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Dang, it’s COLD!

And I’m back home in Alaska! A bit of a change from Ireland… Fairbanks can’t decide if it’s still winter, or it’s springtime. 70-ish degrees the day I got home and the next day too, and snow and down-to-zero temperatures at night since. Jeez, I’m glad to be back <lol>!

I had a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to go back, which is a real possibility, as I made new friends and am assured of a couple of guest rooms should I return. And I will. I didn’t get to see near as much as I’d planned (I got lost too many times!), and I didn’t hike as much as I wanted. There’s thousands of wildflowers I didn’t see, and people I didn’t meet. So yup, I’ve gotta go back!

I brought several projects to work on, and got a couple of them finished. I don’t have a photo of the baby onesies I embroidered; this was the second set. Apparently there is a population explosion going on in Fairbanks! I have one more set to do (and no one else better get pregnant!), and I have plenty of time to finish them before Baby arrives, so I’ll get a photo of this set.

needleholder needleholder
This project started out as a photo holder, but when I was packing for Ireland, I thought it might make a nice needle and scissors case for my trip. I found the thick yellow felt at A Weaver’s Yarn in town, and the yellow silk is a remnant from Britex in San Francisco. I finished it on the plane on the way over, but I am not thrilled with my new needlecase and didn’t use it. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it now. It just didn’t fold up the way I wanted it to. Oh well, I’ll figure out something!

passport bag
On Saturday morning, literally hours before I left for Ireland, I decided that I needed a new passport bag. So I assembled one out of the same fabrics that I’d pieced a hat from. The basic bag was finished before I got on the plane, but it still needed a strap, a button closure, and binding before it was really useful. Thank goodness for long plane rides! It was functional by the time I got to Ireland, but the first sleepless night I had, I redid the binding to close up the bag more. I was afraid my precious credit cards were going to fall out, and oh my, I would be a skinny little thing by the time I got home, without those bits of plastic! Not to mention that there wouldn’t be any embroidery thread or buttons or who knows what for my crazy quilt stash!

Irish baseball cap
I also brought a hat along, and that worked out as planned. I purchased threads and all kinds of fun stuff to finish off this hat while I was in Ireland. It’s very, very bright! And don’t be thinking that the threads and findings will tone it down! No siree bob, those threads are almost as bright as the fabric. I finished the bill of the cap, and one of the sections before I came home, and am well on my way to finishing section number two.

UPDATE:The new image inserter thingie isn’t working… But, I just learned that you can insert images manually (hm, so why is a blog better than a webpage, if I have to write HTML??). NOW you can see what I’m talking about! And I have two more sections of the hat done-more on that later!


Da plane! Da plane!

I’m there! I’m in Ireland! I’ll post here occasionally during the trip, but the bulk of my posts will be at http://irishtraveler.wordpress.com. Feel free to leave a comment over there!

My first baseball cap

This is my very first crazy quilt cap! I made it in Corvallis, Oregon, when I was working at Oregon State University in the College of Forest Resources. I didn’t know how to stiffen the brim, so I used a piece of floral wire and sewed it to the underside of the brim. I’ve since added a piece of heavy duty fishing line, which goes inside the seam sewing the brims together. It’s my gardening hat… not that I garden in it! But it’s covered with insects and flowers, and a few animals. It was really fun to make.

And yes, this is a class assignment 🙂 but, oh, I canNOT wait to use this feature when I get to Ireland! If you click on the photo, you go to my Flickr site. So theoretically, you could see all of my Ireland photos (when I start posting them March 10th!!). Posting directly from Flickr-it is SO easy! Except for I am too anal about the way things look, so I’ll probably hand edit a good number of my posts… sigh.

One World – One Heart

One World - One Heart

UPDATE Feb. 17, 2008: Now that OW-OH is over, to go to the cureent post, just click on The Sporadic Packrat, at the top of the page.

Well, I am a very late entry to the One World – One Heart is a world-wide giveaway event, sort of a “greet and meet” online. All you need to do to participate is give something away. Lisa Oceandreamer from Heart of the Nest and Imagination Cafe is the host for this year’s event.

Sewing bag one Bag one

I have two bags to give away. The first one is a commercially made bag given to me to give away or use-I choose to give it away. The second bag is a sewing hussif I started at the 2005 Crazy Quilt Retreat in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bag two Bag two

It’s from a kit from Attic Heirlooms in Wichita, Kansas; I put it inside a cosmetics bag to protect the embroidery. Although I would use the bags for embroidery supplies, both are large enough for knitting supplies and other types of crafty fun as well.

To win either bag, leave a comment about yourself, which bag you would prefer, and be sure to leave your blog address. I’ll draw names out of a hat on February 14; if both people want the same bag, the first name drawn will get their choice, the second name drawn will get the other bag and a few embroidery goodies. And anyone that leaves me a suggestion about something to see or do pertaining to crafting in Ireland (the Republic), or invites me to a craft group in Ireland, I’ll send you some embroidery goodies just because!

Also, please realize that I moderate comments; your comment may not show up til tomorrow, but whether it shows up or not, you’ll be in the draw!

Update: wow, I am pleased and amazed at the comments! I really didn’t expect to get too many, since I was so late!

Hello Judy! remember me? I was your roomie at Omaha!