Category Archives: Good Things

Blargh and Double Blargh

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Well, I missed a day and got all morose about it – this is why I’ve not posted recently. My other half asked why I didn’t schedule posts for when things are busy.  Talk about a total facepalm moment. ;p

Betty still isn’t finished.  Sigh.  The DH swears it’ll be done this week.  We’ll see.

I’m mostly trying to stay up on just mom and work stuff right now.  I have plans, but we’ll see how they pan out.

As I move towards creative effort, I consider eventually supplementing my income.  I have a beloved friend who is once again stepping into the breach and trying to make it as an artist – I find her so inspiring.  She’s brilliant, though, so I’ve no doubt it’ll all get sorted.

Anyway, I came across this post at ink and spindle I thought was well worth sharing:  “The Formula – or ‘how to price your wares correctly'”

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Via the Jafagirls Site: Knit Knot Tree II Needs Yarnbombing [NaBloPoMo]

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Just a quickie today – running short on time, and I want to succeed at NaBloPoMo.  If you’re in the Yellow Springs, OH area – the JafaGirls are looking to yarn bomb the Knit Knot Tree – see here for more deets!

If you live in town or just want to visit please bring along your knitting or crochet piece and stitch it onto the tree.

Good luck to the JafaGirls!

Birthday Goodies, Part Deux… [NaBloPoMo]

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To continue…assuming anyone’s reading this somewhat self-indulgent display of received gifts. ^_-

Just like last year I got a gift certificate from my folks to Amazon, and also just like last year I spent a couple of weeks deciding what I wanted.  Totally skipped anything practical this year (I’d feel guilty, but due to a family emergency I’d already cashed a birthday check for quick survival money.  :P) and ordered a slew of crochet and cooking related books for myself.  Well – almost nothing practical.  I spent *some* money ordering replacement rechargeable batteries – my beloved-but-unobservant husband threw them away in a dumpster whilst taking photos at a client’s site – he hadn’t realized they were in the camera! o.0

Soo – what did I get?

Crochet Goodies

Crochet Book Goodies

Hooked Scarves: 20 Easy Crochet Projects by Margaret Hubert (she has a blog here).  I also bagged onto another of her books, Hooked Throws: 20 Easy Crochet Projects.  These look like fun patterns, and I look forward to trying them out, though I guess I’m looking at a lot of veganizing yarn choices for a lot of them.  Also, it took me paging through the throw book to really grok how much yarn a throw/afghan takes. o.0 Yowza.

I also picked up a highly-reviewed out of print book – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crochet Projects Illustrated by Marcy Smith.  It’s got some really different patterns in it, and lovely clear pictures on how to do basic stitches, etc, but most of the projects don’t really catch my interest.  Also – there are lots of projects with things like felting, etc, which really won’t work for me as a vegan crocheter.  So, while it’s a fun addition to my library and I will undoubtedly use it, I probably wouldn’t get it if I had it to do over again.

Crochet:  The Complete GuideOn the other sauce, under the category of Completely AwesomeSauce – I picked up a copy of Crochet the Complete Guide.  This is an AmaZing book – I highly recommend it – basic practical stuff at the beginning, plus lots of stitch references and some basic patterns in the back.  This is going to be a book I use FreQuently – do check it out, whether you’re a noob like me or a master crocheter – I really think you’ll like it!!

My final crochet-related gift was the Boye Beginners Crochet Kit, which I bought for  the kit goodies, really, and not the book.  The basic instructions are great in this book, but I’d be *very* careful if I ordered it from a Seller on Amazon, etc.  The copy I got that was supposed to be “new” was the older pattern guide from the 80’s and not the newer one.  Frankly, however, it was too much hassle to complain. 😛  Like I said, glad to have picked up the hooks and stitch markers, ‘though the latter are a bit hard to use in my clumsy fingers.

Anyhoo, moving on to some happier Book Goodness:

Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan Cookbooks

These two have been on my want list forever, and it seemed like a good opportunity to pick ’em up, especially as I *do* need to feed my peeps everyday.  Well, I guess My Sweet Vegan is more of an indulgence, but there are good recipes for things like French toast, rolls, muffins and the like.  However, I will own up and share that as I had all the ingredients, I made Orange Dreamsicle Snack Cake first.  (I’ll post about that another time, as this post is starting to draw on, and I *did* sign up for NaBloPoMo for November. o.0  Gotta have *something* to post about all those days….)  ANYhoo – if you’d like to know more about Hannah Kaminsky, check out her blog, BitterSweet.  She’s got some fun free crochet  and knit patterns there, in addition to lovely recipes and just good food blogging.

Last but not least, I picked up Vegan BrunchIsa Chandra Moskowitz‘s latest.  If you’ve not tried ’em – her cookbooks are the bomb – I highly recommend them.  My only grouse is sometimes the ingredients are hard to find – she’s lived in the NYC area most of her life (now Portland, OR), so her perspective on what’s easy to find is a bit skewed. ^_-  It looks fab – lots of yummy stuff in there.  I’ve not had a chance to make anything other than banana flapjacks, but those were insanely good – didn’t even manage pics before they disappeared!

This was a fab haul!  Thanks Mom & Dad – much love!!!!

Birthday Goodies – A Belated Post… (Part One)

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This is über late – my birthday is the seventh of this lovely month – but I decided to share my goodies in a couple of posts.  Firstly, I decided to give proper props to my kids by giving them their own post, as they each contributed lots of loveliness to my day! ^_^

My Youngest made a large, sweet production about a Kiss on the Cheek.  An absolutely fab present if I do say so, myself.

Youngest Son

Youngest Son (Pardon the lack of shirt. It's a phase, lol.)

Middle Son gave me pin money from his very tightly cared for (hoarded? 😉 ) savings stash and basically said, go to Goodwill, look for yarn, knock yourself out.  So I did.  Couldn’t find any yarn, but I did find these three things, between the Goodwill and another local thrift store (benefiting Haven House)*:

Middle Son's Pressies

A small but lovely stash!  First is the Mere Poulard cookie tin from Mont Saint-Michel.  Found that at Haven House for 99 cents.  Pleased as punch with this, as it perfectly fits all my little crochet needles and notions.  You can’t beat a French biscuit tin for that, I figure. ^_-Biscuit Tin

I also splurged on a little remnant of Holly Hobby quilted fabric.  Mom made me a bathrobe out of the same print when I was little.  I’m hoping, if I can get my sewing machine sorted out, to make something from it, even though it’s an odd little leftover.  It’s in fabulous shape, though.

My final gift from Middle Son was a gently used copy of Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I have been wanting a copy of this book for ages and was delighted to find it at a really cake_mania2good price at Goodwill.  Used is recycled, which is great!

And last, but certainly not least, my Eldest urged me to download Cake Mania 2 for my birthday and funded said venture.  If you’ve not played it, think Tetris with cake, though it’s nowhere near as epic as Tetris, of course.  Several years ago I bought the original and played it entirely too much until I won.  I’ve yet to get anywhere close to that with this one, which is good on a variety of levels. ^_-  Hopefully that means I’m being more productive, haha!

I couldn’t be more thrilled – thanks boys! ^_^

*We have a third one, benefiting Caring and Sharing, which I love to support.  Good organization, great volunteers, important mission!  I just don’t often make it there during the right hours.