Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Stephanie went back to school yesterday morning, as she is doing a summer intensive for her program. It's similar to an internship, which means she has a very busy two months ahead of her. We tried to do her favorite things during her ten day vacation, but I ran out of steam by the end of it and got a bit cranky. I hope she remembers the fun stuff instead of the crankiness.

My niece went to her senior prom last night and I went over to take photos. Isn't she beautiful? You can tell I'm proud of her, because my eyes have disappeared!


The weather was beautiful yesterday, so I puttered around outside for a bit, repotting a peace lily, and planting some hostas, as well as refilling the bird feeders. I love how our side yard has turned into a small bird area.

Today, it is misty, grey and windy, a perfect day for relaxing. Steve and I did make it to the Stockley Garden Art Show, despite the misting rain.

I bought a really interesting pair of earrings, made from pieces of an old tin globe. I always try to buy my earrings from artists, so I can support artisans and because I can always find unique pieces that way.





Speaking of handmade, there is a new shop nearby that sells on consignment, and I am thinking of applying to sell a few things, mostly baby hats and sweaters, and accessories like cowls, scarves, and handwarmers. There is a lot of discussion on the Ravelry forums about whether it is ethical to do so. What is your opinion on the subject? And if you agree I can sell on a small scale, what about pricing?


We also walked down to the beach, for the first time since March. It's almost criminal that I haven't been down in so long.

See how windy it is? That flag is a good indicator.

Happy Sunday!


  1. Speaking as a former lawyer, you must be very careful about what you sell. For instance, you should not sell anything made from a pattern that is copyrighted by a designer. Many designers, such as Veera Valimaki, say this explicitly on their patterns, but even if they do not, you shouldn't sell something made from their patterns. This is an opportunity to come up with some basic designs of your own. A simple cowl or baby garter stitch cardigan would be easy to attempt, and you wouldn't be infringing on anyone else's intellectual property.

  2. That's what I understod from the ravelry boards, although there was quite a bit of discussion about it. Thanks for clarifying!

  3. I don't think I'd sell something made from someone else's pattern.

    The beach looks beautiful in those weather conditions.

  4. Love the picture of you and your niece. Cannot wait to get to the beach again with my kiddos - our weekends are so packed with activities that the 90 minute drive feels so long. But we have made it to the James river "beach" several times this month so sand and water has been involved. But nothing (of course)compares to the ocean!

  5. I agree with being careful about copyrights, but, on the upside, you've been knitting for a while. I'm sure you can come up with your own designs!

    Thanks for the honesty! I'm so glad I'm not the only mom who gets cranky from time to time!

    And thanks, too, for buying from artists! If only everyone did so!