Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ten Things Tuesday

I was going to make this a to-do list, but that sounded depressing. Here, in no particular order, is a list of ten things I'm thinking about.

1. This past weekend was the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, and one of the booths every year is a pottery booth where bowls have been donated by local potters with all proceeds going to a local charity. This year, the charity was SOS Community Services, an agency dear to my heart, and this was the bowl I got:
Isn't it pretty? It's just the right size to put your hands around and hold.

2. Sunday, I went on the historic home tour offered by the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation. There were recently renovated downtown loft apartments, a community health center, and some houses along what had been a post road in the first half of the 1800s. It was all really interesting. It was worth not getting in the sewing room for (well, sort of).

3. I finished Wolf Hall. It was so interesting and so well written that I took advantage of my employment at a large research university and went to the graduate library yesterday and checked out a proper biography of Thomas Cromwell. I haven't been this interested in the 16th century since my college days! How fun!

4. Next up (before I get to the biography) is Guy Consolmagno's God's Mechanics. Hubby Dearest is reading it right now, and we've promised it to someone in our post-Mass brunch bunch this coming Sunday. I'll have to read fast.

5. I made this small quilted wallhanging a few years ago, basically by taking a class and not following the teacher's instructions (because I thought her idea sounded boring). I have always been glad I did it this way and not two rows of identically-sized leaves.
It's about 18" by 36" and hangs right inside our front door. It makes me happy every time I walk by it.

6. I am deep into the cuffs of the Helix socks. I'm starting to think I might actually finish them soon.

7. I have decided I want to finish spinning the pink roving soon as well because if I have all of the roving in the house spun and plied by the time of the Fiber Expo, I can buy more, right?

8. I deactivated my Facebook account this morning, and I've been feeling free all day. I figure that the people who really want to be in touch with me will find other ways. I was feeling really uncomfortable about handing that much privacy to a company run by a smart-aleck kid. I'd been considering doing this for a while, and my friend's blog post a couple of days ago pushed me over the edge.

9. While taking pictures of the bowl for this posting, I realized that I could probably get a decent picture of that cup I bought at Art Fair last month. Here it is.
Can you see why I couldn't just pass it by? Yes, I like pottery. No, I do not want to make it.

10. The noises upstairs are saying that dinner is ready. See ya later!


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

very pretty bowl and mug! I'm a big pottery fan too and no, I have no intentions of making it. hehe

I LOVE your quilt that you made! Was it all applique?

Liz in Ypsilanti said...

The point of the class was to explore different stitch settings on our machines. I'll put up a close-up shot of a couple of the leaves, and you'll see that I was trying longer and shorter, fatter and skinnier versions of the stitches. I just didn't see the need to put the leaves in straight lines. Please!