Of crafts and art and things.

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Ever since I started working an almost full-time job, I’ve had less time to work on my drawings, which I try to squeeze in a bit of work on here and there. Whether it’s watching a movie with my boyfriend while we both draw weird things, or at open mic night in a packed bar. There have been quite a few people that have asked me to draw something for them, whether it be a tattoo design or album artwork. I feel bad because even though these projects are tempting and sound like fun, I have been having a difficult time getting in the mood to draw. It’s something that requires me to put myself fully into, and with a sink full of dishes and laundry that seems to never be done, it’s hard to let go in the way that I would like. It’s not a hopeless case, I just can’t wait to start taking more art classes this coming Fall.

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Reasons why this blog has been unloved.

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I just started my first semester of college, finally! 5 years after high school ended. (Learned a lot in those years, too. Things that can’t be taught by a professor.)

When not worried about getting homework done and studying for my two classes (which is basically only when Lilah is taking a nap or asleep), I am being a mom. (Of course, I am a mom all the time, anyway.)

Laziness! (Pure and simple.)

This blog may or may not be dead, but I am still alive!

Giving this blog some much needed love.

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I’ve been very lazy about writing in this blog. Several times over the past few weeks I’ve thought about WordPress, but then went to Facebook or Tumblr instead. I just didn’t feel inspired to write anything. It felt like it would be a chore.

Fortunately, crafting isn’t a chore to me! I’ve been working on a crocodile stitch messenger bag, from a pattern I found on Ravelry. I mostly started working on it because I can’t stand the fact that my current purse cannot be slung over my chest. I almost feel naked that I cannot do this.

Here is the progress…

Also, I’ve been been inspired to draw, which feels wonderful. Here is a blurry picture of a sketch that I plan to scan later and turn into a Photoshopped masterpiece…

Behold the cuteness.

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So, things have been slowing down as far as crafts and art goes. That blanket I started is a fourth of the way done, and rolled up on the bookshelf, patiently waiting for me to unroll it again. I also began doing awesome things in Photoshop with a picture I drew and scanned. It’s not being worked on as much as I would like, but at least it is progressing.

Because I have nothing particularly amazing to blog about, here is a cute baby picture…

these pants don't match my shirt!

Bacon and Eggs.

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Yesterday I finally decided to venture into the vast unknown that is the Netflix instant watch. I immediately stumbled my way into the Documentary section, adding them to the queue in abundance. I love to learn new things, and watching (or listening while knitting/crocheting/drawing) documentaries is one of my favorite ways to do that.

So to start out, I chose to watch a documentary entitled Fat Head. The image for the movie displayed reminded me a lot of Super Size Me, so I read the description and it sounded like a very interesting premise…

Fat Head

While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an exposé of the fast food industry, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton saw it as a dare: He’d show that you could lose weight on a diet of burgers and fries. In addition to chronicling Naughton’s weight drop, the film provides interviews with doctors, nutritionists and others to drive home his thesis that most of what we know about “healthy eating” is wrong.

-Netflix

Now, I watched Super Size Me years ago and really enjoyed it. It made absolute sense to me, and re-instilled my beliefs even more that fast food is a demonic presence. I did not question it, I just believed it.

After watching Fat Head, which very hilariously and wisely points out the flaws in Super Size Me, my eyes are more open now. Basically, fat is NOT bad for you, or something to be avoided. Starch, on the other hand, is horrible for you. Also, sugar (which everyone already pretty much knew).

The first part of Fat Head focuses on ways the film SuperSize Me stretched credibility or used questionable reasoning. Though the debate that the two films encapsulate will likely continue for a long time, Naughton employs transparency in his effort. An article in the Houston Chronicle reports: “Unlike Spurlock, Naughton has a page on his Web site that lists every item (including nutritional information) he ate during his fast-food month.”

The second part of the documentary focuses on the science and politics behind the nutrition recommendations given by the U.S. government – largely based on the lipid hypothesis which Fat Head claims is in error on all three of its main propositions.

The film claims that the lipid hypothesis has no basis in scientific fact. According to the film there has never been a single scientific study that has linked a high fat diet to increased rates of heart disease. During the film several doctors and dieticians were interviewed and they all stated that according to the latest research in heart disease it is inflammation (typically caused by high blood sugar) and not a diet high in saturated fat that causes heart disease and heart attacks.

– Wikipedia

What I really liked about this documentary is that they go into extreme detail in explaining everything, and doesn’t just tell you facts with nothing to back it up. It’s also done in a way that can be understood easily, without passing right over our heads.

I highly recommend watching Fat Head, and it can be watched on either Netflix instant watch, or on Hulu for free.

So I ate bacon and eggs with jalapenos for breakfast, and felt no guilt. It was good.

Ch-ch-changes!

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lilah in the sun

More than a few interesting and awesome things are happening to my baby, and it’s all part of her (sadly and happily) growing.

One tooth, a central incisor, is now obviously coming it. When I feel it with my finger, it’s very much like a scissor. I am a little nervous when I feed her, because she has been keen to bite down before she latches off. However, I am not going to let any amount of teeth stop me from continuing to breastfeed.

As for being able to get around on her own, Lilah can successfully scoot backwards until she bumps into something. She can also get on her hands and knees and rock back and forth. I am not sure how far away crawling would be at this point. It’s always possible that she will just skip crawling, but who knows?

As far as personality goes, my baby is certainly a screecher. My little pterodactyl loves to let out her crazy sounds anywhere and everywhere. Some people assume that she is doing this because she is upset, but she is certainly smiling and having a good time just testing and exploring her vocals. Also, she now goes “BA BA BA BA BA” over and over sometimes, and it’s so cute when she does.

I can’t wait to see how much she will change, and I bet I will be even more shocked by how quickly the changes occur.

Speaking of baby, I have completed some Lilah-oriented crafts recently…

toy hammock

A humble abode for her stuffed animals. I completely forgot about these hammocks until I came across this pattern. Then it all came rushing back, and I remembered how I had one of these in my room when I was little. I just HAD to crochet one! ^_^

wristlet

On the Raverly website I came across a pattern for baby wristwarmers. It was a pretty fast crochet project, taking only about 30 minutes. I put them on Lilah and they were the perfect size!

As for my next baby-oriented project, I was really thinking about crocheting a poncho!

Burning down the house!

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Okay, I joke. I didn’t burn down the house, which is a miracle, because this is the first time I’ve ever baked chocolate chip cookies without them failing!

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As you know, I’ve mentioned my neighbor, Mardel, a few times. She taught me how to sew, and taught me how to bake cookies. I am forever grateful for her wisdom, and her ability to concentrate the force(!!!) when it comes to teaching me.

She taught me an awesome choco-oat-chip recipe that I will share with you, because all amazing cookie combinations must be shared.

CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES!!!

Preferably you should use a mixer, and cream together the following first…

1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Brown sugar
3/4 cup Sugar

Now add these to the creamed mix…

2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

In a separate bowl, mix together…

2 1/4 cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt

Now go ahead and pour this into the cookie mix… then go ahead and add…

1 1/2 cup Oatmeal

Let that mix together until it looks like the oatmeal is spread evenly.
Now remove the bowl from the mixer, and manually stir in the chocolate chips.
I would start with 1/2 cup of chips, but you can always add more if that doesn’t look like enough.

Now, this is my favorite part…
Pour some sugar into a bowl (not too much!), and after rolling a cookie in your hands, pat only one side of the cookie into the sugar, then put uncoated side down into the pan.
Do this until your pan is filled with amazing cookies, then cook them at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Enjoy as I am enjoying right now. ^__^

(several) missions complete!

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Oh look, how epic! My neighbor showed me how to use a sewing machine, and little by little over the past two weeks, she helped guide me in assembling this, a dress for my Lilah. Of course she needs to grow into it some, but I am so happy with the result!!

I made a Flower Hot Pad for learning some new skills in crocheting, but it turned out quite a bit differently than in the photo of the finished product. Oh well…

Then I made a 30 minute baby hat, which was my instant gratification project… cute, huh?

Oh yes, and I am STILL working on the wavy baby blanket…

Finally… a craft?!

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Well, I’ve certainly gotten lazy about posting now, haven’t I?

I can’t believe it’s May already. I can’t believe Lilah is approaching her half year birthday! There are a lot of things happening around me, and it’s all happening so fast. Truly is the case that time flows faster as one grows older. (Something I always heard growing up, but never took seriously… until I experienced it!)

After Lilah and I got over our colds, I finally had the strength and a little bit of extra free time after she went to bed for the night, to begin pursuing my beloved hobby of crocheting. I’ve been crocheting almost a year now, all thanks to my wonderful crochet master sister teaching me the way! ^_^

So far I’ve… started working on a doily, then abruptly stopped 3/4 of the way through it to work on a headwrap for my cousin. I had so much fun making the headwrap that I made 2 more, one of which I was very displeased with.

Now, I’ve started working on a blanket based on this pattern. I discovered it last year, but now that my sister has allowed me to delve into her yarn preserves, I’ve decided to give it another try. Here’s what it looks like so far…

I’m just going to rotate colors throughout the whole blanket. Next up is orange, then pink, then I’ll fit blue in there somewhere. Basically a nice bright rainbow. I can’t wait to finish it! Seriously… I can’t wait! I wish I could finish it in one night. @_@