Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Toys For Grownups

I'm getting annoyed with my ipod touch.  I love it, don't get me wrong but I'm forced to upgrade the software to iOS5 inorder for my favorite app to work!  sigh. 

I've turned this ipod into my i-everything!!  I should just invest in an iphone but truth be told I don't use my cell that much.  Spending that much on an iphone along with a 3G or 4G network contract will just be a waste of money for me so I'll stick to my pay-as-you-go Moterolla Razer Red.... been rolling over my minutes for the past 8 months that goes to show how rarely it's used. 

Anyway, my ipod on the other had is used for listening to music, playing audiobooks (because it saves the playback position), reading ebooks with the Stanza app.  I also have a couple of games on there: Majong, Diamond Dash and some dice game I can't remember the name of.  Then I found an app to make free phone calls over wi-fi so I added that to save my minutes if I'm in a free wi-fi zone.  And just this weekend I found a free texting app.  I take pictures and video with it and upload them to youtube straight from the ipod too.  And I also have an app to find me free wi-fi locations... I love my ipod!!  But now I think I may need to update the software so that the ereader will work because the latest update crashed it!!  ughhhhh!!!!!!!!! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

3 Dollar Gum

In a couple of months, prince charming and I will be heading on our week long cruise of the Southern Caribbean.  Folks we know are a bit set aback by it after the incident in Italy this past weekend.  Truth be told, I'm more afraid of flying than sinking.  This will be the third trip where I'll be required to fly.  At least this time I'll know better to buy gum before heading to the airport and not AT the airport where it will cost three bucks. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No More Drama

While discussing the progress of our New Year Resolutions with friends we all agree on one resolution this year...


We've elected to put ourselves ahead of the pack, NO MORE DRAMA!  The creation of this unusual resolution wasn't mine but I quickly jumped on that bandwagon because 2011 had way too much drama for me from all sides.  I ended the year completely and utterly stressed out after reaching my breaking point. 

In 2012 I'm going to focus on me.  I'll sing louder in church.  Fellowship more.  Maintain somewhat healthy eating habits so that my inner pipes don't punish me.  Get a bit of exercise to keep the cellulite to a medium (because it's well past minimum already).  I'll stop being cheap and get a professional haircut regularly (and leave my dull scizzors in the junk drawer where they belong).  I'll paint my fingernails a bright colour from time to time because I need an excuse to buy nailpolish.  And when we go on vacation, I'm going to dance in public (and likely end up on a strangers youtube joke reel).

I know it may seem selfish but I just need some "me-time".

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Plastic Canvas

The Christmas ornament  that I made for my family members for Christmas 2011 were completed in a timely manner for once.  I'd stitched a three dimentional bird house in 7 count plastic canvas (pattern from: 75 Merry Christmas Projects in Plastic Canvas) I knew that I wanted to do something in 3D and when I searched my pattern stash, this one topped the list!  I had begun cutting the patterns and stitching them before spring thaw so they were well underway by the time Christmas mailing date approached.

I had stiched twenty different colours (red, hot pink, pale pink, dusty rose, light blue, dark blue, aqua, violet, dark purple, gold, banana, pale yellow, carrot, bright orange, lime green, dark green, Christmas green, mint green,  brown, and Christmas red/green/gold mix) I gave the violet to my Mom, the red to my eldest sister and the light blue to my other sister.

I used regular craft birds though I really wanted to use red cardinals but accidently purchased ones on ebay, that were way too small!  I had a small variety of birds, some were dark looking forward, some were pink facing off to the side, some were yellow looking forward and some were humming birds, so they turned out pretty cute. 

As for what I'll be stitching for the Family Christmas Ornament 2012... I've got an idea of what I want to stitch but just have to find the right pattern.  So far the Family Christmas Ornament consists of 12 ornaments: a reindeer's head, a santa head, a candycane, a pair of bedroom slippers, a letter to santa, a tea set, a picture frame, a house and heart with family photo, a gingerbread man, a figure skater, a birdhouse, an angel.... hmm... I have to come us with something I haven't stitched yet.

Right now I'm still pretty much in writers block mode, when it comes to really blogging, seems my brain just doesn't want to function very much beyond daydreaming.  I must say though, my creative juices in the arts and crafts genre are on fire!   I've had the nitch-to-stitch for the last few days and have been working on the Starlight Nativity scene in plastic canvas that I'd begun oh how many years ago?  Hmm, I think it's been well over 5 years now!  Seriously!!!

I had only four pieces completed and had intended to make it "multicultural" but something about bright pink yarn used for the Angels lips just wasn't sitting well with me so I'm in the process of redoing her head and hands according to the pattern.  Yesterday I completed stitching the donkey, I just have to glue on the ears, and am partially through stitching the camel.  This thing is going to be huge when it's completed! The donky is 7 inches long and 5 inches tall. I was supposed to have had it done for Christmas 2011 but lost interest in completing it.  For some reason these past few days it's all I think about!  Eventually I will get around to photographing the donky to add to my Flickr craft album and will continue to update the album as items get stitched.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writer's Block

I've got writer's block.  Not one idea lurks within my mind... not one.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Twenty Twelve

A new year of blogging awaits!!!