so much to discuss…

22 09 2009

…and yet so little of significance. 

first, ricky gervais.  i cannot begin to tell you how much i love a funny man.  emmys 2009?  ya see him?  click here (bonus – jon stewart is also in the clip.)  ricky gervais has a new movie coming out – “the invention of lying” – i have a feeling i’ll be there opening day (october 2nd) for the first showing. 

oprah.  monday’s show.  a 60s inspired retro show.  oprah looked fabulous.  especially her hair. the audience was all decked out in 60s garb as well.  the show itself was so-so, but the mad men segment was worth it.  

letterman.  obama.   good stuff.  the heart shaped potato?  i was dyin’. 

organic made-from-scratch spanish rice.  made by me.  no lie.  DSCF3038

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on a rice cracker.  somehow “rice crackers as utensils” just doesn’t have the same flow to it as “chips as utensils.”  and besides, it’s rice overload.  rice on rice.  that’s too much rice.       DSCF3041

 

and so i give you spanish rice on a chip:DSCF3042

and i continue to bring yet even more sexy in the brown fall boots.  another low-heeled version.  this time from privo.DSCF3052

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and a crafty mini quilt all framed:

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and goodbye summer.  i can’t bear it.  hello fall. 

and what better to go with that spanish rice than a margarita in a gold wheat glass on a vintage red leaf plastic coaster?  is the wheat glass fall-ish?  i say it’s harvesty.  and harvesty = fall.  fall harvest.  and that’s about all the enthusiasm i can muster to welcome launch the fall season.DSCF3056

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black thread

16 09 2009

can i just say how next to impossible it is to appliqué black felt with black embroidery thread with failing eyesight?

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twelve

11 09 2009

won 12 bucks in lotto.

i feel it.  i’m on a winning streak.

don’t all desperate people say this?

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learned to drive on a volkswagen bug bought here back in the early 70s.  the place no longer exists – torn down and replaced by a 99 restaurant (tragic.)  so a fine nostalgic collector’s item for me at 59¢.

i feel like the girl who cried wolf.  hired a contractor to check out a house for me and draw up an estimate for needed repairs.  and now i’m gonna try and buy a house (again.)  i’ve heard this story before.   

and again i craft.DSCF3024





delete button

5 09 2009

oops.  i accidentally deleted a post the other day.  the gist of the story was a friend and i were out to dinner and a stranger bought us drinks and we were gobsmacked.

the post also showed my latest crafting efforts.  i must repost photos to keep myself motivated.  DSCF0987

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pay no mind.





heat

31 08 2009

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did i mention something about heat in my last post?  cuz i’m hear to tell you, the heat is LONG gone, and chilly temps have settled in. like, sweater weather and fleece socks temps.  and i don’t like it one bit.  too soon.  much too soon.  i will say this week looks promising as far as sunny skies and comfortable temps returning, but i think i’m going to miss the heat. 

yes, i finished that little craft project i started.  it hardly took any time at all.  i’m not quite satisfied with its visual punch.  but at least it got my feet wet again with the crafting and creative side of my life.  DSCF0971

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the idea i totally copied inspiration:DSCF0968

(from the crafts design book, beaudette smith)

obviously i was going for a much simpler version.  if you picture this hanging in a little white cottage, with white walls and white painted floors and all my fabulous vintage danish/swedish/norwegian finds, i think it’ll pass as high art.  in my little brain it does.DSCF0983_editedhere it sits nestled amongst one of several piles of art that i can’t hang on my walls due to landlord law.

oh, the house hunt drama.  alas, the cottage won’t be mine.  i got outbid.  and then those buyers backed out.  and so i re-bid.  but got outbid again.  what’s new?  but will the original dream house now become a contender once again?  it’s a serious game of cheap house ping-pong.  and i’m getting pinged and ponged all over the place.

(long distance bday wishes going out to midwest jen celebrating her birthday in bed with a good book and bad tv.  that’s just sad.  it’s a monday birthday and monday birthdays are the worst.)





snackin’ and craftin’

26 08 2009

i’ve pretty much taken up permanent residence on my porch in these waning days of summer doing the exact same thing every day.  snacking and crafting.  my apartment has become unbearably hot and it’s the only place i can find relief.  picked up a vintage craft book several weeks (months?) ago and it has re-ignited a fire in me that has been long been extinguished.  like, for 2 years.  and that’s kind of sad, really.  so i’m diving in again with felt and embroidery.DSCF0961

oh, it’s a good book (aside from the smell.  and even though it’s been outside on my porch for weeks, the smell hangs tough.)  anyway, it’s full of beautiful artwork with loads of inspiration.  and a slant toward scandinavian design, of which i’m a big fan.  i mean, take that cover.  i LOVE it. 

i wish i was an artist.  like, a REAL artist.  one who thinks up stuff inside her head.  and then makes a plan.  and then executes it.  me?  i can only really copy stuff.  which i suppose is the case for a great majority of people.  and therefore i fall into the category of copy-crafter.  or fake artist.  fake crafter.  but i do enjoy the meditative quality of it.  and the messiness of it all.  and it gets MESSY.  there are random strands of embroidery floss and felt scraps ALL OVER the place.  and i love it. 

DSCF0955how funny is this tray?  little retro number featuring the classic snack of bread and sliced green peppers and raw eggs.  yum.

DSCF0957this is more like it.  kettle chips, fruit/nut mix and a refreshing iced coffee with sweetener.  and by sweetener i mean, well, i think you all know what i mean.  one would think the coffee would make me all jittery and unable to be the expert crafting stitching queen i am, but not so.  DSCF0960alright, maybe the stiches are not exactly perfect, but from a distance….”masterpiece” comes to mind. 

i’m hopeful posting this masterpiece preview will actually provoke me to finish it.  but don’t hold your breath. 

in other nonrelated non-snacking and non-crafting news, yes, i continue to look for a house.  and no, it’s not looking good.  my dream house came and went AGAIN and i was fine with it.  i didn’t get all emotionally involved like i did the first time around.  and i tried for the back-up lovah, but as it stands now, that ain’t looking good either. 

and so i craft.  to keep my mind occupied and away from the agony that is searching for a dream house on a broke-ass budget.





gone.

20 11 2008

computer virus is gone.  good.

massage traffic is also gone.  mmm.  not so good.  (?)  no work today and this marks the slowest week i’ve had since going full-time at the casino. 

and did i look for an additional job today on my unexpected day off?  no, of course not.  i spent a boat load of time on the computer, hassle-free/virus-free. 

and i played some more with the fabric paint.  inspired by the placemats in lotta jansdotter’s “simple sewing” book, i stamped up a little fabric to make a pillow, eventually.dscf0190

the blue looks OK.dscf0185

the yellow not so much. dscf0189ya’ win some.  ya’ lose some.  now i’m gonna make a wicked good margarita with some *gifted* silver patrón.  i never fail when it comes to a silver patrón marg.