Friday, September 28, 2007


That, by the way, is what E is for. I struggle with expectations as I suspect everyone does. I expect myself to post on my blog more, way more, than once a week. But here I am; it's Friday and this is the first time this week that I have put fingers to keyboard. Part of that is beyond my control. This is a very busy time in the Jewish calender. Having just celebrated Rosh Hashanah and survived(not an exaggeration) Yom Kippur, we set up our sukkah for that holiday. On the one hand, I really like Sukkot. It's definitely a holiday best celebrated with lots of people and copious amounts of food. On the other hand, prepping for the multitudes who will come over to help in the merrymaking takes a fair amount of work. And the completion of that work is not helped by digressions(that was last weeks post?).
I felt compelled this week to replace our already existing, handmade challah cover with a new, handmade challah cover. Why? I'm not sure, but I think using up the ric rac had something to do with it.My expectations that I add new items to my shop every week meant that I had to finish dyeing and boiling out these fabrics. Could this have waited until next week? My suspicion is yes.
Getting it all done, plus home schooling my kids, and allowing for a few digressions that had me sewing a new top for myself and working on Abi's much delayed ripple blanket, all while trying to get ready for Sukkot was pretty stressful. But, like I said, I've got these pesky expectations. And little to no self control. It all adds up to a head to head match up between what I want to do and what I need to do.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

D is for

Digression. Yes, this is my lame/clever way of getting around whatever ambiguous rules there may be to this alphabet thing and do what I want to do. I want to show off Abi's latest creations.
Abi's been making softies for a while now, but lately she's been interested in making them to sell. So, I told her we could photograph a couple and that I would put them in my Etsy store. She's very excited about this and I'm pretty jazzed as well. Really, it appeals to me on multiple levels. First, though I have three wonderful girls and each has amazing talents of her own, Abi is the only one that seems interested in sewing, knitting, etc. Secondly, As a home schooler, I see this as a fabulous learning experience. Not only does she have to design, cut and sew the animals, but she's got to figure out what her( really my) materials cost, how she values her time and what she can reasonably price things at. She also has to help with the photography, a great opportunity to learn about that, and describe( in written form) her creation. This is not just a teachable moment, its got to count as at least a couple of hours.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

C is for:

C is for coasters. I love making them. And the funny thing is I don't even own great furniture that I long to protect from sweaty glasses. I have a couple nice pieces, but on the whole, most of our stuff would probably be more visually interesting with a few well placed watermarks. Nevertheless, coasters make me smile. I think it's for the same reason I like making pillows. They're a perfect opportunity to try something without committing to a lot of time and effort. And there's that instant gratification thing as well. In an hour, I can have 4 pieced, backed and quilted coasters. That's pretty hard to beat. I'm thinking this constitutes the little things making a difference in my life or I'm just not getting out enough. Anyway, here is my latest but certainly not last set of coasters:
Plus some detail shots because c is also for camera(and close up).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

B is for:

Batik. I've been doing quite a lot of that lately. What's that? The batik tutorial. Uhh... haven't been working on that quite as much though I have shot a few pictures. Mostly, I've been making fabric, which, frankly would be the ideal time to take pictures for the tutorial. I'll have to keep that in mind.
Some of this fabric has already been turned into finished objects and there's actually even more completed fabric than pictured. Dyeing has been big around here lately.
These shots are the front and back of a tufted(that's a real word, right?) pillow I made with some of the fabric.

B is also for break of day.
Every morning(well, five mornings a week), I wake up before the crack of dawn to swim. Luckily, I'm on a masters swim team, so I have some company and coaching during these wee hours. Every time my alarm goes off, I grumble, but after I'm done and I'm driving home, I relish the opportunity to greet the day this way. And, I almost always see the sunrise.

B is for baking, especially bread.
Abi and I baked challah together today. We made special round challot because tonight we'll celebrate Rosh Hashannah. It's not uncommon for us to bake challah on Fridays, but on Rosh Hashannah, I use a special recipe that calls for vanilla and lots of sugar. We hope it will make for a very sweet new year. Just in case, though, we eat plenty of apples and honey.
Shanah Tovah U'metukah!

Thursday, September 6, 2007


So I want in on this alphabet meme. This morning Abi and I were writing in our journals, creating an alphabet acrostic of sorts, and I was so inspired by this that I've decided to take this on in my blog. And, in the interest of beginning at the beginning:
A is for alef-bet. My first language is Hebrew and I've always loved the way the letter s of the aleph-bet look. They're very calligraphic. I think you'll see what I mean after you watch this video clip. And, if you practice, you might just walk away knowing the aleph-bet.

Needless to say, I couldn't help but include my own interpretation of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, my own aleph and bet.