Saturday, December 4, 2010

Guess what!?

Hello blogworld buddies,

First of all, Bruce and I thank everyone for the well-wishes that were given when I announced that he was spending the night at the vet's office. He is just fine and has gotten right back to work on his plans for world domination.
Please excuse the rather poorly cell phone photo, but here he is, looking sassy:

Taking over the world with his good looks

 Secondly, you'll never guess what horrible thing happened to me. Ok, I'm fairly sure someone could guess but that makes it no less horrible.
My computer died!! I don't even know what happened. I was just hanging out with my lappy, probably thinking about all the cool things I could share on my blog when all of a sudden........nothing. It was just dead. This was particularly heartbreaking to me because not only have I lost all of my movies, music, photos, and programs....I lost an entire semester of school work. I'm sure some of you know how much work goes into a 3rd year term paper and for those of you who do not, let's just say it's not pretty.
I tend to email myself copies of my class notes and other such things just in case of some terrifying event like this so I was able to hang onto some things but I did not email myself copies of all the research that was going into 2 term papers, the outlines for said papers and the beginnings of the first drafts. All that stuff was sitting on my hard drive patiently waiting to be backed up on the weekend (which was only a day away) when I was going to do some computer maintenance. 

I kind of had a breakdown. I lost my shit over losing my term papers, I cried because that little lappy was my only computer and I had been extremely proud about being able to save enough money to buy it for myself. That may not seem like a big deal to some people but it's no secret that I am not well off and that I don't have many nice things. It's also no secret that I bust my hump for everything I do have so to me, it was a big deal. Anyways, I'll spare you guys any more depressing rants about my school related nervous breakdowns and the sadness over losing all my photos and stuff. Long story short, at least half of the situation has been rectified and there's another computer in the house. That means I can blog again! haha......

Now I have to tell you about my hooky happenings since I last shared with everyone.

I completed a black, purple and orange Halloween bunting to decorate the empty wall above my tv. I have to admit, it's still hanging up there and it's December!

I started working on a Queen Anne's Lace scarf in burgundy. It's long enough to be a scarf right now but I just keep going. I had to try it out when I spied THIS post from the lovely Alice (and Raymond). Her scarf is just so beautiful!

Then there's the granny shawl I posted about very briefly HERE. This was to be a Christmas present for my mum but things seem to have gone awry and I can't get my hands on any more Vanna's Choice to finish it. There are no shops in my city that sell VC so I have to go out of town and further south to shop for it. I haven't had the opportunity to do this for ages and it doesn't seem likely that I'll be able to go before Christmas. Needless to say, I finally accepted the fact that dear mum won't be getting this particular item for some time. I've decided to make her a reasonably sized lap blanket in easily accessible yarn instead. Progress photos to come very soon.

I finished a tissue box cozy in black, purple and green. You know, like The Joker. Yes, the one from Batman. Haha, I do love me some Batman.

When I ran out of yarn for other projects, I started hooking up some squares for the Bullseye Blanket. Pattern can be found HERE. I'm just using cotton scraps for this. This really is a fantastic pattern that will put those scraps to good use! I do actually have a couple of photos of this one:

Blue bullseye

Green bullseye
My circles are a bit wavy but I don't mind. Things like that usually work themselves out after the piece is finished and has been washed/used. It's just for me anyways, it's not like it has to be gifted to someone.

So that's pretty much the roundup. The 'quick and dirty' if you will.
Now I've got to be off, I have some crochet to tend to.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be talking to you soon,

Hugs and kisses from wintery Ontario xoxo.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cat-baby

Hello all,

This morning my poor cat-baby had to be taken to the vet. We think Bruce may have a urinary infection. He's been acting differently for a little while, walking around the house crying for apparently no reason and he's peed outside of his litter - which he has never done before!


Bruce, my cat-baby
We packed him up this morning and drove him off to the vet. They checked him out and told us it's very possible he's got a urinary infection of some sort. Of course, they don't know this until they can get a urine sample to test and of course Bruce had an empty bladder. Pee fail!

So my poor kitty had to stay with the vet today. I had to leave him there and then take off to work. I wasn't prepared for him to be staying over at the vet's office tonight so I didn't bring anything from home to leave with him....no blankie, no toys, nothing. I feel so bad! 

Hopefully he can get all sorted out and back to his normal self but I think he may need some extra love when he comes home.


Kisses from Bruce!
Lots of love from Lindsey and Bruce!
xoxoxoxo

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pre-Halloween

Hello my pretties.....muah ha ha

It's that time of year again, my favourite holiday is upon us. Happy Halloween everyone!

I am so lucky to have scored the weekend off work, that means more Halloween fun for me! I'm so excited, can you tell?
I have some really cool plans this year. My friends and I will be going to the Barrie zombie walk and after party. More info can be found HERE


We are going to have the best time ever.....although the forcast claims it is going to rain ALL DAY. What's up with that? I don't want to get all wet and have my crazy hair deflate and my makeup wash off. Oh well, I'll just have to hope someone made a mistake and it will be dry tomorrow. This year's costume does include pants though, just in case.

Speaking of costumes, I totally have one of those! Seeing as how I've been raving about some zombie event all month, I bet you've already assumed that I will be dressing up as a zombie. You are, of course, correct. But what kind of zombie?
A risen from the grave zombie? A freshly undead or newly bitten zombie? A newfangled man made zombie?
This year, I'm breaking away from the old school and going the route of the man made zombie. Created by some kind of experiment/virus in the style of 28 Days Later or Resident Evil.

Oh, and I'm a mad scientist. I've got a lab coat and everything!

Clearly, I've injected myself with my crazy experiment after being unable to find test subjects......or, something had gone terribly wrong in the lab and I had been infected after a confrontation with one of the test subjects. Either way, I ended up a zombie.

Unfortunately, I haven't had any time at all to do a full makeup test. I'll just have to get up in the morning and wing it I suppose. I did get a chance to try out my new contact lenses and some light makeup though. Have a peek.......

No makeup here, just the outfit. Shirt, tie and lab coat, complete with pens in the pocket. 

And here is some minimal makeup around the eyes and mouth.


Detail of contact lenses and some light makeup around the eyes.

I hope you liked my little preview. I'll be back after the event with some more photos of my costume in all its bloody, gory splendor!

It's really quite late where I am so I've got to head off to bed (or else I'll be too tired to get up and do my makeup).

Goodnight lab rats!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I love October!

Hi hi hi

It's been a pretty busy week, as usual. I'm managing to hold it all together and still enjoy my favourite month. Yes, October is my favourite month. Very favourite. The weather here is so very perfect. You can go out in long sleeves or a sweather but it's not cold enough to need a jacket. All the leaves are changing and there's a beautifully painted landscape outside the window. It's been raining a lot lately too, which I enjoy. The rain really enhances all the gorgeous colours of fall and makes everything 'pop'.

Here's a couple of quick phone cam pictures of where I sit and have my coffee/snack on Thursdays when I'm at school:

I love it!
It's just so.......peaceful.
I've got some more fall photos to share with you:

Fall Leaves
'Fall Leaves' is available as prints, postcards, etc. HERE

Red Dusk
'Red Dusk' is available as prints, postcards, etc. HERE

One
'One' is new....no prints yet.

One of my other favourite things about October is, of course, Halloween. You can say I'm too old for it all you want but I won't listen! haha.
This year's plan is to attend a zombie walk and the after party. It should be great fun! I'll be sure to take pictures. I'm so looking forward to dressing up and doing makeup and the whole bit. I play around with special fx makeup on occasion, for photoshoots and things like that and I have to say, it's a good time.
Last year's Halloween was zombie themed for my friends and I also. We drove down to Toronto and went to a club. I called my costume "flight of the living dead" - I was a zombie flight attendant. It seemed like a good idea at the time BUT my feet were killing me. I wore the most ridiculous heels, like 4 inch heels, it was outrageous! My poor feet hurt me so bad last Halloween but not this year, no fancy shoes for me this time around.
I managed to scoop a photo from my friend that she took last year while we were getting ready. My hair is all smooshed up like that because a wig was going on my head but here I am, painting on some of my wounds:

getting ready
By the end of this process I was covered in liquid latex, wax, fake blood and, other various makeup. I looked pretty gross. I'm a little sad that I don't have a good photo of the full gross and bloody splendor of this costume but hey, there's always this year!

Also, on a totally unrelated note, I cut my hair!
I've pretty much always had waist length hair and I've been sneaking an inch or two off here and there when I get it cut. I visited the hairdresser the other day and 6-7 inches came off! Have a look:

Here's an old before picture (my hair was pretty much the same right before it was cut except that my bangs/fringe had grown out a bit)

before
And here it is now

after
 I have so much less hair now, it's just crazy. So yeah, that's what I look like (in case anyone was curious, lol).

So that was a bit of a long post! Wow.
I'll be back in a day or so with some crochet news, I have something to show you!

Have a beautiful Thursday!
xoxoxo

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Embroidery!!

Hello all!

Remember that last post?
The one with the partially finished embroidery at the end?

Well guess what?!

I actually got some photos of the finished product!
It was made back in May as a Mother's Day gift because dear mum loves all my handmade goodies (no matter how ugly they might turn out to be). Luckily for her, this one didn't turn out ugly, haha. I really love this and I would have liked to keep it for myself but I wasn't feeling particularly selfish that day I guess.
Ok, here we go. Photos of the finished embroidered tea towel!

Finished towel, in use in the kitchen

Full view
Detail
More detail
I used various solid colours of DMC embroidery floss and a blue-purple variegated floss. Sorry, I didn't take note of the actual colour numbers as I was stitching this. I'll know to do this next time though because some people have asked me.
Not to toot my own horn here or anything but, the photos really do not do this justice at all. It looks way more awesome in real life.

Wondering about the pattern? I know you are.
Pattern credit goes to Andrea Zuill, she made this beautiful pattern available as a free download from her BLOG. I really suggest that you go visit her site. She offers up a beautiful and often quirky free embroidery pattern every month, which is quite generous if you ask me. Andrea, if you somehow happen upon my little blog post I'd just like to say thank you.

So that's that. I also embroider. I know that most reading this will have come from Ravelry where I share in delicious, yarn-y, crochet discussion but I love all kinds of textile/fiber crafts. If you enjoy other kinds of arts/crafts, I'd love to see so please feel free to share a link to your other projects in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

It's time to run but I will leave you with another preview of a finished embroidery project:

Peacocks
Have a wonderful Thursday!
x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x

Monday, October 4, 2010

200 Crochet Blocks

Hello,
It's been a whole week since I posted anything! In my defense, I did work all weekend.

So what have I been up to all week? Let's see.....
Monday - work
Tuesday - school work and out with mum
Wednesday - work
Thursday - school
Friday - work
Saturday - work
Sunday - work
That doesn't sound very exciting now does it? No, I didn't think so.
But......
There was some excitement!
I finally got my hands on a copy of Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks book!
I was so very excited to get this by mail last week on Monday. I have been trying to get it for the longest time. I tried all my local (and non-local) book and craft stores. After repeatedly being told there was no way I could get it because it was out of print, I starting hunting on the internet which was just as fruitless. A nice lady at Chapters told me to keep looking though because they would start selling the book again as soon as there was a reprint. I was browsing the Chapters site for something totally unrelated and there it was! A shiny new copy of Jan Eaton's book, the one I had been hunting for, for what seemed like an eternity and for around only $15. Of course I had to buy it and it was sitting outside my door just 3 days later. I'm so pleased.

See.....

Here's me being a dork

Anyways.......haha


I have to say, this book is just so lovely. There are quite a few blocks in here that I really like. I've worked up a few of them already, just a few though because time is limited. I have another post in the workings to show off a few of the completed blocks and add my own notes for anyone that is interested.

I know that was a short post but for now I've got to run. I will leave you with this though...

Embroidery
I also enjoy a little embroidery time now and again. This project was completed some time ago but I do love it. I have some WIP photos of it (you can see more HERE) but no photos of the finished piece! I gave it away before taking the pictures. I can be so forgetful sometimes.

I hope everyone out there had a nice weekend,
Ta-ta for now!
xoxo

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday show-off

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you're all having a lovely, relaxing day. I'm having a pretty good one here. The sun is shining (sort of), I'm having mushroom soup for lunch and Bruce is being super cute all curled up in a chair. I've got the house to myself today because Mr. R is away at work. It's nice, but I feel lonely today for some reason. I usually really like having my at home alone time, oh well, just one of those days I guess.

Seeing as how it's a nice relaxing Sunday, I've got something to show off to all of you. No, it's not a completed crochet project but it is crochet and craft related. And it makes me happy.


Are you ready?



You want to know what it is?



Should I just tell you already?



It's my swap goodies!!

I participated in a swap on Ravelry a little while ago with the We Love Lucy group and I'm finally getting around to sharing the lovely gifts I received from crochetster.

The whole lot!
I love Sugar 'n Cream! How did you know?!
This pink cotton feels amazing!
FUN!
More FUN!
Cute monogram tissues and a notebook and some yummy candy

Thank you so much for the awesome swap package!
Once again, cellphone pics so the colour is a little off. The yarn is way brighter in person. Especially the Lion Brand Fun, it's crazy bright!
I've got plans for some of the yarn already but I'm not sure what to make with the pink cotton. It feels so lovely but I don't know what to do with it. Maybe a pair of gloves or mittens? Any ideas?

So that was my 'Show-off Sunday', how'd it go? Hopefully I'll have something neat to show off most Sundays. It seems like a good day for this sort of thing.

Thanks for stopping by
xoxoxo

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Some current projects

Hello everyone!

I’ve had a busy few days of work, hooking, and returning to school. Wow, I’m kind of tired now.

There was a huge drama between myself and my university’s admin office. They didn’t actually register me until just this week and September is pretty much over! Thursday was officially my first day back. I was really stressed about going back this year. I feel like I’ve been away from school for way too long (even though it hasn’t been that long at all) and I’m starting off late. Not a great way to start the year if you ask me. I wandered in to classes with profs I’ve never met before and I was totally lost. Our school relies on an online system to deliver important course information to students. This is how you get your class schedule, assignments, readings, and anything else you need. I, of course, didn’t have access to this until just last night – after my classes! So I had no idea where we were supposed to be in our course material and readings…..there was a test in my morning class. It was like one of those horrible school nightmares where you show up naked and you’re late for an exam and you didn’t study except that it was real – making it way worse. Oh yes, and I wasn’t naked. At least I remembered to wear clothes to school!

So that’s that. I’ve been at work all week too, I am SO looking forward to having the weekend off. I’m not feeling so hot today and all I want to do is curl up in a blankie with Bruce (my handsome orange tabby) and hook away on some projects I have on the go right now.

Speaking of projects on the go, I’ve been participating in a monthly goal/tracking thread over on Ravelry. I had listed 3 goals for September:

  1. Complete the white and navy Big Granny throw
  2. Begin the Very Berry Shawl
  3. Choose a pattern or design one myself for brother’s xmas blanket

So far, I’m not doing too poorly but I could be further along with the Big Granny. The end is in sight, I’m sure of it. Although, I don’t think it will get completed by the end of the month. Progress is great with the shawl though! I’m making it with Vanna’s Choice, it’s my first time ever using VC and I was so excited about working with new yarn that I got carried away with the shawl and forgot about working on the granny throw. I’m making little progress with brother’s blanket. I know I want to make it with red, black, white and gray because he likes all the colours I like but, I haven’t decided on a pattern yet. I’m really up in the air about whether I want to make a bunch of motifs and stitch them together or whether I want it to be made all in one piece. Any suggestions??

Here's a couple pics to show you what I'm working on:

Very Berry Shawl in Vanna's Choice. Colours are (from bottom to top): Eggplant, Burgundy, Magenta, Purple and Dusty Purple.
 
Big Granny Throw in Red Heart Super Saver. Colours are White and Soft Navy.     


Sorry for the kind of crappy pictures, I snapped these with my cellphone in the middle of the night, haha. I've made progress on both of these since taking the pictures so I'll have to get some updated shots when I have some time, and good light. 


I actually wanted to post this yesterday but I didn't get around to it. Me and Mr. R were watching Boondock Saints and eating pizza, that's what distracted me from blog land. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty awesome.

And just because I want to, here's another cool photo:

 
Awesome macro photo from here. Prints available!

Thanks for reading!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What a day!

Have you ever felt like you were on an 'emotional rollercoaster'?
I've been feeling that the last couple of days. I was all of these things in just several hours today:
excited, hopeful, excited again, worried, confused, calm, stressed, worried again, scared, frantic, panicked, relieved, hopeful again, agitated, mad, sad, distressed, downtrodden, regretful, anxious, let down, hopeful yet again, frenzied, irritated, relieved again, happy and finally exhausted!

And what could possibly be the cause of all this ridiculous drama? The administration of my university of course. It's a long and convoluted story and I don't want to bore you with the details but I will say this - they gave me a panic attack and put me through a whole lot of BS that I shouldn't have had to deal with. I'm very thankful that it all worked out in the end though, and now I can stop worrying.

Now, dearest Mr. R is cooking up something that smells really good and we're watching Death Race - pretty awesome as far as your straight up action flick goes. Yes, that's right, I crochet as I watch sweet movies with fighting, racing, shooting, killing and explosions. It's a good life.

I'll leave you with today's photos, they have nothing to do with fighting, racing, shooting, killing, or explosions but they do make me feel all warm and fuzzy and happy (in honor of having my school drama all taken care of)



Find the photos (available as prints) HERE

Cheers
xoxoxo

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Welcome!!

Ok, I did it. I've started a blog!
I've been told by many a blogger that it's quite therapeutic to spew out all your thoughts and ramblings over the internet, we shall see how this goes.

I hope to use the blog to share crafty goodness and some general-type stuff with you. Oh! And photos. Hopefully lots of photos.

I think the bulk of my crafty-like posts will be crochet or fiber art related as that's pretty much all I've been working on lately. I have a goal to complete 3 whole crochet projects by Christmas to gift to family: mum, dad, and brother but that's a whole other blog post!

I think for now I'll stick to a super simple hello and welcome and since I want to make sure I include at least 1 photo every time I post (because who doesn't like photos?!) I'll leave you with my 'photo of the day' 

My cat-baby. His name is Bruce. 



Cheers!