Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year's Eve! So it is the time of year to make resolutions that will generally be broken not long into the new year and I will admit that I'm guilty of doing it. However I have already gotten a jump start of sorts on my resolution which is to eat healthier and to keep the costs down. Now I have to say that I love making meals that I can freeze and reheat and enjoy later, but I have very limited space. Or at least I did, until I realized that my brother doesn't actually use his freezer other than the ice maker and keeping a frozen pizza and bagel bites that he got when he first moved to the city something like 6 years ago and when he was in his first apartment. I'm trashing them and invading, he only lives a few minutes away and I can store the mass of the frozen there and about 6-7 servings at my place. If he wants to eat some of the frozen food, no problem My brother has been gone for the past few days on vacation and doesn't get back for another week so while I'm holding down the fort (collecting the mail and newspaper) I figured it might be a good idea to get a jump start on making meals. I also like when I can just go into the fridge and find something to eat. This also means that I have a basic menu that I can go to at any point during the week that will keep me from picking up food to go or just grabbing the first easy thing in the fridge/pantry.

Messy kitchen
 Ok, so it doesn't look too messy in this picture, but what you can't see is the flour, milk, butter, oil, water, salt and goodness knows what else all over the counters and the floor.  I have perfected the art of making a mess without trying,  oops. Oh, and I took the picture after I put a bunch of stuff in the dish washer, I think it is half full.

Lunch of fettuccine alfredo with leftovers in the freezer/fridge
The list of things that have been made over the past two days: pasta, alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, boiled eggs, mini cupcakes (for new year's party), black beans and kidney beans. Of course not everything is going in the freezer, but the sauces and beans are cooling off to be stuck in there. I really wanted to make some grilled rice balls, but I'm going to wait until my mom sends me my rice ball makers. I've tried making them by hand, but they tend to fall apart and the bear/star/heart shapes are too dang cute!

Another healthy eating goal for this year is for me to make a weekly menu and try to stick to it as best I can. I say if I can because sometimes I don't know what nights I will be nannying until an hour ahead of time if something has come up and I end up eating whatever the little ones eat. Still healthy, but a deviation from my menu. My plan to working on keeping to the menu is to only by what I need for the week based on my menu plus a few small healthy snacks.

Oh, and what to do while the cupcakes were cooking or when I needed a break?

Please excuse the pile of scraps
I brought a bunch of fabric over to work on cutting out. So far I have eight zipper pouches cut out, the picture was taken yesterday with only three in the lower left cut out. The purple pouches are going to be lined with the other purple fabric, but I think I want to line the blue/green fabrics with light blue and green fabrics which I need to dig up. There are somewhere...Or I might line them with white or a light grey. I'm also am going to make neck warmers out of the purple and tea wallets out of the blue/green leftovers. My friend will be getting six little sipper pouches with a tea wallet or two. There is also enough of the Nicey Jane fabric to make six more zipper pouches which I'm going to do who knows what with. 

And again...


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Working away

Unfortunately I have nothing to show you at the moment, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working away like a determined squirrel. I just can't post what I've been working on due to the rules of the contest that I entered the project in, but as soon as I can you guys will get to see it. So in light of most of my time being spent on that (and that I haven't uploaded a picture of my holiday baking yet since the cord is...somewhere...) I leave you with this:

Yes that is a crawfish/crayfish/crawdad whatever you would like to call it. And yes, it is holding the tip while marinating in butter.
Mind you the picture is from last year and interesting things seem to happen around finals time.

And in case I am not back before then-


Oh yeah, the fish pictures in the post showing my hair's length-not mine, they are the owner. They don't mind if I change them out, but I have nothing to replace them with at the moment, so fish it is. If only I had a Silhouette to make some fun decor with...a hint, hint to the family for a birthday gift. Is it an obvious enough hint?

Friday, December 24, 2010

CSN Love

So as I mentioned before while trying to decide what to get, I won a gift certificate to CSN from The Cape on the Corner. Well, I finally figured out what to get and ordered it a while ago and it came today! So what did I get, you might be asking. Well, it fits in perfectly with below freezing weather we are getting in my neck of the woods right now. Though it won't do much against the, it won't be out in the rain anyway so that doesn't really matter. I got a ....BLANKET!!!!
And it came with a ribbon bow!
It is the Sherpini Throw in Willow which is a gorgeous color and the perfect size for curling up in front of the tv (or computer) and watching movies. It is also nice and warm and now I can curl up on my bed under it without having to unmake my bed for warmth.

Long Hair

I have hit the point where the longest parts of my my hair are waist length (and I'm going by my natural waist) and I love it. Four years ago I donated over a foot to Wigs for Kids and it was insanely short to me. My hair was barely brushing chin length. Now my goal is to see how long it will grow before it decides to stop cause yes, that does happen, it's called terminal length. Somehow I don't have a picture of  my hair down now, but I'll take one later and edit this post. Edited to add current length picture.

Where my shirt is pulling in and there is a black line, it is a ribbon that is tied at my natural waist so you can get a reference point for my hair's length

Anyways, the one little gripe I have about having long hair is that it tends to try to strangle me when I sleep. So I've had to start getting creative because how sad would it be to have an official cause of death be listed as strangulation by hair while sleeping? I do french braid it often to keep it up and out of the way, but there are nights that I am just too dang tired to even think about trying to braid it. I've recently taken to using hair pins and pinning up in a sort of spiral-ish pattern like the picture below. With the hair pins they luckily haven't been digging into my scalp, though it isn't the best for your hair to sleep with them in. If I decided to fancy it up a bit I will do the bandana curls (from a prior post) or rag curls to sleep in.

After a night of sleep and a day of babysitting
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The trouble with batteries

Is that they like to die. The even bigger trouble with batteries is that car use them. Meh. So instead of running to the store to get the materials you need to work on holiday gifts, you end up being stuck at home waiting for AAA to come. Some how I don't think I will be making it to the store tonight, how sad. So instead you get to see the many different projects in the works and the new books that I got.

If any of you are into costuming I highly, HIGHLY suggest the book on the left, Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail. It has amazing pictures of garments from the Victoria and Albert Museum and sketches of the entire garment with descriptions on every page. The textiles in the 19th century were amazing and I am seriously beginning to think I was born in the wrong time period. The Macarons book, I'm planning on tackling and attempting to make some this coming week when I invade my brother's place to use his oven. There will be some pictures and notes from the attempt. Finally, the cupcake book it just adorable!

Modular origami pieces and fabric for a bags

I'm out of glue AND thread at the moment since someone decided that my thread spools were toys and managed to put them in her water bowl. Not to point any fingers or anything, Tangie....The fabric is from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection and is for a few little clutch type bags for my friend and possibly a little wallet with the leftover scraps. Or depending on what I feel like I might just make a wallet and a larger bag. We'll see what the fabric wants me to do when I get thread. Does that happen to anyone else? You think you know what you want to do with a certain fabric, but when you finally get to it it wants to be something else? Maybe it's just me...

Either late or absurdly early for Halloween
I'm going to go with absurdly early for next year. These wonderful little squares are slated to be split up into two different Halloween bags for my little sister and one of my cousins. There are two squares of each print, originally of 50 pints, but I snagged two sets for some bows. I haven't decided whether I'm going to split up the sets or keep them together. Luckily my little sis's doesn't have to be done until the end of January and my cousin and I are exchanging gifts in mid-January when we see each other so I have a bit of time left on these two.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Season for Giving

I know that many of us are strapped for cash at the moment and might not have any to spare, but if you do please thing about donating to Run for the Rose. This organization is very near and dear to my heart and is something my family and I have participated in for the past 7 years. If anyone has seen ABC's TV series 'Houston Medical' the run is in honor of Dr Marnie Rose who was one of the doctors featured in the show. The Marnie Rose Foundation has raised over $1.5 million that have gone to research for the treatment of brain cancer and the development of new drugs being used in clinical trials. They are getting ready for the third phase of trials in one of the treatments!

Sadly, this year has come with the loss of two participants of the past years runs. Two families will have to celebrate their first holidays without their mother, their sister, their daughters, their wife, their friends. If you happen to have even a dollar to donate it would be greatly appreciated.

The 2011 run is scheduled for April 10th if anyone is in Houston and would like to participate. If you do let me know, I will be there with my volunteer shirt and probably a golf cart! I'm on the setting up and tearing down committee with the my fmaily, relatives and the Rose family. I'm also planning on taking my camera and will be posting the photos in April! And hey, if you are a motorcycle rider in Houston there is also Ridin' for the Rose, though they don't have the 2011 date up yet.

Watching the riders getting set to leave! I still want to find a rider who will let me tag along. (I'm off on the right with my parents)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pants of Doom

The pants of doom, or the butterfly pants, depending on who you ask. There are two stories behind these pants one on how they got their name and the other on their creation.
I had to enhance the color to show it correctly so other than the pants, everything looks a bit funny in color. Sorry!

Freshman year of college I had a roommate who was in love with the color pink and by that I mean the bright, radioactive pink color. And everything she owned was pink: bedding, storage, desk stuff, binders, heck, even her TV was pink. Now, I'm not a pink person to begin with, but after a year of that I really couldn't stand the bright color. And aside from small amounts of pink in fabric prints and pink ballet tights, I haven't worn the color since. I also swore at the time that if I ever wore anything bright pink that the apocalypse was sure to come and the earth was doomed. So....

Nicely washed out colors showing the front

What is a girl to do when she got out of rehearsal after midnight and had to be back at the theatre a 8 am the next morning and she has no clean warm pants? Well, she could do a load of laundry in the awful machines in the dorm which take 2-3 cycles through the dryer for anything to be dry or if she happens to have some ridiculous fleece laying around she could make a pair of pants quickly and then get lots of sleep. So I went for option two. In all honesty, I can't for the life of me figure out where I got this fleece because I sure as heck didn't buy it, but whatever. And 45 minutes after I got back to my dorm I was in bed asleep with a pair of pants ready for the next day instead of being up until around 3 doing laundry and hoping the dryer was going to play nice. The pants would have been 30 minutes-ish, but I made a mistake and had to seam rip. Great thing is these pants can be worn in 20-ish degree weather and your legs will be perfectly nice and toasty!

And even though they aren't the most flattering pants in the world they are comfy and that is all that really mattered. Plus I had a rehearsal skirt that went over them. And those are my pants of doom.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Regency Fabric

I now have the fabric to begin making the Regency dress and I'm rather excited. Being on a slight budget I decided to go look at curtains at Target and managed to snag two white sheers. Just have to toss them in the wash and I'm ready to go. Now I really wanted cotton, but they only had polyester (ick), but what could I do? Oh well, I figure if it turns out looking good then I know that the pattern will work and if it goes disastrously wrong then I didn't waste good materials.

Crinkly texture fabric which I like

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunscreen, or the lack there of

So while I am freezing my toes off here (I don't do cold weather at all) I am dreaming of the wonderful hot and sunny days of the past summers. And then remembering the fact that I'm very bad about remembering sunscreen courtesy of a photo my friend has. I know it doesn't look all that bad, but wait for the close up.

Cropped to remove the silliness of the other two in the picture with me 

I had a white imprint of my necklace around my neck for a long time.

You see the pale strips of skin next to my tank top's straps? Yeah, that's my normal color. It was a running joke for a while that I was red, white and blue because I wore three of four blue tanks while I was still crispy. Mind you to get this red it only took me about somewhere between 30-45 minutes. Heck, I burn during the winter if I'm outside too long. And I radiated heat for a few weeks and had to go to the dermatologist for something else and boy was she shocked and also rather impressed.  Apparently, I am the only non red head that she knows who can turn that red in so little time. Sadly, I don't unburn as quick as I burn, 2 and a half years later I still have tan lines from that burn. Or rather, less pasty white colored lines.

Suddenly, I'm not wanting the warm weather as much, but I'm going to crank up the heat and enjoy the warmth. Just remember if you go anywhere or live anywhere crazy sunny this winter or heck even this coming summer, wear sunscreen cause everything hurts like the dickens when you forget. Trust me. And you can actually get kind of a purplish tint to your burn if it gets as bad as mine. And if you do happen to get one this bad, soak a hand towel in either milk or cooled fresh brewed tea or vinegar. Sounds crazy and you will probably smell a bit funny before you shower, but I went from purplish red to just lobster red after a few days of using tea and vinegar something like three times a day. Normally it takes a week and a half to two weeks to just turn lobster red from the purplish red. And amazingly enough I didn't blister or peel too badly.

I'm off for some hot cocoa and to snuggle under my comforter and watch a movie.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh, goldfish memory

I know I just posted, but this doesn't really go with the last post so it gets its own. Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes to my dog last month. She had an uncomplicated surgery and they ended up doing a biopsy on the lump and it turns out that it is cancerous. But the doctor got most, if not all of it out and Rita is doing awesome! Slightly hairless on one side, but she is up to her old troublemaker self. We decided to not do the radiation treatment and just enjoy what time she has left without putting her through it. So thanks again for the well wishes!

I think I have enough soap to last until next year!

No I don't really, but it sure seems like it at the moment. So I said yesterday that I would share what I got in my sampler box from Sampler Village, so here you go! And remember, I got the lavishly sample box, so I'm sorry for the picture overload. I also haven't counted how many samples where in there this time so I'm going to count as I post.
The entire lot

Edibles part one (6)
Edibles past 2 (2)
 And here is why I say I have enough soap to last until next year. I got sixteen (16!) soap samples and some of them are like a full bar of soap! They all smell so good too...

15 of the soaps

Lots of goodies (8)
In the back of the picture is an item with a bear holding a star, guess what it is? Have you guessed yet? Come on. I'll give you a hint: it is a genius idea. Does that help? No? OK, I'll tell you. It is a set of four mini emory boards in a fold over matchbook holder and they pull off just like matches! This went straight into my bag after the picture.
Paper goodies(9)

Spot the missing soap! And bubble bath, foot soaks, lotion, a candle, scrubbie, and other goodies. The leaf in the back (sorry for the glare) is a pin, but I might switch it to a hair thing. (10)
 There are makeup samples and a perfume sample.
More goodies. And a missing edible, er drinkable, hot cocoa mix in the white box (8)
 OK, I'll admit it. I have a slight addiction to lip stuff.

And what could the bubble wrapped item in the sideways picture be?
 Fleur de Sel caramels! Which I have already broken into. I have no self control, but it was amazing and totally worth it!

And the grand total, if my math is right, is 63 samples! YAY! Though some of these will be going into holiday gifts so they aren't all for me.

The pants of doom are in the dryer right now, so you will get to see them soon, when they are clean.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Another guilty pleasure

So I've been babysitting my bum off since I last posted and most nights it has gone past midnight and then starting again at noon the following day! Tonight is my night off and I'm free until tomorrow at 5pm. I did get my Sampler Village box the other night, but decided to be a lazy bum today and I slept until 2 and then clean some. It was nice, though I did wake up to a cat sitting on my chest and staring at me. I'm convinced that she is plotting something that won't end well for me.

Anywho, I have recently started watching Invader ZIM on netflix while both kids are napping and I love it. Now I really want a deranged minion robot who masquerades as a dog like GIR. Eh, no, I actually want GIR. He's adorable.

See? He's so cute!

But he's not the brightest crayon in the box.....
I'm going to get the fun from the sampler box photographed tomorrow and post it then. And I might show you the pants of doom which are also rather awesome, if I do say so.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Will I be pretty?

One of my friends shared this with me a while ago when I was having one of those days when I just didn't feel pretty and I love it. I hope you enjoy it as well and I'm going to warn you that there is one use of the f word. This is from a poetry slam by Katie Makkai and it brings up what I think is a point we need to make to all girls/women no matter what their age. Let me know what you think!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Regency dress update

So I finally got my sewing machine out of my car this morning and whipped up a muslin of the dress bodice. It seems to fit pretty well, just a little snug, but that was a stitching error on my part. For some reason when I traced the pattern on the muslin I gave it a half inch seam allowance,  but then stitched at my regular five-eights so I lost half an inch. Oops. I also left the seam allowance in the armscye which makes it a tiny bit tight. And I need to find my iron...Anywho, the pictures show it both on me and off, enjoy!

It's a bit odd looking on the left because the straight pin caught up on my shirt, but it lays fine. 

Oh yeah, sorry about the dirty mirror, I really need to wipe the dust off.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Half a pound of ribbon next to Tangie
I got more ribbon right before I moved from The Ribbon Retreat and finally got around to organizing it so I can show you. The above picture was quickly snapped after I dumped it out to see what I got and then quickly shoved back into the bag until last night. I got one of the small grab bags and LOVE it. It was really cheep due to it being one of the sweet deals of the week when I ordered it. So much ribbon goodness for more bows!

The small solid color grab bag loot

Spring Rain mix
I think Em bear has gone into hiding at the though of having to be a bow model again.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Happy Chanukah or Hanukkah everyone! Wow, it sure seems to be coming early this year. I haven't even finished getting my menorah all set up, though all I really have to do is plug it in. Live flame around cats doesn't work so well, so electric it is! And, yes there are two spellings for it.

I also forgot to mention in yesterday's post that the Sampler Village Holiday Hoopla boxes went on sale today. There are a few of the lavishly sample boxes (60-80 samples) left, though they won't be there for long and there are still the simply sample boxes (15-20ish samples). I got my order in for a big box and I promise to share when it arrives! Though it might have to be two posts depending on the pictures. We'll see.



Friday, November 19, 2010

My new home

I'm still here, I promise! I moved to my new place a week ago and haven't had internet until last night so I have been watching tons of DVDs. Here are the pictures of my new place.

Entering downstairs
Upstairs. There is a dresser off to the left

Sorry for the sideways picture. It refused to rotate. But this is off to the right of the above picture

Tiny bathroom. I was pretty much sitting on the sink to get this picture.

So welcome to my new place!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Going bonkers with interesting results

So I am still working on getting ready to move and haven't been able to procrastinate and be crafty recently so I've been going bonkers! I had to do something fun and creative before I went completely off my rocker. And thus the decision to attempt to curl the anti-curl hair. My hair seriously just won't curl, I've even had stylists attempt to curl it and the best they could get was slightly curled under ends. Well, recently my friend told me about a way that she had done kind of a modified rag curl and last night I decided to try it. So here is are the pictures! Pardon the mess in the kinda looks better now.
Rag curls
After removing the fabric strips

It really wasn't a frizzy as it looked
10 hours later

I think they held decently well with no hair products and not having started with damp hair either. And to show my little helper again during the cleaning process.

She also took a nap there later

I'm also holding out for the most part with Nano, I'm only about 3,000 words behind where I should be. I'm going to have to catch up quickly!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Regency dress

Before going to bed the other night I decided to spend an hour starting to scale up the pattern. Now I haven't ever had problems with scaling and even did a scale project about two months ago helping my old high school grid up a pattern for one of their sets (and go figure didn't take a picture). Easy as pie right? Somehow the concept of scaling eluded me at 10 pm. So to solve my dilemma I google how to scale up something. And the proceeded to feel like an idiot. To make it worse I kept blanking so I had to keep going back to the net, but I eventually got three pieces scaled up, one being a rectangle.

Bodice pieces

Under sleeve
Tuesday I managed to scale up both sleeve sections and all the little edgings and such. It took me 30 minutes combined to do all four pieces. Because the skirt pieces are so huge I decided that I'm not going to create a paper pattern for them or the bib front, but I did figure out all the measurements so I'm pretty much good to go and start on my mock up. Right now it looks like it is going to fit with just some minor adjustments. And just because the back piece makes me giggle.

Center back is 4 1/4 inches!

I'm also hoping to be able to make regency style stays and am trying to decide between long stays or short stays. I'm leaning more towards the long stays because I like the look of them, but short stays might be more comfortable. Meh. Maybe I'll just make one of each and that will solve my problem of deciding which one.

I'm also still in the process of cleaning and packing (ugh) and Tangie keeps trying to help. So here is her helping (getting massively in the way while I'm about to drop my record player)

And after the visit to the vet the other day, we decided to have them surgically remove the cyst and it's lining. So fingers crossed that it doesn't come back after that. Sadly, it looks like I'm moving before it happens.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


So yesterday was only the second day of NaNo and I'm already falling behind. I think I wrote something like 100 words yesterday so I around 3,000 to write today if I don't want to fall further behind. So...YIKES!

I'm going to warn you now there is a kind of, but not really, icky picture a bit further down of my dog's cyst. It isn't really graphic, but I just figured I'd warn you.

I was also going to try to post some about the Regency dress because I've finished the patterned pieces (not patterning the 60 inch by 40 inch skirt piece and then 60 by whatever back skirt), but I am off to the vet later this morning with my poor little elderly Australian shepherd dog. She has had a cyst the size of a large grapefruit on her side for somewhere close to two months now and it is pretty large. The problem is we have had it drained around 5-6 times by now and it just keeps filling back up so we have to keep going back. It isn't bothering her as far as we can tell, but then you run into the possibility of it bursting (when just makes me gag to think about). Apparently it is common for older dogs to get cysts and they can be caused by just falling and hitting something kind of hard. We are starting to get to the point where we have three choices: keep draining it which there is a risk of infection every time we have it done, surgery to put in a drainage tub (again gagging over here) or surgery to try removing the cyst pocket. So when we take her in this morning we are going to discuss it with the vet.

Cyst (on the left) from above
Slightly hard to see, but you can kind of see the lump of the cyst

Rita, my dog, has been through so much this summer and it is just kind of sad that she has. We almost had to put her down earlier this summer, but she is one strong little girl. I thing Rita's personality was switched with a cat a birth because she is terrified of water, even if it is just sprinkling she will go and hide under the grill cover to avoid getting wet. Well, that makes bath time rather hard. We generally take her to a self serve dog wash place since they have the raised tubs and the dog fur dryer things. She has always tried to escape the water so we go in pairs to wash her so there is a backup person to help keep her in the tub, but in early June/late May the only time in a long time my dad went without me she managed to twist away from his grip while he was switching back to Rita's collar and she jumped out. She slipped and hit her head and didn't get up, even for a treat. Heck she didn't even or rather  couldn't even wag her tail. She was paralyzed from her neck down. So my dad rushed her to the vet. They did x-rays and ran tests, but nothing was very conclusive. We were told that there was the chance that she would recover, but they couldn't tell us to what extent. So we took her home and I sleep in the utility room on the floor next to her so if she needed to go out I could carry her because my mom can't pick her up by herself and my dad had a really early shift at work. When I had to take her out she could move her front legs and kind of support herself on them, but her back legs still weren't moving so I had to hold her up and sort of waddle around the backyard with her. We went back to the vet the day after the accident and they were amazed by her being able to move her front legs. So again we went home, this time we had an appointment a week later that Rita walked into to the shock of all of the people working at the vet's office and us as well.

Sorry for the longwinded post, but if it wasn't this I probably wouldn't be able to post one until Friday.