bessie . alma

here i am grandma; can you see me?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

happy annniversary yesterday

not that we forgot, but since we're sick around here and i couldn't find the pictures on disk anywhere, i decided to not post about it. but then i thought- oh! i could take a picture of the portrait propped up on the wall. (no, we are not all that sentimental around here) so here's a bad picture of a fabulous shot taken by our dear friend Michelle (who is about to give birth) three years ago on June 21st- the first day of summer. can you see the storm clouds above our heads?? hee hee... it really was a lovely day and the little rain that blew through cut the heat wonderfully.

it's been an incredibly interesting six years together all told; full of fun and joy and trials and tribulations, as life is. i would never choose anyone else to go through it all with! i'm amazed that i got so lucky and we have made it to where we are today. anyways, happy anniversary to us!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

thanks so much

thanks Courtney for letting me know that most people are unable to leave comments on this blog. i have changed the setting on my account and now, hopefully, all of the MASSES of you out there reading this little ditty can post a note should you so choose.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

gotta be quick

not much time. that's what i have at the moment, and how long this cool little headband took. Heather's pattern, and so great! maybe a modelling shot later... i plan on making a baby one too.

Monday, June 19, 2006

they're here!

i have two new friends in the house!

stephanie's backtack parcel arrived and we opened it right away and we were so excited we couldn't keep our mitts off!

these two bonded nicely ("gentle, gentle" to the eight month old) before she went down for a nap and then we three headed out to the garden. these guys came with their own pillow to sit on right beside my red one. happy day!

and here is Moe doing a sun dance... we could really use some of that around here.

as you can see they are darling and the craftsmanship is fabulous. the detail and is great and the buttons are way cool. the hinged arms are really a great idea. i can tell she knows what she is doing when it comes to doll making. look at her great tips on using freezer paper.

so, after a lot of running (hopping) around the northwest, my present has arrived and we are all happily settling in! THANKS STEPHANIE!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

thrifty fabric

wahoo. feels like i really scored and i know exactly what i will make with these two finds
the kiddie print is knit and the other an old sheet. a baby on the way (are you lurking michelle?) will enjoy itand i'll make bags? with the other or even pillow for this couch will be awesome. do you think it would be too much for curtains? hmmm... it feels very scandinavian. i love the colours and could pull orange, paprika, or that chartruesy colour. the orangey-red is really close to the dining room chairs. so, maybe when we get the bench to sit on in there i could cover it in this. good grief. my head is just constantly spinning.

it's to bad it doesn't look better with the new couch which is more beige than white. here it is sitting in the dining room. that is an ikea mirror that i plan on putting up to try and bring more light into the dining room and the high chair is sitting in the silly little alcove beside the bar at the kitchen.

it's turning out to be seriously challenging trying to figure out how to arrange/what to buy for this silly place. we like it here, but its so small and strangely shaped we can't find a furniture layout that really works. at least not yet. and the flat screen tv that paul bought to mount on the hip wall (to create more space)? well, turns out there's no stud to anchor it to. lovely. so, i guess what i'm saying is that maybe i should figure how we can live in this tiny space BEFORE i start decorating in my mind, non?

gardening and waiting for the sun

last weekend we spent most of our time in our little patch of a garden. paul was digging it up and edging and i planted pots and a huge window box below the living room window. Since then we've had maybe a total of 2 hours of sunshine here and there. here are a few of the most colourful shots. i planned the plantings in colour themes.


and evidence of paul's hardwork

well, he also planted a very nice looking rosemary tree/bush.

and by the by, i STILL can't figure out how to focus this damn camera in macro/zoom mode. seriously frustrating. i'll just go out and look at my flowers. and smell the heliotrope and feel better.

ps: stephanie! i am still waiting for my friend- i'll let you know as soon as he arrives!

Friday, June 16, 2006

she can't be my daughter

how did she not inherit the "peas are utterly disgusting" gene from me? i can't believe i have to cook, puree and keep peas in the house. ukky.... but cute.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I bought my first Japanese craft book recently and it has a place of honour on my bookcase. Actually, I am totally overwhelmed (what a surprise) by the amount of cute stuff that I have no idea what to make first, but I am loving the embroidery and applique. It's been a while since I've done any.

Monday, June 12, 2006


i forgot to post about this funky fabric find a while ago. i've been thrifting and finding some very cool stuff in the craft/fabric/linens sections lately. check this out:

what i'll do with it remains to be seen.


one of the next things i plan to make is a blouse. my mom gave me this old, soft beautiful bedsheet and i've spent so much time trying to decide what to do with it. it really is lovely. i've finally decided on a blouse with a ruffle down the placket and some shaping through the body with a short sleeve. the pattern i've found isn't exactly the way i want it but the closest to the ultimate idea.
now i just have to figure out how to place photos beside each other here...

Friday, June 09, 2006


backtack3 is over for me. he's made it and currently is residing in seattle with stephanie. a little bit of a bird theme (i tried, anyway) and some of my coolest green fabrics. the linen shirt is lined with a funky floral that i forgot to photograph. yep. and apologies for the blurriness of these shots. one day i will read the manual to the camera. it was fun to have a project to work on that i could do in "bits" i think he is pretty cute and stephanie likes him, so it was successful. did i like making a stuffie? not my favorite thing. actually, i loved making the clothes. much more so. that tells you something.... now i keep checking for my little guy to come to the mailbox. he's late. lost somewhere in the cascades...i'll let you know if he gets here today, stephanie.