Sunday, February 27, 2011

What the heck was that?

Contini had a super late night last night. He hasn't done that in quite some time. Woke up yesterday around 10 AM, took what turned into a nap from 7 PM to 10:30 PM. I think he might have been down for the night if he hadn't fallen asleep on the couch and SOMEONE wouldn't stop making noise (lookin' at YOU, cat!). (Yeah, and DH wants another Himmy after this one, because it's great to have a cat that barks and howls louder than most small dogs?)
He woke around 10:30 and proceeded to stay up until 2 AM. He got only 6 hours of sleep last night and has been extremely moody today (super happy at times, absolutely miserable other times). Fun.

Anyway, while the little one slept next to me on the couch last night, we watched Sex and the City on E! and I wrote. It was strange. I've worked on my "One Story" in tiny itty bitty bits and pieces over the last year and few months but what I've written has not been especially good, nor long (not that length is of consequence). Most importantly (more importantly than it being lousy?!), what I've written had little to do with where I left off when I was working on this project regularly.
Finally I found myself ready to pick up where I left off and I had all my tools laid out and everything ready. I stared at this blank piece of lined paper knowing just what I needed to write and how it should be written. And in the moments before I began, my pulse was racing and I was sweating. I was nervous about it. What. The. Freakin'. HELL.?!
That was an entirely new experience for me and for the life of me I haven't a clue as to what it was.

I pushed through it and wrote. I spent Contini's entire "nap" writing almost continually. Pretty, neat writing in beautiful orderly fashion. Like the way I used to, before yarn consumed my entire being. There are no words (ha, from a writer?!) to describe how good that felt. I ended up with several scenes done and that much closer to being able to update that story. :) One of them may even be great as a little sneak preview of what's coming.
I have plenty more to work on and the drive to do it. YAY! I miss this feeling.

On an entirely unrelated and completely inconsequential note: Charlie Sheen, you're acting like a big fat baby and spoiled BRAT. You can't expect to open your mouth and say bad things about the hand that feeds you and not expect your food to be withdrawn. You did that show and "never got thanks" for it? WHAT THE HELL WAS YOUR PAYCHECK? Moron. (I'd have tweeted that but there was no way I could keep that to 140 characters or less. Thank you, blog, for being my 'whipping boy.') ;)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yes Virginia, it IS Caturday


My sweet little kitty, not too long after we rescued her from a shelter. That was long ago. Currently Miranda is half-perched on my lap between my belly and my laptop and it's difficult to type around her. She's quite good at getting in the way. :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Aging can KMA.


As I age, I find the things I like about myself are gradually falling apart. I should have been a hand model. I also had really pretty feet.
Well, they're still pretty (and I don't have cankles, honest, contrary to what the photo seems to show -- I took it at a REALLY bad angle apparently) but my left one is threatening me with bad, bad things. (REALLY bad things, but I don't want to go into that -- especially if there is a possibility that the apparatus shown can fix and then prevent said bad things.)

I guess that's what I get for being barefoot as much as I possibly can be, and by wearing flip-flops as much as I can when I'm forced to wear something on my feet. /sacrasm

But seriously though, wearing this thing (nights only) makes me feel a little like the Bionic Mommy. Which I will admit is kinda cool. Because I'm weird like that.

On the creative front, I'm thrilled to have a sudden desire to write. Meanwhile my mother's scarf is gathering dust (AGAIN). Those of you out there who have multiple hobbies: how on earth do you balance them? I've been a hobby whore for most of my life and I have yet to master the act of not neglecting some while indulging in the others.

I touched my One Story (The Story) for the first time since Nov 2009. To say it felt good is an understatement. I'm hoping to have a massive update for it coming up in the next few months, where I'm also hoping there will be a HUGE website-related surprise to go along with it. (I realize this is the type thing only I will care about, but it means a LOT to me. Just have to wait until midmonth for the cha-ching to go through with it!) :)

Kinda thinking of posting a preview. Anyone wannie (that's Contini-speak for "want")?

On the Puck front: I continue to resent the trade of J.S. Giguere (I realize that was over a year ago and I need to get over it and move on -- NEVER!!!) but seriously, the goalie situation for Anaheim just seems to go from bad to worse with variations of abysmal. I'm not sure how to feel about the new trades or the state of our "#1," Jonas Hiller. It's just disappointing considering how much talent we have on this team and how despite that, we're struggling -- again -- to make the playoffs. Seriously, boys, don't make me find a new team. Cuz I love a couple of you just way too much to cheat on you. :p

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PICSHOORS!

I made myself do it. I just couldn't stand not having photographic evidence of the stuff I've worked on, so here we go!
























My first felted object! This was also made with yarn I dyed with Kool-Aid and was thrilled (and shocked?) at the color-fastness of kids' drink powder. Wanted to go with something more-or-less Duck-themed. Conveniently I did not photograph the embroidery-fail on the "front" of the purse. You needn't see that. ;) This was tunisian-crochet (knit stitch), hand-sewn zipper and hand-sewn lining. This project was MANY firsts all rolled up into one more-or-less satisfactory result. Will I do more? Hell yes. I learned SO much about many things with this single project and I know subsequent projects will be SO much better for it.






















Aforementioned granny stripe blanket prototype. I have one more shade of blue and then a cream to throw in and I'm back to these colors. . . No clue how big this sucker is going to be by the time it's finished. Taking bets now as to how soon I get good and sick of this project! ;)






















Mom gift WIP. I took several photos of this and it just does NOT want to photograph even a 10th as beautiful as it really is.




























Belated Christmas gift (what?!) was delivered during our trip to NE. :)




























Yarn cannister, courtesy my awesome father. (His old cannister, his drill and hacksaw -- and his effort -- went into this, not that it was much effort. He was pleased that for once a "project" he undertook was completed in ten minutes or less. Lately the things he has to work on take days or weeks to finish. Oy.)




























My addition to the cannister -- its cozy. I can't decide if it looks more like a fancy top hat or a cake. . . Either way it was a quick and easy project.
And of course, now that I look at the photo, I realize I photographed the 'wrong' side of it. D'oh.

All pictured out? Good, 'cuz I am. ;)

The Functional Fixedness of a Fork

Little one was helping himself to "fweh fwies" for lunch today but is going through this phase(?) where he doesn't want to actually touch the food with his fingers. After attempting to manipulate the fries on his plate and eat them by leaning in and biting, he condescended to using a toddler fork. We've not had much success with the self-feeding involving utensils previously but bit by bit, it seems to be improving.
Today after working several fries with the fork on his own, he decided he was done using the fork for its intended purpose. Let's just say my two-year-old now has the mentality of a Disney teenage mermaid.
I suppose I should just be happy he didn't opt to shove the thing down his diaper prongs-first!
Now. . . To find where he hid the thing!!

I finished the Blue plushie, all save a pair of eyes (done with black and white felt) and I'm not entirely pleased with the result. The pattern left off a few details and I think when I have the time and money to purchase new yarn, I will make a version 2.0. If I can get a photo of Contini playing with it, I'll post it. Otherwise, look out for version 2.0 later this year. :p

No St. Patrick's Day merchandise for my Etsy shop. Perhaps I can start making themed merchandise a year or so ahead of time for the following year. But at this point, I'm disappointed -- not surprised -- at the lack of success I'm having on Etsy. Thanks to Woman's Day magazine, I've discovered other sites where I might have more success (and one is free to use, unlike Etsy, with the requirement of a certain amount of merchandise, which I qualify for). I think I may let my listings expire (next month) and whatever doesn't sell gets moved elsewhere. I really like Etsy but I don't think I'm going to see the success I'd like unless I branch out from jewelry, something I can't do for some time. If I leave Etsy, I'll likely eventually come back, depending on how things go elsewhere.

I started on a granny stripe blanket (made out of blue Caron I've had sitting around) and I think that will be the project that accompanies me to my Stitch 'n' Bitch evenings. I was just telling a couple ladies how I wanted to commit to a larger-scale project so I'm pleased to "put up." It is a prototype (seems that's all I do these days!) for future blankets, including a gift for my father. :)

Speaking of gifts, I'm back to work on the lace scarf I'm making for my mother. It's going much faster now than when I first started it and I've added several inches over the last couple evenings.

With my father's help and thanks to inspiration from someone else's stroke of brilliance, I have a new yarn holder (made from an old DVD cannister). I had to whip up a cozy for it (because you know, I wouldn't want anyone to see the yarn I'm working with?) -- one of these days I may even be able to get some photos.
It's funny, I have the capability to do that myself but it seems like the hardest damn thing to actually accomplish!! Perhaps that should have been my New Years resolution. ;)

More to come, maybe even with photos (what?!)!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Back!

I didn't forget about this blog (have I said that before?) -- I was on vacation with my family in Nebraska. :)

Anyway, we're home again and trying to get back into our routines. I think I shall start my routine by going to my local Stitch 'n' Bitch meetup group.

Currently working on a crocheted Blue (from Blue's Clues) for Contini and hoping that will be done soon. I have a few projects I need to get photographed so I can share them, and I will share a few photos from the trip we took.

My Etsy shop is off vacation mode and I'm considering adding a few pieces specifically for St. Patrick's Day. Regrettably I wasn't able to do that for Valentine's Day, which I really would have liked.

My mind is everywhere at once (the usual upon returning from an adventure like we had) and I'm hoping in a few days I can organize my thoughts well enough to write a little about our trip.

But most importantly I am happy to report I'm back and updating! WOOHOO!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I know it's not Caturday yet

But I felt like spreading some cat-related cute tonight:






















(Contini with our kitty, Miranda.) ♥

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I can haz an accomplished?

○ Resume done and sent where it needed to go.

○ Taxes done and mailed. (We're coming, State of CA Franchise Tax Board. . . You've been warned.) :D

○ Next Big Project™ is drying from felting process. Holy moly, mother of CRAP the dye didn't bleed or otherwise fade. My hand-dyed yarn is up to the task of being felted! Can't tell you the happy this makes me!! I can trust my Kool-Aid dyeing to withstand vigorous and harsh washing conditions, which makes me feel better about selling anything that I've hand-dyed. (Not that the thought has crossed my mind.) ;) Further, the obvious: I can felt my hand-dyed yarn! WOOT!

○ Acai-blueberry green tea is made and cooling. It smells all tea-y and yummy in here right now.

○ Geckos will have their habitat moved out into the main room tonight (kitty will be happy to see her pets again; it's been years) and cleaned.

Now I twiddle my thumbs and wait for the felted object to dry so I may continue the project. My thumbs will be calloused soon, I think. *not known for patience*

In other news, my little boy is a wreck. He's been sick for about a week now. Thankfully we didn't experience the nightmare known as infant/toddler fever (this time) but he has one hell of a watery-sounding cough and his nose has been in constant-run-mode. That sweet little delicate skin just below his nose (on either side of the philtrum) is raw and looks rash-y from all the wiping and mucous it's endured. I hope there's marked improvement before Saturday.
Except for the nose and cough, he's in much the same spirits he's usually in (including getting a second wind last night after 10 PM and literally racing around the living room. . . he's taking lessons from the kitty).

I started copying the episodes of Blues Clues we recorded off our DVR and onto DVDs. We have over 80 episodes and I know it's just a fraction of the total episodes produced, but at least we can free up some space on the DVR. I'm only on the 4th episode; I've a loooong way to go.

Last on my list (but not last on my mind) is the hockey game tonight! Our first game in over a week, I feel a little deprived! I was also hoping to see our captain back on the ice, but it looks like it's not in the cards for another week yet. *pout*

Plenty more updates to come. I sure hope my felting dries soon!! I'm eager to continue work on it!

I will leave you now with a link to my Etsy account's Facebook page. Please join me over there and 'like' what you see! ♥