Saturday, May 28, 2016


If you get a chance to see this wonderful play at Stratford, Ontario, do's amazing.

Fog, lightning, weird witches and sword fights. (Not to mention a good deal about ambition, loyalty -- and guilt.) Yow.

(Gee, I shouldn't even be mentioning 'The Scottish Play's' real name -- it's dangerous, in theatre tradition.)

Here's an older version of this amazing play at Stratford. Yes, I used 'amazing' twice. It was worth it.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Canadians Are Great!

Still at the PAAQT conference. Today we learned more about:


    *protecting ourself as appraisers ('due diligence')

    *art quilts (from Lorraine Roy's viewpoint)

    *Northcott fabrics (Canada's biggest retailer)

and...modern quilts. (thanks to Bonnie Dwyer)

Tomorrow -- the Mennonite Central Committee quilt final stop at a museum. Plus PAAQT's closing banquet. 

Then zooming off to see Macbeth, courtesy of nearby Stratford.

I am just beat.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Do You Know About Personal Property Appraising?

I've been doing it for 19 years.  Well, quilts and textiles for 19; antique, vintage and modern Everything Else (dishes, furniture, accessories, books and other paper, collectibles, etc etc etc) for a decade.

And what do I know about it? 

Every time I study, I seem to learn about something else. So apparently -- I can always learn more. 

I'm at the PAAQT (Professional Quilt Appraisers of Quilted Textiles) annual conference, held this year in Waterloo, Ontario. (Yes, Canada -- eh?)

This area is chockablock with museums and other great places to visit, including an arts festival this week. Plus a Mennonite quilt auction to benefit MCC, a group we support and believe in. We've seen several interesting exhibits, and have more to go.

Plus I took a USPAP refresher course (you have to do this regularly to keep your training current) and will be in classes about all sorts of aspects of both textile history, and appraiser specifics. Like the three ways to determine values. (In case you're wondering, USPAP says it's by 1] price, 2] sales comparisons... and 3] whether it's income-producing.)

It's after 1:30 a.m., and we have breakfast at 8. Fortunately, the coffee is strong. Otherwise, I'd probably fall asleep in the plate. Bear in mind -- 8 a.m. to the Canadians here is 6 a.m. to this Westerner. The Californians have it even worse: it's 5 a.m. to them.

Back in a bit.


Monday, May 23, 2016

A Tile Photo -- For Not Much More Than the Tile

Do you admire these as much as I do?

Picture of Finished!

Now all you need are tiles, tissue paper, decoupage medium...and a printer.

Oh, and a great photo, too.

Instructions are here. Hop to it!

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Busy Busy Busy's just not been on the Internet. 
     I've spent much of the week planting flowers for The Mama, including rosebushes and a boatload of impatiens. (This was made extra interesting by somehow managing to whack myself in back of one ear by a falling shovel handle. The lump is gradually getting smaller, but I wondered if I'd given myself a free concussion for a while there.) Meanwhile, the Brick has been 20 feet or so up in the air, putting in a new yard light for her, and nailing a chunk of soffit back in place. 
     It's nice to use muscles that haven't had much of a workout lately. The only drawback: we both creak and groan like old people when we get up in the morning. 

Several million in funds from the Clintons' charitable foundation goes to...their friends! Go figure.

Three climbers die on Mount Everest. (Apparently more bodies are on the way.)

A kayak, a paddler...and a fast-moving lightning storm. Yeowch.

Grass-fed protein bars. Sounds yummy, doesn't it?  At least you get a free six-pack if you buy $50 worth of other groceries from Thrive Market.  (Click here or on the link for more.)

Kick a bag...find three ziplocks full of cash!  (From Things I Find in the Garbage)

A flat folding chair that's easy to make -- out of one sheet of plywood.  (From Tiny House Design)

Flat Folding Chair v2 - Simple

Glow in the dark glasses. Make them yourself, thanks to Instructables.

Picture of How to make glow in the dark glass

Drive 2: The Uber Years.  Very silly...and very funny, particularly if you're a Ryan Gosling fan.

And now, from the Department of Worst Puns Ever:

Ella Vader  This should not be SO damn funny!:

Have a great week.

Shame on me -- this is one of those green JD things


No doubt Charley and Abby feel this way...we just don't understand what they must go through.