This is the place where I talk about things. What things? My unusually small chihuahua, or what I've bought for my apartment, or Providence, Rhode Island, or fashion in the 19th century, or books and writing, or anything else that comes to mind.
Gabby the Yorkie got this gorgeous blue cable-knit from her mom this Christmas! The pattern is from the Clovis Dog Sweater Knitting Kit--the Seadog Cable-Knit Sweater. Oh, yes, you can make one, too!
I'm going to be teaching this pattern on Sunday, January 25th, from 10-2 at The Wilson Collective in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. If you are in the area, please drop by to say hi, or sign up for the class here!
Here is a pic of Clovis in his version of this beautiful sweater.
Here he is in gray!
And me in a gray turtleneck to match! We like to wear matching outfits.
And here is the sweater set that started it all. Where does Clovis end and I begin? Indeed, I do not know.
A friend gave me an enormous box of fancy fabric scraps. Velvets, toiles, floral prints. So I've been making lots of crazy things. In particular, the Magic Story Bag has been a big focus. I've made one for myself and several writer-friends who teach. A great way to create story by pulling random things, buttons, pictures, phrases, from the bag.
Here's the most recent and by far the fanciest.
Lined with a strong red floral print--it helps the magic!
And I needed a new cellphone case/wallet. My current one, a fancy leather "book", is in tatters. So I went to town with the fabric scraps and made a replacement! Feeling very DIY.
Here's Clovis having a good laugh the other morning.
Cape Cod has beautiful sunsets year round, but give me a winter sunset any day. They are the most dramatically beautiful and often have the most intense colors. Here is an example, taken Saturday evening...
Here is a video of Clovis demanding treats. Treat time begins at 7:30pm, but Clovis has been pushing it earlier and earlier. He is manifesting his need for treats, which made me curious, so I asked, "Clovis, do you want treats?"
A quick one here, just one picture, but one that I think is a beauty. Taken last weekend at the 1693 Arnold House, a stone-ender, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This is one of the historic homes managed by Historic New England, a great organization that preserves the culture and history of the region.
Admittedly, these two things do not go together. But I have neglected details of my summer progress--and I am a recent convert to the magic and beauty of letterpress. First, business, then, food.
I can't say enough good things about local arts institution AS220. They are the heart of the Providence arts community and provide resources and opportunities to so many people. I took a letterpress class there with Lois Harada, an amazing artist and printer. Thus, a new phase of printmaking has begun! I am doing the 4 Moods in 4 Colors Clovis cards on letterpress--and have a new one--gratitude!
Here is the press, ready to start on a bunch of "attention" cards in red.
Here they are coming off the press!
I am also playing with type--and some fundamental truths.
Some gratitude cards, packaged and ready to go.
Now, on to barbecue. I made a dedicated effort to visit as many barbecue joints as I could on my swing South this summer. First, in Nashville, I went to Jack's Barbecue, one of my favorites. They have a barbecue sauce bar, covering the barbecue sauce territory from the sweet tomato-based sauces of Kansas City to the hot mustard sauce of South Carolina. Delicious.
When I was in Decatur, Alabama, I had to make time for famous Big Bob Gibson's barbecue. I got ribs and pork. Definitely worth the time!
In Huntsville, I tried a new hole-in-the-wall, Granville's--they come with corn cakes and had the best mac-and-cheese and green beans.
And I stopped by my regular favorite, Dave Gibson's barbecue (no relation to the Decatur Gibson's apparently) at Bob Wallace and Jordan Lane. Great fried okra and hush puppies.
And finally, when I made it to Tuscaloosa, I had to make a pilgrimage stop at famous Dreamland Barbecue. Nothing but beef ribs here--and so delicious.
I got to spend a good amount of time in Provincetown this August and September as well. On a boat ride in the harbor, my friend and I came across this giant sunfish lolling around. We named him (her?) Sunny.