Posts tagged with "making things" - Faerye Net 2008-03-14T22:30:39+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Happy Pi Day! 2008-03-14T22:30:39+00:00 2009-01-14T11:38:21+00:00 <p>Celebrating the punniest way we know how:</p> <p><center><a href="" target="links"><br /> <img src="" alt="Maple custard pie" title="pi is lolcat for pie" border="0"><br /> </a></center></p> <p>Maple Custard Pie, from page 368 of Ken Haedrich&#8217;s <a href="" target="links">Pie: 300 Tried-And-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie</a> (book from <a href="" target="links">sister sledge</a>, choice by <a href="" target="links">Ryan</a>.) Pie, or, why I want to stay home from 'school' 2004-08-05T16:07:19+00:00 2009-01-14T11:38:09+00:00 <p>I like to make things. I really do. There is nothing like the exhilaration, pride, and power, of looking at something I&#8217;ve made. Clothing, short stories, drawings, dinners, analytical essays, pillows, footstools, cookies, whatever&#8230; I love to make things. To make something that is greater than the sum of its parts is a kind of primal magic, a way of working your will upon the world.</p><p>My only problem is, I don&#8217;t have time to do it all. Lately, I&#8217;ve made a <a href="" target="links">baby dress</a>, and I&#8217;ve been working on embroidering initials onto some pre-made hats for a pair of twins that is coming. Meanwhile, I haven&#8217;t made cookies in months, and I think I&#8217;ve made two pies, maximum, since we moved in November. I haven&#8217;t drawn very much for a while, and my correspondence is far below its stellar ideal. I haven&#8217;t practiced my oboe in ages, or played our piano, and I haven&#8217;t added much to my ongoing attempts at novels and short stories. I seem to be juggling, always (which is something I&#8217;m not particularly good at), and I&#8217;m always noticing something shinier on the floor than what I&#8217;m throwing about at the moment.</p><p>Is it a problem? I really don&#8217;t know. I enjoy myself, and things get made. But I&#8217;m trying, every once in a while, to step back from the new thing, and do something I haven&#8217;t done in a while. Therefore, this weekend, I am making pie. And, well, someday, I hope, I won&#8217;t have this pesky &#8216;wage-earning&#8217; thing to do &#8212; and then I&#8217;ll be free to make and do with reckless abandon, and maybe, just maybe, <em>finish</em> a few more things.</p> Victory! 2003-08-02T19:37:24+00:00 2008-09-25T11:25:17+00:00 <p>My feet hurt, I smell like lemons, and there&#8217;s shortening residue under my fingernails, but there is a lemon meringue pie in the fridge and an apple pie in the oven. I believe this is the first time I have made two pies of different types on the same day. I am flushed with victory and with being close to a 450&#176; oven. Whoo!</p>