Sewing Machines and Road Trips Wednesday, Aug 29 2007 

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So, I had a random plan this weekend to make a laptop sleeve for my laptop. I worked on version one for most of the weekend. It’s not the greatest–I was kind of figuring things out as I went, plus I don’t have a sewing machine at the moment–but it’s a good starting point.

Thankfully I got material to make two versions.
That inspired me, though, to start looking for a sewing machine. I think I’ve found a lead on one from Craig’s List, but it will require driving down to Cupertino. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, except Elizabeth is coming to visit for a few days, and I’m not really sure that’s how she wants to spend her Sunday….

It’ll be an adventure? I’m a big fan of road trips….even if they are short ones.

Other than that, I haven’t done much crafting. I’ve been on a cleaning spree yesterday and today, which is good. Hopefully I’ll finish unpacking (4 months after the fact) and get organized so I can actually craft when I get off work without feeling guilty about it.

In lieu of crafting, I leave you with a picture of Cherry blossoms from last spring:


DSCN0074, originally uploaded by Quirky Knit Girl.

So Much To Update Tuesday, Aug 21 2007 

Because I got so behind.

First, the secret project I was working on:

It’s right across from the elevator as you walk into the basement at work. They mentioned needing something homey and what’s more homey than a nice cross-stitched WTF?

From what I’ve heard, people like it, so I’m happy.

Then, my co-workers and I have started knitting night! I taught co-worker J how to knit:

She’s totally on her way to becoming a yarn junkie.

Finally, I came up with a super easy, yummy pasta dinner last night and had to share:


Shrimp and scallop pasta with sundried tomato pesto. Super quick and easy for a weeknight, and really yummy with a glass of red wine. If you’re really energetic, some garlic bread and a salad would go perfectly.

Mystery Sunday, Aug 5 2007 

I’m now on take 2 of a mystery project. No pictures–yet–but I’m feeling really annoyed with myself right now.

It’s a cross stitch project, not knitting, and it’s for someone at work. It’s a fun, easy project, and I’m super happy to make it.

But naturally I screwed up.

I finished the project last night, and I was really happy with it, and rinsed it out and laid it on a towel to dry. My mother had given me some old towels to use for crafty stuff, and I figured she’d used and washed them before.

Well, you know what they say about assuming.

I woke up this morning to find that the towel had leached yellow dye all over the project. I tried rinsing it out again–nothing. So now I’m starting it over again. Thankfully the kit came with enough thread to make 2 projects, and I had some extra material lying around.

I think I’m going to try and salvage the original for myself, by dying it with tea so that it looks antique. That way at least it won’t be a waste.

It just comes at a really bad time. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. When I try for something and make a mistake, no matter how minor, I feel like the world is going to come crashing down. It’s frustrating, because I try to tell myself to let it go, but I can’t. Even though I know it’s not the end of the world.

It’s also frustrating because of the time. There’s another side to perfectionism, and that’s when it becomes paralyzing. I’ve usually been able to avoid that aspect of it with work and school, but when it comes to my life at home, it’s a disaster. I know that my house will never look or be perfect, so I give up. It’s a disaster. I was planning on working on it today, but now I’m re-doing this project.

Annoying.

Can I get an extra day or 3 of weekend, please?

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