I wrote this almost two years ago when I traveled to Kiev for work. I meant to flesh it out at the time, fill in the thoughts with complete sentences, but reading the abrupt thoughts and flow from beginning to end is rather endearing (and a bit like being in my head, I think.)
Find myself single, traveling the world. Unprepared and diving in. Ready to spend some time with myself. Passport fiasco. Two hours before leaving came down with a cold. Charles de Gaul airport – luxury goods, faint smell of toilet. Well designed bathrooms. Amazing food on planes. Great seating. Ride from airport. Stacks upon stocks of apartments of varying versions of the same architectural style. Dissolving around it. Not sure it was ever pretty to begin with. Gas stations. Faded paint. Dreary flowers. Rain didn’t help. Dead quiet airport. Nice woman on plane. Leg cancer scare. Museum advice. Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Michael Bolten, Cirque du Soleil, Ace of Base Churches, golden domes, shining beacons in a sea of faded pastels. Nicer away from airport. Trees. Giant woman with sword. More European in artwork, structures, parks, Guy on moped rumbling down cobblestone street. Beautiful statues. Pastels seem more intentional here rather than color victims of time. I should get a haircut in Amsterdam.
This is Monkey. He is super sweet and very handsome. He lives with his sweet sibling Pippi, and his people Nova and Chris in Austin. We got to stay with them when we visited Austin this month.
To thank them for their generosity, I stitched together a little kitty magnet.
I had to trim some thickness from the felt in order for the magnet (hidden under his patch) to stick to metal well, but I kinda want to make a billion of these now.
In the location of the old Harold’s Barbecue on Hwy 54 in Jonesboro is a different BBQ venture, Pit Boss. With an original location in Hapeville, their menu is expansive, including smoked wings, turkey, burgers, and sides like fried green beans in addition to mac ‘n cheese and collards. It’s pretty good food.
We got the babyback ribs, mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, stew and these loaded fries (can’t find the name on the online menu). The ribs had a ton of flavor and were pretty tender, though I’ve had juicier. The collards were cooked just right, and the mac ‘n cheese was addictive. Cheesy, not goopy.
I’m not a big stew person, and theirs is of the potato variety, so I didn’t even try it. The loaded fries were kind of amazing, covered in cheese and chopped pork, and the sweet sauce on the table.
Three cheers for the South Side getting some great grub!
The North Carolina tourism folks have started a blog (via an ad agency I can’t figure out) featuring great state destinations vignetted by beautiful type design. You can see the entire Project 543 collection here. Doesn’t it just make you want to get in the car and go to NC? Well, I already kinda felt that way…
Isn’t this incredible? For something so organic and artistic to come from something so functional is a great twist. Technical Mandalas from soldered computer and radio parts:
For my mom’s birthday in August, I made her a tote bag. She and my dad love yardsales and flea markets, so I thought she might enjoy something to carry her finds in. Her name is Kathleen – “Kat” for short – AND my parents have chickens, so this linen print was perfect for it!
I used the instructions from Stitch by Stitch and it turned out very nicely. Despite the couple of imperfections, I’m pretty proud of it!
Just when I start to feel like the things I’m making are all from someone else’s template or pattern (I am learning, after all), I run across something like Olympia Le-Tan’s collection and am reminded all over again how amazingly unique and clever craft can be.
Le-Tan recreates awesome, vintage book covers in felt and embroidery, then makes them into handbags! As a book-sale junky, I recognize many of the beautiful covers and titles. I’m so inspired to retreat to my little world and create. Continue reading “Inspiring Reminders”