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Thursday, June 30, 2005
The Contest Voting Begins!
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Seal "Kiss From A Rose"
Topic: Contest
O.k. everyone. Here they are. Pick your top three. Then go over to the Baycolonyfarm@yahoogroups website (you must be a member to vote!) and click on Polls. The poll will be open until July 5th. I've extended the voting time to allow the most votes.

Out of those members that vote, I will pick a random name, and that person will receive a small gift from me too.

Remember; the winning colorway will be named after the creator and debuted this fall at a fiber show!

1. Name: Chemical Sunset
Colors: Ranging from purple to pink to orange to yellow. There are also
blues (the sky, of course) and other colors in the mix sometimes. The purple
and pink are quite vibrant. The orange is a bit reddish but soft. The yellow
is pretty pale and soft as well."

2. Pumpkin Seaglass

3. Keylime seaglass

4. Cranberry seaglass

5. Amethyst seaglass

6. Honey seaglass

7. Sandpiper

8. Plover

9. Blue Heron

10. Atlantic Puffin

11. The colors I choose are dark red and gold. The name for this colorway is Chinese Money.

12. How about a copper/orange /deep yellow called Iced Tea w/Lemon

13. Or a reddish orange/brighter orange/light orange called DayLily?

14. Ocean Drive at Night:
The colors are transformed into their bright, vivid, almost neon counterparts. Its all about nightlife and having fun. think 1980's Miami vice. All the hotels are lit up with bright teal, HOT PINK. bright blue. possibly on a black background. maybe bright kelly green.

15. Ocean Drive by day:
The colors are of the beach and the historic art deco hotels. Its a serene feeling of days gone by and men in seersucker. you'd have sandy beige, light sky blue, coral pink, and light teal. Possibly some dark leaf green as an accent color (palm trees!!) colors are soft in tone, but not quite pastel.
www.roundamerica.com/ trip/journal/day6.htm

16. I have a submission for the contest. It should look like the color of storm clouds that you see off in the distance on a hot summers day. Heavy clouds that are thick with threatening rain. A grey color with some blue and maybe even purple thrown in. It is a very dark yet dramatic color. I like seeing them because it usually means we will get some rain that will cool everything off. But then again I like rain. :-) It is called "Stormy sky".

17. The first is a blend of red, white and blue. It should be called "Patriot" or "Independence day".

18. The second popped into my head because I am surrounded by this colorway in my home. It is a blend of (black or grey), brown and green. I would call this "Hunting season" or "Camo" :-)

19. If you use two different greens instead of the black or grey and add brown it is the camo color of the military. (well it was when I served anyhow) For that blend I would use the name "Warrior" or "Camo" also.

20. Ist colourway is Mediterranean - there is an exquisite crystalline clarity to the sea around Tropea - all blues, greens and aqua's. Once you dive beneath there are tiny electric purple fish that catch the sun and dart about. I am attaching a picture called tropeamareacqua which gives you an idea of the blues and greens (but not the purple). I envisage a wonderfully vibrant mix of blues and greens with a hint of bright purple (which could be angelina or silk, but also could be angora or wool).

21. The second colourway is Stromboli. The Aeolian Islands appear to be so close you could almost touch them, especially Stromboli- an extraordinary active volcano which looms out of the ocean. My heart leaps when i see it as i know that i am finally back when i see the sun setting behind Stromboli. The ocean turns an incredible shade of purple- with lilacs and blues running though it, and the sky ranges from flame orange though persimmon and apricot into wonderful pink shades (like the prickly pear fruit on the hillsides) and finally palest pink.

22. I have a suggestion. Go to this blog and scroll down to the photo of the sunset over the lake and mountains.
Okay, that is sort of what I am going for. Thing is, in real life it is all a little brighter, but not TOO bright. The blue of the late afternoon/early evening summer sky against the green in the trees and the darker blue/green of the water and the reflection in the lake of the trees, and the pink of the pollution and heat in the air (I know, not very romantic, but you know what I mean).

23. Iris Garden; shades of pink, plum, magenta, turquoise and lime green

24. Name: New England Sunset
Colors: Dusky gray-blue, lighter gray blue, dark fuschia pink, dark
(but bright) orange, silvery gray.

25. Mudslay State Park:
Orange a lighter shade citrus orange, a slightly darker orange like the shade of brown eyed suzy and then throw in a little purple. Like the color of purple and dark yellow pansies. Maybe throw in some yellow to compliment. Perhaps a light purple.

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Ready, set, VOTE!

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 6:53 AM EDT
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The Contest....
Mood:  rushed
Now Playing: Boston "Rock & Roll Band"
Topic: Contest

Is closed to new entries.

However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I've been home only an hour today, and I'm leave in another 45 minutes, with which I will be out all evening.

So, the chance of me getting all the entries listed on the blog are slim-to-none today.

But, that is a major priority tomorrow.

Please stay tuned!

Just wait till you see (or envision!) the eye candy that the readers have entered! I'm impressed!


Posted by baycolonyfarm at 4:48 PM EDT
Monday, June 27, 2005
The Last Day of
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Marvin Gaye "How Sweet It Is"
Topic: Contest

Entries are due by midnight tonight. You can either post them on the blog, or e-mail them to me at Baycolonyfarm@aol.com .

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 8:51 AM EDT
None of the below
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Bryan Adams "Summer of '69"
Topic: A bit of everything

After having ALL those choices of things to do below, we did none of them. Saturday was spent here, doing laundry, and then shearing down a few rabbits. With temps almost 100 degrees, I had to get the coats off of Gewurztraminer and Cosmos. By the time I finished that, I was ready to melt, but they looked a lot happier! Saturday night was spent at my mom's house, visiting with my brother and his family. For someone who isn't a night owl (me!) driving home at 11 p.m. was interesting. ;-)

Yesterday DH and I spent time inside and outside, working around the house and yard and doing various things. We did get our new hutch up in the family room, only now we have to remove the three bookcases DH built less than a year ago. In other words, the room is a mess.

And all my plans to spin yesterday were shot to hell too. Once DH gets going on a plan, there is no rest. At least not until he thinks we are finished, which wasn't until around 8 p.m., when he and the boys went swimming, and I alphabetized the CD's in the new hutch (yes, I know that sounds weird, but believe me, it is much easier trying to find a specific CD when it's alphabetized, rather than looking everywhere and NOT finding it). Woe be to the person who doesn't put the CD's back in the correct place. ;-)

My mission today is to work this morning. After that, I'm going to start going through boxes looking for the Creatures of the Reef pattern. If I don't find it today, I'm ordering a new one.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 8:03 AM EDT
Saturday, June 25, 2005
What to do? So many choices!
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Hall and Oates "Kiss On My List"
Topic: A bit of everything
And no fiber content what so ever.

With my brother and fam being up here for the weekend, there are lots of choices to pick for things to do.

DH wants to go up to Greenfield to the Western MA Highland Games, which we keep talking about seeing but never manage to see.

Mom wants me to take SIL over to the Old Deerfield Craft Fair, which would be my choice. I love this fair, even though it costs $6 per person to get in (not including the $5 we pay for parking in the front yard of my kindergarten/first/second grade teacher (how cool is that??).

And tomorrow, DH is making noises about going up to Portsmouth, NH to this:

Portsmouth NH - Thunderama "2005" Thunderbird show at the Strawberry Banke Museum. Show Sponsored New England's Vintage Thunderbird Club. clubs.hemmings.com/nevt/

Now, I'll bet you didn't know that we own an antique Thunderbird. DH used to own a Pontiac Lemans, but sold it shortly after DS#1 was born, because he hadn't worked on it in about 6 years and figured he'd never have the time. After attending a few car shows, he got the itch again to restore a car. So while surfing eBay, he found us a 1969 Thunderbird. It looked exactly like the Thunderbird my Uncle Al had (he was my favorite uncle and died way too young at the age of 54, when I was only 7 years old; I miss him still). The only difference is that this car has a black interior (instead of red) and has a vinyl top. DH bid on it, and we won the auction. He flew out to Lincoln, NE., and drove it home. This was in 2002. The car sits in our garage, waiting until we can find a place that will do proper restoration work on it But we've got the fever, and I'm looking forward to the day when I can drive this land ship around town, which is exactly what I plan to do. I love driving that car!

We'll see what happens. And I'm still looking for my Creatures of the Reef pattern. I may just have to break down and buy another.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:49 AM EDT
Friday, June 24, 2005
When does it end?
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: Smmy Johns "Chevy Van"
Topic: Whine
And I'll have some cheese with this whine too. ;-)

I finished the lawn mowing. This was supposed to be a relaxing weekend for my husband and I, but my brother, his wife and kids are coming up from NJ to visit my parents. Not that I mind seeing them, I'm looking forward to it. But it's just that I'm expected to do all kinds of things, including various trips around. And figure out when my kids can play with their kids and where.

I guess I'll have to postpone that relaxing weekend until after the 4th.

On another note; I've been busy checking out more potential inventory for the fall fiber fairs. I think people will be excited when they see what I'll have at Rhinebeck. :)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 6:02 PM EDT
Look at what the mail brought me!
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Daniel Boone "Beautiful Sunday"
Topic: Secret Pal 5

And it smells so good!

Thank you to my Secret Pal! My youngest son insisted that he hold the Rosemary Lemon soap all the way home from the Post Office! The other soap is Fig Milk and that smells wonderful too. :)

Anyone who knows me knows that I love scented soaps. My SP has done well. :-D Thank you again!

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 1:44 PM EDT
Nothing smaller?
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: A Flock of Seagulls "I Ran"
Topic: Fiber
I'm in an 80's kind of mood today. With Wednesday being my birthyday, and yesterday being the birthday of a friend of mine from high school, I've been going down memory lane. But it's a fun trip. :)

Anyway, I was at Webs yesterday to check out Jaggerspun Zephyr. They do stock it, in lots of colors. The only problem is that they sell it at a 1/2 pound minimum, unless I wanted to wind off a ball or two. Unfortunately, I only need 1260 yards and that yarn has over 5000 yards per pound (5040 I think). So I'd be buying an extra shawls worth at 1/2 pound. And winding off 1260 yards just isn't my thing. So I might head over to Textura Trading in Easthampton, where I have an account, and buy it there. I think I can get smaller cones of it from TT, and check out the angelina fibers that I need to stock up on.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:27 AM EDT
Thursday, June 23, 2005
So much to talk about!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: The Beach Boys "All Summer Long"
Topic: A bit of everything
I had a great birthday yesterday! My friend Carolyn of Pink Peppercorns biked all the way over here and we had lunch together. She brought me some of her wonderful soap (which I'll have to hide from DH as he loves her handmade soap!), as a present, but her presence here was present enough. :)

My mom also took us out to dinner at Applebee's last night. It wasn't the marinated flank steaks I had planned to grill, but the steaks looked really pathetic at Stop & Shop, so I didn't buy them. Mom's idea of dinner out was a better idea than anything I could think of to cook, so we got steaks there instead. And the boys were happy because they got to pick their food out from the kids menu, and not suffer through something at home that they didn't like to eat. *grin*

Thank you to everyone that sent birthday wishes. They really made me smile! :)

The Contest

Dharia posted her entries into the contest yesterday. You can see her ideas on the comments section of yesterday's blog post.

Keep them coming! We have a lot to choose from! :)

And now for knitting

Knitting? Yes, I'm trying to locate my Creatures of the Reef shawl pattern that I purchased several years ago.

Lord knows where it is, but I'm determined to find it. I've seen completed shawls on other people's blogs. I desperately wanted to knit this a while ago, but picked a yarn which was hell to knit with and I ripped it out. So this time, I'll head over to Webs and pick up something more suitable.
I am resisting Birch. If I decide to make it, I'll use the Kiri pattern instead. It's the price of the yarn that is hindering this for me. And I'm not completely sure I want to knit with mohair in the heat of the summer, especially since I don't have A/C in my house.

And on a completely different front, my cousin Angela called me yesterday. She's been able to get me two passes to the "Meet and Greet" for Def Leppard when they are preforming in Brockton on July 6th. How cool is that? I've been a fan of their music since 1983, and Ang knows people in high places in the music world. I'm completely psyched about this! They have teamed up with Bryan Adams to play a "Double Header" at 26 minor league baseball parks across America. I'm a huge Bryan Adams fan too, so this will be incredible! I can't wait!

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 8:18 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2005 8:46 AM EDT
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
It's the first day of summer vacation for my boys but...
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Bobby Darin "Beyond the Sea"
Topic: A bit of everything

It's also my BIRTHDAY!!!! :)

I love celebrating my birthday. I've long ago given up unrealistic ideas of what the day will turn out to be like, but instead, use the philosophy of taking it easy and just enjoying what comes. However, there will be steaks and drinks here later tonight, just the family and my mom (since I'm the one that will be cooking). And my mom and brother were nice enough to take me out to dinner at Chez Albert on Saturday night, a new French restaurant that opened up about a month ago. The food was fantastic and I'm hoping to go back there soon!

The Contest

Marie sent her in ideas for several colorways, which is posted in the comments section of yesterday's blog entry. Please check them out! :)

I have some work to do this morning, but plan on taking the rest of the day off and just relaxing. The pool has been up for almost a month, and I've yet to get in. I think it's about time!

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:37 AM EDT

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