Yay! In packing up the house, I finally ran across the USB cable for my camera. Which means over the next few days you'll get some of the bits and pieces for the last month or so of life.
First off, here's what I worked on tonight when I got sick of looking at a computer - homemade buttons!
I stuck a piece of firewood in my kitchen drawer as an impromptu shaving horse, and planed out the end to just over button-thickness. Then I sawed off a chunk, and took to carving two button-shaped discs.
Wrapped them in scrap fabric, sewed them down, and voila! Old-timey buttons!
Truth be told, now that I've tried it I think I'll stick with ties - I just think they're prettier - and a lot easier to those of us that'd rather sew than carve! But more on that in a day or so. :)
PS - the view from work just before signing off and going home -