Monday, January 26, 2009

Gummi Bears Theme (Orginal)

When I was a kid, Gummi Bears was on at an ungodly hour of Saturday morning. Like, 6am. Even back then I wasn't going to get up that early. But! I lurved this theme song. So much so, I would drag myself out of bed to hear it and then go back to bed. At some point I smartened up, got out my tape deck, held it up to the TV speaker and recorded the song so I could hear it whenever I wanted. And it is still a great song.

A Dream Come True

If you've spent any time over at my friend CCR's blog, you've probably noticed two things: 1) her cats are always cuddled together, entwined like pretzels, and 2) in the comments sections I'm constantly griping that my cats don't do that. Harold and Pan were longtime friends, so that somewhat explains it. But the new Herself and old Harold? They hardly know each other!

My stupid cats have been together for about 10 years now, and while they share a food dish and tolerate each other's use of the litter box, they're not exactly holding paws and singing "Islands in the Stream." They'll wrestle-play sometimes, and George will lick Belmont's head upon approach, but really, not much more.

Until today! Look what I woke up to:

Love it! I feel like I raised them right, you know?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

We Have a Dream article

Here's a write-up of the show by our local paper.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama O's

Well, I am soooooo happy to say that I finished my quilting project. Happy doesn't really do it. Towards the end, I couldn't stand it. Mostly because I had a nearly-impossible deadline (my own fault, of course). Some pics.

Above is the concept/progress sketch. 9 rows, 5 columns, a simple nine-patch in red and blue, with solid cream fields in between. The deadline I mentioned before was a Martin Luther King themed show to which I wanted to submit the quilt. I titled it, "Thoughts on Election Day, 2008". In the cream fields, I used my quilting stitches to make letters and numbers to write out "08.28.63 I HAVE A DREAM TODAY MLK 11.04.08" Then, in the nine-patch squares, I used my quilting stitches to make what I call Obama O's (you saw them everywhere on Obama campaign materials).

Here is Patrick's commemorating shot of me finishing the last stitches on the binding. Those two shoeboxes in the background are where I keep all of my sewing supplies. Not a very good solution, but that's what I'm working with for now.

Here's a shot that gives you an idea of what the quilted letters look like. You can see a big Y in the foreground. If you click on the pic, it should come up bigger and be easier to see.

Another shot of the quilting stitches. This time, the Obama O's are visible on the nine-patch squares. Again, click on it for a bigger shot.

And here's a close-up of an Obama O. Stupid blogger has decided to rotate the picture, and I don't know how to convince it otherwise. Hmpf.

The show was created to compliment a piece created my Malden Access Television titled "We Have a Dream", in which 150 Maldonians (that's what we're called!) recite lines from MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. About 15 artists submitted works to the gallery. You can check them out at the Gallery at Elm Street now through Feb. 22nd. Here are the hours:
Sundays, noon-2pm
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-1pm
Saturday, 10am-2pm
By appointment

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Zombie Time

As many of you know, my greatest fear is zombies. I think it's because there's just no stopping them. If all of the corpses in the world rose up to eat us, we'd be screwed. It's not like they die of hunger if you hole up for a few years. Still there, scraping at the windows.

I just spent a good amount of time going through all of the comics at A Softer World (hey, I'm unemployed). A couple of running themes: bad mothers, stalking, and zombies. Worth checking out.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Wine It Up

Yesterday we went to a good friend's 30th birthday party. Her husband arranged the whole thing: a wine tasting at a vinyard on the South Shore and then lunch. The vinyard, Westport Rivers Winery, produces only white and sparkling wines--not usually my favorite. But I have to say, I really enjoyed the tasting, and we even bought a bottle of bubbly to bring home. (the 2001 Imperial Sec).

We also stopped at Joann's Fabric to buy some twill for my quilting rack. Yes, it is time to rack it, which has me really nervous. I'll post some pictures once I get it wound on there.

Stupid Blogger keeps moving my pictures all around. It looks fine and neat in the post preview, put when I publish the post they're all scattered. Any advice out there? Do I need to learn how to edit the html?

Thursday, January 01, 2009