Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gratuitous baby pictures

This is my niece Jaylee.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I went to Iowa last weekend with my mother-in-law to see Brandi Carlile in concert. I'm not sure I would drive six hours just for a concert, regardless of the performer, but my mother-in-law is sort of a Brandi groupie.

And the concert was pretty great. If you don't know Brandi Carlile's music, check it out. Start here. She's a talented gal. Her voice is so rich and gritty, and I love the way classic country has influenced her sound.

Here I am looking like a dork while she signs my T-shirt. I couldn't think of anything to say to her, so she just starting singing "Jackson" while she signed.

If it looks like we were in an art gallery, it's because we were. The concert was at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, a giant Victorian mansion that's been converted into a stunning theater space and art gallery. It was really neat.

On the way home from Des Moines we drove through Madison County, so we decided to veer off the interstate and see the covered bridges. I have not read the book or seen the movie, so the only appeal of the bridges was to see something historic that we don't have in Kansas.

But honestly, they're not much to look at. There are only five of the original bridges left, and they're really only famous because of the movie, which looked pretty cheesy to me. But regardless, now I can say I've seen them. And I must admit, they are kind of cute and rustic and Amish-looking and all delightfully painted red.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New on Etsy

I don't intend to post every time I list something new in the shop, but this one was a particular labor of love.

This design was inspired by the work of Orla Kiely, a London designer who uses a lot of bold, modern patterns. I think her stuff is really fun and cool, and I thought it would make a good cross stitch. I like how it turned out.

I may experiment with doing some other graphic patterns, but most likely they will not be this small and detailed because this was a little tedious, even for me.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Adventures in Larryville

I was in Lawrence last weekend and got to see the Jayhawks play in the championship game of the WNIT. We didn't win, but it was a fantastic game. It also set a Big 12 women's attendance record of 16,113. The place was rockin'.

Also, I'm famous!
Kim submitted this photo of me and Ben with Joan Baez to the paper's Friends & Neighbors section. The three of us went to the concert on St. Patrick's Day, which was a wonderful experience. I'm so glad I got to see her live. (And from the front row!)