Thursday, April 30, 2009

Because I FELT Like It

I am part of a felt food exchange with 5 other people, where we each make sets of felt food, then exchange them with each other, so that we each get a well-stocked, high-in-fiber kitchen for our child. I decided to make jam tarts, and in exchange will theoretically get pretzels, ravioli, s'mores, figs, and clams.

I finished my tarts yesterday, and I am pretty happy with how they turned out:


Now I just need to get going on setting up the kitchen for Beatrix...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Week o' Art

So there's a ton of (mostly Nautilus-related) art stuff in my life this week — come join me for it!

Tuesday, April 21 - Rough Cuts at 7:30pm
This month's Rough Cuts is an evening of new cabaret songs. Fantastic performers, and some pieces that will turn your idea of "cabaret" completely on its head. Plus, just $5, with free cookies and milk. At Augsburg College (22nd and Riverside), the Foss Center (music building) tv studio.

Wednesday, April 22 - SISTER STORIES house party from 5:30-7:30
It's been over a year since Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Christina Baldwin have been onstage together, and since then they have had babies, Jeune Lune has closed, and the world has changed greatly. Nautilus commissioned these four short pieces on sisterhood for Jen and Christina over the past few years, and we'll premiere the work this June, IF we can raise enough money by the end of April. Wanna come to a great house party, preview the piece, and make it happen with a donation? Ping me.

Friday, April 24 - Art Crawl from 7-9ish
On the first night of the Art Crawl, Nautilus always features free performances, plus great food and a place to sit down (bring your own wine, though). Stop by and see us! 2F of the Northern Warehouse (above the Black Dog, in lowertown)

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 - Great photography!
Our friend Michael Armstrong will be in the Nautilus space Saturday from 1-8 and Sunday 12-5. His photos are amazing — check them out here and then go see them in person at the Crawl.

So how many of these are you going to come to? if I see you at all of them I'll take you out for a drink...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The (Not So Public) Library

Before:

After:

After years of planning, months of work, and lots of futzing, we finally have a library, located off of our dining room. This gives us a great place to hang out at night while Beatrix is asleep on the 3rd floor.

Highlights:
- "industrial chic" metal bookcases from the 2F hallway, with out books actually organized in them!
- art we've been meaning to hang for awhile
- a media center that streams everything from the Drobo to the iMac — last night we even sussed the "watch it now" feature from Netflix
- coffee table courtesy of our friend Kelly
- new comfy leather couch from Ikea

It's a great place for a glass of wine, come on over and hang out!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods

This last weekend, my grandparent's old house was on the Renovator's Home Tour. This was the house that they owned from the time my mother was a teenager until I graduated from high school. I spent so much time there as I was growing up; I know every inch of that house. So it was with equal parts trepidation and curiosity that I wanted to see it.

The approach set the tone — very much the same, but very different. The style, and the shutters, the mailbox and the big hill were all the same, but much had changed — new stone steps, a brick walk, the big pine tree to the side gone and the white siding painted a soft gray. Inside had the same feeling — so much the same, but so different. The hall had the same light fixture and stairs, but the walls are now a deep, soft red (much like our new library, actually). The den had the same panelling and floors and cupboards I knew so well. The living room was closed off, but we peeked in — much the same. I tried to describe the layout and details to Patrick and Beatrix, but it was hard, because so many memories were washing over me. In some ways, I felt like I had never left the house.

The renovation that put it on the tour was the kitchen, and that was a complete remodel — they had redone it, and then converted the old back porch to a full room, with big windows and a gas fireplace. They had pictures up of the "before" and it was all still there, including the cabinets my grandmother had painstakingly rosemaled (I couldn't work up the courage to ask what had happened to them). The work that had been done was gorgeous, and I can't help but think my grandmother would have liked it, actually; it really fit into the style of the home, and made it very livable. My grandfather would have loved the bar sink area, and the hidden cabinet for storing the single-malt. The owners had some pieces of furniture and some framed samplers that I could have sworn were my grandparents' — did we leave some items behind?

Here is a pretty bad picture of it. It was much nicer in person.

I guess in the end I am pleased that the house is so much the same, and that it is being cared for by people who love the home as much as my family did. I've never really gone back to a place I've previously lived (unless dorm rooms count), and this was a good way to do so.