An article at newscastic.com about interesting places to shop in Albuquerque, featuring The Octopus and the Fox (and, indirectly, a couple of my masks).
Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.
Yet another fascinating photo essay about people around the word and what kind of stuff they have. In this case the people are kids and the stuff is what they're having for breakfast.
I have been working steadily to complete the unfinished stitching (UFOs or unfinished objects among stitchers) of my Mom and her mom. I completed the Welcome embroidery and it is framed and welcoming people into a loving home. I feel happy that this piece did not end up half stitched in the Savers or Goodwill. I see things like that in thrift stores and I do not buy them unless they are the coolest design I have ever seen. I do not feel compelled to save those pieces. I do feel compelled to finish the stitching started by the women in my family and shepherd that stitching into a good home.
How far would you go to finish a UFO?
There was a massive house cleaning and a high quality linen tablecloth about one quarter stitched came to light. My mom began it a lifetime ago. Began stitching a color scheme she was not wild about for someone, someone who is not around and is definitely not on the Christmas card list. Enough. It was nothing she was going to ever pick up again.
But, it was really nice linen which is virtually indestructible. It was not yellowed or stained. I liked the black, red and gray color scheme. So, I figured I would get busy and finish this piece of linen that had been stored and forgotten for at least 50 years.
And, lo and behold, there is one less UFO in the world!
Now, who wants a cool linen tablecloth in black, red and gray, 52" by 70"?
Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”
I am already certain I don't want to be a farmer. An apprenticeship sounds kind of fun, though.