Friday, July 27, 2012
This link leads to a page that shows the home of Judge A. G. Otis, of Atchison, Kansas, maternal grandfather of Amelia Earhart (her mother was Amelia Otis Earhart). Amelia grew up in this home.
I haven't posted my family tree here on Blogger, but accidentally found a surprise addition and the source for the photo wouldn't let me save it in my documents, so I saved it here.
I had chosen a book from the collection at my store, planning to see what repairs were needed, and the book opened to a page of photographs of "Popular Heroes of the Spanish-American War". One of those heroes was Major General Elwell Stephen Otis. While perusing his bio on Wikipedia, I found a curious link to Amelia Earhart. I had never suspected she was an Otis, but maybe I should have, given how her strong deterined personality is similar to so many of the early Otises. Many of the early Otis women were feminists, even before that word was part of the language, and Amelia Earhart fits right in with them.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I haven't given an update on Gibby for a long time. He's doing well. Fortunately, he has taken on the job of raising Gadget, and Gadget isn't an easy pup to raise. Gibby and I spend several hours every morning working together to turn Gadget into a decent dog - and it's very hard work. Gadget has had dozens of toys, but only one survives, the rest have been beaten up and chewed up by Gadge when she's in her divil dog moods. Poor Gibby either has armor for skin or he has tons of bruises hiding under his beautiful fur coat - Gadget bites him, leaps on him, and throws her toys at him. Once in a while, usually when she's chewing on his tail, he gives her a warning growl. She runs back and forth through the house and Gibby tries to keep up with her but quits after one run. She can recuperate with a ten second rest, Gibby needs a deep sleep. I am soooo glad to have Gibby, raising this wild puppy would be a disaster without him. I only have a chance to write this now because Gadge is busy chewing up a leash and my favorite white blanket - wait, that's MY blanket - STOP!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I haven’t been able to hook since Thursday, but while I’m resting at home, I’ve been thinking about the Frost Lion. I’ve been working on the head and basically only looking at the head – and, by itself, the lion head looks a lot like some kind of unusual space monster. I decided it was time to take a good look at the whole pattern and see how the head is going to fit in. I’ve been anxious to get enough hooked to see how the antique black background will do, so I have hooked just a little bit around the top of the mane. When I look now, I see way more of the very light colored mane hairs than I should….
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
I'm having a terrible time trying to get Blogger to let me put my photos where I want them, so I guess I'll just leave them at the bottom. I looked at a lot of photos taken of live lions and I also had a lot of fun studying Edward Hick's paintings with his Kingdoms that included lions that changed and aged as his paintings changed over many years. You'll be able to see in the first photo that I've decided to do a shadowed gray/buckskin lion, although right now, with so little hooked, the lion looks more like a goat.
This is one of Edward Hicks' lions
I decided to use Hicks' lions for my models. I'm guessing that a post-American Civil War rug hooker would not be familiar with live lions and would have to rely on available books or paintings or photos. Edward Hicks, a Quaker minister, painted at least 62 different "Peaceable Kingdom" paintings and they all included a lion. Those paintings could have travelled from his Pennsylvania to other Quaker meeting houses in New England and elsewhere, so I'm guessing our early hooker could have seen at least one of them. Of course, the pattern gives some information about how the lion should be hooked. The pattern gives a longer face to the lion, but that's all workable.