Friday, September 5, 2014

A Wedding Gift

It's still 3 weeks from my friends' wedding, but I gave them their gift early.  I had to.


I finished it awhile ago, but just got the frame recently.  :D  They loved it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Long Overdue Friday Five

Yeah.  I know.  I KNOW!!!  I don't know if it's the summer blues, lethargy, work being so crazy, or just straight up laziness.  But I just haven't been feeling blogging.  :(  And for that I apologize. It's like it didn't even dawn on my I haven't posted until like 3 weeks went by.  Geh.  Well, I'm here now and have a fun little five list for today.  Seemed appropriate since we'll be taking a road trip before too long.  So without further ado, here is today's:

Driven Friday Five!

1)  What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?  Any ornaments?
Oh baby, I am one classy lady in my Chrysler Concorde.  Aw yeah.  It's a great big boat of an old man car but it is SO comfy.  I have a couple crocheted YipYip aliens hanging from the rear view mirror, but that's about it.  My other vehicle is an old, old Trek bike.  :D  I used that today, actually.

2)  What are some of your favorite things about your vehicle?
Heated seats.  And the biggest trunk.... it's like the Tardis, it really is bigger on the inside.  Shockingly roomy.

3)  What do you dislike about your vehicle?
It gets pretty poor gas mileage.  And it's a boat.  I can parallel park it, but it's cumbersome.  and it's not very zippy.  Or very "me".

4)  What is your fondest memory involving your vehicle?
Probably getting the keys.  My dad gave me this car, and it is by far the nicest car I've ever owned.  I almost felt unworthy of it for the first couple of months.  I felt like a friggin queen driving my big old man car around.

5)  What's something you've never done with your vehicle that you'd like to?
Make it an art car.  That can pretty much guarantee I could never sell it so I've never had the nerve to go through with it.  But I would LOVE to make and have my own art car.


Ok, well there you have it.  A post how many weeks in the making?  Heh.  I can't promise I'll get better on the blogging, but I'll definitely make an effort.  Thanks to the few that check in here.  :)  Much love!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Another Video!

I made a kinda goofy video today after shopping.  I was feeling silly.


Monday, August 18, 2014

New Video

Since I'm not posting much, can I make it up to you with a video?

My voice was hoarse and I kinda slapped this together so it's not my best work.  But here ya go!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pelotonia!

I know, I still haven't been posting.  :(  I'll do my best to get back on track this week, I promise!!  But for now, just a quick post about yesterday.

Yesterday I participated in Pelotonia for the third year in a row.  My loving partner, theonlyboyfriend joined me this year for his first time riding!  We did 50 miles.  As always it was amazing.

Here we are pre-sweat and sunburn ready for the fun ahead!


I wrote out the names of people I was riding for on my arms and legs with a Sharpie this year:





The ride itself was humbling, touching, tiring, but so much fun.  Amazingly well organized for having 7270 people on bikes.  There are some moments that are just wall-to-wall people and bikes.  But it's not at all chaotic or scary ever.  They send riders off in groups of a couple hundred.  Here;s the "Chute" with our group at the start lines


I never regret the ride and will continue to do it every year until a cure for cancer is found.  If I ever cannot physically ride, I'll do the virtual rider and volunteer however I can.  It's one of the greatest things I am proud to say I've been a part of for 3 years now.

I'm so thrilled to say that theonlyboyfriend and I alone raised just under $3000.  My peloton, has raised almost $70,000.  And we're just 37 people.  The ride altogether raised $11,720,513.  As of right now.  For this year alone.  (They continue fundraising through October.) Since the ride started, they've raised over $73 million.

Just for comparison sake; here we are post-ride, soaked in sweat, exhausted and yet exhilarated:

 
If you could only see my lobster legs.

Thanks for everyone who sent words of encouragement, love, donations, prayers, or just happy thoughts our way.  And never fear, we'll be back with this next year!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

HUGE apologies

I know I haven't been around for awhile here, so sorry!!  Work has exploded and I've had a lot going on at home and gearing up (pun intended) for the big ride next weekend.  I'm still around but crafty times have been limited.  I do have some projects I will be doing soon so hopefully I'll have some fun things to post.  I just gotta get through next weekend!!

Hope to post before then at least.  I hope everyone is well!  Much love.

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!!!