Monthly Archives: September 2007

Here is Nina’s postcard

Flower postcard

I apologize, Nina! I don’t know how I spaced out adding the photo of your wonderful postcard!

A postcard!

Look at the postcard I got from Nina (Nina in Norway)! I saw her flower postcards several weeks ago, and immediately asked if she’d like to trade. So I am super thrilled to get mine this weekend. I hope you can see the stitching and the beads on it. The flowers are covered with a layer of netting. Don’t you just love the background fabric? I hadn’t thought to try a figured background; I’ve only used white. Lovely postcard! Thank you so much Nina!

Nina, if you see this post, I forgot to ask you what flower you used. I don’t recognize it. thanks!

well, somehow I missed putting up a picture of the postcard! will do it ASAP when I get home from work…

Princess Samuels

Princess Her name

This has been a hard post to write; the photos have been online for several days. I took the opportunity to participate in The Mother’s Day Project, after listening to Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s Craft Sanity podcast. Anne Landre started this effort and says: “We will continue this project, this endeavor to awaken our sensibilities to the reality of war and the lives lost in Iraq – the soldiers, the women, the men, the Iraqis, the children and all its victims – until this war has ended.” She has asked volunteers to embroider the name of a female soldier that has died in the war. She will sew the names together into a tote; “Something that will go out into the world every day as a reminder of this horrible loss…” Each person that embroiders a name will get a chance to use the tote.

I chose to do this so that I would have some connection to the war in Iraq. As I was embroidering this young woman’s name, I thought about the war, and listened to the radio, and later did some reading. This is my small protest against our participation in the war in Iraq.

We have no business there. If we were truly fighting for freedom, I would be… I would be less against it. In Alan Greenspan’s (former Federal Reserve Chairman) new book “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” Greenspan wrote: “I’m saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: The Iraq war is largely about oil.” Duh. So essentially this young woman, and 86 other women, and well over 3,000 U.S. soldiers, and well over 70,000 Iraqis (see this casualty list), have died so I can drive my Subaru back and forth to work.

Why aren’t we developing an alternative energy source? Why aren’t we helping the Iraqis to rebuild their economy, their infrastructure, and teaching them, instead of blowing them up?

Princess Samuels

Princess died 9 days before my birthday, and her funeral was 5 days afterwards. While I was celebrating and laughing, her mother was crying and will not see Princess again. During her last few weeks in Iraq, Princess was afraid, and very stressed, and wanted to go home. She was from Maryland, only 22 years old. Newly married to Victor. She was an art student; she painted watercolors and refashioned clothing out of her closet. She loved the color pink, and her poodle. She was a happy, cheerful, positive person. What a waste of a life. And what’s even sadder is this quote from Princess’s mother, after learning of the loss of her daughter: “She was just like the other soldiers,” Lawal said. “They can’t come out and say it because they will get in trouble, but many of them don’t believe in this mission. She didn’t.” Why will our soldiers get in trouble for expressing their opinion? Don’t they have First Amendment rights too?

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additional embroidery

I am sending along this little tiny crazy quilt; I’m not sure Anne will be able to use it, but I had to add something. Just that stark name didn’t seem like enough. Death claims us all, but it claimed Princess and so many others too soon. Far too soon.

Paper crafting

journal cover

I started a new journal a few days ago, and played with some of the collage stuff I got from Colette to make a cover for it. The background is acrylic paint; just messing around, spreading color here and there. The cover is meant to inspire, remind me of my goals for this year, and give me something to think about, to write about. I use glitter on just about everything I use glue on; just can’t help it. It’s been a long, long time since I got out glue and paper scissors; this was a fun project!

Chihauhau little white dog puppies

And since I had the messy stuff out, I dolled up some of the postcards I got with the dog calendar. I had a couple bottles of sparkly nail polish, so oh what the heck, I used nail polish instead of glue to paste down the small pieces of collage. Boy, does it stink! no more of that! It was fun to play with the photographs and change them so they made more sense to me. I didn’t realize it would obscure the stamp images so much though; I wasn’t real happy with that, but too late now.

Moose hunting season

on the Chena River

I was out on the Chena River last weekend; not much fall color yet.

walking on the pipeline

But all of a sudden… I looked out my kitchen window a couple days ago, and the color has exploded! Friday night Gizmo-the-wonder-dog and I walked along the pipeline. It was just after sunset, and we’re looking at Gizzie’s favorite pond. He stood there waiting with his stick, hoping I’d throw it! But I am SO sick of throwing sticks, so sorry Giz, not tonight.

More birthday treats

Well, this is a little late, but this is what my sister sent. Boy, did I have a good birthday! I don’t have the wrapping from the package she sent (it’s decorating my office at work), but trust me, it was fun! And she sent a Chihuahua-shaped card too!

practical

From the most practical of gifts for an Alaskan outdoorswoman – mosquito spray, a space blanket, a package of yummy soup, and waterproof matches. The potato cooker bag is at work, since I don’t have a microwave at home; decorated with frogs (somehow I have become a collector of frogs). I used it for corn the other day; delicious!

fun ‘n frivolous

To the fun and frivolity of flower face buttons, a package of pink assorted buttons, and colorful hands; butterfly lights that I’ll use as a nightlight during the winter; and a magnetic photoholder with a dangly dogbone. She also sent some U.S. themed charms that didn’t make it into the photo.

ribbons

And just like at Christmas, everything was wrapped with some kind of useable ribbon! One decorated with my name, one with a happy birthday button on it. Oops! I don’t know what the tape is doing in this picture!