Friday, 31 December 2010

Bye, Bye 2010

Welcome 2011! May this year be even better than the last, for me, for everyone!

This will be the husband and I tonight. It's too freaking cold to go walk up to the pub, so we shall be making party foods and celebrating in the warmth of our house. Oh, and we're (really, just me) watching the Twilight Zone marathon too!

Now, if only he'll let me wax his moustache & beard, what a perfect night it will be!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Snot Monster

Sick for the second time in a month. Woke up Christmas Eve feeling like poop and slept the whole day. Hopefully, will be back to blogging this week. I hope everyone had a happy holiday.
I'm looking forward to my holiday tradition of the Twilight Zone marathon on New Year's Eve. Me & Rod Sterling, yes!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Westword Article about Naughty Noel Show tonight

Thank you Amber Taufen for the fabulous writeup! & Cora Vette for all the great things she had to say about us girls =)

Cora Vette exposes her plans for tonight's Naughty Noel Burlesque Show at Bender's Tavern!

edited because I had the wrong link, d'oh!

Gym pics

I have been having a weird few days, the blues. Exercise always makes me feel better. I was feeling ok about myself today, so I'm even showing off the tum a little. The thighs are still looking wide, but there is less in the fingers when you try to pinch em, that's good right?

I am trying to keep my running up and go longer. It's still hard, but I'm keeping with it. Sooner or later. Plus, I've been doing it with two broken toes, yaay me.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Crafty-Mac-Crafterson, Hideous holidays, gym pic

I'm thinking that I may take on a new approach to these whored-out, consumeristic holidays that makes the human population turn into hideous masses. Okay, I'm not even sure that those are actual words, but you get my meaning. I had to run to the store yesterday for the still-sick mister (he finally got to the doctor and got a perscription!). Let me tell you, I was appalled at the people in the store. Pushy, rude, crazy even. I actually had to say, "I promise you I am not going after some item you are looking for" as being pushed to the side by rushing, insane humanoids. I don't think you are in that much of a rush for yogurt & the pharmacy in Tarjay Boutique. I'm not going to grab whatever the latest toy that will inevitably break in two weeks that you're pushing me out of the way to rush to the toy section is.
The whole experience made me quite sad.

I tried this year to find unusual gifts for family. Some were antique or vintage items. El Sammy Beasto had two photographs turned into canvas paintings for his mom & dad. That was actually kind of cool. We have cut down who we buy for to just our parents, each other, my only godchild who still keeps in touch (I have 3). I may even cut down my Christmas card list as well being as so many people do not even attempt to keep in touch. Hey, V8grrl... I may need you to email me your address again!

Next year, I do believe that for the holidays (all of them) I may make my own cards. I may even try to make homemade gifts, maybe even cookies too. Check out this article that I read yesterday on the Sublime Stitching Blog.

But anywho, here's my gym locker room photo for the day. Now, I have to go about waiting for the plumber to come. Our brand new water heater is leaking! Oh no! They're coming out at some point today to check that out. =)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Etsy You Are Awesome - Christmas Shopping

My parents are EXTREMELY hard to buy for. I usually send a Lowe's gift card and teas or something of that nature. This year, I kept searching Etsy & Amazon. Luckily, my mom told me that my dad has discovered the tv series Supernatural and the new Battlestar Galactica. So, he got some seasons of those. Buuuut, he also loves vintage tools. I mean they have a 1952 tractor and they farm for goodness sakes. I found this crazy saw on Etsy. It's just shaped like nothing that I've seen. So, it's getting delivered to him.

My mom is uber Catholic. I found this antique silver rosary box that is really pretty. It was waaay more than I would normally spend, but I think she'd really like it, so I bought it.

But knowing my mom, she'll say "I just wanted you to know that it's used and has a scratch." Yep, mom because it's an antique from 1940 something... Oh well, I tried.

Joining in to help - Crafting for a cause

I get Bust Magazine. It's always packed to the brim with fun crafts, craft sites and charity sites. This past issue had a small article about Project Thrive and its Days for Girls initiative. Basically, they are asking crafty type people to create Hygiene Kits. What's a hygiene kit, you ask? Well, go to the site! They are asking people to create washable sanitary pads to provide for girls in places where getting your period means not going to school or work, just sitting in their home waiting for the end. Some girls/women have even caused major infections trying to make something for themselves out of old mattress stuffing and other materials that just aren't meant to be used in that manner.

What if not having feminine supplies kept you isolated during menstruation?

• No study for days.
• No income for days.
• No access to hygiene ... for days.
It happens every day to women in third world countries. We can do something about that. We're tackling the goal of making sure each of them can have their own washable, effective feminine solutions.

from the Project Thrive site.

I may even contact some local homeless or battered women's shelters to see if they would be interested in projects like this.

Myssi, would you want to look into this with me, my crafty friend?

I'm going to make a hygiene kit, maybe more.

bored with hair + scissors = ??

When I get bored with myself, well, the hair is the first victim, always. I can still pull them to the side for my old look. Not sure how I feel about it yet, but it is different

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Thrifting Find

Don't know if they are truly vintage or not. I just remember my mom having some very similar in brown. These are my favorite color, green. At 49 cents each, I could not pass them up.

I also picked up two paperbacks (Eat, Pray Love and Memoirs of a Geisha - loved the movie and have always wanted to read the book).

The sweater selection was crazy awesome. So many of lambs wool, silk, rabbit, Italian wool. I only picked up two out of about five I pulled off the racks because it seems my boobs are too big for Ann Taylor Loft Petites.... damn it because there were tons. I also got a snazzy vintage nightie. I never wear nightgowns but this one is pretty enough to maybe change my mind.

There was a huge selection of really old thigh hi's in the original packages. You know, the kind that do not have stretchy, elastic tops - the kind you actually have to use a garter belt with. Unfortunately, they were all for really tall folks. One pack was open, so I pulled them out to see if I could make them work. The toe was on the floor and they came up to about, yeah, my waist. Bummer. So, I picked up a pair of more modern thigh high fishnets in black.

Love this thrift store about 2 miles from the house. I really have to go up there more. Maybe I will and take pics of the two vintage Singer sewing machines in their wooden cases, a 1900 and a 1948. =)

Old School Crafty Style

I decided to decorate the old school style. I've been using scraps of wrapping paper to make the old paper chain garland. The angel was my mom & dad's original topper to their tree when they were first married.

We got our first Christmas card so I decided to start displaying them the way my mom did when I was a kid. I went through the craft stash and found this stretchy gold ribbon (trim). Wrapped that around the curtain rod and clothes pinned the card to the ribbon.

Here's a shot of our 3'6" silver tree. My mom actually has my grandmother's aluminum tree, which I adore and lust after. We settled on this one from Big Lots a few years ago for $19.99. We don't have enough room in our itty bitty living room for a big tree anyway.

And after two weeks of le funk, I finally hit the gym yesterday. Here's the gym bathroom shot.
Might I just add that I kept waking up last night from the soreness. It just goes to show what two weeks of sedentary, slothness goes to do to one. Maybe I'll hit the weights again tomorrow, today though, um no.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Christmas Cookies from Mom

These may not look like traditional Christmas cookies, but they are in our family. These are Italian fig cookies, my great-grandmother's recipe handed down to my mother. She sent me the recipe last year, but I have not yet attempted to make them, nor the wine ball recipe. She sends us a box every year because she knows Sam's loves them... what about your daughter? She loves them too ;)

I sneak one everyday! So delicious

Thursday, 2 December 2010

My thoughts wander to dishes

I'm having dish issues. I have a love for all things Halloween. We often buy ceramic cups, plates, bowls during Halloween. This year, I'm sorely disappointed. The pieces that I bought this year, well, the paint is already chipping off. Booo.

I'm seriously considering chucking a good portion of my dishes and replacing them with vintage pieces. I have three places of this weird green color that I love. I originally had one that was my aunt's. Over the years, I have found two more on my thrifting adventures.

We also have some of these pieces which were my mother-in-laws.

Last time that I wandered around on Broadway, I came across some really awesome sets. One was similar to this.

I wouldn't buy them because I kept thinking, "I have enough dishes." I keep pondering though. We actually do not have a full set of anything. So, my thoughts are leaning toward donating almost all of my "modern" dishes and buying a cool vintage set. I'll have to keep an eye open on my next few thrift store runs. If I find "IT" then, I just may do that!

So, as my German Shepherd is barking incessantly and my mixed breed sits calmly gnawing a bone as the clatter continues on the roof, I think that I shall sit and browse photos of pretty things.

It happens in 3's? & I have no holiday spirit

I really thought that I would be better this week. Unfortunately, the funk moved to the chest and no working out with that.

Our roof is being replaced today. Then, our hot water heater blew. That's supposed to be coming today as well. Oh, a pipe in the crawl space is busted. Thankfully, it only goes to a faucet outside and water can be turned off to it. That one will have to wait. We did, however, buy the torch and kit to repair it. Then, the soft spot on the kitchen floor by the sliding glass door, yep, now there's a hole straight through there. Three of the kitchen chairs broke. The upstairs toilet had a leaky valve and ruined the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom. There's more, but I'll leave it at that. Three's my arse.

We have family coming up for the whole week of Christmas. Family and some girlfriends and their kids... So, people we've never met. I've never been big on holiday gatherings and adding strangers to the mix just makes it worse for me. I think El Sammy Beasto and I have gotten used to our relaxed holidays with just the two of us. Then, we kind of freaked because we really only have next week to get all the shopping and cards and packages mailed out to back home. This week was screwed with all of the house repairs. I have two shows this weekend, a show the week before everyone gets up and one out of town the day before! Decorating? Oh crap! We still have our Halloween pumpkin lights in the windows.

I noticed I've lost a few followers. What can I say? I'm pretty boring.

Maybe tomorrow, if all of these workers are done, I'll pull out the little silver tree and throw a few things around the house. That is if there is time between trying to make sure the house doesn't fall down around me, trying to get my drafting work done and emailed back to the office, and preparing for a show that I have tomorrow night....

It has to get better, right?