Visiting Narnia


I’m working on a project that has me making some illustrations based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In order to avoid the proverbial “mother’s guilt” over being wrapped up in a project, I hit on the idea of involving my children by reading the story to them a few chapters at a time (they’ve never read it before) and then having them make their own illustrations along with me. Everyone wins: They get exposed to a classic, they get my time and attention, we get to do something together, and I still get to feel productive in the end. (That’s a wardrobe she’s working on, and the witch, Edmund, and the castle between the hills are on the drawing in the back.) The kids are moving along pretty speedily, but I’ve still got some work to do on my own drawings, so it’s back to work for me!

Flutter, Bye




From sketch to computer to pattern. Now I just have to find time for the stitching….

(My apologies for the grainy photos. Only one of them was taken in decent light.)




I’ve disappeared down a stash-busting rabbit trail. I started out looking through my cotton yarn so that I could make some Swiffer socks for a friend, and in so doing realized I was overdue to make some new dishcloths for myself, and in so contemplating I started a quest to use up all the scraps of cotton I had left lying around, Swiffers and their socks all but forgotten. That resulted in the dazzlingly mismatched cloth you see pictured here, as well as the dreaded tucking in of many loose ends.

Once I’d recovered from the dishcloth frenzy (I made twelve and, yes, did use up all of my scraps), I made two Swiffer socks that multiplied into ten once friends saw me making them and wanted their own. I meant to take photos of those but gave them away before I remembered. And then, because I had just a bit of yarn left and a strong compulsion to use it all, I went for a crocheted bath puff. It looks neato, but I have to admit I’m not completely sold on it in practice. I think the cotton is a bit too absorbent or something.

So my somewhat diminished free time of late has been taken up with boring domestic crafting, and I don’t have much to show for it unless you fancy dishpan hands. I’m starting something new—the first embroidery I’ve undertaken in quite some time—so hopefully soon I’ll have something more interesting to show off. Happy weekend, friends!