Listen to the road

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lily Bell goes visiting

Her name is officially Lily Bell. My 2-3 year old storytime group came up with Bell and the 3-5 year olds
came up with Lily...good old fashioned name. The children were so gentle and slightly awed at having a real
farm animal in the story room. Have I mentioned I love my job?
This is the older group petting her. They're a great group of little ones. I'll miss story time over the summer.

I'm getting to know the routine at work and have more time now to sew. I no longer resent the time at work
as it isn't stressful and there are lots of sweet reward working with the kids and parents. Bob, my husband,
gets a big thanks for bringing her in for the programs.

Off to sew some...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Welcome to the world, little lamb!

This little gal made her appearance yesterday. She's large and healthy.
And she'll be making a surprise appearance at Mon storytime. We only live about 5 minutes from the
library so it'll be a fast visit. What a pretty little thing. Thinking of names...
So...if you can think of a pretty name for her let me know. Life is good!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Steve Keene's two hundred thousand paintings

This man is making me think today about Big A Art today. I really like what he does. You can go to his blog here and hear an interview, see him work. I'm trying to figure out why I'm so darn happy he's making art like
he does. Steve has an MFA from Yale yet paints multiples and sells them for less than $25.00 each. He paints like he's on fire, like he's a bit possessed. You can't help but see the love in what he does.

The big A art world needs more people like this, IMO. Not how he paints but the honest work ethic, connection to folks who buy his paintings, his love and excitement about what he's doing. I have a big smile on my face when I listen to him. a reminder not to try and get too big for my britches about what I make and go back to
the joy in the work.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lately in my sewing room

New jobs take lots of time to learn. I've been living/working in jeans for 20 years. So lots of time has been taken up hemming work pants, finding comfortable shoes and not much fun sewing. But yesterday while we waited for that awful, tornado spawning storm I was able to sew all day. Worked on some collaged beasties and woven mats and other small components. So many big bumble bees out lately. Both our neighbors are beekeepers so our bee population is healthy. You can tell what's hanging out in my yard and mind.
This croc suggested himself from a scrap that fell on the floor. Love it when that happens.
This fabric was purchased because of those great lion heads!

No lamb yet, we bred really late last fall. Lots of rabbits around. And we're getting a barn cat because the
mice are relentless this year. Will post photos when he arrives.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Story and a new road

At the beginning of this year I chose story and road as my words to live by. So when the children/young adult library assistant job opened at our local branch opened up I applied right away. Well, they hired me and a new road has opened in my life. I'm a book person. Nearly every room in my house is full of books. I carry a book every where in case I get a spare moment to read.

NOW I've begun reading young adult literature-wow, a whole new world. Graphic novels, anime, excellent
novels, sci fi, fantasy...just yesterday 'read' the most beautiful book The Arrival by Shaun Tan (takes my
breath away-not a single word of any recognizable language yet the art takes you another place). I feel so very lucky.