28 November 2012

Beans and glue

My mom is really to blame.  She's the one who got me started gluing beans and lentils to paper a long time ago.  Both my mom and I were big crafters, at least that's how I remember it.  I liked the traditional glue, scissors, and popsicle sticks. But I also remember making a miniature doll house out of a shoe boxes (complete with a miniature toilet paper roll that I painstakingly made), lots of potholders on a potholder-maker of some sort, macrame projects, a bit of crocheting, and once I discovered mom's sewing machine, I made a lot of bean bags and doll clothes.

Well, I'm still at it.  The crafting that is.  Now, some forty years later my excuse is that I have a nearly-two year old who needs to learn about beans and glue.  We started with a beginner project in October -- paper plate owls.

In November we moved on to moderate difficulty -- a cardboard turkey covered in beans and seeds with fancy spaghetti feathers.  This project gave Wyatt lots of opportunities to pour seeds, beans, and lentils from one bowl to another, mix them, taste them, press them into glue, then complain about his sticky "dirty" fingers.  Only to start all over again with clean hands.  We had fun. 

As you can see, Wyatt enjoys admiring our work.  And if you could hear him in these pictures you'd hear him saying "dojee" (turkey) "gobba, gobba."  Our turkey gets a lot of attention.

I have no idea what December will bring, but I've been thinking about working with felt.  I promise a full report if something materializes.

26 November 2012

Four days of thankful

It was a leisurely four days we spent together -- in town -- doing whatever we wanted. Mostly trying to enjoy the non-rainy sunny patches when we could get them, taking walks, reading, playing outside, sharing the holiday meal with friends and family, hanging holiday lights and getting a tree, baking bread, making pies, getting a surprise visit from out-of-town friends, watching movies and bad TV . . . doesn't get much better.

Hope your Thanksgiving four-day weekend was just as nice.

10 November 2012

Election night 2012

We hosted a small group at our house for nail biting, dinner, and drinks last Tuesday evening while we watched the election returns.   To keep my mind off the too-close-for-comfort races, Wyatt and I spent much of the day trying our hand at some new recipes and cooking for our guests.

To get rolling, I pulled out Plenty -- a cookbook I like the idea of cooking from but haven't much.  It's a lovely book featuring great ways to prepare common and not-so-common vegetables authored by UK chef Yotam Ottolenghi.  This time I made both the caramelized garlic tart and the roasted butternut squash with sweet spices, yogurt and lime.  We liked them both.  Accompanied by a green salad of fall lettuce from my garden it made a perfect light supper, which was good since most of us weren't sure how much we wanted to put in our stomachs as we began watching returns in the early evening. What can I say, visions of the Florida flip still haunt me from 2000. . .

In any case, our evening became more celebratory as Obama stacked up the electoral votes.  As Inslee took a good lead . . . as I-74 passed.  We went to bed after hearing the speeches and slept better than we had in a while. 

I'm hopeful.

09 November 2012

Hats on

The mornings are cold, not just crisp, now.  We've busted out our hats (and gloves). Yesterday we spent the morning outdoors in an effort to take full advantage of what seem to be our final clear, dry days in Seattle.  An impromptu meet up including friends we haven't seen for too long, a walk around Green Lake, playground time, hot drinks and snacks, chasing seagulls, and story time at Mockingbird Books.  A fun morning that wore everyone out.