Thursday, April 22, 2010


Are you doing something "eco" today? I took the bus to work!
Forty years ago, on the first Earth Day, Hubert Humphrey spoke at my high school (Bloomington Kennedy). I wrote him a letter telling him how his words had inspired me to work on environmental issues. He wrote back! Naturally, saver that I am, I still have the letter. I will find it and post it when I get home.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Cancer Survivors Park

My afternoon walk to the bus has changed since last year - due to bus route changes. It takes me past some familiar places from my nearly 20 years of working downtown. The building above is one of the former Federal Reserve Banks (There have been several. In fact, National City Bank, where I worked, was also a Federal Reserve Bank at one time.). The space in front has been greened and turned into "Cancer Survivors Park". I'm not sure how this came to be, but it's a peaceful spot. We have a few fountains around town; we could use a few more.

More sculpture would be nice too, whatever the theme.

Tulip Weekend - Life Imitates Art

After using a version of this sketch and some bold-colored junk mail to design a card a couple weeks ago, I was excited about finding other suitable graphics to "upcycle". I clipped the yellow woven print from a magazine page and the compass from a poster. The red background with gold flecks is handmade paper. I covered a chipboard button with the same red paper, aged it with a black ink pad and threaded some gold cord through the holes.

A fish charm and sentiment sticker were the final touches. My friend, JR, will be receiving this card for her birthday tomorrow. She likes Asian-themed items and I alway have fun designing her cards.

My walks this weekend took me past the most beautiful tulips! I had already chosen these colors for my card, so: life imitates art sometimes.
The tulips below seemed to be glowing. I wasn't sure the camera could capture that, but I think you can see some of the effect - there's a magenta shade on the outside of the red-orange petals. Gorgeous! (Click on the photo to enlarge it - it's worth it!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Tax Day

Cubby likes Tax Day - it means papers get filed, files get moved, and he (temporarily at least) gets a new nap spot.

Tulips opened in my potted bulb garden. It was a complete surprise because I never knew what bulbs were included.

Maybe someday I'll have an outdoor garden that looks this good

The little scene below is one I've passed hundreds of times on my way back from Lake Harriet. But last Sunday as I walked by, looking for something to photograph for my "Tuesdays Around Town", I looked at it with fresh eyes and it reminded me of those narrow passageways in some old European towns. Maybe that means I'm feeling the travel bug again, but it doesn't take much to catch that feeling! It's been two years since Mom, C and I were in Hawaii and four years since AJ and I went to Savannah.
Maybe it's time for a mini-trip.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Another Friday Night Walk And Ride

First, a pic of my bulb garden in full bloom. I bought it when I had my groceries delivered by Coborn's before Easter. It was a plastic pot of leaves and buds the day it came and daffodils had opened the next morning - beautful!

Friday night after work, I walked a slightly different route towards downtown and passed this building on the right. It's the former site of The Thymes Ltd - my first temp job 11 years ago! The Thymes has since moved and right across the street is the new Target Field...with the Northstar train just below.

I hopped on the light rail for a ride to the Mall of America - and took this photo of the empty car. I got on at the end of the line; by the time we'd gone a few blocks, the cars were all quite full.

This was the view right outside the light rail window as I waited to leave - one of the Twins stadium gates and part of the bleachers.

Next Friday: From The Archives

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope your day was beautiful, whatever the weather. Our Minneapolis weather was perfect April temperatures and no rain. Mom and I walked from my house to the Edina Grill for brunch with the sibs.
It's been too many years to count since I dyed Easter eggs. I decided to start with just basic dying; nothing fancy like wax resist or marbling. Each bowl contained one color tablet dissolved in vinegar (for the brightest hues according to the package).

I started with a few primary colors, then mixed one dye with another to get the secondaries. It was very easy except for the pink dye which didn't seem to stick (I was able to wipe off all the dye and begin again).

I used a wire office basket as a drying rack. When the eggs were dry, I shredded some newspaper for an Easter basket. I was happy with the pretty colors.

And I couldn't resist arranging the eggs into a color wheel before putting them away in the refrigerator.


Saturday, April 03, 2010

New Home For The Twins

Excitement was in the air Friday evening when I left work. The sidewalks in the warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis were more crowded than usual. The Minnesota Twins were playing their first (exhibition) game in their new stadium, Target Field.

The lampposts had banners with different team members on each, and the words "5o Seasons". Yes, 1961 was the first year the Twins played at the old Met Stadium where the Mall of America now stands. Although I'm not really a baseball fan, I'll try to see a game one of these days. It would be fun to walk over to the stadium some summer night after work and sit outside with the sun going down.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Fool's - Daffodilly - Day

Last year year's April Fool's joke was SNOW. Today it was 80!

I actually spotted these daffodils on my walk home from the grocery store yesterday.

And the scilla in my front yard are multiplying a bit every year.

Nephew G will be 27 on Sunday. I made him this super simple card with one piece of folded designer cardstock and stars punched out of a coordinating pattern and attached with foam tape. The sentiment is a sticker attached to vellum and then to the card.

And Zane Grey and Harlequin (Zane and Harley) are 12 years old today (a fact I know because a co-worker came to work - 2nd shift - with the news that her cat had had kittens that day).