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insanity

  • Posted on January 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

perhaps not. i’ve been madly crocheting little hats and elf slippers, working my way through my mohair stash. even though the yarn is supposed to be the same size and i use the same hook, my results seem to vary a considerable bit.
i did read somewhere that you should always knit the sleeves of sweaters at the same time because your tension will vary depending on your mood, specifically how relaxed or tense you are. i believe it, because it certainly seems to hold true for me. i’ve had to be careful to finish both slippers at the same sitting and i try each hat on as i go to make sure it works for the size intended.
nevertheless my smallest hats vary from form-fitting beanies to slouchy over-sized tams. not what i’d originally planned, but they all look cute, so i’m not going to worry about it…..
still does that mean i am insane because i get a different result each time, or am i crazy for expecting them all to match? hmm, i wonder 😆

on the other hand, i think i have a bigger concern than my doubtful sanity. i’m beginning to be convinced that i am allergic to mohair. at first it was just being stuffed up and mild asthma symptoms, both common enough that i could mostly ignore them. however now i think the suspicious rash that appears and disappears on my arms may have a direct correlation to my use of mohair yarn. since i have a significant stash left in some truly gorgeous colors, this could be problematic. but will i stop using it? probably not. it is winter right now so i will try to finish it all up this winter while i can yet wear long sleeves. then the trick will be avoiding getting more, unfortunately i’m seldom that sensible about my stash building.

that’s what faith can do

  • Posted on June 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

“What Faith Can Do”

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise
kutless

new years resolutions

  • Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

what is it about new years that leads us to make resolutions? most of which don’t last past the first week, if they even make it past the first day. it does seem to be a time of new beginnings though, so i am going to make a couple myself.

1. i resolve to post at least once a week on this blog. i’d say every day but that is totally unrealistic and i know i wouln’t even make it to the end of the first week. once a week is more than i managed last year, so it is a stretch, but doable.

2. new pictures on flickr at least as often so my blog has pictures not just text 😉

3. add littlefee and realpuki sizes to my etsy store this year.

4. the last is a personal goal. we have 3 family weddings coming up in the next year and a half. occasions that will force me to wear something other than my standard t-shirts and yoga pants. so my resolution is to to lose 20lbs by the first wedding in july and 30lbs by the end of the year.

operation christmas child

  • Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

i’m taking a break from all things bjd today to pack shoe boxes for operation christmas child and just wanted to put in a plug for one of my favorite charities. occ is a great project where you pack a shoebox full of toys and goodies and they get sent to needy children all over the world. kids who otherwise would get nothing for christmas. the canadian link is here but there are collection centers all over the world. my kids have way more stuff than they could possibly use, but i can’t resist a really good bargain, so i shop year round for toys and stuff and then at this time of year we pack boxes to give to kids who don’t have much. for me it’s more meaningful than just writing a check. a win win situation in my book, and maybe something to keep in mind as you are starting your own holiday shopping 🙂

glamor challenge

  • Posted on January 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

i have entered a challenge to design a formal dress for one of my girls. the challenge runs from feb 1-28 on doa. details here i can’t actually start sewing till the first but i have till then to work out the design at least enough to get all the supplies i need. so i’ve been putting together clippings, sketching like mad and now that i have a least a vague idea of where i’m going with this, pulling fabrics.

first i pulled out all my silks/laces spread them out on the floor. then started putting them together in color groupings, putting back in my bins anything that couldn’t be combined with at least 2 other things. once i was happy with the color matches i put them together in ziplock bags according to groups and set them aside for daylight.

step two was checking colors under daylight conditions. so each group got put on the table with the sun streaming in. this is where i eliminated some that no longer matched like this
auditioning fabric 1
and this…
auditioning fabric 3

i also needed to check that the colors worked in a photo since the judging will be done just with pictures
which eliminated groupings like this
auditioning fabric 11 which looked great in person but sickly in the photo

this one ”reads” completely wrong in a photo
auditioning fabric 10
the color gets really washed out, but it looks good anyway so it’s a definite possibility
as is this one
auditioning fabric 8
decisions, decisions, decisions….

winter swap 2

  • Posted on January 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

we also received some very nice stuff in the swap. meg was the lucky recipient and here she is modelling some of the goodies
winter swap
she also got two other scarves that she shared.

winter swap

  • Posted on January 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

my swap partner has received her “secret santa” swap now so i can post some of the stuff i sent here.

ananda was the closest in size to my partners boy, so she got to be the model this time. here she is wearing the hat and scarf while snuggling under the quilt.
trying it out

fuzzy mohair/silk elf slippers
elf slippers 2

and here’s a picture of all the goodies
all together now
including a christmas dog, tray of gingerbread cookies, santa mug, penguin book, and angry birds concentration game for whiling away the winter hours. 🙂

alice in wonderland swap

  • Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

since we are mostly over our colds, we opened amber’s alice in wonderland swap today. i foolishly left the girls alone with the parcel while i went to get my camera, thinking we could open it and take pictures of each item before looking at the next. silly me! when i got back i found paper shreds everywhere. amber had already changed into her pretty new dress and was wearing her chessy cat ears, looking pleased as punch! crystal was holding up a new skirt and asking amber if she could try it on. noni, who is still fighting her cold and thus inclined to be a bit whiny was saying in despair “but there’s no pink for me! how come i gots no pink?”
alice swap 1
i gently explained that since this was amber’s swap, the gifts were all designed for her, and amber’s favorite color is purple. and besides there was a lovely fleecy blanket for each of them

amber switched into her new purple sweater, and graciously let crystal model her skirt. noni took ALL the blankets and snuggled them with the cute purple puppy. i promised them hot chocolate in amber’s new teapot and mug, and said we would read the new books at bedtime.
alice swap 2 then amber and crystal ran off to play leaving noni to take a much needed nap with the blankies.

all tuckered out

  • Posted on December 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

all tuckered out
we’re all sick with colds here. so not much time to blog. but this was a rather cute picture of digory sleeping with his favorite blanket

swap goodies

  • Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
she chortled in her joy

i got two my swap parcels (this and another one) in the mail. my little ones are hiding from sick kids in the house, but i hope to be able to get them to come out for pictures in the next day or two. in the meantime, smidge, beezie and amberglas are busy gloating over all the lovely little parcels