Monthly Archives: February 2007

It’s not too far to drive…

Car in the lake

I couldn’t resist taking this photo and adding some fish, embellishing the net and the text. A high school friend and her husband own Collins Lake where the photo was taken, and that’s her son in the car. He drove the car into the lake for the photo! The resort sells the postcards, so this one will go back to Theresa, to hang in her office.


No-knit scarf

No-knit scarf

I got some AquaMesh Plus, water soluble fabric stabilizer with pressure sensitive adhesive on one side. It was much easier to put the yarn into place, but it took quite a bit of water to wash off the “pressure sensitive adhesive”. I love the way it looks, but unfortunately the thread I used to sew it together is really scratchy and not much fun to wear. So, here comes another hat! I wanted to try making a hat out of the… what is it? fabric? and this’ll be my chance.

See the other two I made earlier.

TAST – Cretan & Chevron stitches

Four bookmarks

A little catchup with TAST. These will eventually become bookmarks, something sorely needed at my house. Inspired by Melinda Barta’s book, Hip to Stitch from Interweave Press. See Craft Sanity for Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s interview with Melinda.

The top bookmark is feather stitch and single chain; it finished really nicely on the back. The second bookmark is chevron stitch; I tried to make it look like stair steps. The third one is chevron stitch, with the horizontal lines stitched at different levels. The last bookmark is cretan stitch, varying the width and height of the stitching.

Look see: Cool stuff and great info

Bibliodyssey: Reilluminating the Bible and Kohler Artist books (you’ll have to scroll down past the very cool chickens-it’s worth it!)

Design*Sponge: Biz Ladies Business Tips

The Toymaker’s Workshop

The Toymaker’s Workshop

Marilyn Scott-Waters runs the Toymaker’s Workshop, a delightful little place chock-full of toys to make, stories to read, gorgeous illustrations, and creative inspiration. I plan to check out her books from my local library. Or donate them to same, if need be! It’s a wonderful jumping-off place for implementing Marilyn’s goal of encouraging adults and children to spend time together making things.

I would love to make my own version of the Fish Car! Read The Seahorse Carousel Adventure

Maria Pegler’s Developing your color palette

Sharon B of inaminuteago has already pointed everyone to these pages and noted that one needs to sort through the site to find them all, so I thought I should point you to a post I did after looking through Maria Pegler’s “Developing Your Color Palette” lessons. I knew this would be a valuable resource for myself, so made a list of her lessons (with Maria’s permission).

(this post is also linked under “Tutorials”)

Little cabin in Alaska

Back of cabin

I’m a member of, a community site for people interested in home improvement. They’ve started a new section, Topics, with cabins as one of the topics. and DIY Network are doing a cross-promotion, each of them featuring the other blog, in connection with DIY’s Blog Cabin Sweepstakes. I happen to be one of the few people on that labeled their home a cabin, so my blog is one of several being featured on the DIY Network blog right now. So, I thought I should show you a little more of it.

I live in a small frame cabin with an attached garage; the structure is 24 feet square, with half of that devoted to the garage. “My” half of the building-the living area-also has a 12×8 loft above the kitchen area, and I store my books and my bed up there. Access is by a drop down “attic access” ladder, which is really handy, since that leaves a large open area in the cabin, uncluttered by stairs.


I live here with Gizmo, my 105 lb Labrador Retriever. I think the cabin’s a little too small for him; he prefers staying outside in his doghouse, unless it’s too cold. “Too cold” starts at about zero for him. He’s a bit on the rolypoly side, and loves romping in the snow. He dives enthusiastically into snowbanks to retrieve frisbees, tennis balls, and sticks, and is a frost-and-snow covered black dog when he finishes his walks with me.

I don’t have running water, so I haul three 5 gallon jugs home once a week. No running water also means wintertime honey buckets and an outhouse. I shower at work, and do laundry at a laundromat. I’ve lived this way for about twenty years now (except for a stint “Outside”-the lower 48) and don’t really want the hassle of running water. I can leave the cabin in the winter with no worries about breaking pipes and a mess when I get back from a trip.

I do have electricity, which I would really miss! No computer, no sewing machine, no drill or skill saw; life would be a lot different. My Monitor oil stove runs on electricity, and I also cook and heat water with electricity. I used to have a wood stove, but the cabin is so small and it just takes up too much space. I use 100-150 gallons of heating fuel per winter, so I don’t feel that’s excessive, compared to some houses that use 600 gallons or more per winter.

I love living this way; it’s very common in Fairbanks and the town is adapted for those of us with “dry cabins”. Many businesses provide shower facilities for employees, and all the laundromats are equipped with showers and a place to fill water jugs. I like that my house is paid for, and I have an acre and a half to play on, as well as lots of room to take Gizmo hiking. I live about a mile from the Alaska pipeline, and can walk or ski to miles of trails off the pipeline. I picked several quarts of blueberries there this summer, and I’ve gone grouse hunting off the pipeline too. It’s a great life!