Couch Surfing

Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price

I spent most of the day spinning with my buddy Jillian. We frequently take a hooky day and watch movies (or television series) one after the other. Today we watched Lost in Austen and part of the new Tempest with Helen Mirren in the starring role.


I sat next to J’s daughter and we made fun of the costumes and decided which actors we liked best (Mr. Darcy) and who was the most awful character (creepy Mr. Collins and his brothers). 


It made me wish one more time, that I lived next door and didn’t have to plan so much for a lunch and movie afternoon. It was a wonderful day. I came home refreshed and ready to go back to work on Wednesday. (Okay, not so much ready as resigned.)

Happy New Year!

Went to bed in an absolutely foul mood last night and now I’m awake waaay too early. I think the mood was an indicator that it’s time to go back to work. I do best with structure and almost 2 weeks of very little structure is wearing me out. I’ve drifted from reading, to knitting, to spinning, to watching movies, to eating…it’s a little exhausting.

So today, we’ll journey up to my parents’ house to ring in the new year and watch football on TV. I’ll be back in my own house by Monday morning reading to tackle the new year.

Have a safe and enjoyable time everyone! See you on the flipside.

I have fallen down

and I’m having a hard time getting back up. I was doing so well with the blogging thing – then work blew up. I had a week of meetings for which I had to prepare (not just show up and look engaged). Then I was in the process of cleaning off my desk for my 2-week holiday (hooray). This just doesn’t leave much time for blogging and thinking about creativity.


However, I was creative and engaged in daily art. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

  1. finished Hens’ Christmas stocking
  2. finished Little Big Man’s hat
  3. finished Sassy’s hat
  4. down to the toe on my sister’s second sock
  5. actually wore a sweater I knit to a holiday party (first outing!)
I’ll try and post pictures of everything in the coming days. It’s a busy time, but now that I’m not getting up and going to work every day, I seem to have a little more free time. At least until the first of the year…

Day 6: Creativity

Today, I got nothin’. I’ve been trying to take pictures of everything to get them into my Etsy shop. It’s a huge job and exhausting (but it will be worth it when I’m done).

I can’t even show you some of the pictures. My daughter informed me when we were pulling into the driveway that the batteries in the mouse had died. She couldn’t have let me know before we drove past at least 3 places that sell batteries? So the camera is full, the mouse is empty, and I’m tired.

Tomorrow I play hookey and will knit with my friends while watching some version of a Jane Austen story. I’ll be back with creative stories galore.

Prompt of the Day

Okay, it’s almost the end of November and I’m just now looking at the BlogHer site. Apparently there’s a prompt for every day! Who knew?

Today’s prompt is what is the last thing you do before bed?

What a lovely room!*

Since I have insomnia, I try to go to bed at around the same time every night (between 9 and 10 – hey I get up at 4:30, so that’s reasonable). The thing is, I always have to read before I fall asleep – no matter how late it is. So no matter what, the last thing I do is read a couple of pages in my current book.

If I’m in bed and have finished my reading, but then remember that I have to take my pills or brush my teeth…I go do the whatever and come back to bed. Then I have to pick up the book again to get a couple more pages in. I don’t feel right if I don’t read right before falling asleep.

On rare occasions, my daughter has come into my room, removed my glasses, and turned off the light for me. Yes, she’s a good girl.

(*image cribbed from here:  http://houseandgardenningaddicts.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/feng-shui-bedroom-saidaonline.jpg )

Pinterest

How is it that I’ve just discovered Pinterest? How long has it actually been around? All I know is, I can waste spend a lot of time looking at cool stuff and being excited about DIY, but NOT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING!

That is wrong and I’ve had to tear myself away from the computer for the last 2 days to actually knit or spin. Craziness.

Long? Weekend

Really, I had 5 days in a row off? Tomorrow, the Hub and Little Big Man will leave again.

The Hub is heading for Florida. He has a flying student who wants to start on Monday. Actually, his head was still in Florida this whole trip. Understandably it was a short one, but I expected him to be fully here and he just wasn’t. When I pointed it out, he was at least aware he was doing it. His explanation was that he has to go back and be “on”. I get it, it was just a little hard to take.

Little Big Man is going back to school. He appears to be doing well there and we’ll know for sure when grades come out in a couple of weeks. Every time I asked him to do something this weekend, he was there and ready. It was a joy to have him here – he was friendly and engaging and only spent 1 night with friends. I will miss him.

It will be nice to have a houseful of just women again, though. Fewer coffee cups, fewer people sharing the bathroom, more places to go when the insomnia hits. But it will be quiet.

Design Website

I found a great design website while cruising the web this morning (and eating pumpkin pie). It’s written by Kara Paslay who’s had careers as a basketball player, designer for Anthropologie, and has now set out to create with her husband – they’re working on having their own TV show. It’s called Kara Paslay Designs and is chock full of great ideas that you can do yourself.

Bubble mobile

She does a lot of rooms, shows you the room, and then does posts that show individual pieces of the room – with tutorials. Take a look at this. It’s a glass bubble mobile that’s simple to make and looks fabulous! Here’s the tutorial on how to make it. There are tons of pictures and step-by-step instructions. I have no idea where I’d put it in my house, but it’s gorgeous and I want one!



Sunburst mirror frame

She uses a lot of circles and sun/star burst patterns that I really love. Here’s the sunburst mirror/picture frame that she made. Again, not a very complicated project (you can either insert a photo or a small mirror in the opening), but one that could really finish off a space. I don’t think it would take a lot of time to make one, but how cool would it look?


As I’m reading further and further back into her archives, I kept saying to the Hub “Look at this one! Wow, take a look at THIS one!” Finally he looked up at me (he was reading) and said, “Why don’t you save a bunch of these and show them to me all at once?”

“Book” shelf

Here’s my absolute favorite idea. How many giant, coffee table books do I have sitting on the book shelf that no one ever even cracks open? (Hint: a LOT) This is a great idea to use a couple of them. Isn’t that a cool way to display something small? She used a textbook from her undergraduate years, but I can imagine putting a book in there that somehow ties into the decorating scheme of a room.


I can’t tell you how inspired I am by this woman’s site. I spent a good chunk of time this morning going further and further back and I’m so excited to give some of her fabulous ideas a try. I love stumbling across tons of blogs to find a gem and I think I’ll be back to this one over and over.

Can you believe it?

A couple of years ago I bought a Western Digital 100 GB portable drive to back up my music. After the investment I’ve made in music I’d hate to see it disappear in a puff of smoke. The drive cost somewhere around $125. Now, I have too much media to put on it. So I had to go get another one.


This drive is 1 terabyte – that’s 1,000 GB! I think it might take a while to fill with media (music, TV shows, movies, etc.). Here’s the thing, it cost $150 – including shipping. How crazy is that? Plus – it’s smaller than my original drive. 


Is technology great or what?