After living in the States for almost 13 years (it’s been that long?), I often overlook the creativity of my fellow country women. My dear blog friend Lia at Lia’s space featured a few of crafty Indonesians (ahem, truly yours were among them though I so don’t deserve it). My gosh, they are so talented, like really really talented. Lia herself is very talented, she has a few super cute tutorials like this cool switching bag and the cute face pillow. Check them out.
I love today’s content of my google reader, so many cool tutorials/tips that I’ve been looking for
2. Tallgrass Prairie studio showed picture-heavy tutorial on how to sew curve
3. Gertie at New Blog for Better Sewing had a great article on preshrinking fashion fabric
On my needle, while waiting for Webs to send me yarn for Farmer’s Market Cardi, is a moss stitch scarf for my dear mom in law. Honestly, I do not enjoy knitting scarf, it is so boring. But, that’s what my MIL wants and I am happily obliging. The upside is I am able to read, blog, or watch TV while I knit.
Speaking about reading, I am totally behind on my reading. I am half way through Sister of my Heart. The story itself is ok, I have read a ton of similar books such as those by Jhumpa Lahiri, but Chitra Benerjee definitely has a talent for beautiful language. Over the break, I also started to re-read Pride and Prejudice and embarked on A Tale of Two Cities. My goal for 2010 is to read as many classics as possible. Growing up in Indonesia meant never had to read English literature and I only had two years worth of English lit class in college. I should have taken more but being an engineering major, I just did not have enough bandwidth. Classic may not be everybody’s cup of tea but thanks to Craftlit, I can savor the books even more. Heather Ordover is a great teacher, she makes reading classic like peeling onions, a lotta insights to dig and dig. For A Tale of Two Cities, because the language is a little harder to understand just by listening, I do a read-along. Btw, a significant numbers of classic books are out of copyright, you can easily find them free online.
I am also a sucker for period dramas. My favorite thing to do on Sunday night is tuning in to Masterpiece on PBS. Last year, they showed Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, Oliver Twist, and Little Dorrit. This year, they will show Northanger Abbey, Emma, Persuasion and The Diary of Anne Frank, I can’t wait. Oh, I just finished watching Cranford online. It’s a heartwarming story about residents in this tiny town of Cranford on the brink of modernization. The residents insist on keeping the old way of living while the world is changing fast. It has cute and charming characters and the small town gossips common throughout the movie just remind me of my hometown in Aceh, Indonesia.