The idea is that people raid their stashes of yarn or fabric and send bundles to Iraq. The supplies will be handed out by security forces (Iraqi and American) to women and co-ops that need them. You should start reading about it here. Honestly, it's brilliant. So easy for those of us with stashes, so important for those who receive them. There is even a post on how to build your bundle.
The hard bit is that this is wrapping up quickly!
You have to post your bundle before September 7th, 2009!
A couple of weeks ago, Big E and little e gifted me with a collection of BIC Mark-it permanent pens.
Such pretty colors... what a way to win a girl's heart!
The latest quilting project I've been working on is one of those lessons in organized chaos. In the past with these sorts of projects I could only work on one bit at a time or risk confusion and sailor talk.
But! My new Mark-it pens will write on plastic, like the plastic of my daisy head pins. (And the ink doesn't scratch off like my Sharpies do sometimes!)
The new art area upstairs has been oooh-ed and ahhh-ed over.
The first argument between sisters has been survived.
The kite quilt has been finished and washed.
Now I just have to arrange to see that new babe!
I did not, in the end, tie this quilt at all.
I used my free motion foot and did little air current swirls here and there. I found the whole enterprise terrifying and exhilarating, but I did it and I'm giving the quilt away before I begin to obsess over it.
And, I found an Easter Egg this weekend.
It was stuffed into the middle of a yoga mat.
Happily it contained a playmobil knight.
So we're all back home.
The house has been reassembled.
And, we have two weeks to settle into the Home routine
before school starts and our time is no longer our own.
Defying my own expectation, I got out of the house yesterday. On his way out of town, Big E dropped me off on a major bus route so I could get downtown without griping about our Saturday bus schedule.
I cruised through the Farmer's Market buying carbs (and the occasional bit of produce). Oh glorious food!
Then I moved across downtown to the Saturday Market. The Saturday Market is a huge (HUGE!) outdoor marketplace. I visited my friend Tonya briefly, but Oh My! it was crowded.
So, this is the thing about our little/big town:
both of the temporary markets I visited were bustling in an overloaded capacity, but the brick and mortar businesses in downtown were empty. Echoingly empty. This is great for our independent people, but so much of our city's economy depends on big time retail.. it's worrying.
So in a purely economically stimulating capacity, I stopped in the art supply store downtown and put some cash into the system.