Some days….

… are just days for curling up with a good book, like a Dictionary of Imaginary Places…. …. or an Atlas of Middle Earth, and flying away to parts unknown. Delighted as I am by their literary pursuits, I can’t help but wonder if they are simply dreaming of fantastic adventures or, perchance, plotting devious…

Dear Nice Lady…

Dear Nice Lady With the Muddy Hands, We would like to wish you… HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAGICAL MAAIKE!!! And to say THANK YOU for making US! And we have candles in your honour (because the crazy lady forgot to hide the matches again), but no cake because the man that bought the turtles ate it all….

The Day of the Dragon

As you have undoubtedly heard, in the Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the Dragon. It should have occurred to me that dragons, like turtles, are reptiles. I’m not sure how I missed that. John thought turtles were amphibians, but clearly they are reptiles. Wikipedia says so, so it must be true. The turtles…

Fleeced.

I have to give them credit. Those turtles are better-educated than I thought. I caught them reading Amos Alden’s Big Book of Handspinning to the other day. Which probably makes this whole thing my fault, really, since it was the only reading material left on the table with them. But seriously, who knew turtles could…

An uneasy truce

After an incident the other night, in which a testudine tail was knocked awry by a somewhat vigorous bleater and required immediate surgery with superglue, I decided that enough was enough. While the turtle was in recovery, I brought in a mediator. He was a man (I think. Could be wrong.) of wisdom and sagacity,…

Cabin Fever

I’m not entirely sure what happened. I thought things were going well. Everyone seemed happy. There was balance. There was unity. Early this morning I wandered into the studio and saw this: I thought it was simply a generous offering at first. You see, the turtles are evidently used to more exotic foods than are…

Debauchery

Dear John, Always lock the liquor cabinet. Love, Vicky P.S. For newcomers, a link to more Sheep & Turtle Posts…..

Give the girl a hand….

Have you ever had days where you though, “Oh, if only I had an extra hand?” I have them all the time. I just never expected that anyone would call my bluff, give me an extra hand and thereby completely negate one of my fall-back lines for not accomplishing as much on a given day…

Of turtles and sheep

You may (or may not) recall the sheep: There are six. They have attitude. They were made by Maaike Charron of Blue Dragon Clay. I found them at the local Craft Council Seconds Sale and brought them home to live with us. They are also quite curious and charismatic sheep and they have wormed their…

Smaller sheep

This past week has been somewhat chaotic, as kids are on Easter break and my regular schedule and clarity of mind have been, well, completely and utterly absent. Normal life (including predictable working hours, regular meals and a consistent workout schedule) returns tomorrow, thankfully! On an unrelated note, I picked up these little clay sheep…

A funny and relevant take on the job of being creative

I came across this video a while back on the Quilt Art mailing list and, for some reason, neglected to share it on the blog. Elizabeth Gilbert approaches the idea of genius from a refreshingly new slant. While I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Genius is a disembodied gremlin living in…

Quote from Katherine

Katherine, who understands about as much as she wants to of the ways of birds and bees, uttered the following just now, “A long time ago, Heather was very, very married and then Jean and Eleanor were both born.” Thankfully, Heather is just as very married now, although without more of Katherine’s suggested consequences.