March 31, 2011

A not-so-fond Farewell to March

Phew. March has been quite the month, and to be honest, I am not sad to see it go. On top of global issues like the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, turmoil in Libya and the Middle East, torrential downpours in Santa Cruz lead to the flooding of Capitola not once but twice, and the tsunami caused upwards of $26 million in damage to our harbor. On the home front, boy and I realized we weren't meant to be and went our separate ways after two years. It was an amicable breakup (although not so amicable arguments throughout the month lead to said breakup), and although things are sucky now, I know (or hope, at least) that we will be able to be friends in the future.

There is a lot for me to look forward to. The sun has finally come out and is blessing us with 70 degree days, today is the opening day of the baseball season (go Giants!), I ordered a pair of sexy new glasses, am in the process of re-vamping my house and making it more of a home, and I am going to Hawaii to visit one of my favorite people at the end of April. I've never been to Hawaii before, and I think a week of sand, sun and mai tai's is exactly what I need to get my head on straight, pick up the pieces and move on.

Here's to Springtime - a new month, new projects and adventures, and a new leaf!

March 25, 2011

First Completed Embroidery

I was so excited about finally finishing something and posting it that I didn't even iron it before I took the photo. There are plenty of mistakes and uneven stitches, but I'm just going to ignore them. The pattern is from Doodle Stitching, which I bought a few weeks ago. I don't quite know what I'm going to do with it yet... maybe try and frame it or something?
I had some trouble with the Long and Short stitch that was supposed to be used to fill in the leaves. It looks very uneven and bumpy.

On a different note, when stumbling around my house trying to get ready for work this morning, I noticed this little guy chilling on my window. 
He made me smile, so I will forgive him for the trail of slime I will find when I get home.

March 18, 2011

Taking a Stab at Embroidery (har har)

bought some books on embroidery a few weeks ago, and finally got around to learning some stitches last weekend. 
Not that great, but I have mastered the basics of some simple stitches, and am moving on to a pattern from the book. Who knows how it will turn out, but I'm having fun. 

Snow Sports

I'm no good at sports. I've played on two sports teams in my life: basketball in 8th grade (but only if you consider being a benchwarmer playing), and softball, which was only mildly less embarrassing. I am gawky and uncoordinated and not athletic at all. When my parents purchased a little vacation cabin in the snow last year, boyfriend and I both had totally different ideas of what was going to happen there. I pictured large gatherings of friends all sitting around a fire drinking hot cocoa, and he had images of large groups of friends shredding down mountains on snowboards.

Now, I have realized that boyfriend is very athletic and I am very not. I know he sometimes wishes I was, so occasionally I will make attempts at athleticism to make him happy (just like he makes attempts at crafting to make me happy). Last winter I attempted snowboarding approximately three times.

Snowboarding is hard. I used muscles I didn't even know I had. It is a series of trying circumstances - getting on the lift, picking yourself up off the ground after falling off the lift, scooting to the top of the bunny slope, strapping yourself in without falling down, and then beginning the perilous journey down. I think each time I went, I made it down the bunny slope three times before I was too humiliated and exhausted to continue. I made myself a regular fixture at the bar, drinking overpriced jack & cokes and nursing my ego.

To make a long story short, I am no better at snow sports than I am at regular sports. So when boyfriend and I had a random free weekend (baseball and school leaves him very busy) we shot up to the cabin for a quick snow trip. I was prepared to spend the weekend alone while boyfriend snowboarded to his hearts content, so when my momma suggested we go snowshoeing together I jumped at it. I was kind of nervous, but you know what? I found a snow sport that I like! I mean, its basically hiking through the cold, snowy forest with funny contraptions strapped to your feet, but I don't care.
Of course I fell down once or twice, but I'm blaming that on tripping on the snowshoes.
Momma fell down too, so I don't feel as bad. And it took longer for her to get up because she got stuck in the snow.
But it was very beautiful and fun to explore parts of the forest that otherwise wouldn't be accessible in the winter. 

I don't think there will be any more snow trips this winter, but next winter I am looking forward to more snowshoeing. And you know what? I might even give snowboarding a second chance.

March 16, 2011

:(

It makes me sad when I lose my drive for crafty inspiration. Hopefully it will make a re-appearance shortly.

March 4, 2011

Scarves

It's been a while since I've made a scarf, and now I remember why... because they take forever. Somehow my addled brain decided to cast on two, and I'm plugging through them slowly but surely. Good thing I'm going up to the snow this weekend - nothing motivates a knitter like snow.

March 1, 2011

A New Hobby?

So to satisfy my undying urge to buy something craft related, I ordered two books on embroidery.

and
I've always loved cute little embroidered designs...so hopefully now I can learn to do it myself. Or, like other things I try and learn, I will make an attempt and give up. I still haven't cracked open this book that I bought almost two months ago... 

Also, since I needed $25 to qualify for free shipping, I ordered Inception because it is the greatest movie ever.

Uh-oh

I want to buy yarn. Really bad.