Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Mysteriquos

While we were there, Andreas couldn't sit still and doesn't dance, so he used his camera to play with light.  Here are more pics of the gig at Love and War in Texas in late August.


Candy cane spindles on this temari.  It joins the others for the winter bazaar on Saturday!  We've packaged them like candies in clear cellophane bags with ribbons.

Flower Outlined

I got a whole top flower done.  There are three total there.  This is coming along and I'm wondering if I should start to do the background in areas that are alread bounded.  That way I don't have -all- of it to do at the end.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Walt Wilkins and the Mysteriquos

On one of our last nights in Texas in August, my brother took us to see Walt Wilkins and the Mysteriquos.  They played at Love and War in Texas, which is a restaurant and outdoor patio in Plano.  One of the Mysteriquos, Tommy Alverson, is a good friend of my brother's, and we sat with his fiance and some others at a picnic table in back while the band was being taped for the show "The Roadhouse."  The music was good Texas country blues and the company was great too.  When next we get back to Texas, we'll see them again.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

More on the sidewalk and it's now extended farther out than the house.

Twinkle Done

I've finished the twinkle ornament.  It looks pretty good, but that linen floss is very stiff.  Now to make it into a real ornament.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Minor League

 We not only saw the major league Texas Rangers, we also saw the minor league Fort Worth Cats while we were in Fort Worth in August.  We bought tickets on the day of the game and managed to get seats right behind home plate for under ten dollars.  If you like baseball and want to take the whole family, minor league is the way to go.  The game was good even though the bullpen blew it in the eighth and ninth innings. 

Some Arches

The arches on the side are done.  Getting close to the middle and done with this part.


I used Kreinik's 1/8 inch ribbon to mark the lines of this ball.  It's definitely chunkier than Nordic Gold.  For this design, it worked, though!  I ended up with a lacy looking temari.  This one's for the bazaar, too.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Neighborhood

These photos were taken from our car as we drove through our neighborhood.  With no sidewalks and rutted roads, it's somewhat dangerous to walk very far, especially with the dog.  From these pictures, you can see that we have goats and chickens and some farmland, along with public (working) wells and unpaved roads.  Makes for an interesting place to live, although I'm not looking forward to navigating the area after snowfall.

Triangles for Christmas

Another winter bazaar temari.  This one's about the same size as the renzoku one.  I think they make a nice pair.

Past Houston

Houston wasn't a problem - breezed right through it on my march down the coast.  What IS a problem is there isn't enough ribbon floss in the kit.  Ordered some, and I hope it gets here soon.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Bit of Americana, Kind Of

What is more American than fast food at the mall?  Our local MallDova (great name, isn't it?) has a KFC, a McDonald's and a Sbarro pizza.  The chicken at the KFC tastes a bit different, but they nailed the cole slaw.

Ribbon Candy

This particular ball is also for the charity.  It was done in a renzoku design and in kyo-temari thread.  Bright, shiny Christmas ribbon candy!

Another Bought for Charity

 This one, too, was destined for the winter bazaar and didn't make it.  It went home to one of the organizers for her charitable donation, and is now sitting atop a candlestick.  I truly have fallen in love with these big kikus on big balls.  Evidently, the people here have too.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Neighborhood

One of my friends told me on Facebook that I needed to put up some pictures of the area, since she had of their new town, Tokyo.  So, I took Mattie for a walk about a week and a half ago and took these pictures.  They're not up to Andreas' standard, but they're what I can do. 

As you can see, the neighborhood is rather, um, mixed in architecture and such.  The last picture in this series is the front door to our house, which is a very nice place.