Archive for November, 2011

One Holiday Down…

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I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I’ve got a real obsession with cleaning tips.  For me, cleaning tips and recipes are like Easter Eggs in video games or occupied Japan tea sets or action figures.  I love to collect them, but mostly I love to share them (^_^).

I love sharing a secret with someone about how to get lipstick out of clothing or how to make your own laundry detergent and people saying “My god!  You’re a genius!”  To which I respond by smiling sweetly and not saying anything because saying “I know” to something like that will make you a jerk.

Well, I have found a veritable gold mine of cleaning tips which I am going to post one of every now and again just to keep things interesting.  Well… to keep things interesting and also because crocheting takes a long time and I can’t post pics of finished projects as often as I’d like.

So first up is “How to Get Red-Wine Stains Out of the Carpet.”  A little dab of foaming shaving cream will help lift out the stain.  I don’t know why it works, I don’t know how it works, and the truth is it won’t make a white carpet spotless, but it definitely helps.

Instead of the planned Colorado Springs trip and Dim Sum dinner plans, the sweets and I spent our Thanksgiving Eve getting delicious Indian food; mmmmmm Saag Paneer (^_^).  Then we got a call from our good buddy Liz to go and have a Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving Day at her house.  And so our Thanksgiving was filled with jokes and laughter and the antics of all of Liz’s many children.

In crafty news, I’ve been working on a HUGE list of lace orders from the McNabber while also trying to get work done on a couple X-Mas Day scarf gifts of which I WILL TAKE PICTURES!!!  My coworker Jill moved into a new apartment recently and I’ve been promising some throw pillows to match her room.  Why is it so hard to get anything done these days?  I swear I feel like I spend just enough time at home to eat and immediately fall asleep and then next thing I know I’m waking up for work and rushing out the door again.  It sucks!!!

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Holiday Hooplah

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Some people love the holidays and some people hate them, me?  I dance around in an elliptical orbit that has spectrum like qualities of love and hate at each end while the center of my orbit contains all the fun projects, decorative items, awesome gifts for other people, and traditional fun that I can’t seem to escape from no matter how far to either end of my orbit I get.  I love the fun projects and gift purchasing as I hate being so god damn busy for three months straight and spending all my hard earned cash.  I love the delicious treats (whether I make them or not) as I hate feeling like a Christmas Day Parade balloon waddling my way to the couch or bed where I crash from a major food coma.  Plus I work in retail advertising which can turn even the most exuberant holiday lovers into bitter jerks of a holly hating caliber that rivals that of Scrooge himself.

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However!  I seem to find myself more and more interested in this holiday spirit as I get older.  The soul-crushing truth of no Santa Claus, the quickly depleting number of gifts as family members struggle with what to buy me since I no longer beg for remote control cars and make-up (I set up shop firmly on the fence between femme and butch a long time ago, deal with it), and the serious lack of space and money that has meant no Christmas trees for quite a number of years now has all made me feel nostalgic about the holidays.  No tree makes me want a tree, odd gifts that have nothing to do with my preferences or even needs and stand as reminders of how little my family knows about me makes me go the extra mile finding gifts I know people will enjoy or can at least use.  Plus I’m getting to that “kids are so cool, I want 10” age…

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Thanksgiving is another case entirely.  It’s always been a sort of non-holiday for me because it’s supposed to be one of those days where the whole family gets together and my whole family is sprinkled all over the US; most of whom do not, under any circumstances, speak to the rest of us.  This year, my sweets and I are going up to Colorado Springs to hang with some friends to celebrate Thanksgiving tonight.  Tomorrow, Dim Sum.  Good old Chinese food restaurants are always open.  I hope every one has as nontraditional or traditional of a holiday as can be imagined and that it’s filled with happenings you’ll eventually learn to laugh about.

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Plans and Preparation

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For those of you who don’t know, my sweetie and I are looking to move in together when our leases are up in the summer of 2012.  We’ve weighed the pros and cons of living together, tested one another with stupid fights and have come to realize that not only would it be cheaper for us to live together, but would be easier too since there are times where one of us won’t have spent more than a half hour in our own apartment for an entire week and we can’t sleep without each other now.  Yes, awwwww, I know, we’re adorable.

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I know it’s ridiculously early to be looking now when we’re not moving until August, but in my excitement I’ve been looking at houses for rent in the area we have both decided we would like to rent a house in and am pleasantly surprised to find a lot of houses available for pretty reasonable prices.  My website of choice?  Hotpads.com.  I know it sounds like it should be a feminine product site, but I assure you it is not.  It’s easy to use, maps out all of your options on an actual map with a dot for roommates, a tall building for a condo or apartment building and a little house for a house or duplex.  Or something like that…  The point is, it’s a great site and I highly recommend it.

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While I wait for June to roll around so I can start looking and making calls for realz, I’m compiling all of my favorite D.I.Y. projects and How-To’s in Preparation for the day when I will actually have the S P A C E to create.  My original hope for this blog was that I would document not only the things I crochet, but the things I would be doing around my apartment.  I have done some cute little things to save space in my ultra tiny apartment and have made a number of adorable crocheted item, but I seem to constantly forget that I have a camera or a blog and never seem to post about any of the crap I’m doing.  I’m hoping that a bigger place with more room to be creative as well as a sweetheart who wants to do some of these projects with me, in addition to all the “getting together with friends” plans we’ve been talking about executing once we have the house will be incentive enough for me to at least get the camera out…

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Pin It!

I don’t know how many people are on the Pinterest.com bandwagon, but I think it’s the greatest thing in the world.  See an awesome product, DIY How-To, an awesome room set up, a fantastic kitchen or bathroom?  How about a cool corner cutting cleaning technique like using chalk to rid your clothes of grease stains?  Well, get onto pinterest.com, put your Pin It icon onto your bookmarks bar and start pinning!

If you don’t have time, don’t think you’ll ever look at your pin boards again, or just think this is a completely retarded idea, then fine, don’t do it!  But I’ve been longing for a place to organize all my favorite websites, crochet patterns, jewelry, interior design photos and ideas, beauty products available online or awesome furniture pieces I hope one day to buy.

In my crochet world, I am currently working on a baby blanket and a baby sweater for my friend Liz’s daughter who is soon to be having a baby yaaaaaay!  I will upload pics as soon as I take them; I’ve been so ridiculously busy trying to get the gifts ready before the shower with only a weeks notice!!!  The blanket is done, just getting the sweater done in time is my main worry haha.  Luckily baby sweaters are tiny (^_^).

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