Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Ideas Keep Burning

Why is it that when you go to bed at night, your brain literally spins out new ideas and things you want to make and do, and yet, you are tired and want to go to sleep, but you can't because of all the stuff running through your head??  I hate that.  But I've been inspired by the works of others, and want to play with beads!!  I've been on a beading kick this week, and it is continuing through this week, I think. 

I'm blaming Deborah Roberti for my latest sleeplessness.  Her website and blog have got me wanting to play with my crystals and seed beads and make gorgeous bracelets and earrings!  It started with browsing free patterns on Sova's beading pattern website, where I found Deborah's free patterns for skinny bracelets.  Skinny Bracelet II really worked out great--I made one in pink, silver, and crystal as a wedding bracelet to sell on Etsy, but then I started playing with my bicones, and ended up making a full-color spectrum bracelet with gold seed beads.  I won't call it a rainbow, because it doesn't really look like one, but it uses every color I had (or almost...I didn't include brown or black), and instead of using bicones and 4mm firepolish crystals, I used all bicones.  It is gorgeous.  As soon as I take a pic, I'll post it.  (Not that anyone's reading this)

Bedtime looms.  Heartburn tickles my throat threateningly...tonight my husband made Indian chicken, using a Butter Curry Chicken package from Cost Plus, and Trader Joe's lentils as a side, and Jasmine rice.  And some garlic naan.  I have to confess that my favorites are the naan and the lentils.  I always end up with "mouth on fire" with the chicken.  And rice just isn't my fave.  But I eat it, because he loves it.  And now I'm paying the price.  Ugh.

Saw "Paul" today--loved it!  I created an alien-themed treasury on Etsy as a result:  Alien on Board!

Yeah, I'm a geek. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What I'm working on now!

Let's see...I just bought some crochet patterns on Etsy (I love CraftyAnna!) to make some toys for my daughter, and for my newest nephew, who hasn't arrived yet.  I also bought yarn to make some of the things I've already printed.  I've been on a bit of a yarn kick lately--crocheting things, mostly.  My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 8, so now, when I am in my early 40s, I can crochet "like the wind", so to speak.  I can knit, but it takes longer, and sometimes I get frustrated with it.  I like short-term knitting projects!  Hats, socks, that kind of thing. 

On my desk, I have a dish of beads, lucite flower beads in bags that I just took out of their shipping envelope, a collection of items I've recently made and need to be photographed and posted on Etsy, beads that I recently dug up and need to do something with, and a bunch of other stuff that I need to clean up and organize.  But...I'm tired and have a sinus headache, so...I'm going to take a shower and then go downstairs, plunk myself in my comfy chair, and break out the yarn--hmm...which project will I start today?  I'm thinking some baby shoes/booties for my sister's baby.  I downloaded an adorable free project for sea monster booties, and I think they'd be a hit!  I also bought a sock monkey hat and booties pattern, and want to start that, too.  Oh, the decisions!!  But it will be nice to put my feet up.

Spent the weekend with my parents.  My mom came out for the Sewing Expo in Puyallup this weekend, so we did a whirlwind afternoon tour of the show, and came home with tired feet and sore backs, but lots of goodies!  Maybe I'll post a list of them later.  On Saturday, I took my parents around for a drive through areas that are changing around here since they moved.  We went to Trader Joe's, had lunch at a local hole-in-the-wall Mexican food place (very good food), went grocery shopping, then mom and I had our hair cut.  THEN we went back out to a scrapbooking store that we had passed which had posted 50-70% off Going-out-of-Buisness sale (where I spent almost $100...but what a deal!!), followed by a trip to Michael's so that I could pick up some yarn for the patterns I'd bought.  It was 6 pm by the time we got home, exhausted. 

I spent most of the morning snoozing in my chair while my daughter played, the dog barked, and the husband took care of things.  He knew I was pooped!  :)  Maybe I can get him to take us out to dinner tonight?  Hmm....

Anyway, I think he's out of the shower now.  My turn!  Kidlet's still napping...woohoo!!

Let's try this again?

Here I sit, the rest of the house asleep.  Nothing but the hum of electronics and the ticking of the clock disturb the quiet.  Oh, except my neighbor, who is apparently dragging his garbage can down the entire alley.  Sigh.

I've tried blogging before, but have never really "got" how to make it work.  So I'm trying again.  Basically, I want to connect with people out there who are creatively-minded.  I'm a working mom, have a very precocious almost-4-year-old, and never have enough time to do all the things I want to do.  The "have-tos" get in the way sometimes...I have to go to the grocery store, I have to do laundry, I have to unload the dishwasher, etc. 

But my poor little head is so full of ideas and things I want to create that sometimes I have a hard time going to sleep at night.  And I want to know if there are others out there like me, who can't seem to get enough opportunity to make all the things you want.  I have come to a point in my life where I realize that I may never complete all the things I've bought patterns for, and that hoarding the supplies with which to make them might be a problem.

So...if your sewing space/craft space/office overflows with bits of thread, yarn, fabric, and your vacuum sounds like a rain stick when you clean that space, you are a kindred spirit!  Let's talk!