Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Test

A little quiz I saw on http://www.cabincove.com/. I can live with being mercerized cotton. It's way better than dishcloth cotton...

You are Mercerized Cotton
You are Mercerized Cotton.You are always very crisp and neat. You are very
playful and are happiest while outdoors in the
sunshine. You are sometimes accused of
splitting hairs, but in the end people find you
pretty easy to live with.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Did a little shopping today, since now I have a bare-assed naked closet. Thought I'd pick up a snuggly brown cardigan of some sort. Don't know how that will be accomplished without looking like a frickin' Wookie. Everything made me look like Mrs. Doubtfire. I'm just not ready for that...


Monday, October 24, 2005

It's a dirty job, but...

no one's doing it for me. Today's the day to clean out the closets. I plan to be ruthless and get rid of all the crap that I've not worn for years. Oh, said crap gets it's little bit of attention every year, what with being moved around seasonally, but enough is enough! I'm tired of lugging it up and down the stairs. I may have an inch between hangers in my closet when I'm finished, but so be it. Really, I'm almost shamed into it. D (the neat one) did his side of the closet yesterday. My side looks like an explosion went off in it.

On a more fun note, ta-da, here is the second scarf I've made. I did it all in ONE day! It's a bulky yarn done on a bigger hook. My craft ADD prevents me from starting something that may take weeks to finish, so this was perfect. This is what I was doing when I should have been cleaning my closet out.
This is a perturbed cat face. It belongs to my Methuselated cat, Zip. He REALLY didn't want to be a scarf model today. He's ancient, but he's still my baby.
I'll be in my closet.

Friday, October 21, 2005

A New Thing

I'm learning to crochet. I know, I know, you're saying to yourself,"Kim, how many more crafty things can one person possibly need to know how to do?" Well, apparently, one more. The main reason I want to learn is to start crocheting wire and bead jewelry. Right now, I'm using cheapo super saver yarn and am making something that seems to want to be a scarf. I'm not questioning it, I'm just embracing it. It's really coming along very well. Oh, of course, there were 2 or 3 complete deconstructions, but all in all, I think I'm progressing nicely. It will be finished, and it WILL be worn. It will also be very acrylic-y, as my cousin Jennifer puts it. I'm already looking forward to splurging on some nice yarn for next time.

It took me so long to get back to finishing this post that I've actually crocheted my first wire and bead necklace and earring set. It's way fun...and the bead possibilities are endless! The pics may not be the most professional, but you get the general idea. I never claimed to be a model or a photographer. Don't worry, my ear is a lot better looking in person.



Monday, October 17, 2005

Rollin' Down the River

Saturday, our little family went on what was probably our last little cruise down the Kaskaskia river for the season. It was a beautimous day. The sun was shining. The temp was in the upper 70's. As long as there was no chance you would actually make any kind of contact with the water, you were just fine.

We put the boat in at New Athens, IL, then cruise about 20 miles down the river, and have a nice little lunchie at the marina in Evansville, IL. Sweatshirts were a required item. Cruising around at 30mph got a little nipply.

Here are some pictures of the crew.

The Skipper and Gilligan

Sometimes the Skippper (Darnall) lets Gilligan (Ciara) drive. She does a great job. She likes to run the boat the same way she does everything else, as fast as she can!

Ginger (the movie stah, dahling)

This is Savannah. Her main purpose on the boat is to be strictly ornamental. If pressed into service, she's a quite capable deckhand.

I guess that just leaves me to be Mary Ann or Lovey. The kids choose depending on what mood I'm in that particular day. The only photo you have of me today is that foot looking very relaxed at the top of the post.

That's my little family on our little boat. We still don't have an official name for it. Some suggestions have been:

-"Midge" Ciara insists on it...don't know why.

-"Life is Good" Savannah likes this one. She's already planning ahead to the next boat which will be named, "Life is Better"!

-"Malee Marie" This is my choice, as it's the kids middle names. I think it's very pretty.

- I can't print some of Darnall's choices...



Friday, October 14, 2005

You can never have too many little books.

I have a wierd thing for books, pens and pencils. I get excited when I find just the right pen, or a really great notebook. One of my favorites is the Moleskine. I know, I know...it's WAY overpriced, but the size and "feel" of it made me have to have one. It has been my "special" book, mostly used for sketches on trips. It's always kind of bugged me that I felt that something had to be Moleskine-worthy before I'd use up any of the pricey pages. Anyhoo...I came across some instructions on the web for making your own little fake Moleskine. It's a Yahoo group called Hedgehogs Forever, because the person who put the instructions together dubbed her little knock-off a hedgehog. Mine is the book in the upper left hand corner. So far, it's been a fine little book. The best thing is knowing that it was so cheap to make that I can write whatever drivel in it that my little heart desires.

After that little foray into making books, I've been making books out of anything that even looks remotely like it'll work. The ones on the upper right are little notebooks using the oversized paint chips at Lowe's and some drawing paper I had lying around. As usual, I was in Lowe's for a completely different item, and got distracted by the pretty (some were even shiny) paint chips. I grabbed a bunch, and at the time had no idea what would become of them. Voila!!!! They just became a handful of pretty little notebooks. The book at the bottom was my first attempt at a coptic binding. It's made of torn magazine pages, cuz they were there and didn't cost anything. It turned into my favorite little book to write in. You never know what you'll be writing around. One day, it's a bare leg, and the next, it's a bowl of soup.



Thursday, October 13, 2005

Howdy all...

this is my first little baby step blog. Don't know what will land here. It could be fun. I'll probably spit out rambling little bits about daily life for a mom who really tries to stay on task, but just gets distracted by shiny little bits along the way. Or maybe this blog will be one more short term distraction...we'll see.