Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Electronic making

Today, my making consisted of electronic endeavors.  I've been investigating online video editors for work, so I messed around with a site called WeVideo.  There may be a few more of these before I'm finished.

I've never attempted much with video, other than direct uploads from my phone to Facebook or Flickr or whatever.  Today, with very little learning curve I managed to cut a video clip and add some effects.  It was really pretty easy, and WeVideo has quite a lot of tutorial videos if I want to learn more.  I could have some fun with it - they've got  music and all sorts of sound effects.  How can you go wrong with a song called "Crime Disco?"  That's not the music in this video, but it could be next...

Here's my masterpiece!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yarn, and making...

I've been happily plugging away at my "age before beauty" blanket project, and I'm happy to say I'm over halfway finished!  I've been using yarn that I had on hand for most of it, and it turned out I had less purple than I thought.  Fortunately I had some lovely green and gray yarn that fits into the color scheme well.  I did order some yarn to get a contrasting color for sewing the sections together - keeping that hidden for now!  I will say it's going to work great.

I did buy a couple of other yarn skeins to mess around with.  Not sure what I'll do with this one.  It's 50% bamboo and sooooo soft!

We'll see.  I'm sure I'll think of something, or maybe I'll just carry it around with me and rub it against my face when I'm stressed out.

Sure.  That seems like a good plan.

Monday, January 5, 2015

So busy!

I tell you what, this "year of making" is really keeping me out of trouble! Well, I may be staying up too late crocheting, but you.  That's how it goes.  Here's what I've been up to the last couple of days, working on my Age Before Beauty Blanket (I almost typed algae, can you believe it?).

Oooooooh, isn't it pretty?  I'm really enjoying working with this particular yarn.  So soft!

I managed to make a bonus item today - a blackout poem!

It's hard not to be too picky about the words on the page when trying to make one of these.  However, I was unable to pass up the words "cosmic casserole."  It had to be done!

The other item of business keeping me out of trouble is the 2015 Reading Challenge.  I ran across this challenge on Facebook, and enough people were interested that I started a Goodreads group.  Group moderating is tonnes of fun!  Actually, it's not that bad, but I've already had a snippy conversation between a couple of group member.

Be nice, people.

Be nice.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello 2015!

2015.  That number sure has a nice sound and look, doesn't it?  I feel like this is going to be a good year.  A year with great potential.

A short time ago, I was perusing the New Book shelves at the library.  I spied a slim volume in the craft section that caught my eye.

Kim Piper Werker?!  I know that name!   I've been aware of her for quite a while, for her work with Crochet magazine and other crochet related things.  I used to follow the crafty world much closer, but have gotten away from that in the last few years.  I snagged the book - I love reading about creativity and have been on a big Lynda Barry kick lately.  I LOVE her books.

Anyhow, I started re-stalking Kim, and she posted that she had a new ebook, A Year of Making.


I bought it, and am not sorry.  I am INSPIRED.  It's been so long since I've done anything creative on a regular basis.  Yes, I've been doing a lot more with my beads, and that is a good thing.  But I used to do so much more!  I used to dabble in a lot of things, and make things for people for xmas.

So I have begun my "year of making."  I love that it is low pressure, fit to your own life.  Only have a few minutes?  Make a drawing, or crochet a row or two.  I plan on including my gardening work, once the weather gets better.

Day one - I cleaned off the table in my craft room so I will have space to work!  My beads are on the desk, and I don't really want to have to move them to do other things.  So I cleaned off the desk, and then I made a collage!  I printed out the book and worksheets, and am keeping them in an old 3-ring binder.  It needed a nice cover, so voila!

Some watercolors, cut up atlas and rubber stamp catalog pages, and a rubber stamp.  Easy peasy!

This morning I was poking around on the internet, and Kim posted a link on Twitter to an easy crochet blanket on the Meet Me At Mike's blog.  It's called the Age Before Beauty blanket - and I love the concept!  Mostly because I'm not very good at following patterns (yet).  Haha.  I have quite a bit of yarn collected over the years, so today before I started crocheting I organized it by type of yarn.    It will be so much easier to find what I want now!  I have some really nice yarn, a whole lot of strange unfinished projects, and some really manky yarn that somebody gave to me.  I might have to pass some of that on to the thrift store.

I crocheted five rows today!

Did I mention I also started a Goodreads group for a 2015 Reading Challenge and it already has almost 200 people in it?  No.  I'll post about that tomorrow, or the next day.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014!

Oh hello.

Seems like a good time to dust off this bloggie.  There's only one more day in 2014!  YAY!  It was a good year, really.  After Michael's fake heart attack in January, things really started to turn around.  Actually, the fake heart attack was at the end of 2013, but it set the tone for the beginning of the year.

So many more good things happened in 2014!

We took our trailer out FIVE TIMES!  Other than the really rainy trip to Marblemount (which turned out to be a useful exploratory trip), we had a most excellent time.

Christine took this great photo on our trip to Newhalem.  It was 101 degrees!

I also got a promotion at work.  I'm now the Lead Librarian for Public Computing.  It's a new job, and I'm still working out exactly what that means.  I'm still technically the teen services librarian at my branch, but the "new job" is taking up more and more of my time.  I love it!  It will eventually be full time, but I don't know when.  I can't wait though!  It's fun and challenging and I get to spend time THINKING.

Wacky concept!

Plenty of other good things happened, but I'm ready to move on to 2015.  I'll be turning 50 this year, and I don't see that as any sort of crisis.  Margarita party at my house!  Haha.  I don't want to have to drive anywhere.

One thing about 2014 that bugs me is that I didn't DO a whole lot.  I had a nice garden and we went places, but I spend an awful lot of time plugged into this blasted computer.  So I've decided to do a couple of different things next year.

2015 Reading Challenge - join my Goodreads group to play along!  Not only am I going to do this challenge, I'm going to moderate a group of people who are also reading books for the challenge.  My group is low-key and relaxed, unlike the other group I found doing this challenge.  I've decided that the more rules you have at the get go, the more freaked out people get and the more time you have to spend moderating to coddle and hold hands.  NO THANK YOU

I'm also going to do a YEAR OF MAKING.  Something creative, every day of the year.  It doesn't have to be big, it just has to be.  I've got so much yarn, so many beads, so much STUFF lurking around the house I've got no excuse.

Now that I've resurrected this bloggie, follow along here for my progress!

See you soon!

Saturday, February 15, 2014


We headed off to the ocean for our (almost) annual Darwin Day adventure.  Last year we missed it, due to the dreaded broken leg.  It would have been just silly to go to the coast and sit in a cottage and do nothing, when we could do the same thing at home for free!

Much different this year, since Michael can get around fairly well.  Not 100%, but much better.  It was really nice to get away for a couple of days.  I'm working through the photos, so it will be a couple of days before I do my full write up, but in the meantime here are a couple of photos from the trip.

Syd on the beach

Syd got to run free on the beach a few times, and he really enjoyed it.  Especially when he discovered the dead crabs, and ate lots of crab legs.  Naughty dog!

I'm happy to report it didn't mess his guts up too much, and I did not have to get up and walk him in the middle of the night as I had feared I might.


Things started out a bit rainy and wet.

Through a rainy window

It was what we expected though.  The winds were wild on the first night!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Don't ask...

Sometimes, it's best not to ask why.