Monday, September 28, 2009

The Exquisite Corpse

Who knew the Library of Congress was so hip? They're everywhere these days: starring in Dan Brown's new The Lost Symbol, uploading amazing, copyright-free images on Flickr for graphic designers and history buffs everywhere, and now hosting this awesome reading adventure. . .

Our "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National
Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has written the first episode. . . He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end. Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new
illustration. The story will conclude a year from now. -- from

The Library of Congress obviously has dusted off it's old, tattered leather covers and is showing its younger, more colorful content!

Read the first episode here. . .

Find educational links and ideas to go along with it here. . .

Thursday, September 24, 2009

this morning, 8:45 a.m.

"Hey, Luce. . . where are you going?"

"What are you holding?"

"Three Balls!"
"Turn around and show me your backpack."


"What's in your backpack?"
"'Nother one balls!"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

itsy, bitsy spider

Who is lazier. . . the funnel-web spider who got a head start on his funnel by finding a tunnel. . . or the homeowners who let him build his masterpiece on the exterior ledge of the kitchen window? Close-up:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

some more birthday pics

So, we had a birthday party for Lucy. . . a while ago. I'm running behind on my posts. I'm not going to even try to catch up. But I need to post these great pics from my friend, Katherine, who has such an amazing eye for a shot and obviously knows her way around a camera.

The party was carnival themed. . . and we served

We had a photo-booth for all the clowns. . .

Cupcakes. . . which Lucy LOVES. The candles? Not so much.

We also had a jump house/waterslide which Lucy still talks about.

It was huge. I guess I estimated wrong when they told me the dimensions over the phone. It took up most of the backyard!

Ned (aka Oliver's Dad) made balloon animals. . .

We had a few other carnival games around for the kids to do. A fishing pond which mostly held ducks. . .

A ball toss. . . knock down the tower of cans. (I'd been saving the cans we used for about a month. I only had to open one extra to complete the pyramid. What can I say, I guess we eat a lot of black beans!)

Opening gifts. . .

And best of all, we had a bunch of cute guests . . .

And after all that excitement, Lucy couldn't sleep. She was up till 4:00 am!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

vote for me!

Spoonflower is hosting a Christmas Fabric of the Week contest. . . the winner's fabric is available for a limited time to purchase on Etsy. Fun, huh! Now I need to think of a design for the Halloween challenge. . .