It’s that time of year again! I have once again successfully made it around the sun. This year’s birthday card from my talented aunt and uncle has an Austen theme. Isn’t it lovely?


Art in Bloom 2017

I was sad to miss last year’s Art in Bloom exhibit at the NC Museum of Art, but I managed to make it this year! Here are some of my favorite shots from this year. (Click on the images to see them individually, hopefully with their captions.)

Temari: Forsythia

I actually made this temari (quite) a while ago, inspired by the forsythia that were blooming at the time, but they were gone before the temari was finished, and then I kept putting off photographing it until I could get a sprig. Now that spring has finally rolled around again, I remembered!


(Yes, yes, I know forsythia have four petals, but work with me here. I was experimenting with trying something unique with interweaving offset spindles.)

I’m not dead! I come bearing proof that I have, in fact, successfully completed another orbit around the sun, in the form of my annual birthday card from my card-making aunt and calligrapher uncle.

I love this year’s card! The way it stands up by itself as a screen is so neat.

Nags Head Nights

Looking back through various bits of 2016, I realized I had a bunch of pictures from the beach this summer that I’d never downloaded or posted. So here’s a photo post to send off the year. I actually took more pictures there this year at dusk and in the evening, for some reason. Maybe that’s fitting.

Temari: Christmas Quilt

I actually made this temari last year and have been saving it to post this holiday season. This one is done entirely by wrapping the thread around the ball in a specific pattern, as opposed to stitching, so the making process involves a lot of pins to hold everything in place until the end. But the final result is nice, so it’s worth it!p1020638

Pictured here with one of the Santa Clauses I inherited from my grandmother’s collection.


Merry Christmas!


The Longest Winter’s Night

Happy Winter Solstice! Mark has gleefully pointed out that this is, in fact, the best Winter’s Night we are likely to experience in a lifetime, as tonight will be the longest night for the next 80 years due to a trick of orbital mechanics, plus there will be a lunar eclipse. So celebrate the best you can tonight; clearly the sun’s going to need all the help it can get to come up properly in the new year.

(Edit: The one time I don’t bother to fact check a thing Mark tells me with great confidence, it turns out to be a thing actually from 2010. But there is a lunar eclipse tonight! Best visible at 3:17am in the Eastern time zone. Look! Distracting art!)

And for some reason, this cool art Gene just sent us is striking me as thematically appropriate, so here you go. Enjoy!