We had a very eventful April. The last week and a half have been a blur of baseball, paddling, grilling, home-brewing, reading, and shooting. We made new friends, and we caught up with old friends. It's been a good month.
My birthday's in April, and I had to share a couple things my wife gave me as birthday presents. These are just too cool.
First, she gave me a hobbit mug. Every time I watch the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson, I think I want mugs like the hobbits use: they've always got mismatched pottery mugs in their hands. I've looked for hand-made pottery mugs, and I've had some trouble finding exactly what I want. To start, I want mugs that are at least an American pint (16 oz), and preferably an English pint (20 oz). I would like something hand-thrown, and I don't want a complete set: I want mismatched mugs.
Obviously this isn't a super-high priority for me, but it's something I've been wanting to get. My wife got the ball rolling with this beauty:
She got this mug on Etsy, from Cherie Giampietro's shop. If it weren't for the fact I specifically want a mismatched collection of mugs, I'd buy another.
Second, Ames made a shoulder strap for my mandolin. When I say "made", I don't mean "assembled": she actually wove it on a loom:
So she wove cotton thread to form the actual strap, got some plain leather to form the ends, did some leather work, and then sewed it all together. How cool is that?
It's a great addition to my mandolin:
But now I'm back at work. Still, April was a great month.