Archive for January, 2009

glutton for punishment

The title of this post refers to the fact that tonight was my first night back at school to get my second bachelor’s degree.  (This time in English.)  While working at the desk job most of the day.  Sheesh.  But I shall survive and since I am at the beginning I seem to think that this won’t be so hard.  Wish me luck and I think my posting (nearly) every day will quickly come to an end.  See you soon.


January 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm 6 comments

my day was pink

This was most of my day yesterday:


Pink!  Pink desserts, pink balloons, pink tissue paper, and pink feetsie pajamas.  Little Madison will be in here about a month and I can’t wait to be an aunt!

January 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm 2 comments

vintage crafts

21-22-007-1[Galahad Books (c)1975]

I am still not quite sure what possessed me to pick up this book (for $0.70), other than it makes me smile.  Style from the 1970s tends to make me smile.

21-22-012-1Oh, maybe I bought it so I could knit golf cozies like those.

21-22-010-1Or slightly creepy stuffed animals.  (Although, done right these could be cute.)

Now, it claims to be A-Z of Handicrafts, but stretches it with “Useful Tools” for U and doesn’t even try to come up with X or Y.  Now, X, I understand. Everybody knows that the only X word in A-Z lists are xylophones.  But they leave out Y?!  How about Yarn Socks or Yo-Yo Cozie?


Now, this guy is actually pretty adorable.

January 23, 2009 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

best blanket ever


This is undeniably the world’s best blanket.  I have a very distinct memory of this being given to me (along with a Disneyland sweater) even though I was only four years old.


I think there was a period of time in my teens when I thought it was so totally not cool, but it made its way with me to my first apartment where I’m sure Jolie remembers it in all its cheesy glory.

22-003-1I love all the little details like the leaves and the tail feathers on the birds and the animals’ eyelashes.

22-005-1Don’t you want to cuddle up with it?!  (Mr. Man might try to act tough, but this is secretly his favorite blanket too.)

January 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

not me

I have decided I talk about myself plenty and now I want to share some handmade things that I didn’t make that cheer up my home.

First up, my friend Shiela made this lovely bookmark with my favorite citrusy colors.


It makes me happy when I use it!  Partly because it is a happy bookmark, partly because I can stop using receipts or one of those cards that falls out of magazines, and partly because it reminds me that a friend of mine spent the time making it just for me.  I have some crafty friends.

Also I once won a blog giveaway from the very talented Skinny LaMinx. One of her hand-cut bird magnets now presides over all the other magnets on my fridge.

peas-birds-005-1This picture doesn’t do it justice–this thing is probably 6 inches tall and intimidates almost all the other magnets.  It has nothing on the Chuck Norris magnet though!

January 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment


I will try to keep this short, but I have to say it…


[Photo: detail of my election Move On sticker.]

Today was my generation’s “where were you” moment.  I was with my friend Jen and another coworker (and my friend Jolie, in spirit) in the kitchen breakroom at work, watching Biden be sworn in, the instrumental piece, and finally Mr. Obama’s amazing moment.

I’m never sure just how well people in other countries understand what this means to us.  Especially to a democrat who cringed with embarassment and frustration for the last 8 years.  Especially to all of these kids that were told they could be whatever they wanted to be, but never had proof.  I still get chills when I realize what a (long-overdue) step we as a country finally made.

The thing is, it really shouldn’t be a big deal.  This should be just about an intelligent, well-spoken man taking an oath to get our country out of this mess.  But it is important and I am happy to have witnessed it.

January 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm 1 comment

70s spunk


I have given myself the challenge of taking at least one photo every day this year.  They don’t have to be good, but I have to take one (hence the weird lighting that you see in many of my pics).  [Side note:  I like the word “hence.”  And as I was discussing with my friend Jen, I like saying the word “grapes” but I do NOT like the word “satchel.”]

Anyway, when I need a subject to photograph I often grab something that I picked up at a thrift store, so this (above) is a 1970s pattern that I have high hopes of someday sewing.  The part that I like best–beyond imagining that I could sew puckers and pleats and puffy sleeves–is the attitude the younger girl has compared to her Doris Day companion.  So punk-rock while wearing gingham and rick-rack!


I know most people get their fashion inspiration from celebrities and In-Style, but I really think that Simplicity might be on to something.  I would swap the skirt for something more unexpected (shorts even?), but I know I would walk around all day with that sly “hell yeah” look.

January 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm 1 comment

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