18 January 2016

It's Something...

My birthday was last week, so I allowed myself some minimal shopping. I behaved.

I went to possibly the best cross-stitch store in the world, Picture This Plus. They're so lovely. It's a tiny shop, located underneath a used bookstore, which is equally as lovely. I picked up my friend, Courtney, somethings she wanted, and a much belated Christmas present. I was going to buy myself just ONE piece of fabric, but I came across this pattern, from Lizzie Kate.

I chuckled. It reminded me of the silly cross-stitch sayings my mother and grandmothers use to have hanging around their houses, so I felt I needed one, too. This is on linen, and I've never used linen before, so I figured this would be a simple enough piece for me to try. I also splurged, because it was my birthday, and got the hand dyed floss, too.

My picked at nail polish matches the font. ;)

I started...three days ago? The flower and the H took me two hours, the first night, and then I did "ouse" the next day. Yesterday I rested, because tendinitis is a bitch, and I'm going to try to crank out at least two letters tonight. Linen isn't as terrible as I thought. I'd like to get "housework" and the flower done by next Monday, but school starts back on Wednesday, so...we'll see!

I also picked up a book from the bookstore, one I've been looking for for a while, The Penguin Book of Witches. I have a thing with witches, I don't know why. Always have. I just started it today. But, I've finished 7 books so far this month (one cookbook, and two craftbooks shhh don't judge) including an ARC from one of my favorite authors, Paula Brackston. (Thanks for the approval, NetGalley.)

Also, a confession. I don't feel like sewing. I go through phases like this, where I don't want to [insert hobby here] and sewing is my current "nope." I'm into reading, cross-stitching, and Neko Atsume-ing. I'm actually bored with the internet, so that's nice. Hopefully, my sewing want-to will come back soon, because I need to sew two excellent garments for the dang design application for school. Maybe when it warms back up. The Craft Dungeon is currently 56ºF. You can't make me go down there.

05 January 2016

Happy 2016!

As I've mentioned before, I don't like resolutions. Do you know the definition of resolution?

res·o·lu·tionˌ rezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun
noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
"she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"
(Thanks first definition that came up on Google)  

Yeah, I can't work in the way of firm. My year doesn't work like that. So I like to make goals, instead. 
goal, ɡōl/ noun 
noun: goal; plural noun: goals
2. the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
"going to law school has become the most important goal in his life"
(Thanks again, Google.) 
Yeah, that's more accurate of what I'm doing. So, I present to you, an annual event, my GOALS for 2016.  *trumpet fan fare*

1.       Do good in school.
Coming up on my 4th semester here at K-State. 23 classes down, 20 required classes to go. (I might take another here or there, if the semesters allow.) So far, I’ve made only As and Bs, and that one stupid F in Macroeconomics. But, I’m retaking that this semester (*sigh*) so hopefully, I should do better. I hope to only make As and Bs this semester, but if I get a C in Macro, I would be thrilled. This is my third time in this class (I dropped this class at another college), so third time’s the charm, right?

2.       Keep going to the gym.
I hired a personal trainer in June, and the only thing I regret is how much I paid. I can do so much more now. I move better, I do have a little bit more energy, and I actually enjoy it. So, being that these first few weeks in January is my last few sessions with him, I’m going to need to motivate my ass to go to the gym.

3.       Read 52 books.
I’ve had this goal since 2011, when I realized in 2010, I read probably about five books. Very unlike me. I’ve made this goal every year, except for last year, but then again, I was taking six classes, working, going to the gym, and just staring at a computer screen. I will fix this.

4.       Internet Less.
I have a whole basement full of fun things to make. I don’t make anything because I’m mostly addicted to the internet. I don’t know *what* I’m addicted to on the internet, so once I figure that out, I can probably put the laptop away and do more things. This is going to be my hardest goal.

5.       Save more money.
I’ve been in charge of the finances since about 2012, when I realized that we had no real organization to them. Since I’ve taken charge, I’ve made a financial log, and kept track of our expenditures and it's really helped me to see where our money goes, and where we can "trim" the excess. (*points at self*)

6.       Craft More.
As mentioned in my “internet less” section, I have a basement full of fun things to make. And they’re just there…collecting dust. I will make stuff this year. I have to make at least two garments, so there’s that. I will finish my Frosted Pumpkin Summer Sampler. And I will cross stitch at least two more pieces. I said this last year, but this year, I mean it. I will make gifts for my friends. I WILL CRAFT THIS YEAR. I WILL DO IT. RAAAUUUGGHHH.

7.       Volunteer.
I never realized how important this is, until now. I’ve done it randomly throughout my life, church youth groups, over summers, random things in school, and random Army wife stuff, but now, it’s important for me to gain experience. So, I need to find things to volunteer for and gain experience. And you know, it’s good for me.

8.       Create Art.
I’m not talking stuff to sell, I need to work on my fashion drawing skills, and the only way to do that is practice, no matter how poorly it is.  I signed up for an art supply subscription called Art Snacks, and I love it. I’m using it to help me find tools I like to produce the art I want. For instance, I’ve discovered I love India Ink. It’s my only real subscription box I get now (I quit quite a few) and I think I might stick with it.  But, I need to learn how to draw better, and fast.

9.       Continue to reduce things in my house.
I did such a wonderful job last year that I hope to continue this year. There were a few sections I wasn’t able to fully tackle, due to time and well, not wanting to. I’m going to go back through everything again, but this time, I’m going to clean out and organize my craft room better than it is now (thanks to help from my friend, Courtney) and my holiday stuff. I don’t *really* decorate, mostly, because I’m lazy, but I need to collect it all and put it in proper containers. All things considered, I’m doing well in this category.

10.   Breathe.
A little cliché, but I need to learn how. School stresses me out, and I tend to randomly get angry at stupid things. So, I need to learn that I need to breathe and let the little things go. But, no, really. Less anger, more bad puns.

Here's to a healthy and happy 2016! Happy New Year to you and yours!


01 January 2016

2015: A Year in Review

Oh hey there. I'm about to make a blog post that isn't about clothing, because I actually have time to write! I'm currently letting supper cook (ham, black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread. You don't fuck with tradition) and discovered that I have time to piddle around on my blog. My poor, unloved blog. I would love to make a resolution "to blog more" but I don't think that's going to happen.

Looking back on 2015, it just blew by. Dragged in a few spaces, but hey, it's over now. Let's review on how I did on my 2015 goals. (Because it's cathartic for me.)

1. Read 52 Books.
This is one of my favorite goals to make. Reading is one of my favorite things. If I could find a profession of just reading books, I would consider it. Sadly, I did not make it to 52. I only made it to 36, but considering the year I had, I'm gonna take it. I'm proud of myself for finding time to read in between my super busy schedule, and take time to dabble in a book or two. Yes, some of them were textbooks, but I freakin' read the hell out of those things. If there was an option for notes on Goodreads, I'd count them too.

2. Do Well in School.
Here, I finished second place. I finished three semesters at K-State in 2015. THREE. I am pleased to announce that I have a 2.975, currently, only because I stupidly took Macroeconomics over the summer and failed it. All my other classes were As and Bs. That stupid F brought down my wonderful GPA. Thankfully, I can retake the class, and when I make a better grade in it, it will be replaced. Aww yeah. Also, I love K-State. I love it almost as much as I loved my Junior college. I think K-State may replace my JC one class at a time.

3. Revamp Last Yesterday Designs
HAHAHAHAHAH. HAHAHA. Oh Lord, this was a HUGE fail. My poor little business has been put to the wayside because I don't have time to sew. I think I made a quilt top, an infinity scarf, and a few pieces of clothing. Nothing for sale. I think I'm going to have to just give in and put this aside for this year, too.

4. Stop Buying Stuff. 
 I have improved greatly in this category (see below for reason). I haven't stopped completely, but it was way less than what I was bringing in before. I deserve a pat on the back for this.  

5. Declutter and Sell, Sell, Sell!
If any of these goals I deserve a trophy for, it's this one. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of stuff, when I stumbled upon The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, or "The KonMarie Method" to the rest of the internet. I read the reviews, I was incredibly skeptical that this small book could change my life. Oh, but it did. I got rid of so much shit. I can put all my clothes on one bar in the closet, instead of three. I had three empty drawers (my husband took two over.) I can find things in my kitchen. I don't have to worry about using all my free time to clean. It has caused me to even THINK before purchasing things, instead of impulse buying (I see you Target.) In risk of sounding cheesy, this fucking book really IS magic. I think by the end of the year, I've gotten rid of 10 13 gallon trash bags of clothing, gotten rid of things that are useless, and just really have gotten my shit together with house maintaining. If you need a kick in the ass, I'd recommend it, and hope it works for you.

6. Get Off Your Ass. 
 This is where I finished third. I am still the same weight I was this time last year. (I like food.) BUT the difference is, a lot of it is....muscle. That's right. I LIFT HEAVY THINGS AND PUT THEM DOWN. For fun. I couldn't motivate myself to do something everyday, so I hired a personal trainer. Benton was expensive, but soooo worth it. For six months, he encouraged me to stop sucking and be awesome. I can do deadlifts and squat with weight on a barbell and other cool things I didn't think I'd ever be able to do. I still can't do a proper pushup, but these things take time. Needless to say, despite the fact that I'm still at 140, I can walk upstairs without being in pain, and can lift heavy things. It's fucking amazing. NO REGRETS, SON.

7. Eat Better

8. Finish Things. 
Eeehhhhh, I did okay on this. I won't say I failed, because I finished a few things, but it wasn't crash and burn, like the "eat better" category.

9. Be Happy. 
Yes. I was happier than I was in 2014, for sure. Way more stressed, but hey, I loved what I was doing.