In Case You Were Wondering . . .


why I’ve posted so little here lately….here’s the scoop!

I was busy making pincushions for my new Etsy shop The Queen’s Pincushion. (it’s listed as thequeenspincushion — all one word — at Etsy.com)

I have written about it on The Purple Sweater and my newest blog….The Queen’s Pincushion (of course!), so I won’t go into details here….but I will share a few of my favorite pincushions with you!

Blue Belle

Blue Belle

Wild & Wonky

Wild & Wonky

Cotton Candy...my first sale!!

Cotton Candy…my first sale!!

I’ll be making new pincushions and posting them weekly….and my daughter’s wedding is coming up, so I’ll share a few of the decorations I’m working on for her…and whatever other manner of wonderfulness that I come across on my adventures surfing the internet.  See you soon!

 

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At Long Last!


My introduction to 2 Bags Full was about this time last year.  I saw something on an Etsy shop that led me to Vicki Boster and her incredible Nests. It was love at first sight…instant delight! I would’ve spent hours wending my way through the archives, but I was finishing the last of the classes I needed to graduate in December, so I bookmarked the site with the intention of returning to it as soon as I had time. Here I am, a year later~~and four days past my umpty-dozenth goal date~~posting what was actually my first Favorite Thing…the one that inspired the new look, new focus, and new name for the old SuzySomething Thinks Out Loud.  I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s taken me so long!

No more waiting!  Vicki’s exquisite creations and fantastic photography need no further introduction.

This is the nest that began it all...

This is the nest that began it all…

As  I was admiring Vicki’s nests, ooo-ing and ahhh-ing my way through her delightful blog, a short detour  led me to these snowflake-soft, delectable confections…

Vicki made this exquisite sweater and hat for an extra-special grandchild who  arrived just in time for Christmas.
Vicki made this precious sweater and hat for a very special grandchild who arrived just in time for Christmas.

This year, Vicki dedicated her blog, and a special-edition nest, to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Each tiny nest carries a BIG message...worldwide.

Each tiny nest carries a BIG message…worldwide.

The Heart of the Nest

The Heart of the Nest

Vicki has received pink scarves from nearly every continent~~from Australia to South Africa ~~more scarves than she ever imagined when she set this landslide project into motion.

The pink scarf that I made is one of the very few knitting projects I completed this year. Knitting it was  a zen experience for me.  I was determined to infuse every stitch with hope and love for the woman who would receive it~~75,000+ stitches bearing a message of caring for someone I will never know. The woman who is not a stranger because  I grew close to her as I knitted.  It made the knitting a joy and has touched my soul as well as my heart. It was my honor to  participate in the Pink Scarf Project

Vicki's Nest for 2013

Vicki’s Harvest Nest for 2013

2013 Harvest Nest

2013 Harvest Nest

Another example of Vicki's expertise in creating beautiful pictures...of beautiful things.

Another example of Vicki’s expertise in creating beautiful pictures…of beautiful things.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know Vicki as a fellow blogger~~and as a friend. She’s amazing…spreading her love  in great enthusiastic bursts that span the globe. I’m certain that any day now she’ll  be up for sainthood!  Vicki is a practicing neo-natal nurse; she travels to exotic places–and writes wonderful travelogues so us stay-at-homers can vicariously share her adventures; she plans her blogs and photo excursions; she creates these amazing little nests~~aaand she makes unique, cuddly-cozy wraps that she dispenses to the very fortunate friends and soon-to-be friends she cares about ~~ and still has some for her Etsy shop…

Look for more of Vicki's wraps at ther Etsy shop Le Nid (the nest)

Look for more of Vicki’s wraps at her Etsy shop Le Nid (the nest)

…aaand a dozen other things that only an extra-special uber-person can fit into a full and busy life.

Artist at work

Artist at work

It’s the time of year for gratitude and counting one’s blessings ~~ I am blessed to share Vicki’s  wonderful nests with you, and I am grateful that she consented to be the first of  My Favorite Things (and has been very patient while waiting for me to actually publish this post.)

Vicki’s blog http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com, is a treasure-trove that will delight fellow fiberophiles [read Yarn Hoarders Lovers]  I invite you to take a moment to visit her blog. WARNING–you’d probably better plan on a lot more than a moment. Vicki’s posts are habit-forming…and good for the creative soul in all of us.

Vicki Boster is, delightfully, one of… My Favorite Things.

 

[all photos are the work and property of Vicki Boster, http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com ]

Fond Farewell, Nora Ephron


I’m back and boy, have I missed it!  However, as happy as I am to be back and writing in my blogs, I am truly saddened today by the news of Nora Ephron‘s death.

Nora Ephron was an icon and an inspiration to everyone who ever wanted to write.  She made it all seem so effortless and her humor was something I really “got”.  I watched a video of an interview linked to news of her death, where she talked with Charlie Rose about her book “I Remember Nothing”.  She was so good at deflecting what she didn’t want said or assumed, wouldn’t let the interview go in directions she wasn’t going to go.  So frank about what she did want to reveal about her life and her thoughts on aging.

She “got” all the nuances of being post-menopausal and how you eventually realize that the condition continues to worsen until your memory becomes a little evasive…or just downright not there at all.  The reaching for words you know you know but somehow can’t think of…and how you do a quick rundown of “starts with” or “sounds like” until the word finally comes or you think of four or five more that express the same idea, but not with the same panache.  She “got” how divorce is a pivotal point in your life.  Time may grant you distance from the actual event, but it doesn’t let you forget about it entirely.  She “got” that the one good thing about remembering divorce is that it helps to warn you when you are about to make the same mistake all over again, or a new one that may be even worse.  She also “got” that it would be a real shame if you let your bad experience keep you from trying again and trusting again.

I loved everything she ever wrote and all the movies she wrote/directed/produced.  They were all wonderful.  I think my favorite is the scene in “When Harry Met Sally” when Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a crowded restaurant.  Aside from Ms. Ryan’s convincing performance, it’s still the line spoken by the lady who says “I’ll have what she’s having” that sends me into paroxysms of giggles….no matter how many times I see it.

Nora Ephron leaves behind a legacy of her life…words.  Words she knew how to put together in a style that is (I know the word I want and it starts with an s, but I can’t think of it so I’ll just tell you–without panache–what I want to convey) easily recognized as uniquely hers.

Her death makes me sad, but I know that I’ll laugh every time I watch “When Harry Met Sally” and when I re-read her books, and when I  think of something that reminds me of something she wrote.

Today I’m thinking of Nora Ephron, what are you thinking about?

P.S. Just FYI…The word I was reaching for is singular…”in a style that is singularly hers”.  See, it does come…………..eventually!