Sunday, July 31, 2011

Holy Shit

So, I've been having a hard time at my new(ish) job. It's been four months and my confidence is slowly eroding to pretty much jack (which is redneck for squattola) and on Friday, I hit a wall. I realized I had made a mistake on something that affected us all. I'm pretty sure letting everyone know in a timely manner stopped it from being any kind of real problem but guess what?

I cried.

I almost never cry (unless it's hormonal) and my mom hasn't seen me cry IN YEARS and she was over for waffles. Anyway so i really had a pretty good breakdown and my husband happened to be hollering questions at me as he walked up the basement stairs. As i answered, he realized I was crying and ran up the last few. Then he walked in the living room where I was crying in front of my mom (and she was frankly looking frantic which is weird because she's a mental health professional. I mean hell, she has seen some serious emotions)

He looked at me with a very similar frantic look on his face, then at her, then at me. Then he put his hands on his hips, narrowed his eyes and semi bellowed at MY MOM, "What did you DO?????" hahahahaha. Omg so funny it took the sting out of my tears.

But seriously, I used to think I was so awesome at my job(s) and this is making me feel like such a loser. What do you do? Hang in, work harder and cross your fingers?

Friday, July 22, 2011

One Man's Old Crap

Is another man's new crap.

Actually, have you ever logged on to Craigslist to look for a bargain on something you want or need and been astounded by what people seem to think their old crap is worth?

Happened to me too.

We're sort of half assed looking for a set of french doors. Kinda of a long story. . that will eventually end with photos of our remodeled basement.

The other day I was browsing through some old photos and found one I thought I should make a stamp out of. it's roughly two miles from our house (as the crow flies) on Lake Michigan and is the lighthouse known as "Big Red". I don't want to brag or anything, but it's kind of a "big deal" in lighthouse circles. I guess you probably don't hang out in lighthouse circles.


See, I have that Theresa Collins stampmaker everyone is all agog over. In fact I got it for Christmas (and have yet to make a stamp that doesn't suck)

I'll show it when it's done. (even if it sucks AGAIN)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ah Knupps, How Can I Love You Soooo Much?

It's been a rough week for me. See, I have two part-time jobs, plus I have a family and house and it's so crazy! I work for a family owned business (where the "family") was on vacation this week as the bookkeeper/office manager. I was alone in the office when I got a text from my 13 Year old son. "I just puked"

Wow, aren't those 13 yo boys eloquent?

Now when I was growing up, my mom didn't care to be bothered with sick children, and I remember that didn't feel great. So, I make sure I'm there when he gets ill. He's turning into a man though (you all know what that means during the flu).

So anyway rough week. I've been working a ton and starting to think about a full-time job instead of two part time ones. If I go back full time, I should definitely get a housekeeper right?? RIGHT??? It's ok. Silence implies consent, ya know.

Moving right along. About 18 months ago, I bought some merino/bamboo from Hungry for Handspun (I believe her etsy shop is closed right now) and spun it up into some nice laceweight. The color was mossy pond or something like that. The laceweight is similar to Zephyr so not super thing (which I like when knitting a garment) and it turned out just beautiful. The sheen is very pretty and the colors are not my usual cup of tea, but gorgeous.


The pattern was quickly memorized (after the edging).


Not showing the bamboo sheen.


Since I finished this shawl, I haven't had any lace on the needles. In fact right now I have a sock. That's it!!! I have spinning going though.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm back! (and I'm Better than Ever)!!

I confess. I've blogged before. In fact, I even co-hosted a podcast for awhile years back. Unfortunately, my life took over, and my interests broadened (read: my short attention span got me interested in a billion more crafts). Thus the name of my new, multi-crafty blog was born. My husband constantly jokes about my cockamamie schemes and shenanigans. Big deal! Sometimes they even turn into something (not usually though so don't hod your breath or anything).

It's true that I really do have a crazy life, but if you come back, you'll be finding that out (maybe more than you want to).

Anyway, the point of THIS post is that we have friends having a baby boy soon, so I designed and knitted him a sweater (which you'll see later). In order to get myself motivated to get the sweater designed, I made the card to go with it!


The inside sentiment just says "Congratulations on your new little monkey!" Basically the whole color scheme stemmed from the plaid paper. I picked that first and then rummaged for everything that would match it. That plaid paper is just SO pretty.


In order to create this card, I used the products listed below. Come back and see the sweater!

Turquoise paper: Hallmark Core'dinations Cardstock (sanded)
Lime green and plaid paper: Martha Stewart Essentials Paper pack
Ribbon: Random $1 roll from Michaels
Image: Cuddly Animals file from
Sentiment: Stampin' Up!
Frame Stamp: 7 Gypsies
Ink: Stampin' Up! Summer Sun and Tempting Turquoise

Baby Card1