Thursday, March 30, 2006


after dinner on tuesday (whole wheat pasta and pesto) i needed something sweet. dove dark chocolate promises are my candy of choice these days (thanks to dr. south beach). sometimes the sentiments are goofy, like the one above. sometimes they make me smile from ear to ear.

honestly, i just wanted to try out the "macro" setting on my digital camera! i like how you can see the individual threads of my placemat!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


i've been hitting the thrift store pretty hard lately. i scored these two weekends ago. there are thirteen of a series of time life books on sewing. i think the copywrite date is 1973. what clinched the purchase, though, was that the previous owner of these books must have taken a sewing course and the certificate commemorating her first completed garment was still in the front of one of the books AND the date of the certificate was TO THE DAY 28 years ago. each of the books covers a different sewing topic...there are even instructions and patterns to make leather gloves. the covers each sport a different fabric...the top photo showcases a few of my faves. the one on the end is orange corduroy...mod, mod, mod! (hey, and check out my breakfast crumbs in the front of the bottom pic! mmmm, whole wheat toast!)

the blue socks are complete and even survived a trip in the washing machine. the neopolitan socks are 1/2 done. i keep reading and hearing about a way to knit two socks at once on two circular needles...that way you finish them at the same time and they're always the same size ( blue ones are exactly the same size! thank you very much!). but the directions seem so cryptic. any savvy sock knitters out there that have walked the plank and tried this sock knitting method, please let me know. yes, i need to know because on sunday i actually purchased MORE sock yarn. so that brings the count to one completed pair of socks, one half pair of socks and yarn enough in the stash to make two more pairs. i've got it bad. and the allure AND lure of crochet is beckoning me so fiercely, i can barely control it. fabric, yarn, thread, buttons, aprons, beads, paper, old books, vintage patterns all threaten to take over the house. thank goodness i have broken free from my addiction to collecting! (not!)

i have yet to mention my now ever expanding collection of 1960s cookbooks...the most recent addition, "lunches and brunches," in which aspic is often mentioned. yummy!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

14 days is a long time...

and there are no good excuses for not posting for two weeks. however, there are a million and one little reasons why i haven't been a more conscientious blogger, below are just a few:

***my son has turned 16 and it has, quite frankly, turned me inside out with emotion. his steps toward independence (which is, of course, what i want for him) have led me to look at the very near future and what my world will look like when he no longer lives in our home. it is a future filled with promise, free-time and endless possibilities. i just didn't think the future would arrive so quickly!

***big changes at my workplace and in my job. most of the changes are good. some of them are sad and involve someone close to me taking an exciting career jump that leaves me missing her terribly. the day seems long without a good friend to work beside.

***i was mentally preparing for my 3-month oncology follow-up appointment. the report was superb--my cancer markers remain low and my health is tip top. but the thought of going to that office and talking about something i'd rather forget, puts me in a funk for at least a fortnight. more good news--i have passed a milestone and now only need to visit the oncologist every 6 months! yay, me!

***an anonymous comment to a past post made me examine why i write here. blogging has allowed me to form friendships with people i was previously just acquaitanted with. this venue has afforded me the opportunity to stay connected with people who, like me, have full lives but are able to check-in via the internet with those we care about. this is a place to make me feel a part of a larger caring community, not disconnected or distressed. i do not have the desire to toughen up my skin to withstand anonymous comments from strangers. i am an open person and this blog will remain open to all readers and open to all comments. however, all anonymous comments will automatically be deleted...good or bad. whether someone thinks i'm inane or absurd, brilliant or gifted is inconsequential. but they should at least have the courtesy and the courage to reveal their identity...because the comments feature is meant to open a dialogue. if that ability is not honored, then what's the point?

Thursday, March 09, 2006

on the street where you live...

first, the shoppe has been updated! earrings and felted flower pins. enjoy!

oh, yeah, and e-mail me if you're interested in anything.

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i went in late to work on monday...damn the change in weather and it's migraine-inducing powers. i was sorry to get caught up in the later hour's morning commute traffic, but it did afford me the opportunity to get a glimpse of a favorite neighborhood couple.

they are in their late 60's--maybe early 70's. they take a morning constitutional every day. they both walk on the sidewalk, but on opposite sides of the street. the husband is a slower walker than the wife, so he is usually about 10 paces behind her. i have never heard them engage in conversation with one another. but they are so obviously together...because it happens every day.

when kelly and i go for our evening walks, we are blabbering the entire time. when we go out to dinner, there is never a lull in our conversation. we talk on the phone numerous times throughout the day. perhaps we're the exception and other couples who've been together for 20 years have a difficult time staying connected with their words, but we've never found that to be a challenge.

all i'm saying is this...i always want to walk on the same side of the street with kelly and hold his hand.

Monday, March 06, 2006

coming soon...more adornments

as imminent shoppe update--
earrings, mini bags and pins.

16 in 3 days...

"stop & remember, have fun and be careful."

the last spread of the birthday book i made for nathaniel this weekend.

in 3 days my baby boy will be 16 years old.

this is a picture of him and his 1970 ford ltd sporting his lettermen jacket on his lanky frame.

the countdown has begun...mothers lock away your daughters {just kidding}.

Friday, March 03, 2006

it really adds up...

from mary beth's site, to jane's site, to shari's site to here...

this is me boiled down to the exact numbers. pretty on target...especially the part where it says its initially difficult for me to get to know people.

You entered: heidi sue ludwig

There are 14 letters in your name. Those 14 letters total to 75. There are 7 vowels and 7 consonants in your name.

Your number is: 3

The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.

The expression or destiny for #3:An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along. You are imaginative in your presentation, and you may have creative talents in the arts, although these are more likely to be latent. You are an optimistic person that seems ever enthusiastic about life and living. You are friendly, loving and social, and people like you because you are charming and such a good conversationalist. Your ability to communicate may often inspire others. It is your role in life to inspire and motivate; to raise the spirits of those around you.

The negative side of number 3 Expression is superficiality. You may tend to scatter your forces and simply be too easygoing. It is advisable for the negative 3 to avoid dwelling on trivial matters, especially gossip.

Your Soul Urge number is: 7

A Soul Urge number of 7 means: With a number 7 Soul Urge you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop you idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom. You may be too laid back and withdrawn to really succeed in the business world, and you will be much more comfortable in circumstances that are tolerant of your reserve, your analytical approach, and your desire to use your mind rather than your physical being.
You are very timid around people that you don't know very well, so much so at times that casual conversation and social situations can be strained. You tend to repress your emotions to the extent that some people have a good bit of difficult understanding you. You tend to be very selective with friends and you don't easily adapt to new environments or to new people very quickly.

The negative traits of the 7 include becoming too much the introvert and isolated from others.

Your Inner Dream number is: 5

An Inner Dream number of 5 means: You dream of being totally free and unrestrained by responsibility. You see yourself conversing and mingling with the natives in many nations, living for adventure and life experiences. You imagine what you might accomplished.

studio friday...inspiration

texture, thread, the color pink, rick rack, beads, my three old kitchen tables (the one in this picture is from my gram's home), needles, pins, photographs...all inspire me to create.

see what inspires other artists here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


since my surgery i haven't really liked to wear pantyhose. not that i liked to wear pantyhose before, but the incision site from my surgery was really irritated by the waistband of pantyhose. tights were okay and undergarments okay too. but pantyhose were strictly out of the question. waaaay too constricting. but, as most ladies will attest, there are times when it is not a tights kind of outfit and going bare legged is inappropriate as well. yesterday was one of those days. most days i rock the brown 60's style side zip boots, but we've been on a warm-up here in the midwest and it was slated to be nearly 70 degrees. boots would be a bit, well, sweaty. so i picked out some velveteen high heeled mary janes...funky girl meets office chic. the legs though are not yet tanned (or "faux rub on tanned", as i have sworn off the sun). the question remained, what type of leg covering to go for. i pawed through the sock drawer and pulled out a pair of thigh high hose. not the kind you wear with a garter belt, but the kind that have the ever so odd rib of clear silicon that holds the hose up like magic...or so the package claimed. on one trip from my desk to the ladies room i noticed that my left leg felt very exposed. so exposed that by the time i arrived at said restroom, the stocking was hunched down around my ankle.

apparently, the last time i bought thigh high hosiery i weighed 30 pounds more than i do now. hence: skinnier thighs + too big thigh high hosiery = unequaled embarassment as co-worker strides through information technology (read "all guy department") area on way to restroom.

self-tanner aisle, here i come.