Posted by on February 15, 2009 in craft | 13 comments

I hope you are all had a LOVEly Valentine’s Day! We don’t go to crazy around here, a bucket of KFC and maybe a card or some flowers is the norm, but Mr. HeyLucy was feeling virtuous yesterday and decided to forgo the usual fried chicken indulgence. We made prime rib instead, and it was delicious.

I have some happy gifts for you: a few fun little game links. Gatuno is a cute adventure game. You are a cat trying to find a sad little boy a Christmas present. Wrong holiday, but the sentiment is the same. If you find that one too frustrating (and there is a walk-through available here, in the comments), here’s a super simple adventure created as a project by an animation student. The music and imagery are quite nice, even if it takes only about a minute to play the entire game. This isn’t actually a game, but it’s fun to watch (make sure you have your sound on!). Hema is a Dutch store that I loved when I lived there, sort of like a smaller version of Target. And the most imaginative of all, I’ve saved for last. Samorost is so original and lovely. It wasn’t too hard to figure out, and the graphics and sounds are just so perfect. It’s a nice little escape.

I’ve decided to do a small project or two towards the completion of my studio project each weekend, and use the rest of my free time for actually playing and enjoying the space. The projects for this weekend included putting up a shelf above my worktable:


I’ll be using it to display art. I have a few things awaiting frames right now, and a tiny Amy Ruppel painting on the way, so I’ll show more when things are nicely arranged and displayed. I also recently ordered some Black Apple paper dolls. I spent yesterday cutting and mounting them in Ikea frames, and I love they way they came out. I hung them right where I set up my ironing board when I need it, so I can enjoy them while I iron.



So far this weekend I’ve also finished knitting my latest scarf, made a couple more shot-cotton scarves for gifts, and started a new quilt. I’m planning on spending a good amount of time in my sewing machine chair, so I hope to have a quilt top to show you soon. The crocheted cushion is courtesy of one of my favorite internet people ever, Yvonne. It was part of our annual Christmas swap and I love it with the cushion I’ve got on there.


Now I just need to decide on a color to paint the chair. What do you think? Maybe it’s time for an opinion poll.


Thanks for always bing so nice around here. A couple pictures from my home were recently featured on Apatment Therapy, which is incredibly flattering, but the commenters over there are awfully full of snark. I don’t really understand why anyone would take time out of their day to criticize something as personal as another persons home, but I suppose it’s their decision how they use their time.


  1. Hi. I’ve been subscribed to your blog for a year or two, but I’m not sure if I have ever commented before. So, hello, I’m Jodi and I like your site. 😉
    Snarky, indeed. Your comment on the site was so tactful and really put the book arrangement into context.
    I have to look again, maybe I missed it the first time, but did they even credit you for the photos? Or, ask your permission to use them? I know that some people are very generous with pictures that they take, but if anything gets my gruff, it’s snagging photos (especially with no credit given). I’m going to look one more time … just in case I’m harping for no good reason.
    By the way, I love the tranquil book arrangement. I’ve spent the last week rearranging furniture and books, and I find it a satisfying job. I’m inspired by your idea.
    Kudos to you!

  2. Oh, your sewing room is lovely! So nice and cheery – and tidy! Your fabric is stacked neatly on the shelves and pictures are hung on the walls. It’s giving me an itch to fix up my little room. I don’t think I can paint in here, though. Where on earth would I put all the stuff while I paint?
    Thanks for the ideas. I haven’t looked at Apartment Therapy, but after reading the comment from Jodi, I’m curious. I can’t imagine what they would have to snark about. Hmmm…

  3. Oh, man, the snark is unbelievable! I got the snark too when my old kitchen was featured on AT last year.
    I like both of the ideas in the posts about your home and was a little excited to see someone I “know” on AT.

  4. I love how the little row of white doll furniture looks with the framed paper dolls. What a nice collection to look at while ironing.
    And wow, I’d never really paid attention to the comments on AT. What a cranky bunch. I love your white book arrangement, and your clever yarn display! Lovely and clever ideas beautifully realized.

  5. There must be some rule somewhere that sewing chairs should be pink. I know I read somewhere. Why else would I being doing the same? ~Kelly
    unDeniably Domestic

  6. people can be horrendous when they can remain anonymous. Real friends and readers of your blog will keep coming back if they find what your are doing interesting, fun, quirky, and inspiring. If not, they’ll find someone else, without being asses.
    Forget those snarky asses. Who needs em?

  7. Marne–What a transformation to the guest house–it looks great! I’m glad that you have a place to make your own for doing all that fun stuff. It’s so much better than moving things around because they lack a home (what I currently do–when I get to it!).

  8. I love Black Appple’s art work! Those pictures look so cute there together with the doll house furniture (love that idea). Ok, the comments about your books with white spines…. Those people really need to get a life! I liked how the shelves looked and I have some books grouped by color. What’s the big deal with grouping by color? I find them easily and cheeze it’s not like you’re running a library out of your home. Maybe you shouldn’t group your fabric by color, but by designer, or by theme? HaHa, I need to stop.

  9. I’ll never understand why people feel the need to leave negative comments! Why waste your energy? *sigh* Just ignore them, my dear.
    Oh and I love The Black Apple! I have two of her prints in my bedroom.

  10. They just be hatin’! ignore them. Love the studio!
    The Black Apple is lovely. I printed out her Valentines (which she posted for anyone’s use) and pasted pretty scrap booking paper to the backs of them and cut them out. I distributed them at my Valentine’s Day Dinner to my wonderful gal pals.

  11. I love love love the doll house furniture hanging on the wall! I never would have thought of doing that! You are inspiring!
    As for the snarky comments, I will share something someone told me last year when the non-profit org I work for was getting lambasted (unfairly, I think) in the local blogs. My friend told me… “It’s really a complement. What you are doing is so interesting and different that people actually notice. If you were the same no one would notice. But then what you do wouldn’t really matter as much, would it?”
    I just think that’s the greatest advice. Anyone can be the same, but the most important and interesting things come from those who break the mold.


  13. Maybe if I had something pretty to look at I would be more inclined to do the ironing. we always need inspiration. right?

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