Sunday, November 14, 2010

Two November Mornings

Once we set the clocks back, I finally saw a sunrise before work again....
and a few days later we got our first snowfall of the season. It made for a beautiful snowman-making day.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Ely

Here's a preview post: the Steger Mukluk company in Ely, Minnesota. The photo below shows the original grocery store that became the mukluk shop. I will have more details and Ely photos tomorrow.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy November, Goodbye October

We've moved into a new month already and I distinctly remember thinking how fast September flew by...but wait: what happened to October?!! After only two blog posts last month, I've decided to challenge myself to do a post a day.  Think I can do it? Stay tuned :) [edit 11/24/2010: so much for that idea!]
Before I start on November, a Halloween recap. The photo above is just some neighborhood yard decor that Mom and I saw on a walk a week ago. Below is the card I made for her with the inside caption: "To My Mummy".

Saturday night, Mom and D&K and I took a "Spooks and Spirits" tour of the State Capitol in St Paul. Costumed characters from the Capitol's past regaled us with stories of its history and construction. The tour has been given for several years, but the refurbishing of the dome this year gave an added realism to some of the stories, ie, the hanging of the "electrolier" (electrified chandelier).
In the room where our group gathered before the tour started, I took this photo of the ceiling before the "no photos" direction was given.
I spent a bit of time on Halloween carving this foam pumpkin using a stencil I found online. Carving a real pumpkin would have been easier, but I had bought this a couple years ago for another project and never used. I taped the stencil in place, pushed pins into the pumpkin along the stencil lines, then removed everything and cut along the pinholes with a craft knife.
I used the first string of lights I could find and wished they'd been the yellow ones, but I think the blueish light is kind of eerie. I covered them with a layer of tissue paper so the individual lights wouldn't show.