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Archive for April, 2009

Cute Baby Gift Idea

I have another friend who is due to have a baby in the next four or five weeks, and I just came across this beautiful embroidered alphabet on Orange Flower Patterns via Whip Up. Isn’t it cute? I have some nice muslin to use as the background, and a cute floral to use as the binding.

I’ve never used freezer paper to print on fabric, but it seems like such a great idea! In the past I’ve struggled to transfer embroidery patterns. I use the iron transfer pen, but sometimes it doesn’t leave a complete image. Hopefully this will end all my transfer troubles, and I can embroider to my heart’s content.

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Mini Shawl

I’ve been on a lace kick recently, and this is one of the projects that started it all off.

Swallowtail

This is the Swallowtail Shawl, available for free on Ravelry. Mine came out closer to kerchief size because I used fine yarn and pretty small needles, but I’m happy with the results. I try to jauntily tie it over my shoulders, but the reality is that I prefer to look at it more than wear it – I’m just not cool enough to pull it off. But it is beautiful and knitting nupps is way more fun than I thought it would be!
One more pic…

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I’ve just begun reading a new book and in one of the first chapters the author quotes a short poem to make a point.  I really liked it so I thought I’d share it with you:

The little snail of Vainglory
Who had crawled up an obelisk
Looked at its slimy trail and said:
I see I’ll leave my mark on History.

What a great reminder to not take ourselves too seriously and to focus on the important things!  In the end, we live the lives of little snails and our earthly accomplishments are but slimy trails.  Convincing yourself otherwise is vanity.

By the way, the quote is a translation of a poem by the Italian writer Carlo Alberto Salustri, better known by his pen name of Trilussa (an anagram of “Salustri”). If you’re interested in reading more of his writing (in English!) look here: Tales of Trilussa

In case you’re interested, the book I found this in is “Illustrissimi: Letters from Pope John Paul I” by Albino Luciani.  Obviously, I like it so far.  Here’s a link: Illustrissimi: Letters from Pope John Paul I.  Random fact for the day:  Albino Luciani served as Patriarch of Venice before he became Pope John Paul I, and he only served as pope for 33 days before his death.

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This last weekend Kara and I spent most of Saturday at the Esplanade, reading our books and soaking up the sun.  The cherry trees were in bloom and we had a fantastic day.  Happy Spring!

Cherry Trees at the Esplanade

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Kara and I were out for a walk on Sunday and were pleasantly surprised to find the 15th Annual Greek Independence Day Parade on Boylston Street.

It was a HUGE parade with lots of participants:  schools, churches, clubs, bands, dancers, performers, young and old.  Even though we’re not Greek it was fun to watch.

Trojan Soldier on a Car

We saw groups from:

St. Spyridon Cathedral Greek School:  Worcester, MA
St. Spyridon Cathedral: Worcester, MA
Arcadian Society of MA
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Brockton, MA
St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church: Braintree, MA
St. Demetrios Greek School: Weston, MA
St. George Greek Orthodox Church: Lynn, MA
New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society

See pictures of these groups and more after the jump

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I know that anise (or licorice) flavors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE that flavor and was lucky enough to marry another licorice-lover as well. Today I made Martha Stewart’s anise cookies, which are a delicious flavor blast. 

I first made this recipe for a Christmas cookie party, and I think Tom and I came close to eating all of them.  The only special ingredient needed is ground anise, and we got that from a nearby Middle Eastern grocery. We lived near a large Middle Eastern community in Brooklyn and quickly learned that Middle Eastern stores always have the best spices.

Ground Anise

More pictures and recipe tips after the jump.

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I just wanted to make a quick post about an upcoming FREE concert that I just read about:

The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Eric Hewitt, conductor
Robert Sheena, English horn
The Boston Conservatory Theater

Date: April 28, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: The Boston Conservatory Theater

KALEVI AHO: Tristia
ANTHEIL: Jazz symphony
MARTI EPSTEIN: New piece for Robert Sheena and The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
VARESE: Deserts for ensemble and electronics

This is right around the corner from us so we’ll try and make it.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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