Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday WIPs!

I made it!  And I went from nothing to 3, count 'em 3 WIPs!  So let's dive right in, shall we?

First off, the wedding gift offensive doily.  Not super far along, but it's coming.  It's my travel project.  Lunch breaks and such.



Second we have the family gift blanket, or the "It's gonna work this time I swear!" blanket.  I'm into the second color now.  I'm making big wide stripes:


And lastly I'm starting yet another project with my fancy Chroma yarn.  I think this is the 3rd.  As you can see I'm just zooming along.  *sigh*  Well I just started it last night and I was having trouble getting the stitch count right.  It's....gonna be pretty, I swear!  Well, I hope.  It's basically a Tunisian Ripple wrap.



So that's really it for my WIPs.  Nothing else too massive going on at the moment.  Things are kinda busy so the homestead is quiet.  I hope everyone is well.  Much love!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Five!!

Friday Five time, on this sticky, gross, gloomy, yucky, nasty, I-want-to-go-home-and-lay-in-bed-all-day-under-a-fan Friday!  Sorry, is my mood showing?  Bleh.  I could go on about how disgustingly humid and hot my office is and how crabby I am from all the stress and heat, but it's Friday and time for my list, so let's put all that aside for now.  And we'll get on with today's:

Would You Rather Friday Five!

1.  If someone insisted on paying for it, would you rather have a gardener, a housekeeper, a personal chef, a driver, or a personal assistant?

I'm torn between the chef or driver.  Those are two things I hate doing more than anything else.  I think I'd go with chef.  Then maybe I'd eat a better diet than raw veggies and cereal for every meal.  

2. If someone insisted on paying for it, would you rather have a personal masseuse (or masseur), a sex surrogate, a personal trainer, a therapist, a makeup artist and hair stylist, or a life coach?

Personal masseuse.  100%.  I have more or less constant shoulder pain in the muscle that would highly benefit from weekly massages, but who can afford that?!

3.  Would you rather have a non-creepy secret admirer who sent you the occasional small gift and admiring note, a professional agent who kept an eye out for your next job and applied on your behalf and negotiated your salary, a private investigator who found out what people are saying about you and found out interesting things about people you know, or a personal photographer to capture all your special moments in ways that always made you look your best?

Ok this is weird all over.  I don't want any of those things.  Even specified as non-creepy if someone sent me little gifts and admiring notes, I'd be so creeped out anyway.  Just waiting for the next gift to be a finger or some hair.  *shudder*.  And some weirdo with a camera in my face all the time?  No thanks.  Pass on this question.

4. Would you rather have limitless closet space (for clothes only), limitless shelf space (for books and music only), limitless hard-drive and cloud storage, or an eidetic memory?

Eidetic memory, hands down.  I have no need for any of the other things at all.  Plus I have serious memory problems already, so this would be so useful.  

5. Would you rather have perfect pitch, the ability to do long or tricky math problems quickly in your head, ambidexterity, an inerrant BS detector, or the uncanny ability to know exactly what the weather’s going to be like in your neighborhood within twenty-four hours?

I kinda have most of those already.  Not the math one though.  But I really have no need or desire to do math in my head, I avoid math at all possible costs, as it give me nasty anxiety attacks.  So I guess I'd have to go with the inerrant BS detector.  I like to think I already know when people are BS-ing me, but I'm kinda gullible at times, so this could prove useful.


Ok, that's it for this week, I hope you enjoyed my list.  Have a super great weekend!  Much love.  


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

I started the blanket for theonlyboyfriend's family.  Which I will call the "It's gonna work this time, I SWEAR!" blanket.  Because the last one was such a disaster.  Oy.  Anyway I'm a few rows in and I love the pattern and it looks nice.  I had the boy help me pick out colors and I think what we got will work wonderfully!  Whew.

I also started an offensive doily for a gift for some friends getting married this fall.  Not a new one, one of my already made designs.  It's the "Home Sweet F--king Home" one.  I know they'd appreciate it. :)

No photos.  Sorry.  But so I don't leave you with nothing, I made a video of my trip to the vet with theonlycat on Tuesday.  Oh man.  It's always an adventure.  Anyway, please enjoy!  I hope everyone is well, and much love to you!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Video

I uploaded another new video tonight.  Per request a video on how to get started living an organized life!  I hope it's ok.  I realize after each video I have a terrible tendency to ramble on a bit.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Five

Here is the Friday Five meant for last week.  DERP!

Yeah.  Totally dropped the ball on Wednesday WIPs.  I was seriously just sitting on my ass last night.  I was even crocheting a new WIP!!!!  * sigh*  Bad blogger.  So I guess I'd better have a REALLY GOOD list, huh?  Well as it happens my usual source for my questions has been posting bonus questions throughout the week and there were a handful that were craft related.  So I think I'll dig through those!!  So enough of my groveling, let's get on with today's:

Crafty Friday Five!

1) What kinds of craft-making do you particularly enjoy?
Well I think that's kind of obvious that I like crochet.  But I guess outside of that, I love working on projects around the house.  Curtains, pillows, organizing and cleaning rooms.  I'm back and forth on sewing.  It can be so incredibly frustrating, and I'm not a very patient person.  But it can also be very rewarding.  

2) What kind of craft-making's appeal baffles you?
Scrapbooking.  I just don't get it.  Especially nowadays when photos are digital.  I have a shelf full of my photo albums from the pre-digital age, and I barely look at those.  I don't know, but it just does not appeal to me in the least.

3) What have you purchased from Etsy or similar websites?
Very recently the most amazing necklace ever.  I've ordered some jewelry from another site similar to Etsy.  Storenvy, same site I have my store through.  Honestly, I haven't bought much of anything from Etsy.  Just a couple necklaces.

4) What crafty item in your house gets the most use?
That's a hard one.  I guess I'd have to say my crochet hooks or my sewing machine.  But the hooks get WAY more use than the sewing machine.  My label maker gets a good workout too.  Mmmm, labels.

5) What qualities really make someone a good crafter?
Hmmmm.  That's a really good question and completely subjective.  I mean, it's pretty well matter of opinion of something or someone is "good".  I guess like anything honesty and intent make the act of crafting good versus bad.  If you're slopping crap together just to make money, that's probably not good art.  It might look good, or function well, but it's not very honest and the intentions behind it are not for art's sake.  I dunno, I'm kinda talking out of my bum here.

I guess that's it for my list.  I hope it was worth the long delays.  Heh.  Have a super awesome weekend!  Much love.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday WIPs!

Oh you guys are gonna love this.  So last week I took a mental heath day on Friday, and just sat around in my PJ's all day, reading and napping. (It was every bit as amazing as it sounds)  Because I knew I was taking that day, Thursday was my Friday.  I got all confused and started writing my Friday Five post, and right before I hit "publish" I realized my mistake.  So I said "I'll just post it tomorrow."  Nevermind Blogger has a "Schedule" function so I can set it to post whenever I want.  * sigh*  So guess who forgot to post it?  And I honestly did not even notice until today.  For the love of all things holy.  I figure at this point I'll just save it for this Friday.  And maybe go ahead and schedule the publish date and time this time so I don't forget again.  Yeesh.

Ok so now the weird part.  I currently have no WIP's.  WHAT?  I know.  I frogged the vest.  I was having a bit of a hard time with the pattern, and realized I was using the wrong kind of yarn anyway.  I'll make the vest eventually, but I gotta find better yarn first.  I did make 2 quick cowls though last weekend.



The gray one is for me, to replace one that's gotten old and is falling apart.  I have no idea what to do with the green one.  I already have one kinda like it.  (This one is sparkly though!)

I also bought some yarn to make a blanket for theonlyboyfriend's family for Christmas.  Remember the last one that failed so miserably?  Ugh.  I'm not making that mistake again, I'm going with a pattern and yarn I know well.  

Total side note: Did you know there's a JoAnn app for smart phones?  Yeah.  I have the worst time getting their coupons in the mail and forget to bring them anyway.  Now you just pull it up and show your phone to the cashier.  RIGHT?!  Aforementioned yarn was 50% off.  Yesssss!

Ok, I think I've been annoying enough for one day.  I hope everyone is well.  Much love and keep craftin'!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Sneak Peek

We finished painting last night and got everything cleaned up and put back.  For now.  We still need t do some touch ups here and there and repaint the trim.  but we're going to wait on that until we get the countertops replaced.  So please ignore the hideous countertops in the photos.



Told you they were bad.  But we are beyond thrilled with the walls.  The color turned out perfect.

I know I kinda did away with the Sunday check in, but I did get some small purging done last week.  Took another go through my jewelry and accessories.  And a few other things as well.  I have nearly another full tub already!

Well that's it for now, just wanted to give ya'll a sneak peek into the kitchen.  I'm hoping we can get the counters done sooner rather than later.  We just need to shop around and get some quotes.  I hope everyone is well, much love!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Painting!!!!

I just realized I forgot to post a Friday Five yesterday.  I totally had the time too.  I just straight up forgot.  *sigh*

Well to make up for it hopefully I'll have some great photos of our freshly painted kitchen tomorrow.  We got the first coat on last night.  First coats rarely look good and this is no exception.  It's streaky and blotchy color, but once we get the second coat on today it's gonna look great!  With all the black and stainless steel appliances, we decided to go with a kind of brick/burgundy-ish color.

Fingers crossed!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Video

Just a quick post to share the new video I posted last night.  Very quick and simple video on my cleaning caddy.


I think I finally figured out how to embed them here on my blog.  It's a frustrating process.  If I posted videos on my main channel it would be a breeze, but unfortunately Blogger does not recognize sub channels.  The one place Google seems to fail miserably in the whole "everything in connected" idea.  But enough of my whining.  The video which is successfully embedded!!!





Thanks for stopping by my humble blog and YouTube channel!!!  Much love.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

Wednesday once again.  And a rainy one at that.  But there's something about showers bringing vegetation so I'm fine with it.  :)

Ok let's just dive right in.

The starry eyes pattern scarf, which I'm calling the Autumn Leaves Scarf it nearly complete.  I have photos this time too:



It's kinda hard to see the pattern with the very loud yarn there, but take my word for it, it's pretty!  I plan to use this pattern again for sure.  The scarf is a bit shorter than I had planned so I'm going to add something to either end to make it longer and look interesting, I hope.  And hide the fact that halfway through I missed a pattern repeat on one end so it's kinda lopsided on that end.  I'm only human!!  And the pattern, as I said above, is kinda hard to see with this yarn.  I'm not gonna lie, I found this yarn in a clearance bin at a discount store and bought 2 balls of it.  It sure looked pretty on the skein.  Worked up, not as much.  Oh well.  Still fun colors.

The fingerless gloves are coming along, too.  Just getting to the first part of the braid.


It's slow going, but I'm in no hurry.  Weather is getting warm now, heh.

We started a home WIP too.  It was kind of unplanned.  I was removing something from the wall in the hallway to our basement and the plaster chipped off.  I've been wanting to redo those walls since we moved in.  The previous owners used this weird texture paint that looks like stucco in a really.... not us hospital green color.  Once the chunk fell off the wall I said "This is happening.  Now."  We soaked the walls and scraped all the paint off.  All we need to do now is sand it and repaint.  We're just gonna do the entire kitchen while we're at it.  I can't wait!!  Hopefully it will all happen this weekend.  But you know how plans go.

That's all for today.  I hope everyone is well.  Much love!!