Saturday, March 21, 2009

Springtime Excitement

Spring is here! Spring is here!

Forsythia!

Front Yard Flowers

Star Magnolia

(That last one is from a house up the street from us. It makes me want to plant a star magnolia in our parking strip so we can enjoy it next spring!)

I'm off to California for work next week. I hope that there's still some spring left in Portland when I get home! I love this time of year.

It has been a busy but enjoyable week. I went to Twisted for the first time on Tuesday and spent an hour picking out beautiful Malabrigo wool for a few upcoming projects. I also bought a pretty nautilus needle gauge (they come in metric and US sizes--tough choice!).

Yarn for Second Vortex Hat

Nautilus Knitting Needle Gauge

Wednesday was Pete's trivia night at Zach's Shack (he's also doing trivia at Airplay for the first time next week (Thursday 3/26 at 7pm)--I'm sad I'll have to miss it!), and we managed to win some free hot dogs after a long dry spell. Yes! Patrick and I walked home listening to The Decemberists' live performance at SXSW on his iPhone, sharing a pair of earphones. (Does that make us hipsters? I don't think of myself as a hipster, but it sure sounds like something hipsters would do) The weather was mild, and when we got home, we sat together in the dark on our front steps until the performance ended. It was a nice night.

On Thursday, we hung out with Susan and Pearl and watched basketball, and then on Friday we got to go to Susan's first book event for Button It Up. She had many of the pieces from the book on display. These are two of my favorites.

Two of My Favorite Pieces from the Book

After doing a reading from the book and talking a bit about buttons, Susan showed us how to make our own button hairclips, and then we all got to look through her pretty button collection and make some new buttony accessories. I added two new clips to my collection.

Making Button Hairclips

Button Hairclip Collection

It was a fun time, and it was great seeing a bunch of our crafty Portland friends. Luckily, I'll be back in Portland in time for Susan's second book event, which will be at Bolt next Saturday (3/28) starting at 4pm. There will be button grab bags for people who buy the book, door prizes, and the craft project will be button magnets and pushpins (and I hear the hairclips may make a return appearance). I love that it's at Bolt--it's such a great fabric store! You should totally stop by if you live in Portland. We're planning on going, possibly with a stop beforehand at Livingscape Nursery's Chicken Fest (only 2 miles from Bolt) to check out the Old Time Fiddle Jam and maybe the chicken coop building panel, if we have time.

Life is good :)