Monday, January 14, 2008

Northern Lights and Maybe the World's Worst Craft Attempt

Not much sewing to report here - recovering from a cold/flu and the new semester is already in full gear, but I have a few small gifts to make this week, so hopefully there will be something to post about soon! In the meantime, here's a picture of the finished log cabin quilt that was truly a group project by Lappvärk here in Vaasa. I posted a little more about it here.

Now for the world's worst craft attempt... Lappvärk's fearless leader (who reads this blog - hej Lilian!) got us started on some little trolls this evening. Somehow I think my attempt was a waste of pantyhose, wool, and thread. I'd better stick to the quilting for now. I can live with this failure. I have other talents (or at least that's what I tell myself.) At least this made me laugh! (Excuse the photo - the background is just a corner of the chaos of my desk at the moment! Believe me, it makes the potato troll head look a little better because it distracts the eye.)

Tonight I saw the northern lights for the first time! A friend (and the world's best neighbor) knocked on my door, just back from a run, to let me know. I threw on some warm clothes and went out in search of a dark place to see them from. I felt like such a silly tourist just standing there with my jaw hanging open while people walked by about their normal Sunday night business, but I didn't care! Hopefully I won't have to wait another 32 years to see them again.

17 comments:

Libby said...

How wonderful to see the northern lights . . . doesn't sound like a touristy thing at all *s*

Quilt Pixie said...

I am thankful to live at the edge of the city, and often have business outside it in the rural areas, so I frequently see the aurora. One of the great pleasures of living in the north I think.

You're right, that's one trollish looking troll head... I can picture him with a humpback, and somewhat malformed limbs... might even be cute in a kind of macabre sense...

katelnorth said...

Wow, the Northern Lights - you lucky thing!

floribunda said...

Lucky you! I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, but I haven't wanted to brave a Scandinavian winter to do so!

Deb said...

What a treat to see the lights!

And the troll...well the next one will be bette. I have a friend who wanted to get into making dolls and face...the first few were a little scary, but now they're beautiful...so don't give up!

julieQ said...

I like your troll!!! Trolls are supposed to be scarey looking.

I am glad you got to see the Northern lights, that is on my list to do!

JulieQ

wendysquilting said...

I love seeing the Northern Lights, I always have to stop and stare at them! One of the treats of living in the North.
Your troll looks interesting, maybe you shouldn't give up.
The log cabin looks great too, I'm partial to blue quilts myself.

Ruth said...

I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights - one day...

Trolls are meant to be ugly, and I don't think yours is that bad. Maybe some hair would help :)

de vliegende koe said...

The trollish potatoe or the potatoe troll is cute. But why give up, everything needs practise....!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I have a wonderful memory of my father dragging me out of bed to see the northern lights. I can still hear the excitement in his voice.
I was also lucky enough to see them when I was living in Thunder Bay (Canada) on a frosty cold winter's night...magical!

amandajean said...

the log cabin quilt is beautiful!!! I think it looks stunning in blue and white.

Elaine Adair said...

NOT a failure! Just another step. Kinda got ME to thinking about trying one ... see? you were successful in inspiring ME. 8-)

Jeanne said...

How fortunate to be able to view the Northern Lights! Your log cabin quilt is beautiful - lovely color and fabric choices. Don't be too tough on yourself over the craft project. It's a one of a kind and that along makes it special.

Guðrún said...

Trolls aren´t supposed to be beautiful you know! Northern lights are a real beauty and can be just breathtaking to watch. When they appear and I notice it I always try to take a brake to look at them.

wendysquilting said...

Jane that is where I live, in TBay ON that is.
Wendy

jettstream said...

I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights. The closest I've come to it was just the other evening while driving, and I noticed that at 5:45 p.m. the sky still showed streaks of pink! Ah, the days are getting longer.

jmbmommy said...

The troll is so funny...I would make one too. I have always wanted to see the "lights" too...I bet they were great!