Monday, January 31, 2011

every winter coat you've owned since 98

I'll be stopping by the post office tomorrow, to mail off the handmade items that I have pledged over on the Facebook to produce for five people.

I couldn't decide what to make for this project, so I made a little bit of everything. Line drawings, paint chips, crocheting, recycled greetings cards, neurolinguistics, beads, they all combine to make five hot messes that are surprisingly cute.

Mailing off some handmade goodies will be a good way to usher in a February that thankfully does not contain a leap day. I do not need winter to be even one day longer.

It does help me peer over the snow banks and into the future now that the Calgary Folk Festival has begun announcing Leak of the Week every Monday. With the Secret Sisters, C.R. Avery, and Inhabitants already having been announced, it's shaping up to be a grand festival. Personally, I can't wait to soak in the pure sweet Americana of the Secret Sisters.

I'm especially excited to start a new folk festival volunteer gig this summer. Much as I love working in the record tent, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to work as one of the office support crew, which is a year round volunteer position. The inner sanctum, baby, where the magic starts. While most of the shifts are scheduled during the ramp-up to the festival, I'll be starting in March by helping out with some folk festival concerts. Nice work if you can get it, n'est pas?

What's getting you through the winter?


John Mutford said...

You're just so crafty.

New Orleans in March is getting me through this winter. That and the fact that our first choice was originally Egypt. Seriously. If it wasn't for buying a new house and not being able to afford it, it was going to be Egypt.

Anonymous said...

...morels will start appearing in Ontario in only 100 or so sleeps

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm not sure what's getting me through the winter other than I know that spring is only 2 more months away...OK, perhaps three...and that seems to be enough for now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I thought the New Orleans trip was just a warm up for the overnighter in Calgary, John!
You sure picked the ideal time to not be able to afford a trip to Egypt. You've got horseshoes hidden somewhere.

Will it be an extra good morel year, Mr Anchovy, with all that snow cover?

Sometimes that's the best that we can hope for, WC. Have you noticed the days are getting longer?

umbrellalady said...

I don't know Barb, that office job sounds like of cushy...might take your mind off winter.

umbrellalady said...

Sorry meant to say "kind of cushy..." lol

Allison said...

Watching series on DVD and crafting, while moving furniture. So glad January is over, I was getting a bit of cabin fever.

Now I am looking forward to upcoming visits from some of my favourite people! Bring on this new month!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am really looking forward to that, Kathy. I still want to do a bit of volunteering in the record tent during the festival itself, because I will miss it, but can't wait to start my office crew duties.

What a coincidence, Al! I'm looking forward to doing a bit of traveling this month and seeing some of my favourite people as well!

John Mutford said...

Of course! New Orleans is but a pleasant detour to where we're most excited to go!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good answer, John!