There was even something uber cool for quilty moms (that's me). Meet Meshell Melvin, visual artist from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
Meshell is the artist in residence during the Olympics. She has a rare and unique industrial Singer that only stitches a chain stitch. You can direct the stitch with a hand crank under the table. Meshell draws portraits with her beloved machine. Of course, I had her draw mine:
She perfectly captured my uneven eyebrows (born that way, not a victim of an over-ambitious esthetician). I was in a great mood, even felt smiley, so I'm not sure why I look so cranky...again, curse of the eyebrows. I love my stitched portrait and will frame it for my sewing room.
There's even a lot of culture just hanging around. I mean check out these Dutch speed skating fans we met at the short track event the other night...
Aren't they the best?? An entire family of 6 came all this way to cheer on their skaters. They are the most dedicated fans, although Canadians are finding some serious patriotism and red power during these games!
Here's my family, by comparison:
Funny thing is, my husband is 1/2 Dutch!! He's neither red nor orange because he met us there directly after work. It was a great night. Lots of cowbells, screaming and waving flags. We witnessed a Canadian SILVER medal by the most adorable birthday girl Marianne St. Gelais.
She just cried from the moment she won 'till she appeared on the late night Olympic wrap up TV show. She was wiping her eyes through the entire flower presentation (the medals are presented later, or the next night, at a big hoopla ceremony downtown in the same place the Opening Ceremonies were held). Best part for her? Her boyfriend Charles Hamelin competed in the men's 5000 team pursuit right before her winning skate (the men advanced to the final!), so he got to watch her historic win, and he cried, too. They are adorable. Felicitations Marianne!!!
The men's hockey last night was a little tense, to say the least. Thank goodness for Sidney. That young Maritime man saved our Canadian (back) bacon!
I'm off to cook some dinner, then get all set for my Friday Night Sew-In. Can't wait! Luckily my sewing room is within earshot of the TV, so I'll be able to run back and forth when the good stuff is happening.