Friday, August 29, 2008

Crossing the street....

This little guy was crossing Judson, at Main St., the other day. Nice contrast of the bright yellow and dark gray of the asphalt. He actually did make it across safely. I always wonder what bugs think when they are crossing a stretch of sidewalk or a street; do they feel like they are in some wasteland, being out of their normal green environment?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Apron from the Vintage Apron Swap

My apron partner sent me this very pretty apron along with a tea cup pin cushion and little flower bowl. I love the colors and the sweet little birds.

A close up of the tea cup and bowl...

the pocket...

and one of the little birds!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I saw a fox on the way to work this morning...

He was so beautiful and very casual about being photographed.

Here he is playing with an old tennis ball.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Intense blue of another sort...

It's a busy life...

Here we are at the Swift Condominiums, located at the edge of beautiful Lake Michigan. It's dinner time for the kids and so everyone is busy, busy, busy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fashions I used to have...

I was looking at web sites of vintage sewing patterns and came across a few fashions that I actually had...long ago...

1. A Mu mu that my mother actually made for my sisters and myself. The image is so small, but it had a square yoke and she made them with contrasting neck and sleeve bands.

2. A quilted bathrobe that was made of a satiny material, and it had a very similar fabric design as shown on the pattern envelope.

3. 70s pants suite! Mine was very similar, in a light summery tan plaid fabric. Both the jacket and pants were the same and the jacket had similar short, puffy sleeves.

4. My suite with a skirt and pants was exactly like this one, but in a purple, fuchsia color with small yellow flowers. That was very popular in 1966, everything was in small flowered prints and you wore it with a knitted tee shirt, which was a called a Poorboy. This is especially memorable as I wore on a trip to Europe with my parents.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Blue Grosbeak

I happened to be passing by, recently as the page in the Audubon book was being changed. After working here for over 12 years I had never actually seen it happening. It was cool to see page after page of beautiful prints, some of which I had seen in the past and others new to me.

Only the Head of Special Collections gets to turn the page...which is too bad for the rest of us, as it would be a lot of fun.