Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Love and stuff

Seven years ago, on a day sunnier than today, at a beach in Seattle, I met a fellow named Justin Bagley. He was sweet and charming and handsome, humble and kind, and I was hooked. And so the adventures began, to Orcas Island, to Cannon Beach, to Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Great Britain, California, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Idaho, Arizona...(and soon to be a few more in between.)

I believe I can be quoted early on as saying, "I'm not an expensive date. We just need a full tank of gas, and all your time." Quickly he learned that he would also need a passport, numerous plane tickets, and the next seven years.

Justin, thanks for going along with the madness, being a great travelling companion, doing all the dishes, and your willingness to agree to the plan, listen patiently while I completely change the plan, then agree to the new plan, which I am 100% sure of, until I decide that I'm 100% sure of another other plan, over there, which is nothing like the other plan. It has been a great adventure so far.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Au revoir, Kelly!

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


So here’s the story: I frequently find myself reveling in the company of my creative, intelligent, and incredibly competent friends. We’ll be sitting at a table (inevitably over a beer at happy hour), and I will look around and think about the individual talents and expertise represented. I often feel honored to be a part of such a fantastic and ever expanding circle of friends.

When several of my friends asked me to host a craft night, of course I said yes. They know I love nothing more than spending hours making stuff. They also know that any gathering we have instantly becomes another occasion to eat. We love eating.

As I started planning craft night it occurred to me that this should become a regular thing. Not only because I love crafting and my friends, but also because we all have so many interests and talents. The idea of a recurring craft night morphed into the concept of a WTC: Women’s Teaching Cooperative (or What The Craft?), the idea being if someone has a skill or craft that others in the group want to learn, that person will host a WTC night and teach the group. It could be anything from making croissants, to canning, to French lessons, to brewing beer, to floral arrangements.

For the inaugural WTC night, I showed the group how to make glass lens magnets and fabric magnets. Since this was the first try, I wanted to choose crafts that were easily completed in a couple hours, and didn't require major tools.

I gave a 5 minute tutorial, and then they were off!

Super fun to see the results and each person's unique eye. A couple examples below. I can't wait for our next WTC! I'll be sure to report back.

Supply lists
Glass Magnets:
Mini hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Clear glass rocks (large and small)
Magnets (large and small)
Stack of old magazines
Mod Podge
Scissors for paper

Fabric Magnets:
Button kit
Button refill packs
Fabric scraps
Fabric scissors
Mini hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hello out there!

Hi Friends! You may (or may not) have noticed I haven't posted in a while. I forgot how busy spring can be. Let me catch you up to speed:

- First, as I mentioned, Justin's mom came to visit.

- Then, we had a great day of outdoor climbing in Leavenworth (already our second of the season in spite of the rain).

- Then, we threw a good old fashioned American kegger for Kelly, who is moving to Paris(!), complete with a keg of local Elysian Avatar IPA, custom tees, slack lining, an Eiffel Tower pinata, and plenty of friends.

- Then, I had a fun time with the girls dining out at Volunteer Park Cafe (Kelly's new favorite restaurant).

- Then, I threw our first WTC (you'll soon find out...).

- Then, we went on an overnight paddle-camping trip with the Avalon Glassworks glassblowers, from West Seattle to Blake Island (guided by Alki Kayak Tours).

(Jon & Shannon of Avalon Glassworks) (Justin, steering the tandem)

- Then we headed to Smith Rock for some amazing climbing and great campfire time. I have discovered that my new favorite s'more is a marshmallow sandwiched by two mint Grasshopper cookies. Mmmmm...

(Me, up high) (Justin & Jasper hiking out)

(Justin bouldering) (Kelly, in the distance)

Needless to say, I have been busy, but I haven't forgotten you! See you soon!