I’ve been away but I have a very good excuse, I’ve been moving. Not moving far, just moving upstairs. One thing we’ve learned having a small house and living in it for over 20 years now is that we keep re-purposing rooms. It is how we avoid outgrowing the house I guess. This move started when Nathan’s mom, Eileen, asked if I would like to have her loom. She and her husband are selling their house and downsizing. I’ve turned down loom-offers before but this time as soon as Scott texted me her offer I had the feeling this was a loom I wanted. Now squeezing another loom, especially another, bigger floor loom into the studio downstairs means getting rid of the desk, the couch or possibly the bathroom…
I’ve thought about changing the living room around for a long time and almost bought a couch the other month but I just couldn’t do it and I finally figured out it was because I was trying to figure out a way to fit a loom upstairs. I haven’t been weaving much recently and that keeps me from being as happy as I could be and it’s because I don’t have much time to spend downstairs in the studio during the day and not enough light in the evening. However I do have time to weave a little every day if I had a loom more conveniently located upstairs where I work all day. Meanwhile Scott is insulating the den with stacks of cigar boxes and has two friends coming to kick me out of the studio over the Summer so when I suggested moving my stuff out and giving him the studio he jumped at the opportunity.
We drove the truck over to Port Gamble on Saturday to meet the loom. We disassembled it and I took the small pictures to be able to put it together again when we got home. The big side pieces just fit into the Tacoma with blankets between them and the center jack or shed-lifting mechanism is one piece that actually lifts out of the frame. It is elegantly designed with sliding wood slats in dowel frames that require minimal hardware. The larger picture is reassembled that evening in the living room. Isn’t the light great? It went back together easily. I still have a lot to do moving the rest of my yarn and jewelry-making supplies out of the studio and moving the rest of Scott’s cigar boxes downstairs but I could not be more grateful!
Today is the day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.
The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.
In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this was when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year began. The harvest was stored away, the farm animals were measured against their feed and decisions were made about how many to keep and how many to slaughter and eat. This is why so much Thanksgiving feasting went on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.
109-year-old Alfred “Alfie” Date has witnessed some momentous events in history, including the sinking of the Titanic and the declaration of World War One. But when the caring elder is not visiting with one of his seven children, 20 grandchildren, or “about the same amount” of great-grandchildren, he dedicates his time to knitting tiny sweaters for penguins affected by man-made disasters.
The Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting the tiny sweaters to aid the survival of little penguins after oil spills in 2013. Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a singular colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island. In the event of an oil spill near the Phillip Island’s colony of penguins, wildlife clinic workers put oil-covered birds in sweaters to minimize the amount of oil they ingest while preening themselves. The substance also matts the penguins feathers,preventing its regulation of bodily temperature and reducing the animal’s buoyancy in water, according to the Philip Island Penguin Foundation.
I am home from the Holiday Craft Bazaar, it went from 9-2 today. I got up and drove out to Bonney lake, about 40 minutes, and I had a profitable day. There wasn’t a lot of traffic and Kim and I were on the second floor and the elevator overheated and had to be closed around noon. Since it was to benefit the senior center and a lot of the customers were also pretty senior, many did not come up the stairs to see us. I talked to most of the upstairs merchants and I know a lot of them didn’t make a sale all day. The one booth that almost sold out was the milk jug butterfly guy. Their wings are angled because they are cut from the corner of the plastic jug, see the picture in the slideshow.
The first wave who arrived right at nine were obviously crafters looking for ideas because they took pictures of my stuff and asked me all about the decoupaged suitcase I display my necklaces in. Finally around lunchtime more people showed up and a few turned out to be people who even knew me through Scott having worked out at MOE for so long.
Having my SquareUp card reader was great because only two of us were able to take credit cards. I also had 5s and 1s to make change. I need to add food to the checklist, I thought there would be some there or some nearby so I just brought a Lara bar and some chocolate, bad idea. I am still trying to recover from the migraine.
The suitcase really did work perfectly, The decoupage looks really busy in the pictures but is a nice background in person. I need to get clip on lights that can be powered by batteries because the room was pretty dark overall. Here is the best part, I hung up all the necklaces and then with the suitcase still standing upright, I pushed a pillow in and closed it around it. Then carried it by the handle on its side and when I got there I opened the suitcase and the pillow fell out and all the necklaces were still in position! Ya, that is how I planned it to work but I am still amazed that it worked. Because of that, I needed only 5 minutes to set up my whole table. I love it when stuff works!
I love Holiday Bazaar season! Here is what I’ve been working on today… can’t tell what it is? It is a gutted suitcase and I am decoupaging the interior to make a display for necklaces and scarves at the holiday bazaars I have scheduled for this month and next month. It is one of the first roller suitcases from Samsonite and is in great shape. I am using shredded catalogs and I am going to continue layering and then I’ll figure out a way to add pegs or hooks to hang stuff from. I think it will be handy for transport and for display. Email or call If you will be in the South King County area October/November and want to see me at a show!
Admit it… you know you want to make this. Now ask yourself, who on your Christmas list deserves one of these? Just think how classic a fine faux taxidermy creation would look in your den. Everyone has a den right?