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Jan. 1st, 2020

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Dante's Spirit- Hand dyed silk scarves, Handcrafted beadwork, and more.. All Unique/OOAK.

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Jan. 14th, 2015

Townsman of a stiller town

Do you know how odd it is to be able to eat a bowl of cereal and not have Aries begging for the milk? To not have *any* cat begging for the bowl when you're finished? To be able to finish in peace and drink every bit of that milk. It feels so wrong.

Had a funky dream this morning. My parents, of all people, were throwing a social gathering type event and had invited, along with a bunch of people I didn't recognise, one of my favorite bands. It took place at a location that was a combination of my hometown, my parents' place and where I now live. And hey, guess what, I was just as self conscious and antisocial in the dream as I would have been around them in real life. Yeah. Stupid subconscious.

Been working on weaving dicebag shells. 16 finished so far, with a future evening bag shell made and another on the loom. Not bad for only 14 days into the new year.

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Jan. 6th, 2015

Too early for this annoyance

You know what bugs me? When food related websites put out an article detailing a 'secret spice' and it turns out, all it is, is a blend commonly known as Ras el Hanout. Nothing secret about that, it's been around for generations and is a staple in much of Middle Eastern cooking. The higher quality blends include over 100 different herbs and spices. You can now find a McCormick blend at the grocery store and have for well over a year now, for crying out loud. Pretty sure every Middle Eastern grocery store has a blend as well.

Calling it a 'secret spice' implies you somehow discovered this new spice that no one anywhere knew about. Not to mention, you can't simply walk into a local grocery store and find things like Sumac or [food grade] rose petals- which they also failed to mention that you can't just use any old rose petals you find. It's misleading, disingenuous and makes me not want to read your weekly newsletters because of that sort of tripe now. Ugh.

In other news, reworked my Checkerboard Scarf listing to include color swatches for all available colors. Photos of the three versions I've made so far have been added to the listing. All three have been sold already, but they give an idea of what the scarves look like in both 4 colors and 2 colors. After I finish the dice bag shells(see below), I'll be working up a black to white version that will be for sale.

Also running a 25% off sale on all Kumihimo cuffs and bracelets through next Monday.

In the mean time, I'm spending the rest of the month working on dice bag shells- weaving them, then hoping to actually sew at least 2 bags a week for the rest of the year, or until I run out of shells. I have nearly 50 right now, so that'll last me a few months before I need to make more. In between I'll be working on some more lightweight wraps and scarves, maybe trying out my idea for an extra wide one that if it works, will allow me to create throw blankets. Also need to make a tension peg for my Inkle loom, then I can get to work learning that.}:) (That's easy, I need a screw and a washer as I already have a dowel to use. Heh.)

So. Back to work I go.

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Jan. 1st, 2015

New Year's.

I don't make resolutions. I used to when I was younger, in my teens and twenties, back when it was a lot easier to make simple, stupid ones that you knew you'd break and didn't care if you did. After awhile, it was just easier to not even bother.

I have noticed a trend though. Every year, I learn a new thing.

2014 I learned weaving (and am still learning my way through new patterns and techniques).

2013 I figured out how to make my kumihimo into neat cuffs.

2012 I learned kumihimo.

2009-2011 I learned various hand dyeing techniques.

Before that it was new beadweaving stitches.

This year will be interesting, I'll be teaching myself Inkle loom weaving.

So. Happy New Year and may this new year bring something new for you to learn as well.

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Dec. 31st, 2014


Max and Aries would have been 19 years old.

I miss them.

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Dec. 22nd, 2014

I won something! No, really, I won!

I never, ever win like this. Never. It's a fact.

But when they say it only takes one ticket, holy fuck they aren't kidding!

End of November, Lone Star Akita Rescue started a raffle to raise money for their rescued Akitas for heartworm treatments, testing, general vet care, etc. The raffle was for this stunning queen sized quilt-

So I bought a ticket. Only one, because that's all I had at the time and then... I forgot about it. I really meant to go back and buy more, because I figured, it's for my breed.

One ticket.

I won with ONE ticket.

I had to watch the video twice before I realized, that yes, that was MY NAME. They drew MY NAME. ME.

And yet, despite the person running it confirming that yes, it was me that one, and even sending me confirmation of shipment, etc, it still didn't fully sink in.

Until today. Until this absolutely stunning handmade quilt by Charla Spurling-Urioste arrived at my door.

And all I can do is stare at it.

I won. One ticket and I won.

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Dec. 17th, 2014


(Backstory- Duplex townhouse next door sold a few weeks ago. Since, it's been nonstop renovating- the driveway was graded and paved, the backhill was excavated back, the inside was gutted, and is now being put back together. New owner is a nice guy, but still, it gets old after awhile.)

Kill me now.

They're starting on the roof next door today. Before 8am. AND they're now whistling christmas carols.
*beats head on desk*

I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. *pets Morrigan more*

Of course, it didn't help that I was awoken at 4am by Mark asking if I had gone and gotten Miss Sassy. Umm, no, why?

Turns out she had [finally] come upstairs and climbed on the bed on her own, wanting attention. At FOUR AM.

Then not an hour later, she's in the hall, hissing and snarling at poor Morrigan, which again, wakes me up.

Needless to say, I did not sleep well last night. So being woken up before 8am by wood being thrown against the fence and itself by the roofers getting started next door, was the icing on the cake.

It's going to be a long day.

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