One of our recent thrift store finds was a set of 3M bookshelf games -- Quinto, Phlounder, Twixt and Oh Wah Ree -- in close to new condition. I guess they really did sit on someone's bookshelf for the past four decades! These pre-Post-it games have been keeping us busy since we brought them home. Quinto, which is like scrabble with numbers, has been getting most of the game play. So far, the Quinto high score on one turn is 75. Mind you, that wasn't acquired during our Oktoberfest Quinto match last Friday, which I don't recommend. Your head hurts doing the math during the game, then the morning after from the brews. Counting the empty beer bottles in the morning does not count as extra credit. I'm not sure how successful we'll be in completing the set, but the 3M reference sure makes me feel nostalgic for my Minnesotan friends.
I was originally inspired to start a blog by the crafters' blogs I've been following online. Since I have time off, I unpacked my sewing machine and am hoping to finish up my projects I started before the move to Vancouver. I'm a bit rusty and am new to sewing to begin with, so I thought I'd get my feet wet with small projects. Small successes help to keep the motivation going. I wanted to make something I could actually use and, if possible, learn a technique too. These coffee cozies seemed like a good start, esp. since I can also try my hand at embroidery. Not bad. Eco-friendly, unique and functional. Do you know what Santa's filling his gift bag with this year?