Thursday, July 19, 2007

A New Beaded Bracelet for Me

Last night at our monthly Chicagoland Craft Collective Meetup, I made this spectacular memory wire bracelet. Analee was our wonderful teacher of the craft this month. I brought a bunch of beads I picked up on sale at Joann's a long, long time ago that I intended to be a purse handle but now I have this awesome bracelet.

Next month I get to be the teacher. I am going to show everyone how to make these cool wire-edge ribbon flowers. You can view a tutorial for the folded ribbon rose I wrote over at Craft Critique. I am going to teach this rose plus the leaf and then if we have time I will do the rosette and rolled ribbon rose. They are quite easy to do once you get the feel of it and they work up very quickly.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Last Week Was Vacation Week

Last week we actually took the whole week off work and did vacation stuff but we didn't really leave town. We decided we didn't want to spend all that time in a car (especially with gas prices) when we live near one of the greatest cities in the U.S., Chicago!

Although, we really only spent one day downtown we did enough in that one day that could have been spread out over a few days. After that we lounged by our association pool and visited the park districts pools and water park. Now my daughter is ready for a real water park with more than 3 slides. 6 year olds tend to get bored quickly, that is until you say we aren't going anywhere else then the local place is perfect.

Our day downtown consisted mostly of Navy Pier where we went to the Children's Museum, the Amazing Chicago Funhouse, ate at the Billy Goat Tavern (famous for the curse on the Cubs), rode the famous Ferris Wheel, and took a boat trip on Lake Michigan. We also dipped our feet into freezing Lake Michigan at nearby Ohio Beach. We also managed to hop on a free trolley from the Pier to the Magnificient Mile along Michigan Avenue where we visited the famous American Girl Store (luckily daughter didn't take much interest), the Hershey Chocolate store and had an awesome chocolate cupcake, and a few other places. Our only regret in our trip was the Children's Museum. If you want to go to a really nice children's museum for the money go the the Indianapolis Children's Museum or Wonderlab in Bloomington, IN.

The pictures on the page are from our trip downtown. One is my daughter in the cold water with Chicago in the background - the tallest building is the Hancock building. The other picture is her in front of one of the art pieces displayed along Michigan Avenue. The current collection are fashion inspired pieces using a dress form shape. This one was called Metamorphosis. There was a cocoon also but the streets were just too busy to keep stopping for photos.
There is so much to do here that we have a hard time deciding what's next. We've only lived here about 2 years and are just now getting to explore downtown really well. One thing I would recommend to do if you come to town for a few days during baseball season is to get tickets to Wrigley field. I've been to both the Sox and Cubs games but you can't beat the old time atmosphere at Wrigley.

Oh, I did observe one crafy thing at the Children's Museum, a collection of quilts made by kids for peace. I discussed them over at my quilting blog, Vertical Quilting Curve.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Oh, no! I've been tagged!

Sarah has tagged the Craft Critique reporters to list 7 random things about ourselves. This is the first time I've been tagged so let's see...

  1. I grew up in a very small coal-mining town in the Appalachia foothills of Southern Ohio. The town was home to Hull Pottery and other various potteries before they all closed.

  2. One talent I wish I had would be to be an awesome singer. I love to sing BUT no one wants to hear it. Fortunately, I am aware of this or I might find myself failing miserably on American Idol.

  3. Our family dog when I was growing up was a little dachsand that my mom named Nikki after the character on The Young and the Restless.

  4. I lived in Arkansas for 5 years and while there got to see President Clinton win both elections watching the second one right in the front of the stage where he gave his acceptance speech. We also got to see Tony Bennet and Kathy Mattea sing. It was one of the coolest things to be a part of with all the major news anchors and select celebrities.

  5. I collect tea pots. I probably started this because of drinking tea with my mom when I was a kid. I still have the teapot she used that was made near my hometown at McCoy pottery where my sister worked at the time. Oh, and we didn't "do" tea like you would think. There was nothing fancy about it. Tea was just a drink and there was nothing ceremonial but I still enjoyed it.

  6. I never thought I would have kids. My sister's 3 were enough for me growing up but then I got married and we decided to try. My daughter is the most special thing in my life.

  7. Speaking of special things, my husband and I met in July, engaged in December and married in May and we have been married 15 years! Wow!

Well, hope that was enough sharing. I'm suppose to tag other people but I don't want to pick any favorites so if you would like to share, feel free. I look forward to what you have to say.