Sunday, April 29, 2012


And here we go for the final lineup for the April Goals.  In my last post  you saw a few of the goals already posted.

 I made some progress on Growth Rings by Ink Circles.  It's looking pretty good.  I have a goal for it in mind for next month already. I am using a hand dyed linen from a grab bag from Hand Dyed Fibers, and the floss is Summer & Smoke (the inside color) and Arctic Ice (the outside color) by Gloriana.  I am a huge Ink Circles junkie.  I already have Cirque des Cercles framed above my desk where I can see it every day.  Cirque des Carreaux is hanging in the closet waiting for me to save up $400 to get it framed properly to match CdC.  I need to frame up Here Comes Treble for my daughter as a house warming gift since she's leaving for her own apartment on the 1st.
 Here's Erica Michael's Serenity Prayer Petite...cept'in I didnt make it petite.  I made it BIG!  I stitched it with the recommended DMC and stitched it on some old 18ct  Fiddler's cloth I had laying around.  I wanted to be able to see it and read it every day.  I don't say a lot of prayers, but this one just makes sense.  It also has special meaning for my husband since he's on his 4th year being sober.  This prayer is a big part of his program.  This summer is gonna be big for him; 4 years sober and graduating with his BS in Information Technologies!  Yay husband!

Here's my start of my first embroidery I have done since I was about 10 years old.  Below is the original picture that I am using as inspiration.  It's mine and my husband's feet in front of the fire on one of our favorite vacations. I need to figure out how to do the log and flames.  I think I am going to leave out the fireplace, but I may put in something for the ottoman.  It's all something I will have to figure out in the next month or two.  I cant decide if I will put this on my May goals or not.  It may have to be a June goal to finish up.   I don't know how much time I will have in May for this project.  I have a couple of big ones planned.

This picture brings up memories of warmth, fun, love, fresh ocean air, comfy down beds, love and laughter. It just makes me smile.  I cant wait to finish this hoop and hang it up.  It's from a winter get away we had in Monterey CA. We stayed in a wonderful inn right on Cannery Row.  Our room looked out over the Monterey Bay and we could see the sea otters while we had breakfast in the window seat each morning.  We spent a couple of days wandering around the aquarium, a day on the beach behind the inn, and just relaxing in our room by the fire.  I hope stitching this will keep it in my memory even after I am old and senile.

I know it's not May yet, but I am going to go ahead and put up my May Goals now.

1. Make progress on Growth Rings
2. Finish my desk (it's been in the process of being refinished for 3 years now.  I think it's time to finish it!)
3. Make the chair cover for my husband.  (This is another finishing project that's been sitting around for quite a while.)
4. Do something small.  (This, of course, is my gimme goal.  I can do anything I want!)

I think that's all I am going to set up for this month because I have a long week of work happening the week of Mother's Day.  My family has 2 exhibits set up for the Maker Faire and that'll take up a whole weekend.  My daughter is moving out so I'll need to set up our living room back into a living room.  And last, but not least, an old friend is coming into town for a weekend and we are planning a family dinner and maybe a bbq at the beach.  Wow...that's a pretty packed month for us!  I may have planned too many goals!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two For One

Two for one postings today.  I am trying to spread out my April goal postings a bit, but truth be told, I am a last minute type girl, so they'll all be done this week.  My goals, not necessarily the posts.  I also want to talk about books.

First off, I said in my last post I was reading Storm Born by Richelle Mead.  We are big Felicia Day fans around this house and she's been talking about "Vaginal Fantasy" novels.  She describes it as "urban fantasy (or historical fantasy) aimed towards women that has a lot of romance and sex." Basically it's Chick Lit (Fantasy).

Anyway, I finished the book last night.  I am still trying to decide if I don't like Chick Lit or if I don't like Fantasy.  I know I am not a Romance Novel type gal.  My auntie once gave me a big fruit box full of Harlequin novels that she had read.  I loved reading and was reading 2-3 books a week at that time, so she thought it was  a great gift.  I am sure it was, but I only got through about 20 pages of the first one and I gave the rest away.  Since then I have read a couple of Danielle Steel, but never really got into her stuff either.  I read Twilight.  I enjoyed it, but really got annoyed with all the stupid romance stuff.  I really think the whole thing could have been cut down to 1 book without all the hand holding, face touching, and almost kissing tossed out.

I like fantasy video games.  After all, I am a Night Elf Druid in WoW.  I like fantasy movies.  LotR is one of my favorites.  But fantasy books need to have something other than fantasy in them to really keep my interest.  I did read the Hobbit and enjoyed it, but not enough to pick up and read the rest of the books (which is funny since I really loved the LotR movies, but I won't be reading the books any time soon.) I like some other fantasy books, but they seem to masquerade as historical fiction.  

So, I guess my recommendation is that if you like romance novels and fantasy novels, this book might be for you.  But it just wasn't my thing.  I basically just pushed through it so I could finish it and start my next book.
Next book in the queue:  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

 Now on to the fun stuff!  Crafts!  The cats totally d.e.s.t.r.o.y.e.d. the felt catnip mouse I made them.  It's in tiny pieces all over the house.  So I made them a bunch of new ones.  I even tried one made out of denim.  They've been a huge hit again.  In fact, we piled them up this morning while sweeping and every time I look over at the toy pile a new cat is laying on top of them all trying to keep the others away.  I guess these are going to count as Goal #6 finished.  That was the complete anything small goal.

Next crossed off my goal last is the bag for Brad's dice.  It isn't reversible.  After looking at some patterns for that, it just seemed a little above my sewing skill.  He's pretty happy with it the way it is anyway.  I, of course, see all my mistakes.  I think I'll just look at it through his eyes and not worry about it. :)  So, that was goal #4 finished!  Two out of six so far!

Here are the reusable produce bags I made for my mom, and a couple of extra for me.  They are a quick and easy sew.  I even fooled around with making a box bottom on a couple of them.  This was goal #3.  I am halfway through my monthly goals!

It's actually more than half way since I have already made good progress on Growth Rings and I did start on my Feet by the Fire embroidery, but I am not ready to share those yet.  That leaves me a week to frame up Serenity Prayer and all goals will be met!  My mind is already working on May goals.  I have been resisting putting them up yet since I am not done with Aprils.  I am trying not to get ahead of myself.  I think that's where I fail on goal setting most of the time.  I either get ahead of myself or I don't set realistic goals.  Let's hope I keep up the good work with my crafting goals, then maybe I can start making some life goals or at least get a menu planned for each week. ha!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Under The Boardwalk, Down By The Sea

Me collecting sea glass on McAbee Beach

Ok, so we weren't really under the boardwalk.  I don't think Monterey even has a boardwalk.  But we were definitely down by the sea for a lovely little get away. The sea was beautiful and crystal clear!  And nearly freezing.  Well, the marine biologist said it was about 56F.  Too close to freezing for my taste.  The air was much warmer though.  It was in the mid 60's and beautiful!  Just a nice breeze blowing.  Sun was shining with little bits of clouds.

We stayed at the Spindrift Inn which is my favorite place to stay in Monterey.  You can get a view of Cannery Row or the Ocean.  Each room has it's own fireplace.  King sized beds.  Breakfast brought to your room each morning.  Wonderful window seats to take in the view, or to read in...or nap in as I did one day. The best thing is that it's only about a block away from the aquarium.

Oh my!  The sunfish
Speaking of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we spent a lot of time there.  We renewed our membership, as it is one of our favorite places on Earth.  We decide to go see the feedings that we normally don't go to since we were there on the less crowded weekdays.  Penguins are so cute when being fed.  They are so polite and wait in line and just walk away when they are done.  No pushing or shoving or grabbing fish from other penguins!  The sardines were amazing all swarming the food and then, poof! back to the bottom of the tank the second they were done.  It was so fast that you could easily miss it.  The sunfish also made quite the appearance while we were there. Usually it stays at the back of the tank and you can hardly see it.  One of the days we were there it was swimming back and forth across the tank.  This is the most awesome picture I have ever taken of it, and I have taken a ton of sunfish pictures.

Over all it was a great get away.  Lots of delicious food and the downtime that was sorely needed.  I took some stitching with me, but barely put in 50 stitches.  I did read about 30% of my current book.  What am I reading you ask.  I might be too embarrassed to say.  Let's just blame it on Felicia Day.  She's been talking about "vaginal fantasy" books.  Not as bad as it sounds.  It's fantasy books with female leads.  So I have been reading "Storm Born" by Richelle Mead.  I wanted to see what this "vaginal fantasy" thing was all about.  I can say that fantasy is not my first pick for book genres..which is weird since I love fantasy movies, art, etc.  I am looking forward to finishing though, so I can start the next book on my Kindle line-up.

Brigga with her prey.
Yes, I have crafting as well as vacationing and reading.  I tossed together this little mouse one evening while playing World of Warcraft.  How talented is that??  I can sew and play video games at the same time!    It was super easy. I just cut a heart out of felt, a couple of circles and a long bit of ribbon.  I sewed the ribbon into the middle of the heart. I pinched the circles and added them as ears and I stitched on little eyes and whiskers you cant really see.  I sewed up the edges of the heart shape, stuffed in with batting and catnip and voila! Cat toy!  The cats actually love it.  This is Brigga and her big paws with it.  There weren't many other pictures of it because it was immediately being tossed around the house.  By the time we got home from vacation, the mouse had lost it's ears and has a large hole in it's side.  The cats want me to make more.  Maybe I'll try it with some denim or some stronger material of some kind. I definitely wont waste my time on ears or the cute face.  The cats done care and they are just gonna rip them all up anyway!

Ok, enough for now.  I'll have more crafting stuff to post later.  I have actually been working on my April goals!  There's even a 50/50 chance I might finish all of them!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Timey Wimey

So, last month I took my glasses in to get new lenses.  My eyes havent changed much, but my glasses were all scratched up.  I am rough on my glasses.  I toss them in my purse, pocket, center console of the car, where ever.  I have a case for my glasses.  Right now it's holding a bunch of seed beads from a kit I am in the middle of.  That doesn't do much to help keep my glasses from getting scratched. :( 
TARDIS glass case
So with these new glasses I want to be a little more careful and actually use a case for them.  My husband gave me one of his old cases and it happened to be TARDIS blue.  How could I resist??  I am not an artist by any means.  I have a hard time with stick people.  So I printed a picture of the TARDIS on the back of some clear contact paper and then cut out the windows and stuff.  I then painted in the cut out parts to make it look like the TARDIS.  It's not perfect, but I love it!  I love putting my glasses in the TARDIS every day. I have had my new glasses for 2 weeks and not a scratch on them!   Which is about a week longer than it too me to scratch my last pair!

I think I am going to try my hand at making some crafting goals for the month of April.  I have a few projects I want to finish, but keep putting off for no real reason.  Maybe if I put them here, I'll actually make a point of getting them done.  So, here we go!


  1. Work on Growth Rings.  (any amount so I can show it off at the end of April on the Ink Circle Stitchers Blog
  2. Frame Serenity Prayer.  (Note to self: stop being a chicken and just do it!  The Sugar Skull was easy!)
  3. Make the reusable veggie bags for my mom and extras for me.
  4. Make the reversible dice bag for Brad (since the sewing machine will already be out for the other bags)
  5. Start working on the "Feet by the Fire" hoop.  (Note to self: dont be scared of embroidery. It cant hurt any more than x-stitching does!)
  6. Something quick and easy so you'll have a finish on your hands. Anything at all.