"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm Back

I'm back from Los Angeles, and I had a great time! We all survived the speeches that one always has to sit through at a graduation, and then we had fun. We went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, which was pretty fun. My favorite exhibit there was the sea otters, although I found it gallingly ironic that the exhibit is sponsored by BP. Did you know that a sea otter has as many hairs in one square inch as a German shepherd has on its entire body? The next day we went to the La Brea Tar Pits; this is by far the best thing I've ever done in L.A. after several visits. If you're ever in L.A. and have to choose where you have time to go, definitely do the Tar Pits. I learned a lot there, but my favorite piece of trivia is the scientific name for the saber-toothed cat: Smilodon fatalis.

As I had hoped, I got some work done on the placemats for my cousin. Here's the first row:

I obviously won't be able to show the full placemats in detail, since I had to lay just the one row diagonally across the scanner, but I promise to show as much as I can. The next row will be the "B" motif done in the Light Wedgewood. The whole thing will be much more stable once the next row is joined.

I need to finish unpacking now and get caught up on my blog reading. Can't wait to see what you all did at Tat Days!

If all goes as planned, I will get to meet somebody very special tomorrow. Photos to come....


  1. HI, Miranda,
    The place mat is looking great!

    I cannot believe that stat about the otter hair! A truly amazing fact. Glad you had fun in L.A.

    I am waiting impatiently to see exactly whom you shall be meeting....
    ♥ Fox : )

  2. Love the Mat color as well as the mat, glad you are back and sounds like you just need more time :)