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Oct. 31st, 2008


fall hiking 10, originally uploaded by emlee.

I love how ordinary things can make creepy shadows. I used to stay awake at night looking at a big lump in the corner that seemed to shift and I couldn't figure out what it was, only that it was terrifying. I'd somehow find the courage to duck my head and run past for the light switch. It was such a relief to see that it was just an old chair covered in clothes I should have hung up in my closet.

It's the unknown that really creeps me and probably most of you out. This picture is during the day, but I like to imagine how frightening it would look at night. What would it be? A giant crazy-haired monster? A four-legged sneaky creature? Or maybe a giant rooster?

I can only say that I am glad I met this shape and shadow during daytime. I hope you all had a happy halloween!

Oct. 26th, 2008

Shenandoah Color

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Light is what creates color. I sometimes forget until I'm reminded so vividly by nature as I was last weekend. Four of us plus Poki went out hiking through a small section of the Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia. I was so awed by the last attempt at brilliancy each dying leaf made before floating to the ground. When I got back home and looked through my pictures, I was a little disappointed. I just didn't quite capture the grandeur and the way it all surrounded us. Ryan suggested that next time I go I should try to take more images in a panoramic way instead of just one to try and capture an area. This is a great idea because it just didn't seem like I could back up far enough to take it all in though my lens.

Oct. 22nd, 2008

lost and found

lost and found, originally uploaded by emlee.

I'm back into drawing again, which has been such a pleasure! I'm in the midst of a few projects currently, including filling our new walls with art.

I'm also reading a fun book called The Mysterious Benedict Society, suggested to me by littleyuzu. Kat, thanks for the suggestion, it's such a fun read! What are all of you reading, lately?

Oct. 20th, 2008

there once was a comcast guy...

my backyard, originally uploaded by emlee.

oh my, it's been a long frustration, getting the internet to work here at the nest. We had it all hooked up two months ago when we moved in. But we've had enough problems that comcast guys made our home look like a revolving door. Each one would stand on our balcony and look out at the image you see above with a shake of the head and/or mutterings. I feel like I could write a book about the various comcast guys. One tried to climb fence and the owner called the police, one knocked on the neighbor's doors, to no avail, one went up and down the flights of stairs trying to follow the line of cord that snaked it's way about our house, and one finally made it to the pole thanks to the neighbor and his friend who could translate into spanish my pleadings to get to his backyard.
He, the only comcast guy to repeat visits to our home, came again today and after placing new cable along the top floor, over the deck down the roof and behind the gate, it's working! So, I'm looking forward to a more consistent updating schedule from now on! It's good to be back!

Oct. 7th, 2008

bluestar + fireworks

paintchipart #1 Here's my first paint chip sketch. I actually had this one ready about a week ago, but still having some issues with the internet.

The color of the chip should be a touch more blue, it's called bluestar, though it came out rather white. This reminds me of the firework show we saw this weekend, so I included some shots of the fireworks.

We went to Fort McHenry for a welcome home ceremony for the maryland olympians, including Michael Phelps. We went, had a picnic while the preshow music played and enjoyed patriotic music, a short conversation with Phelps and his mom about the great city of Baltimore, with a fireworks show to conclude. It was such a fun day!

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Sep. 30th, 2008

chicken little

japanese garden, originally uploaded by emlee.

I wholly and completely overestimated my abilities. I had decided that I would blog once informing you that I was going out of town, to Dallas, for a wedding, on Tuesday or Wednesday, then, I would blog on Sunday when I returned, then again Monday morning for the paint chip challenge. Here it is, at the end of Tuesday, I'm worn out! I seemed to have forgotten about the extra hours I was working before and after the trip. Also I forgot about how exhausting flying standby can be. Then, I forgot that I often lose my voice at the end of a trip, with all the flying germs.
But don't despair, friends, I have a long list of rescuers. Overdosing on airborne, catching up with old friends, taking extra juiceplus pills, and the promise of a day off tomorrow; these are the heroes that have swooped in to relieve me.

In addition to all this, I've been wondering when the sky's going to fall, with all the apocalyptic disasters in our US economy. sheesh.

With all that ado, I found it necessary to share the calmest, most serene photo from our trip.

More tomorrow and I'll start the paint chip doodle project next monday.

Sep. 22nd, 2008

Paint Chip Doodle Project

paint chips 01, originally uploaded by emlee.

I've had spotty internet all last week and then no internet all weekend! So, sorry for the delay in this post. This is the little challenge I've created for myself and I invite you to join if you like! All you need is some paint samples from the hardware store and a pencil or pen.

paint chips 02
My challenge is to doodle on these paint chips and post the results. You can draw whatever you like or you can use the paint color name as inspiration. This is meant to be a fun, anything goes challenge. We'll start next week Monday, which gives you enough time to go and scrounge some paint chips.

Please drop me a reply if you want to be involved. Then, I can make a list of participants in my next post about this challenge.
It'll be fun!

Sep. 16th, 2008

cabled newsboy cap

cabled newsboy cap 02, originally uploaded by emlee.

As promised, here's the first of three hats I've been working on. Several of my friends were making this SnB Nation cap with great success, so it wasn't long before I cast on my beautiful Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton to make one of my own.

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There's something very addicting about knitting a hat. When you first cast on, there's the excitement of joining in the round. Then, of knitting enough to see the pattern emerge. Once you get into a rhythm, it's about time to start decreasing, which means you're almost done. It's such a quick knit that I'll probably be knitting lots of hats this season. And that means you'll be seeing lots of 'em on my blog. ;)

Before I post about more hats though, my next post will discuss a little challenge I'm going to start and you're welcome to join if the fancy hits you. So tune in tomorrow.

Sep. 13th, 2008

Poki's bubble bath

Poki's bath 01, originally uploaded by emlee.

My goodness, I had things to say but that week went by so quickly for some reason! I'm actually on a hat-knitting roll right now. Maybe it was the rainy, cool day that made me think, shoots, I need warm-weather clothes and so do all the people I know. ;) So I'll have actual finished-hat-pictures coming to you soon. But in the meantime, I couldn't resist a few pics of Poki taking a bath in our new claw-foot tub. Isn't it pretty?

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Sep. 5th, 2008


September wip 1, originally uploaded by emlee.

Thanks for your kind comments on my library, spinning wheel, and Maryland! We're enjoying all of the above.

The pictures in this post are of two WIP. One knitting and one sewing. Both neutrals, not sure why, but it seemed right.

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There's a bag and a hat involved... Hope you have a good weekend!

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