the neighborhood.  Woo hoo!  the family shouted...did we want him to go and ask when ours might be next?  Of course we did, so back down the road he went...and not three minutes after he left, Ta Da!  Power returned and we all had a great laugh.  Hubby walked in a little bit later and told us how he'd watched the diligent lineman up in the bucket truck shouting, "Going Hot!  Going Hot!  Power to the People!" In a spectacular arc of blue...power indeed.

Good Techniques to Remember

SHOP this project, Rooted In Nature Sometimes we forget the simplest things as we learn new ways to do things. I was reminded how much f...