Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-31-09

I was happy to find the birth announcement of baby Lancaster in my e mail this morning.  Mama, Papi, and  baby are all well. 

Welcome to the world little Samuel.

Happy Doodles.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-30-09

Magnet battle. 
Ninjas vs. Pirates. 
Pinocchio is the witness.

Thanks to Little Joey Lamotta from Down the Street.

Happy Doodles

Easter Eggs!

I have been working on some decorative eggs for the past few days.  I am using hand dyed paper that I bought while I was in Japan last fall.  Also, I have made some using washi paper.  

There are a few more in the works so check back for more pictures during the week. 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-29-09

Ink Fight.

Happy Doodles!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-28-09

Snowshoe Barbecue.

Happy Doodles.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-26-09

"So it isn't a vacuum that was disassembled & put back together.... (completely). By popular request ....? 'a grapefruit in a sling on a stick with a wheel' 12:02 am"

Happy Doodles happen at all hours.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-25-09

Plastic wrap box accident.  Again.

Happy Doodles

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-24-09

happy doodles

Monday, March 23, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-23-09

Stay relaxed and breathe deeply in twisting chair pose.  Mmmmmm.

Happy Doodles!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-22-09

Left over pizza is so good when reheated in the toaster oven.  Yum.

Happy Doodles

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-20-09

Anti-bacterial soap will kill 3 out of 4 of these organisms, can you identify the one that will survive?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-19-09

This one left me a little speechless, myself.  

happy doodles!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-18-09

I love farmsitting.

A Declaration of Spring...

After the St Patrick's Day Dash and lunching with my sister, I drove my dad back to the farm in Elma. We went through an unpredictable pattern of every weather system imaginable: rain, hail, snow, sun, wind gusts... which, unfortunately, is typical for Pacific Northwest springs. Driving our last leg on Highway 12, we passed by countless pussy willow trees with beautiful fuzzy buds forming.
I can remember as a young girl, on the other side of the world in Japan, a sign of spring that would get me excited was seeing fuzzy grey pussy willow flowers forming. At the time, I may not have associated the fuzzy blooms with the coming of spring, but what kid wouldn't get excited about a strange furry "flower" that seemed to be from another world?
Even as an adult, in the seemingly never ending bitter cold winters of New York, I would feel so happy when the corner stores started selling bundles of pussy willow branches out of buckets sitting on frozen concrete. Those bundles of pussy willows meant spring was around the corner. It was well worth managing a bundle of sticks through turnstiles and onto a crowded subway car because I was bringing a bit of spring into my home.
Before leaving Elma to head back to Oly, I chopped several branches from a pussy willow tree in the yard so I could make an arrangement at home. This arrangement consists of a plain glass vase and branches of pussy willow. There is no water in the vase because essentially I am drying out the branches to prevent the buds from fully blooming. If the branches were in water those grey buds will turn yellow with pollen, green leaves will start to form, and roots will sprout in no time.
I've created a scalene triangle (the sides 3 different lengths, or all three angles are different degrees) which is the composition I try to make in every arrangement. This particular arrangement is in the Nageire style which means "to throw"(nage) "put in" (ire). I fussed with this arrangement quite a bit, and snipped and trimmed unnecessary branches even after placing it on my end table so "throwing the branches into the vase" isn't the most accurate description of the process. I think the outcome is a good looking dynamic composition that says "Spring is here".


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-17-09

This one is almost too cutesy for me even. 
Happy Doodles xoxo

Monday, March 16, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-16-09

This is the coolest flower in the world.

Happy Doodles. xoxo

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-15-09

My dad and I ran the St Patrick's Dash in Seattle today...  in the rain, and in the snow, uphill both ways even... but not in our bare feet.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-14-09

My dad and I drove about 200 miles today... but I managed to make a doodle.  You'll notice initial posts might have fuzzy images... especially if I am on the road, but I'll update them with clearer photos when I return to home base. 

Happy Doodles. xoxo

Friday, March 13, 2009

Daily Doodle 3-13-09

I am happy to announce the start of a new project; Daily Doodle.  It is a simple one, but I am excited about it.  I am creating a new doodle everyday and posting them all here.

The inspiration came from my friend Mara when we were trying to figure out an art project that would be easy to send back and forth; she lives in Asheville, NC and I am now in Olympia, WA.

Although Mara and I haven't decided on our interactive project, the Daily Doodle is therapeutic and a great exercise to get my brain into shape.

This first doodle is "plugging your hands into the sky" while doing tree pose. 

happy doodles. xoxo

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Progress with Suz

Susan had a couple days off of work and came to town Monday night so we could get started on the quilt.  We went out and chose some fabric for the border and the backing... 

After doing some simple maths we drew up a plan and cut all of the fabric for the back and the patchwork borders.
I colored in the squares so we will know how to piece together the border... although the pattern is completely random, plotting it out in advance makes me feel a little better and gives the project a sense of order...

Next step: planning individual sections?  Stay tuned... Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The First Step To Baby Lancaster's Quilt

This past weekend my gal pals Danielle, Chrissy, Susan, and I went on a fun road trip to Moscow, ID.  Our high school friend Nick and his lovely wife Paola are expecting a baby soon; so we brought a little baby shower to them and checked out a jazz festival too.  

On our drive over to Moscow, Susan gave us the idea for a fun craft project: a quilt made by Baby Lancaster's aunties.

The four of us are each going to design a quarter of the quilt... so here is a basic sketch.  We will be choosing the fabric for the backing and the patchwork border next week, so stay tuned!

Happy Quilting. xoxo