It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day…

…just to let you know. I usually have trouble with titling my posts, or figuring out what to say first on Mondays, so, there you go. I don’t have a pet, but have been known to dress a cat or two…

We have new readers! (that’s what I like to do on Mondays, after I have figured out what to say first – we introduce our new readers each week!) Congrats to Olivia, who has really been getting the word out to some of her friends to come and visit us on the blog. This week we had a visit from a pen-pal of hers – welcome, Jenna!
Also, we are glad to see Tara and Kelerr, who found us through the Sense and Sensibility Forum.
Kelerr was inspired to do a take-off of my post on living in Upstate New York – she lives in NYC. You can read her post here.
Thanks for coming by, girls!
You can share our blog address with your friends, as well – we love visitors, we love visitors who comment even more! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I promised to tell you about our weekend! As I said, Mom, the girls, Judah and I all went to the nearest Spinning Guild’s Annual Open house, called Rock Day. Anja had paid for a table to sell her baskets in the little exhibit hall, and she did very well! I like this picture, with the girl in the background seeming to give one of the baskets a covetous glance. There were ladies around the booth all day, trying to decide which basket to take home for their favorite knitting project.

I participated in a spinning contest, spinning camel hair! Actually, it was baby camel down, and was very, very soft – like angora.

I had to borrow a drop spindle, since I did not bring my own wheel, and I blame that on my only placing third. It took a long time to spin it up on the drop spindle, but it was fun. Olivia entered in the contest, too, but she had trouble with the tension on the spinning wheel she borrowed. The results were really quite humorous. ๐Ÿ™‚

There were spinning wheels everywhere – it was really quite crowded and it took a long time to cross the room! The highlight of the day is the raffle – each member of the guild and all of the vendors contribute something to the raffle table, then you buy tickets for $1 each, and drop them in the bag with the number that corresponds to the item you want to win. In the past we have made out good at the raffle but this year we didn’t win anything, despite purchasing about 10 tickets between the 5 of us!

After a potluck lunch, we enjoyed a presentation from the guest speaker. Well, some of us enjoyed it. Others just got a headache! She was a Lithuanian mathematician from Cornell who had discovered a way to illustrate hyperbolic planes with crochet sculptures. It was quite fascinating, what I could understand of it! Here she is with a giant piece that makes one think of brain coral. It took 88 skeins of yarn to create. When asked how long it took, she said, “all of the movies I watched since last June”. Her creations have been exhibited and featured in magazine articles all over the world – it was really neat to be able to listen to such a talented lady in our own ‘backyard’.

I liked the brain coral looking creations so much, I was inspired to try my hand at it – thinking it would make a cute throw toy for Jesse. We shall see what we come up!

So, what has inspired you lately? Do you have a favorite hobby and/or a blog that inspires you? We would love to see what gets you excited. Share a link of a site that inspires you!

Speaking of Inspiration, we have an exciting announcement to make! Starting this week, Anja and Olivia are going to present something we’re calling Fabulous Fashion Fridays. If you have met my sisters or noticed in their pictures on the blog, they each have their own sense of style, and quite the flair in their dress. We all enjoy dressing feminine and fashionable, and also believe it is important to find your own personal style (all things we learned from our mother, the Queen of Classy Dressing). So we want to share tips and tricks for finding your own style. It should be a lot of fun!

9 responses to “It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day…”

  1. Natalie Roth Avatar
    Natalie Roth

    Hi, I found your blog recently, and I'm really enjoying reading it!

    "Fabulous Fashion Fridays" sound really interesting, I'm looking forward to that!

    And Olivia's teeth are great! I should go put my retainers in too…though my teeth still won't look that good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. abigail van buren Avatar
    abigail van buren

    Hey Olivia, remember when we put really weird names on the raffle tickets that one year at Rock Day and you won? That was so funny!

  3. liv Avatar

    Hello, Laney dear.
    I was just thinking about you the other day ๐Ÿ™‚ They were all good thoughts of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    I needed you to tell me that right now, I was having a mid-life teeth crisis…or something like that.

    Go put yor retainers in.

  4. Will Avatar

    Haha Trina, I forgot you were here when that happened…. :p

  5. Laney Avatar

    Holy cow Olivia! Your teeth are AWESOME!!!! (grr, guess I should go find my retainers!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Trina Avatar

    oh, it is will – it really is! the joke is that I'm using it as my post title. go ahead and dress the dog. be my guest. Don't let it bite your shoulder…

  7. Will Avatar

    So wait, it is not "National Dress Up Your Pet Day" ??? Rats! I am going have to return this superman costume I got for one of our dogs….

  8. Trina Avatar

    OH, thank you, Amanda! I will try to share more jewelry pics for you in the future!
    We're glad you find inspiration at our blog – that's one of the main reasons we blog!

  9. Amanda G Avatar
    Amanda G

    Here are two things I always covet when I come to your blog:

    1) Your jewelry (i always enlarge the pictures to see it better :))
    2) All your talent at doing things I would never know where to start on. I love the ideas though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Ok, so maybe not covet … well wait, with the jewlery… yes, covet. ;))

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