Friday, November 21, 2014

Antique Heroes

Superheroes, posed as if they were in 16th century paintings?

Yup...and boy, are they interesting. (Except Ironman here looks like he's wearing a dress, instead of pantaloons. Ewww.)

The full deal here. Hopefully, you want to see more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How Are the Chickens?

I'm sure some of you are wondering. 

Well, they're just fine -- in fact, they don't seem to be bothered by the increasing cold at all.

Mostly Black Austrolorps...but here are the bully Rhode Island Reds, getting their share

Although the freezing ground does interfere with all those refreshing dust baths.

They do seem to be easing back on the eggs, which is sad.

Notice the clever feeder-hanger-upper. The Brick came up with that, with leftovers from our roofing pipe.
    We do have a heater in the water, so they can have refreshing sips with their refreshing dustbaths. (This do-it-yourself heater would work, if we didn't have one already.)

We also keep a lightbulb going -- they need at least 12 hours of light to be stimulated to lay regularly -- and a heating bulb.

Now if they'd only kick out some more eggs. C'mon chickies, you can do it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What We Did in Redwork Class Saturday...

...well, sort of.  

Actually, we did more than this -- but I was so fascinated with what one of my students, Janet Mohler, came up with. She converted the freebie skeleton and silk roses into this little guy --

He was shy, but behaved himself while we were working at redwork.

The rose was stitched right on his collarbone. What an interesting idea for a 'Day of the Dead' piece!

This was also Janet's contribution. It resembles her dog, I'm told. Love this little puppy!

 (It was done in stabstitch, rather than the more usual outline stitch -- very effective.)

Thanks, Janet, for sharing.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: It Can't Be Thanksgiving Yet...

Less than two weeks away. 

How can Thanksgiving be so close? Too much work, too little time. Guess that's life...I really need to get the sleeping bags repaired and hunting gear put away, though, before we have the pitter-patter of little (doggie) feet under the holiday table. (Daughter #1 is a dogsitter, and brings her charges along to join our Charley and Abby.)

Want to own a castle? An 18th century one is up for sale in East Germany. Price: $445,000!

Six creepy still-unexplained phone calls. Also:

Twenty-four weird discoveries. (These are pretty much unexplained, too.)

Long-lived Hollywood marriages. Gives you hope, doesn't it - except sadly, some of these (e.g., Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) have already broken up.

A shoe store, closed for fifty years. Stock intact. The family who inherited this dusty bonanza is showing it to the public. (Commentators are marveling how the old shoes actually look quite 'modern.' Considering how often trends repeat themselves -- I'm not!)

Dave Brandon, the University of Michigan's athletic director, is no more. And here's why. (They've been terrible in football lately, by the way.)

A letter from the teacher about THAT kid. You know, the one who's 'bad.'

25 hacks to get you through winter more easily. (From Apartment Therapy)

Give thanks in glitter! A Thanksgiving garland that could be adapted for many other occasions. (From Brendid)

24 days of holiday cookies...sign up quick, and you'll have one recipe a day. (Courtesy of Betty Crocker)

A stripped-down Christmas.  (From Donna Freedman)

Have a good week...get out there, and get that turkey!

All in the Family

Six inches of snow and a lot of cold later, we're still here. It's bound to stay chilly for a while. 

Got a photo from sister Lori -- our nephew Kevin got a nice-looking buck!

You go, big guy. 

We're proud of you. So is the Great White Huntress.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brrr....And Learn A Bit About Scrap Quilts

Boy, it's cold.

Denver broke a record set back in 1916 -- I think they hit 6 degrees. We did worse -- or better, depending on how you look at these things. The Brick noticed the big 0 about midnight, and I'm sure it went colder than that.

The chickens are unimpressed. They have the heatlamp, and their feathers are excellent insulation. Charley Bear's similarly unbothered -- that fur coat of his is really thick.

But for us (and Abby the dog, for that matter)... brrr.

I am speaking tonight at the Colorado Springs Quilt Guild's shindig -- the subject is The Great American Scrap Quilt. They really are the essence of American style. For more, including history and LOTS of examples, come on by to the Colorado Springs Senior Center, at 1514 N. Hancock in the Springs. People start wandering in about 6 p.m., and I should be speaking around 7 p.m. This link will not only take you to the guild's website, but has a map and directions, as well.
    (P.S. I'm also teaching a half-day class on Redwork Saturday morning at Ruth's Stitchery in the Springs. Spots are still open -- just e-mail me here, or contact the guild.) 

Hope to see you there, chilliness or not!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Hey, we here at Brickworks take our position as Passer-Onners of Weird Stuff very seriously.

Enough to mention a recent article about 7 ordinary people who became famous, including this gent -- who turned dancing with a raccoon into an art form. Okay...and I love this Aretha Franklin song, too.  (The 'hillbilly' now has his own Youtube channel. Go figure.)

Now go cut your own rug...