Behold today's weather:
It's actually a heat wave compared to a couple of days ago when it was minus 4 or 7 or some other vile number. However, I am not as melancholic as one might think, moving here to the frozen tundra after having lived so much of my life on a delightful tropical island. There's actually sunshine today! Sun, I can do. The cold doesn't matter on sunny days. On the interminable grey days , however, when the sky threatens to precipitate something awful down on us, I might feel a little blue. Then I go swimming. Or bond with my nutella jar (empty, so must buy more). Or think positive thoughts. You know, desperate ones, like, "Oh, hey!
Grey-as-a-corpse-in-a-shroud Slightly overcast days are perfect for outdoor photography! Let's bundle up in 37 layers, strap space heaters on my feet, shovel the snow off my doorstep and squat, hunched over some disembodied bag innard in plain view of whichever daft neighbors are actually out walking their pet alaskan husky/polar bear/emperor penguin!"
Forgive my winter grousing, friends. I'm sooooooo ready for Spring and Summer and glorious outdoor swimming and shorts and tanned limbs again. But then I think of the homeless people here who don't even have a snow-encrusted doorstep and I am grateful.
Anyway, today's post isn't about the weather and me missing being an island girl. I want to share some completely unrelated things.
First is a lovely video by Amber, showing how she makes a cardboard toolbox. We don't often get to see a cardboard master in live action so I had to invite you all to go watch her at work. Amber blogs at The Cardboard Collective.
I covet her cardboard tools. I just hack away at my cardboard stash with an NT cutter, a saw and my kitchen scissors. So crude. She, however, has the real stuff.
Next is just some housekeeping of the old blog. I am very thrilled at the response to the Make A Bag series that's now going on on ikatbag. It seems people are actually not falling into comas from all the information in the posts! Thank you for your comments, encouragement and feedback. Thank you also to the many bloggers who've shouted out on their sites about this series. We're only about a third way through - there are another 10 chapters to go, most of them shorter than these first few. I hope we all have the stamina to make it to the end!
To help people find the posts in the series, here are two ways:
First, you can click on the Make A Bag category in my sidebar. It should pull up all posts in that series.
Or you can click on the Make A Bag image also in the sidebar. Right now it links to all posts with the Make A Bag label but when the series is finished, I will link it instead to the summary post, from which all other posts will be linked.
We have a kid sick this week. And my house is overrun with storage tubs (13, at last count) of baby clothes from when Emily (now in 2nd grade) was a baby. A severe attack of sentimentalitis rendered me incapable of giving away any of her babyphernalia, or those from Jenna and Kate, the result of which is my now paying for it in the form of a massive clothing sorting-cum-exodus. Fun!
Is it any wonder that I'm writing an entire bag-making curriculum to procrastinate?