The Ciel Show

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A white All Hallows Eve in the Springs

Halloween 2018... first major snowfall of the season! Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

BOO! Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


We had an errand to Denver today, planned a few days ago when I won an online auction from our potter friend, Peri Charlifu. By collecting it in person, I saved $18 shipping, Charlie picked up some clay he needs for another project, and we had a visit with friends, also lunch at a recommended Chinese Restaurant. (Peri and his partner Lee know the good places to eat.) And then, we did not go straight home. We didn't plan on a thrift store visit, but there it was, a couple of blocks from the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 26, 2018

a week in the life...

It has been a busy week since I discovered the needle-felting. It is a craft that requires a certain concentration--or else an occasional, random blood sacrifice: These needles are sharp! Since posting the previous pictures, I spent a day on another tardigrade, improving its little weird face, and I've also made a bunch more 'stealth marbles.' These are in sets of 5, each in complimentary colors. Possibly because of our early cold-snaps, the trees look bleached out this fall. A few, oaks mainly,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

a new project

Over the past several months I have been seeing more and more little objets d'arte made by a technique called needle-felting. I have done some felting of things I've crocheted, but had no idea how these little items were made. Well, I found out: It is called needle-felting and is done with a specially shaped needle, using unspun wool. Unspun wool is often called roving, but this wool is something different, the fibers laying in cross-directions, rather than all the same direction as is the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday already...

It feels like winter, though the leaves have not left yet, the maple has not even gone that rich golden yellow yet. But we have had freezing nights, down in the teens, and I've had the heat on every day. Sadly, the plug on the electric fireplace suddenly blew out the other day, so that will need fixing before it's useful again. Also, sadly, Alice the Gerbil has gone over the Rainbow Bridge to rejoin her pal Crumpet... She never cared to be handled, but was friendly in her way, and not fearful of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Nebulosity and Big Heavy Objects

You wait all week for a delivery... go out for 15 minutes, and it's on the porch when you get home. It. A cylindrical thing as tall as the width of a full bed and the weight of the entire bed including frame, head- and foot-board, and winter bedding, and with me in it. I wrestled it in through the door and onto the stairs enough to shut the front door. and left it there until Charlie got home and could drag it up to my bedroom. Besides that, I am having one of those vague brain days. A bad one... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Great Shifting

It's still cold in the Springs, but not as cold as yesterday at this time. Today, instead of snow, we have fog, a rarity for this area. The temps are forecast to be creeping upwards over the next week nearly to highs of 60, after more snow on Sunday. We'll see. I am looking into getting new all-season tires for the truck, as there is a dismaying lack of tread on those I've got now, something I noticed even before the snow came. Last week, Charlie and I decided to upgrade the storage unit for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Especially For Adnohr... and other Grandmas...

First of this winter's snow, an inch of it on the back porch this morning! It won't last long, but the finches--3-5 at a time--are almost frantically going at the thistle-seed net hanging outside--nearly emptied it in the past few days, from about 2 cups worth to down to about a quarter cup. Happily for them, I have a few cups more in the bag to refill with. Marika and Elsa are bound homewards today. We will meet for breakfast, then they'll be driving north towards Denver International Airport.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

grey days, bright flowers

It's another misty, drizzly morning, and my daughter wants to do a little hike this morning to see some falls in the local area. She and Elsa like to explore the world, Elsa usually at this point riding on Mommy's back in the soft sling/wrap-around, but sometimes on her own feet. Marika wants me to join them for this, really not quite getting that I can't walk a mile without pain, not even a quarter of a mile. It's also cold today, near freezing here in the Springs, maybe nearer up where the... Sign in to see full entry.

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