Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Me, the teacher... again.

I belong to a bazillion art/craft/doodle Facebook groups (which I have a devil of a time keeping up with, I might add).  Someone on one of them asked how I did a particular pattern on one of my gift letters I posted previously.  You will see I'm not the most proficient video producer/director/cameraperson but I shot a quick lil vid to show her and anyone else how I did it.  I don't know if it has a name as it's a conglomeration of several different patterns (cadent, yew-dee, well).  I just call it my

Cadent-esque Pattern


I originally got the idea for this from Carole Ohl and her Tangle*a*day Calendar.

In the (gifting & doodling) mood...

Here are some gifts I produced for Christmas '14:




Tangling the Zen...

Some of the ornaments I made for Christmas 2014:




Monday, January 05, 2015

And so it's a new year...

Have you made any resolutions for 2015?  I know the general consensus is: Why make them when we usually don't DO them???

I haven't Reeeeeally made any.  Well, I have promised myself to TRY to do some type of art each and every day. I can probably stick to that one. And as usual I promise myself I'll blog more but if you've been following (heh), you see that doesn't really work out, though I AM going to try again this year... No, REALLY!

And I've created a "Happiness Jar" to hold a note, trinket or other Memory for each day of 2015. I got this idea from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love (one of my all-time FAVE books) and many other great books!

Here is a glimpse of my 2015 Happiness Jar:





What are your promises for 2015?


Oh, this is SO me...

Seasonal Depression 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

100 Facts (or less) About Me

Thanks to a meme sent me by a Facebook friend, I'm supposed to post 5 things about myself.

I started this list LONG ago, it's supposed to be "100 Facts About Me" but I'm stuck at 60 at the moment.

I know, it's a bit of overkill.


1. I trust too easily.

2. I use "awesome" too much.

3. I want to live by the sea.

4. I love too easily, I fall quickly (though as I get older I'm much more wary)

5. I'm crazy about John Prine's music.

6. I'm into herbalism & aromatherapy and I really miss my herb garden.

7. I love lava lamps (have 2, want more)

8. I can be VERY impatient.

9. I'm a techie freak (yes, this is obvious)

10. I HATEHATEHATE being ignored.

11. I'm crazy about kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens... All things green.

12. A friend said that I've never met a stranger... guess he's right!

13. I know all the words to Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music and Rocky Horror Picture Show

14. I know all the words (in spanish) to Shakira's Waka Waka & Te Dejo Madrid & the words (in german) to Nena's 100 Luft Ballons

15. I used to be a Safety columnist for a local motorcycling magazine.

16. ‎I have been at my day job for 33+ years.

17. I have some of the BEST friends a girl could ever have.

18. I've recently lost some that I THOUGHT were friends (see # 1)

19. I'm a friend forever... you'd have to do something Awful to lose me. (and then I will still probably pine away for the loss. Yep, that's happening NOW)

20. I DON'T sing in the shower, just every where else.

21. I like to color.

22. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

23. I read vampire novels and bondage stories (and vampire bondage? stories) but NO Harlequin (or other pulp) romances.

24. I'm a sexual adventurer (or used to be... this IS an old list)

25. I want to learn how to sing opera.

26. I write haiku

27. I love Harry Potter

28. I believe in Reincarnation.

29. I believe Chocolate is a food group. (and essential)

30. I'm a die-hard Trekkie

31. I love theme park rides.

32. Sometimes, if not careful... I can be a bit of a hermit.

33. I have a permit to carry a weapon.

34. I like Pitbull's music and I think he's sexy.

35. I never met an ethnic cuisine I didn't like... so far.

36. I love Diet Dr. Pepper (guilty pleasure)

37. I'm a fixer and it hurts when I can't.

38. I like Super Hero/comicbook movies

39. I sing at the top of my lungs while driving.

40. I have an ancestor who was convicted of witchcraft in Mass.

41. I'm an eternal optimist (though that's been sorely tortured lately).

42. I believe in the liberal use of Primal Screams.

43. I make my own yogurt, quark, ricotta, sauerkraut and kefir.

44. I'll draw on most anything.

45. I thought 50 Shades Of Grey was lame and the writing juvenile.

46. I liked the Twilight series.

47. I, on occasion, "cuss like a sailor"

48. I wish my parents had made me take music lessons.

49. I have won a contest by singing to a D.J. in public.

50. I have flown a plane.

51. I have flown IN a stunt plane.

52. and I have flown in an Open Cockpit Stunt plane (different occasion).

53. I hate discussing politics.

54. I have voted in every election since I was of age.

55. I have donated gallons and gallons of blood in my lifetime.

56. I once donated a 30+ inch ponytail to Locks of Love

57. I sometimes wish I'd become a psychiatrist/psychologist.

58. I miss teaching.

59. I prefer to be barefoot.

60. I have three tattoos.

61.



#100factsaboutme

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I've fallen back into the genealogy pit-of-hell!  Well, it's not hell but it is a sickness from which relief is hard-won.  I've recently received my AncestrybyDNA kits.  Here's a good article about DNA testing and genealogy research:

http://geekdad.com/2013/06/follow-up-ancestrydna-sometimes-gives-surprising-results/




Monday, June 23, 2014