And what a hiatus.  Fall and winter have really slowed my creative juices, but I’m on a mission of willpower and discipline.  There’s only one way to get back to a blog after such a long time and that is to dive right in before distracted procrastination settles back into it’s spot.

A brief and simple recap of the highlights since this summer:

1. LADY GAGA SIGHTINGS

Lady Gaga spoke at the Equality March in D.C.  After she finished she exited right in front of us.  Pretty exciting.  Earlier that month we had gone to Richmond to see her.  Richmond was really surprising for me.  In a good way.

The best of Richmond was the Canal Cruise in a Willy Wonka-ish covered boat that went along the historic canal walk.

2. GREAT MARYLAND MOMENTS

Ok really this is just a gratuitous beautiful shot of the harbor that makes me miss warm weather terribly.

With breezy windows open, fall was a good time for fort building.  Inside the fort were scary movies, and a fake fire plugged into the wall.

One morning we got to Harper’s Ferry so early no one was there.  (Except ghosts)  By the water was freezing but it was absolutely beautiful.  I’m sure I spotted a bald eagle.

Katie wanted to start this Maryland list.  The Baltimore 100.  We didn’t get too far, they’re all accounted for on her page, though.  Here is when we had to try oyster’s from Nick’s in Cross Street Market.  Not being in the mood for raw oyster slurping we got oyster po boys instead.  Which is not a Maryland thing, but it definitely works for me.

Every year in November, Easton hosts the Waterfowl Festival.  A family member carves on the caliber of those shown and accompanied us.  The workmanship was brilliant and the details were absolutely insane.

3. FOOD ENDEAVORS

Tons of beef stew.  The second it got chilly there was beef stew.

Drunken nights having to feed friends resulted in inventive steak preparation.  The bloody mary marinated steak.  Brilliant kitchen collaboration if you ask me.  Marinate and flip for a couple of hours in pretty much anything you would put in your bloody mary. Plus garlic cloves.

Pound carefully on countertop with something hammer-like.  Like a hammer.

Slice and serve with cheap and filling side dish.  Simply delicious.

Cheese biscuits made on Superbowl Sunday.  So comforting I’m sure it’s what make them win.  They were accompanied by andouille sausage red beans and rice.  Victory!

And because all of my friends are my valentines, I made V-Day cupcakes, each in their own shade of pink.  It’s funny because pink is my least favorite color.  But it was so important that they all be different.  Like my special friends.

4. DOG!

Our friend found this little scrappy thing in East Baltimore.  A shaky little girl all matted and nervous.  Katie and I took her in and she is ours.  Her name is Little Edie.  Long ago, I’m sure Edie was a sophisticated spoiled house-pup, who was then forced to become street smart.  But she has a home now, with us.

It took the groomer 4 hours to give her a “fresh start.”  Poor thing had all of her hair cut off, so I made her a sophisticated little sweater to keep her warm.

Those killer eyes are what got her rescued.  And her outer space face.

She’s fitting in rather well.

5. BLIZZARD

We got a lot of snow.  And I can’t take it anymore.  can barely look at these pictures of all this stupid snow.

Stuck inside with nothing to do.

Almost nothing.

The trash/recycling hasn’t come in about 2 weeks.  Our stuff along with about 4 days worth of other people’s trash is really piling up.  

I killed a fly yesterday.  Can you imagine, a fly in February!  The point is no one in this city has gotten rid of trash in quite some time.  It’s outrageous.  It’s supposed to snow again today or tomorrow.  Only a few inches.  But if that’s not it for the season, my bags are packed.  I can’t take it.  I mean look at the length of this blog, I’ve gone absolutely insane.  Hoping more exciting things happen and signing off.  Welcome back, me.

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Marie Louise Craftiness

April 13, 2009

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A good kick in the ass to make me start my pelican, # 2 in the series.

I recently finished part one of a mini embroidery project.  I’m doing a small series of waterfowl inspired from Audubon’s illustrations.  Luckily I received my best reference as a Christmas present.

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First up is the Snowy Egret, or Ciconiiformes Ardeidae Egretta thula as I always say.

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I had also recently bought Embroidered Birds by Helen M. Stevens from Daedalus Books.  It truthfully was only a little helpful as far as techniques, but was still interesting to look at.

I started using a linen cotton needlepoint fabric.  I had a difficult transferring my design at first, but I think I’ve got it now.

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I started with the darkest shadows first and worked color range dark to light in order.

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It turned out pretty good I think.  Not the best lighting, but here it is:

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The feet were just as tedious as they were fun.

Also, after knocking my  table top fashioned out of a magazine off of the chair arms enough times, I got fed up and got smarter and made this:

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Next up is the Brown Pelican, you know, the Pelecaniformes Pelecanidae Pelecanus occidentalis.

here is something i made for katie when she was sick.  it’s a get wellkephant.  it usually makes sad sick girlfriends feel better.  which brings me to the question…what is an elkephant?

welp, the elkephant was first discovered by my girlfriend when i was away last summer.  she made a drawing of it, then i did, then our friends did.  from there, came a new era of evolution in animal species.   suddenly, it was quite possible for animals of different race, creed, and religion to mate and spread love around the world.  the elkephant is a symbol of loyalty, love, and humanity in this crazy world we call baltimore.

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May 9, 2008

Blaire made me watch this video about weirdo owls.  It’s a bit creepy I wouldn’t watch it right before bed.

 

Anyway, I did my research and it seems that most owls do this, not just these species. 

Owls have a very expressive body language. Many species will bob and weave their head, as if curious about something – this is in fact to further improve their three-dimensional concept of what they are viewing.
When relaxed, the plumage is loose and fluffy. If an owl becomes alarmed, it will become slim, its feathers pulled in tightly to the body, and ear-tufts, if any, will stand straight up. A pygmy Owl will cock its tail and flick it from side to side when excited or alarmed. Little owls bob their body up and down when alert.
When protecting young or defending itself, an Owl may assume a “threat” or defensive posture, with feathers ruffled to increase apparent size. The head may be lowered, and wings spread out and pointing down.

For more owl info– owlpages.com

pretty crazy