Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

I love this quote by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

-Scott Adams

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My crochet circle is growing!

I've been working a bit more on my amigurumi project, and the little circle I am working on has gotten bigger! Exciting! 

It's helpful that I can kind of understand now what a "stitch" looks like. So I'm continuing what Jen taught me last Sunday, and working on the circular crochet. I'll keep you posted! :-)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Supposed to be a Coptic Stitch Journal

This is an experiment I was doing, making a coptic stitch journal. It was working out all right--except I sewed each "signature" (set of pages) to the next signature, step-like, instead of sewing them in a line to form the spine of the book. Ooooops! I'm still learning. Always! :-)

The title of this post reminds me of a Monk episode where he is investigating a murder that happened onstage during Sharona's sister's play performance. "It's funny about that phrase, 'supposed to be.' A man can't count on 'supposed to be' the way he used to." (Something like that.) That line just stuck in my head, for some reason. That was an awesome episode, and I had noooo idea how the murder took place. Of course, I won't reveal the punch line of the show, because who in their right mind would do that? 

I love Monk. You can watch it at I'm not affiliated, but it sure would be convenient to be affiliated since I am promoting it here, heh. 

Sharona vs. Natalie (Monk's assistants): I like them both, almost equally. I liked Sharona just a teeny bit more. But just a teeny bit. Both are smart, independent, compassionate, caring, and not afraid to call Adrian on things he pulls.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I am totally crocheting!

Yesterday, I took an
amigurumi class with the lovely fuzfrenzy, aka my friend Jennifer, aka the Most Patient Person on the Planet!

I came in with minimal crochet experience. My mom crochets, and taught me some stuff a few days before I took the class. So I can totally rock the chain stitch now! If only there was something cool to make with a really long single stitch. Maybe, a really long 1 cm. wide scarf is the new cowl? 

I think what is tricky about crochet is actually seeing what I'm doing. You're supposed to insert the needle in the "next stitch" or "next hole" (are those the same thing? lol) and I'm like, which is the next one? I'm looking at 80,000 stitches! How are you supposed to tell them apart?

Here is the beginning of the amigurumi
owl I am making, using fuzfrenzy's pattern. I will post my progress here for all to see! :-)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dig Deep and Help American Express

Dig Deep and Help American Express

Nobody is feeling the squeeze of the economy like the gigantic corporations. Think of the big cats at these huge companies--how will they afford their third and fourth vacation home, if the federal government doesn't bail them out? Imagine, for a moment, being forced to live on only 15 million dollars per year. It almost brings a tear to the eye when you think about it. But thousands of CEOs and VPs in this country face this very situation, as we speak.

It is for this reason that I am asking you to reach down in your hearts, and your wallets, and donate to American Express. They are standing in the wings, waiting for a government bailout. If we rally together as a community, they won't need to ask for it--and your tax dollars can go, not to education or health care for everyone (yes,
everyone)--but to help the next corporation willing to send jobs overseas and cut down on quality to help their bottom line.

No amount is too much. Just think of all the times American Express has reached out to Americans, month after month, for years. Remember the times you've held their touching "Thinking of you" letters, and cried as you realize how much they care. People, it is time to give back.

Companies like American Express helped make America what it is today. Think about it, people. They deserve only the best. Dig deep if you have to. It's time to give back.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Best Massage (no) Money Can Buy

Tennis ball porcelain earrings, designed, made, and kiln-fired by Linda Cain. (Thanks, Linda, for letting me use your photo.)

The best massage that (no) money can buy is this:

Take a tennis ball.
Put it on hard floor.
Lay self down on tennis ball.
Move ball to relieve pressure points.


This works so, so well and feels like a deep massage.

It works best on a hard floor.

Body work I want to try: rolfing. It sounds like a really, really deep massage, which I love.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Peanut, Peanut Butter (Jelly!)

Aren't these cute peanut butter and jelly earrings? They are made by Lollywood and can be found in her Etsy shop! (Thanks, Casey, for letting me borrow your image!)

They remind me of one of my favorite camp songs:
The "Jelly!" is kind of chanted/whispered fast. I know, it's hard to relate the tune in a blog posting!
There are hand motions that go with the actions in the song. It's like, "Da daaaa, da da da da, DAH! DAH!" (Yeah, that's really helpful, isn't it?!)

Do any of you know this song?

Peanut, Peanut Butter (Jelly!)

Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)

First, you take the peanuts and you squish 'em, you squish em,
First, you take the peanuts and you squish 'em, you squish em,
for your...

Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)

Then, you take the grapes and you smoosh em, you smoosh em,
Then, you take the grapes and you smoosh em, you smoosh em,
for your...

Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)

Then you take the bread and you spread it, you spread it,
Then you take the bread and you spread it, you spread it,
for your...

Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)

Then you take the sandwich, and you eat it! You eat it!
Then you take the sandwich, and you eat it! You eat it!
For your...

Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter (jelly!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Simplicity in Accounts

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” -- Henry David Thoreau

See? You really do not need to use Excel! I just found that quote by Henry David Thoreau on I don't use spread sheets. Never have; (hopefully) never will. :-)

This image comes from, a collection of public domain images. I love when artists share!
The photographer is Ala Beara, and the work is titled "Kilcullen Manna Organic Shop." The shop is in Ireland. I'll have to search BurningWell for a way to contact the photographer (no link or contact info appears to be listed) and thank him or her!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This is not okay!

It is not acceptable to expect or ask someone to work as a combination Spanish-English interpreter and classroom teaching assistant whose job description includes, and this is a direct quote, "stop[ing] physical and argumentative fights" and--this is the best yet--the candidate must be willing to travel between different school sites... for a grand total of $11.06 per hour!! 

I came across a job posting today that was requesting exactly that, and it astounded and infuriated me. 

St. Paul Public Schools should be ashamed!!!!! They talk the talk, especially in the bilingual schools, about how being bilingual is soooo valuable (it is). Then look at the wages they pay their (gasp) non-college-graduate bilingual employees. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Girl Scouts Rule!

Yesterday a local Brownies group was having a meeting at the community center where I go to Jazzercise. They were doing crafts, one of which was sewing a notebook together! Yay for Girl Scouts, for parents who donate their time, for helping girls be smart, safe, and strong.

I wonder, what kind of girls' organizations are there in other countries? Actually, Girl Scouts is international, isn't it? I'll have to look into that. It looks like this site, anyway, is for Girl Scouts of the United States. And awesome, they even have the site in Spanish! :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thrift shopping

Is it just me, or are thrift shops' selections becoming smaller and their prices going up?

Thrift shops are a great place for wool sweaters, which I like to use for repurposing and felting projects. And I have to say that Savers' used wool sweaters for $8... what is the dealio? They are used sweaters! I could see $5, tops. You can find nice wool sweaters at most thrift stores them for $2-$3. So no way I'm buying them at Savers.

Thrift shops are awesome for books. As a teacher, I find/found so many books at a great discount, and I recommend this! Also jewelry, but it's pretty hard to find vintage jewelry at a thrift store. Most of the jewelry is depressing 90s stuff. You can sometimes get lucky with games, though. I love vintage games!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

If you keep up like this...

Quote of the day: 

"Mother, if you keep this up, you'll have a nervous breakdown before you go to Europe."

--Jean Harlow, in Platinum Blonde.

Overheard in Minneapolis (remind me to add this to the Overheard in Minneapolis facebook group!): 

"Post-modernism is just a smokescreen for finance capitalists."

But, it isn't. Postmodernism and capitalism... wait, I'm not turning this blog into a discussion of postmodernism. 

Out and about: Got together at the Local, in downtown Minneapolis, with people I hadn't seen in forever. 

Jack Knife and the Sharps playing at Mystic Lake tonight. 

Thanks, e, for the moral support. :-)

Friday, January 9, 2009

City Friends...

This is a card I made for someone special to me, who loves trains. 
I made it using a page from the children's reader City Friends, published in 1938. I used the original book page as I (usually) don't like reproductions!

Quirky train fact: Taking the Amtrack from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota would take 36 hours--it goes through Chicago!! (I know, I looked this up and thought, 36 hours? no, thanks; I'll drive!)

I would like to take a train trip. We just don't have train service like they do in Europe! When I studied in Spain we took the train everywhere--Zamora, Barcelona, even to Portugal!

Fun train-themed movies: Murder on the Orient Express*; Brief Encounter; Silver Streak.

*Please note: must be 1974 version with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Odds and Ends!

Reading: Harry Potter y la cámara secreta... Yep, brushin' up for translator certification... The original book title, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, should really be translated as Harry Potter y la cámara de secretos... It's more than just a secret chamber (as the Spanish-language title suggests)--it's a secret chamber that holds secrets. So I'm nit-picky! I like to think of it as having a high standard for accuracy.

Watching: Monk, Season 5; The Office on (how often do they change those episodes?), and Mr. Rogers: What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?, and The End of the Affair. That reminds me--The Out of Towners is on TCM tonight--have to tape it!

Moving: Jazzercise last night, but I'm more sore and stiff than energized, which I usually feel the day after class.

Stalking: AeroMexico, to make them give me back the price of the ticket to Guadalajara they never sent me and then charged me for. I know, it sounds made-up, right? It's not. Word to the wise: don't buy from them!


Trying to teach myself to make a purse/clutch using the wet-felting method. Also making pins from some vintage cake toppers!

Wanting: This Tiny (I mean really tiny) nose ring from Nataliaraya, who is really sweet and is from/lives in Costa Rica, and who accepts custom orders for her cool jewelry, so check it out! (The pic is at the top of this post--Blogger doesn't seem to like me to move photos around to the middle of a post.)

Did you notice today's date, 1/8/9 works out to 1 + 8 = 9? ;-)

What are YOU up to?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Etsy share--Go Flo Jo (The Remix) Converse + Crochet, by BrklynMoMos

Go Flo Jo (The Remix) Converses

Brooklyn in the house! (Have always wanted to say that!)

I love these! 

BklynMoMos--Ramona is the Brooklyn-based designer of these cool shoes--Pink Converse, customized by BklynMoMos with blue and pink crochet! 

Ramona explains that they are "my homage to Florence 'Flo Jo' Griffith-Joyner. I remember she used to wear these rock star like outfits when she ran. Couldn't you see her wearing these? That is if you could actually run in Chucks!"

I also definitely have my eye on this skirt

Be sure to check out BklynMoMos' online shop

Thanks to Ramona for letting me use her pics! :-)

Monday, January 5, 2009


funny pictures of cats with captions

I adore this site! And I'm not even a cat person!

I thank Chelsey for introducifying me to icanhascheezburger!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

One Word...

One word.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy new year~

Happy new year from CreativeSundries!