Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Last Year's Resolution: Afghan Review

Last New Year's Eve I made my first-in-a-long-time resolution, to crochet one afghan per month

How did I do?


January:



February:


March:


April:


May:


June:

July:


August:

September:


October:


November:


... and December:


There were also these:






I even made a little beagle blankie:


None of the afghans would have been possible without the aid of my two helpers, Tish-Tish and Buck who regularly offered their supervisory talents throughout the year:




There's another afghan in progress on the couch that I started in December, so I've already got a head start on this year's crochetpalooza as I'm still feeling very inclined to keep up production.  My favorite patterns so far have been the log cabin (February, April and the pink/red/gray/white color block) and virus (all those pretty scallop-ey blankets), but I'm also looking forward to working another waffle stitch (August) and more stars in the months to come.

2019's resolution was a productive one, making it possible to give a bit of myself to special friends and family, which has meant ever so much after last year's health adventures and my recent fiftieth birthday.  

Who else has made a resolution to focus on creative pursuits?

Monday, October 28, 2019

It's the Little Things

I forgot to mention in my last blogpost that I found the sweetest addition to my papercrafting tool collection at Junkstock...

A paper cutter!  Isn't it cute?



What do you mean, you "don't get it?"

How about now?


No?  How about ~now~:


It's so small!  It's a MINI paper cutter! And oh yes, it REALLY does cut, just as well as my standard-sized one:


It really can be the little things that make a person happy.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Junkstock with Jodi, 2019

Somehow between rounds of a tummy bug and a six-day-flu battle, I managed to score enough healthy days to spend a weekend with my lifelong friend, Jodi, at Junkstock 2019.  Catching up, enjoying some laughter and discovering new-to-us treasures, we couldn't help but revel in the hours where we could escape our responsibilities, chores, and worries.

Adulting can be hard, right?  This is where pumpkin houses, Volkswagons decorated with mums and lots of creative vendors come to the rescue:










We found some nods to our shared Alaska history:





Our musical demographic was well-represented too (name that song!):


And seasonal goodies could be found 'round every corner:




I treated myself to a wood and leather watch (don't worry, I eventually took the protective plastic cover off of the face):


... and Jodi and I bought ourselves some sweet and even sassy treasures for home (our "Ew, People" and "Suck it up, Buttercup" shirts ROCK, despite me somehow missing taking photos of them):









Here's to the next thirty-five years of our friendship, Jodums.  I love you.


Thank you, Junkstock!