My poor neglected blog. I realize it's been several, several days since I've written. Even my brother-in-law asked me tonight what was going on with Penny Carnival. He doesn't exactly sew.
Ironically, I've been busy crafting! Well, last week the election had me totally distracted. (On the subject of current events, did anyone notice First Lady-elect Michelle Obama's orangey-red dress today? Gorgeous! I don't care if it's sexist of me to be concerned about her dress. She looked great.) As a journalist, I can't share my political opinions willy nilly on the Internet, but I will say it was an emotional, powerful week and I still well up with tears when I think of it all.
So, I've also been busy with some deadlines for three craft-related stories going in the paper soon. One dealt with Christmas crafts (done. almost). The next relates to Thanksgiving tabletop projects (due Wednesday). And the last one is about giving new life to secondhand clothes (haven't even started).
Some stories fall together effortlessly. The Christmas craft story has been a comedy of errors. My original idea for it fell through. Twice. Then I got stranded across the state with a car that somehow attracted mice (maybe just one mouse. hopefully) who ate through the wires in my engine, making it impossible to get home to my craft room. Finally, the amazingly talented Arlene McComas of Heart Rocks Home saved the day with some of her Christmas crafts from years' past.
Take a look at just a few of the photos she sent me of her work, keeping in mind that everything here was made from recycled, unwanted materials (the gist (jist?) of the story).
(made from secondhand wool skirts. she made a basketful for each of her grandchildren after remembering how her own kids liked playing with "multiples" of anything when they were young)
(made from wood scraps and a quilting pattern. again, another gift for her grandkids. for each child, she placed entire nativity sets--including blocks you don't see here--in bags she sewed from old flour sacks)
(made from paper grocery sacks. she ties them onto gifts)
(made from junk mail and paint chips)
Thank you, Arlene. You saved the day.
In other blog news, Penny Carnival is about to become a big sister. No, I'm not pregnant (nor do I normally refer to my blog as a child). I'm going to be starting a new blog very soon. It'll be mostly geared for people who live in the Spokane area and will be a combination of home, garden, craft and green topics. And, get this, someone's actually going to pay me to do it. How's that for a novel concept? I'll post more about it here as we get closer.
Thanks for sticking around, folks. More crafts coming soon.