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Merry Whatever

First off, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or merry/happy anything else any of you may be celebrating this month or week. I hope that covers everyone. Also, happy new year :D

I had a tough year, and it’s ending in a strange way. I’m happy. Since November or so, I’ve been happier than I’ve been in years, and it’s all thanks to a doctor visit I was dreading. It turns out I’m not “just depressed” like I thought I was. I have an issue that’s a bit… crazier. But with the right medication (science!), I’m feeling so much better than I ever thought possible! It’s strange because I do have some things to be bummed about, but they just don’t bother me like they would have bothered me before. For example: my car died a few weeks ago. It’s completely dead. I don’t even come close to having the money for a new (used) car. I may have enough for a small down payment on a semi-inexpensive (under $10k) used car, but car payments coupled with new, higher insurance are going to be ridiculous. But I’m not super sad about it. It is what it is. I guess I’m just more accepting of life’s ups and downs now that I’m more normal. Yay!

Also! My mom is in town! I hadn’t seen her in 4+ years, not since I visited her when she moved from California to Texas. We had a bit of a fight before she got here, and I wasn’t sure if she was going to come or not, but she did, we made up, and it’s been really fun. She’s never been to the East Coast (aside from a trip to New York City in 2004) and I’ve been wanting to show her around Connecticut for a long time. Now I can! She’s been here since the 22nd and will be leaving January 2nd. We’ve been doing a lot of shopping and sightseeing in the area around New Haven, but I think we’re planning to drive to Boston at some point, which will be really cool because I’ve never been there either. Even if we don’t make it to Boston, I’m so happy she came to visit, it’s making the end of 2012 the best it could be.

I am looking forward to 2013, though. And with the new year comes a new craft! I’m going to learn how to make clothing, bags, toys, curtains, bedding, and anything else I can think of with a sewing machine! I’ve been wishing I could get one for ages, but on top of being broke, I’ve also been really intimidated by the whole idea. I mean, I definitely wanted to do it, but I had no idea what to do once I got the machine and I was a little worried I wouldn’t understand and it’d be a waste of money. But my mom wanted to buy me a Christmas present, and I couldn’t think of anything else, so I finally have a sewing machine! I’d been looking at beginner patterns/tutorials for about a week or so and I felt pretty confident that I could follow them without a problem. My mom has used a machine many times, so she can help me out. Any other time, she wouldn’t be here to help me, so her visit definitely had a hand in it. I feel less intimidated with her here to help. Plus, the machine came with an instructional DVD!

I’m really excited about making my own clothes, but I know that won’t come until I have more experience, which means I’ll be making lots of pillows, tote bags, and a bunch of other simple stuff. I have found a simple skirt pattern though, so that’s totally going to happen! While my mom is here, we’re going to buy some fabric and try to replicate a really simple shirt she has that she loves and wants more of, so I’ll probably be posting about that soon :)

I think my mom is about to wake up, so I’m off to hang out with her. I hope everyone else is looking forward to the new year as happily as I am, because it feels really good.

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Blog Merging

When I started this blog back in January, I planned to keep it completely separate from my personal life. I wanted it to be like one of those blogs that people looked to for ideas and advice about a specific thing. I figured I’d post a bit while I got better at crocheting and then really get down to it, adding tutorials and everything.

It very quickly morphed into just a place for me to dump stories pictures of all my crafty things, which I ended up liking better than my original idea. I realized I didn’t want anything super serious after all, and I was happy just to have a place to post about my creative side each week.

It’s changing again. Starting now, I’m not going to try to post on a schedule. I’m not going to strictly post about crafts. I’m going to post whenever I want and whatever I want, including some personal things. I don’t plan to get too heavy, but it won’t be all rainbows and unicorns.

I have a personal blog that I posted in a few times, and I’m going to move the posts to this one (keeping their original dates, so they’ll be backposted). I purchased a domain name based on the name of my craft blog, but when it’s time to renew, I’ll be changing it to something more neutral.

If this change loses me some followers, that’s okay, I totally understand. I know that the majority of you started following me based on my crochet or baking posts, and now that those posts may not be as frequent, there may no longer be a good reason for you to follow me. I’ve never been concerned with my number of followers or anything, so don’t feel bad if you have to go. And thanks for hangin’ with me while I crafted!

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Snow Fall

The other day, I was talking to my mom on the phone about how badly I want it to snow. She said she’d do a snow dance for me and started chanting (and I assume dancing). I laughed, but she said “watch, it’ll work!”

She was right. Last night, it snowed for the first time this year. I was super excited until I had to run downstairs to the car to get my phone and fell down a flight of stairs. I got down 3 or 4 stairs at what I thought was a careful pace, but apparently I was wrong because I slipped, my feet went flying out in front of me and I landed right on my tailbone. But I didn’t stop there! I continued sliding down the stairs on my back until I got to the bottom. I had to hobble to the car so I could call Nate, and he ran down to help me. I’ve been in bed since then. It hurts to do pretty much everything. I tried to crochet last night but it didn’t work out too well, which I’m pretty sad-faced about, especially since I got new yarn yesterday!

Before the fall, of course, I went to A.C. Moore and used a 50% off coupon to get a pound of mill end yarn. I’m going to say it now, and I know I’ll say it again: I love mill end yarn. A pound of Caron Simply Soft, normally $4+ per skein, for $3.50? Yes, please! A pound of some unknown yarn that is obviously better than RHSS or whatever junk I can usually afford? Yes, please! I love it. So much. Anyway, this is the yarn I got yesterday:

I really like the pattern in the yarn. It’s like different shades of blue wrapped around white. I have no idea what kind of yarn it is, but it’s really soft. Maybe it’s baby yarn. Also, look at my kitty boy Sinclair chillin in the background!

I wish more places sold mill end yarn. So far, I’ve only found it at A.C. Moore, and there’s only one in Connecticut (about 20 minutes away). Caron sells it on their website for $3.99/lb, but you don’t get to choose from the colors they have available and the shipping cost is stupid.

Back to this bag, though. I already know what I want to make with it and it’s killing me that I can’t start it yet! It’s been a while since I tried… I think I’ll go try again.

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