Friday, May 30, 2008

meme mosaic

meme mosaic
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer

Seen at Pea Soup. Couldn't resist. Click on it to see larger vesion.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name

Going kayaking tomorrow. More on this as it develops.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

meme seen on Sandy's blog (but with my answers)

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was giddily pregnant and growing huger by the moment. I'd just had an unsuccessful attempt at an amniocentesis (my father-in-law said, "The kid paid for the room for 9 months; don't bug 'im") which my doc ordered due to my "advanced maternal age". We didn't want to know the sex anyhow, so that was ok by us. I was readying to take a cruise to Alaska with S who was still working on the "Dam ships" (Holland America Lines). It was a wonderful trip. We were home-ported in San Diego and I was doing the eyeball tech thing. It was a terrific time in my life.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
(There's only half an hour left in today, so I'll give you a combo-list...)
1. Eat something sweet
2. Brush my teeth
3. Go to bed and snore loudly
and on the morrow
4. Make time for a peer-to-peer audit at the hospital where I work
5. Ask my nice bus driver's name before he changes to a different route next week *sniff*

3. Snacks I enjoy
Cheez-Its, bittersweet chocolate, ice cream in many (but not fruity) flavors, potato chips (most any potato product), cupcakes, cookies, nuts (but no macadamias!), dill pickles, guacamole, bacon.

4. Places I've lived
Arizona, California (north and south), Illinois, Japan, New York, Missouri, Virginia.

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Pay off bills for myself and my family, travel, buy Marion a horse, travel, find several places to set up housekeeping, travel, throw a huge party with a massive fireworks display for S and travel. Oh, and donate lots and lots to worthy, underfunded causes which need assistance in helping people and animals to have happier lives.

I'm also copying Sandy in not giving direct tags, but if anyone out there is reading this, please play along and leave a comment to let me know that you did!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Clover chain mini-tutorial

inspired by the amazing Bella Dia

Clover blossoms
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer

pick them as close to the ground as possible

tie a loose slipknot

tie a loose slipknot
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer

in the end of the stem away from the blossom

slide the next stem through

slide the next stem through
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer

and tighten the knot (gently) if needed, but keeping it loose enough to slide the blossom next to the knot. Continue until you have the length you like, then tie the last stem around the first blossom....

et voila!

et voila!
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer

(model shown is wearing 2 chains)


Just a short hello from the end of the holiday weekend.

Here's the lastest new spotting at the feeder:

And here's the latest Spotting of the Spot with his new summer 'do, courtesy of a GREAT pair of clippers....

And another Sunday baking result from a few Sundays back--coffee cake and Cuban coffee.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Click on the title above and wait through the commercial at the beginning, but watch this--stolen from Sandy (thanks, Sandy!)

*warm fuzzy*

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Feliz Day d'Mom!

Go watch this.

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and your Mom and all Moms!


Saturday, May 10, 2008

See? I told you I was still knitting!

Ok, here is a little taste of knitting that I've been promising. The chapeau is made from the fabulous wild carrot-dyed Churro yarn I've been hoarding for the last year and a half. I'm going to go back and add more to the brim as I think it fits beautifully, but it makes my head look tinier than it is. There will also be a little something added to the top i-cord......

This is a giant cotton potholder/trivet/hotpad/placemat I made for a co-worker who has just scored a cool apartment in a neat area of Seattle. She goes all out for the fun and funky, so I combined three cottons; two blue and one variegated pink speckledy one. It's just a garter-stitch started from the corner, slipping the first stitch of each row for the border and adding a stitch each row till I got to 50, then k2tog each row. It came out larger than originally planned, but I think it's more multi-purpose this way.

My folks were in town recently; we picked them up in Vancouver and had some fun there (my dad ate fish! And lived to tell the tale!!!!), then brought them to WA. Mom had never been here before, and I think she likes the green as much as I do. I have some Canada pics in flickr. It was a short visit, but we had fun.

While they were here, my folks also showed me a great video. I'm going to try to get YouTube to embed it for me tomorrow, and if it won't cooperate, I'll give you the link.

Anyhow, see ya tomorrow!