Archive for March, 2006

Worst-Decorated Bedroom Ever

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Okay, so this isn’t even remotely related to anything on the blog, but I just had to share it. See, Chris and I are doing some intensive pre-house-hunting work, which involves going to realtor’s websites and looking at all manner of houses online. One thing that you learn from looking at other people’s houses is that there is no accounting for taste.

In the course of browsing online real estate listings, we have seen:

  • the kitchen with the bright-yellow painted cabinets
  • the dining room with the mural wallpaper
  • the 100% Marie Antoinette House, with frills and frippery and intricately carved wood furniture and a tiara-mosquito-net thing hanging above the bed in the master bedroom and ivy plants draped over everything (sadly, the listing did not specify a guillotine in the back yard)
  • the “retro kitchen” with all aqua-blue cabinetry
  • the kitchen with the breakfast nook done to resemble a vinyl diner booth
  • quite a number of basement “rec rooms” with – I’m not making this up – what could only be green-blue shag carpeting
  • quite a number of houses with TVs in every room, including the dining room

(Keep in mind, these are all from photos of rooms that the sellers want you to see. We haven’t seen any of these houses in person, so we have no idea what horrors are lurking that they didn’t photograph and put up on the web.)

…and then there was this bedroom:

The World

I don’t even know where to start with this: no single element in this room coordinates in even the remotest way with any other element. It’s astounding. I’m not sure I could have managed it if I tried; and I’m quite sure that there’s no way I could sleep in this room. Chris and I mused briefly about how it could be rescued, and the only thing we could come up with was “strip it and start over.” I present it here mostly for your amusement, but also as a bit of a Crackpot Challenge: What would you do with this room? What (if anything) would you keep? Can you find a way to coordinate any two elements?

Noah’s Ark quilt top

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

foundation Noah\'s ark top

Not to be outdone by my mother and mother-in-law, I have finally uploaded my own image! This is the completed quilt top to my foundation Noah’s Ark quilt that I am making for Baby Oberreuter-Charzinski 2, due at the end of May. I sewed all the rows together, did the sashing, and added to borders this morning while the boys were at the coffee shop. It’s amazing what you can get done without any small people underfoot!

New subtitle in header

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Hey, everyone, if you haven’t noticed already, there’s a new subtitle in the header. Many thanks to Marty for the quote – she was summarizing our upcoming move, and I think she captured it perfectly!

Celtic Stained Glass

Friday, March 24th, 2006

celtic stained glass
Here is the Celtic Stained Glass wall hanging I made in a class with Beth Ann Williams. The pattern is from her book Celtic Quilts. I used pre-made fusible bias tape and my itty bitty iron.

If this uploads, I have become a crackpot geek! And I only had to call for help once!

Chocolate Crossword

Friday, March 24th, 2006

chocolate crossword

For all your crossword and/or chocolate fans, here’s a photo of the World’s First All Chocolate Crossword Puzzle* that I sent to Marty for the recent celebration. Obviously I am inordinately proud of the Crackpottiness of this project.

*There are no data to support this claim.

Alterations ego

Friday, March 24th, 2006

For a photo of one of my wackiest projects, go to Go to page 5 and check out the picture. I’m pretty sure I am the third from the left.

Upcoming Crackpot Project

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

I’m hoping to get this particular crackpot project done by next winter. I’ve procured the pattern (Dale #3006 – Sedalen) and materials (Bea Ellis Knitwear had Dale Heilo on sale in February), but I won’t cast on until I’ve gotten done with a couple other Nordic-style multicolored projects. I’m currently working on the Nordic Mittens from the Winter 2004 issue of Interweave Knits – no picture yet, but check out my college friend Rebekkah’s version. I’m actually using her leftover yarn, but I’m using black as the main color instead of the brownish color so the mittens will better coordinate with my black wool coat.

So, in its yarn-in-plastic-bag state, here’s my Dale sweater.
Dale Materials
Total materials cost: about $120.
Cost of similar finished sweater at local store: $288.
I’m donating the price difference to Knitters Without Borders