Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Hope everyone had a good weekend. My sister and I went to the Wild & Woolly Festival in Proctorsville, VT on Saturday. It was a good little festival, with many nice vendors. I bought some new spinning fiber and I was so pleased to see that Harrisville Designs brought Brooklyn Tweed yarns- I picked up two skeins of Loft and one of Shelter. I'm so happy- I've wanted to get my hands on this stuff since it came out.

Murderface:

Murderface


Sunday I went to a baby shower. I was in charge of games/prizes. I did the poopy-diaper game: melt various candy bars inside diapers, then pass them around and guess the candy bar. This game is hilarious... to me. I think some people were put off looking at the diapers and seeing something that resembles poop... but that's funny. Poop is funny. I have a picture of the poopy diapers and I feel like I must refrain from posting it to Flickr and here because I don't want to make anyone barf on their keyboards... but I think barfing is funny, too, so... I just have a toilet sense of humor I guess.

Santana:

Santana

My Holy Hand Grenade is nearing completion (finally!). Only the pin remains.

A couple weekends ago Penny was hanging out with Dollar in the Man Cave (the loft above the garage) and tried to eat a wasp. She must have been stung because we noticed that her right cheek was swollen:

Penny :(

Poor PenPen :( But the swelling was gone by that evening and she was back to her adorable self:

Penny

Friday

[cooking] Ramp Season

I've been checking a small area in front of the house, near a brook, where I found wild leeks last year. I found some!


Ramps!

I only took the leaves because the bulbs are too hard to take and if I leave the bulbs, they'll keep coming back.

So now that I know ramps are up, my sister and I are going to head up into the hills around the house where my neighbor told me last year there is a big ol' patch of them. I actually found a lot last year at a park next to the White River, but that entire area is covered with a solid layer of silt now, thanks to Hurricane Irene. :(



Ramps!


I used these ramps last night for supper. I simply rinsed and minced them like parsley, and sprinkled over homemade spaghetti and tomato sauce. Last night was the first time I've ever made homemade pasta and it was... a learning experience. The kitchen looks like I was trying to make the pasta blindfolded and I knew it can be easier/faster than how I made it. Having said that, my spaghetti (which really looked more like spaetzle) tasted awesome. 

Thursday

[crochet] Curtain

I started a filet crochet curtain: 

Filet Crochet Curtain

This is just one, wide panel that I will hang from a tension rod in the laundry room window. This is the first time I've crocheted in a filet crochet style and I like it. Mindless and easy. Except for when you're not paying attention to what you're doing and you realize that you'd made a pretty obvious mistake and you need to rip back two rows, which is approximately 1 hour of work. 

Wednesday

[embroidery] Organization

I saw some pictures on Pinterest (love Pinterest!) from someone who had organized her floss into boxes, by color, onto bobbins. It was so pretty. Here's what my stash of embroidery floss looked like:

Messy floss

Messy.

I found an organizer at Michaels. It comes with 50 bobbins and it only cost something insane, like $2.79. I spent Saturday morning winding, winding, winding the floss. I thought "This isn't going to take long." 4 hours later, I thought, "WTF, why did this take so long?" I don't know, but it's easy to do while catching up on episodes of The Colbert Report on Hulu. Here's my finished FlossBox:

Organized floss

Pretty! Now I can easily pick and choose colors for embroidery and cross-stitch.

Monday

[art] My first painting!

I took last Friday off work and went to a Joy of Painting class taught by a certified Bob Ross instructor. It was amazing. SOOOOO much fun! The instructor came with a finished painting that she had done and we used that as a basis for our own paintings. She did another painting as she told us what to do (use a 1" brush, hold it like this, use this color, tap tap tap tap like so, etc.).

Here's the canvas that everyone started with:


The Joy of Painting

Our brushes and oil paint:


The Joy of Painting


The Joy of Painting

All the brushes and paints are Bob Ross brand. And my little easel had Bob Ross on it:


The Joy of Painting

The first thing we painted was sky:


The Joy of Painting

Clouds came next, which was kind of difficult. Then mixing black and green to tap a background for all our trees and bushes:


The Joy of Painting

We used green mixed with yellow to tap on highlights to the trees and hill in the foreground:


The Joy of Painting

Here's I've added some reds and browns. Painted on some branches. Added little waterfalls.


The Joy of Painting

Those really thin, white branches and trees you see into background? That's just taking the tip of the knife and scraping away thin lines of paint. That's the canvas showing through. Isn't that cool?!

Finally, we added some land/coastline, rocks and water froth:


The Joy of Painting

That's the finished painting. I'm not so pleased with my rocks, but overall I'm so in love with this. My first painting and I think I did an awesome job.

The class is at Mascoma Bank. I was the only noob at this class- the bank has been holding these classes for something like 10 years and everyone had been before. I wish I could have taken a picture of everyone's paintings- we were all doing the same painting, fundamentally, but every painting was different. Everyone's clouds looked different, people used different colors for their bushes, people placed their waterfalls in different locations. It was really neat to see all the paintings.

I took the class on Friday and they were holding another one with the same instructor on Saturday. I simply assumed that it would be the same painting, but no- the painting will be different. So you could sign up for both days and do different paintings (which some of the students were doing). At the end of my class, there was a drawing for the finished painting that the instructor was doing the next day- AND I WON. I won the painting that she was doing on Saturday, which is a totally different scene. This TOTALLY makes up for not winning MegaMillions, I swear. I have to wait 7 days or so for the paint to dry, then I can pick up the painting at a Mascoma Bank branch office. I can't wait to see it!


Wednesday

[cooking] Hotdog Stuffed-Crust Pizza

Last week I read that Pizza Hut UK is starting to offer a hot dog stuffed crust pizza. My initial reactions went something like:

"What?"
"Ew."
"How can this not be American?"
"I must to make one."

I love pizza. I like hot dogs. What's the problem? I told Dollar what I planned to make for supper. His reaction? An ambiguous "Crazy." To which I sullenly thought, "Yeah... Crazy-AWESOME."

I made the dough in my mini-Zo. For pizza sauce, I mix tomato sauce with minced garlic and pizza seasoning from Penzey's. I bought three McKenzie natural casing hot dogs from the Co-op. Green peppers and onions are our usual toppings for pizza.


Hot Dog Pizza

How cute is that cutting board? It was a birthday gift and I like to play Air Guitar in the kitchen with it.

Here's the dough pushed out and docked. With the three hot dogs. Only three because I still wanted half of the pizza to be normal.


Hot Dog Pizza

Then I rolled them inward, toward the center of the pizza 180 degrees, to wrap them in the dough.


Where are the hot dogs?

Then sauce, cheese and toppings:


Hot Dog Pizza

I showed Dollar the pizza and he pointed out, "The hotdogs are backwards." Which, yes, okay, they are. They started out following the curvature of pizza perimeter but after rolling them in, they're concave. I couldn't be bothered to fix it (you know, after all the assembly was complete and it was ready to go into the oven), so I shrieked, "OH NO, THE HOT DOGS ARE BACKWARDS! Now the pizza won't taste good!!"

I actually don't have a picture of the cooked pizza, but it wasn't bad. It just felt a little weird, like, "Are you done eating that slice of pizza? Yeah? Now have a hot dog." The hot dog in the crust was just an over-sized Pig in a Blanket, really.

So... meh. We decided it should be an either/or thing. EITHER pizza OR full-sized hot dogs individually baked in dough. We didn't really enjoy them together. But I'm glad I tried it.

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Made myself a nice bubble bath. Penny wasn't sure why I was filling up a gigantic bowl with hot water and bubbles:


Penny


She's really interested in water.


Penny

She always wants to check out the shower after it's been used. She likes to watch water drip down the door. She loves to drop her favorite toys into her water dish.

Murderface came in to see what all the noise was, but as usual Penny just wanted to check out his butt:


Oh the indignity

Sorry, buddy.

Friday

[knitting] Dice bags

I knit a couple small, quick bags using leftover sock yarn:

Little bags.

These are very easy. Cast on 60 stitches. Knit for 3/4 inch. Work k2tog, yo around. Knit for another 4 inches or so. Use kitchener to close the bottom. Make a couple drawstrings and thread through from opposite ends.

This makes a small, useful, cute, drawstring bag. I call them dice bags, because I love to make these to hold chits and bit for boardgames, but currently I'm using these for:

Bags and jewels

Holding the glass pieces that I've painted with nail polish. Perfect!

Thursday

[jewelry] Nail Polish Pendants

I accumulated a lot of nail polish at the height of my "OMG Must make all the nails GLITTER" obsession. Because Santana's all coughy-coughy and I'm not painting my nails that much any more, what the crap am I going to do with all this polish?

Pendants!!


Nail Polish Pendants

The process is pretty simple. I ordered round and square glass tiles, plates in a variety of finishes, and chains from Sun and Moon Craft Kits.

I painted the back of the glass with clear polish. Then glittery polish or glittery top coats and then a solid background color. Then a top coat. Then glue it into the plate. Voila.


Nail Polish Pendants

I do the painting out above the garage (so no fumes in the house) and it took a week to do 20 pieces of glass. I did 6 - 8 at a time, all with different polishes, and let the pieces sit for hours or overnight between coats. I didn't use everything I painted as pendants- but I'll glue magnets to the back of the rejects/seconds to use as refrigerator magnets.

Here are the one that I liked best:


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant

This one might be my favorite- it's a multi-chrome polish that changes color depending on what angle you're looking at it:


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant


Nail Polish Pendant

Crazy, right?

I'm going to start painting the last of the glass pieces I have. I'll save these necklaces to give out as Christmas presents this year (hurray for finished Christmas presents in APRIL).

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Flickr has a new photo editor embedded into their website called Aviary. It's "lighter" than Picnik was, with fewer options, but I think it's more simple and easier to use. Plus, I love the "Stickers" option to add funny things like hats and glasses to your pictures:

Murderface

Santana Banana

Penny

MF by the canoe

Santana

I can only hope that they add many, many more sticker options. I am loving this.

Thursday

[knitting] $ocks: Vintage

Finished the Vintage socks:

$ocks

I have a couple balls of Spud & Chloe Sweater to make the next pair, but I'm waiting to cast on. Need to finish up some other things before starting something new. Other than, you know, the curtain panel that I just started crocheting. Siiiiigh.

Wednesday

[spinning] 12th Planet

I spun 8 oz of Corriedale pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms:

Spinning

The colorway is "12th Planet". I wanted to keep this spin fast/easy, so I did a single ply. I skeined the yarn and gave it a vigorous wash in hot, soapy water to felt it a bit. It ended up being dk-weight. As usual, I have no idea what I'm going to make with this, but at least progress is being made. 

Tuesday

[cross-stitch] Go insane

More cross-stitch:

X-stitch

Yes, these are Ke$ha lyrics. Yes, those are instructions that I give myself daily. Yes, I am insane and covered in glitter.

The pattern is from Subversive Cross Stitch. I'm having a hard time finishing up all the glitter. You'd think that cross-stitching glitter would be fun, but it's growing tedious.

X-stitch

I am using multi-colored metallic thread (doubled) to get lots of different colored glitter, but without having to use 5 - 10 different colors of thread. I want to finish this up so I can start Nyan Cat. I tried explaining Nyan Cat to Dollar: "It's the cat with a Pop-Tart body flying through space, leaving a rainbow trail." His reaction: "Bwuh?" My response: "HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW THIS?!"

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday



MF


Had a good, low-key weekend. Went to my cousin's wedding in MA on Saturday. Every time I go to a wedding, I think, "I should do this at my wedding. I should do that. Maybe I'll do this." By the end of the evening, I think, "Screw this, I'll just elope." 

Sunday I chilled out, worked on some crafts, went to the grocery store, resisted the urge to buy 20 rococo picture frames at TJ Maxx, and came home to clean all the things. 

Murderface was my little cuddle-buddy all weekend. 


MF


I need to make a list of things that I really, like seriously, I mean it, need to finish this week. My Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. My cross-stitch project. My... uh... Well, I guess just those two things. So that should be do-able, right? Two things?