So my boss happened to pass by as I was snapping a picture of myself in the stacks with a party hat on, and my explanation was, "yay, party hat!" And then we proceeded to discuss work business (scheduling for finals week) like librarians wear party hats in the stacks all the time. Yep.
Moving on. A long time ago (like, six or so months), I moved. There was a great deal of me talking about my move before, and during, but I didn't really say much about the new place after we moved in. Mostly because it is still a work in progress (or WIP, as it were). We like the house and everything; but, honestly, it doesn't quite feel like home yet. A huge part of fixing this situation is putting stuff up on the walls and personalizing the spaces more, but apparently, we are lacking in "hanging things up" skills at the moment because our walls are bare (it could also be laziness--more likely). Still. So, operation "make the house a home" has commenced. In order to move things along, I started purchasing some artwork and random bits for our walls from etsy...and I laid them out in the dining room (surely this will drive some action--our laziness, staring us in the face...daily). I am a huge supporter of etsy, and artists who sell their wares on the site (apparently, I am also fond of people who rip apart old books and sell the plates found therein as well).
In addition to the artwork and prints (if you are noticing a nautical or boat-y theme, that's a good thing (K has to live her too, after all) I have been purchasing on etsy, I am, of course, working on things to personalize the house myself as well. There are quilts in the works (but with my track record of getting quilts done, it is going to be a while yet....let's be honest); but, there are more manageable projects (you can read that as "realistic" if you'd like, I won't be offended) in the works, mostly in the form or embroidery. I have finished a few embroidery projects, that I don't mind telling you, are awesome (more about that later), so this modicum of success has somehow provided the catalyst for stitching a few pieces for my living room, dining room and maybe a guest room. I guess you could say that these would be gifts that keep on giving. And really, doesn't everyone want to make their house/dwelling a home--if not for one's self, then for the others who reside in said dwelling?
Since I am thinking about embroidery these days, it makes sense that others are too (sure). While I don't consider myself a trendsetter, I don't mind telling you that embroidery is going to be big this summer (if you are in "the know", you know that this is not headline news, a lot of crafters pick up embroidery in the summer when hauling out wool seems disheartening--though I am not one of those people-- and portability is a must). Today's gift is a copy of Enid Mason's Embroidery Design. It's a fun book that has some inspirational ideas for embroidery (but really anything textile in nature, when I was reading it, it put me more in the mind of quilting design, to be perfectly honest, but there you are). As is the case when I come across awesome things, I acquired two copies (some would say this is a sickness).
In addition to the book, I will also send you an embroidery kit (of sorts) to get you started. I will send you some Osnaburg (because I love it), some muslin (because it's practical), and some white solid (could be Kona cotton, but I honestly have no idea, I have been embroidering on it with no problems), an embroidery needle, an embroidery hoop, a metal ring with plastic bobbins, and a rainbow of embroidery floss to get you started. How's that? I will make an already accessible craft extremely so for someone.
If you are interested in this gift of embroidery, please tell me about the best gift you have either received or given that fits into the theme of "gift that keeps on giving".
I will take comments for this post, and all Novakkah posts, until 11:59 EST (or2359, should you prefer that), Thursday, May 12th. Please leave your responses on the appropriate post. One entry per post/person. I will show you what I have to gift each day and let you know what you need to tell me to try to get it. Giftees will be selected on the 13th and gifts sent out shortly thereafter.