Here’s a bunch of numbers. They may look random, but they’re my phone number.

The great thing about some projects is that they’re EASY and QUICK. This is one of those times. With a new home, there are lots of windows to treat- and this project was for some of our basement windows. Our house is a ranch-style, built into a hill, so the bottom half has a walk-out basement. The front half of the basement is finished (LSH’s office and our rec room/aquaponics center.) The back half has our washer/dryer, exercise bike, weight bench, and LSH’s workshop area.

We looked at Joann for fabric that had tools (wrenches, hammers, whatevs) on it, but no dice. We DID find some Star Wars themed fabric that had blueprints for the death star and X-Wings and shiz all over it. So manly.

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See my new amazing cutting table? That was a xmas present from LSH to me, with the cutting board on top. So awesome. He’d brought these giant boxes upstairs all wrapped, and I could not, for the life of me, guess what was in them. Surprise! He’s a good dood.

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They even turned out pretty well- not that simple curtains should be difficult. It was definitely easier on the back to have this nice high table. The grids on the cutting mat made keeping them the same size super easy as well. Huzzah!

In other news, the fantastic, wonderful, pink-headed Bek of PolkaDotsandSparkles sent me a couple of packages with hand-made goodies some time ago, and I can finally share their awesome-ocity now that I’ve got my cord again.

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This is Minion, and he’s wearing the cute cat earrings she made and sent to me. He is an adorable lil scamp, and I’m hoping I can talk LSH into making a little shelf to put near my sewing tables so he can watch me work. The googly eyes just kill me. I wore the earrings out to dinner about a week ago, and I LOVED them. I’d wear them more often if I wasn’t on a surgery rotation right now- no jewelry allowed (not even watches!) Next month I bet they’ll get more action.

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I just love that this blog and having a twitter account have made it possible to connect with kick-ass people all over the world. Lots of bloggers say crafters are the best community to be a part of, and it really seems to be the case! Everyone is always so friendly, so supportive, and so helpful (in addition to being kind and funny) that I am just so glad I have a small part of it.

Have you encountered anyone in the craft-o-sphere who’s really brightened your day?

Back, maybe?

So, it’s been almost five months since I last posted, yeah? My summer was largely bereft of crafting. Hubs and I packed up mid-May for the home we were looking to buy…we thought to be in by late June. Soooo we lived surrounded by boxes while I enjoyed my time off between graduation and residency starting…then residency started- still no house. I went through my entire first rotation, cardiology, driving from the east side of Milwaukee to my residency, about 30 minutes away (depending on traffic.) Ick. The day I started Teaching Service (residency-speak for working 14-hour days six days per week) we FINALLY closed on the house. Woot! But we had no furniture because the movers weren’t coming till the next week. No matter- we slept on the floor.

That whole month (August) proved to be really hard- I had some really difficult patients and really hard call days. No one tells you that when you finish med school and are officially a doctor that all that responsibility is crushing and terrifying. Enter my panic attacks the last week of TS. I ran out of gas, mentally and physically. It was pretty wretched. I was supposed to be on an OB rotation afterwards- but with my anxiety out of control, I was put on an easier month instead (I am SO not ready to run an OB floor overnight by myself!!) In addition, I’ve been feeling isolated because most of my dearest friends from the past four years are spread over the four corners of the United States for residency, and those who remain are just as busy as I am. My new fellow-interns are great, but it takes time to bond with people, and I’m feeling rather lonely and bereft for now.

I’m getting lots of help from my faculty, fellow residents, family and some friends, (and, of course, The Hubs) but it’s been really tough this past 6 weeks. I’m slowly getting better, but anxiety is like a dirty little bastard- sneaks up on you when you least expect it. And living in a new house (even one that I’ve been hoping and dreaming of!) is a huge transition, so there’s an issue of feeling “at home” and having a “safe place” to be. With all the shit I’ve been dealing with inside my own crazypants brain, I’ve precious little energy for creating. I’ve got a few preggers friends who need presents, so that should help kick-start something, but honestly, I’m just exhausted. I’ve STILL got a dress I finished in May that I haven’t photographed.

On the plus side, I have my very own crafty room at this house! The house is a 3-bedroom ranch with a walk-out basement, and there are two finished rooms in the basement, so I get one of the upstairs rooms for crafting, and Hubs is using the left-hand downstairs room for his office (he works from home). We’ve painted it Behr’s Ionic Blue, and it’s the purdiest room EVAR. I’m still in the process of putting it together, but I’m hoping that next week my fellow lady-interns will come over for a crafting fiesta.

There’s a lot of work to be done on the house, and I’m hoping to chronicle some of it here. Just wait till you guys see the kitchen floor….Yikes.

Anywho, hopefully this long and silly post will herald my return to blogging, crafting, and feeling like a normal human being.

Not a crafty post

Just a little update- I totally finished another dress! It’s super cute. No time for pictures yet though, with house stuff and residency coming up.

I’ve been mega-active on twitter lately- NOT about crafty stuff. There’s been a lot of pretty terrible stuff happening in the US and I’ve been tweeting and retweeting like crazy- hopefully you’ll stick around through it, and skim past it if it doesn’t follow your beliefs. I recently (5 minutes ago) protected my tweets so trolls can’t get to me, so you’ll have to be authorized to follow. Don’t let that stop you! When all this calms down, I’ll be back to tweeting crafty stuff, trying to be funny, and retweeting my favorite comedians. Please hang in there!

One last thing- I changed my ravelry username to MacStabby. I changed it on the button on my sidebar, so if you’re new to ravelry, you can find me. If you’re already on and followed me, you might have to find me anew (I’m not super sure.)

Thanks for reading my latest rambles! 🙂 Here’s a photo of a baby giraffe being squee-tastic.

Baby Giraffe

Baby Giraffe (Photo credit: Albuquerque BioPark)

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You’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.

Just a quickie post to show some of the stuff I’ve been working on. I finally got my camera back from my friend, woot! So here’s a shot of the dress as it is so far.

008I had to take in the bust a little bit, so that meant pinning in both the fashion fabric and the lining, drawing little lines to sew over, and then sewing them. Yar. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly less baggely in the boobly area. Still need to hem. I may decide to entirely re-do the zipper, having seen Lara‘s success after similarly grumpy machine-insertion results. She used this tutorial, from Sewaholic, so I’ll probably do that too. I may not get it done until after graduation, because I don’t want to give myself too much to do and then not have it done. I really only NEED to finish the hem so I can wear it. I don’t want to finish up the inside seams if I may have to take them out and re-do them at the center back seam.

A friend has a wedding tomorrow, so I made a little something to wear using these materials-

004Sorry about the lighting. Anyhoodle, I made a fascinator/flower barrett-y thing to wear in my hairs. It wasn’t too hard and it was pretty fun (and low stress.) Woot!

Here’s a photo of Mr. Bojangles, because CAT. CAT CAT CAT.

005I hope your local weather has been better than mine. When is Mother Nature going to stop being a right ol’ grump?

 

On Bloglovin’

So, I keep hearing about this thing? Called Bloglovin? I don’t really know what it is or how to use it, but everybody’s on it because Google Reader (which I also don’t know what it is or how to use it) is shutting down, so I figured, hey, better tardy to the party than missing it entirely, amirite?

So Follow my blog on Bloglovin. You know, if you feel like it.

 

Makin’ it Rain…Blogging Awards!

Heya folks!

So, it was a nice, restful week, and I’m working on catching up on all that’s happened in the past month. Y’all were a busy crew, I can see! 🙂 So many lovely projects were completed that I don’t know how I’ll resist skipping work to stay home and finish my pencil skirt, haha.

Anywho, like a bajillion years ago, (or right before I left for Belize), the adorable Sonja of GingerMakes nominated me for three, count ’em THREE, awards. Shucks, I felt all bashful! And then, right before I left Belize to come home, Lara over at LaraInStitches nominated me for the Liebster Award. What on earth did I do to deserve such riches? 🙂

So here are my treaties for writing a lil ole blog that I didn’t think anyone would read:

liebsterblogaward one-lovely-blog-award premio very-inspiring-blogger-award-2The Liebster Award is for those with less than 200 followers, and the Premio Award is for those who comment on other blogs. The Very Inspiring Blogger and the One Lovely Blog awards are just nice. 😉 Anyhoodle, you’re supposed to follow all these insane rules for the Liebster (which I WILL follow) and nominate 11 people for that, and like 7 people apiece for the other three. There was no way I could think of that many different people in a short span of time, so I’m cheating. Everyone’s getting ALL TEH AWARDZ, except for the one who’s got over 200 followers. Suck it, rules!

SO, for the Liebster requirements-

11 Random Facts About Me (ughhhhhhhhhh)

1. I’ve been married to my HS sweetheart for 8.5 years, because I’m a dork like that.

2. I don’t like to drink red wine, because it makes my face flush and stuffs up my sinuses.

3. I have two undergraduate degrees in two VERY different fields because I was very undecided about Life Choices.

4. Wayne’s World 1 and 2 and all the Back to the Future movies are in my frequent movie-viewing rotation.

5. I read a lot of YA books, and lots of sci-fi and fantasy genre novels.

6. I am not a patient crafter, and have been known to rip stuck fabric out of my machine, throw it at the wall, and burst into tears.

7. I have a 5 year old niece who’s pretty much the most amazing person on the planet.

8. When The Hubs and I move, we hope to have a garden full of tasty veggies (the one we have now is SO small). Eventually, we’d like a hobby farm- I want chickens!

9. I’m not super well-traveled, but I’ve got big plans! It might take a few years to get to all the places, though.

10. I’m graduating from school AGAIN in May, and I’m pretty freakin’ stoked about it.

11. I DID NOT get scabies, worms, or traveler’s diarrhea whilst in Belize. I WIN, BELIZE. I WIN.

Gah! That was difficult.

Lara’s Questions for her Nominees

1. I referenced this when I answered Trice’s question regarding a trip back in time. For you Whovians out there – would you prefer to the Doctor with the Sonic Screw Driver, or the companion? Or worded in a different way; would you rather be Sherlock Holmes or Dr Watson? I’d rather be WATSON, because you can have the smarts without the drug use. Sherlock is awesome, but totally cray-cray.

2. What is your strangest quirk? I asked my husband this, and he said my tail. Ugh. Boys. I can’t think of my “strangest,” but one that I do is when I get nervous, I started flicking my first two fingers together rapidly, until they hurt. And I keep doing it anyways!

3. Do you have a super pet peeve and where do you think it developed from?
Currently, it’s people sucking their teeth. It started because the Hubs told me I have been doing that a lot, and in trying to stop, I noticed that fucking everybody does it! Gawl!

4. What is the strangest food you have ever been introduced to? Um…I’m not sure! The strangest one recently was maybe hudut, a garifuna food I ate in Belize.

5. You have a hobby yes? More than likely sew? Yes? Well, I want to know what part about this hobby do you hate the most? You love this activity, you have an amazing time, but there is just one part you really wish you could avoid. What is that? I am so curious to know these kinds of things!

I. HATE. CUTTING. FABRIC.

6. Do you prefer to buy generic or brand name? Even indie brands.

Generic. I’m a mega cheapskate.

7. Do you prefer to go shopping via the internet or the actual sales location?

It depends what I’m shopping for- certain clothes and shoes I need to try on, and at least searching for books is easier in a store, but damn, Amazon sure is convenient!

8. What is the hardest part and easiest part of blogging for you?

Hardest part is motivating myself just to write the posts sometimes. I want to have somewhat substantive content (for me) and I don’t want this to turn into a vanity project. Easiest part….thinking up post titles?

9. Do you have any tips to offer to other apsiring bloggers and writers/crafters/people?

Just get off your duff and do it! I waited for MONTHS to finally start, and I’m so glad I did!

10. Do you have an accent into relation where you are from? Say, southern if you’re from the south. The like.

My Midwestern accent kicks in with certain words, but it’s usually not too bad! The Hubs lets me know right quick if I’ve said something funny.

11. What is your favorite snack to nibble on?

Depends on my mood! I usually prefer savory to sweet, but I’m also trying to eat healthier…I really like Nacho Cheese Doritos *hangs head in shame*

My 11 questions for my Nominees:

1.This is a repeat from one that Lara answered, but I would have asked it anyways-

What is a favorite book or series that you can read over and over?

2. If you could live in a fictional place (from a novel or series), where would you live?

3. What’s your favorite vacation spot?

4. How long have you been sewing, knitting, etc? Who taught you?

5.What song or album can always put you in a good mood?

6. What is one big thing you hope to accomplish this year?

7. Favorite movie of all time, that you can watch over and over?

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

9.  What is your favorite James Bond movie, and why? Who is your favorite Bond? (If you say Timothy Dalton, you’re dead to me.)

10. What is your favorite sport to watch? If you could DO any sport that you can’t do now, what would it be and why?

11.Do you think you currently have the skills needed to survive the zombie apocalypse?

OK. NOW. Here are my nominees for all the awards!

Petty Grievances (except for the Liebster; she’s got over 200 followers. Go you!)

Bobbins and Whimsy

Miss Parayim

Country Girl Couture

Sew Squirrel

ScoobyClue

ACharmofMagpies

PolkaDotsandSparkles

Cuckoo Chanel

Creative Pixie

Garment Farmer

Well, that’s it! No photos today, but gorramit, sometimes I’m just lazy. And answering and asking all those questions was hard (but fun!) Thanks for the nominations, Sonja and Lara! I’m so pleased that people are enjoying my blog!

Don’t let Spock take me to the future!

Hey everyone! I picked this title because I’m writing this post…in the past. I think. I’ve always been sketchy on the rules of time-travel. As long as it’s not the Terminator rules, where you can only go back, and you get there naked, I think it’ll be ok.

So, no crafty projects to report, but these are some photos I took while I was on the interview trail. The Hubs and I went to Wyoming for one of my interviews, so when we had some spare time, we went to the Wyoming State Museum. It’s FREE and it’s got some really great stuff for a small space. I’m really into pioneer/frontier history and cowboy culture type stuff, so this place really hit my interest. There’s also some dinosaur stuff, which I LOVE and have loved since I was in first grade.

Anyhoodle, they had a great display of domestic items that would have been in the home, particularly in the early part of the 20th century, and I thought I’d share some of the photos I took.

112It was hard to get a good shot of this kitchen display; the glass made weird glares. You can see the colors really well and some of the objects, but not as well as I’d like!

114A whole display of crafty implements! Of course, back then, they were a necessity and not the hobby that they are now.

117Wool and a carding brush for preparing to make one’s own yarn.

118And a spinning wheel to…spin…it…into the yarn! A woman named Sam who runs a lovely blog, Buckingham Road, spins her own yarn. She’s had some great results, and of course now *I* want to try it. It’ll have to wait till I move, but still. Like I need another hobby!

119Check out this treadle machine! So neat. I wonder if it still works…

115121More sewing implements. I love the pincushion shaped like a shoe!

120I looooove this vintage pattern. Such an adorable dress.

Last up are some hair-styling implements. There were more than these in the display of  beauty objects, but these were the ones I liked best.

123The Beadle Pin Curl Maker- For fashion’s SMARTEST curls! I wonder if they work. The package says, “Sleep in Comfort,” and if they worked AND I could sleep, I’d be in heaven.

124And then there’s this curling iron. Does anyone else cringe when they see this, because they think of Jo burning Meg’s hair in “Little Women”? 🙂

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be back in the States in not too long. Until then, have fun and stay crafty!