Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas never looked so good ~

Will Santa bring me all the pencils I want for Christmas? Most aren’t even sharpened!

Huge Pencil-Pen Lot - $20 (Bellingham)

Date: 2009-11-22, 9:53PM PST
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Huge Pencil-Pen Lot
All Pencils all Unsharpened unless noted. Some are in their original boxes some are bundled by me.
13) American Eco-Writer(bundled with paper cover)
10) American (2-HB) Eberhard Faber
8) American(2-HB) Faber Castell
6) BIC (Black Ink Rollers) Vintage,all apens still write great.
1) Black w/Adidas Logo
6) Blackstonian 555 #2 Universal
5) Boeing Future of Flight
1) Box Dixon Ticonderoga (1388) No.3 (1 pencil sharpened, missing eraser top) Vintage,1940's?
2) Boxes of 12 Dixon Ticonderoga (1 Box has 12, 1 box has 11) (Date?)
2) Boxes of 12 Dixon Ticonderoga (1990's?)
1) Box of 12 Dixon Ticonderoga (Black) similiar to the Dixon Ticonderoga Millenium(1 pencil used)
2) Sealed packages of 10 pencils each of Dixon Trimline Pencils.
8) Eberhard Faber Col-Erase Violet
12) The H.H. West Co's Idol No.2(vintage) Date?
5) General Pencil Company Kimberly Carbo Weld (H) Vintage
5) General Pencil Company Kimberly Carbo Weld (2H) Vintage
4) Mirado Black Warrior (2 older Style, no hearts)
1) Papermate Classic (HB-2) 5 Green, 6 Blue
11) Postal(Thin Lead Red Color Pencils) w/cover
2) Bundles of 12 Skilcraft Bonded No.1 Soft.
4) Tower Records(1 sharpened)
7) X2 Live Line (No.2) in Plastic Package (missing one pencil) open at bottom.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

flailing arms & a room full of laughter ~


…thanks to Ms. Kim Werker!  Last night Kim entertained the Whatcom Weavers Guild in Bellingham and had members laughing so hard I bet the 12-step group upstairs could hear us through the ceiling. 

I know, unbelievable ~ who thought stuffy old weavers could muster a chuckle let along a belly laugh.  But they did.  Kim’s presentation was delightful and made us all rush home to look up crochet patterns on the internet ~ I know I went looking for the seraphina shawl.

Kim was adamant that crochet doesn’t have to be like what we remember from the 1970s.  With the beautiful array of yarns available today, crocheted items can have lovely drape and be as soft as a dream.

72 pauls net

Or….you can go the other direction and create wonderful art installations like Mandy Greer, or reach into your dark humorous side like Patricia Waller.

Yes, these strange vignettes are crocheted.

If you want to learn more about some of this great crochet ~ check out my post from early this year ~Crochet~.

For more about Kim’s great program, go check out her blog and dear Linda Sue’s too.

Friday, November 6, 2009

suzzy to me ~

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The cabbage rolls are out of the oven, all my workshop gear is lined up in the hallway, and the fridge is stocked for three days worth of potluck fixings.

Tomorrow I’ll join about 20 other folks for year #2 of a fall spinning workshop taught by Ms. Spinning Guru herself ~ Ms. Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

Like last year, I know my head will nearly explode with all the information she’ll dish out to us. And this year she’s going to teach base don the Interweave book Fleece in Your Hands. So I’m ready for the brain swell.

Out of the 4 spinning wheels (there are 5 in the house, but one is still under construction with new paint job that is progressing every so slowly), I prefer to take my Majacraft “Suzie” wheel. She gives my the most control and options. “Suzie” being the name the manufacturer call the model, it isn’t the way I think of her.

My sister’s name is “Suzy”, so when I think about my wheel, I think “Suzzy” as in Suzzy Roche.

Suzzy & Maggie Roche ~ Killer shoes, Suzzy!


Now if I could only wear those while spinning!

Now go listen to The Roches.

last breath bruises ~

A previous collection for Sandra Backlund, but it’s my favorite.



Thursday, November 5, 2009

and where the hell was the squad?


The boys were not on watch last night when Whatcom Middle School burned down. I’m sorry to say, these dudes did not fulfill their duty.


Got some splaining to do….And I am wondering what the hell Chief Jess Odell is going to tell the authorities about his squad. I bet Asplund is going to take the fall. Now, I know, you’d first think that ol’ Mr. Horn should have been blowing something, but Asplund, he’s only got a future in local retail…he’s surely set to take the fall.


Plus, rumor has it, he’s been carrying a “torch” for little Miss Oltman. But we know the truth! He’s got his eye on her family’s insurance business ~ damn his future in retail!

I also heard that “Duke” Skinner was involved in something up there on the roof top. Yep, it was all about giving some guy, well you know, “the axe”.

That was all happening while the Yell Kings, Stevens and Hudson, were working up one of their clever formations we keep hearing about. As the kings, they should have had kept a closer eye on old Duke. And used some of their zeal to yell F * I * R * E !


1The very early days ~ she still had her pitched roof.

2No additions yet, but she was still a high school.


A recent image.



Whatcom * * * * School ~ it use to say “high” but now she was a “middle”. Was is the word. How many hours did thy waste?

Aside: I have my mom’s eldest cousin’s old annuals from Whatcom High School ~ 1934, 1935, 1936. As I looked through the books tonight, I realized that I have few (if any) memories of my middle and high school years. The weren’t pleasant I recall, but I can’t recall much more than that. It is funny how memories fade or become more important as the years pass. There seems to be quite a HOLE in my memory.

My middle school, Shuksan, was demolished this fall. Could that be why I haven’t any memories left?

a hole in our hearts ~


This morning the community was shocked and saddened to learn that one of the local landmarks had burned through the night. Whatcom Middle School (originally Whatcom High School and then Whatcom Junior High) stood in the Lettered Streets neighborhood for over 100 years.

My husband went to school there.

My mom went to school there.

My cousins went to school there.


With nearly 600 displaced pupils, teachers, and support staff, the Bellingham School District is going to have some huge challenges facing them in the coming years. The economy isn’t in the right place for something like this to happen ~ not that any time would be a good time. But rebuilding (more like building from the ground up) a school will take a couple of years.

Here is video of the news report on the fire.

I do hope my dear friend and favorite goddess Kwan Yin will protect and show her mercy.