Friday, September 30, 2005

This is what I spent my afternoon making. It fits soooo much better than the last skirt I made (which is posted on Flickr)... I TOTALLY HEART IT!!! Posted by Picasa

Second view; closer up, more detail ^_^ Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 29, 2005

My newest creation. Meet Muffin the 1/2-cat! She (he? it?) can also be viewed on my Flickr site and etsy store... This is the first toy I've had time to complete for a week or so! I've been tremendously busy. I wish I had more time. But I don't... Sigh! Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 26, 2005

Quote of the (yester)day

(Garth starts a story about his day after teasing me about something silly)

Me: Stop talking to me. Can't you see I'm trying to sulk??

Garth: Stop sulking, can't you see I'm talking to you?

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Sweet Surprise

Garth totally surprised me last night with a "welcome back to civilization!" party after my trip to Louisiana. I had no idea that anything was out of place; but suddenly I was in his apartment with people I hadn't expected to hang out with at all, and we were playing fun games and eating Macaroni and cheese (home-made by garth)He is great ... and so sneaky!

Thank you Garth :)

Friday, September 23, 2005

I made this shirt tonight!! Actually, I'd gone to the fabric store to find a back for this quilt I've made out of upholstery remnants, and I saw this swatch in the clearance pile for $2.97. ... THIS SHIRT COST ME $2.97 AND 1 HOUR OF MY TIME! ^_^ Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I just found this on Snopes. It's an Article published in October of 2004's issue of National Geographic. It is very creepy, how they wrote this less than a year ago.

It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level more than eight feet below in places so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.

Monday, September 19, 2005

New Orleans

Hi All,

Well, my trip to New Orleans was... well, it's awkward to say "good"
because of it being a huge tragedy and all, but it was good. It was
seriously one of the smoothest missions trips I've ever been on.
nothing went wrong, except for a swarm of fire-ants that got into my
suitcase... but actually I deserved that because earlier that morning,
right after breakfast, I had entertained myself by sticking a twig into
a fire-ant hole and watching them all run out in a frenzy. Then I'd
drop the stick, and they'd run in chaotic, confused circles, wondering
"what WAS that?!" because all they see is a noraml old stick. Then they
would disband, oing back to their jobs, and I'd do it again.

ANYWAYS, I don't think that's the kind of detail everyone needs to

basically, I had an incredible time, and it was an awesome experience.
Look at my Flickr account ('Marianne's photos" link to the right) for
visual stimulus, and come talk to me about it for more details. A lot
went on, including partnering with the national Guard, the 82nd
Airborne unit from NC, and the Red Cross. Or i could tell you about
"Pastor Randy", who lost his church, his home, and 2 relatives in the
same day, yet still came back to our distribution center that evening,
prayed over us, and asked what he could do to serve us. his heart for
the community was one of the most servant-oriented I've ever known.

I don't miss the hot weather though...

It just slid right off... Posted by Picasa

ripped up homes Posted by Picasa

A house in LA. I've got more photos (or am in the process of UPLOADING more photos...) on my Flickr account, so you can go there if this whets your appetite. I'll put a few more up here too in the next day or two. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 11, 2005

We went to Philly to see Sigur Ros play. It was an incredible show - the light and sounds melded into something quite beautiful. And the finale - wow. It was something else entirely. I couldn't take my eyes off of the stage for like 5 minutes.... I was riveted, people. RIVETED!! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Cemetery Signals

Tonight Chris and I drove to Merrifield because I wanted to walk around a cemetery (and that's the largest one I know of in the area besides Arlington Cemetery. We mainly just drove around the grounds, but we stopped at important places for me to get photos. Here are a couple. Go to my Flickr site to see more (No, I didn't post all 74... ;)

sunset over the cemetery. Posted by Picasa

sculpture Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

*sigh of content*

I have been so productive this weekend, but also managed to have a good deal of fun! I spent most of it with Garth - watching movies, going to yardsales, running errands, etc. And that was great. But I also got to spend lots of time working on crafts! I made 2 change purses, 2 tote bags, a new stuffed doll, and 2 Polymer clay characters from the little guys I make up.

Also: I GOT AN ONLINE STORE!!!! Go there. Look at it. Tell all of your friends about it. YOU don't have to buy something, but if enough people are told about it then somewhere down the line I'll start selling things:


And then today/tonight I got to see Timoni and Doug, and then Garth, and it was great! Garth had cleaned out his DVD collection, and let me pick out a few of the ones he was getting rid of. Hence, I am the proud new owner of:

- Ghost World,
- Grosse Point Blank, and
- Magnolia

I also stole Requium for a Dream, but I doubt I'll ever watch it. I've only heard "depressing" and/or "made me feel ill" when that movie is referenced. Oh. And also a Beastie Boys DVD.

I feel like this post is really discombabulated, but I also am very tired, which may be why.

One of my many weekend craft projects :) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Possibly my favorite picture of me and Garth. She did such an incredible job of capturing a split second... and also our personalities, a little bit

(Photo Courtesy of Timoni). Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 01, 2005

So far this morning...

I wore this shirt to school today:

And in the middle of class the teacher looks at it and goes "Conformist?", looks me up and down and says, "Ha! I don't THINK so!" Posted by Picasa

Also today, I have made:

4 notebooks. Posted by Picasa


A changepurse (4"x4") Posted by Picasa