Monday, December 31, 2012

End of year doings

Cleaning up my iPhone I realized I had some worthwhile photos to share from the end of 2012.

I took a quick day trip to New Ulm, MN in early November. While there my friend Ian and I ate some homemade German food, toured to Schell's Brewery and met a teen in a Burger King parking lot to buy an AT-AT and Millenium Falcon. Your typical Saturday afternoon.

The brewery tour was pretty fast. It's the second oldest family-owned brewery in the US. They have peacocks roaming the grounds too.

On the way home we stopped at Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. They also carry pork products, pies, apples, and the entire ceiling was covered in puzzles to buy.

When I was in high school I was lucky enough to see The Who play the album Quadrophenia. I couldn't help myself and went to see them do it again at the Target Center on 11/27. Pete and Roger still rock. After the show we watched some local musicians play the album The Who by numbers at 7th Street.

Harriet was very excited to put on her boots when it got cold in November. In early December we got a solid foot of snow and she got the chance to shovel for the first time. Such a little helper.

In mid-December I went down to Chicago to see some friends. Lots of food and sports.
Bulls vs. Nets at the United Center.

Packers vs. Bears at Soldier Field.

Burgers, Pizza, BBQ, and Hot Doug's (above).

On the first night of Hanukah we went to the Holidazzle parade downtown. Christina was marching so Harriet and I had dinner together, got some chocolates, then cozzied up in a heated tent to watch. Christina was in the very first group to walk past.

The following weekend all three of us went back to the Holidazzle to ride on the Twinkle Bus. Basically a city bus wrapped in LED lights and blasting holiday tunes.

Harriet loved it!

She was waving for the entire 30-minute ride down Nicollet Mall.

If you ever thought about doing a similar set up on your own ride, this is what the electrical in the back of the bus looked like. Per Christina's info, the Twinkle Bus is decorated with more than 23,000 LED lights, which consume a fraction of the power used by lights in the original Twinkle Bus. After the parade season, the metal frames that hold the lights in place and equipment inside the bus will be removed, and the bus will be returned to service.

Happy New Year! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hide & Seek holiday card

Our holiday card this year was just silliness. Steve came up with the idea and our inspiration was a scene in E.T. Some of you might be somewhat appalled by the number of stuffed animals in this picture, but rest assured, over half of them are mine or Steve's from childhood (note the carebears, lotsa lotsa legs,  ultimate warrior, etc.).

The back.

A little behind the scenes shot here. So we did two 'photo shoots' to get this right.  It was a little hard to art direct this while being a part of it. The first take was done by our neighbor and the second taken by our friend Elissa with art direction from Lucia (upper right). You can see a little bit of Lucia in our actual card in the upper left. An easter egg, if you will. Anyways, so Elissa stood on a ladder and then we were all lying on the bed in the guest bedroom. It was hard to get the lighting right so I did a bit of work in photoshop to lighten our faces. And there you have it.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Well well well, looks like I found a use for my unappreciated scarf after all, a mini snowman.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Trash into treasure

For a while now Steve has been looking for an old-timey frame for one of Harriet's 1 year pictures. This summer we found this gold one at a neighborhood garage sale. The size of the whole thing is about 21" x 17". We took out the painting (still available if anyone wants it; no takers?) and we got her photo put on canvas from a place online. Better late than never, I guess.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Warp & Weft

This past weekend Kristen and I took a Saori weaving class at the Weavers Guild of MN in the Textile Center. The class was 5 hours and it didn't seem like long enough. As with most classes that we take, we are now obsessed with it! It is a contemporary type of weaving founded in the late 60s in Japan. Basically weaving for hippies with a free expression, no rules, nothing-is-a-mistake attitude. This way of working was a bit hard for me to embrace since I like everything to be as close to perfect as I can make it, but eventually I just went with it. The nice thing about this type of weaving that everyone young, old, disabled or not can all enjoy it, it's very easy.

A close up of the beginning of my scarf. I brought a bunch of leftover yarn and scraps and it was fun to incorporate it into my scarf and also nice to get rid of it. I also added some of the cotton yarn (like what is shown) and wool roving and some spun milk that a classmate gave me. It is nuts/awesome.

The group of weavers. It was interesting to see the variety of work that came from the class. A lot of people made wall hangings. Perhaps it is the Scandinavian in me, but  I like to make things that are functional.

A section of Kristen's weaving. She mixed two yarns in a single row.

My colorful scarf, I love it! It is 9 feet long and I could have kept going, but the warp (string that goes vertically) ran out.

A close up.

Ready for wearing.

I had a little extra time at the end so I whipped out this toddler-sized scarf in about 20 minutes. As with everything I make her, Harriet doesn't want to wear it. When will I learn...

Thursday, December 06, 2012

After showing complete indifference to the slide for several months Harriet has become infatuated with it. She wants to go on it every day. It's pretty awesome. Especially since she constantly asks us if we built it for her, then promptly thanks us.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Link of the Month

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