Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lamy Safari

My sweet son just gave me the nicest present - a Lamy Safari fountain pen. He knows I have been interested in paper and ink related stuff lately. I have a written journal now (sorry, blog!) which I have kept up since November and I have many new pens and notebooks on my desk. We have a few disposable fountain pens between us but I had yet to buy a real one. This was a very thoughtful and much appreciated gift and I love it! 

There are many stationery blogs and Pinterest boards out there and it isn't hard to find information on any sliver of the subject. I particularly like these two blogs: The Well-Appointed Desk and The Postman's Knock. Both of these sites are clean and pretty and are updated regularly. I haven't ordered anything from The Goulet Pen Co. but they also have a great website and a solid reputation for excellent tutorials and fantastic customer service.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Starfall Quilt

I've been working on this quilt over the past few months, going along at a snail's pace. It still needs a lot of hand quilting; the plan is to use Perle cotton and - well, I'm not sure what the plan is for the stitch design. I will decide block by block just like I did when making the top. I have done some machine quilting to attach the layers together and, now that the binding is on, it will be nice to have it on my lap for the handwork. 

The inspiration for the design was this pattern, Starfall Quilt. I also had the Modern Building Blocks quilt pattern, so I used that to make some of the blocks and also used a quilting magazine as a resource for several others. I'll post more pictures after it is completed. It measures 66" x 81".

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice

Little Cranberry Lake
Staying home isn't quite as exotic as a trip to Portugal or a motorcycle ride up to Inuvik but there are lovely local hikes and the cherries are ripe. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ray's Graduation from High School

Mom and Ray

Dad, sister and Ray

Girlfriend and Ray

Nuclear family

Extended family
These are all "Smile for the camera" pictures but it is the best way to have any kind of record of this kind of weekend. So much warmth and so many hugs - the ceremony was moving and the party was lovely. Tons of fun. We are so very proud and happy.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Morning Walk

I've taken very few pictures lately, just a couple of snaps on my morning walks. My interest in the visual arts has been focused on drawing and painting but that has mostly petered out to reading art books and watching YouTube tutorials on how to master watercolors and how to become a fabulous urban sketch artist. Practice is frequently mentioned. Whatever.

Ray is graduating from high school next week. We have gone to all kinds of events in the last couple of weeks - award ceremonies, end-of-year banquets, and finale concerts. He has done so well and plans to work this summer for a teacher who lives nearby. Ray will be helping him with yard work and handyman projects. Classes don't start until the end of September so he will still be at home for a few more months.

The Director's Award
Daniel Richards, Garrett Manion, Blake Prescott, Ray Palmer, Alex Braatz, Ian Simensen,  Jake Farley, Hunter Wickman, Hope Freier, Lauren Hood, Katy Dyer.