Monday, August 26, 2013

Fresh EGGS -- A New Kit!

Okay.  Not to be immodest, but I think this kit is about as cute as it gets!  How clever am I to have reused plastic egg cartons to contain the wool strips?

 I giggle every time I look at these . . . 

Here's the scoop:  the mat, when finished, will measure 7 inches by 8 inches.  It is hand-drawn on premium linen with edges zigzagged to keep it from fraying.  You get all the pre-cut wool, red felt to mount the finished mat on, basic hooking instructions, and some tips from me, along with a color photo on the label.  The price is $42.00 plus $7.50 shipping.  You can email me and do the Paypal thing, or you can got to my etsy shop: The Paisley Studio and purchase it that way.

How do you like your eggs?  Poached?  Sunny-side Up?  Or hooked by hand?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bits and Bobs

Pete and I have been taking little bits of time off to enjoy the last days of summer.  We've been riding our bikes a lot.  We rode to the village the other night to watch the blue moon rise over Shelter Island.

And we rode to town to have coffee at Aldo's, a Greenport institution.  Aldo makes the best scones in the world, laden with butter and pecans and raisins.  We would have split one, but they were still in the oven -- better for our hearts and hips.

I had dinner with friends at the Blue Canoe on Wednesday night while Pete sailed in the weekly race.  We arrived at the restaurant just as the sailboats were passing.

Yesterday, we took the ferry up to Ashford, Connecticut for a brief but fun family reunion.  Some cousins from Utah were in town and it had been years since we last saw them.  We drove through Willamantic, which was once home to the American Thread Company.  There's a fabulous bridge there, officially called the Thread City Crossing, unofficially called the Frog Bridge.  It is spectacular!

It is adorned with gigantic spools of thread to honor the city's history as one of the largest thread producers in the world, and beautiful bronze frogs that refer to something called the Windham Frog Fight of 1754 when hundreds of frogs battled for access to the only available pond in the area.

We've had great sleeping weather the last few days, a sure sign autumn is on its way.  There are parts of pumpkins littering my worktable as I write this.  The falls shows will be here in no time, so it is time to put my nose to the grindstone.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cornucopia, Wisconsin

Fresh air.  Family.  Fish on a stick.  Falling stars. Bonfires. Beer and brats. Eagle feathers. Sunlight and sand. Loons calling across Squaw Bay. Tansy. Daisies. Queen Anne's Lace. Waterfalls.  Whitefish.  Wild blueberries. White pine and tamarack. White cedar and white birch bark.  Sunset.  Moonrise.  Milky Way.  Lazy days on Lake Superior.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

From the Road: Sauder Village Rug Show

We're on our way home from a vacation in northern Wisconsin.  Just stopped to see the rug show at Sauder Village, which I've wanted to do for a long time.  It is a spectacular place for show -- lots if space and great lighting and they hang the rugs like art.  No name tags pinned to the corner of a rug! (That's a pet peeve if mine.)

So here are a few photos of the show, to make up for not posting for so long.