Monday, November 18, 2013
I was in Boston a week ago. I got to check some things off my "to do" list like go to the New England Aquarium and I discovered some new and cool places to eat/drink in Boston and Salem. Otherwise, it was a chill weekend. I binge-watched the first season of Banshee (Cinemax) - 10 episodes - with my friends in Salem, and that was enjoyable.
New England AquariumThe New England Aquarium is quite a bit larger than the one at the Pittsburgh Zoo. They have a very large penguin pool, segregated into three different types of penguins: African, rockhoppers, and little blue penguins. They are all so adorable.
They have several different kinds of sea turtles, and they do sea turtle rescue.
The neat thing about the big ocean tank - it is several stories tall and surrounded by a winding ramp. The tank is open at the top and there are a couple of big projection screens where they do an interactive Q&A with the audience and human divers in the tank. That was very interesting. I learned that predators are lazy. They keep all the predators in the big ocean tank very well-fed, so the predators don't go after the prey animals.
No sharks. I am told that they had sharks in the big tank, but I didn't see any while I was there.
I also got to pet the rays in the touch tank. They were so soft and smooth!
Monday, September 09, 2013
|"Max" is an adorable Corgi-Shepard mix|
|Poor Max at the vet: they sewed an oxygen tube to his snout!|
"As many of you may know, one of my volunteer activities is with an animal rescue group called Animals Against The Odds. The organization was started by a then 10-year old girl (she's 13 now) who wanted to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals, but wasn't permitted to work with any of the local groups due to her age (you must be 18). She and several friends started their own rescue group, and have helped hundreds of animals in the 2.5 years they've been in existence. One example of the types of projects they work on is the Annual Winter Warm-UP: every winter they provide straw, insulated dog houses and cat houses as well as other supplies to animals left out in the cold.Recently we had a puppy come in to foster (and that Mike and I are fostering) who became very ill. He was fine, then all of a sudden he was deathly ill with pneumonia, a temperature of 104.3 and needed to be rushed to the emergency vet hospital, put on oxygen, antibiotics and fluids. The estimate the vet hospital gave us was a minimum of $2700 (see attached). He's doing a bit better today, but I am helping to fundraise and cover the cost of this bill. To that end, if you can help us at all, it would be GREATLY appreciated. You can call donations in directly to PVSEC (the emergency vet hospital) at 412-366-3400 and ask that they put a credit on our (AATO) account or you can give via our You Caring fundraiser link below. If you would prefer to mail a check, that information is below as well. If you could also forward this on to any of your animal loving friends, we'd really appreciate it. These kids make a heck of a difference in the lives of so many animals, I love supporting them.Thanks !Susan
Make payable to Animals Against the Odds
PO Box 97890
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Donating Online (You Caring)
Saturday, August 10, 2013
|An old Italian Ren dress - still a favorite and so easy to wear.|
|Here's that lovely long-sleeved Turkish Kaftan|
|Spotted at Vlad's "Drag Races" - this gown was impressive.|
Once again, I had a wonderfully relaxing and fun Pennsic, because my camp is awesome. I took some photos and videos to try and capture the beauty I see at Pennsic and some of the experiences that I would have difficulty describing otherwise.
Here's my flickr set - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirvana/set
And, here's a playlist of videos on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2
Sunday, July 07, 2013
The Pennsic sewing continues. I'll just keep making stuff until time runs out. And my stash is far from running out. Husband doesn't have that much garb and he requested more ottoman Turkish stuff.
This is another men's kaftan, with too-long sleeves that can be worn scrunched up, or just hanging back without putting your arms into them. Once again, I used the pattern from ReconstructingHistory.com.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
My main complaint about a lot of modern sewing books is that there are too many of them at the beginner level, or they are focused on quick and easy projects. A lot of them have a big introductory section on basic sewing techniques. I don't need that. I like learning new techniques, and I like projects with a bit of a challenge. Both Shape Shape, and Drape Drape present me with what I'm looking for.
Lots of simple and elegant, but unique ideas here. A lot of these projects do look quick or easy, but they are very different shapes from what you usually see out there. A lot of styles can be worn in multiple ways, like "origami" for clothing. A lot of the styles look ideal for using beautiful, plain fabrics, or showing off an elegant print.
I'm in love with many of these looks, and I'm fascinated with the draping techniques that are illustrated here. It looks a bit challenging, but this is exactly what I've been looking for. Of course, most of the patterns call for drapey fabrics, such as knits. I'm cool with this too. There are many looks here that I want to make for myself.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The fronts are just about done. The pocket, lining, and buttonholes are in. After doing the pocket and lining all by hand, I resorted to machine sewing the buttonholes. I tried handsewing one, and it just looked hideous.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Can't sleep...so this is a quickie post on what I'm working on. It's a Kannik's waistcoat, for my 1812 reenactor friend. So far I cut the pieces out, basted the interfacing and stay tape to the fronts, and started on the welt pockets - all by hand.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Meanwhile, I made two blouses from the blouse pattern in the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, like so:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
There were hundreds of these Toynbee tiles in major cities all over the Northeast, and amazingly, in South America. However, many of them are paved over, and some have even been stolen - as in cut right out from the street - because they now have a perceived value as art. There is no effort to protect or preserve them. In Chicago, they were routinely removed like any other graffitti. So the tiles are disappearing and soon will be gone forever. There is a lesson in impermanence here. Otherwise, one might say that it was a brilliant PR campaign.
Addendum: Found the photos I took of the ones I saw in St. Louis, which aren't there anymore (I don't think).