Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pink & Presents

Whoo! Here's pink, all done in purple. Nothing is joined, clearly there needs to be some trimming, all that will come later. I'm finding that my letters vary quite a bit in size, but I'm not going to do anything about that until I start laying them out. I may like some of them to be uneven, and I've already decided I want the words to be different in size. I'll have to see. I may have to do some letters over.

My kids are home, Jocelyn for a week, Valerie for four. They came bearing lovely gifts! Here are some Asian fabrics, which are hard to get where I live...
...and here are two very fun fabrics -- fortune cookies and cheeses! And the cheeses are classy ones like caciocavallo. Won't these make fun table mats?
And since I live in a land suffering from Trader Joe deprivation, they brought me 2 way cool TJ bags. (Your eyes are fine, the photo is blurry.)
Last but not least, they brought a fascinating book -- The Meaning of TINGO & Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World. I could not have made up the words in this book. Believe it or not, these are real words:

tingo - to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by borrowing them (from Pascuense, spoken on Easter Island). This sounds like a good prompt line for a short story!

areodjarekput - to exchange wives for a few days only (Inuit)

awawa - the gap between each finger or toe (Hawaiian). This word came to me at the appropriate time, because try as I might, I cannot spread my toes apart. I just started yoga lessons, and there's an exercise that helps you extend that gap, and I'm working on it. Maybe I should take some before photos to check my progress against.

nakhur - a camel that won't give milk until its nostrils are tickled (Persian)

And with that, I sign out.


JoAnna said...

Well, I don't stop quilting and do the dishes unless my nostrils are tickled, so I understand where the camels are coming from.

How wonderful that your kids bring you fabric. Do they quilt too? Your cheese fabric is especially delicious and I am very jealous of it!

I am making my first ever trip to a Trader Joes tomorrow. I've been needing canvas shopping bags, so I'll have to check them out. I am hoping they have yummy olives. We had a Whole Foods in DC with 27 billion types of olives and we miss them.

Have fun with all your new toys!!

Laurel S Holman said...

Nice gifts! I am curious how much fabric you typically buy (or receive) when there is no specific project yet in mind. Have you learned what the "right" amount is when you're just adding it to your stash for a future undertermined project?

Quilting Pirate said...

omg....the words are funny!! I have no desire to milk a camel, not alone tickled its nose so it can be milked! LOL

YAH for kids, gifts and shiney new fabric!!

Rebel said...

I have fabric envy! I have several quilts to finish before I even think about an asian-print project, but it's always in the back of my mind.

And as for those words... I may just have to use Tingo as the basis for a Nanowrimo novel =)

Pam said...

Very pretty fabrics - lucky you :))

The book sounds like it could give you hours of fasinating reading -LOL

Cheryl said...

Your new fabrics are great! Perfect gifts. Trader Joe bags...we don't have one in Oklahoma either, and I miss them terribly. Just one other reason a move to CA would be wonderful! ;)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

That pink is completely faking me out. I know that's the whole stroop thing, but still. pink is supposed to be pink! cool bags, but thank goodness that wasn't my eyes! those will be very cool placemats.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Great to get fabric as a present, as always. Are you into the Japanese fabric, or just starting out? I have 2 yds of white with sushi on it that I'm trying to decide what to do with.

Libby said...

Your fabric is making me hungry!!

I go to traderjoes.com every once in a while and request that they build a store SOMEWHERE down state.