Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

Not much to report today.  I started a hat for charity.  It's....a hat.  It's really not all that exciting.  I have some skeins of acrylic I got from my mom so I'm gonna try to crank out some scarves and hats for the charity I usually donate to.

Outside of that I've been reading a lot and not really doing much else.

I did get an amazing gift from a co-worker though.  She has a friend who works for JoAnn Fabrics, and every once in awhile they have a big employee sale at the warehouse, where employees can get discontinued and leftover items for pennies.  (Like, fill a bag for $5 kind of thing)  She came back with several bags and gave a couple to my co-worker who in turn gave a bag to me.  I am pretty excited at this haul!!


There's scrapbook paper, project life cards, stickers, some pinking shears and a few trinkets.  I've been drying to get some card stock like what's in there for making planners and journals.  I'm not much on scrapbooking, but I can make stationary for my pen pal, and journals and all kinds of fun stuff with this!!  I love it!

Sorry this is brief, there's just not a lot going for me right now.  And I've been feeling pretty blarg.

Hope everyone is well.  Much love!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Tree of (our) Life

Ok, remember how I said I was hoping I'd have something really cool to share?  I do!  I finished a quick project that's been on my mind for some time.

Upstairs at our house we don't really have a hallway, because the house is small-ish and instead of having a long hallway and smaller rooms, there's just a landing and the doors to the bedrooms and bathroom.  When you walk up the stairs though you're face to face with a big, blank wall.  Since we moved in we thought that was a perfect place for one big piece of artwork.  We searched high and low for a painting that was big enough, not terribly expensive, and very "us."  We came up dry.  Finally I thought, let's just paint something directly on the wall!  Then I was looking at one of my most favorite smaller paintings we have downstairs and thought I'd recreate it and modify it a bit.  The painting is called "The Tree of Life."  Here it is:



And I pencil drew it on the wall upstairs and painted it in yesterday.  Ta-da!!!


My idea is we buy a bunch of small pictures frames and fill them with photos of friends and family and our trips together so it's the tree of our life.  :)  Cheesy right?  Anyway, there it is!!  I gotta admit I'm pretty proud of it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five!!!

It's another gorgeous Friday once again and time for a 5!  The Worst Place on Earth will be open pretty soon and today's list from my usual source seemed appropriate.  (For those of you who don't know me personally, the Worst Place on Earth is the Ohio State Fair.  I have no words.  It's just.... beyond awful)

So without further ado here is today's:

All's Fair, Friday Five!!

1) How do you feel about carnival rides?
Well, I enjoy rides, quite a bit.  Carnival rides tend to scare me a little though because I've watched them put together and know full well they are not required to meet any form of safety standards.  So.... I'll ride them if I'm feeling brave knowing full well of my chance of being flung to my death.  Statistically not a lot higher than the probability of my being hit and killed by a car on my way to or from work, though.

2) How do you feel about carnival games?
I know full well they're usually rigged, but it's all about having fun.  And they're fun!  And sometimes after spending $20 on games you get a plastic whistle to annoy your friends with. :)  Seriously I play them sometimes, with no intention of winning.  Just fun.  I love the ones with the water guns you aim into the clowns mouth.  I don't know why, but those are so fun.

3)  What's your favorite carnival food?
Walking tacos.  Because tacos.  And I don't eat fried things so that pretty well rules out every other carnival food there is.  (I'm not a snob, I love fried things, but my digestive system does not, and I just cannot eat them.  Let's leave it at that.)

4) What animals do you look forward to seeing at the fair?
Well, I'll put aside my long rant on the treatment of most carnival and circus animals and pretend we're talking about well cared for animals at local fairs brought in my loving farmers who treat their animals like children.  ALPACAS!!!  Oh my god if I could have one of my own....  Alpacas.

5) How much does it cost to ride the bus on your city?
I had to look this up, I genuinely have NO idea.  It's $2 local, $2.75 for express.  I've lived in this city my entire life and have yet to step on a bus here.  Our bus system in Columbus is completely jacked up.  Were it like more large cities I'd gleefully take the bus all the time.  But it's not.  The places I need to go, taking the bus would take me 4 times as long as it would take me to just walk there.  The places I want to go, don't have buses that go there, so it's pretty useless for me.  I once worked across town from where I lived and thought about taking the bus.  I looked up the route and it would require 3 transfers and take 3.5 hours.  Yeah.

Wow, this list made me sound a little snobby, I really did not intend that!  And if any of my readers are fans of the state fair here; my apologies.  There are 3 things I really don't tolerate well; heat, crowds and noise.  And that's all the fair is.  It's generally 112 degrees and wall to wall people.  And the smell of that place makes me sick.  Frying things mixed with animal smell.  It sticks to you.  I cannot shower enough to get that smell off.  Anyway, I don't doubt it loads of fun for most people, but I'd rather be anywhere but there.

I hope everyone has a super fun weekend planned.  Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon I'll have something kinda cool to share with you.  I'm working on a little project at home that I'm super excited about!!  Much love!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday WIPs!!!

Mid week again?!  Where does the time go?  And a glorious day it is too.  Got down to 55 last night, and was only 58 when I left the house on my bike this morning.  Sun is shining and it's supposed to be cool all day.  Why can't every day be like this?

Yesterday I got my blocking wires in the mail from KnitPicks.  How in the name of all things holy did I live without these?  Seriously!  No wonder my doilies always looked crappy and uneven.  SHEESH!  So anyway I broke those bad boys out and used them on the wedding gift.  (After giving them a good washing first)  Check it out!


Man that is awesome.  Although looking at the photo I could probably adjust the bottom right corner there.  Meh, that's me, never happy.  Lol!  But seriously those things are amazing, it went SO much faster.  We'll see how it looks when it's dry though.  I'm worried my border will look weird.  If so I can re-block, it's not a huge deal, as I have tons of time.

I've gotten some more rows on my blanket in, which is nice.  But I gotta find some new travel projects to work on, since I'm getting back into my stitch groups again, finally!  I have a couple meets ups coming in the next couple weeks.  Yay!

That's about it for now.  But I'll leave you with a picture I'm pretty proud of that I drew in the front of my new Midori notebook.  (I smudged part though and that irks me)  This is really about the only thing I can draw.  Heh.


I hope everyone is well.  Much love!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Five!

Friday once again, and it's a lovely day in central Ohio.  Well, a little too hot, but at least the sun is out and it's not raining.  Again.

Anyhoo, my usual sources aren't inspiring me today, so I'm going to try the random question generator again and see what we get.  So, without further ado....

Another Random Friday Five!

1) What position do you usually sleep in?
On my stomach.  Sometimes on my side, but usually on my stomach, arms tucked up under my pillow.  Which apparently is known as the "Freefaller position."

2)  Do you play any sports?
Depends on the definition of sports.  Team sports? No.  Never have, never will.  I enjoy cycling a lot.  And weight lifting.  I think those are technically sports.  So....yes?

3) What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Pray.  Or tell theonlyboyfriend I love him.  Depends on if he's in bed yet or not.

4) Have you read anything good lately?
YES!  I've been plowing through books lately since I have more time to myself.  I just finished "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.   It was REALLY enjoyable!  I read the whole thing in a day and a half.  It's a pretty quick read though.

5) If you found $100 what would you do?
Ok this is tough.  I have this weird thing about finding money.  I immediately feel guilty.  I don't know why, but when I find even a dollar on the ground I instantly feel like I should not have it.  I found a 20 on the ground in front of my house one day and you'd think I'd found a live hand grenade.  I always take money I find and drop in the collection bin at church the next week.  $100 is a lot of money to me, and it would mean I could have more than cereal for dinner, but I just can't do it.  I think I just feel like the Universe has given me enough wonderful things and there are people out there that need something like that more than I do.  It's stupid, I know.

Wow, that went faster than I thought it would!!  And wasn't half bad.  I hope it was at least mildly entertaining to read.  :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, my faithful readers.  Have a wonderful weekend, much love!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

I'm noticing my page views for this blog have dropped off almost completely.  Not that I was ever getting massive readership or anything.  I was averaging around 20 views per post and I'm down to 5 or less.  I'm starting to debate the merit of keeping this blog going.  If nothing else it's a nice record for myself for things, I guess.  I'm not upset with this or anything, my blog is so disjointed anyway, heh.  No real focus.  And I'm not a writer by any stretch of the imagination.  I really just do this for myself anyway.  :)

So anyway, it's mid-week and time for some WIP's!!

I'm done with the wedding gift!!  I need to get some blocking wires and get it blocked out.  I'll get a photo or next week's post.  It's kind of a rumpled mess right now.

I actually got out the blanket I was working on forever ago and put a row or two on it.

We got a ton of yard work done this past weekend. I tore up some empty flower beds and planted grass seed to fill in.  Got all the weds pulled and things looking nicer.  Still have a bit of work to do though.

Uhhhhh.  Hmmmm.  Gosh, outside of that I really haven't been doing anything but reading and sleeping a lot.  Like, a lot.  As in I'm seriously starting to wonder if I have mono.  (It's not mono, I'm just tired and asocial)

So, uh...yeah.  I guess that's about it.  Sorry I'm not more interesting these days.  I'm enjoying my new found free time by doing a whole lot of nothing.  I hope you all are doing amazing things though!  Much love!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday WIPs!

I'm tempted to start calling these posts the Wednesday What's Up?  It started as checking in on my crochet projects but I'm not crocheting as much as I used to, sadly.  I do plan to get back on the horse soon though.  In fact I've been looking for some good books to read this summer and I might look for audio versions so I can listen and crochet.

That said, I do have one crochet WIP I can share!!  Yay!  The main part of the wedding gift is done!


I just need to put a border on and block it, then frame it!  Still nice and ahead of schedule.

Not really a WIP but I've been having fun decorating my planner, as you saw in my last video.


Honestly, that's about all I have right now.  Still coming down from the amazing cabaret, and enjoying my free time by napping a lot.  Heh.  I do plan to get some work done on shaping up the back yard this coming weekend though.  Maybe have some photos for ya!

Happy almost long weekend to my American readers!  Much love.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Perfection

I just read a REALLY good post on one of my favorite blogs and felt the need to share it in case it's not one you typically follow.  It's on the IHeartOrganizing blog.

Link to post

Someone left a not-so-nice comment on her blog awhile back about her life and home being "perfect" and how it brings everyone down.  This irritated me for a lot of reasons.  I follow this blog closely and yes her photos are VERY well done and make her projects or sections of her house look magazine-ready.  But if this commenter actually READ her blog they'd know her life is just like anyone else's and far from "perfect" whatever perfect may be.

It's easy to look at blogs and photos and Pinterest  pins and see all these perfectly staged photos and think that your house is sub-par and cluttered and messy and ugly.  But if you put things in perspective for a minute... what's just beyond the edges of that photo?  Very possibly a pile of dirty clothes as tall as you.  Or an overflowing garbage can.  Maybe they had a rotted basket of fruit on the counter earlier and the place smells to high heavens.

I love looking at photos and reading blogs about home organizing and things like that and gain some really cool ideas from them.  But I have NO notions of having a magazine-ready home.  My home is lovely.  Yes, somehow no mater how many times I pick them up there seems to ALWAYS be socks laying around.  Piles of mail and receipts fill the kitchen table.  But when friends come over I get compliments all the time on how charming our house is.  And outside of all of that, we love our house and are so happy there.  Socks and receipts and all.  And that is all that matters to me.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Planner Update

I made a new video I wanted to share.  Just a quick update on my planner.  For funsies!





Thanks for tuning in!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Five!

We're finally at Friday.  A long week it's been, too, with quite the exciting weekend ahead.  Just one more day and it's cabaret time!!!  Ack!!!  I'm excited and terrified all at once.  But enough of that.  It's Friday Five time!  Random questions this week.  Seriously I went to a Random question generator website and I'll just take the first five it asks me.


1)  If you knew you only had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?
Oh man, there's not much you can do in only 24 hours.  Like I couldn't see all the places in the world I've always wanted to see or anything.  I'd probably just be with my family and friends.  Have a massive party and hug everyone I could.

2)  What do you do to stay in shape?
I've talked about this a lot, sorry.  I work out 6 days a week 45 minutes a day minimum and eat as much whole and raw foods as possible.

3)  What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who don't care about anything but themselves.  This comes out in so many ways.  People walking in the street like they own it, when cars are trying to get through with an attitude of "I do what I want!"  People who aggressively hate others who don't believe what they believe, or aren't the same kind of person that they are, etc.  Really anyone with that general attitude of "who cares about you?".  Sends my blood pressure right through the roof.

4)  Are you a risk taker?  What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
I used to be.  Not as much anymore.  Depends on the risk I guess.  My desire to go skydiving is completely gone now, but I love trying new things.  Biggest risk I ever took...  I am mortified to talk about this, but here we go. I flew to another state to meet someone I'd only ever talked to on the phone.  This was a long time ago, before it was very widely know how stupid and dangerous that is.  Everything worked out fine and this person was very nice, nothing happened.  It was very boring in fact.  But if I could go back in time I'd smack myself for thinking that was ok.

5)  When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I always wanted to be an entertainer of some sort.  Singer, actor, musician.  And look at me now!  I'm an office manager.


Well that was certainly interesting.  I like this random question generator thing!  I'll book mark it to remember for days my usual source doesn't have questions that interest me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned!  Much love!!