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Jan. 4th, 2016

Hullo, 2016

I'll try to do better on the blogging front, I promise.

I've already decided that Facebook makes me angry too much, sometimes daily, and as a result, my whole day gets thrown out of whack. So, cutting back on Facebook is a definite thing. Which means, more gets posted here instead, even if it's just a random thought, scatter shot type of posting, its still a posting, yes? Heh.

Christmas was fun. And I mean that sarcastically.

We woke up to a completely flat tire on Christmas day. Then we found out the hard way, that all five tires- to include the spare had a locking lug nut on them. And we did not have the wheel lock key to remove them. Or the proper sized socket set and a breaking bar to force them off. Yeah.




Those 5 things right there cost us over $300.00, since we ended up having to buy two new tires instead, as the flat was not repairable and putting a new (the spare) tire on it with a worn tire, might have resulted in damage to the transfer case, which would cost over $3,000.00 to repair. Merry Christmas to us! Ugh.

Then, yesterday, we took down the Christmas lights and discovered that half the new net lights we bought (and ended up actually hating the colors on) no longer work, half had gone out a couple days ago, but it was wet and rainy and we weren't messing with them in the rain, - good thing we got them at half price. They went into the trash. New Year's Day, discovered that a portion of our strand of white lights we use on the porch was out. Closer examination after taking them down, it was discovered that an entire bulb had been removed- read, chewed completely out by the wildlife. Found the bulb section on the ground when we went to look for it. Yeah.



The first quarter or so works, then there's about 50-75 lights that don't, then the rest work. It's a 250 bulb strand. Yeah. Might end up using it for the dwarf alberta spruce, then using the unlit section to cross to the porch, then the rest on the porch, assuming we're here next holiday season to put lights up. *After* we electrical tape the cut section off. Otherwise, the plan is to try to find a white LED strand instead.

We set a house hunting goal line. And that's October-November of this year, with an eye towards hopefully being in a new home by Christmas if not New Year's. So, between now and then, that means figuring out what we absolutely can cut out (going out to eat so much, for starters) and instead put towards savings to build up that nest egg faster, as well as pay the credit cards down and potentially off completely, and figuring out how to build the husband's credit record up more. He's got a reasonably good credit score right now, but ideally, we'd like it to be a lot higher and a great score instead.

We've been narrowing down areas we're interested in potentially looking at houses in, as well as styles of house, size of both house and land, number of bedrooms, etc. We also have a 'theoretical' price range - well, what *we* would be interested in paying per month towards a house, if it's less, awesome, if it ends up being more than we'd ideally like to pay, well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Research is your friend.}:P Still a long way to go though.

In the mean time, I have just under two months to finish the hand embroidered silk scarves I've got planned, the steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces in the works and the last few themed gaming bags, all for Mysticon. Which is another reason I've decided to drastically cut back on Facebook time. Heh. Distractions are very distracting and time consuming.

To that end, these are in various stages of progress...



Habotai silk scarf, hand dyed and being hand embroidered with an octopus tentacle. Have another ready to go when this is finished that will be hand embroidered with clockwork gears.



The third steampunk/clockwork brooch in the process of being beaded. Also have plans for a steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelet and a couple necklaces.


Need to weave the shells for at least 5 more themed gaming bags and then, do a couple dry runs and see which display set up works best. And put price tags on everything still. Heh.

And as a heads up, sometime over the next few weeks, all gaming bags will be moved to the Square shop. Each will be an individual listing with multiple photos. It'll free up space in the Big Cartel shop and better display the bags themselves.

Fun times. Guess I better go get started, eh?



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Nov. 30th, 2015

Finished things, for sale and not...

So several years ago, I started the embroidery on this quilt and never finished it until recently. Not only did I finish the broidery, I then put the blocks together and made it into a quilt top. Then I managed to actually quilt it.

It's not perfect, there are wonky parts, but it's finished and the cats, who have taken it over the moment I tossed it across the end of the couch, don't care and love it.

Cat of the month throw quilt, finished.   #nofilter  #catofthemonthblock #quilt #quilting #handsewing #handsewn  #machinesewn #embroidery #embroidered #stitchery #quiltblocks #quiltblock #throwquilt #lapquilt #dantesspirit


After I finished the embroidery of the above throw quilt, I designed and embroidered a quick, small art quilt hanging, along with several hand designed Akita embroidery blocks.

Clockwork, Artquilt


This particular piece is currently for sale here.

I needed more steampunk/clockwork themed pieces for Mysticon next February, so that's what's being worked on now. This is the first of a dozen or so pieces in the works.

Clockwork Compass brooches, in progress   Needs a pinback and the suede cover, then this one is finished.   #clockwork #steampunk #beadwork #handbeaded #pin #brooch #handmade #mysticon #dantesspirit


I'll post photos of each as they're finished, but these won't be put in the shop until March 2016, whatever doesn't sell at Mysticon.

Speaking of the shop, it's Cyber Monday and a great day to help support small Handmade busineses. You'll find lots of items in my shop marked down and on sale, so come check them out!

Such as this lovely 100% Silk Noil handwoven scarf or wrap-

Barfight Aftermath


Barfight Aftermath is available here. There are lots more items, so definitely take a look!


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May. 14th, 2014

Couple of new things...

I've been busy lately, so I thought I'd share...

Fairy Sock Silver wrap


This was a wrap made for a friend in exchange for her inkle loom, using Puff the Magic Rabbit Fairy Sock Silver hand dyed yarn. She loved it and now I need to figure out how to use an inkle loom. After I get shuttles and a tension peg for it. Heh. (Weaverbird, I'm still interested in yours as well, just need to wait until I have the spare money for it.)


Xiane's Violets


This gorgeous habotai silk scarf was inspired by a friend's recently hand dyed roving. I saw her roving and knew I needed to do a scarf in similar colors, it was that stunning. Thus, it is named for her. It is available HERE.


Melancholy Skies


This gorgeous silk charmeuse scarf reminded me of a stormy sunset. I loved the way the two dyes played off of each other. While shibori remains my favorite silk dyeing method, this comes a close second. It is available HERE

And finally...

Green Snow Rockstar


A new handmade bag was listed today. It features a handwoven outside using gorgeous handspun Rockstar Art Yarn from Threeravens Fiber Studio. As well as a handmade raku bead from Smoking Turtle Studios, which has been in my stash since early 2008 and it appears, the artist no longer sells online, so is a rare piece. It is available HERE.

And that's it for now. I have a few smaller pieces in progress that need to be finished, then a couple more bags and a couple more cuffs. Hopefully by the end of the month, I'll have some more finished. Doing everything by hand can be slow going, but oh so worth it in the end.



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Oct. 31st, 2012

Akita Rescue in need

Monday night, Jo, of Big East Akita Rescue, and her family were home with 12 of the Rescue Akitas under BEAR's purview. It was supposed to be the safest place for them during the storm.

But we all saw and heard what happened to New Jersey's coast.

According to Jo, the barrier islands off Tom's River, NJ were gone in the storm surge. Between 10pm and midnight that night, sudden storm surge resulted in 4ft of water in their yard and home. Her husband and 2 teenage kids went into the water to rescue the Akitas from the kennels and bring them to the second floor of their house.

Tuesday morning, they had no power, no running water, no food, heat, etc and the first floor of the house was destroyed. Both vehicles are gone.

Word got out via other Akita Rescue people and is still being spread across Facebook and the internet. Donations have started coming in, via non Akita Rescue groups, Akita owners and others.

The area they are in was and is restricted to emergency personnel only because of the water and down power lines.

They could have left. They opted to stay. For them, the love of the breed is a family thing and they refused to leave the Akitas behind. Many are senior Akitas and Rescue is the best place, next to a forever home, for them.

Boarding for the Akitas has been offered, others are gathering supplies for them, and someone else has a van with a generator waiting for the word that they can go in.

Last word was from today. They have been able to take the dogs out for a morning walk and put a few back in the kennel runs in the garage.

But they still need your help to rebuild. The link above takes you directly to their donation page. Anything you can send will help BEAR rebuild and resupply to help these Rescue Akitas as well as Jo and her family.

To that end, I am running a scarf sale on Artfire. Each scarf has been put on sale. You DO NOT need an account to buy there. Proceeds from each sale will go to Akita Rescue, specificly BEAR.


Even if you can't donate, or don't wish to buy a scarf, at least pass the word.



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Aug. 9th, 2012

One of THOSE days, it seems...

Woke up to a dead monitor. Yeah. Had to swipe Mark's.

So now I'm sitting here, watching Individual Dressage, medal round, in Olympic Equestrian. Beautiful stuff, let me tell ya.

Listed a new set of silk fat quarters yesterday-



7 piece, 2 color run, Bubble Gum to Eggplant. Fat Quarters, 100% habotai silk

Available HERE


Mark actually picked out these colors this time. I think he did a great job. That other silk fat quarter set I listed recently? Has been reserved for a friend who requested 2 more sets just like it. So this afternoon, I'll get those rinsed, photographed and update the listing for her. She said she wanted to make them into an autumn themed quilt. I think it'll be beautiful.

Two weeks until vacation. Not that I"m counting...


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Aug. 1st, 2012

New Colorwheel- Hand dyed Habotai Silk











100% Habotai Silk, Fat Quarter size (22.5"x18.5", cut extra 1/2" for trimming of edges), Hand dyed Cranberry to Golden Pineapple to Indigo. The photos honestly do not do the jeweltones of these pieces justice. They are simply gorgeous.



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Jul. 31st, 2012

Sneak Preview



New hand dyed colorwheel batching. I love the colors I'm getting in this fabric. Hopefully when I rinse them later tonight or tomorrow, they'll be just as rich. And you'll have to wait to find out what kind of fabric it is. Good thing is- I have roughly 8-9 more yards of it, all ripped into 1 yard pieces.}:P The plan is to do a few color runs as well.



This 2 color run was listed today. Cranberry to Indigo, 6 pieces, Fat Quarter size (22"x18") 100% cotton (bleached muslin), so it's a lighter weight fabric.


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