Friday, August 15, 2008

A summer of new things....

I traveled this summer. It seems like I've been away from home almost the entire time. Things are finally settling down, and I had a chance to take some pictures this morning.

In my travels I made some discoveries. None of them really surprised the people who know me well.

At the Corning Museum of Glass I discovered I enjoy glass-blowing. They have workshops where you get to blow your own glass. (To be fair and provide full disclosure, you get to choose the colors and blow into the glass rod, but the museum workers do the majority of the work). We had to get our ornaments shipped to us, and I was so happy when I opened mine up.

I'm lucky enough to live in an area where I can take glass-blowing classes. Hopefully there will be one in my not-so-distant future.

On San Juan Island outside of Seattle I found a basketweaving kit. A friend called and as we were talking, she asked me what I was doing. "Basketweaving," I responded. I think it's pretty funny that she didn't question it at all.

This was a great kit, and it was affordable, also. They supply to national parks, museums and historical reenactment sites. I'll be keeping my eyes open for some more.

There was some quilting going on. This has been sitting around for a while, and I finally got my act together to finish it. Once I got motivated, it was quick work.

And, of course, some knitting. I haven't been knitting as much as I had been, what with all of the distractions. I do have a lot more to show, though!


knitting elephant said...

WOWEE! That's a lot of crafting! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that ornament. What a great & fun thing to do! The quilt is pretty, and I think it's awesome you made yourself a basket. :-)

Opal said...

Wow there's been a lot going on! Everything looks fantastic! But I especially love the ornament. I think I would have been too afraid of getting burned to have tried that. I've always wanted to try my hand at basketweaving, but the last thing I need is another craft addiction. :-D