Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sew good!

Arts and crafts that I currently do regularly:
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Drawing
  • Cross Stitching

Arts and crafts that I had tried, some which I go back to sometimes:
  • Perler beads
  • Hemp jewelry making
  • Bead jewelry making
  • Pottery
  • Painting (Watercolor, oil, and acrylic)
  • Quilting (I was little, so I didn't do much with this haha.)
  • Decoupage
  • Sewing (7th grade Home Ec.)
  • Writing

I love crafting and art.  I've been drawing since I was able to put crayon to paper.  Some of these things I only tried for a bit, maybe in a class.  Knitting and crocheting are so much a part of my life now that I got a tattoo to show that, and I have plans to have tattoos of my other crafting hobbies, like drawing.  Making things is one of the things in life that make me so happy, and I know I'll be crafting and doing art until the day I die.  Recently, I decided to return to a craft I did in middle school, and I hope that this becomes a big part of my life like knitting, crocheting, and drawing did.

I'm returning to sewing!  Seeing things that people make with sewing made me want to give it a shot again.  I bought a book called S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop.  Last night I spent my time curled up on my couch reading the first couple chapters and browsing through the patterns.  Today I went out with a list of supplies for my sewing kit, and also the list of antique stores to visit (I love antique stores!)  At the third store I went to, I came across this:


A sewing machine!  A WORKING sewing machine!  I gasped when I saw it.  I wasn't planning on buying a sewing machine yet since I hadn't done my research and reviews yet, but I couldn't resist.  There was no price tag on it, but the cashier told me it would be $38.06 with the tax.  I was ecstatic!  After I lugged the machine in its case to my car (that sucker was HEAVY), I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to create my sewing kit.  I got the basics in the list of things to get listed in the book (a lot of which I got in the color pink).  My favorite part about my kit is the case I got for it.


OWLS!  Cute little owls!  I love owls.  There was one case left, a smaller one, with this design.  The book recommended getting a case big enough for the 2"x18" sewing ruler, but I didn't care.  OWLS!  And look at the cute little leaves!  Here's a closeup of the fabric.


I'm seriously so giddy right now and excited to get started on my journey with sewing.  I would've started tonight, but there is one thing I need to do first; clean the sewing machine.  Seriously, this thing smells musty from probably sitting in somone's basement for awhile.  Especially the case.  Right now I'm doing research on what to do to clean this machine without ruining anything.  I also downloaded the manual for the machine so I can read through it and make sure I know the parts and what they do.  Once my machine is ready, I'll be trying it out and practicing with it before starting my first project, which I have yet to decide what it will be.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mmmm...


Just a drawing I made of one of my favorite things; tea.  I love tea.  Every morning at work I make a cup of some black tea with whatever flavor of creamer I currently have.  Lately I've been drinking Vanilla flavored black tea with International Delight's Irish Creme creamer.  It's so tasty, and I look forward to my tea in the morning as I'm doing work. 

This is the first loose tea I'm drinking.  Loose tea is put into an infuser and left to brew in the cup or teapot until it's ready.  Normal infusers are simple metal balls, or little containers that hang in the mug.  My infuser, however, is a rubber ducky with the little basket below it.


Isn't it so cute?!  It floats around my mug as it's brewing.  My mom bought me it from a bird store for Christmas, and I love it.  Looks like I'll be having a lot of loose tea in my future.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Coming of the Martians

I've been browsing blogs with pictures of girls with awesome tattoos.  Seeing all the beautiful artwork makes me so anxious for my next piece.  The drawing is a War of the Worlds themed tattoo that uses the tripod design from the 2005 Spielberg movie.  It also incorporates themes from the book, such as a comet representing the cylinders falling down to earth (the only thing I didn't like about the 2005 movie was the "oh, they've been buried underground for thousands of years" idea), and the ironclad ship, HMS Thunderchild, fighting a tripod.  There will also be the red weed coming down from my shoulder into the drawing.

I'm SO tempted to bump up my tattoo appointment!  Arrrgh!  Patience!  Patience is so hard sometimes...  I just finished reading H. G. Well's In The Days of the Comet, and am now reading The Invisible Man.  Reading his works is making me even more excited for my tattoo.

March 19th needs to come faster!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Knit on!

I love knitting and crocheting.  Absolutely love them.  I started knitting when I was a senior in high school, and crocheting my junior year of college.  I love them so much, I even got a tattoo of a ball of yarn with knitting needles and a crochet hook on my right arm.  I drew up the design myself.

This picture was taken over a year ago.  Hey, you can see my natural hair color!

I've always got multiple projects going at one time.  Here's the list of what I'm working, including the one I'll be casting on soon:


  • Ravenclaw scarf.  I'm using Caron Simply Soft.  I've made a Gryffindor Scarf (didn't know about stockinette stitch and curling at the time) and a Slytherin Scarf (which is HUUUUUUUGE!)  I need more scarves and was on a HP kick at the time.
  • Plain socks using Christmas sock yarn.  I am using the "Choice of Options Socks" pattern I found on Ravelry.  This is most likely getting put on hold because of the next project listed (I need the needles!)
  • Slytherin Socks.  For Christmas I told one of my friends I would knit her something.  As I was listing off the options she immediately said "socks!"  She didn't care about the others, haha.  I love knitting socks.  She fell in love with a pattern for Slytherin Socks, so that's what she's getting!  The pattern is "Slytherin Pride Socks" by Ann Kingstone, and they can be found and bought on Ravelry.  I've got two other Harry Potter sock patterns from this person waiting to be made.
  • Cupcake Scarf.  I got a book called "Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies" for Christmas.  The patterns in here are ADORABLE!  I decided to start with the cupcake scarf, because I liked the pink colored yarn recommended.  Homespun is a pain in the ass to crochet with, but once you get the hang of it it's fun.

I was going to post WIP pictures of the projects, but I'm slightly lazy tonight.  Oh well, time to go knit some more!

Oh, and I'm Nerdfins on Ravelry. :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I shouldn't own nice things...

For Christmas this year I got a KitchenAid stand mixer.  Oh sure, I got other things, but this one was the best.  I was confused about the big package on my side of the tree since I didn't ask for anything large.  When I unwrapped it, I gasped and almost hugged the box.  Finally!  I can do lots of baking and cooking in my apartment like an ADULT!  I can cook Alton Brown recipes!  Make cupcakes!  Bread!  FOOD!  I would be the talk of the office when I brought in delicious baked goods.

Last night I finally got the mixer up to my second floor apartment (laziness and snow prevented me from bringing it up the first night I got back).  Doing so was no easy task since I'm a weakling.  Carrying it out to my car when I packed it for the journey home was easy since I only had to go down three steps in the garage.  "Hey, this isn't too bad" I thought.  But when I pulled it out of my car to make the journey up the steps to my apartment I realized "well shit, this isn't going to be easy."  I had to stop at each landing, and was thankful KitchenAid seemed to realized that people like me are going to be carry this and put cut out handles in the box.  At the top of the stairs, I gasped for breath.  There was a sense of accomplishment flowing through me as I celebrated my victory over the stairs.  The box, however, got pushed across the floor after that.

Unpacking the mixer was an adventure unto itself.  Carefully slicing the tape with my boxcutter, I opened the box and gazed on the glorious white surface of my beautiful new appliance.  There was a stupid grin on my face as I lifted out the little instruction booklet and mail-in for a cooking magazine.  Then, I put my hands around the head of the mixer and started to lift it out of the package.

It got stuck.  The Styrofoam protection got stuck as I slid the mixer up.  My genius plan was to hold one of the flaps of the box between my legs and lift the mixer again.  It still got stuck, and the flap dug into my thighs through my jeans.  After about 5 minutes of this, I was almost ready to just slice the box open (being tired makes you want to kill things much sooner).  Luckily for the box's life, the mixer finally came loose.

I placed the mixer on the counter and admired its beauty.  My parents had the sense of mind to get me the mixer where the bowl lifts up and down instead of the head of the mixer, since my cabinets are low.  I didn't even know if it would fit underneath at all.  It did, and I immediately sent a picture to my parents, gushing about my lovely new appliance.  I then took out and looked at the two extra attachments that came with the mixer.  As I put them in the bowl to keep them stored until I figured out a better place for them, my parents texted me back. 

My mom asked "Did you turn it on to see if it worked?"

"Hold on.  I'll do that now," I replied back.  I plugged the mixer in, turned the switch to "off/reset" to get it ready, and then turned it on to the lowest speed.

CLANG!  WIRRRRRRR!

Remember those attachments?  Yeah, I forgot to take them out of the bowl.  The whisk started spinning, got stuck on one of the attachments, and stopped.  I quickly switched the mixer off, and managed to lower the bowl and get the other attachments out.  When I turned the mixer on again it worked just fine, but there was a smell from it.  Panicking, I texted my mom, who reassured me that the smell was just from running it for the first time, and not my dumbassery.  I could just imagine her laughing her ass off at my stupidness.

It's a good thing KitchenAid stand mixers are BAMFs, because it probably wouldn't survive me otherwise.

Monday, January 3, 2011

PINK!

Quick sketch of me and my awesome hair.  Which I need to touch it up.  The roots are showing again.

Age is just a number

My parents texted me yesterday.  They saw a grandma with a white and purple mohawk.  They immediately thought "hey, that's Nerdfins in 60 years."

Awesome.