Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Random Weekly Update

Hello! Another week has gone by already! I probably say that a lot, but I swear it's astonishing every time. In some ways, I always feel like lots of things have happened, and in other ways, I always feel like I didn't really get anything done. I wonder why that is? Well, here's our update for the week...
Jai is off at band practice. Dayliner is beginning to record some of their stuff, so hopefully soon I can actually post something that you guys can hear. They are really coming along, and Jai is really enjoying being part of something musical and collaborative again.

I am listening to my new cd - The Cave Singers. I totally love it, I think it's my new favourite for this week. If you can find it, I recommend it. It's kind of like a punk-bluegrass-Bob Dylan mixture, with a little bit of Nick Cave thrown in. The new Nick Cave cd is last week's favourite. It's so nice to have access to all this amazing music while living in a rural town (hooray for the internet!) We're probably the only household in the whole county to own either of those cds.

Anyway, I got a new marquetry picture finished up this week. All it needs now is a frame, and then I will list it in our Etsy store. Jai said I should take an "in-progress" picture, so I thought I would show you a little bit of the process. It started with the photo of the cedar waxwings in our oak tree several weeks ago (check back several posts.) I traced two of the birds, and drew out where I wanted the different woods to go. There is a lot of planning at this stage, as I need to figure out the right cutting sequence. As you can see from the second picture, I work from the "bottom" of the picture to the "top." Each piece gets carefully selected, shaded and placed.

Then the final result (sans frame.)

I managed to fit that in, in between some larger projects, which I will post later. Oh, and making ten identical boxes for my cousin Emma, who runs Emma Rose Photography ( She is using them as cases for wedding photos. This is the first time I have built ten identical things at once. Whew! It's hard not to let that get tedious, so it's nice to have something completely different to think about.

Spring is slowly creeping up on us here. Yesterday was more snow, but today was all sun. Those snowdrops are finally blooming, and our crocuses are peeking out shyly.

I have spent a couple of evenings now perusing all the on-line seed catalogues. I found a couple that specialize in harvest seeds, and have such interesting varieties, that I would never see at the local nursery. Check out from Manitoba, if you're interested. I think I am definitely going to try some of their bean varieties, as well as the Minnesota Midget Melons, Pennsylvania Dutch Butter-Flavoured Popcorn, and Alma Paprika Peppers (the actual kind of peppers they grind up to make paprika spice!) And I'll be expanding the tea garden this year through www. from Ontario, who carry, among other things, Rose-scented Bergamot, Apple Eucalyptus, and Licorice. I'm also going to try Soapwort, which apparently can be added to the wash (in a muslin bag) in place of laundry detergent.

I also cut some branches from the forsythia and quince bushes, to see if I can get them to bloom inside. Two days ago, when the ground was covered in snow (again) the idea of something blooming held extra-special appeal.

Anyway, I guess that's all our news. More and less than I thought.


sherrieg said...

Soapwort! I just learned a bunch about it this week, and am planning on adding it to my garden, too! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren and Jai,

Well, your Pletz/Goulden 'parental unit' is now part of your neck of the woods. It was great having them (and Morgan/Yoda) while enroute for one night.

Lauren your documentation board that you included with your bird pictures is amazing. That is so cool. This is a very worthwhile visual for your clients to see, because they will truly appreciate understanding and knowing your thinking, and the creative decisions you have to make along the way during the course of each project. Love this!!

Thesis writing goes along....hopefully the entire draft will be completed by the end of April :)

Guys are doing great...did you hear? they're moving soon!

Love A. Janet

Anonymous said...

hi guys, hi Jan! It's snowing! I think I'm way more excited about that that anyone else...hmmm. I wonder how long it will take for the novelty to wear off? Lauren I love the new bird picture - nice job ... I also really like the etsy sampler on your website - very neat! Take care all! XO Mom/Joc

Christie & Mike said...

Hey guys, beautiful Lauren, also I can't wait to hear some of the recorded music from Dayliner. I was also wondering about how much your business card holders are. PS, those little outfits from the family came at the perfect time, Brynn had just outgrown most of her other outfits and they were super soft.

:) Christie