Archive for October, 2011

Shark! Shark!

I normally don’t do anything fancy for Halloween. I don’t dress up because I can never think of anything clever to be. One year I was Liz Lemon and everyone thought I was just myself with frizzier hair. Many years I was a witch. Boring.

This year, I’m a Shark!

(As you can see, I still haven’t fully restored my room to “clean” status.)

Yeah! And I made cup cakes to bring to work. With zombies reaching out of them! Grrrrrr. That’s what they’re saying.

I saw some like this on Craftgawker (a wonderful website of craft ideas and links to original articles!) a couple of weeks ago and decided to try it. This is the actual post about them. Apparently they should have had elbows.


Why I couldn’t blog…

My room was a great big mess. I don’t know why, but I can’t get anything done (ever) when my room is a great big mess. It’s even harder to clean when it’s a great big mess because I just look at it and feel exhausted. Then I either have to take a nap or go to sleep. And then nothing gets done.

But yesterday, I cleaned up a lot of the mess and that makes it easier to do other things. Like craft, and work on my weekend To-Do list, and clean the rest of my room.

This happened at work yesterday. It’s very typical of me.

I basically put my foot in my mouth once a day. And I’m always really embarrassed at the time. But I’m laughing about it now!

Wednesday Whale Love, v6

Whale toothbrush holder?

Uhm, YES PLEASE! Now if only I could find a whale-themed toothbrush…

I love when people hand craft iPhone cases:

I don’t have an iPhone but I seriously considered getting one JUST so I could use this case.

I just love this:

If I was still in school I would TOTALLY rock this giant whale eraser!

Mr. Frog and the end of a crafty weekend

I was too creatively drained to think up anything to write about for Friday. But then my cousin came over and we made some bags!

Her’s came out really good because she has an eye for putting colors together. Mine came out too bright because I have an eye for colors that are bright.

I think the blue should have gone on the outside.

Last night and today I worked on revising my shark pattern into a frog. I think it came out well:

Sometimes I can’t figure out how to turn the flash off on my camera, hence why Mr. Frog looks washed out. I’m going to make another in brown I think, so I can have the Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad duo. (Maybe they are just called Frog and Toad..?)

Later in the week I’m going to attempt to put a new zipper on an old skirt for some lady my mom works with and make a squirrel for my brother out of a glove. And make my Halloween costume!

New tradition? Probably not.

While I was picking out some extravagant wrappings, I came across this card:

That’s exactly what Panda would look like if we let his hair grow out! EXACTLY!

Inside it says something like, “even when we both have bad hair days.” I sealed it up before I photographed it. Oops.

We have a running joke in our family that Mom and Panda have matching hair. Really curly, can be tamed, instantly springs back to curls the second it gets wet (which includes humid air), and neither of them like to go outside when it’s raining!

Obviously I couldn’t give this card to her, my hair looks great when it rains (no, it doesn’t). The card would absolutely have to come from Panda.

So this year, Panda got my Mom a card and a gift. Spoiler alert! It’s a crossword puzzle book. Which works out great because now they’ll be able to curl up together on the couch on the weekends and keep each other warm while Mom works on crossword puzzles and Panda naps.

Things my Mom taught me

that I more or less blatantly ignore :)

She taught me that extravagance is unnecessary. Not to be wasteful. That a small gesture can go a long way. Which is why on her birthday and Christmas (not usually Mother’s Day because I’m out of ideas and my brain’s still recouping) I try to wrap everything I get her in as much wrapping paper as I can fit around them. And I try to buy new wrapping paper every time!

This year I chose a green bag, because Mom’s favorite color is green. And because one of my favorite colors is lime green. And because we recycle bags like we have a gift bag recycling business so I might as well pick out something I like because I’ll probably get it back again, eventually.

I filled that bag with yellow!

But before it was yellow, it was multi-colored tissue paper! Oh, the extravagance!

I HAVE to be honest. There looks like a lot of gifts here but there really isn’t. I wrapped everything individually so it would look like more!

Who cares, anyway? This is my MOM! She’s always (sometimes, hahaha) really supportive, and she helps me a lot, she does a lot for me, I love her, and I don’t get her things very often (because she get’s mad when I “waste” my money). She DESERVES to have a nice birthday and get nice gifts!


Ten things!

Ten things I have in common with my mom, whether we like it or not.

1. We both love Yahtzee.

2. We both become enraged at things completely out of our control. Like the weather! Yep, it’s raining. and now our day is ruined. Because we didn’t know it was going to rain. And we can’t stop it from raining. And it might rain on our heads.

3. We think everyone is out to get us. Someone isn’t paying attention and cuts us off while driving? They did it on purpose. Someone grabs that last can of soup at the grocery store? They grabbed it to spite us; they probably won’t even eat it.

4. We’ll eat through the pain. We love the taste of food so much that we’ll both keep eating well past the point of being full.

5. Highly opinionated but publicly shy. We can talk your ear off about a work issue or a town issue we feel strongly about. But come meeting time, when it’s time to put in our two cents to “make the office better,” or “hear from the people,” we clam right up. And then complain about it after, ahaha.

6. Stubborn. When we’re right, we’re right. And when we don’t want to do something, it doesn’t get done. End. Of. Story.

7. We both have blue eyes!

8. We both think exercise is exhausting and don’t understand why we don’t see any results after only one long walk. It was a very long walk!

9. We grind our teeth at night.

10.  We both have a problem with screens! T.V.’s on? We’re on the computer? Good luck trying to get us to pay attention to anything you say. Kerry and Patty are to screens as moths are to lights in the dark.

Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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