On Saturday, since I didn’t want to turn on the quilting machine, I started digging around for something to do.  I’ve let myself get a little off track with my daily art project idea — I’ve still been doing things, but haven’t gotten away from creating something that was a completely finished project each day.  I grabbed the Winter 2006 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and was reminded how much I liked the tiny purse shaped books that were on the front cover.  So I made a couple.

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Cootie Catchers!

Thanks to Robin who knew that what we were looking for were fortune tellers, and to my Mom for Googling and finding instructions.  The site she found (Enchanted Learning) says they are also called Cootie Catchers!  I remember that now!

I did the cutting and the folding, and the boys did the decorating.  They each made up their own "fortunes"  — some are nice (You Rock!  or You are the Best!) and some aren’t so nice (You are a blabbermouth").  They drove us nuts for awhile (and then Mom and Dad left for awhile and they drove Gramma nuts for awhile) with them.

I was thinking that maybe I’d make my own tomorrow with cool paper, and charms and interesting sayings.  Hmmmm…..I have to get ready for a class on Wednesday (which requires shoveling out piles of stuff in my studio, and I need to work on the computer, but…I might have to play!)

Looking for instructions

I’m looking for instructions on how to make something.  The problem is, I don’t know what this thing is called.

I remember them from school — you fold a piece of paper a certain way, and then write letters and colors and numbers on certain parts of the paper, and then on the inside different messages.

After it’s all made, you fold it up and put it on your fingers, and then your victim is prompted to choose a letter and then you open that section and keep going until you reach a message on the inside.

Anybody?  I’d Google for it, but I don’t even know what I’d be Googling for!  The boys want to make them, and have seen them on TV shows, but haven’t seen them in person before. It’s probably been 20 years since I’ve seen one.

Our eternal gratitude to the kind soul that knows what we are talking about….

Sunday report

I’ve been trying post an update with some pictures, but my connection isn’t good enough tonight to upload pictures.  Text will have to do. 

Quite frankly, I’m extremely lucky to have any kind of Internet connection at all.  In fact, electricity itself is a rare commodity at the moment.  Our town is one of the very few in small towns in our area to have power — if it weren’t for the generators our local utility company has for just such an emergency, we’d be in the dark and cold at the moment.  There are also lots of rural families without power, my in-laws included.  There are still a lot of downed power lines — I heard tonight that one small town has been told it might be 2 weeks before power is fully restored.  Two weeks!   

We were also lucky to have missed out on the heavy snow that we had been expecting.  We got a few more inches, but not much.  And temps were above freezing for most of the day so a lot of melting happened.  I think other parts of the state did get tons of snow, and unfortunately it was wet and very heavy.

I actually got a lot of quilting done today, and have been making some really cute creations that I would love to share, but as I said — no picture uploading at the moment.

No school tomorrow — the boy were in their pajamas all weekend, I think I will at least make them put clothes on tomorrow, even if we don’t go anywhere.

Better get to bed!



Mark took this picture a short while ago.  The icicles are hanging off the bottom of the bay window in my studio.  There is about a 1/4 of an inch on the sidewalks, and trees are groaning under the weight of even thicker ice.

Power has been up and down all day.  It’s been up for several hours how, and I’m hopeful it is staying up now.  Some areas in Iowa have been without power since last night, so we feel very fortunate.

This morning’s forecast said that the ice/sleet/rain/yucko would be switching to snow this afternoon, but it hasn’t happened.  The last prediction had been for 7-13 inches in our area, up to 20 north of us.

December and January were so mild — we were very spoiled.  I had plans for this weekend that require electricity — I’ll probably wait until tomorrow to make sure that it is safe to turn the sewing machines back on.   My laptop has been giving me fits anyway, so I’m not too worried if it loses power.  I wish I had a battery in it that worked properly.

I hope you are staying warm and dry and safe wherever you live.  We are trying to do the same.