Friday, August 27, 2010

What else am I doing, you ask?

I wanted to make a separate post for the lyric journal... I thought I would talk more about it, but I said what I needed to and that seems to be that.
So, anyway... being the craft-OBSESSED person that I am... I have several projects lined up. I am making an atc card this week with the theme of the TV show The Office. It's either going to be an ad for Schrutes Farms Beets or it will be Dwight's ID badge :).
I am also working on toooo many crochet things LOL. The thing I am dedicating my crochet time to is a Spidey'ghan for my son... ... I started it awhile back and I messed up somewhere on it. It curled up at all the points (it's basically like a star'ghan).... well, I was very upset because I had to frog it (unravel) all the way... completely. I put it away for awhile. I started it back up the other week and didnt pay too much attention to it. We have a lot going on here with the inevitable moving day coming up next month.. I'm being industrious and starting the packing now, so it's taking a lot of my time and energy. Anyway, one day I randomly decided to work on it and I got to the point I had reached the first time. I read and re-read the pattern several times... it did NOT make sense! The pattern's author wrote that you have to repeat rounds 7,8, and 9 for the rest of the blanket. But you have to do it in a certain way. Round 7 is a small shell, round 8 is a large shell, and round 9 is large as well BUT it's only done in single crochet and black yarn... Rounds 7 and 8 are done in double crochet and you do a few round sin blue, a few rounds in red. So she wants you to repeat those 3 rounds, but in this way: 1 small shell round, 2 large shell rounds. It didn't and still doesn't make sense to me. I even wrote it out in many different variations trying to find SOME way to make the 1 small, 2 large to work. It is hard because you ALSO have to follow her color list for the rounds. Rounds 10-13 are blue... round 14 is black. I couldn't get it to work with the repeating 7-8-9 and following the 1 small, 2 large rounds. So, I had to re-write the amount of times you do the colors to keep with the repeating 7-8-9. Instead of 10-13 being blue, 10-14 are now blue. This allows for round 10- small, 11-large, 12-large, 13-small, 14-large... round 15 would be the black and it's a large round. So, see? I managed to find a way to keep the 1 small, 2 large. And now my son's Spidey'ghan is coming along *nicely*! I made it farther than I did the first time. I can see how nice it will be :).
Now on top of the Spidey'ghan, The Office atc card, Song Lyric journal, a blue dishcloth swap (crochet/knit a blue colored dishcloth) and an atc of Penny from The Big Bang Theory..... I am going to try to make it to some Farmer's/Flea Markets that are coming up in my area. I want to make a few items to bring.. but I think I will end up with more pictures than actual physical items. I also need to start thinking about my Christmas list. I'm not making big items, but many small things. I have a great idea... at least for all the females on my list. The only big item I will be making is the Seraphina shawl.... ... this shawl is AMAZING! I am making it with Lion Brand Homespun. I hope to get more skeins of Homespun so I can make a few for some people up north... not naming any names in case I show those people my blog and they read this and then know what their gift will be!!! :)
OK I think this blog post is long enough now.... I wil make a post in the evening with my day 3 entry for my song lyric journal, and I will include what the previous 2 day's posts were. I hope to make a point to make a post with what that day's entry will be every evening!
~ Have a great day! ~

Song Lyric Journal swap

I've joined a few swaps on .... but the one that I am enjoying the most (probably cuz it's the only one I am working on LOL) is the Song Lyric Journal swap. We are to write the lyrics of a song that reflects our mood for the day. You don't have to write an explanation of why, but I have been. It's been very relaxing and therapeutic. I actually leave it to the end of the day so my day can go completely by and I can experience everything of that day and then decide on the song. It's my new favorite part of the day. It's been really a very fun thing to do, and I actually think I will continue this after this swap is over.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Never ending

So, theDVDs have, for the most part, been organized, cataloged, and packed. Now on to the next big(ger) hurdle: my BOOKS. Oh, I do love books. My dream (one of them) when I was little was to have Belle's library from Beauty & the Beast. I thought that was one of the MOST romantic gifts ever! Anyway... my collection is far from as large as that, but it's still a daunting task every time I want to go through it. I'm now exploring the idea of an online library cataloger. Yeah, one like I used for the DVDs (called DVD Profiler). I read a blog post on about online book catalogers. This guy test drove four different sites. I had already seen the first on the list, .... it looks pretty good and I think I'd be willing to pay $10 for a year membership (unlimited amount of books... if you go free, you can only do 200 books). The only pother one that sounded good to the blogger and to myself is So now I need to decide between those two.
But, none of that really matters right now. I'm just going to write all the names & authors of the books down on paper for right now. I expect to have a very sore hand!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lots of things going on

So, my last post was in July, almost a month ago. I have so much going on right now! We thought our lease was up at the end of August and I spent a lot of online time looking at rental listings. Come to find out our lease ends at the end of September... even though we moved in August 15, 2009... our lease ends September 21, 2010. Very annoying. Especially since we are so sick of dealing with the condo association's board of directors. This is a group of bored old people with nothing left in their lives and nothing better to do than to harass the people that live in this very small condo complex. They have stolen from us and they have sent so many "notice of violation" notices to us for any little thing they can think of... if the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, we were sure to get a violation notice for that!! *heavy sarcasm*.
Anyway... I decided to start packing up stuff. This, I feel, is very very smart on my half. I usually wait til a week or two before moving date and then start scrambling around to find boxes and to pack said boxes. Not this time! I have a good amount of boxes and I am spending my days packing them up. First packed- the DVD collection. I debated on if I should pack the DVDs this early.. but the collection is enormous.... my count so far- 430 DVDs! That's just the ones I could FIND. ^_^ I used a cool little tool i found online called the DVD Profiler to catalog my collection. Very useful!
I haven't had much time or inclination to do any crocheting.... I stayed up for 24 hours last Friday- Saturday chugging out a bear themed set for a friend's baby shower I was going to on Saturday. I made a bear hat with blue/brown in the ears, matching blue/brown booties, and an amigurumi bear with a blue/brown ribbon tied around his neck :). It turned out quite cute and was the hit of the shower!! But after that marathon crochet run... I needed a break. I only picked up the hook to make a 12" square and a 6" square for 2 different Ravelry swap groups I'm in. I think I'll make a separate post and put up the pics of the bear theme set and the 2 squares I made.
I'm logging off for now- I am going to call around different apartments and start getting prices and scheduling walk-throughs.... yayyyyy... lol.

~ Have a great day! ~