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?