Monday, February 26, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
The show was great last night. If you guys haven't listened to Madeline Peyroux, you should go over to Amazon or something and check her out. Her voice is amazing. And if you haven't been to the Bass Hall, I recommend that too. It is a beautiful big symphony hall, and the acoustics are great. We saw the great Doc Watson there last year, and we found out last night that he's coming back. Gordon Lightfoot is also scheduled, and I think that would be a good show. Especially since the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a PPHPHB staple during band practice (it is one of the only songs where I can play all the guitar chords...no Fs or Bs!).
The opening act was a guy called "Goat." He has a real name, which I forget, and he is the son of baseball great Al Rosen. He was a really good pianist, sort of Ray Charles-y, but his voice was a little grating, and he kept pronouncing words that begin with "A" using a long "A" sound even when it wasn't necessary. For example, he would say AY-lone instead of UH-lone, and AY-gain, AY-way, AY-go, and so forth. Every time! It was past my bedtime, and I was really sleepy and irritable, so I was having a hard time tolerating Goat and his long "A"s. I was telling Kev this on the way home, and he said, "Boy, you are easily annoyed." And I said, "Don't you mean AY-noyed?" and that was the end of conversation in the car for a while. Sorry I was so cranky, Kev. I'm no good without sleep. But in spite of my crankiness, we had a fun night out, and we got to eat velvety lobster bisque at Daddy Jack's! Thanks to my mom and dad for Peanut-sitting.
This morning, myfirst daffodil bloomed. I'll post a picture later. Kev's mom brought me a butterfly plant all the way from New York. If I don't kill it, it will be a miracle. But I am going to try hard to take care of it, because it is a really pretty plant, and it will bring butterflies to the yard.
The baby will be here soon, so I better go. I can't wait to see her. Have a good weekend everybody!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Yesterday, my mom and I took the Peanut to the playground at the lake. It was hot, which is funny because last week it was freezing. Texas. Anyway, she had a great time swinging and looking at birds like the Double-Crested Cormorant pictured here. You do not want to get pooped on by a double-crested cormorant, by the way. It is nasty stuff.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I had a crafty weekend. On Saturday, I went to a sewing class using a gift certificate I got for Christmas. I learned to make a giant box floor pillow, which is being referred to around here as my "tuffet." The most useful thing about the class was learning to sew in a zipper. I can now use that skill for things more practical than tuffets, like skirts and dresses and so forth.
Also, I finished my second knitting project, which is a "yarn hat" commissioned by LarryFeathers.
And I did a little experimenting with making iron-on appliques using scrap fabric and fusible webbing, which is a very cheap, easy, and fun way to embellish your otherwise plain clothes.
All of these are pictured on the Peanut Gallery, along with some pictures of Daphne holding a beer. Oh, the schtick you can do with babies!
Hope you all had a good weekend.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Here is Kev's latest logo contest entry. I like it a lot. It looks like a high school mascot t-shirt. And it would be EASY to screen.
Fooie brings up an interesting idea, which is letting you all vote for the winning logo. But I think you would all just vote for yourselves, so it probably wouldn't work.
Speaking of Fooie, you should all go over to http://mindsquirt.blogspot.com/ and read about the bearded soup smeller. It is good stuff.
Friday, February 09, 2007
All of your entries are great, with all the birds and penguins and owls and guitars and such. I'm surprised no-one has included any housepants in their designs. Thanks for your entries, and feel free to enter again (and again!) if you want. The DEADLINE is Feb. 28. (Keep in mind that I unfortunately can't screen-print complicated and colorful images onto t-shirts. )
Whitney: I am still hoping for an entry from LarryFeathers. He is out of town until next Thursday, but there's still plenty of time.
And if you are one of those silent readers out there, please feel free to enter too.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
These three entries are from Marty, who was wondering if iron-on decals would be acceptable since his designs would be difficult if not impossible to screen print. The problem with the iron-on decals is that they don't wash well. They get all cracked. But I did hear about June Tailor's Ink-Jet fabric sheets, which are sheets of fabric you can run through your printer. Then you could use fusible webbing to make an iron-on decal which would probably be more durable and less cracky. These sheets are expensive though. Anyway, I'll probably stick to something that can easily be screen-printed for this project, but I like all of Marty's ideas. I especially like the nod to Napolean Dynamite and to poor old Pancho. Thanks to Marty, and to everyone who has entered so far.
By the way, Whitney's entry was supposed to be in French Script font, but it didn't show up that way because we don't have it.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
2. Today, Kev's dad sent me an article about "How to make your blog more popular." I am not really trying to revolutionize the blog world, but it did give me an idea.
3. I decided to have a contest. Here are the rules: Design a cool logo for the Lazy Russian Horses Show that I can make into the Official LRHS T-Shirt. It should be simple, yet interesting, and illustrate the general spirit of this blog. If anyone actually participates, I will post their entry so you can all see it, and then I'll choose the best one and make a free shirt for the winner. There might even be bonus prizes. Remember, this is a family friendly blog. Please keep it clean.
Email me your entry!
UPDATE: Enter as often as you like!!!
Deadline is Feb. 28.
Yesterday, I completed my first knitting project: the little pink hat pictured at left. Not bad for my first try, I guess. But when I look at the sweater also pictured, knit by my friend Anne, I realize I have a lot to learn. That's OK. I've got time.
Thursday's knitting and coffee was great. I was inspired.