I am happy to announce that I was able to participate in another yarn bombing project for Yarn Bombing Los Angeles. Their "Alone Together: a socially distant public art project" encourages yarn bombers to create public art installations while practicing social distancing. I was delighted to see that fellow yarn bombers have been able to flaunt their creations even during the pandemic. Here is the blurb I wrote for the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles website: "For this yarn bomb, I crocheted five tree ornaments. I installed them on a tree in my front yard, where passersby can see them. I hope my yarn bomb will bring a little bit of cheer in this otherwise rough year." What has brought you happiness lately?
Friday, December 11, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Today is the third day in a row of dark, rainy weather. This kind of weather makes my pain and fatigue worse. Thus, today has been a rough day. However, I was able to run some errands and make some postcards. Tonight, my dad and I will take the two newest chicks out of the nest box. Their parents have stopped feeding them. So, I will stay up tonight to feed them. I'm thinking I'll be able to make more mail art and crochet during the night tonight. Speaking of crochet, did you know I have an Etsy shop? The shop is called Green Owl Crochet. I also accept crochet commissions! In the comments below, please tell me your favorite way to spend a rainy day.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Ahoy! I hope you all are doing well. My dad's parrots recently had two chicks. One chick hatched on August 30th and the other on September 3rd. We feel blessed! I have been crocheting a lot lately and doing some writing. I was also able to have a painting session a little while ago. I sat at the Ridgewood Duck Pond the other day and wrote some letters and took some pictures using my Fujifilm Instax camera. How is your September going? What are some of your goals for fall?
Monday, August 31, 2020
I always carry my purse when I leave the house. My purse is a large, brown, fake leather purse from Antik Kraft. I bought it a couple of weeks ago at TJ Maxx. It was on clearance for 22 USD. You have got to love a good bargain! The purse is high quality despite its low price. I use my purse to carry my wallet, my iPhone, my Kindle Fire tablet, and other essentials like lip balm and hand cream. My favorite feature about this purse is that it has both traditional purse handles and a shoulder strap.
In addition to this purse, I often carry around a back pack. This back pack is a gray, floral back pack from Jansport. I bought this back pack at Marshall's a month or so ago. Marshall's is selling this line of back packs for 24.99 USD each. I normally would have waited until their back packs went on clearance. However, I love the floral print so much that I decided to buy the back pack at 24.99 USD. Jansport back packs come with a lifetime guarantee, which is great! The only feature I did not like about the back pack is it's lack of water bottle holder on the sides. I use the back pack to carry my less-essential, but still important, items. Right now, this back pack holds the following:
- my journal
- a library book called The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
- the book No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
- a pouch of pencils and pens
- a pouch of some street art and creativity items, like blank index cards
- a miniature desk set with staples, tape, etc
- my inhaler
- bug spray
- a sun hat
- a protein bar
- my set of crochet hooks and other crochet accessories
- my laptop
Friday, July 24, 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
1.) read a book!
2.) create a collage
In addition to more traditional, paper-based collages, you can make sound collages. I learned about sound collages via Keri Smith. You basically make a list of all the sounds you hear within a minute.
3.) follow an exercise video
yoga, Pilates, aerobics? Whatever you'd like!
4.) write in a journal
If you do not have access to a bound journal, you can always write your entries on loose sheets of paper and bind them at a later time using staples or whatnot.
6.) comment on your favorite blogs
I love it when people comment on my blog, and I'm sure other bloggers do, too!
7.) try a new recipe
I recently made this yummy fruit salsa using a recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
8.) knit or crochet
You can learn to knit and/or crochet using free tutorials on YouTube or pay for a class on Bluprint.
9.) watch TV or a movie
I have been loving Anne with an E on NetFlix! If you do not have a TV, you can watch free content on YouTube or from Open Culture. I love watching yarn hauls, crochet vlogs, and more on YouTube. Try it!
There are many free coloring pages online, as long as you have a working printer. Grab some colored pencils and color your heart out!
11.) take an online class
Try Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare, or another online platform.
12.) write poetry or flash fiction
For an example of a flash fiction story, please see my post for The Bowl.
13.) make still-life photographs
Staging and taking still-life photographs is fun! Give it a try. This is an example of one of my still-life photographs, called Pain and Hope.
What are you looking forward to doing at home?
Stay well, all!
Friday, March 13, 2020
I bought two skeins of Caron Cotton Cakes for a commission. The customer wanted a soft, acrylic/cotton yarn. I went to Michaels (the craft store) and they had a lot of a yarn called Caron Cotton Cakes. I love Caron Cakes, so I figured I would enjoy using their Cotton Cakes. Sure enough, I love them! This yarn is 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. It comes in 8.8 ounce (530 yard) skeins. It is a worsted weight yarn and Caron recommends that you use a size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook with which to crochet this yarn. The yarn is soft and luxurious-feeling. I usually dislike cotton yarns, but again, Caron Cotton Cakes is soft and lovely to work up.
I bought two skeins of Caron Cotton Cakes in the colorway Fruit Tropics. Later on, I bought one skein of the colorway Blue Hawaiian. I am not sure what I will do with the skein of Blue Hawaiian. However, as I previously mentioned, I am using the two skeins of the Caron Cotton Cakes in colorway Fruit Tropics to crochet a granny square lap blanket. I am using a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook to work up the lap blanket.
Have you ever worked with Caron Cotton Cakes? If so, how do you like it?
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Monday, January 6, 2020
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