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Rabbits, crabs and vampires – worst crabcakes ever?

Today I drew a bunch of rabbits, learned you can buy crabs from vending machines in China, and beat my vampiric nemesis in a chess match.



Continue Reading November 12, 2010 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

Another Friday

Oatmeal: still rather mediocre. I added cranberries and lots of brown sugar, but I’m still just not feeling it. I’ll have to try it again sometime using the stove top instead of microwaving it.

Life: Feeling a bit restless. It’s not that there’s not stuff to do (there’s always stuff to do!), I’m just tired of doing it in the same place. Outside, everything is changing: fall colors, leaves falling, temperatures dropping – and I feel like I’m stuck standing still. I want to change too! Other than that… Mini’s banned me from working on my newest hobby of clay until Monday since I recently injured my wrist after working with it for a prolonged period, which is kind of a bummer. Been listening to a lot of NPR, and absolutely loving our Dark Sun D&D campaign. It’s thrillingly brutal, and every time I’m half expecting my character to die.

Music: I still like Linkin Park, and I don’t care who knows it! I’m currently listening to a playlist with their song Robot Boy, Vienna Teng’s Drought, and Siobhan Donaghy’s Coming Up For Air. Just in the mood for pretty music, I guess.

October 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

There are knitters in my living room…

My roommates are both knitters. And I don’t mean, “Ever now and then they knit a scarf and maybe some mittens” knitters. I mean knitters, which means mittens and gloves and sweater vests and baby clothes all the time.

I’m not a knitter, but I am an admirer. A fangirl, if you will, of crafts involving needles and yarn. Here are some favorites:

Crochet Cthuhlu

Isn’t it adorable? Even Lovecraft wouldn’t be able to resist a snuggle. The curly tentacles, the wee little wings… and best of all, the pattern is free!

Image by Katie-Elsie

Emission Spectrum Scarves

Get your nerd on – literally! These scarves are a fantastic idea, and patterns for Mercury, Bromine, Iron and Plutonium are available!

Image from Bekathwia

Stuffed Fish

Guaranteed to make people squeal with delight, my roommate Kimberly made this delightful friend for her sister’s newborn. Isn’t it cute? (you’ll have to register as a member to view the pattern)

Knitted Fish stuffed toy

Fingerless Mario Gloves

Keri made me these for Christmas, and I love them so much! I almost want to get in a fist fight, just so I can punch someone with a mushroom.

Knitted Mario fingerless gloves

February 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm 1 comment

Delicate, like a snowflake!

One of my more recent paper cuts – I wanted to try something a little more delicate. It was pretty challenging, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Process photos after the jump!

Finished cutting

Continue Reading February 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Squirrel Aspirations & Black Walnuts!

Black walnuts were a (delicious!) part of my childhood, and I’d love to share! Here’s a super-easy step-by-step guide to harvesting your own black walnuts.

Black Walnut love!

Continue Reading October 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

In memory of Alice

Yesterday Alice Kipp, a woman who I began visiting in the retirement home over the summer, passed away.

I hadn’t seen her since school started – first I was busy, and then she was in and out of the hospital. I had been planning to go visit her when I head she was dying, and her sons were with her. Alice (91 years old!) loved to talk about her sons – she’d show me pictures of them every time I visited. She’d also ply me with chocolates – she loved chocolate (sometimes I think that’s all she ate!), and she loved to share. She’d tell me how she’s always give them to one resident who didn’t talk much, and how it’d make him smile.

Paper cuts by Alice
Some paper cuts by Alice.

We first met because of my roommate who works as a CNA there – Alice loved to cut paper into designs, as do I. It was suggested we could meet, and I’m so glad we did. She gave me a pair of cuticle scissors to cut with the very first time we met, and we’d go through her collection of papers and she’d gift them to me. I never went home empty handed, despite protests. I hung a picture on her wall once for her, and together we cleaned and framed a gift she’d cut for a newlywed couple.

Paper cut by Alice
A Christmas card paper cut by Alice.

Her room was always messy, and when I came to visit she’d lament about it, but we had great fun going through the piles. Papers and patterns and beads and letters – lots of letters. From friends and family, even some letters she was intending to mail in reply. And all the paper cutouts – angels and shoes and pigs and flowers and every other imaginable thing, delicately cut out with her hands that trembled behind the cuticle scissors.

Paper cut with paper Alice gave me
Alice gave me both the paper and the pattern (on the left) for this chicken.

I wish we’d had more time, but I’ll treasure what we shared. I will continue to cut paper, including the sheets of papers she gave me, and hopefully I can someday inspire someone young like she did me.

October 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm 1 comment

Sharp blades and paper

Elephant cut-out
I ran across another blogger’s lovely paper cutouts, which inspired me to try my own hand. So much fun!

Continue Reading June 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm 1 comment

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