Friday, November 30, 2007

My youtube Debut

I made this sad short of our trailer at The Shady Dell. I had grander plans but I forgot to do anything until our last morning. Please ignore my mouth breathing. It was early and I get snurfle-y and well, I'm a ham. Enjoy!

Photobooth Friday: Starting them young

What can I add to make this strip better? Babies in a booth...sigh...there's nothing better! Happy Friday folks!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

An Ode to Flannel bedding

toasty brown flannel
sheets on the bed. snowflakes blue
too warm to wake up

Oh baby, it is cold here in the tiny casa. For your information, yes, we do live in Los Angeles and I know...sunshine and blue skis and all that jazz, it's still cold to me. I'm a native and my personal thermostat is set for warm so when it gets to be around fifty-five degrees, I get cold. The tiny casa was built in the early 1900's and there is no insulation. Summertime is hellishly HOT and well, winter is pretty chilly. We have a small wall heater that only heats the living room so we use it sparingly and generally scuffle to and fro in layers, hats and scarves. If one of us is sick and living on the sofa, we shut the bedroom door, turn on the heat and bundle up on the sofa with Pee-Wee's Playhouse and oodles of hot tea. Then when we have to pee we dread getting up from our nest because we have to go into the cold, cold, bedroom to get to the bathroom. I would probably keel over if I encountered snow. I never really have. I want to...someday.
Anywhoo. I have never owned a pair of flannel sheets. I scoffed at their ugliness, I'm not a fan of plaid on the bed, but more and more I have been thinking about them for our tiny winters. I didn't want to wear socks to bed, I hate wearing socks in my sleep. They get all twisty and you kick them off, forget you did and wonder why you only have one rainbow striped knee sock covered in dust bunnies under the bed. I finally picked up a set, from Target, of course. They are brown with blue snowflakes so they kinda fit in with the room and the quilt. They were a bit stiff even after the wash but I decided to give them a chance and last night when I crawled into bed (sans socks) I do believe I sighed with their smoothness. I kept waking up and thinking "Gosh these are soft!" and when I woke up this morning to kiss the mister goodbye I thought I would camp out in bed all day. I have a new lurve! I dragged myself out, wrapped a scarf around my neck, put on stripey socks (orange & navy) and brewed a pot of green tea. I ate a loverly tangerine and a pumpkin bar for breakfast and now I need to finish what I started yesterday (putting the many piles of fabric away). Today I get to play with an old friend and new baby and I can't wait! Whoo-hoo for Thursdays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wonky is as Wonky Does

wonky scarves: rolledI've added the wonky scarves to ny etsy shop so if ya really, really need one head on over. There are five available. I love, love, love the combo I used for this batch.

I still need to make scarves for my five things swap but first I need to do some cleaning up. Everything is a disaster here at the tiny casa. I managed to put my clothes away yesterday. See, I am a sloppy, messy, rattled lobster-girl. I have good intentions, I do. It's just that I get so easily distracted. I know I do this so I try to nip it in the bud but that doesn't always work. The living room is still full of fabric piles. I had dreams for each pile but methinks it is time to throw in the towel. I need to keep out only what I know I will use and put the rest away. Once I get this done, my head, hopefully will be clearer and I can work on writing and other stuff. After I tackle the fabric, I will need to tackle the books. It seems my children's book collection has been reproducing and I have nowhere, absolutely nowhere to put these books. And in case you are wondering, yes, I DO need them. I love my picture books so much they make me dance!

So, after the fabric and books are dealt with I will need to hit every surface that should be clean and artfully decorated. Right now everything is just piled. There are piles of piles. I need to do that magic job of sifting through things that should probably be tossed but I am keeping for "just in case". I'm only in my thirties and already I have crazy pack-rat tendencies. Yikes! What am I talking about? I was born with pack-rat tendencies. I'm in for the long haul. Okay, thinking to myself. Fabric, books, kitchen table, computer desk & ironing board. That's a good start. Then I will artfully fix all the prettiness that should be so that I won't feel all bedraggled when I make my cookie list. December is just a few days away and I need to make some cookies!

Oh drats, laundry! I need to get the laundry and then I'm gonna bake something with pumpkin in it and then I will do something with all the fabric. I will. Yes, I will.

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Good Morning

Oh if you could see me now! Wardrobe remix I am certainly doing but I'm not sure I am in an outfit suitable for public view. If it were a little lighter outside or maybe if I didn't detest flash so much, I would snap a picture. I'm actually in pajamas of a sort and it is cold this morning in the tiny casa. Our casa was built in 1918 and is insulated like an origami box. So now I sit here enjoying my morning oatmeal with tangerines, honey and pecans while wrapped up in too many layers and colors that clash. Really clash, not artfully clash. On my head I have a most fabulous made for me rusty orange knit cap with fabulously fun navy blue poms dangling over the top. A hand knit for me scarf in shades of red, bergundy and pink is doubly wrapped around my neck and a black long sleeve sweater is covering the charcoal gray trapeze dress/shirt that I have been sleeping in. On my nether region is a pair of taupe yoga pants with a hole above the left knee and to top it all off I am wearing coloriffic gifted lavender and turquoise socks with frogs hopping all over them. Am I stylish or what? I am warm so I guess that's a go.

I did manage to hit the fabric store yesterday along with a delicious tea shop where I spent too much money on all sorts of yummy smelling goodness. I need to go back to the fabric store to pick up more linen as the store I hit didn't have any. I am also going to pick up a specific children's book. scrumdilly-do needs some new fun and I had a great idea around three in the morning. Must. Follow. Through. Other than that I am not doing any BIG TIME holiday shopping but I am doing enough where I don't feel I can take the Handmade Pledge. I will be making oodles of gifts but I will also be picking up a few small stocking stuffers and such. I have purchased a bit from etsy so I don't feel bad or guilty. If you took the pledge but are feeling the itch, hop on over to Keri Smith's blog for a list of 10 things to do instead of shop. She's one nifty lady and I will be doing a good part of this list myself!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Week in Review: November 19-25

The Week in Review

Mostly we ate. A lot. And I cooked. A lot. Then we hiked, just a little and squeezed in a bike ride. It was a swell week with one day of my cold reappearing. Thank goodness for the tangerine trees and for naps. I love naps. We had Thanksgiving lunch with granny and she was in super spirits. She looks good, healthy and laughed oodles. I wish I was magically wealthy so we could all live together. The lady is a hoot and I love her.

I have oh, so, slowly updated the shop. There are wee buggie sachets, bright ideas and pop memory games available. I am doing a post office run tomorrow so if anyone gets their order in today it will be mailed tomorrow. I promise!

I'm off to visit the mama craze and her two boys and then it's off to the valley for a visit with the leetz and of course a wee pinch o fabric shopping. there's always room for fabric shopping. Happy almost December folks!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Turkey Day!

Not to be all mushy or anything but I'm thankful for oh so many things. One of the things I am grateful for is this blog and for you. It's a great form of working through the muck in my brain and I adore reading so many of your blogs out there. I'm also grateful for tangerines freshly plucked from the tree, my nose when it works and I can quickly sniff the waxy smell of crayons or an orange blossom or rosemary out in the garden. I'm grateful for the husbandman who smells like green tea, polkas with me on demand, and makes me laugh myself silly and I'm extra grateful his family hasn't kicked me to the curb...yet. I'm grateful for friends, for family and for strangers who shyly introduce themselves to me. I'm grateful for craftiness and fabric and knowing that I am not in fact going loopy, I'm just like a lot of you out there. So cheers my friends, Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you stuff yourself goofy on homemade pie and mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pop Memory!

The fab matching game is now available in my shop! This was a popular Felt Club item and I have seven left just waiting for you! Though it is meant for kidlets, I'm sure you will find it hard to resist yourself. I had a blast making these except of course for all the wonkiness we had to go through. I do not know if I will attempt this again as it took soooo much time and I don't think anyone would wanna pay $35 for it, ya know? Anywhoo, take a looksie and keep an eye out for new gnomie gnomes, go-go gloves and more!

Happy shopping Folks!

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Week in Review: November 12-18

You can also call this one the Felt Club edition!

There was crafting and sewing and sickiness and school. In between bouts of laundry, cleaning, gardening and visiting, I crafted up a technicolor storm! There were go-go gloves and gnomie gnomes and light bulb pillows galore! There were spazimals, spazimals, spazimals and a whopping twenty-five bags of lavender shortbread cookies!

I got to visit with old friends and new and even heard a few shout outs from longtime admirers. Thank you to everyone for all your sweet, kind and nifty words. Your smiles were the best and it was so, so, so nifty to meet so many flickr and blog reading peeps! We may have had better sales but this was the best time I ever had! Don't be a stranger, drop me a line anytime. You are all too cool for school!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

We're ready!

getting ready for felt club: lavender scented
Well now...we're heading out in just a couple of hours and I can't wait to see. buy and sell all sorts of goodness! I hope, hope, hope you can come down for a hello! We have spazimals, sachets, gnomie gnomes. cozie cozies, light district pillows, wonky scarves, pop memory games for wee ones and cards and comics and smiles galore! Happy Sunday folks!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Photobooth Friday: family time

photobooth friday: kids again
Click on the pic to read more about the adventure. I was thinking about how Thanksgiving is coming up and how our small family is so spread out it is difficult to coordinate all the holidays, ya know? My sister lives out of state and I wish she could come for one of the holidays and the mister's other sister lives three hours away and has another wacky family to deal with so we do what we can. We're having an impromptu-not-really-kinda-sorta Thanksgiving dinner this weekend which will probably be soup and salad or something. Okay, it isn't really a holiday to-do but we do get to see the boy a-go-go and his mom which will be nice. I need to make sure I pack up whatever I need to finish for Felt Club so that I don't completely freak out and fall apart! I have school all day tomorrow so this is going to be an interesting weekend. I'm still on the mend so much tea and pond nutrients will be absorbed! All I have left to do is the fabric bags for the games, game pieces to be cut, game baskets to be altered and some scarves to be whipped up...that's all...and of course everything needs to be organized...eeps!

More booth-o-rama can be found here and here!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Of pond potions and go-go gloves...

I'm drinking a smoothie that tastes like pond. Our landlord gave us a giant tub o' some sort of super food and it looks alot like fish food but after looking at the ingredients we decided we were game. Other than all sorts of grass and algae it has citrus peel, rosehips, vitamins and so much more. I wonder if I drink a vat of it will I end up sounding like Lucy and the vitameatavegamin.

Did I ever tell ya how Lucy totally shaped my sense of fashion? When I was five years old, a tv repairman came to fix our television. I thought he was taking it away and was quite alarmed. When my mother explained that he was going to fix it so that it would be in color because our color tubes were out or something like that, the first thing I said was "Yay! Now I can see what color Lucy's dresses are!" Then I learned all about b&w versus color. Drats!

More gnominess today along with go-go gloving. I didn't get any gloves sewn, I just managed to cut out all the felt. Why did that take so long? I'm on the mend from the ick I think. I still feel like sleeping all the time but my throat isn't so sore and my body doesn't ache as much and the fever is gone. Party time! I hope folks like the chocolate scented gnomes...and I need to get over my fear of sewing tulle. I need a bunch of tulle bags for something and I hate sewing tulle! Maybe I will break down and just make up some fabric bags instead.

Back to my pond smoothie. Happy Thursday folks!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gaggles of Gnomes & a Stinkified Casa least it's stinky if ya don't like lavender! Wowza! Who knew such a small tub o the stuff could make the tiny casa so pungent? I thought I'd cut the flowery stuff and add some cocoa husks but the purple stuff just overwhelms. What do ya think? Do ya think you'd want a chocolate scented gnome?

I'm still sick with this weird viral ick. I found out that I'm not alone as the caffeine fiend has the ick also. Oh bother! It's been tea, tea, tea and tangerines and mashed potatoes all day. I'm gonna make a batch of chicken soup with rice and cross my fingers I'm all better by the time the weekend rolls around. I have class all day Saturday and Felt Club on Sunday. BUSY! This past weekend I whipped up more than twenty cozie cozies. Phew! Today is lavender and chocolate (not together) scented sachets and gnomes and tomorrow will probably be more gnominess along with some go-go gloving felt lurve. I still have some scarves to finish and of course there's one more bit of craftiness up my sleeves...for now, I think I'll take another nap. G'night.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Week in Review: Novembr 5-11

The Week in Review: November 5-11

It's been a crazy crafting kind of week. My hands got so dry they cracked from using scissors, ouch! I cut, I stitched, I planned, I stuffed. I now have a flu or something so today I will huddle on the couch, eat oodles of tangerines and watch me some Gilmore Girls. No crafting while stuffy, today I nap, nap, nap the day away. Hopefully it is just a cold but I feel like one does after having the flu, you know, all tired and weak like you can't fully take a step or you will fall down. My appetite is okay. I've been hitting the carbs as I am wont to do when feeling ill. I seem to adore crusty bread and mashed potatoes when I feel ick so that is what I am enjoying, along with buckets of juice, tea and tangerines from the tree thrown in. I still have scarves to make for Felt Club and the mister needs to whip up some more spazimals but I think we're good, just dandy even and tomorrow I will pepper the neighborhood with Felt Club postcards and such. Hey, Ms. Stacey, if you read this, do you want some cards and/or maybe a poster for Ander's School?

There are so many people I need to call back but when I am in the crafting zone I can't stop or I lose my momentum, ya know? Eeeps! If you see anything you like, lemme know. I will update the shop the day after Felt Club but if you see something in my flickr or here on the blog and you NEED it, shoot me an email and I'll set it aside for ya. Must go drink more tea and ingest some airborn. Sigh. Ya gotta love November.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Photobooth Friday: nnnnnnnnnmmmmmm

photobooth friday: we're doing that tongue thing Taken at Grill whilst we were road travelin' vacationers. Mr. A-go-go is very fond of using his tongue as a prop. I think we can easily find a common them in some of our photobooth pics. This was taken before the strip that got eaten and I think the colors came out pretty nicely. they never scan in too well but it's a booth, what do ya expect?

Well folks, it's early and it's chilly and I have a lot of crafting to do, so hop on over to the Photobooth Friday pool to check out some more strips. I'm off to piuck up some polkadot ribbon, washers & flannel.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Only two swaps left...

...for The Coloriffic Swaporama and then it ends while it is still wonderful! I had no idea Coloriffic would become as huge as it did. There are over 1000 members and the monthly swap numbers would often reach over 100 players. It was a lot of work and I loved every minute of it but now it is time for it to end. I have received dozens of emails pleading to keep the group active and I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone who made it so successful. I had an excellent team of moderators and admins and it wouldn't have run as smoothly without all of you. The Coloriffic Swaporama pushed me to be more creative in many ways. It taught me to think outside the box when working with a color themes that wasn't "me", it taught me to take care and pride in the presentation, to take beautiful photos and to make everyday simply as pretty as I could. I hope those of you who swapped with the group found it as a jumping point for your creativity as well.

There are two swaps left. January & February. It was going to end with January but the greedy little child in me wanted a bang up last swap for my birthday month. I need to move on to other things like school, writing and work. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm still a swapping fiend. I just won't have the time and energy to admin such a large group anymore. Really, it was a full time job!

And now it's back to some frenzied crafting. Felt Club is coming soon and I have oodles and oodles of gnomes, pillows and cozies to make!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We like wandering...

cabazon: walking the earth We left for Bisbee, Arizona a day before we were to stay at The Shady Dell. Luckily, the three of us are pretty good and wandering. We had no specific plan other than I wanted to take lots and lots of pictures, get a coffee once in awhile and hang out with the dinosaurs at Cabazon. We left around 8am and headed out, first stop Cabazon and some hamming it up and playing with the color accent feature on the camera.cabazon: swampycabazon: a-go-gos pose The light was fabulous and the sky was a perfect backdrop for these concrete prehistoric beasts. We hit the outer edge of the crazy outlet mall for a starbucks run and bathroom break and got sidetrack with a bit of bee watching as their rosemary was in bloom. Yes, we like to watch bees. We're a slow and pokey kind of folk. After a couple of hours driving, we hit up a rest stop for much needed stretches and such and I took this shot of lovely-to look-at-but-not-so-great-for-the-atmosphere contrails.random rest stop After lunching at Denny's (aren't we American) and driving for many hours more we finally pulled into the strip mall parking lot for some tiki treats at the Kon Tiki in Tuscon, Arizona.

I figured I better recap our trip a wee bit now before I forget and it is too late. Anyone up for a slideshow? Anywhoo...I'm gonna bike on over to the camera place to pick up the holga rolls but first I may to a bit of much needed Felt Club crafting. Or maybe I'll take a power nap. I've already baked two poundcakes and did two loads of laundry...oh drats, I need to go to the post office also. Eps, gotta skeedaddle!

Monday, November 05, 2007

We Did It!

bowlful of gnomiesprocessing ordersThank you to everyone for all your support with my Lupus Benefit! I just donated $250 and I could not have done it without you! Donating for a cause is such a good and important thing to do. Even a dollar a day for one month can make difference! Can you imagine if you got everyone at your office to donate $1 tomorrow for a cause? One single dollar can go a long way when pooled together with other folks. If you are interested in helping another crafter donate for a cause, check out Jennifer at The Felt Mouse, who will be working her crafty magic for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. There's never too little and it's never too late. Help make a difference today!

The Week in Review: Vacation

Wowee! In a nutshell, we....

*romped with giant stone dinosaurs
*got serenaded by a Hawaiian man named Ernie
*shacked up with a very nice Indian family
*ate giant pancakes at Grill (and hopped into a photobooth)
*pondered the graves of strangers
*avoided a shootout at the Okay Corral
*walked amongst giant Saguaros
*slept in a golden, ionized cigar shaped trailer
*ate hot dogs at a tiny diner that came from my old stomping grounds
*wandered the wonky streets of a tiny mining town
*spent two hours in the company of hundreds of migrating Sandhill Cranes
*viewed an unrequited love story that involved a gilled fishman on a vintage tv
*had breakfast in a grand hotel, a hop, skip & a jump from Mexico
*inspected decaying trailers and debris at the site of an engineering accident
*took more than 400 photos
*had a most fabulous, fabulous time!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Photobooth Friday: Vacation

Thank goodness for! We took a road trip to Arizona this week and I was so hoping we could find a booth on the road and we did! Yay! We had pretty good diner eats from Grill and then hopped on into the booth to growl a little bit. What a shock when our picture came out of the booth and it was a raven haired duo making out big time! Yowza! It was quite confusing. I even wondered if someone got into the booth just before us or something but it was 7am and we were the only ones there...then I noticed that our strip was stuck to the back and got all monstered up. At least it makes for good memories!

More Photobooth Friday fun here and here!