Friday, August 13, 2010

Revisiting the vintage transfer pillowcase

Ha ha ha - remember this?
peeling off...

About a billion years ago, or to be more exact, in April of last year, I started embroidering this pillowcase using a vintage transfer.

I started it as whitework - in other words, all white threads on light blue. Maybe that was what gave me the blahs and didn't inspire me in the least to finish it. For over a year, there it sat...

But, as is usually the case, once I finally decided on the colors, I plugged away and finished it in no time...

That was the first flower I started on, and you can see I used a few different threads and stitches.

I can't believe I finally finished this!

Here's the pattern, if you want to try it:

That was one of the few nice things about having to pack up everything I own and mail it around - unpacking the boxes and looking at all my unfinished projects and actually feeling inspired to finish them all.

Thank you for all the kind comments you left on my posts about moving home and leaving New York. I'm slowly adapting to the quieter pace of life, with a great deal of joy - New York was wonderful, but it was always so loud and frenetic, and "on." I finally feel like I can draw in a breath and think. I still feel like a strange animal - a hybrid species that is not quite Texan and not quite New York. But you know? I kind of hope that never fades. :)

Oh, things I've been enjoying since I moved back:
walking 1-2 miles at my favorite parks
swimming as often as possible
pan dulce
air conditioning
Twin Peaks episodes
reading: The Host, Let The Right One In, N.P.
the tortilla aisle at the grocery store
dragonflies, butterflies, and insects

Monday, March 8, 2010

Amusing Youtube comments

under a white cloud

You may or may not be aware, but some time ago I posted a tutorial on Youtube on how to make an owl. It was ages ago, and to tell the truth, I am loath to point it out to you. :) I posted it to share with a friend who asked me to put together a little something for her. I knew it was public, but I thought to myself, out of all the cute cats, charming musical acts, and pirated tv shows, who's really going to bother to watch this stupid owl video?

Apparently, 133,564 of you. :) Unless there is one maniac continually hitting play, in his/her lonely cave, bedecked with felt owl corpses. But, let's not go there. :)

What amused me most, this morning, was looking at the complex and fascinating hierarchy of comments that have appeared on my little owl video. At first, mean comments used to bum me out, and I wouldn't publish them. But, I cracked up when I saw towaandes3's comment "that was boring" and just approved it.

But, more interesting is the way you can vote comments up or down - and it warmed my heart to see peeps defending the merits of my boring video, by thumbing that comment down, a whopping 4 times! :)

that was boring.
look! you guys are nice!

I also liked that 6 people voted up the cute comment - Your voice is so "tiny"

your voice is so "tiny"

Not to be outdone, was the person who mused: I think you should use that voice of yours for work or something... I find it very soothing and relaxing. (p.s. I think that's a really nice way to say "that. was. boring.")

I find it very soothing and relaxing

Well, even more amusing are the emails I get from this owl video. Ladies, looking for online love? Post an owl tutorial. Seriously.

Most romantic was this charmingly misspelled poem, entitled simply, "TE AMO":

no tengo palabras para de site cuanto

te extraño es mucho pero hecomprendido

que ya te perdi y no puedo enitar las ganas

de escuchar tu voz tu sonrriza mas que na da

tu bellas palabras y tam bien com prendi

que nobalgo nada solo soy un estorvo mas

con prendi que para mi no hay nad si ti TE AMO Y


Then, there was the beautiful Italian greeting I received a year or two ago:

..ciao floresita perchè non fai altri lavoretti ..ti confesso che la dolcezza con la quale racconti questo mi rilassa tantissimo e mi piacerebbe vedere altri tuoi video..ah io scrivo in italiano perchè non conosco bene l'inglese spero che tu lo possa capire...un bacio

In short, nothing warms the cockels of my heart on a cold morning like Youtube. :)