Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6th St Yarnbombing!

My little brother from another mother moved down to Austin, and is staying with me awhile.  This is his first time here,  so we decided to take him down to 6th St and show him around.  It was a game day, so there were a lot of drunken people to laugh at.  I decided I wanted to do some yarnbombings and whipped these up a couple hours before we went downtown.  I wanted them to get seen by a lot of people.

Little Bro approves of yarnbombing!

J in upper right and Little Bro bottom left, watching out for me!

This one is a little hidden, its not directly on 6th st!

I had to sew around the bikes, my yarn got caught a couple times.

 I really hope these stay up awhile.  I can't wait to do more.  I finished the buttered toast scarf, and have moved onto the cupcake scarf.  It was a bit challenging starting off the pattern, but I think I got it now!  I used a regular worsted weight yarn, instead of a bulky yarn, and my cupcakes looked more like mushrooms!  Cool, but not what I was looking for!  I might make a mushroom scarf later though.  The cupcake scarf will have to be hush hush till my mom opens it for Christmas. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Works in progress

Lots of crocheting going on around here.  Finishing up a birthday present for my bff, a pumpkin beanie for an October newborn, and a yarnbombing that I just randomly decided to do. 
Buttered Toast Scarf, pattern by Twinkie Chan

Almost like french toast

This newborn pumpkin beanie was super easy.  I got the pattern here.  I don't know if I'll have time, but I also want to make some super cute newborn shoes that have a skull and crossbones on them for the October newborn.

Lastly, this is my yarnbombing.  It's supposed to look like a paw print, I hope it does!  I plan on adding the word "adopt" across it, and putting it up on this big huge cement pillar that is on the corner of MLK and Chicon. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Impromptu Bacon Sliders with Sharp Cheddar Cheese

I don't think I need to use many words for this.  The pics do enough.  I got to play with the food setting on my Nikon.  I used Kings Hawaiian Rolls, and turkey bacon (I have long preferred it to pork bacon), sliced sharp cheddar from HEB, and mayo.  I wish I had Miracle Whip.  Super Yum.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More crocheting! (Shocking right?)

My mom volunteers at a ferret rescue back home, and next month they are going to be doing a fundraiser.  I told her I would make 2 sets of potholders.  One set that were girly colors, and one set that were more guy colors.  I had made this once before as part of my step-dads father's day gift.  These are great because they are really thick, and you can do them in any colors you want. 

I got the pattern from The Lion Brand Yarn Website, (you have to register with their site to see their patterns.  Just do a search for "pot holders" and it is the last one listed.  They came out pretty radical!  I wanted to embellish them with ferrets, but I couldn't find any ferret applique patterns online.  I'm not good enough at crocheting to make my own yet.  Instead, I just embellished them with circles. 

I'm about to be a dog trainer!

I've reached one of those moments in your life where you never thought in a million years you would be.  When I moved to Austin almost 4 years ago, I never thought I would have gotten so involved with training and understanding dogs.  I owe it all to one special dog though, for causing me to get the ball rolling.
Graduating from Basic Obedience!
This is my special guy, Payden.  After I bought my house, I wanted a dog sooooooo bad!  With my work schedule, I couldn't get a small puppy, but I had to have a dog that would be good around cats, and ferrets (I had 2 of each at the time!)  I decided that Craigslist was probably the best route, and I checked it everyday hoping to find the right dog.  Soon, I found a post where a girl said that she loved the dog dearly, but her apartment complex wouldn't let her keep him, because he was a "pit bull" (hate that term!).  If she didn't find a home for him that day, the apartment complex was going to call animal control and have him taken.  He had been raised around cats and ferrets since he was a pup.  PERFECT!
I picked him up that night after I got off work, about 3am.  He was loving and happy, and sure enough got along splendidly with my other pets!  Sadly, I didn't even have him a full week, before he was diagnosed with Parvo.  I was faced with the decision of spending a couple hundred bucks to put him to sleep, or a couple thousand to keep him alive.  I called my mom in tears begging her to tell me what to do, but like a good mom, she said I had to make the choice.  After talking to the vet, and being assured that she had seen dogs in much worse condition than him pull through, I decided that I just couldn't bear putting him down.  I mean, look at that face!
Contemplating the meaning of it all.

So I decided to use the money I had been saving to go to Korea with, and save this dogs life.  Looking back, I have no regrets at all.  Not long after his recovery though (the standard 7-21 days I have now learned!) he learned his place in our pack.  And his place was claiming me,  being reactive, and not listening!  I needed help!  And fast!  I had a dog that I loved dearly, and had helped me overcome a serious depression when my father died of cancer.  But I had no idea how to control him.
I knew a friend who had issues with his boxer, the dog was very reactive and had bit a few people.  I asked him where he had taken his dog, and he referred me to Tara Stermer.  I knew right away that she knew her stuff, because on the main page of her website was my friends dog, sitting in a pack with about 10 other dogs.  I signed up for a basic obedience class with her as soon as I could!  That was in March of 2010.
Fast forward to now.  Payden has been through basic obedience, a reactive dog class, and is currently going through intermediate obedience class.  He is controllable, listens to me, and has 10x more focus than he did before I started classes with him.  He has come so far, and worked very hard (both of us have!)
He is the reason that I even met Tara.  He is the reason I am a proud "pit bull" owner (except now I only call him a staffie, because that is what he really is!).  He is the reason I applied to be an intern with Tara.  He is the reason I have learned so much about dogs, and am about to start teaching basic obedience classes for people that were just like I was.  He is the reason I fight for dogs, especially "pit bulls" (staffies!), because I know just what amazing creatures they are.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Surfside Yarnbombing!

I always have the hardest time trying to think of a witty title for my posts.  I hope the more comfortable I get with blogging, the easier it will get.  I am open to suggestions so if you think of a funny title, leave a comment and if it makes me giggle I'll probably change it. 

This weekend was J's birthday, so we went to Surfside Beach, Tx. His parents own a beach house there, and he wanted to spend the weekend. I just love his family more and more.  I am now Facebook friends with his brother and sister now, so we are on a whole new level now!

I had so much fun!  Although I did get sunburned (ouchie on my back and shoulders) I had a ton of fun.  A tropical storm was supposed to hit the gulf this weekend, but luckily it didn't hit us, but made the waves perfect for boogie boarding!  I was able to sneak in a yarnbombing while on the beach.  I have been holding onto this one for awhile. I think because I had attached a tag with my blog name on it, I was nervous about leaving it. 

The previous night J, myself, his sister and friend all went for a walk on the beach to check out the waves, and show them the little crabs that walk out at night.  We were able to check on some previous yarnbombings that we had done on our previous visit to the beach house, and they were still there,  just covered in sand!  I regret not taking pics of them.

This is a swatch I did a few weeks ago when J got me Yarn Bombing: The Book.  It was a super cool stitch where it makes a bump in the swatch, like a dot almost.  I also used this swatch to better learn how to do stripes.  I love that book and I suggest getting it if you love crocheting it has some really cute patterns (The only bad I have to say about it is that it has to many knitting patterns and not enough crochet!)

I also regret not taking a picture of the back of it!  I have learned now to take shots 360 degrees around!  I had to use this big plastic needle I had and I sewed up the back really tight like a corset.  It looked pretty awesome!  I hope it is still there the next time we go back, so I CAN take a picture of it.  This has gotten me really excited to do even more yarnbombings.  I just have to find the time!  

Right now my WIP is a pumpkin beanie for a newborn that is due in October, 4 large hot pads for a ferret rescue fundraiser due by the end of August, and a Twinkie Chan Toast Scarf for my BFF by mid September.  Oh!  And I still haven't tackled the mini Domo-kun I was making for J's birthday that kept tripping me up. 

What is your WIP right now? 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Perler Party! (a quasi tutorial)

Anyone remember using perler beads when they were a kid?  I do!  I remember one summer in particular, that my grandmother got me a bunch of them.  I spent all summer making different designs, but then after they were fused it was always "what do we do with them now?"

These days though, perler beads have assumed their own place in nerd crafts.  Now, if you do a google search for "perler beads" and then go to images, you will see all kinds of nerd crafts with perler beads!  Mario mushrooms, Zelda characters. Even the Geek Crafts book has a full scale Buffy the Vampire Slayer (from the show not the movie) portrait all made from perler beads!

J is a big fan of perler art, and he seems to have a knack for it as well.  The first time I went to his apt, he had mario mushrooms made out of perler beads on his door (which have since been stolen!) and space invaders on his cabinets (also made from perlers!).  I knew then that this guy was the guy for me!

Having a crafty boyfriend is so awesome!  They make you cool surprise bows for your hair, like this one:
 Now, when I said this was a quasi tutorial, I meant that by this picture you should be able to copy his design if you wanted a cute hair bow of your own.  If you are so inclined, you might be able to scale it down a bit even, if you wanted it smaller.  Here is what it looks like on the back, where I attached the hair clip.

I love wearing this bow, and have gotten TONS of compliments on it.  I did find though, that it is a little heavy.  When I would put it in my hair, it would weigh that side down, and it looked funny.  So, what I do to wear this bow, is clip it to a thin head band.  Like so:

 I hope you enjoyed my first (quasi) tutorial!  I plan on posting other designs that J has made with perler beads (his robots are amazing!). 


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How in the world?

I found this tag downtown about a week ago or so, and just now had time to document it.  I am amazed at how high this tag is, and keep wondering how in the heck they did it!?

Can you see it waaaay up there?  I am very impressed!  The tag itself isn't that great, but you can see in the pic how high up it is.  8 stories?

And when you look at the 2nd pic, you can see that the wall they tagged has no ceiling, or floor.  So yeah, how in the world?

In other news, I have been accepted to enter some of my crochet work in the A life in yarn art exhibit in Australia.  I guess it's not a super big deal, because its not like it is this select art show and I had to go through some rigorous application process.  I just emailed Bali, and she got back to me (quickly I might add) about how she liked my ideas for the show, and I should contribute them.  But to ME its a big deal!  I will have my crochet work involved in an art show across the world from me.  Sad though, I won't be able to see it for myself.

Later Gators!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's my first time, be gentle


I feel nervous about my first blog post.  It has to be amazing! life changing! I feel like I am putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I've been wanted to get this blog underway for a long, long time.  I'm no one special.  There are just a few things I'm obsessed with, crocheting, crafting, cooking, yarnbombing, street art, dogs, robots.  Those things can change at any given time.  But for the most part the list just expands. 

I'm not a writer by any means.  Hopefully it will improve over time, and if not, well then I apologize now, dear readers.   I do have passion, and I hope that comes through more than anything else. 

Please come back soon, this is still a work in progress!

Project for International Yarnbombing Day 2011