Monday, May 30, 2011

So Much For That

Disclaimer: blogger made an executive decision and decided I wasn't going to be posting anything for a day or two. But were back....

I am by no means a baker being said- I do enjoy baking. Little stuff. Stuff your six year old could make with equal finesse. Even so, I always feel really accomplished in the end.

So there are your standard-run-of-the-mill red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Used this recipe. They were delicious and I was so proud that I made another batch and brought them to my uncle's surprise 50th birthday party.  If you would like to make some of your own delicious cupcakes, but only want one batch then cut the frosting recipe in half.

But I will admit- I defintely enjoyed having cupcakes around to eat at every whim. Might just have to make some more.....

Until next time!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Project Spectrum FO 1

Disclaimer: this post includes capitals, as LiveLoveYarn has been reading too many English blogs lately.
When I "signed up" for PS I knew May would be the least organized of the whole project. I had finals the first and second week and I oral surgery the second week. Think you can forgive me for not posting? Well in effort to make up for I will be blogging every day (starting today) until the end of May. A blog-a-thon, if you will. Just because I haven't been blogging doesn't mean I haven't been a Little Miss Busy Fingers. So May. Red. Daunting, haunting, classically beautiful red. Did you know I have not one skein of red yarn in my stash? Not even any acrylic from the Early Days when I grabbed Any Yarn in Sight. Then I thought; why? Why no red? Then I had a little peek through my wardrobe and there was not a red article in sight. I like red as much as the next girl- so why don't I own anything red? I think, maybe, I was a little scared of the color. I decided the best way to overcome that was to start small. Like say...a necklace.

I think I'm in love with this necklace. I have never worked with size 10 thread before and man is it Teeny Tiny. The pattern is the Lace and Pearls Necklace from Crochet Today April/May 2010. I decided to forgo the beads and (clearly) change the color.  I followed the pattern exactly (cough, foronce, cough). The result is  Just Lovely, and I am very proud of my little peice of crochet-wearable-art.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Welcome Back (to me)!


Wow, it has been so long. Too long. I have quite a lot to catch up on. But, first things first: the semester is done. Done. I can't believe it. There was a good stretch there where I was really beginning to believe it would never end. But here we are. This was undoubtedly my most rigorous semester yet, but I am so proud of myself for sticking with it. More than sticking with it though- I actually did quite well this semester, academically speaking. I was even exempt from my Biopsychology final for having a A on all the tests. My Ethics of Harry Potter class was by far my favorite though. Not only because I am a complete Harry Potter dork, but because I actually learned quite a bit. Alongside Harry Potter 1, 2, 6, and 7 we also read Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and Machiavelli's The Prince. These are books with content I would never had considered reading without this class, and I think that my professor was very wise to use pop culture to introduce philosophy to someone who previously had no interest. Also, it was a challenging class- the professor was a tough grader- but I did really well and that made it all the more rewarding.

But enough about that, right? It's Summer! Well...summer break at least. The weather has finally started coming around though, which is great. So what have I got planned this Summer? Well, quite a bit actually. This semester left me little time to indulge in the things I love most, like crafting and reading. So, while I did contemplate getting another job to fill my summer free time I decided against it. Instead I will be using that free time to indulge in the kinds of things I couldn't during the semester because, quite frankly, I worked hard this semester and I deserve it! So, my plans are as such:
  • Take a sewing class
I signed up for a two-hour-a-week-for-eight-weeks class which started last Tuesday. It is at my  local fabric and yarn store, and it is a sewing class for beginners! I have wanted to learn to sew since before yarn ever tickled my fancy. Every summer they offer this class, and every summer I come up with some reason why I can't take it. But not this year! So I've got my fabric, my pattern, all my notions, and my first very own sewing box. I am so excited to be taking this class I can't event tell you!
  • Join in on Project Spectrum
Project Spectrum is basically a seven month long creativity exercise. Please check out the facebook page, Tumblr, and ravelry group if you want to learn more about it. This is PS's fifth go-around and my first. This years theme is "The Basics" so were working with all the primary and secondary colors. The organizer of the movement talks about this years theme on her blog. So after some serious considerations (along the lines of: I just finished a challenging semester, will I really want to have any structure this summer/I don't want to feel obligated to craft like I was obligated to study,do homework, go to class, and work when I'm not doing all that?) I decided I was in. We'll see what it blossoms into.
  • My very first segment!
Let's face it- all the real bloggers have one. Okay, maybe not all. But a lot of bloggers do and since I will have time to blog this summer I would like to give it a try. So, drum roll please, this summer I will be featuring Thrift Thursdays. More on that next Thursday.

So welcome back to me and my readers! It should be a very exciting summer, and I am really excited to see what is in store! Do you have any plans? Let me know!

Until next time.