Portrait of the Quilter as a No-Longer-So-Young-But-Surely-Not-Middle-Aged Woman
I thought it was time to update the pic in my blog profile so I asked my husband to take some photos of me. You'd have thought I was asking him to walk on broken glass. He hates having his own photo taken and apparently it's also torture to take a photo of someone else.
Those are my new earrings I got for my birthday this weekend and I made the necklace years ago while I was living in Cairo. I've got different eyeglass frames from my previous photo and definitely more gray hair. But I like the smile in that older photograph - more me even though that's not quite what I look like anymore - so I'm not going to change photos in my profile.
I got some books for my birthday - woohoo. I did a good job selecting them if I don't say so myself. The only real celebrating we did was eat out for lunch every day of the long weekend. And yeah, okay I did have a couple of desserts.
Since I've been so lazy about posting I have a few links for you.
First off, make sure you're reading ComicBookLady's blog Quilt as Desired. Besides being a wonderful blogging friend, she's also recently attended Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat and got permission to post loads of photos from the attendees. Here and here are the posts she's written so far, but I know there's more to come.
Loco Quilter Kimberly has put together a bunch of Halloween faces together for a very fun seasonal top. You can find my tutorial for piecing faces (specifically Frankenstein's Monster) here. And suggestions for making jack o'lanterns, and an alien, witch and mummy are here.
I've been doing a lot of reading. First off, the new Pendergast novel The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It was okay, but no great shakes. The books used to have eerie, creepy events happening that by the end could always be explained scientifically. Well, we've gone well beyond that now. Rationality out the window and I kinda miss it.
Stuart MacBride's latest (in paperback) novel Bloodshot about Aberdeen police detective Logan MacRae left a bad taste in my mouth. Just went too far at the end. I don't like feeling grimey from my reading and if this had been the first book I'd read by the author I wouldn't be reading any more. I did like the first two though, so I'll give him another chance. Oh, and the U.K. title of the book Broken Skin is MUCH better than the stupid title the U.S. publisher put on it.
Continue to love Ian Rankin's broken down Inspector Rebus. Naming of the Dead was an enjoyable read. Not a great memorable book, but well worth reading.
That's it for me. later...