I have been obsessed with MasterChef Junior. I binged-watch many Saturdays ago, episode after episode, after I discovered it. Thinking, Jeez, if those 10-year-olds can cook like that, so can I. They have challenged me in so many ways. So I did venture into the kitchen to make a couple of soups, desserts, but have not attempted Beef Wellington yet. I am so excited to get in the kitchen and see if I can cook like a 13-year-old!
This morning, (ON DEMAND) I waited anxiously to see if Alexander or Dara would win the big prize. Gosh, I wish they could have awarded two of them the award! It was all inspiring.
I know I have been a bad, beleaguered blogger lately. Too much going on.
So much in fact, that I hardly have time to check my email but every couple of days. So unlike me.
It does not mean I still don't see amazing things I want to blog about. NO! I just don't have time to blog it, note it or email it to myself!
Like this art by Japanese artist, Jung Jung ... which I have blogged about before. Crochet taken to another level! Jung Jung creates these incredibly delicate flowers and vegetables. I really, really love them. It looks like she also includes the pattern of the creations. I think I am in love with the pattern graphics as much as the finished product!
Amazing talent. You can see more here on Pinterest.
We have a new baby, born October 29. I wondered today why I felt so completely exhausted and thought, "Yeah, we just had a baby! I have been completely overwhelmed with my new job. My husband has been working 7 days a week for months. My mom is very ill. I still have freelance jobs out there that I am neglecting. And a completely filthy house (which makes me tired to just think about)".
So, maybe, I have a reason to be tired. That is what my husband and mom keep reminding me.
The kids have taken Mason to her folks to meet, aunts and and great-grandmothers, etc. I took the opportunity to clean the rooms where they hang out.
Yesterday, feeling a little tired and sick, I left work a couple of hours early. Got home to realized it was not raining as predicted, so mowed, cut grape vines from my neighbors yard, and cut some clematis that make it impossible for my neighbors to close their gate, cut down my old lilies and filled up the back of my truck. Then I really did feel exhausted. Came in and held Mason for an hour. Just watched her face, her smiles, her yawns, her stretches. All adorable and affirming.
We are having such a great time just watching her every move, and even more fun, watching Matt and Bri watching Mason's every move. She such an easy baby. "Titty-baby". As long as she can eat, and sleep, she is perfectly content. She reminds me of Matt and Bri's mom says she reminds her of Bri, so, right now, we have the easiest baby in the world. She is handed over from person to person in the house, rocking and cooing and loving her. It is all very, very wonderful. Even the dogs are already protective of her. If and when she decided to cry, they all run to her defense.
Feeling pretty blessed right now in my personal life. Not quite so convinced about my career right now, but I know I will figure it all out. So am not stressing over it too much.
Bri is a terrific mom, which makes being a grandmother so much easier. Watching Matt so in love with Mason, becoming a terrific dad, is another completely satisfying vision.
My only, and supremely wonderful sister told me a couple of days ago she has breast cancer. So if you have a prayer group, or have an upstairs connection yourself, I would be so thankful. Her name is Lisa. She is the best of our family.
We have been on baby watch all week. Due date this weekend. ;0 Are we ready? I guess we are.
I have not even received my second paycheck and it feels as if I have been at my new job for 2 years. Lots of work going on! Fun, but stressful.
Have not been in my yard in awhile. Found a few violas still blooming. And lots of stuff that needs to be trimmed and cut down. I put it on my list! Changing bed linens today and trying to power through the dirty clothes taking over the bedroom. Here is the last my sweet violas. See again next spring?
I have never known a cat so in love with a human as Ivy is with Matt. Wherever Matt is, Ivy is there. If Ivy can jump up on a table or cabinet to be closer to his face, he will. The closer to the better. Ivy jumps to Matt's shoulders all the time to be close to his face. My friend Faith calls this 'pussy whipped". I agree.
The weather went from summer to fall in one night!
I thought my new job would allow me a little mental downtime. But with all learning new things, I still feel like I am a step behind. No time for fun blog stuff! I saw these on the way home and thought I would shoot it if I still had some light when I got home.
I know I have not been blogging much but that does not mean I don't still have lots to share. I think about it but when I get home, life gets in the way.
I think you all know that we are going to have a granddaughter, Mason, here with us next month. So lots of planning, cleaning and such for that miracle.
So on the bright side, Robin's book, hoop: the american dream (the summer trip I took last year) was released yesterday. I have been checking her blog to make sure everything is working ... and then Tuesday, she had a segment on King 5 Evening Magazine. I am sooo excited.
Elvis Robertson's cutwork is something made for windows. The pieces are hand cut from a single sheet of suede and hand stitched onto a sheer fabric. With the sun shining through from outside, these pieces then create shadows across the interior. During the day they seem opaque and subtle from the outside, whilst more graphic inside. Check out more at the blog, Lovely Textiles.
It is the holiday weekend. The weather is so perfectly wonderful, sunny, blue skies, cool. Hint of fall in the air.
Mom and I had an outing yesterday, haircuts and Half-Price book adventure to pick up something to entertain mom. We rented lots of movies at Blockbuster (yes, they are still in business).
I had a great second week at work. A couple of freelance things I need to wrap up in the next couple of days.
There are so many things I want to do, embroidery being top of the list. Calligraphy, second and quilt --- third or shares a second with calligraphy.
Anyhoo ... Just found Michele Carragher's site and am completely blown away. It is so beautiful, it make me want to weep!!!
Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion. Her site is full of photographic galleries of her most recent embroidery work on HBO's costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, along with examples of her other work including Channel 4/HBO's television mini-series Elizabeth 1 and much, much more. She also offers to show the process!
Get your hanky out because there is going to be some drooling going on...
Too much, right? The best? Did I lie? Would I lie to you? ;)
It is terrible. But we forgot to take any photos at the baby shower last weekend. We managed a couple of silly "pink mustache" ones after the affair, all of us exhausted. Tried to take one photo of the paper lantern decoration ... blurry. That pretty much sums up the week. ;)
Bri younger sister and I decorated the gift bags with leaves. She had fun coming up with words. It is great to have a project like this for kids to do. They simply can't mess it up, and even if they do, there are plenty of leaves where those came from. I think they turned out completely adorable.
Sometimes I feel like the bouncing ball that never comes to rest.
In the last two weeks, I gave resigned from my wonderful job at Microsoft Office as an icon artist. And from The Everett Herald (very sad face). I was offered and accepted a great full-time opportunity at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and I am so terribly excited!
In my week between jobs, we have been very busy in the Carney-Miller household. Painting rooms, moving my mom upstairs, kids downstairs, getting my sewing room turned into a baby room. Now cleaning up this mess is on top of my list ... baby shower with 25 guest this weekend. And my best buddy's big 50th birthday party the same night.
We finished staining and replacing old wood on the deck, so it is time to put that all back together.
David spent some time back in Kansas helping his mom and step-dad pack up the house to move to a smaller place. We have about 4 boxes of stuff from Kansas ... my M-I-L is a extraordinary quilt-maker, so I am the recipient of some excellent fabric (where to put?)
David is this minute staining and building a chest of drawers for mom's new room. And I am going embark on putting and combining makeup and toiletry items in our bathroom.
Everything is topsy-turvy right now in my life. With some really hard work and concentration, am hoping to set that straight in the next couple of days.
The cherry on my on cake this week is a piece in the Seattle Times Sunday Market section about Brantlers. So next on my list, make more! Thank you, Claire!!!!
And if not for happy hour with Rick, talking about his new animations for his site. I might lose my mind. So I am off. Hope I can find some time to blog about flowers and art sometime very soon! xoxoxox
I can't remember when I did not have time for blogging ... but that time has come.
My new freelance gig (and commute) is kicking my butt. And I am also still working at the Everett Herald very part-time. I have my freelance gig until October ... I can do anything for 3 more months.
Today is my mom's birthday. We (Matt, Bri and I) spent it painting what was once my sewing room, will now be the "baby" room. Maybe I have not made that announcement? Matt and Bri are having a baby. We are trying to move everyone around, move bedrooms, get all settled before October.